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Don’t ask me to coach again when I’m 80, says Heynckes

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Berlin (AFP) – Jupp Heynckes brings the curtain down on his fourth spell as Bayern Munich coach on Saturday, warning the German giants not to call on him again when he’s 80.

Heynckes takes charge of Bayern for the final time in the German Cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt whose current boss Niko Kovac will take over the Munich hot seat.

Don’t ask me to coach again when I’m 80, says Heynckes

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Berlin (AFP) – Jupp Heynckes brings the curtain down on his fourth spell as Bayern Munich coach on Saturday, warning the German giants not to call on him again when he’s 80.

Heynckes takes charge of Bayern for the final time in the German Cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt whose current boss Niko Kovac will take over the Munich hot seat.

Mancini given job of rebuilding Italy

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Rome (AFP) – Former Manchester City and Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini has been given the job of reviving the fortunes of Italy’s national team six months after their shock failure to qualify for the World Cup.

Italy have been without a permanent coach since Gian Piero Ventura was sacked after the four-time world champions failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

Mancini given job of rebuilding Italy

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Rome (AFP) – Former Manchester City and Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini has been given the job of reviving the fortunes of Italy’s national team six months after their shock failure to qualify for the World Cup.

Italy have been without a permanent coach since Gian Piero Ventura was sacked after the four-time world champions failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

Tops and flops of the 2017/18 Bundesliga season

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Berlin (AFP) – The 2017/18 German Bundesliga season finished on Saturday with Bayern Munich crowned champions for the sixth straight year.

AFP Sport looks at the tops and flops of the league campaign in Germany:

TOPS

Jupp Heynckes (Bayern Munich, head coach)

Not many 73-year-olds get to experience an adventure as Heynckes has done with Bayern this season.

Tops and flops of the 2017/18 Bundesliga season

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Berlin (AFP) – The 2017/18 German Bundesliga season finished on Saturday with Bayern Munich crowned champions for the sixth straight year.

AFP Sport looks at the tops and flops of the league campaign in Germany:

TOPS

Jupp Heynckes (Bayern Munich, head coach)

Not many 73-year-olds get to experience an adventure as Heynckes has done with Bayern this season.

Sing when we’re winning: Bayern serenade Heynckes on 73rd birthday

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Bayern Munich stars serenaded Jupp Heynckes on his 73rd birthday on Wednesday and pledged to win the German Cup in a fortnight as a farewell gift for the veteran coach.

The team face Eintracht Frankfurt in the final at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium on May 19 in Heynckes’s last match before Niko Kovac takes over for next season.

Mancini ‘proud’ if appointed Italy coach

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Milan (AFP) – Roberto Mancini said Monday he would be proud to coach Italy but insisted he had not yet had any contact with the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).

Zenit Saint Petersburg coach Mancini is seen as the favourite to take over the four-time world champions after Carlo Ancelotti reportedly turned down the job offer.

Italy bosses confirm Ancelotti talks, insist no front-runner

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Milan (AFP) – Italian football federation (FIGC) chiefs on Tuesday confirmed talks had taken place with Carlo Ancelotti concerning the vacant Italy coaching job but insisted there was no front-runner yet.

Ancelotti, who was sacked by Bayern Munich last September, met with FIGC commissioner Roberto Fabbricini and sub-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta in a Rome hotel on Monday.

Ancelotti offered job of Italy coach: reports

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Milan (AFP) – Carlo Ancelotti is set to be given the job of reviving the fortunes of Italy’s national team, according to reports on Tuesday.

Ancelotti, who was sacked by Bayern Munich last September, met with Italian Football Federation (FIGC) commissioner Roberto Fabbricini and sub-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta in a Rome hotel on Monday, Corriere dello Sport reported.

Ancelotti offered job of Italy coach: reports

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Milan (AFP) – Carlo Ancelotti is set to be given the job of reviving the fortunes of Italy’s national team, according to reports on Tuesday.

Ancelotti, who was sacked by Bayern Munich last September, met with Italian Football Federation (FIGC) commissioner Roberto Fabbricini and sub-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta in a Rome hotel on Monday, Corriere dello Sport reported.

Kovac to become new Bayern boss at cost of 2.2 million euros – report

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Berlin (Germany) (AFP) – Eintracht Frankfurt boss Niko Kovac will become the next coach of Bayern Munich in succession to Jupp Heynckes but the swoop will cost the Bundesliga champions more than two million euros, German media reported on Thursday.

Both Bild and Sport Bild claim that former Bayern star Kovac, 46, will take charge from 72-year-old Heynckes in the summer while Kicker reported that his release clause from their Bundesliga rivals will cost 2.

