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Cologne reject 50 mn Chinese offer for Modeste

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Berlin (AFP) – Cologne say they rejected a bumper offer of 50 million euros ($54 million) from China for prolific French striker Anthony Modeste - but admit he could move to the English Premier League.

The 28-year-old has scored 22 of Cologne’s 37 goals this season to leave his side sixth in Germany’s top flight.

Cologne reject 50 mn Chinese offer for Modeste

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Berlin (AFP) – Cologne say they rejected a bumper offer of 50 million euros ($54 million) from China for prolific French striker Anthony Modeste - but admit he could move to the English Premier League.

The 28-year-old has scored 22 of Cologne’s 37 goals this season to leave his side sixth in Germany’s top flight.

Modeste eclipses Lewandowski in hot-shots battle

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Berlin (AFP) – Cologne’s Anthony Modeste hit a hat-trick on Saturday to eclipse Robert Lewandowski in second place behind top-scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the battle to be this season’s Bundesliga hot-shot.

Gabon’s Aubameyang leads the way for the most German league goals with 23 goals in as many games after netting Borussia Dortmund’s first-half winner in Friday’s lacklustre 1-0 victory over second-from-bottom Ingolstadt.

Bayern go seven points clear in Germany

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich went seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga with a 3-0 win at Cologne on Saturday in a perfect warm-up for their midweek Champions League trip to Arsenal.

Spain internationals Javi Martinez and Juan Bernat gave Bayern a comfortable two-goal lead before substitute Franck Ribery netted a third on 90 minutes.

Bayern go seven points clear in Germany

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich went seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga with a 3-0 win at Cologne on Saturday in a perfect warm-up for their midweek Champions League trip to Arsenal.

Spain internationals Javi Martinez and Juan Bernat gave Bayern a comfortable two-goal lead before substitute Franck Ribery netted a third on 90 minutes.

Hertha down Cologne to join Bayern at summit

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Berlin (AFP) Hertha Berlin joined Bayern Munich on 17 points at the top of the Bundesliga table on Saturday with a 2-1 home win over Cologne, who lost their unbeaten record.

With Bayern looking for their first win in three league games against Borussia Moenchengladbach later at the Allianz Arena, Hertha took their chance to put pressure on Carlo Ancelotti's side.

‘Sleepy’ Bayern’s dropped points annoy Neuer

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Berlin (AFP) Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer admitted their first dropped Bundesliga points of the season in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Cologne was especially annoying following their defeat at Atletico Madrid.

Joshua Kimmich's first-half header at Munich's Allianz Arena was cancelled out by Anthony Modeste's volley as Cologne broke the Bavarian giants' 100 percent record in the league.

‘Sleepy’ Bayern’s dropped points annoy Neuer

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Berlin (AFP) Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer admitted their first dropped Bundesliga points of the season in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Cologne was especially annoying following their defeat at Atletico Madrid.

Joshua Kimmich's first-half header at Munich's Allianz Arena was cancelled out by Anthony Modeste's volley as Cologne broke the Bavarian giants' 100 percent record in the league.

Record-signing Burke nets for unbeaten Leipzig

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Berlin (AFP) Scottish teenager Oliver Burke scored his first Bundesliga goal on Sunday as new-boys RB Leipzig drew 1-1 at Cologne to remain unbeaten in Germany's top flight.

Leipzig are backed by Austrian energy drinks giants Red Bull and are unpopular with fans of Germany's traditional clubs due to the commercialism they represent.

Record-signing Burke nets for unbeaten Leipzig

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Berlin (AFP) Scottish teenager Oliver Burke scored his first Bundesliga goal on Sunday as new-boys RB Leipzig drew 1-1 at Cologne to remain unbeaten in Germany's top flight.

Leipzig are backed by Austrian energy drinks giants Red Bull and are unpopular with fans of Germany's traditional clubs due to the commercialism they represent.

