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Bayern Munich’s Oktoberfest 2013: Arjen Robben, Dante and Ribery’s Family Day Out – Plus Guardiola’s Hat

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Bayern Munich kicked off their annual Oktoberfest festivities over the weekend, with the first team players (and their fabulous families) arriving in Theresienwiese, Munich, for the 180th edition of the festival.

The club dinner and celebrations has been an ongoing tradition at the German club and usually takes place on the final weekend of Oktoberfest (Read last year's edition here!

Thiago Alcantara Joins Bayern Munich, Ready To Compete For Place Against Gotze, Kroos, Mueller

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Spain's U-21 Championship star aka the Brazilian Betrayer (just kidding, ya'll!) Thiago Alcantara has officially joined Bayern Munich's Tiki Taka Globalisation movement. Indeed, after Mario Gotze's arrival last month, he has finalized a move to join the Champions League winning side.

Thomas Müller and the future of the modern striker

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by Rob Brown

Thomas Müller is not a striker in the conventional sense. He does not position himself between the centre-backs and act as an offensive pivot. He does not perpetually loiter on the shoulder of the last defender, ready to burst through on goal.

Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund – An alternative Champions League Final Preview

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Claude Levi-Strauss. Not the famed hawker of denim attire. The French anthropologist and ethnologist. Granted, it's not quite the conventional opening shots of what ostensibly is a preview of the Champions League Final but he nevertheless is relevant to what will duly follow.

The German final

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Without Lionel Messi Barcelona never seemed really to believe in a historic comeback from 0-4 down to Bayern Munich. And without Carles Puyol down in defense FC Barcelona looks like a pretty ordinary side. It must be time for some reflection and perhaps a new coach? Tito Vilanova simply is not cut out for leading the side.

Bayern Munich: The Story of a Record-Breaking Season

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by Cristian Nyari

Another weekend, another win for Bayern Munich. That seems to be the trend this year in the Bundesliga.

The recently-crowned German champions rolled over Hannover with an emphatic 6-1 on matchday 30, prior to that they got their their 100th win at the Allianz Arena with another imperious 4-0 win against Nürnberg, and with a squad of second choice players no less.

Bundesliga : Bayern Munich Win 23rd Title, Jupp Heynckes Confident Of Treble – Plus Victory Photos

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Following an (expected) 1-0 victory at at Eintracht Frankfurt and a goal from Bastian Schweinsteiger, Bayern Munich picked up their 23rd national championship with six games at hand. If that isn't recordbreaking, Bayern achieved a similar feat in 1973 and 2003, when they won the title with four games to go.

Bayern Munich To Wrap Up 23rd Bundesliga Title This Weekend- Plus Philipp Lahm & The Yogi Mascot

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It's a crucial weekend for Bayern Munich and their Yogi Mascot above (possibly bowing to Jupp Heynckes in complete zen mode!)- who could be crowned Bundesliga Champions tomorrow with six games to spare if they beat Frankfurt.

Pep Guardiola Goes to Build in Germany

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Bayern are the perfect fit for Guardiola. He will be allowed to innovate, to adapt the Barcelona ways to Germany's technical style. Can he design a Bavarian soccer cathedral that will dominate European soccer?

Noticias : Understanding Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich Move In Relationship Terms

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According to a poll, the three clubs Barcelona fans do not want their former 'jefe' to be coaching next season are Manchester City (for obviou$ reasons), Real Madrid (no brainer) and *drumroll*... Bayern Munich! Unfortunately, you can't always get what you wish for Bayern Munich announced last night that Guardiola will take over the club's sock-watching duties from Jupp Heynckes when the 67-year-old's contract expires this July.

Bayern Munich’s Training Camp In Doha : Bastian Schweinsteiger & Toni Kroos Fined For Wearing ‘Wrong’ Socks

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Bayern Munich are "enjoying" a mid-season training camp/boot camp in Doha, Qatar. In a similar arrangement, Hamburg are escaping the harsh winters to train in the United Arab Emirates with the cameras firmly following Van der Vaart.

In more bizarre news, Jupp Heynckes, has apparently imposed a fine on Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos because both players have been turning up at training with their own pair of white socks instead of the prescribed black socks.

Toni Kroos is becoming the real deal at Bayern Munich

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by Tim Palmer

It is easy to see why the 4-2-3-1 formation is so popular. The back four is protected by the security of two midfielders, while there is natural width high up the pitch to flank a central striker.

