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Enter to Win a Chance to Take a Penalty Against Manuel Neuer

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We just came across a unique, new contest that we feel you'll be really interested in entering. It's your chance to come to the Allianz FC BayernTeam Presentation and take a penalty against Manuel Neuer, in front of a packed Allianz Arena crowd in Munich on the 9th August.

All you have to do for your chance to win is show how you would celebrate scoring.

Robert Lewandowski Scores Yet Another Pre-Season Pearler As Bayern Munich See Off Wolfsburg (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Bayern Munich beat Wolfsburg 3-0 in the final of the Bundesliga's pre-season half-tournamentcurtain-jerker, theTelekom Cup, with Robert Lewandowski continuing his streak of scoring in all of his Bayern appearances to date by bagging himself acouple of goals the second of which was rather easy on the eye.

Bayern Munich Promise To Never Sack Pep Guardiola

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Pep Guardiola is still in the early stages of preparing for his second season as manager of Bayern Munich. His first season saw the former Barcelona boss win the Bundesliga title, DFB-Pokal, UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup.

Although the Bavarians fell short of repeating their Champions League successes of 2012-13, confidence remains high at the club and Guardiola has been given even more assurance that there will be no abrupt ending to his tenure at the German club.

Bayern Munich Unveils Away Shirt For 2014/15 Season: Official [PHOTOS]

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Bayern Munich has unveiled its new official away shirt for the 2014/15 season.

Described by adidas as "a classic yet modern kit inspired by current fashion trends and street wear," Bayern Munich's away shirt features a predominantly white jersey with an engineered front panel that features three additional horizontal bands in iconic Bayern colors – dark red, tribe blue and mid grey.

Bayern Munich Unveil New 2014/15 Away Kit – It’s Got Stripes! (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

Stripes are definitely in next season as far as Bayern Munich are concerned, with the German champions'new white away strip mirroring the 1990′s red and blue Bavarian retro styling of their new home shirt...

Kind of looks like jim-jams, but we're cool with that.

REVEALED: Bayern Munich 2014/15 Adidas Away Kit

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REVEALED: Bayern Munich 2014/15 Adidas Away Kit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich have released their 2014/15 away kit by Adidas, which gets the nice blend of classic yet modern kit inspired by current fashion trends and street wear.

The last few years have been simply excellent for the German giants, with the Bavarian winning the Champions League two seasons ago.

Robert Lewandowski Scores His First Goal In Bayern Munich Colours Against MSV Duisburg (Video & GIF)

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By Chris Wright

Bayern Munich were held to a measly1-1 draw by third-tier side MSV Duisburg last night but the pre-season friendly was notable for one reason, with Robert Lewandowski scoring his very first goal in Bayern colours to open the scoring on the hour mark...

They'll be many, many, many more of those to come in the not-so-distant future, we suspect.

World Cup winning captain retires from international football

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World Cup winning captain retires from international football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Germany's captain, Philipp Lahm, who led them through a fantastic World Cup winning tournament, has retired from the national side at the age of 30, goingout on an all-time high. Lahm played in 20 World Cup finals matches in his career and retires with the greatest prize in the world of football in his hands.

Read Philipp Lahm’s Letter To Fans After Retiring From German National Team

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Germany defenderPhilipp Lahm announced his retirement from international soccer today, ending his international career on a high note with a World Cup medal after defeating Argentina on Sunday in Brazil.

Lahm, who is versatile as a right back or defensive midfielder, will continue to play with his club Bayern Munich.

Mario Gotze: Genius, Winner & National Hero

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Mario Gotze: Genius, Winner & National Hero - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Having been dropped to the bench for previous poor performances, Mario Gotze was the last roll of the dice for German coach Joachim Low when he threw the Bayern Munich attacker on late against Argentina. Lady Luck would happen to blow on Loew's hand as he rolled the dice, as Mario would prove the match winner for his country and a snake eyes for Argentina.