New Schalke coach under fire after worst start

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Berlin (AFP) Schalke's Markus Weinzierl is under growing pressure ahead of Wednesday's Bundesliga clash at home to Cologne after becoming the first Royal Blues coach to lose his opening three league games.

With his side second-from-bottom in the table, Schalke host Cologne in Gelsenkirchen desperate for points following defeats to Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayern Munich and Hertha Berlin, who beat them 2-0 on Sunday.

New Schalke coach under fire after worst start

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Berlin (AFP) Schalke's Markus Weinzierl is under growing pressure ahead of Wednesday's Bundesliga clash at home to Cologne after becoming the first Royal Blues coach to lose his opening three league games.

With his side second-from-bottom in the table, Schalke host Cologne in Gelsenkirchen desperate for points following defeats to Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayern Munich and Hertha Berlin, who beat them 2-0 on Sunday.

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Five things to look for in the Bundesliga

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Berlin (AFP) – Two of the league’s best strikers go head-to-head when Cologne host leaders Bayern Munich and Freddie Ljungberg makes his debut as Wolfsburg’s assistant coach.

Here are five things to look out for in the Bundesliga this weekend:

Hot-shots collide in Cologne

Hot-shot strikers Anthony Modeste and Robert Lewandowski will shoot it out when Cologne host Bayern on Saturday.

Dortmund’s Subotic joins Cologne on loan

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Berlin (AFP) Neven Subotic confirmed Thursday he has joined Cologne on loan from Bundesliga rivals Dortmund until the end of the season, as he looks to regain form after injury.

The 28-year-old has been with Dortmund since 2008 and was a key part of the side which won the 2011 and 2012 German league titles.

Dortmund’s Subotic joins Cologne on loan

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Berlin (AFP) Neven Subotic confirmed Thursday he has joined Cologne on loan from Bundesliga rivals Dortmund until the end of the season, as he looks to regain form after injury.

The 28-year-old has been with Dortmund since 2008 and was a key part of the side which won the 2011 and 2012 German league titles.

Cologne Kick Off Karneval Season In Style By Hosting Jaunty Fancy Dress Training Session (Photos)

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The 11th of November signifies the start of Karneval in the German city of Cologne, thus kicking off a season's worth of parades, parties and general glad tidings.

As per usual, FC Koln took the opportunity to celebrate, turning their training session into a 'Champions League morning' which largely entailed mucking around with a miniature replica of the trophy, drinking hot coffee on the job and dressing up like Power Rangers.

Five things we learned from the Bundesliga

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Berlin (AFP) Bayern Munich endured a week to forget, but title-rivals Borussia Dortmund also dropped points while Schalke charged off the bottom of the table by flattening Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Here are five things we learned from the sixth round of matches in the Bundesliga:

Draw doesn't dampen Ancelotti's thirst

Carlo Ancelotti had said he would drink three beers one for each point during Bayern Munich's annual visit to Oktoberfest on Sunday if his side beat Cologne.

Bayern’s Ancelotti poised for next record

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Berlin (AFP) A sixth straight Bundesliga win for Bayern Munich, at home to Cologne on Saturday, will see coach Carlo Ancelotti equal the record for the best start in Germany's top flight.

Borussia Moenchengladbach's Andre Schubert, who managed the feat last year, and Willi Entenmann, with Stuttgart in 1986, are the only two Bundesliga coaches to have won their first six league games.

Klopp wants 'Mr Reliable'; Liverpool agree fee for highly rated German international

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Cologne left back Jonas Hector has been linked with a move away from the Bundesliga and recent rumours state that Liverpool are the club chasing him.

Jurgen Klopp is keen on recruiting a new left back after Alberto Moreno’s shocking displays last season and the German international is someone Klopp has followed closely from his time at Dortmund.

Arsenal agree midfielder deal; Conte's first signing; German star hands Klopp transfer boost

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Arsenal have agreed on a professional contract with the highly talented Romanian midfielder Vlad Dragomir.

