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Bayern down Celtic on Heynckes’ Champions League return

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Jupp Heynckes enjoyed a successful Champions League return on Wednesday as Bayern Munich got their Group B campaign back on track with a 3-0 home win against Celtic.

Bayern captain Thomas Mueller put the hosts ahead after 17 minutes before Germany defender Joshua Kimmich made it two with a header just before the half-hour mark.

Inside Germany’s football factory

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Gelsenkirchen (Germany) (AFP) – Schalke 04 are a sleeping giant in the German league, yet their youth academy is one of Germany’s most successful, producing World Cup winners, Bundesliga stars and Premier League exports.

Germany has just qualified for Russia 2018, where they will defend the World Cup title they won in Brazil when four former members of Schalke’s academy were in the squad.

Inside Germany’s football factory

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Gelsenkirchen (Germany) (AFP) – Schalke 04 are a sleeping giant in the German league, yet their youth academy is one of Germany’s most successful, producing World Cup winners, Bundesliga stars and Premier League exports.

Germany has just qualified for Russia 2018, where they will defend the World Cup title they won in Brazil when four former members of Schalke’s academy were in the squad.

Young at heart Heynckes ‘back for Bayern’

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Jupp Heynckes said Monday that love for Bayern Munich, rather than any personal ambition, had lured him out of retirement for a fourth stint at the helm of the Bavarian giants.

The man who left the club in 2013 after leading them to the treble, making way for Pep Guardiola, on Monday stepped into the position vacated by Carlo Ancelotti, said his advanced age would be no obstacle.

Young at heart Heynckes ‘back for Bayern’

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Jupp Heynckes said Monday that love for Bayern Munich, rather than any personal ambition, had lured him out of retirement for a fourth stint at the helm of the Bavarian giants.

The man who left the club in 2013 after leading them to the treble, making way for Pep Guardiola, on Monday stepped into the position vacated by Carlo Ancelotti, said his advanced age would be no obstacle.

Poland head to World Cup, perfection for Germany

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Paris (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski scored a European qualifying record 16th goal as Poland defeated Montenegro 4-2 on Sunday to reach next year’s World Cup, while reigning champions Germany secured a 10th successive win.

Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski struck again in what has been a remarkable qualifying campaign as Poland recovered from throwing away a two-goal lead in Warsaw to secure a first trip to the World Cup finals since 2006.

Germany win historic 10th World Cup qualifier

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Berlin (AFP) – Midfielder Leon Goretzka netted twice as Germany routed Azerbaijan 5-1 on Sunday to make history with a perfect World Cup qualifying record of 10 wins in as many games.

The reigning world champions had already sealed their ticket to Russia last Thursday with a 3-1 win over Northern Ireland, and finished their qualifying campaign in Kaiserslautern with a 10th straight victory.

Germany, England seal 2018 World Cup berths

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Paris (AFP) – Defending champions Germany clinched a place at next year’s World Cup in Russia with a 3-1 win in Northern Ireland on Thursday, while England beat Slovenia 1-0 to secure their finals berth.

Sebastian Rudy and Sandro Wagner struck brilliant first-half goals in Belfast before Joshua Kimmich added a late third as Joachim Loew’s team made it nine wins out of nine in European qualifying Group C.

Germany, England seal 2018 World Cup berths

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Paris (AFP) – Defending champions Germany clinched a place at next year’s World Cup in Russia with a 3-1 win in Northern Ireland on Thursday, while England beat Slovenia 1-0 to secure their finals berth.

Sebastian Rudy and Sandro Wagner struck brilliant first-half goals in Belfast before Joshua Kimmich added a late third as Joachim Loew’s team made it nine wins out of nine in European qualifying Group C.

Rudy stunner helps Germany ease into World Cup finals

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Belfast (AFP) – Sebastian Rudy, Sandro Wagner and Joshua Kimmich secured defending champions Germany’s place at the 2018 World Cup on Thursday with a clinical 3-1 win over Northern Ireland in Belfast.

Rudy and Wagner’s glorious first-half strikes had their place all but wrapped up before Kimmich scored late on to extend Germany’s remarkable unbeaten away record to 47 World Cup qualifiers dating back to 1934.

Rudy stunner helps Germany ease into World Cup finals

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Belfast (AFP) – Sebastian Rudy, Sandro Wagner and Joshua Kimmich secured defending champions Germany’s place at the 2018 World Cup on Thursday with a clinical 3-1 win over Northern Ireland in Belfast.

Rudy and Wagner’s glorious first-half strikes had their place all but wrapped up before Kimmich scored late on to extend Germany’s remarkable unbeaten away record to 47 World Cup qualifiers dating back to 1934.

Bayern start search for Ancelotti successor

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Bayern Munich are putting their faith in Willy Sagnol as interim coach “for now” while seeking a replacement for the sacked Carlo Ancelotti, said the club’s sporting director Friday.

Two days before the Bundesliga champions visit Hertha Berlin, sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic took Ancelotti’s place at the pre-match press conference.

