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Could Pep Guardiola Leave Bayern At End Of Season?

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Fascinating comment by Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola thathe would be happy to leave Bayern Mat the end of the seasonif the club's hierarchy are not happy with his work.

Guardiola has been his usual brilliant self in Munich, wining the league in record time, winning the Club World Cup, and reaching the German Cup final and Champions League semifinals where they will meet Real Madrid.

Five-star Bayern Munich On Course for Another Treble After DFB-Pokal Win [VIDEO]

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Bayern Munich booked their place in the final of the DFB-Pokal by crushing Kaiserlautern in a 5-1 victory. Pep Guardiola's men remained on track to emulate their achievements of last season, after a difficult time suffering a couple of losses recently.

After securing the Bundesliga title in March, Bayern Munich played five games but won only on one occasion, against Manchester United in their Champions League quarter finalssecond-leg.

Are Bayern Munich right to dump Mandzukic for Lewandowski?

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Are Bayern Munich right to dump Mandzukic for Lewandowski? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It was announced in January, after already poaching Mario Gotze from Borussia Dortmund, that star striker Robert Lewandowski would leave the club in the summer on a free transfer destination Bavaria.

Extra boost for Man Utd: Bayern Munich’s 53-game unbeaten run comes to an end

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If their 0-4 win at Newcastle wasn't enough of a boost for Manchester United ahead of this week's Champions League quarter-final second leg, Bayern Munich have lost for the first time since October 2012. The Bundesliga and European champions' 53-match unbeaten run came to an end with a 1-0 at Augsburg.

Bayern Munich Bans Two British Tabloid Newspapers For Schweinsteiger Insults

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Bayern Munich have banned British tabloid newspapersThe Sun and The Daily Mirror from attending the UEFA Champions League clash with Manchester United next week, after deeming headlines about Bastian Schweinsteiger to be insulting.

The articles were published in the wake of the experienced midfielder's controversial red card in the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Tuesday, using insulting headlines such as ‘You dirty Schwein' and ‘You Schwein' as a pun on the German word ‘pig.

Watzke Insists There Is No War Between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund

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Borussia Dortmund Chief Executive Hans-Joachim Watzke says that there is no war with Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich. The relationship between both sides grew tense after the transfers of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski to Bayern, and was followed by the war of words between Bayern director Matthias Sammer and BVB coach Jurgen Klopp.

English Premier League

Scouting Julian Draxler – Arsenal’s next transfer signing?

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Scouting Julian Draxler Arsenal's next transfer signing? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

NAME: Julian Draxler

AGE: 20

POSITION: Attacking left midfielder

CLUB: Schalke

NATIONALITY: Germany

MARKET VALUE: £26,500,000 (source: Transfermarkt)

WANTED BY: Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Chelsea

Signed by current club Schalke at the age of eight, Julian Draxler is fast becoming Europe's hottest prospects.

Manchester United miss out on yet another midfield target

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Manchester United miss out on yet another midfield target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have missed out on Borussia Dortmund midfielderIlkay Gundogan, who has committed his future to the German club, by signing a new contract that will keep him at the club till 2016.

Manchester United offer £260,000 a week for €40m midfielder

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Manchester United offer £260,000 a week for €40m midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester Unitedare offering Toni Kroos £260,000 a week to lure the midfielder away from Bayern Munich in the summer, according to reports from The Guardian.

The Red Devils manager David Moyes understands that getting the midfielder will be difficult, especially if Bayern maintain their stance that he is not for sale, but has not given up the hope.

Liverpool interested in £35m Manchester United target

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Liverpool interested in £35m Manchester United target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League giants Liverpool have joined the race to sign Toni Kroos in the summer.

According to Oliver Kay, Liverpool are interested in signing Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich, butthe possibility of bringing the midfielder to Merseyside looks highly unlikely due to the money involved.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The English Premier League title could take a major step toward being decided this weekend when league leaders Liverpool take on third placed Manchester City. The Citizens, who enter the matchup four points back with two games in hand, knocked off the Reds, 2-1, back in December.

Bundesliga giants snap up Arsenal and Manchester United target

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Bundesliga giants snap up Arsenal and Manchester United target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have seemingly missed out on a potential summer target, with news coming in today that Borussia Dortmund have sealed an €8m agreement to sign Freiburg's Matthias Ginter.

According to German newspaper 'Bild', Dortmund have stolen ahead of the Gunners for the 20-year-old, who was also a reported target for Manchester United.

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Week

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So often within a long, arduous league campaign a title can hinge on the result of one game.

Sure if you want to be crowned champions there is a demand to be consistent over the entirety of the season. Sure you'll pick up some vital results along the way. But silverware at the end of a domestic season regularly teeters on the outcome of one result in the final knockings of the campaign.

Draw for UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals Revealed

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The draw for the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League semi-finals have been made, and we now know who the four teams (Chelsea, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich) will play.

