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Wilmots recalls Kalou, Doumbia for Ivory Coast

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Abidjan (AFP) – New Ivory Coast coach Marc Wilmots on Thursday tempted Salomon Kalou out of international retirement and recalled fellow striker Seydou Doumbia in a 27-man squad to face the Netherlands and Guinea next month.

Hertha Berlin’s Kalou had quit the national team after defending champions Ivory Coast crashed out of the Africa Cup of Nations this year in the first round.

Wilmots recalls Kalou, Doumbia for Ivory Coast

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Abidjan (AFP) – New Ivory Coast coach Marc Wilmots on Thursday tempted Salomon Kalou out of international retirement and recalled fellow striker Seydou Doumbia in a 27-man squad to face the Netherlands and Guinea next month.

Hertha Berlin’s Kalou had quit the national team after defending champions Ivory Coast crashed out of the Africa Cup of Nations this year in the first round.

RB Leizpig claim automatic Champions League berth

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Berlin (AFP) – RB Leipzig capped off a superb first Bundesliga campaign by securing automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League as Timo Werner scored twice in their 4-1 thrashing of Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

Leipzig, founded by energy drinks giants Red Bull in 2009, only reached Germany’s top flight this season after four promotions in seven years.

RB Leizpig claim automatic Champions League berth

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Berlin (AFP) – RB Leipzig capped off a superb first Bundesliga campaign by securing automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League as Timo Werner scored twice in their 4-1 thrashing of Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

Leipzig, founded by energy drinks giants Red Bull in 2009, only reached Germany’s top flight this season after four promotions in seven years.

Darmstadt relegated from Bundesliga

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Berlin (AFP) – Bottom side Darmstadt were relegated from the Bundesliga on Saturday after Torsten Frings’ team were beaten 1-0 at champions Bayern Munich.

The defeat leaves Darmstadt, coached by ex-Germany midfielder Frings, nine points from safety with two games left after Juan Bernat scored Bayern’s winning goal in Munich.

Darmstadt relegated from Bundesliga

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Berlin (AFP) – Bottom side Darmstadt were relegated from the Bundesliga on Saturday after Torsten Frings’ team were beaten 1-0 at champions Bayern Munich.

The defeat leaves Darmstadt, coached by ex-Germany midfielder Frings, nine points from safety with two games left after Juan Bernat scored Bayern’s winning goal in Munich.

Stocker helps Hertha end losing streak

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Berlin (AFP) – Swiss winger Valentin Stocker had a hand in both goals as Hertha Berlin ended their three-match losing streak with a 2-0 Bundesliga win over Augsburg on Sunday.

Hertha climb back up to fifth after victory at Berlin’s sun-drenched Olympic Stadium to keep their European hopes alive following straight defeats to Cologne, Moenchengladbach and Hoffenheim.

Sandro Wagner to face Bayern despite ‘ET’ finger injury

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Berlin (AFP) – Hoffenheim’s top scorer Sandro Wagner says he will be fit to face runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich at home on Tuesday despite his stomach-churning “ET” finger injury.

Wagner has hit 11 Bundesliga goals this season to leave Hoffenheim on course for a Champions League place for next season.

Kramaric double helps Hoffenheim up to third

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Berlin (AFP) – Andrej Kramaric’s double helped Hoffenheim to a 3-1 win at Hertha Berlin on Friday to boost their chances of Champions League football next season.

The Croatian’s brace and a goal from Niklas Suele pushed Hoffenheim into provisional third on 48 points, two clear of fourth-placed Borussia Dortmund who face Schalke on Saturday.

Kramaric double helps Hoffenheim up to third

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Berlin (AFP) – Andrej Kramaric’s double helped Hoffenheim to a 3-1 win at Hertha Berlin on Friday to boost their chances of Champions League football next season.

The Croatian’s brace and a goal from Niklas Suele pushed Hoffenheim into provisional third on 48 points, two clear of fourth-placed Borussia Dortmund who face Schalke on Saturday.

Modeste eclipses Lewandowski in hot-shots battle

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Berlin (AFP) – Cologne’s Anthony Modeste hit a hat-trick on Saturday to eclipse Robert Lewandowski in second place behind top-scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the battle to be this season’s Bundesliga hot-shot.

Gabon’s Aubameyang leads the way for the most German league goals with 23 goals in as many games after netting Borussia Dortmund’s first-half winner in Friday’s lacklustre 1-0 victory over second-from-bottom Ingolstadt.

Hertha star taking legal action over Twitter pic

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Berlin (AFP) – Hertha Berlin’s Marvin Plattenhardt said Sunday he would take legal action against Germany’s right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD) for posting a picture on Twitter of him alongside one of their politicans.

