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Read Our Progress Report on Bayern Munich’s Performances After 11 Gameweeks

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With an injury-cursed Borussia Dortmund floundering at the bottom of the 2014 Bundesliga table and with a typically dominant Bayern Munich sitting pretty at the top, Der Klassiker may have lacked some of the drive that it has had in the past few years, as we have seen it determine the winner of the Bundesliga, the DFB-Pokal and the 2013 UEFA Champions League, yet watching the match one could have easily been fooled into believing otherwise.

Read Our Progress Report on Bayern Munich’s Performances After 11 Gameweeks

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With an injury-cursed Borussia Dortmund floundering at the bottom of the 2014 Bundesliga table and with a typically dominant Bayern Munich sitting pretty at the top, Der Klassiker may have lacked some of the drive that it has had in the past few years, as we have seen it determine the winner of the Bundesliga, the DFB-Pokal and the 2013 UEFA Champions League, yet watching the match one could have easily been fooled into believing otherwise.

Sami Khedira Has Signed A Pre-Contract Agreement With Bayern Munich, Says Report

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Late yesterday, Spain's premier radio network Cadena SER broke news that Real Madrid would not be offering midfielder Sami Khedira a new contract. Speculation is the club was unhappy with the German international for failing to renew his contract with the Spanish giants last season.

Cadena SER also reported that officials at the La Liga side believed the midfielder has "lost importance in the Real Madrid dressing room", and the club has an agreement in place for next summer with another European clubreplacement for another midfielder.

Sami Khedira Has Signed A Pre-Contract Agreement With Bayern Munich, Says Report

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Late yesterday, Spain's premier radio network Cadena SER broke news that Real Madrid would not be offering midfielder Sami Khedira a new contract. Speculation is the club was unhappy with the German international for failing to renew his contract with the Spanish giants last season.

Cadena SER also reported that officials at the La Liga side believed the midfielder has "lost importance in the Real Madrid dressing room", and the club has an agreement in place for next summer with another European clubfora replacement in its midfield.

Bayern Munich Captain Philipp Lahm Out For Three Months

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This is a disaster. That may sound like hyperbole, but for anyone who has watched Bayern Munich play soccer over the past few months, not to mention the past decade, knows how significant it is for Der FCB to lose captain Philipp Lahm for three months to an ankle injury. Not only is Lahm the team's captain, he is their most versatile and talented defender and is easily one of the best full backs playing right now.

Bayern Munich Captain Philipp Lahm Out For Three Months

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This is a disaster. That may sound like hyperbole, but for anyone who has watched Bayern Munich play soccer over the past few months, not to mention the past decade, knows how significant it is for Der FCB to lose captain Philipp Lahm for three months to an ankle injury. Not only is Lahm the team's captain, he is their most versatile and talented defender and is easily one of the best full backs playing right now.

Frustrated Bayern Munich Star Xherdan Shaqiri Open to Move Away From Club

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Bayern Munich midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri has recently voiced his frustrations over the lack of playing time he is currently experiencing with the German giants. The Switzerland international has only been given three combined starts in Bundesliga and Champions League play. Despite the lack of time of the pitch, Shaqiri has managed to record two goals and two assists on the campaign so far (all within his last six appearances).

Bayern Munich’s Domestic Stranglehold is the Only Factor Preventing European Domination

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Just over 13 months ago, Bayern Munich produced the kind of performance that makes soccer supportersrevere in awe at what they're witnessing.

The Bavarians dismantled Manchester City 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium, taking the English outfit apart with a display that was bristling with supreme quality.

Franck Ribery Slapped In The Face By Scarf-Wielding Hamburg Fan (Video)

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Bayern Munich cruised to a routine 1-3 away victory over Hamburg in the DFB Pokallast night though the night wasn't completely without incident, with a scarf-wielding fan doing Franck Ribery a bit of a mischief right at the end of the game.

English Premier League

Midfielder targeted for Manchester United transfer in January

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Midfielder targeted for Manchester United transfer in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

German champions Bayern Munich are targeting Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera in January, according to German website Sport 1. Pep Guardiola is eyeing the Spanish midfielder as a replacement for skipper Philipp Lahm, who is set to spend at least two and a half months on the sidelines with a fractured ankle.

Draft11.com – The New And Exciting Way To Play Fantasy Soccer

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Every year, I push myself to make a fantasy soccer side. Usually based around the English Premier League, I pick my side that is going to see me top the world. And then I leave it. This year, I still have Olivier Giroud in the team, despite him being injured until the turn of the year. Two years ago, Alex Song stayed in my side for an entire season, despite him moving fromArsenalto Barcelona.

Liverpool can secure €20m target in January

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Liverpool can secure €20m target in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Bayern Munich wingerXherdan Shaqiri will be allowed to leave the Allianz Arena in January, according to one of Germany's most reliable sources BILD. The Swiss international has been a long-term target for Liverpool and we could well see him in a Reds' shirt two months later.