Dragomir is the captain of the Romanian U16 side and is highly rated by the coaches at the Arsenal academy. Dragomir joins a long list of young players who have recently signed a contract with Arsenal.

Klopp sends delegation for defender; winger favours Liverpool move

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is keen on signing Germany internationals Mario Gotze and Jonas Hector.

According to Mirror, Liverpool are very confident of landing both players this summer.

Gotze is frustrated with the lack of playing time at Bayern Munich and is ready to leave the club this summer.

Robert Lewandowski strike sees Bayern Munich edge Cologne [VIDEO]

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Robert Lewandowski's 25th goal of the season gave Bayern Munich a 1-0 win at Cologne on Saturday as the Bundesliga leaders moved eight points clear of Borussia Dortmund once again at the top of the table.

The Poland star, the Bundesliga's leading scorer, fired home in the 10th minute after Dominique Heintz blocked a Thiago Alcantara pass and the ball fell into his path.

Robert Lewandowski strike sees Bayern Munich edge Cologne [VIDEO]

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Robert Lewandowski's 25th goal of the season gave Bayern Munich a 1-0 win at Cologne on Saturday as the Bundesliga leaders moved eight points clear of Borussia Dortmund once again at the top of the table.

The Poland star, the Bundesliga's leading scorer, fired home in the 10th minute after Dominique Heintz blocked a Thiago Alcantara pass and the ball fell into his path.

Bayern Munich focus on Cologne after beating Juventus

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Pep Guardiola will be hoping Bayern Munich suffer no Champions League hangover when they return to Bundesliga action at Cologne on Saturday on the back of their stunning victory against Juventus.

Bayern came from two goals down to beat Italian champions Juve 4-2 after extra time in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Wednesday and advance to the quarter-finals 6-4 on aggregate.

Bayern Munich focus on Cologne after beating Juventus

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Pep Guardiola will be hoping Bayern Munich suffer no Champions League hangover when they return to Bundesliga action at Cologne on Saturday on the back of their stunning victory against Juventus.

Bayern came from two goals down to beat Italian champions Juve 4-2 after extra time in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Wednesday and advance to the quarter-finals 6-4 on aggregate.

FC Cologne Lay On Brass Band And Mini-Soldiers As Part Of Matchday Karneval Celebrations (Photos & Video)

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With the entire city gearing up for Karneval, Cologne turned their Bundesliga game against Stuttgart at the weekend into a giant red celebration.

The players emerged from the tunnel wearing their lovely be-tasslednovelty kitand were escorted to the pitch by local children dressed up in the Red Spark guardsman uniforms that inspired it.

Augsburg ‘Keeper Marwin Hitz Receives €120 Bill From Cologne To Cover Cost Of Damaged Penalty Spot

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Cologne have hit Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz with a spot fine of over €120 to cover the cost of repairing the damage he caused to their penalty spot during a top-notch bout of shenanigans during the Bundesliga game between the two sides on Saturday evening.

Hitz was seen deliberately scuffing the penalty spot at theRheinEnergieStadion momentsbefore Cologne striker Athony Modeste slipped and fluffeda penalty kick.

Schalke release Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sidney Sam following Cologne defeat

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Schalke 04 have released Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sidney Sam "with immediate effect" as a 'consequence' of their shocking 2-0 defeat to Cologne on Sunday.

Sam's contract was not due to expire until June 2018, while Boateng had 12 months remaining on his deal at the Veltins-Arena.

The Bundesliga club has also suspended Marco Hoger from first-team training or games until after next Saturday's match against Paderborn.

Schalke release Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sidney Sam following Cologne defeat

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Schalke 04 have released Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sidney Sam "with immediate effect" as a 'consequence' of their shocking 2-0 defeat to Cologne on Sunday.

Sam's contract was not due to expire until June 2018, while Boateng had 12 months remaining on his deal at the Veltins-Arena.