POTD : The Franck Ribery Mini Inflatable Doll

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Ahead of Bayern Munich's Champions League meeting against Lille tonight, here's a mini "blow-up" doll of Franck Ribery and his teammates at a fan shop in Munich. Thankfully, life-sized ones aren't available at the shop the Mario Gomez ones would be sold out in 5 seconds! / Photo : Gettyimages

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Arsenal turn to Germany for transfer talent

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Arsene Wenger is very happy with the German players he has already got in the Arsenal team, and the two youngsters knocking on the door of the first team. The Frenchman may soon have some more teutonic talent as Arsenal are keen to get their scouts to find more up and coming players in Germany.

Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski have been two of Arsenal's best and most consistent performers this season, while Serge Gnabry and Thomas Eisfeld have been very impressive for the under-21s and look like being the next youngsters to break through into the first team.

Bayern Munich Celebrates Oktoberfest, Philipp Lahm Toasts To Mueller’s Blue Eye – Plus German WAGS

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Bayern Munich celebrated the 2012 Edition of Oktoberfest in typical Bavarian style yesterday, except this time, they had new recruit Javi Martinez within their ranks. Granted, the Spaniard looked a little confused by the dress code (the Spanish don't do Bavarian Fancy dress bring on the 'beret', which is the traditional Basque costume!

We bid farewell to a German class act, Auf wiedersehen Ballack

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By Ross Dunbar

Michael Ballack has been rarely missing from the forefront of German football. But this week, the 36-year-old brought an end to a stunning 17-year senior playing career, despite public interest from clubs spread across the globe, including those in North America and Australia.

Podolski wants to be an Arsenal legend

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Arsenal's German international striker Lukas Podolski has settled in to life as a Gunner in astonishing fashion. At 27-years old, Podolski has a good few years of football at the peak of his powers and, from what he says, Arsenal will get the benefit of all of those years.

His transfer to Arsenal is the second time in his career that he has moved from the club where he began his career, Cologne, to further his career.

New Gunner praises Wenger and PL

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Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has revealed his excitement at being coached by Arsene Wenger as he awaits his debut in a league that he considers to the most "attractive" in the world.

Podolski joins fellow Germans Per Mertesacker and Thomas Eisfeld at the Gunners next season, and although he has repeatedly acknowledged that the former encouraged him to sign for the club, the final decision was completely his own.

The Saddest Bayern Munich Post-Party Ever Held feat. Schweinsteiger, Mario Gomez, Thomas Mueller, Arjen Robben

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After his penalty miss on Saturday night, Bastian Schweinsteiger hasn't been in the best of moods. Naturally, the German tabloids decided to stalk the defender on Sunday morning as he walked his dog wearing the worst outfit ever assembled. Well, to be fair, after you've lost such a painful Champions League final 15 wasted corners and all the last thing you'll care about is your shirt or the fact you look like Eminem's hobo brother.

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Man Utd line-up Bastian Schweinsteiger as Fabregas alternative

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Manchester United have made Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger their back-up option if a third and final bid for Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas fails this week. United will bid £35m plus £5m in add-ons for Fabregas, with Schweinsteiger waiting in the wings if Barca refuse to do business, the Sunday Mirror reports.

The Case for Kiessling – Best Strikers in the World, Statistical Analysis Part III

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Following an overwhelming response from you all on the topic of the top 10 best strikers in the world in 2013, with over 500 votes counted so far and 39 players named, Strikers Week is now Strikers .

Bayern Munich: Bavarians clinch 23rd German title with six games left

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Philipp Lahm of FC Bayern (Muenchen-Photo by Maksim Malinouski/EuroFootball)

Bayern Munich clinched their 23rd German Bundesliga title when they defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 0-1 on Sunday Apr. 7, 2013. The club hoisted manager Jupp Heynckes up in celebration as they broke their own record in the race to another championship.

Everton manager David Moyes plots Germany move

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David Moyes has revealed he would like to manager abroad one day and has singled out Germany as a possible destination. The Everton manager said he was 'fascinated' by the Bundesliga and suggested that he and German football would be a great match for each other. Moyes told France Football, home of the slightly controversial [.

Talking Tactics: Borussia Dortmund’s three at the back

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Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Schalke 04: Jurgen Klopp, the Borussia Dortmund manager, used this weekend's Ruhr derby match against Schalke to experiment with a back three but his plan backfired.

The Pot 4 Club – Borussia Dortmund

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After Dinamo Zagreb, Montpellier and Malaga the Pot 4 Club continues now with a look at returning members Borussia Dortmund, as presented by Terry Duffelen, editor of the Bundesliga Lounge:

Club: Borussia Dortmund

Country: Germany

Group: D with Ajax, Manchester City and Real Madrid

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Germany vs Greece Online Match Preview

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So in the 2nd Quarter Finals of the Euro 2012 competition the favourites Germany will face perhaps the biggest underdogs left in the competition Greece, with the winner of this match heading into a semi-final with either England or Italy.