Five key players in Bayern Munich’s title win

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Berlin (AFP) – Here are five key players who helped Bayern Munich win the Bundesliga title for the sixth season in a row on Saturday:

ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI

The Poland striker has again been Bayern’s top scorer and equalled the Bundesliga record of scoring in 11 consecutive home league game this season.

Coaching Italy would be extraordinary – Mancini

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Rome (AFP) – Zenit St Petersburg coach Roberto Mancini has revealed in an emotional interview how coaching his native Italy would be “extraordinary”.

Mancini, 53, is among the favourites to lead the four-time World Cup winners, with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and former Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti also being touted as candidates.

Coaching Italy would be extraordinary – Mancini

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Rome (AFP) – Zenit St Petersburg coach Roberto Mancini has revealed in an emotional interview how coaching his native Italy would be “extraordinary”.

Mancini, 53, is among the favourites to lead the four-time World Cup winners, with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and former Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti also being touted as candidates.

Bayern sweep aside Besiktas to reach quarter-finals

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Istanbul (AFP) – A Thiago Alcantara strike and Sandro Wagner’s first Champions League goal capped Bayern Munich’s 3-1 win at Besiktas on Wednesday as the German giants cruised into the quarter-finals for the seventh year in a row.

Bayern completed a comprehensive 8-1 aggregate victory in Istanbul, having effectively clinched the last-16 tie following a 5-0 rout last month in the first leg in Munich.

Bayern sweep aside Besiktas to reach quarter-finals

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Istanbul (AFP) – A Thiago Alcantara strike and Sandro Wagner’s first Champions League goal capped Bayern Munich’s 3-1 win at Besiktas on Wednesday as the German giants cruised into the quarter-finals for the seventh year in a row.

Bayern completed a comprehensive 8-1 aggregate victory in Istanbul, having effectively clinched the last-16 tie following a 5-0 rout last month in the first leg in Munich.

Heynckes heightens suspense over Bayern future

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes caused a stir on Friday when hinting that he may not after all quit the German giants at the end of the season.

“I never said that I’d be stopping on June 30,” the 72-year-old said.

The wily and highly respected coach who has transformed Bayern’s fortunes since taking over from Carlo Ancelotti has been repeatedly asked about his future plans over the past few months.

‘Surprise names’ in line for Italy coaching job

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Florence (Italy) (AFP) – Italian football federation commissioner Roberto Fabbricini said Saturday to expect “some surprise names” to emerge for the vacant job of Italy coach.

“No one is now in pole position, some surprise names could emerge. We are not ruling anyone out,” Fabbricini said at the Italian national team’s training camp at Coverciano in Florence.

Heynckes brings treble spirit to resurgent Bayern

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich host Besiktas in the last 16, first leg of the Champions League riding a 13-match winning streak under Jupp Heynckes, the architect behind the revival of his 2013 treble-winning heroes.

Since Heynckes replaced Carlo Ancelotti as head coach at the start of October, Bayern have won 22 of 23 matches going into Tuesday’s clash at Munich’s Allianz Arena.

Zidane fighting for future in PSG Champions League tie

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Madrid (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane inspired France to World Cup glory as a player, but his extraordinary career has to a large degree been defined by the Champions League.

His magnificent volleyed goal for Real Madrid in their 2002 win over Bayer Leverkusen at Hampden Park in Glasgow is one of the greatest to be scored in a European Cup final.

Bayern coach Heynckes misses Schalke clash with flu

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes missed the Bundesliga leaders’ home game against Schalke on Saturday after suffering with the flu.

With the 72-year-old ill, his place on the bench was taken by assistant coach Peter Hermann.

Under Heynckes, Bayern have won 20 of their last 21 games in all competitions and face Schalke looking to move 18 points clear at the Bundesliga summit.

Six in running for Italy coaching job – Costacurta

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Milan (AFP) – Italian football federation sub-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta said Thursday there were “six or seven names” in the hat for the Italy coaching job.

Former AC Milan defender Costacurta has been given the task of finding a successor to Gian Piero Ventura who was sacked after Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup.

Bayern won’t let up in Bundesliga – Heynckes

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has said his side “won’t let up” as they bid to break their own record for the least amount of games needed to win the Bundesliga title.

The Bavarian giants sit 18 points clear at the top of the table - the biggest ever lead after 21 games of the 34-match season.

Bayern launch charm offensive to keep Heynckes

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Berlin (AFP) – At 72, Jupp Heynckes is the object of Bayern Munich’s desire and the club is launching a charm offensive launched to persuade the coachto stay.

Since Heynckes returned as head coach for his fourth stint at the club, stars like Javi Martinez and James Rodriguez have bloomed and Bayern have won 16 of their 17 games.

