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German international Reus poised for Dortmund return

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Berlin (AFP) – Injury-prone German international winger Marco Reus could make his return after torn cruciate knee ligaments for Borussia Dortmund on Saturday against strugglers Hamburg, just four months out from the World Cup.

Reus, 28, has been sidelined since last May’s German Cup final, when Dortmund beat Eintracht Frankfurt in Berlin, and has been working his way back to fitness in recent weeks.

German international Reus poised for Dortmund return

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Berlin (AFP) – Injury-prone German international winger Marco Reus could make his return after torn cruciate knee ligaments for Borussia Dortmund on Saturday against strugglers Hamburg, just four months out from the World Cup.

Reus, 28, has been sidelined since last May’s German Cup final, when Dortmund beat Eintracht Frankfurt in Berlin, and has been working his way back to fitness in recent weeks.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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The biggest rivalry in Germany puts the German Cup in the spotlight on this busy Wednesday afternoon leading into the Christmas season.

Christian Pulisic, fresh off his 89th minute winner against Hoffenheim last Saturday, will lead Borussia Dortmund into a round of 16 match against Bayern Munich as they look to keep their DFB-Pokal title defense alive.

Dortmund’s Stoeger eyes Bayern scalp in cup

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Berlin (AFP) – New Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Stoeger has his sights set on glory as his team prepares for a heavyweight round of 16 German Cup tie with Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Cup holders Dortmund have won two games in two since Stoeger took over from Peter Bosz earlier this month, rediscovering their winning ways just in time to face Bayern in Munich this week.

Dortmund’s Stoeger eyes Bayern scalp in cup

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Berlin (AFP) – New Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Stoeger has his sights set on glory as his team prepares for a heavyweight round of 16 German Cup tie with Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Cup holders Dortmund have won two games in two since Stoeger took over from Peter Bosz earlier this month, rediscovering their winning ways just in time to face Bayern in Munich this week.

Bayern’s Ancelotti turns to title with double dreams dashed

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Berlin (AFP) – Carlo Ancelotti insisted he is focussed on wrapping up the Bundesliga before assessing how successful his first season at Bayern Munich has been following a shock German Cup semi-final defeat.

April has been little short of a disaster for Ancelotti and Bayern.

The German champions threw away a 2-1 lead at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday before going down 3-2 to Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern’s Ancelotti turns to title with double dreams dashed

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Berlin (AFP) – Carlo Ancelotti insisted he is focussed on wrapping up the Bundesliga before assessing how successful his first season at Bayern Munich has been following a shock German Cup semi-final defeat.

April has been little short of a disaster for Ancelotti and Bayern.

The German champions threw away a 2-1 lead at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday before going down 3-2 to Borussia Dortmund.

Dortmund set up German Cup semi against Bayern

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Berlin (AFP) – Christian Pulisic set Borussia Dortmund on their way to a comfortable 3-0 win over third-tier Sportfreunde Lotte on Tuesday that took them into the semi-finals of the German Cup.

All the goals came in the second half, with Ousmane Dembele and Marcel Schmelzer netting after Pulisic’s opener to take Thomas Tuchel’s team into a last-four tie against Bayern Munich.

Dortmund set up German Cup semi against Bayern

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Berlin (AFP) – Christian Pulisic set Borussia Dortmund on their way to a comfortable 3-0 win over third-tier Sportfreunde Lotte on Tuesday that took them into the semi-finals of the German Cup.

All the goals came in the second half, with Ousmane Dembele and Marcel Schmelzer netting after Pulisic’s opener to take Thomas Tuchel’s team into a last-four tie against Bayern Munich.

Dortmund demand German Cup minnows switch pitch

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund want their German Cup quarter-final at minnows Sportfreunde Lotte played at an alternative stadium after snow forced Tuesday’s game to be postponed just an hour before kick-off.