The Bundesliga club has also suspended Marco Hoger from first-team training or games until after next Saturday's match against Paderborn.

Lukas Podolski Nearing Arsenal Exit As Inter Milan Target The German Striker

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Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski is on the verge of a switch to Inter Milan, according to various reports emanating from Italy.

The German international has made 13 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions this season but only two of those have been starts. Podolski has yet to feature in manager Arsene Wenger's starting eleven during the club's 17 league matches.

Lukas Podolski Nearing Arsenal Exit As Inter Milan Target The German Striker

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Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski is on the verge of a switch to Inter Milan, according to various reports emanating from Italy.

The German international has made 13 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions this season but only two of those have been starts. Podolski has yet to feature in manager Arsene Wenger's starting eleven during the club's 17 league matches.

FC Cologne Use Afro, Mullets And Muscle Car to Promote Their New Home Shirt [VIDEO]

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It's that time of the year when new kit launches are coming thick and fast. Most of them are very predictable in terms of the marketing and kit designs. But here's one that's quite unique — the launch of the new home kit for FC Cologne.

In this one-of-a-kind video and series of photos, three FC Cologne players dressed up in the 1970′s gear (afro, mullets, shades and more) to model the new home kit for the 2013-14 season.

Arsenal

Is Podolski hinting his Arsenal career is over?!?

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Maybe I am reading too much into the recent statement made by the Arsenal and Germany striker Lukas Podolski. But I have got used to trying to read between the lines of what football players and managers say, especially when there is a transfer window on the horizon. The 28-year old does say that he [.

Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski gets flirty with Rihanna

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Arsenal's Lukas Podolski has posed for a photograph with music star Rihanna. Poldi cuddled up to the Umbrella singer for a photo after her gig in Cologne at the weekend, before putting the picture on his Twitter account. Referring to one of her songs, the Germany international posted the slightly flirty message: "How can someone [.

Podolski leaves no doubt that he is staying at Arsenal

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To be fair to Lukas Podolski, he has never suggested that he is not happy at Arsenal, or given any sign that he wants to move to another club. On the contrary, he generally looks like he has been having the time of his life since joining the Gunners from Cologne last summer. If you don't believe me, look on Arsenal.

Podolski happy at Arsenal despite being benched

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There have been many rumours this morning saying that Lukas Podolski may be leaving Arsenal in the summer as he seems to be frozen out of the first team, despite scoring in his last appearance against Bayern Munich, but the German international has now spoken out to say he is happy to wait for Wenger to choose when to play him.

Podolski flattered by Juventus but happy at Arsenal

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Lukas Podolski may not have set the scoring statistics alight since joining Arsenal from Cologne in the summer, but he has almost always operated on the left side of a front three. The German international striker has scored some very good and very important goals for the Gunners, and provided lots of assists.

The Rest

Brooks scores as Hertha Berlin falls to Cologne

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John Brooks and Hertha Berlin were far from their best on the defensive end on Saturday, but the U.S. Men's National Team defender found a way to make an impact on the attacking end in the final match before the international break.

Brooks scored his team'ssecond goal of the match on Saturday as Hertha Berlin slumped to a 4-2 defeat to Cologne.

‘Love Your City’ – Lukas Podolski Reaches No.1 In German Pop Charts With Debut Rap Single (Video)

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"He's got vomit on his sweater already, Mom's blutwurststrudel..."

As unlikely as it may seem, Lukas Podolski is currently at No.1 in the German urban chart after his single, 'Liebe deine Stadt' ('Love Your City') went straight to the top of the pile this week.

The rap ballad,produced in collaboration with Mo-Torres and Cat Ballou, is the most downloaded song in Germany, and also already has well over 695,000 views on Youtube.

Branislav Ivanovic’s Cologne Stinks!

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One Liverpool fan didn't care to much for Branislav Ivanovic's cologne during Chelsea's first leg League Cup semi-final at Anfield tonight!

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