REAL MADRID vs BAYERN MUNICH
ATLETICO MADRID
vs CHELSEA

Before the draw happened, if you were FOX Sports, you would have hoped for a Chelsea against Real Madrid final.

UEFA Champions League: What We’ve Learnt From This Week’s Quarter-Finals

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Just four teams remain in the UEFA Champions League, and after a quartet of exceptional quarter-final ties, this tournament seems intent on getting better and better. At this juncture, each of the four sides left in the competition know they're a mere three games away from winning the biggest prize of them all.

Where Are They Now? Players From Bayern Munich-Manchester United 1999 Champions League Final

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Fifteen years after the unbelievable UEFA Champions League final between the European giants Bayern Munich and Manchester United, the two teams clash again this week in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.

There's no question that the 1999 Champions League final had one of the most dramatic final few minutes in the showpiece's history.

Bild: False rumour on €40m Manchester United target

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Bild: False rumour on €40m Manchester United target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Professor of University of Bedfordshire, Garry Whannel, coined a term 'vortexuality'. Don't get confused with the term. It means, modern media outlets (be it new media or old media) have a tendency to regurgitate any hot topics, until the news revolves like a vortex.

WATCH Bayern Munich vs Manchester United, 1999 Champions League Final; The Full 90 Minutes [VIDEO]

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Editor's note: This marks the first of a new series, entitled 'The Full 90 Minutes,' at World Soccer Talk where we bring you classic matches from years gone by. The concept of the series is that we'll hand pick the best matches. We won't include any spoilers, and we'll present the entire match in its entirety for you to watch.

Chelsea vs Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund, 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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Here is today's TV/Internet schedule for matches being shown in the US:

Chelsea vs Paris Saint-Germain, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1andFOX Soccer 2Go
Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go

Starting line-ups:

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Lampard, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Eto'o

Paris Saint-Germain: Sirigu; Jallet, Alex, Silva, Maxwell; Verratti, Motta, Matuidi, Lucas; Cavani, Lavezzi.

Why Manchester United Will Continue To Pursue Toni Kroos

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The Daily Telegraph's Oliver Brown recently wrote: "More than William Carvalho at Sporting Lisbon, or Ilkay Gündogan at Borussia Dortmund, it is Kroos who potentially offers the single most effective antidote to United's midfield malaise."

What Toni Kroos represents to Manchester United is the midfield engine, which has been missing at the club since the departure of Roy Keane.

€40m Manchester United target offered to Real Madrid by agent?

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€40m Manchester United target offered to Real Madrid by agent? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Bayern Munich star Toni Kroos hasbeen linked with a stunning move to Real Madrid after his agent offered the player to the Galacticos, claim Spanish Newspaper El Confidential.

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Qualification for the Champions League has become so vital for the biggest clubs in Europe. The glitz and glamor of the continent's premier club competition is envied by supporters around the world, but it is the prestige and the financial windfall that's become so important in the fast-moving, modern game.

Chelsea to hijack Arsenal striker-target in the summer?

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Chelsea to hijack Arsenal striker-target in the summer? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The last two transfer windows taught us one interesting lesson, that, in Europe, there is an acute demand of top strikers, with players like Radamel Falcao, Edinson Cavani and Gonzalo Higuain, all were signed for over£30m.

Arsenal transfer news: Wenger in pole position to sign Bayern attacker

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Arsenal transfer news: Wenger in pole position to sign Bayern attacker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to the Daily Mail, Juventus and Arsenal are locked in a race to sign Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic, with the Gunners currently in pole position.

There has been much talk concerning the Croatian striker's future at Bayern, with Robert Lewendowski arriving in the summer to surely lead the line next season.

German giants to offer Chelsea and Arsenal target contract extension?

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German giants to offer Chelsea and Arsenal target contract extension? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to talkSport,Bayern Munich are set open contract talks with Chelsea and Arsenal target Mario Madzukic in a bid to keep the Croatian striker at the club beyond the summer.

Manchester United vs Bayern Munich and Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid, 1st Leg: Open Thread

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The quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League kick off today with two matches that will be played simultaneously, making it a tough decision which one to watch.

For viewers in the United States, here is today's TV and Internet schedule:

Manchester United vs Bayern Munich, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go

For the Manchester United-Bayern Munich game on FOX Sports 1, the commentators will be Gus Johnson and Eric Wynalda.

Liverpool and Arsenal to Battle for £8m Swiss Starlet

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Liverpool and Arsenal to Battle for £8m Swiss Starlet - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Swiss international Josip Drmic has scored 16 goals this season and both Arsenaland Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing him.

According to The Mirror, Arsenal reportedly remain locked in a battle with both Liverpool and Everton, as well as Bundesliga sides Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen.

Former Bayern Star: Manchester United Have No Chance Against Us

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Former Bayern Star: Manchester United Have No Chance Against Us - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The formerBayern Munichstar Mario Basler, who scored in the 1999 Champions League final against the Red Devils, says there is no chance of his former club losing toManchester United.