Real Madrid target Werner plans to join ‘big club’

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Berlin (AFP) – Timo Werner has admitted he wants to join a “big club” amidst reports Real Madrid are interesting in signing the Germany striker, who makes his Champions League debut on Wednesday.

Werner will play the first Champions League match of his career at Leipzig’s Red Bull Arena when RB make their debut in European football’s top club competition against last season’s semi-finalists Monaco.

Real Madrid target Werner plans to join ‘big club’

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Berlin (AFP) – Timo Werner has admitted he wants to join a “big club” amidst reports Real Madrid are interesting in signing the Germany striker, who makes his Champions League debut on Wednesday.

Werner will play the first Champions League match of his career at Leipzig’s Red Bull Arena when RB make their debut in European football’s top club competition against last season’s semi-finalists Monaco.

Leipzig relishing Champions League debut

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Leipzig (Germany) (AFP) – Just eight years after starting life in the local leagues, RB Leipzig will enhance their rags to riches tale on Wednesday by hosting Monaco on the German club’s Champions League debut.

Backed by energy drinks giant Red Bull, who bought the licence of a fifth-division club, Leipzig began climbing Germany’s football pyramid in 2009.

Leipzig relishing Champions League debut

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Leipzig (Germany) (AFP) – Just eight years after starting life in the local leagues, RB Leipzig will enhance their rags to riches tale on Wednesday by hosting Monaco on the German club’s Champions League debut.

Backed by energy drinks giant Red Bull, who bought the licence of a fifth-division club, Leipzig began climbing Germany’s football pyramid in 2009.

Mueller can imagine life after Bayern

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Berlin (AFP) – Disgruntled Germany star Thomas Mueller admits he can envisage leaving Bayern Munich after failing to shine recently for the German champions.

Mueller set up two goals for Germany in their 6-0 rout of Norway last Monday in a World Cup qualifier, but produced another poor display on the wing for Bayern in Saturday’s 2-0 league defeat at Hoffenheim.

Bundesliga

Youssoufa Moukoko: Borussia Dortmund Move To Deny Rumours That 12-Year-Old Prodigy Is Actually A Middle-Aged Bloke

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Borussia Dortmund have moved to deny swirling tittle-tattle about one of their most highly-prized academy prospects, Youssoufa Moukoko, is the teenage whizkid he purports to be and not, in fact, a middle-aged man who conned his way into the club's youth system.

Moukoko was born on 20th November, 2004, making him 12-years-old.

Official: Bayern Munich Sack Carlo Ancelotti After Slumping To Worst Champions League Group Stage Defeat In 21 Years

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It's being reported this afternoon with a certain degree of certitude that Bayern Munich have sacked manager Carlo Ancelotti.

That should raise a few eyebrows in Bavaria.

Anyway, BILD (among many other well-placed sources) have confirmed that Ancelotti has left his post in the wake of Bayern's abject defeat against PSG in the Champions League on Wednesday night the club's heaviest defeat in a group stage fixture for 21 years.

Bayern Munich Coax Veteran ‘Keeper Tom Starke Out Of Retirement To Help Cover Manuel Neuer’s Extended Injury Lay-Off

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Bayern Munich have added veteran goalkeeper Tom Starke to their Champions League squad despite the fact that the 36-year-old retired from football four months ago,

Starke managed a full 10 appearances in five years at Bayern before calling it quits at the end of last season, only to make a couple of cameos in the Bavarian club's pre-season tour of the USA.

‘Bullsh*t’ – Bayern Munich Hotshot Robert Lewandowski Addresses Resurfaced Real Madrid Transfer Rumours In Curt Fashion

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Robert Lewandowski invited a whirlwind of tabloid bullhonky upon himself recently when, in the wake of PSG splurging to sign Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, he publicly criticised Bayern Munich for failing to match their state-financed Champions League rivals in the money-frittering stakes this summer.

Espionage: FC Cologne Hatch Devious Plot To Crib Arsenal’s Starting XI Ahead Of Europa League Opener (Photos)

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With a big Europa League opener against Arsenal in the offing this week, Cologne (or FC Köln if you'd prefer) have hatched an ingenious ruse to forge themselves a head-start against their Premier League opponents.

Like the Trojan Horse of legend, the devious ploy to crib Arsene Wenger's starting XI came cleverly disguised as a pre-match present, withKöln extending the hand of friendship via the two clubs' official Twitter accounts.

Videos

World Cup Qualifying: Leon Goretzka Scores Audacious Back-Heel As Germany Sign Off With 5-1 Trouncing Of Azerbaijan (Video)

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Having already sealed their place at the World Cup, holders Germany put the finishing touch on their flawless Group C qualification campaign by signing off with a tenth win in ten outings a 5-1 demolition job of Azerbaijan.

Leon Goretzka opened the scoring in style with just eight minutes on the clock, the Schalke midfielder demonstrating excellent technique to squeeze a back-heel up and into the top corner from close range.