The rescheduled match will be on March 14 but Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke is worried the pitch could again prove dangerously unplayable, presenting his side with a potential fixture headache.

Dortmund demand German Cup minnows switch pitch

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund want their German Cup quarter-final at minnows Sportfreunde Lotte played at an alternative stadium after snow forced Tuesday’s game to be postponed just an hour before kick-off.

The rescheduled match will be on March 14 but Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke is worried the pitch could again prove dangerously unplayable, presenting his side with a potential fixture headache.

Holders Bayern host Schalke in cup quarters

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Berlin (AFP) – Holders Bayern Munich will face Schalke 04 in the German Cup quarter-finals while last season’s finalists Borussia Dortmund are away to third division giant-killers Sportfreunde Lotte.

The quarter-finals will be played on February 28 or March 1 with the final taking place at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium on May 27.

Goal-hungry Robert Lewandowski eyes German Cup final berth

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Robert Lewandowski is firmly focused on adding to his impressive goal-haul when Bayern Munich hunt a place in the German Cup final in Tuesday's semi-final at home to Werder Bremen.

Having drawn Atletico Madrid in the last four of the Champions League, Bayern are chasing a repeat of their 2013 treble when they added the Bundesliga and cup titles to their European crown.

Goal-hungry Robert Lewandowski eyes German Cup final berth

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Robert Lewandowski is firmly focused on adding to his impressive goal-haul when Bayern Munich hunt a place in the German Cup final in Tuesday's semi-final at home to Werder Bremen.

Having drawn Atletico Madrid in the last four of the Champions League, Bayern are chasing a repeat of their 2013 treble when they added the Bundesliga and cup titles to their European crown.

Aubameyang nets 30th goal as Dortmund reach DFB-Pokal semis

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang claimed his 30th goal of the season on Tuesday to help fire Borussia Dortmund into the German Cup semi-finals with a 3-1 victory at VfB Stuttgart.

Gabon striker Aubameyang and Germany winger Marco Reus, who have provided 45 of Dortmund's goals in all competitions this season, netted before Henrik Mkhitaryan claimed their late third.

Aubameyang nets 30th goal as Dortmund reach DFB-Pokal semis

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang claimed his 30th goal of the season on Tuesday to help fire Borussia Dortmund into the German Cup semi-finals with a 3-1 victory at VfB Stuttgart.

Gabon striker Aubameyang and Germany winger Marco Reus, who have provided 45 of Dortmund's goals in all competitions this season, netted before Henrik Mkhitaryan claimed their late third.

Aubameyang nets 27th goal of the season as Dortmund reach the German Cup quarterfinals

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit his 27th goal of the season on Wednesday to help Borussia Dortmund seal a 2-0 win at Augsburg to reach the quarterfinals of the German Cup.

Aubameyang, the Bundesliga's top-scorer with 18 goals in 16 games, slotted home a Lukasz Piszczek pass on 61 minutes to give Dortmund the lead at Augsburg.

Aubameyang nets 27th goal of the season as Dortmund reach the German Cup quarterfinals

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit his 27th goal of the season on Wednesday to help Borussia Dortmund seal a 2-0 win at Augsburg to reach the quarterfinals of the German Cup.

Aubameyang, the Bundesliga's top-scorer with 18 goals in 16 games, slotted home a Lukasz Piszczek pass on 61 minutes to give Dortmund the lead at Augsburg.

Rio: New Red Devil will spring a surprise

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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand admits he cannot wait to see the club's summer signing Shinji Kagawa in action, tipping the former Borussia Dortmund star to surprise many despite already having a strong reputation.

Japanese midfielder Kagawa propelled Dortmund to a second consecutive Bundesliga triumph last campaign and caught the eye of Ferdinand, who then tuned in to see the 23-year old in action during the German Cup final.

Spurs, Dortmund to battle over midfielder

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Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly inquired about the availability of Russian play-maker Alan Dzagoev, who is also believed to be a target of German champions Borussia Dortmund.