Ranking the 5 Best Defensive Partnerships In Europe

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The following defensive partnerships are based on current club form and collaborative performances over the past three seasons. Also taken into account is the overall strength of the leagues these defensive unions compete in, as well as any domestic and European achievements of their clubs have accumulated.

Robert Enke’s Death Is An Example Of Why Depression In Soccer Needs More Attention

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November 10th seemedjust like another day in thesoccercalendar but the date marked the 5thanniversary of the death of Robert Enke.The former German international, who was tipped to be his country's No. 1 at the World Cup in South Africa, took his own life at the age of 32.

Enke had battled depression, but unfortunately felt that he only had one option open to him.

Bayern Munich Chairman Says Louis Van Gaal Has A Huge Ego And Wanted to Van Gaal-ize Club

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In an interview with the German weekly news magazineDer Spiegel, Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has criticized Louis van Gaal by saying he has a "huge ego" and that the current Manchester United manager wanted to "Van Gaal-ize" the Bundesliga giants.

Van Gaal took control of the German clubin July 2009 and subsequently led Bayern Munich to a league and cup double during his first year in charge, only missing out on the treble by losing to Inter Milan in the Champions League final in Madrid.

Soccer TV: Liverpool vs Chelsea and PSG vs Marseille

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Liverpool host undefeated Chelsea in the Premier League and PSG and Marseille meet in the Ligue 1 classico on the weekend soccer TV schedule. Read More

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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There are moments that typically come to define an entire season, and in the Premier League this weekend, the fixture computer has churned out a pair of matches that stir memories of unhinged drama from campaigns gone by.

Those two fixtures feature prominently in our list as does an enticing clash from Germany, which will see one of the Bundesliga's most underwhelming sides tackle one of the year's surprise packages.

Manchester City and Marco Reus Would Be A Match Made In Heaven

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Manchester City's longstanding core of magnificent players stood up and made themselves counted in the recent Manchester derby. Their captain Vincent Kompany was imposing and imperious, Pablo Zabaleta was eminently industrious, Yaya Toure rediscovered his intimidating swagger and Sergio Aguero was forensically clinical in front of goal.

Soccer TV: Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City vs Manchester United

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Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund meet in the Bundesliga and it's the Manchester derby in the Premier League on the weekend soccer TV schedule. Read More

Buy first, develop players later

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17.2% is the rather paltry percentage of homegrown players in Europe's top leagues according to a new survey.

The Centre International d'Etude du Sport (CIES) in Switzerland found the average has fallen from 20.2% four years ago. They took 'homegrown' as a player who had spent at least three years in a club's academy between the ages of 15 and 21.

Win for Everton, goal for Herculez Gomez

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Tim Howard and Everton won in the Premier League and Herculez Gomez scored for Tigres over the weekend. Read More

Soccer TV: Real Madrid vs Barcelona and Manchester United vs Chelsea

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Real Madrid and Barcelona meet in the clasico and Manchester United host Chelsea on the weekend soccer TV schedule. Read More

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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The match between Spain's two most illustrious outfits is one of the most hotly anticipated spectacles on the footballing calendar, and all eyes will be on the Santiago Bernabeu this weekend for that one.

Elsewhere, we've got the top two sides in Germany going head-to-head,while the Premier League also boasts a pair of intriguing clashes.

Hardmen

German Striker Defies Doctor’s Orders And Returns To Football After Four Heart Surgeries, Plays With Auto-Defibrillator In His Chest

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By Chris Wright

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Back in July of 2013, Stuttgart Kickers striker Daniel Engelbrecht collapsed on the pitch during a game against Rot-Weiss Erfurt in the German third division and had to be given emergency resuscitation to keep him alive.

Having been rushed to hospital, a subsequent medical examination showed the 24-year-old had been suffering from an inflamed heart muscle as well as an abnormal heart rhythm.

Tim Wiese Set To Make WWE Debut This Weekend – What Will His Wrestling Name Be?

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By Chris Wright

According to reports in today's Bild, ex-Germany 'keeper turned solid meat-wad Tim Wiese is set to make his long-awaited WWE debut this weekend.

Apparently Wiese, who told the paper he "no longer gives two figs about football" is set to make his first appearance for the wrestling companyat their"WWE Live Event" in Frankfurton Saturday, though it's unlikely that the former Werder Bremenstopper will actually be doing any grappling yet.

Leipzig Striker Daniel Frahn Hits The ‘RKO Outta Nowhere!’ Goal Celebration (Video)

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By Chris Wright

We're kind of over this now, but it looks like the 'RKO Outta Nowhere!!!' fad has just reached the 2. Bundesliga, with Leipzig striker Daniel Frahn celebrating his goal against Vfl Bochum at the weekend by laying the smacketh down on his American teammateTerrence Boyd.

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Bochum Striker Mikael Forssell Forced To Report Late For Training Because ‘A Cat Sat Near His Car’

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By Chris Wright

Ex-Chelsea, Birmingham and Leeds strikerMikael Forssell was forced to report late to training with current employers VfL Bochum yesterday after being trapped in his house by a rogue pussy cat.