World Cup Qualifying: Defending Champions Germany Book Place In Finals After 3-1 Win Over Northern Ireland (Video)

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World champions Germany booked their place in Russia next summer after a convincing win against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.

The hosts hopes of frustrating their illustrious opponents were dashed within just two minutes of the kick-off, with midfielder Sebastian Rudy netting a stunning long-range effort.

Light Fingers: Dortmund ‘Keeper Roman Burki Has Weird Pre-Match Ritual That Involves Pinching Balls (Video)

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Generally speaking, you don't have to look very far to find a professional footballer who is hopelessly enslaved to a pre-match superstition.

Some players flick light-switches, some don their kit in a strict order, some chant inside a hastily-scrawled hexagram, light candles and sacrifice newborn livestock to the satanic nether-lord.

Strike Force

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Three Americans rang the bell overseas this weekend, starting with Lynden Gooch's consolation penalty strike for Sunderland against Cardiff from Saturday. On Sunday, Terrence Boyd hopped off the bench in the waning moments to spark a two-goal stoppage time rally in Darmstadt's 3-3 share with Dynamo Dresden.

BundesFAIL: Hoffenheim Fan Grabs Nadiem Amiri’s Shirt, Miscalculates Height Of Advertising Board When Returning To Seat (Video)

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Hoffenheim kept up their impressive start to the Bundesliga campaign with a 3-2 away win over Mainz on Wednesday evening.

After going 2-0 to a couple of early goals, Nadiem Amiri pulled one back for1899 on the half-hour mark before a couple of injury time strikes (one in the 46th minute, one in the 92nd) saw the visitors escape with all three points in dramatic fashion.

Three Different, But Equally Elegant Touches

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That about tells the story of Christian Pulisic's third goal of the campaign, which acted as the late capper in Borussia Dortmund's 3-0 win at Hamburg. Short touch, aggressive space-attacking touch, finish off the post. Bing bang boom. - Greg Seltzer

Fair Play Fail: Jena Midfielder Soren Eismann Ignores Protocol To Score Ruthless Goal In German Third Tier (Video)

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Good sportsmanship took a momentary breather down in the German third tier on Saturday afternoon, specifically mid-way through the second half of Carl Zeiss Jena's match against SV Meppen.

At the epicentre of the furore was Jena midfielder Soren Eismann, who ruthlessly exploited 'fair play' protocol to score his side's first goal.

Video: Arsenal training ahead of Cologne game

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Arsenal find themselves in the unusual situation of preparing for a Thursday night fixture. The Gunners host German side Cologne at the Emirates...

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Transfer News and Gossip

Kai Havertz: Liverpool scouting Bayer Leverkusen starlet

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Liverpool are keeping tabs on Bayer Leverkusen youngster Kai Havertz, according to the Liverpool Echo. The Reds reportedly had scouts at Germany...

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Liverpool want former Man Utd target Dayot Upamecano

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Liverpool are preparing a second raid on RB Leipzig to sign French defender Dayot Upamecano, according to Tutto Mercato Web. Having already agreed a...

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David Philipp: Spurs and Liverpool battling for German wonderkid

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Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are set to go head-to-head for the signing of Werder Bremen starlet David Philipp, according to the Sky Sport...

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Benedikt Howedes: Arsenal held talks to sign German defender

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Arsenal held talks over a deal to sign Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes in the summer transfer window, according to his agent. Volker Struth, of the...

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Arsenal

Tweets and Photos: Arsenal players react to Europa League win over Cologne

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Arsenal recorded a 3-1 win over Cologne in their opening Europa League group game last night. In a match that was delayed by an hour due to crowd...

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Confirmed Team News: Arsenal vs Cologne lineups

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Arsenal find themselves playing in an unusual Thursday night slot as they start their Europa League group stage campaign against Cologne at the...

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Champions League

Tweets and Photos: Spurs players react to beating Borussia Dortmund

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Tottenham Hotspur got their Champions League campaign off to the ideal start with a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund last night. Mauricio...

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Confirmed Team News: Spurs vs Borussia Dortmund

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Here is the confirmed team news for Spurs vs Borussia Dortmund. The north Londoners are starting their Champions League group stage campaign at...

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The Rest

German Amateur Team SV Oberwürzbach Agree Shirt Sponsorship Deal With Local Adult Movie Actress (Photos)

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Ahead of the new season, German amateur sideSV Oberwürzbach have gone out and signed themselves a new shirt sponsor, thus securing a vital stream of income.

Oberwürzbach, who play in theSaarlandliga (the sixth tier), have agreed a deal with local 'special interest' actress, Lena Nitro, who will now have her name and website address emblazoned across the front of the team's shirts.

Bundesliga summer transfers: From James Rodriguez to Reece Oxford, 10 signings to get excited about in 2017/18

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The 2017/18 Bundesliga season is well underway and clubs across the league have been busy in the summer transfer market. Here are 10 key signings that could make the difference for their clubs this...

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