Mario Gotze: Genius, Winner & National Hero

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Mario Gotze: Genius, Winner & National Hero - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Having been dropped to the bench for previous poor performances, Mario Gotze was the last roll of the dice for German coach Joachim Low when he threw the Bayern Munich attacker on late against Argentina. Lady Luck would happen to blow on Loew's hand as he rolled the dice, as Mario would prove the match winner for his country and a snake eyes for Argentina.

Snapshot: Robert Lewandowski Officially Unveiled By Bayern Munich, Will Wear Hallowed No.9 Jersey

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By Chris Wright

As of this afternoon, Robert Lewandowski is officially Bayern Munich's new No.9 having joined on a free transfer following the dwindling of his contract at Borussia Dortmund...

#Lewandowski will be hunting for goals for #FCBayern in the no.

Thoughts on a world cup final

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If we do get a Germany v Netherlands final I'll be pleased.

Some time ago I was researching the history of the sweeper and watched a lot of games from the sport's past. One player I was particularly interested in was Franz Beckenbauer, so I made a point of digging out quite a few games he played in.

Bundesliga 2014/15 Fixtures Released

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The 2014/15 Bundesliga fixture list has been released and it will kick off on August 22 with a meeting between two German champions: reigning champion Bayern Munich and 2009 champion VfL Wolfsburg.

The first weekend also pits last season's runner-up Borussia Dortmund against Champions League qualifier Bayer Leverkusen, while Schalke travel to play Hannover.

Roy: Louis van Gaal desperately wants Robben at Manchester United

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Former Holland international Bryan Roy has revealed incoming Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is desperate to sign Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben this summer.

The 62-year-old will take the reigns at Old Trafford after stepping down his post as the Holland manager after the completion of the 2014 FIFA World Cup with his national side.

Talented Bayern star heads Arsene Wenger’s wish list for Arsenal

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Talented Bayern star heads Arsene Wenger's wish list for Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will monitor Mario Mandzukic during the 2014 FIFA World Cup as they are willing to sign the Bayern Munich striker in the summer transfer window.

The Gunners manager Arsene Wenger will be Brazil as a French football pundit for the summer tournamnet.

Real Take Lead in Signing Manchester United’s Two Summer Targets

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Real Take Lead in Signing Manchester United's Two Summer Targets - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid are set to beat Manchester United in signing their two summer targets Toni Kroos and Mattia De Sciglio.

According to the Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, the newly crowned UEFA Champions League winners have set their sights on signing Kroos and De Sciglio in the summer transfer window.

English Premier League

Can €100m signings help Liverpool mount serious title challenge?

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Can €100m signings help Liverpool mount serious title challenge? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

At the beginning of last season, few gave Liverpool a chance of breaking into the top 4. Regardless to say, practically no one gave them any chance of being genuine title contenders. Even individuals from within the club publicly stated that finishing in the Champions League places is top priority.

Chelsea Striker Romelu Lukaku Close to Signing £20million Deal to Join Wolfsburg, Says Report

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Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is reportedly on his way to Wolfsburg to sign a £20million deal with the Bundesliga club.

In the United Kingdom, Sky Bet has suspended betting on Lukaku joining Wolfsburg, so there appears to be some weight to the transfer rumor.

Lukaku, 21, has spent the last two seasons on loan away from Chelsea at West Brom and Everton respectively, scoring 32 goals in the process.

CONFIRMED: Chelsea forward joins Bundesliga club on-loan

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CONFIRMED: Chelsea forward joins Bundesliga club on-loan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea forward Lucas Piazon has completed his switch loan move to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday.

A statement on the Blues' official website read, " Lucas Piazon has today joined German side Eintracht Frankfurt on a season-long loan.

Manchester United suffer blow in signing €20m World Cup star

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Manchester United suffer blow in signing €20m World Cup star - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United's hope of signing Mats Hummels has suffered a blow after Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Kloop has suggested the defender will be continue at Signal Iduna Park next season.

Find Out What Leagues Had the Most Players in the World Cup

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Now that the World Cup is over, you may be wondering where you can watch the best players in the world for the next four years.

