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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich are on course for a sixth straight German league title after finishing the weekend 13 points clear thanks to Friday’s 3-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen.

Second-placed RB Leipzig have told Liverpool Naby Keita will not join them before next season after the midfielder scored a superb goal in the 3-1 win over Schalke amidst rumours the Reds want him in this transfer window.

Five Bundesliga things you may have missed

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich are on course for a sixth straight German league title after finishing the weekend 13 points clear thanks to Friday’s 3-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen.

Second-placed RB Leipzig have told Liverpool Naby Keita will not join them before next season after the midfielder scored a superb goal in the 3-1 win over Schalke amidst rumours the Reds want him in this transfer window.

Lewandowski strikes as Bayern open nine-point gap

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Berlin (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski bagged his 15th goal in 16 league games as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich went nine points clear despite struggling to beat bottom side Cologne 1-0 on Wednesday.

The Poland hot-shot has failed to score in only four of Bayern’s league matches this season and has netted 21 goals in all competitions.

Lewandowski strikes as Bayern open nine-point gap

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Berlin (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski bagged his 15th goal in 16 league games as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich went nine points clear despite struggling to beat bottom side Cologne 1-0 on Wednesday.

The Poland hot-shot has failed to score in only four of Bayern’s league matches this season and has netted 21 goals in all competitions.

Bayern maintain iron-grip as Leipzig falter

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Berlin (AFP) – RB Leipzig risk falling off the pace in the pack chasing run-away Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich with their coach Ralph Hasenhuettl admitting his side is flagging.

“We’re running close to empty and you can see the team is torturing itself,” said Hasenhuettl after his team scraped a 1-1 draw on Tuesday to just hold onto second place in the table.

Bayern maintain iron-grip as Leipzig falter

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Berlin (AFP) – RB Leipzig risk falling off the pace in the pack chasing run-away Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich with their coach Ralph Hasenhuettl admitting his side is flagging.

“We’re running close to empty and you can see the team is torturing itself,” said Hasenhuettl after his team scraped a 1-1 draw on Tuesday to just hold onto second place in the table.

Vidal fires Bayern Munich eight points clear

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Berlin (AFP) – Arturo Vidal’s fourth goal in as many league games shot Bayern Munich to a 1-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt and an eight-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Bayern’s win means that they cannot be caught before the winter break, which starts on December 17, and makes them ‘Herbstmeister’ (Autumn champions) for the seventh season in a row.

Vidal fires Bayern Munich eight points clear

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Berlin (AFP) – Arturo Vidal’s fourth goal in as many league games shot Bayern Munich to a 1-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt and an eight-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Bayern’s win means that they cannot be caught before the winter break, which starts on December 17, and makes them ‘Herbstmeister’ (Autumn champions) for the seventh season in a row.

Germany to open new national team academy

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Berlin (AFP) – The German Football Association (DFB) announced on Friday that it has been given legal permission to build a new national training centre and academy in Frankfurt, which it hopes to open by 2021.

After years of planning, the DFB will finally open the 150-million-euro ($176.

Boateng strike breaks Hertha hearts in Berlin

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Berlin (AFP) – Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng hit a superb winning goal 10 minutes from time to seal Eintracht Frankfurt’s 2-1 comeback victory at his ex-club Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga on Sunday.

In falling snow at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, the 30-year-old Boateng unleashed a superb shot from the edge of the area to leave Hertha goalkeeper Rune Jarstein with no chance.

Boateng strike breaks Hertha hearts in Berlin

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Berlin (AFP) – Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng hit a superb winning goal 10 minutes from time to seal Eintracht Frankfurt’s 2-1 comeback victory at his ex-club Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga on Sunday.

In falling snow at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, the 30-year-old Boateng unleashed a superb shot from the edge of the area to leave Hertha goalkeeper Rune Jarstein with no chance.

Germany’s Loew ‘not losing sleep’ over Neuer injury

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany coach Joachim Loew insisted Thursday he is not losing sleep as goalkeeper Manuel Neuer struggles to recover from a fractured foot, with just seven months to go before the World Cup.

“I haven’t been in contact with him for the last two weeks, but from what I do know, it doesn’t worry me and it doesn’t disturb my sleep,” Loew said at a press conference in Berlin.

Germany’s Loew ‘not losing sleep’ over Neuer injury

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany coach Joachim Loew insisted Thursday he is not losing sleep as goalkeeper Manuel Neuer struggles to recover from a fractured foot, with just seven months to go before the World Cup.

“I haven’t been in contact with him for the last two weeks, but from what I do know, it doesn’t worry me and it doesn’t disturb my sleep,” Loew said at a press conference in Berlin.

Germany’s Boateng out of England clash, Kroos doubtful

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany will be without World Cup-winning defender Jerome Boateng for Friday’s friendly against England at Wembley.

The German camp confirmed on Wednesday that the Bayern Munich star is struggling with a muscular injury and will sit out the international in London.

Kalou saves Hertha with second penalty attempt

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Berlin (AFP) – Ivory Coast veteran Salomon Kalou rescued Hertha Berlin with a penalty at the second attempt in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Freiburg in the Bundesliga.

