No team has won the UEFA Champions League trophy for two consecutive years since 1990, but there has never been a squad that looked more equipped to do so than the current holders, Bayern Munich. It can certainly be said that Bayern are perfectly placed to re-establish itself as a European powerhouse such as the club did from 1974-1976 when it won three consecutive European Cups.
The first legs of every last-16 Champions League tie were concluded this week and we're beginning to establish a clearer picture of who looks likely to be challenging for the European Cup come the final in Lisbon on Saturday May 24.
After the first four games saw no goals for any of the home sides, those teams on their own patch were able to fare slightly better this time round.
Bayern Munich are currently perched high atop the Bundesliga table, 20 (twenty!) points clear of Borussia Dortmund in second and yet to taste defeat so far this season winning all but two of their domestic league games.
Indeed, the last time Bayern lost in the Bundesliga was against Bayer Leverkusen onOctober 28th, 2012- roughly 17 months ago.
"It was the best goal of my career" said Hakan Çalhanoğlu after his 40 yard free kick made a fool of Borussia Dortmund's goalkeeper, Roman Weidenfeller and sealed a 3-0 win that even a week ago would have seemed fanciful.
Çalhanoğlu is only 20 years old so he has many years to try to score a better goal.
Manchester United could miss out on €26m German star - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United could miss out on yet another transfer target, Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels in the summer, as reports in Spain suggests that the highly rated German is apparently looking to move to Barcelona, should he leave Dortmund.
Queens Park Rangers, a blight on English football after the financial mess the club has gotten itself into plus the way they've mismanaged the club, are in an even worse state now after the club revealed it is £177million in debt. As a result, the club may be forced to axe 26 players in order to cut the wage bill, which is currently more than the wage bill at Borussia Dortmund, the finalists of the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final.
With Manchester United needing to strengthen its midfield this summer, there are so many questions revolving around their reported interest in two footballers currently playing in Germany. Are Manchester United thinking along the right lines with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich players, as they look to finally solve their midfield problems?
GIF: Arsenal and Liverpool target scores unbelievable goal for Hamburg - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Hamburg midfielderHakan Calhanoglu, who is said to have been a recent transfer target for both Arsenal and Liverpool, scored an absolutely blinding free-kick against German giants Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, with the effort being hailed as goal-of-the-season so far.
Manchester United: €15m fallen star set for Besiktas escape? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Shinji Kagawa's merry ride in Manchester has been nothing short of frustrating, for both player and fans worldwide, and it is looking increasingly likely that the Japanese international will soon be packing his bags for pastures new.
Moyes Eyes £95m Move For German Trio - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
With reported midfield targets Pogba and Vidal linked to new deals at Juventus, Manchester United's attention appears likely to be shifted to Germany to recruit the quality currently absent in their midfield engine room.
Kagawa, Sahin, Gotze The Curse Of The Ex-Dortmund Players - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
With the January transfer window finally picking up as the early pace-setters look to reinforce and those lagging behind attempt to inject some impetus into their ailing campaigns, there will doubtlessly be plenty of eyes on Jürgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund side.
Arsenal and Man Utd's transfer hopes could rest on the future of Lewis Holtby - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby has been strongly linked with a move to the Bundesliga this month, having fallen down the pecking order at White Hart Lane, but his choice of destination could have a big effect on the transfer aspirations of bothArsenal and Manchester United.
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Manchester United playmaker Shinji Kagawa is wanted by Turkish side Besiktas. The Japan international has failed to make an impression at Old Trafford since his £24m arrival from Borussia Dortmund in 2012. He has fallen further down the pecking order since the arrival of Juan Mata. Besiktas are ready to rescue the 24-year-old from his [.
Shinji Kagawa will remain a Manchester United for the foreseeable future despite Juan Mata's imminent arrival, claims Thomas Kroth, the former Dortmund player's agent.
Kagawa has yet again struggled to make a decisive impact on his United career, having started only 12 games between Premier League and Champions League this season without registering neither a goal nor an assist so far and only showing glimpses of his talent, such as in the 5-0 win away at Leverkusen.
Zur ungewohnten Uhrzeit 18 Uhr findet das Hinspiel des Champions League Achtelfinales zwischen Zenit St. Petersburg und Borussia Dortmund statt. Der russische Vizemeister trifft auf den deutschen Vizemeister. Das Petrowski-Stadion wird nicht ausverkauft sein. Die UEFA sanktionierte den russischen Spitzenklub mit einem Teilausschluss seiner Fans.
Bisher konnte sich Eintracht Frankfurt im DFB-Pokal nicht über mangelndes Losglück beklagen, die Hessen hatten mit Illertissen, Bochum und Sandhausen relativ leichter Gegner vor der Brust. Damit ist jetzt Schluss, am Dienstag kommt mit Borussia Dortmund ein ganz dicker Brocken in die Commerzbank Arena und geht es nach den Sportwettenanbietern, dann werden sich die Hessen dem haushohen Favoriten beugen müssen.
Southampton captain Adam Lallana is a potential target for Champions League finalists Adam Lallana, according to reports. The rumours suggest that the German giants are mulling over a €25m move for the England international. More to follow.
Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino appears to have let slip that Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby has moved to Fulham. Germany international Holtby had been widely tipped to leave Spurs before the transfer window closes, but it had seemed likely he would return to his homeland with Borussia Dortmund or former club Schalke.
Nuri Sahin didn't make it with Liverpool but since his return to Borussia Dortmund via Real Madrid on-loan the Turkish attacking midfielder has bee a revelation and showed his unique quality with from a dead ball situation with this brilliant free-kick in Dortmund's 2-2 draw with Augsburg yesterday.