Here's our guide to the leagues that had the most number of players at the World Cup:

1. Premier League (England and Wales) — 105 World Cup players

US TV coverage: NBC Sports

Stars include Tim Howard (USA), Mesut Ozil (Germany), Andre Schurrle (Germany), Per Mertesacker (Germany),Sergio Aguero (Argentina), Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina), Robin Van Persie (Netherlands),Vincent Kompany (Belgium), Daniel Sturridge (England), Oscar (Brazil), Alexis Sanchez (Chile), Steven Gerrard (England), Oliver Giroud (France), Ramires (Brazil), Willian (Brazil), Patrice Evra (France), Joel Campbell (Costa Rica) and Bryan Ruiz (Costa Rica).

Arsenal plan mega £39.3m offer for German midfield duo

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Arsenal are planning to prepare a raid on Germany players as they are targeting a double swoop for Sami Khedira and Lars Bender.

The Gunners completed the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, who was their first signing of the summer transfer window.

Besler Linked with SC Freiburg in Germany

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We'd heard that the Bundesliga was one of the three locations that Sporting KC captain, Matt Besler, was looking at, along with staying in KC and a move to the Premier League. Today, German magazine, Kicker has put the name of a German club to the interest in Besler.

SC Freiburg, who finished 14th in the 2013-2014 Bundesliga season is apparently one of the teams interested in Besler's services.

From Germany: Liverpool and Arsenal target to consider future after World Cup

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Liverpool and Arsenal have been handed the much needed boost in signing Schalke star Klaas-Jan Huntelaar after the striker admitted that he will speak to the German club over his future after the World Cup.

Videos

Dortmund Respond To Bastian Schweinsteiger’s Apology For Calling Them ‘Sons Of Bitches’ By Offering Him Singing Lessons

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By Chris Wright

Several days ago a video circulated that showed a slightly squiffy Bastian Schweinsteiger singing anti-Borussia Dortmund chant "BVB, sons of bitches" at a party somewhere.

Schweinsteiger's antics caused a minor furore in Bundesliga circles and so, as a damage limitation exercise, the Bayern Munich midfielder issued a video apology via his official Facebook page, with Schweinifilming himselfhumbly mumbling:

"Hello, I'm sending you all a message from my holidays, as it's come to my attention that a video of me has found its way onto the internet.

Robert Lewandowski Tucks Away Filthy Little Lob Against Borussia Mönchengladbach (Video & GIF)

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By Chris Wright

Robert Lewandowski is perhaps predictably off to a flyer at Bayern Munich, following up his debut goal against Duisburg earlier in the week with this utterly filthy little lob againstBorussia Mönchengladbach yesterday evening...

Oooh matron, it's enough to make your loins quiver!

German World Cup-Winning Captain Philipp Lahm Retires From International Football With 113 Caps (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

He may be only 30-years-old, but Germany's World Cup winning captain Philipp Lahm has decided to call time on quite a fantastic international career and focus on his club football with Bayern Munich. The full-back finishes with 113 caps, a haul only Lother Matthaus (150), Miroslav Klose (137) and Lukas Podolski (116) can better.

Transfers & Rumours

How Much? Nicklas Bendtner’s Wage Demands For Eintracht Frankfurt Move Are Astronomical (But Hardly Surprising)

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By Chris Wright

Potential suitors are invited to form an orderly queue...

It would seem that Nicklas Bendtner is struggling to find himself new employersthis summer following his release by Arsenal, which is perhaps not surprising given the vast yawning schism of difference between his own opinion of his talent and his actual ability.

Jurgen Klopp Gives Typically Klopptastic Response To The ‘Mats Hummels To Man Utd’ Rumours

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By Chris Wright

It would appear that Manchester United fans may have to forget about Mats Hummels joining the club at any point in the near future, as Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has issued a fairly definitive response to the ongoing rumours of a transfer this summer.

Man Utd Target Toni Kroos Set For Bargain €25m Move To Real Madrid

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By Alan Duffy

Spanish newspaper Marca has reportedthat Bayern Muncih and Germany midfielder Toni Kroos has agreed a move to Real Madrid for the rather reasonable sum of€25million.