The 25-year-old’s defender happily posed for selfies with Hertha fans after his stunning second-half free-kick sealed Berlin’s 2-1 German league win over Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

Lewandowski leads Bayern to new rout against Hamburg

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Berlin (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski netted a hat-trick as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich handed Hamburg an 8-0 thrashing at the Allianz Arena on Saturday in Carlo Ancelotti’s 1000th match as a coach.

Kingsley Coman came off the bench to score twice while Arturo Vidal, David Alaba and Arjen Robben were also on target as Bayern got back to winning ways after last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin.

Ancelotti escapes middle finger punishment

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich coach Carlos Ancelotti will not be punished for showing Hertha Berlin fans his middle finger but must make a donation to charity, the German Federation (DFB) said on Tuesday.

The Italian coach had made the explicit gesture after being spat at by Hertha fans during Bayern’s 1-1 draw in Berlin on Saturday.

Ancelotti escapes middle finger punishment

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich coach Carlos Ancelotti will not be punished for showing Hertha Berlin fans his middle finger but must make a donation to charity, the German Federation (DFB) said on Tuesday.

The Italian coach had made the explicit gesture after being spat at by Hertha fans during Bayern’s 1-1 draw in Berlin on Saturday.

Ancelotti must explain explicit gesture

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has been asked to explain how he lost his calm and stuck a finger up at a group of Hertha Berlin fans at the weekend.

The German Football Federation have asked the usually affable Ancelotti to explain his behaviour in an exchange with Hertha fans whilst going down the tunnel after Bayern earned a late 1-1 draw in Berlin.

Ancelotti shows Hertha fans the middle finger

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich’s Carlo Ancelotti could be in hot water with the German FA (DFB) after admitting showing the middle finger towards Hertha Berlin fans who he claims spat at him.

“Yes, I made the gesture after being spat at,” Bayern’s coach told broadcaster ARD.

Hertha boss Dardai fumes at Bayern’s ‘bonus’ time

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Berlin (AFP) – Hertha Berlin coach Pal Dardai slammed the six minutes of added time as “Bayern’s bonus” after Robert Lewandowski scored a last-minute goal to secure a 1-1 draw for Bayern Munich on Saturday.

“I think this is a Bayern bonus”, the Hungarian fumed to Sky as Lewandowski’s 96th-minute winner at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium denied Hertha a first win against Munich following 11 defeats.

Hertha boss Dardai fumes at Bayern’s ‘bonus’ time

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Berlin (AFP) – Hertha Berlin coach Pal Dardai slammed the six minutes of added time as “Bayern’s bonus” after Robert Lewandowski scored a last-minute goal to secure a 1-1 draw for Bayern Munich on Saturday.

“I think this is a Bayern bonus”, the Hungarian fumed to Sky as Lewandowski’s 96th-minute winner at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium denied Hertha a first win against Munich following 11 defeats.

Last gasp Lewandowski saves Bayern in Berlin

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Berlin (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski hit a 96th-minute equaliser to salvage Bayern Munich’s 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin on Saturday and extended their lead in the Bundesliga table to eight points.

Bayern were seconds away from what would have been their second league defeat this season when Lewandowski fired home his 24th goal in all competitons to cancel out Vedad Ibisevic’s first-half strike.

Lahm backs Bayern’s struggling Mueller in Berlin

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Berlin (AFP) – After thrashing Arsenal in mid-week, leaders Bayern Munich return to Bundesliga business at Hertha Berlin on Saturday with captain Philipp Lahm backing Thomas Mueller to return to form.

Bayern head to the capital with a seven-point lead in Germany’s top flight and one foot in the Champions League’s quarter-finals after hammering Arsenal 5-1 in Wednesday’s last 16, first-leg.

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.

Kalou’s miss puts Dortmund into German Cup quarters

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Berlin (AFP) – Salomon Kalou’s missed spot-kick put hosts Borussia Dortmund into the German Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday as Hertha Berlin lost 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

The Ivory Coast striker gave Hertha a first-half lead in the third-round cup clash in Dortmund when he volleyed home on 27 minutes after the hosts made a slow start.

Kalou’s miss puts Dortmund into German Cup quarters

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Berlin (AFP) – Salomon Kalou’s missed spot-kick put hosts Borussia Dortmund into the German Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday as Hertha Berlin lost 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

The Ivory Coast striker gave Hertha a first-half lead in the third-round cup clash in Dortmund when he volleyed home on 27 minutes after the hosts made a slow start.

Dortmund’s Tuchel plays down Goetze tension

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel has insisted he has no problem with Germany’s World Cup winner Mario Goetze, who has been left out of Wednesday’s German Cup tie against Hertha Berlin.

The attacking midfielder was kept on the bench for Saturday’s 1-0 win over RB Leipzig and will miss the round of 16 clash at home to Hertha with a leg injury, according to Tuchel.

Dortmund’s Tuchel plays down Goetze tension

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel has insisted he has no problem with Germany’s World Cup winner Mario Goetze, who has been left out of Wednesday’s German Cup tie against Hertha Berlin.