Five things to look for in the Bundesliga this weekend

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Berlin (AFP) – Runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich can expect a goal bonanza as they look to build on their 13-point lead at home to Werder Bremen on Sunday.

Bremen, who are third from bottom, have leaked 32 goals on their last six visits to the Allianz Arena.

Here are five things to look for in this weekend’s fixtures:

Ton up for Martinez

Javi Martinez is set to play his 100th Bundesliga match against Bremen.

Five things to look for in the Bundesliga this weekend

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Berlin (AFP) – Runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich can expect a goal bonanza as they look to build on their 13-point lead at home to Werder Bremen on Sunday.

Bremen, who are third from bottom, have leaked 32 goals on their last six visits to the Allianz Arena.

Here are five things to look for in this weekend’s fixtures:

Ton up for Martinez

Javi Martinez is set to play his 100th Bundesliga match against Bremen.

Bayern resume Bundesliga title quest with Leverkusen trip

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Berlin (AFP) – Franck Ribery warned Bayern Munich face a tricky test at Bayer Leverkusen on Friday as they resume their march towards a sixth straight Bundesliga title following the German winter break.

Jupp Heynckes’s team are 11 points clear of second-place Schalke but Leverkusen, who are two points further back in fourth, are unbeaten in 14 matches dating back to September under ex-Dortmund coach Heiko Herrlich.

Arsenal

D-Day arrives as Arsenal set for crucial Arteta talks

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There have been mountains of speculation about who will be Arsenal's new manager, and it was revealed by Robert Pires that the shortlist of candidates had been whittled down to Max Allegri, Mikel Arteta and Carlo Ancelotti. The first-named has now excluded himself as he told the media after winning his fourth League and Cup [.

Arsenal candidate Carlo Ancelotti offered Italy manager’s job

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Carlo Ancelotti not in Rome to negotiate with Italy national fold

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Evaluating Arsenal’s options for replacing Wenger

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After 22 years as Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger is finally stepping down.

While his final few seasons, have been rather turbulent, one cannot understate his achievements. 473 Premier League wins, 3 titles, 7 FA Cups, and the only unbeaten season in Premier League history.

While the footballing community will undoubtably pay tribute to Wenger in the coming weeks, Arsenal must look ahead to a new manager.

Evaluating Arsenal’s options for replacing Wenger

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After 22 years as Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger is finally stepping down.

While his final few seasons, have been rather turbulent, one cannot understate his achievements. 473 Premier League wins, 3 titles, 7 FA Cups, and the only unbeaten season in Premier League history.

While the footballing community will undoubtably pay tribute to Wenger in the coming weeks, Arsenal must look ahead to a new manager.

Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti declares interest in Arsenal job

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Thomas Tuchel has Bayern Munich in his sights rather than Arsenal

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If Wenger leaves Arsenal……. Ancelotti or Brendan Rodgers?

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There are many people, including lots of Arsenal fans and ex-Gunners, that are making it clear that our recent performances show that Arsene Wenger's time at the Emirates should be terminated as soon as possible, but who should be his replacement? A lot of punters have been tipping Thierry Henry and Mikel Arteta, but their [.

Will Carlo Ancelotti Be Arsenal Manager Next Season?

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In a bit of a shock, Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly in line to succeed Arsene Wenger at the end of the season.

The expectation was that Ancelotti would succeed Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge, but with the feeling growing that this will be Wenger's last season at Arsenal, the Evening Standard is reporting that Ancelotti in one of the names considered if Wenger decides to leave a year early.

Antonio Conte

Chelsea Daft News - All the goings on this week including just who sold Mo Salah at Chelsea!

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It's been a long week and I haven't been able to post regular updates for one reason or another so I have decided to put everything that has caught my eye this week into one extended Video - Chelsea Daft News.

In today's video I feature Roy Bentley, The FA Cup win over Southampton, Fran Kirby, Olivier Giroud, Gary Cahill, Michy Batshuayi, Alvaro Morata, Carlo Ancelotti, Antonio Conte, Roman Abramovich, The FA, Wembley Stadium and Jose Mourinho reveals the truth about who sold Mo Salah while he was here at Chelsea!

Antonio Conte slams speculation of his future and demands more respect.

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Antonio Conte has hit back at his critics in the press who continue to speculate of his position as manager at Chelsea. He has demanded more respect for what he has achieved here so far.

It really is a joke to be honest but I guess part and parcel of the mindset of the press these days.

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Monday Kickoff: 'Bad news' for Marcelo, Mbappe move made official and more

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One star is set for some time on the sidelines while another's transfer is now complete due to a quirky clause.

Real Madrid is concerned that Marcelo's injury diagnosis will present "really bad news" after the star fullback was forced out of this weekend's win over Real Betis with what appeared to be a hamstring issue.