Hosts Freiburg took the lead on 52 minutes when the video assistant referee (VAR) confirmed Christian Guenter had been fouled in the penalty area and Janik Haberer drilled home from the spot.

Ribery sidelined for up to three months – report

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich can expect to be without veteran winger Franck Ribery for up to three months with Sky reporting on Monday he has torn a knee ligament.

The 34-year-old had to be helped off in the 62nd minute of Bayern’s 2-2 draw against Hertha Berlin on Sunday which left them five points adrift of leaders Borussia Dortmund in Germany’s top flight.

Ribery sidelined for up to three months – report

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich can expect to be without veteran winger Franck Ribery for up to three months with Sky reporting on Monday he has torn a knee ligament.

The 34-year-old had to be helped off in the 62nd minute of Bayern’s 2-2 draw against Hertha Berlin on Sunday which left them five points adrift of leaders Borussia Dortmund in Germany’s top flight.

Bayern’s Ribery injures knee

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Berlin (AFP) – Franck Ribery suffered a suspected knee ligament injury in Bayern Munich’s 2-2 draw at Hertha Berlin, according to the German giants’ caretaker coach Willy Sagnol on Sunday.

“It’s the knee, it will be necessary to have some additional tests to know more, but we suspect a rupture of the cruciate ligament,” said Sagnol at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.

Bayern’s Ribery injures knee

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Berlin (AFP) – Franck Ribery suffered a suspected knee ligament injury in Bayern Munich’s 2-2 draw at Hertha Berlin, according to the German giants’ caretaker coach Willy Sagnol on Sunday.

“It’s the knee, it will be necessary to have some additional tests to know more, but we suspect a rupture of the cruciate ligament,” said Sagnol at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.

Promoted Hanover top Bundesliga

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Berlin (AFP) – Promoted Hanover 96 went provisionally top of the German Bundesliga on Friday when a 2-0 win over Hamburg saw them climb above Dortmund and Hoffenheim.

Those three teams had been level on seven points going into the weekend where Dortmund play Cologne and Hoffenheim take on Hertha Berlin on Sunday.

German female referee makes history as Leckie nets again

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany’s Bibiana Steinhaus made history on Sunday as the first female referee to officiate a match in a top European league by taking charge of Hertha Berlin’s 1-1 draw with Werder Bremen.

Steinhaus became the first woman to referee a top-tier match in the German, English, French, Italian or Spanish leagues when she oversaw the Bundesliga encounter in Berlin.

German female referee makes history as Leckie nets again

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany’s Bibiana Steinhaus made history on Sunday as the first female referee to officiate a match in a top European league by taking charge of Hertha Berlin’s 1-1 draw with Werder Bremen.

Steinhaus became the first woman to referee a top-tier match in the German, English, French, Italian or Spanish leagues when she oversaw the Bundesliga encounter in Berlin.

Female ref Bibiana Steinhaus ‘poised to make German league debut’

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany’s Bibiana Steinhaus is set to make Bundesliga history on Sunday by becoming the first woman to referee in one of Europe’s top leagues, according to reports.

Top German daily newspapers Bild and Die Welt claim the 38-year-old Steinhaus will officiate when Hertha Berlin host Werder Bremen in Germany’s top flight in the capital on Sunday.

Female ref Bibiana Steinhaus ‘poised to make German league debut’

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany’s Bibiana Steinhaus is set to make Bundesliga history on Sunday by becoming the first woman to referee in one of Europe’s top leagues, according to reports.

Top German daily newspapers Bild and Die Welt claim the 38-year-old Steinhaus will officiate when Hertha Berlin host Werder Bremen in Germany’s top flight in the capital on Sunday.

Kevin-Prince Boateng makes Eintracht debut

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Berlin (AFP) – Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng made his first appearance for Eintracht Frankfurt at Freiburg on Sunday - back in the Bundesliga two years after being thrown out of the Schalke squad.

The 30-year-old only signed a three-year deal with Frankfurt on Friday after a hasty exit from Spanish club Las Palmas, who the Ghana international left citing ‘personal reasons’.

Kevin-Prince Boateng signs for Eintracht

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Berlin (AFP) – Ghana ‘bad-boy’ midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng could feature for Eintracht Frankfurt in this weekend’s German league match at Freiburg after signing a three-year deal with the Bundesliga club on Friday.

Berlin-born Boateng is back in the Bundesliga after stints at Hertha Berlin, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke, plus spells abroad with Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth, AC Milan and Las Palmas, who he only quit on Wednesday.

Kevin-Prince Boateng signs for Eintracht

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Berlin (AFP) – Ghana ‘bad-boy’ midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng could feature for Eintracht Frankfurt in this weekend’s German league match at Freiburg after signing a three-year deal with the Bundesliga club on Friday.

Berlin-born Boateng is back in the Bundesliga after stints at Hertha Berlin, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke, plus spells abroad with Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth, AC Milan and Las Palmas, who he only quit on Wednesday.