The attacking midfielder was kept on the bench for Saturday’s 1-0 win over RB Leipzig and will miss the round of 16 clash at home to Hertha with a leg injury, according to Tuchel.

Americans Abroad

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Yedlin, Brooks, Ream and more

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While one American was able to get his hands on a title on Sunday, two others sealed their spot in a playoff with statement wins.

DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle United wrapped up the English Championship title on Sunday in what proved a busy day for Americans within the league. Tim Ream and Fulham sealed their spot in the promotion playoff with a win while Danny Williams and Reading locked up a third-place finish with a victory of their own.

Brooks set to miss time due to hip injury

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Another U.S. Men's National Team regular looks set to miss time due to injury.

Hertha Berlin announced that John Brooks is set to miss out "for the time being" due to a hip issue. According to German outlet Kicker, Brooks complained of muscular issues before a more thorough examination revealed a muscular issue in the hip region.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Arriola, Pulisic, Hyndman and more

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A trio of young Americans provided assists over the weekend while one U.S. Men's National Team defender was hit with an unfortunate own goal in defeat.

Paul Arriola, Christian Pulisic and Emerson Hyndman each provided an assist over the weekend, helping to lift their respective sides to victory.

John Brooks out for Hertha Berlin with muscle injury

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Hertha Berlin will bemissing one of its key players on Wednesday against Borussia Monchengladbach.

The club announced that Brooks did not make the final squad and will miss out due to a muscle injury. Brooks started and played the full 90 minutes last weekend in Hertha's 3-1 defeat to Hoffenheim, so the injurycould just be a minor knock.

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Pulisic, Wood, Brooks and more

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As club seasons wind down, several Americans abroad take the field for midweek clashes with the most intriguing coming in German Bundesliga play.

Several U.S. Men's National Team regulars collide this week in Germany's top division, headlined by a clash between Bobby Wood and Christian Pulisic.

Brooks scores as Hertha Berlin falls to Cologne

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John Brooks and Hertha Berlin were far from their best on the defensive end on Saturday, but the U.S. Men's National Team defender found a way to make an impact on the attacking end in the final match before the international break.

Brooks scored his team'ssecond goal of the match on Saturday as Hertha Berlin slumped to a 4-2 defeat to Cologne.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Brooks, Boyd, Hyndman and more

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Following a midweek slate loaded with continental competition, domestic action takes center stage over the weekend, headlined by the schedule in Germany.

John Brooks and Hertha Berlin face the toughest test in a clash with Bayern Munich, who destroyed Arsenal in midweek Champions League action.

Americans Abroad Wednesday Rewind: Pulisic, Chandler, Wooten and more

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One clash between Americans Abroad came to penalty kicks, and it was the youngest member of the U.S. Men's National Team that helped his side get there.

Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund came out on top on Wednesday afternoon, toppling John Brooks' Hertha Berlin, 3-2, in penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw.

Bayern Munich

Jens Lehmann to appear as special guest on Bundesliga games this weekend

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Arsenal and Germany legend Jens Lehmann will appear as a special guest on three Bundesliga matches televised by FOX Sports this weekend.

The first will be Friday, April 7 for the FOX Deportes broadcast of Eintracht Frankfurt against Werder Bremen (from 2pm ET). Then on Saturday, he’ll appear on the Bayern Munich against Borussia Dortmund broadcast on FS1 (from Noon ET).

Friday Kickoff: Hazard, Platini, Neymar and more

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Transfer rumors continue to swirl around Eden Hazard while a former FIFA executive took shots at Sepp Blatter.

Real Madrid target Eden Hazard is reportedly close to signing a new contract with Chelsea. (REPORT)

Former UEFA president Michel Platini says former FIFA president Sepp Blatter is "the most selfish person I have seen in my life".

Bayern Munich: Carlo Ancelotti Will Not Be Punished For Giving Gobby Hertha Berlin Fans The Finger (Video)

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The DFB have confirmed that Carlo Ancelotti won't face punishment for sticking his middle finger up at opposing fans duringBayern Munich's Bundesliga tie against Hertha Berlin last Saturday.

The Bayern coach was seenmaking the gesture at Hertha fans as he made his way back to the Allianz Arena dressing rooms following the 1-1 draw.

Philadelphia Union

Bedoya to USMNT, UCL results; Brotherly Game Daily Links 3/16/17

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Alejandro Bedoya Called Up to USMNT
The Philadelphia Union's captain will represent the US against Honduras and Panama in the upcoming hex matches.

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Player of the week: Christian Pulisic

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The Rest

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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It's another loaded Saturday of soccer, with leagues from Europe to North America to Australia in action.

The English Premier League sees Geoff Cameronand Stoke City take on league leaders Chelsea, while a resurgent Leicester City heads to West Ham.

In the Bundesliga, second place RB Leipzig takes on relegation contenders Werder Bremen, featuring Aron Johannsson.