Dzagoev scored three goals over the course of Russia's somewhat surprising Euro 2012 group stage elimination and it has since been believed that potential suitors must be prepared to bid at least £15 million for the 22-year old's services.

Acclaimed defender hails United signing

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Germany defender Mats Hummels believes that the reigning Bundesliga champions are at a loss following the departure of Shinji Kagawa, who will finalize his move to Manchester United in the coming weeks.

Kagawaka, 23, recently agreed the transfer after filling in tremendously for the injured Mario Gotze during a 2011-12 campaign that many had tipped Bayern Munich's star-studded squad to win.

Midfielder yet to sign at Old Trafford

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Manchester United have officially confirmed agreeing terms with Borussia Dortmund over the transfer of Japanese playmaker Shinji Kagawa but the player himself has stated that a contract is yet to be signed.

On their website, United also explicitly stated that although they have already struck the deal with the reigning German champions, the 23-year old Kagawa still needs to undergo a medical and obtain a work permit before joining his new teammates.

Bayern Munich

Robben nets twice as Bayern power into Cup semis

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Berlin (AFP) – Arjen Robben scored twice as Bayern Munich breezed into the last four of the German Cup with a 6-0 quarter-final romp at third-division Paderborn on Tuesday.

Kingsley Coman, Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich and Corentin Tolisso all hit the target for Bayern before Robben added two late goals as the Bavarian giants continued their quest for a record 19th German Cup title.

Bayern star Hummels fit for Leipzig Cup clash

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes expects Germany defender Mats Hummels to start Wednesday’s German Cup tie at RB Leipzig despite suffering an ankle injury at the weekend.

“Mats took a knock to the bone, only microfibres have been damaged, which doesn’t mean much,” revealed Heynckes in Tuesday’s press conference.

Bayern star Hummels fit for Leipzig Cup clash

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes expects Germany defender Mats Hummels to start Wednesday’s German Cup tie at RB Leipzig despite suffering an ankle injury at the weekend.

“Mats took a knock to the bone, only microfibres have been damaged, which doesn’t mean much,” revealed Heynckes in Tuesday’s press conference.

German Cup Final: Bayern Munich in Search of Treble against Stuttgart

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Both the Bundesliga and Champions League medals are in Bayern Munich's back pocket and have one more feat in mind - the German Cup. More commonly known as DFB-Pokal, the Bavarians will certainly not rest on their laurels as they would like to end their 2012/13 campaign on an all-time high as the treble is right in front of their noses.

DFB-Pokal Final: Bayern Munich in Search of Treble Against Stuttgart

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Both the Bundesliga and Champions League medals are in Bayern Munich's back pocket, with one more feat in mind the German Cup. More commonly known as DFB-Pokal, the Bavarians will certainly not rest on their laurels as they seek to end their 2012/13 campaign on an all-time high with the treble right in front of their noses.

Bundesliga

Heart-Breaking Scenes As ‘Gladbach Captain Lars Stindl Snubs Handshake With Young Mascot (Video)

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Thousands of hearts were shattered in the lead-up to last night's DFB Pokal game between Borussia Monchengladbach and Hamburg when a young mascot was left hanging for all to see.

Gladbach captain Lars Stindl was the guilty party, shaking hands with the match officials before cruelly snubbing the extendedarm of one of the young player escorts stood between them.

DFB Pokal: Bull’s Head Thrown Onto Pitch During Cup Clash Between Dynamo Dresden And RB Leipzig (Gruesome Photo)

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Saturday's acrimonious German Cup matchbetween bitter rivals Dynamo Dresden and Red Bull Leipzig was momentarily interrupted when a lump of livestock was hurledonto the pitch.

The two sides, who share a long and caustic history, met at Dresden's stadium in the first round of the DFB-Pokal, with the home fans once again letting their collective disdain for Red Bull's sell-out corporate bank-rolling be known to all.