The 24-year-old has played a pivotal role in Germany's march into the last eight of the World Cup and has also established himself as one of the best midfielders in the world in his time in Munich.

Emre Can, And Does, Become Liverpool’s Third Summer Signing After Completing £10m Move From Bayer Leverkusen

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By Chris Wright

Emre Can, and he bloody well will!

Liverpool have confirmed that Emre Can has completed a move to Anfield, with theGermany U21 midfielder signing a "long-term deal" with the club.

Can: "It was an easy decision for me to sign for #LFC after a good chat with the manager.

Borussia Dortmund

Croaitian Attacker Mario Mandzukic Heading to Atletico Madrid from Bayern Munich

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Croatian Striker Mario Mandzukic will be joining Atletico Madrid from Bayern Munich according to Matthias Sammer the Sporting Director of the Bavarian giants. Although nothing has yet been officially announced, Sammer confirmed Mandzukic's departure when announcing the arrival of Bayern's new striker, Robert Lewandowski, in a press conference saying, "Nothing is signed yet.

Report: Gyau set for move to Borussia Dortmund II

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By DAN KARELL

Former U.S. youth international Joseph Gyau looks like he'll be leaving Hoffenheim this summer, but only because he's found a new home with a German powerhouse.

According to reports out of Germany, Gyau featured Sunday for Borussia Dortmund II the Bundesliga club's reserve and Under-23 team that plays in the German third division in their first friendly match ahead of the upcoming season.

Thorgan Hazard

Thorgan Hazard Loaned To Bundesliga

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Today say Chelsea confirming the fourth loan move of the summer so far. This one has seen the younger brother of Eden, Thorgan Hazard make another move away from the club. After spending the last 2 seasons on loan at Belgian club Zulte Waregem he is taking a step up and joining Bundesliga club Borussia Monchengladbach.

Chelsea winger Hazard ‘agrees’ Bundesliga summer switch

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Borussia Monchengladbach have claimed Chelsea winger Thorgan Hazard will join them on loan for the 2014/15 season, with the 21-year-old agreeing his third spell away from Stamford Bridge.

Hazard, the younger brother of Eden, has spent the last two campaignsin his native Belgium withZulte Waregem, winning a number of awards for his performances, including the Belgian Golden Shoe in January previously won by the likes of Vincent Kompany, Axel Witsel and Steven Defour for best player in the Belgian Pro League.

The Rest

German Magazine 11 Freunde Re-Imagine Bundesliga Fixture List As Music Festival Poster, Results Are Sublime… (Photo)

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By Chris Wright

With the Bundesliga fixture list for 2014/15 released today, German football magazine 11 Freunde have re-imagined the timetable as a music festival poster...

Coooool.

+1 for using The Scorpions' font, we appreciate that. "Rock You Like A Hurricane" is a t-ch-oon!

Real Madrid Sign Toni Kroos From Bayern Munich

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For months it looked like Bayern Munich and Germany star Toni Kroos was heading to Manchester United, but a change in manager their gave Real Madrid the opportunity to grab Kroos for the bargain price of €25 million.

Kroos was in his last year of his contract at Bayern, and was not going to sign an extension, allowing the European Champions to get him for a song.

No Liverpool Contact Over Huntelaar, Insist Schalke

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Schalke general manager Horst Heldt insists the club have received no contact from Liverpool over a possible move for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
The Netherlands international has recently been linked with a switch to Anfield as they line up potential replacements for Luis Suarez, with Liverpool currently holding talks with Barcelona over the sale of the striker.

Report: Boyd agrees personal terms with Red Bull Leipzig

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By DAN KARELL

Terrence Boyd could be returning to play in Germany next season.

According to a report in German publication BILD, the U.S. Men's National Team forward has agreed terms with RB Leipzig, who achieved promotion to 2. Bundesliga for the upcoming season. The report states that a transfer fee of €1.