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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stunned Bayern put loss into perspective

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It is no secret that most of Bayern Munich's squad endured a sleepless night following the penalty shoot-out defeat to Chelsea in Saturday's UEFA Champions League final. But after hours of reflection, at least some are able to put it all into perspective.

Bayern had 43 shots to the Blues' nine, while also delivering 20 corners to the Premier League outfit's one.

UEFA Champions League: Short-handed Bayern Munich, Chelsea tangle for title

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

There hasn't been any shortage of excitement on the road to Munich, and Saturday marks the final chapter in what has been a UEFA Champions League that will be remembered as one of the more unpredictable tournaments in recent years.Â

Bayern Munich and Chelsea broke up what was seemed as an inevitable Clasico final and dispelled the myth of a two-team power rising in the Champions League.

2012 UEFA Champions League Final Preview; Bayern Munich vs Chelsea

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It's not Real Madrid versus FC Barcelona as many expected, but we'll take it. In an improbable matchup, FC Bayern Munich will host Chelsea FC in the Champions League final on Saturday. Bayern Munich finished runners up to a dominant Borussia Dortmund in both the Bundesliga and the German Cup. Chelsea finished sixth in the [.

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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.

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.

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.

Oranje trio slam Bayern fans

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Netherlands stars Wesley Sneijder and Mark Van Bommel have hit out at Bayern fans for jeering Arjen Robben during an exhibition match at the Allianz Arena last night while manager Bert van Marwijk will understand if the winger now chooses to walk out on the club despite recently signing a new contract.

Champions League final: Dilemma for Di Matteo as Chelsea look to make history

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The Champions League final is ironically being contested by two sides who are not champions of their own domestic leagues.

Chelsea have finished 6th and Bayern Munich have lost the league for the second year running, compounded by a 5-2 defeat to Dortmund in the German Cup final last weekend.

Champions League Final Predictions: Bayern Munich vs Chelsea

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By Chris Wright

The Allianz Arena decked out in its pre-Final livery

With just 116,379 seconds or so to go until the Champions League Final kicks-off in Munich tomorrow evening (k/o 19:45 BST), we thought it high time to get some scores on the doors - even the llama's had his say for Christ's sake.

Uli continues to talk nonsense ahead of UCL final

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Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness was the son of a butcher. It makes sense, really, as the old man continues to butcher all standards of decency ahead of Saturday's Champions League final.


Do what the album suggests, Uli.

Uli has been talking shite for a few weeks now, sticking his nose in all sorts of inappropriate places.

Kagawa: It Was Good To Talk To Fergie

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Sir Alex Ferguson watched Dortmund's 5-2 German Cup final victory over Bayern Munich in Berlin on Saturday with Mike Phelan to scout Shinji Kagawa.

Kagawa, who has a year remaining on his current deal, was in Manchester this week to negotiate a deal with United.

"It was good that I was able to meet him in person and talk," said Kagawa.

The Bayern View: The Manager's worried.

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I want to use today to focus on Bayern Munich and the different clips and comments that have come out of their camp this week as we look to build up to Saturday's final. I will use comments from different people in separate posts to discuss them on here in detail as I am keen to get you, the football fan reading, your opinion.

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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.

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.

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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.

VIDEO: Bayern Munich's 5-2 defeat gives us plenty of encouragement.

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I have been blogging all day about The Bayern View and comments from different people made shortly after the defeat in the German Cup at the weekend. It was a shocking result from their point of view and being a big game, most of their players disappointed.

So, if you haven't seen the goals here they are!