German Cup: Arturo Vidal Goes Down Like Sack Of Chilean Potatoes As Bayern Beat Bremen 2-0 (Video)

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Bayern Munich booked their place in the German Cup final after beating Werder Bremen 2-0 on Tuesday night. However, there was more than a hint of good fortune about Bayern's second goal, with Arturo Vidal producing an exquisite dive to earn his side a penalty.

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Pep Guardiola's side were already a goal up with 20 minutes to go when Chilean midfielder Vidal powered into the Bremen box before executing a theatrical dive despite the lack of any contact whatsoever.

Florida Cup to feature 9 high-profile teams from around the world this January

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This January, several high profile soccer clubs will travel to the United States to participate in the second-annual Florida Cup. The clubs participating include Shakhtar Donestk, Schalke 04, Bayer Leverkusen, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Independiente Santa Fe, Corinthians, Fluminense, Atletico Mineiro and Internacional.

Florida Cup to feature 9 high-profile teams from around the world this January

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This January, several high profile soccer clubs will travel to the United States to participate in the second-annual Florida Cup. The clubs participating include Shakhtar Donestk, Schalke 04, Bayer Leverkusen, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Independiente Santa Fe, Corinthians, Fluminense, Atletico Mineiro and Internacional.

Video: Bayern Munich Star Jerome Boateng Speaks About Jupp Heynckes, the Treble, and the Season Ahead

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Jerome Boateng was in Miami this summer for the SWOL Footvolley Fight Against Racism.The German international had just come off a fantastic season with Bayern Munich, winning the Bundesliga, the German Cup, and the much coveted Champions League at Wembley Stadium in London.

Despite the amazing season, large changes have already taken place at Bayern Munich with Jupp Heynckes leaving and Pep Guardiola coming on as the German giants' news manager.

Gyau completes loan to St. Pauli

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The opportunity has presented itself for Joe Gyau to display his talents on the first-team level.

Gyau, one of the top midfield prospects in the U.S. pipeline, was loaned to 2. Bundesliga club St. Pauli for the 2012-13 season by Hoffenheim, a move that provides a chance for the speedy 19-year-old winger to receive consistent playing time.

Gyau on trial with St. Pauli

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Joe Gyau's quest for first-team playing time may involve a drop down to the 2. Bundesliga.

According to second-division German side St. Pauli, Gyau trained with the club Tuesday ahead of a potential move from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. It is unclear whether that move would be a loan or permanent, but either way it would provide Gyau for a chance at first-team minutes that he is not receiving at Hoffenheim.

U23 US Women Competing in Three Nations Tourney

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The U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team will make its second foreign trip of the year, traveling to Norway for a Three Nations Tournament that also features the hosts and Sweden. U.S. head coach Randy Waldrum has called-up 17 players and will name one more before the team departs.

The team includes forward Morgan Marlborough, now with Santa Clara University.

The Rest

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Werner penalty miss hands Bayern cup win

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich squeezed past 10-man RB Leipzig in Wednesday’s dramatic German Cup second-round clash with a 5-4 win in a penalty shoot-out after Timo Werner missed the final crucial kick.

Although Leipzig’s Liverpool-bound midfielder Naby Keita was sent off with half an hour left, Emil Forsberg gave RB the lead before Bayern’s Thiago Alcantara equalised as the tie finished 1-1 after extra-time to go to penalties.

Recap: Weekend German action

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The German Cup kicked off this past weekend with four Americans in action, but Matt Taylor came up biggest leading his team to an uspet of German giants Werder Bremen with a hat-trick.

Top 10 Forwards in EURO 2012

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Having a top forward doesn't only ensure that a team will score a ton of goals; it also keeps the squad's supporters happy. As important as a solid defense and a gifted midfield are, they simply don't offer the excitement of a winger beating two defenders off the dribble and slotting the ball into the far post.