Liverpool down Hertha as Coutinho gets captain’s armband

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Berlin (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp enjoyed a perfect return to Germany on Saturday, as Liverpool beat Hertha Berlin 3-0 in a pre-season friendly with summer signings Dominic Solanke and Mohamed Salah both on the scoresheet.

The game also saw Philippe Coutinho, who has been heavily linked with a $93 million move to Barcelona, handed the captain’s armband, and the Liverpool fans gave the Brazilian playmaker a rousing reception.

Liverpool down Hertha as Coutinho gets captain’s armband

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Berlin (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp enjoyed a perfect return to Germany on Saturday, as Liverpool beat Hertha Berlin 3-0 in a pre-season friendly with summer signings Dominic Solanke and Mohamed Salah both on the scoresheet.

The game also saw Philippe Coutinho, who has been heavily linked with a $93 million move to Barcelona, handed the captain’s armband, and the Liverpool fans gave the Brazilian playmaker a rousing reception.

Thomas Tuchel – rule-breaking coach and innovator

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Berlin (AFP) – His reputation for the unorthodox made Thomas Tuchel the perfect replacement as Borussia Dortmund’s head coach when Jurgen Klopp quit in 2015.

But two years later, Tuchel’s relationship with the Bundesliga giants has turned sour.

Tuchel was axed on Tuesday, with a year left on his contract, after falling out with Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke and losing the support of his dressing room.

Aubameyang seals Dortmund’s German Cup final win

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Berlin (AFP) – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converted a second-half penalty to seal Borussia Dortmund’s 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in Saturday’s German Cup final - on what could be his final Dortmund appearance.

Aubameyang’s calmly taken spot-kick was his 40th goal this season for Dortmund in all competitions and ended Dortmund’s misery after losing the three previous cup finals in Berlin in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Dortmund eye German Cup, Aubameyang eyes door

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Berlin (AFP) – Hot-shot striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bids to lift his first title with Borussia Dortmund on Saturday amidst growing speculation the German Cup final will be his last appearance for the club.

Dortmund face Eintracht Frankfurt at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium at 2000 local time (1800 GMT) with Borussia bidding to end their run of three straight defeats in Germany’s showcase final.

Dortmund eye German Cup, Aubameyang eyes door

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Berlin (AFP) – Hot-shot striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bids to lift his first title with Borussia Dortmund on Saturday amidst growing speculation the German Cup final will be his last appearance for the club.

Dortmund face Eintracht Frankfurt at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium at 2000 local time (1800 GMT) with Borussia bidding to end their run of three straight defeats in Germany’s showcase final.

Bomb-victim Marc Bartra eyes Dortmund playing return

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Berlin (AFP) – Marc Bartra says he has a renewed passion for football as he prepares to play again after fracturing his wrist in a bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus.

The centre-back returned to training on Wednesday - 29 days after surgery on his right wrist having been hit by flying glass when three bombs blasted the Dortmund team bus last month on the way to a Champions League home match.

RB Leizpig claim automatic Champions League berth

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Berlin (AFP) – RB Leipzig capped off a superb first Bundesliga campaign by securing automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League as Timo Werner scored twice in their 4-1 thrashing of Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

Leipzig, founded by energy drinks giants Red Bull in 2009, only reached Germany’s top flight this season after four promotions in seven years.

RB Leizpig claim automatic Champions League berth

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Berlin (AFP) – RB Leipzig capped off a superb first Bundesliga campaign by securing automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League as Timo Werner scored twice in their 4-1 thrashing of Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

Leipzig, founded by energy drinks giants Red Bull in 2009, only reached Germany’s top flight this season after four promotions in seven years.

Darmstadt relegated from Bundesliga

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Berlin (AFP) – Bottom side Darmstadt were relegated from the Bundesliga on Saturday after Torsten Frings’ team were beaten 1-0 at champions Bayern Munich.

The defeat leaves Darmstadt, coached by ex-Germany midfielder Frings, nine points from safety with two games left after Juan Bernat scored Bayern’s winning goal in Munich.

Darmstadt relegated from Bundesliga

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Berlin (AFP) – Bottom side Darmstadt were relegated from the Bundesliga on Saturday after Torsten Frings’ team were beaten 1-0 at champions Bayern Munich.

The defeat leaves Darmstadt, coached by ex-Germany midfielder Frings, nine points from safety with two games left after Juan Bernat scored Bayern’s winning goal in Munich.

Germany probes new message claiming Dortmund attack

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Berlin (AFP) – German prosecutors said Saturday they were examining a third claim of responsibility for blasts that rocked Borussia Dortmund’s team bus, but no new suspects have yet emerged.

With Dortmund players due back on the pitch in Germany’s premier league, the Bundesliga, police are pursuing leads in their probe of Tuesday’s attack that left Spanish international Marc Bartra and a policeman injured.

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Euro 2017: Daniel English Scores Brilliant Bobby Charlton-esque Solo Goal For England Blind Team (Video)

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England are off to a flyer at the European Blind Football Championships in Berlin, beating Romania 6-0 in their opening Group A fixture before following up with a 7-0 demolition of France.

Star of the show was Daniel English, who got the ball rolling (both figuratively and literally) against Les Bleus with a fantastically deft strike.