Before you start sniggering, we should perhaps also mention that the cat was SAT QUITE CLOSE TO HIS CAR.

FAIL: Christoph Kramer Seals Rare Win For Borussia Dortmund With Nonchalant 45-Yard Own-Goal (Video)

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By Chris Wright

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Rock bottom of the3 Bundesliga going into the game following a moribund start to the season, Borussia Dortmund were handed a rare victory over Borussia Monchengladbach this afternoon after Christoph Kramer took pity on Jurgen Klopp's struggling mob and donated them a beautifully nonchalant 45-yard own-goal.

Football GIF: Dortmund’s Henrikh Mikhtaryan Almost Knocked Unconscious By His Own Goalkeeper!

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By Chris Wright

Looking like something culled from slow-motion NCAP car safety testing footage, here's Dortmund forwardHenrikh Mkhitaryan having his neck muscles and vertebrae tested to their limits against Bayern Munich this evening courtesy of his goalkeeper, Roman Weidenfeller.

Eye-Waterer: Hamburg Keeper Jaroslav Drobny Uses Sensitive Area To Make Painful Save vs Bayern Munich (Video)

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By Chris Wright

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As previously mentioned, Bayern Munich beat Hamburg 3-1 in the DFB Pokal last night, so Hamburg keeperJaroslav Drobny is probably wondering why he bothered to make one save in particular as he nurses his tender, swollen cobblersthis morning.

Hamburg Sub Resorts To Desperate ‘Sunday League’ Tactics To Distract Hertha Berlin Forward (Video)

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By Chris Wright

With Hertha Berlin wingerAnis Ben Hatira bearing down on his team's goal, Hamburg substitute Gojko Kacar resorted to desperate Sunday League-style tactics in an attempt to throw his opponent off.

It didn't work...

We can't for the life of us fathom why, but it seemsSunday League defendingis very "in" at the moment.

Germany

BILD: Striker set for cheap Arsenal transfer in January

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BILD: Striker set for cheap Arsenal transfer in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Lukas Podolski's nightmare at Arsenal may be soon coming to an end. One of the most reliable sources in Germany, BILD, has reported today that the striker will be allowed to leave the Emirates Stadium in January for a startlingly low price of€5 million in January.

When the ball was over the Wall

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Europe has been commemorating 25 years since the Berlin Wall fell.

That momentous event also marked the end of the German Democratic Republic's national team, who had competed in FIFA & UEFA competitions, qualifying only once for a major tournament, the 1974 World Cup, where they memorably beat hosts West Germany in the group stage.

Champions League

Soccer News: Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga

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Borussia Dortmund struggling in the Bundesliga is a bigger story than their success in the Champions League in Tuesday's soccer news. Read More

Dortmund’s Marco Reus Scores 30-Yard Tomahawk With Perfect Trajectory vs Galatasaray (Video)

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By Chris Wright

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Dortmund pretty much passed Galatasaray to death on their way to a 4-0 victory in Istanbul in the Champions League last night, thus preserving the Bundesliga side's immaculate start to the competition.

With some truly delightful interplay from a midfield strata boastingShinji Kagawa, HenrikhMkhitaryan, Marco Reus and later the returning Ilkay Gundogan, Dortmund dismantled their hosts though it was Reus who grabbed the goal of the night with an altogether more direct approach.

Bayern Munich Attend Special Audience With Pope Francis The Day After Leaving Roma In Ruins (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

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Just hours after leaving Roma in tatters, the Bayern Munich entourage piled over to the Vatican City for an after-party at Pope Francis' gaff.

Having promised him a "very special gift" earlier in the week, Bayern handed over a signed football and a rather natty signed FCB shirt complete with the pontiff's name and number on the back.

The Rest

Football GIF: Manuel Neuer Impresses Eintracht Frankfurt’s Coach With Ice Cold Backheel Flick

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By Chris Wright

Safe to say even Eintracht Frankfurt coach Thomas Schaaf was suitably impressed with Manuel Neuer's gracefully cool flicked pass duringBayern Munich's rampant 0-4 victory...

Now, compare and contrast that with the polar opposite levels of grace under pressure displayed by Liverpool 'keeperSimon Mignolet against Chelsea earlier.

Soccer TV: Hertha BSC vs Hannover and Bolton vs Wigan

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Hertha BSC host Hannover in the Bundesliga on GolTV and Bolton play Wigan on beIN Sport on Friday's soccer TV schedule. Read More

Reasons Why Borussia Dortmund Are Experiencing Problems In The Bundesliga

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Although Borussia Dortmund's win over St Pauli in the DFB-Pokal eased some tensions, problems still remain, as Dortmund have made a terrible start to the Bundesliga season. Already 14 points behind league-leading Bayern Munich, Dortmund have only won two out of their opening nine games of the season.

Soccer TV: Schalke vs Augsburg and Deportivo vs Getafe

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Schalke and Augsburg meet in the Bundesliga on GolTV and Deportivo play Getafe on beIN en Espanol on Friday's soccer TV schedule. Read More