Bayern Munich Refuse to Sell Toni Kroos

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Bayern Munich Refuse to Sell Toni Kroos - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Bayern Munich's chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has reiterated that Manchester United target Toni Kroos, whose contract expires in 2015, will not be allowed to leave at the end of the season.

The 24-year-old midfielder has yet to extend his contract, which runs out in the summer of 2015, but United had looked into the possibility of signing the player this summer to continue a rebuilding of the squad that started with Juan Mata's arrival from Chelsea for £37.

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Werder Bremen’s Nils Petersen Scores Wonderfully Cultured Own-Goal vs Mainz (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Ah! The Bundesliga Youtube channel: the gift that just keeps on giving!

This week's choice instalment comes from Saturday's tie between Werder Bremen and Mainz in which Bremen striker Nils Petersen back to help out in defence for a Mainz corner in the fifth minute of the game awkwardly swings with his outside foot at the cross and shonks an extremely cultured dipping shot into his own top corner.

Angry Eintracht Frankfurt Fan Topples Acrobatically Over Stadium Wall (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Gawd bless the Bundesliga's brilliant official Youtube channel for continually proffering forth wonderful nuggets like this.

Here we see an Eintracht Frankfurt fan, incandescent with rage despite his side winning 2-0 against Mainz last Saturday, harrumphing his way down to the perimeter wall to unleash all holy hell on the players only to overcook it and lollop over the hoarding in slow, comical style.

Football Vine: Ivica Olic Somehow Manages To Hit Crossbar Twice In Space Of One Nanosecond

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By Chris Wright

In which Wolfsburg's Ivica Olic somehow manages to hit the bar with both a shot and an unwitting rebound twice in the space of about 0.05 seconds...

Impressive, unless you're a Wolfsburg fan of course.

Barbaric Eintracht Braunschweig Fans Tie Up Dead Goat At Hannover Training Ground (Horrible Graphic Photo)

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By Chris Wright

Ahead of the two sides' Bundesliga meeting this weekend, Eintract Braunschweig fans have apparently left a truly despicable and threatening message at the Hannover 96 training ground this morning tying up a dead goat (crudely painted in their local rivals' colours) to a fence along with a message reading "On Sunday we will suffocate you shitheads".

Keeper Knocked Doolally At Point-Blank Range As Augsburg Score Dreadful Own-Goal vs Mainz (Video)

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By Chris Wright

In which, over in the Bundesliga last Sunday afternoon, FCAugsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz unintentionally has his front teeth knocked down his throat whenteam-mate Matthias Ostrzolek attempts to clear one off the goal-line only to absolutely cannon the ball into his own goal via his 'keeper's face.

Manchester United

Bayern Munich Ban Both The Sun And The Mirror For ‘Personally Insulting’ Schweinsteiger Headlines

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By Chris Wright

Bayern Munich have banned the The Sun and The Mirror from the Allianz Arena for thesecond leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Manchester United after both papers ran with "personally insulting" puns about Bastian Schweinsteiger after the first leg at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening.

Pep Guardiola Jokes He May Well Have Taken The Man Utd Job But For Fergie’s Impenetrable Scottish Accent

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By Chris Wright

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Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has joshed that he may well have taken the Manchester United job a couple of years back but for his inability to decypher Sir Alex Ferguson's nigh-on impenetrable Scottish accent.

Having left Barcelona at the conclusion of the 2011/12 to embark upon a self-imposed 12-month managerial sabbatical, Guardiola met with Ferguson for a casual dinner in a New York restaurant five months before United's Scottish overlord announced he was retiring joking that he may have unwittingly passed on the opportunity to take over from Sir Alex at Old Trafford as he was unable to understand him properly.

The Rest

Soccer TV: Schalke – Eintracht and Montpellier – Marseille

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Schalke - Eintracht meet in the Bundesliga on GolTV and Montpellier - Marseille are on beIN Sport on Friday's soccer TV schedule. Read More

Air Jurgen: Dortmund Coach Klopp Takes To The Skies In Slow-Motion To Celebrate Marco Reus’ Winning Goal (Video)

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By Chris Wright

From the very same game that witnessed Ivica Olic somehow manage to hit the crossbar twice in the space of a fraction of a second, Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp celebrated Marco Reus' ever-so-slightly fortunate winning goal against Wolfsburg on Saturday evening by blasting off into the ionosphere in slow motion much like Michael Jordan's climactic dunk in 'Space Jam'.

Stabbed in the Mac

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The FO have left me feeling betrayed. Again.

In case you weren't aware, scoring goals in soccer is really difficult. This is undeniably true across all levels of soccer. The most common scores in the four major European leagues (EPL, La Liga, Serie A, and Bundesliga) are either 1-0 or 1-1. Remember that the world's best scorers play in those leagues.

Goalscorers don’t sit on benches and neither should...

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Goalscorers don't sit on benches and neither should Huntelaar

ByMohamed Moallim

It's reached the point where Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is no longer frustrated; this summer will be his fourth successive tournament with Oranje, under a third different manager, but Huntelaar's situation remains the same.