Germany seem to be in a different class from other nations this year, comfortably winning their group which included the likes of Holland (whom were surprisingly poor), Denmark (unsurprisingly nothing special), and Portugal (occasionally excellent, more often average).

Bavarian Heartbreak The Key

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Soothing hearts the immediate task

Yesterday I kicked off the Euro 2012 theme on the blog and started with the favourites, Spain. Moving on, today we'll have the joint favourites, Germany (in the eyes of the bookmakers, at least).

Germany

In terms of the top 6 teams earmarked with the best chance to win the tournament, Germany has the lowest average age in their squad.

Euro 2012: The Runners & Riders – Germany

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It is now sixteen years since Germany last won a major international tournament. This (perhaps surprisingly long) period of time hasn't been without its fair share of pain, but to suggest that this is some sort of drought when when they've reached the World Cup final, the World Cup semi-final and the European Championship final in those intervening years would be something of a push.

Manchester United

Gündogan vs Fabregas: which player is best for United?

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Over the past month Iker Gundogan & Cesc Fabregas have emerged as two of the fans favourites for a central-midfielder purchase this summer, both Cesc and Ilkay are fantastic players & would...

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Radamel Falcao and Mario Gotze to Manchester United?

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Talking about the recent rumours surrounding the two players!

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Kawaga’s £12m United Deal Almost Complete

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German football magazine, Kicker, have today reported that Shinji Kagawa is set to make the move to Manchester United this week. Borussia Dortmund had wanted £16m but United have apparently agreed a £12m deal with the potential for it to rise to £17m.

"The transfer is not yet complete," said Michael Zorc, the club's director of sport, with Kicker claiming the agreement has been negotiated, but lacks the signatures of the parties involved.

Made in Japan: This is what will you see soon at Old Trafford!

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After the end of the long boring saga of Belgian international and Lille youngster Eden Hazard, Manchester United have finally agreed a 15million euro fee with Borussia Dortmund that could rise to...

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Spain

Football Lookalikes: Gerard Pique’s own goal and the Bundesliga logo

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Faced with the inevitability of defeat in the Champions League semi-final, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique paid homage to the rise of German football.

SEVEN SPANISH PLAYERS IN "KICKER" IDEAL EURO 2012 TEAM

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European & German Football magazine "Kicker" has published their Ideal 11 Euro 2012 Team. Their are 7 Spanish Football players, 2 Portugues , 1 German & 1 Italian in the "Kicker" team. Spain Euro 2012 Champions The Spanish names are Iker Casillas, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso, Xavi, Andres Iniesta & Cesc Fabregas.

Bundesliga

Luuk De Jong Decision Expected Within 24 Hours

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Borussia Moenchengladbach Sports Director Max Eberl has been quoted in the German Football magazine Kicker, but he only alludes to saying the Luuk de Jong  is one of the targets of the Bundesliga club. Max Erbel Borussia Moenchengladbach Sports Director Borussia finished 4th top last season and qualified for the Champions League, after finishing 3rd bottom the [.

How the Bundesliga Is Having an Impact On the English Premier League

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One question that often pops up in the English football themed chatter that I have with my mates in the pub is "Which country should we go to, to watch a football game?" Whenever this has been posed in the past, the answer that we usually settle on before our plans ultimately fizzle out due to lack of funds or the inability to get the time off work, is Germany.

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POTD : This Epic DFB Pokal Trophy Is Waiting To Be Claimed By Either Stuttgart Or Bayern

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VfB Stuttgart and Bayern Munich will fight it out on June 1 for rights to the DFB Pokal football trophy. The stunning piece was presented to the media during a ceremony in Berlin yesterday and features the names of all the past winners dating back to 1953. Interestingly, the original trophy, Goldfasanen-Pokal, was substituted in 1965 by today's trophy because the original reminded DFB President Peco Bauwens of the Nazi era.

Noticias : Rafael van der Vaart Staying “Focussed” Despite Divorce News

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After the shocking announcement of Rafael van der Vaart's divorce from his wife of eight years on Tuesday (after hitting Sylvie at a NYE party), six camera crews and 25 reporters eagerly awaited the Dutch striker's arrival in Abu Dhabi last night.

Naturally, everybody was expecting to see him in tears, but men are not allowed luxury of showing their emotions (!

SC Freiburg Nike 2012/13 Home, Away and Third Kits

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Sport-Club Freiburg, commonly known as SC Freiburg, is a German football club, based in the city of Freiburg in the Breisgau district of Baden-Württemberg. The upcoming season will see the...

Links! And Thiago Motta pays for slapping Mario Balotelli on picture day!

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All the stuff being covered outside the unfriendly confines of the award-winning Dirty Tackle...

Don't slap Mario Balotelli on the back of the neck on picture day. He will mess up your tie and it will never be the same. [101gg]

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