After struggling at Manchester United, Shinji Kagawa returns to the Bundesliga with a point to prove is a post from: Just Football
by Jack Dowell
When young fledgelings fly the nest and leave the place they are most comfortable for life's next step it's easy to point the finger on their premature return, questioning their lack of moral fibre, ability or drive to succeed.
Are Leverkusen title contenders? Six key questions for the Bundesliga season after Matchday One is a post from: Just Football
by Jack Dowell
The Bundesliga 2014/15 got underway this weekend and wasted no time in restoring last season's breathtaking entertainment as records were smashed, history was made and shocks and surprises sprung up across Germany's stadia.
Germany 2014 World Cup squad is a post from: Just Football
It is not hard to see why Germany are fancied by many as the European team most likely to win in Brazil, with an abundance of creative, attacking midfielders in their 2014 World Cup squad. This makes up for their lack of strikers, an area in which they'll be relying on 36-year-old Miroslav Klose, who stands just two goals short of breaking Ronaldo's World Cup goalscoring record of 15 goals.
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 Â£35m plus Â£5m in add-ons for Fabregas, with Schweinsteiger waiting in the wings if Barca refuse to do business, the Sunday Mirror reports.
Thomas MÃ¼ller and the future of the modern striker is a post from: Just Football
by Rob Brown
Thomas MÃ¼ller 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 is a post from: Just Football
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.
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 is a post from: Just Football
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 NÃ¼rnberg, and with a squad of second choice players no less.
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.
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.
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 [.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.
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 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?
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 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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.Â Spain Euro
2012 Champions The Spanish names areÂ Iker Casillas, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso, Xavi,
Andres Iniesta & Cesc Fabregas.
Borussia Moenchengladbach Sports Director Max Eberl has been quoted in the German Football magazine
Kicker, but he only alludes to saying the Luuk de JongÂ Â isÂ one of the targets of the Bundesliga
club. Max Erbel Borussia Moenchengladbach Sports Director Borussia finished 4th top lastÂ season
and qualified for the Champions League, after finishing 3rd bottom the [.
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 Â£16m but United have
apparently agreed a Â£12m deal with the potential for it to rise to Â£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
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.
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 (!