The rumours linking Toni Kroos have gathering pace over the past few weeks, with the player's contract talks with club Bayern Munich hitting a stumbling block.
As it stands, Kroos is some way down the pecking order with his salary at the German champions. Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben are reportedly the top earners on £165k-a-week, followed by Bastian Schweinsteiger on £135k, Philipp Lahm on £120k, then Mario Götze on £115k.
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil has blown a chance to give his side an early lead against Bayern Munich. His weak penalty was saved by his old schoolfriend Manuel Neuer. Ozil had won the penalty himself, being brought down by Jerome Boateng after cutting inside from Jack Wilshere's through ball.
Quite simply, the goalkeeper position is the hardest position to rate when comparing players. Often times goalkeepers can be made or broken by their team's success; unfairly condemned or built up thanks to the players in front of them. There are an abundance of goalkeepers in the game today that are considered "great" players, who have been the product of the team in front of them, while at the same time there are goalkeepers who don't get enough credit because their team makes them look bad.
With Oktoberfest fast approaching and the Bavarians proving themselves as the overlords of European football, Adidas has gone perhaps a bit too traditional and modeled Bayern Munich's new away kit after lederhosen. The brown shorts were intended to look like leather pants to go with the white collared shirt and to complete the ensemble, Adidas even produced a special jacket and "jaunty hat" to go with it.
Chelsea lost last night's Uefa Super Cup to Bayern Munich in just about the most sickening circumstances. Fernando Torres gave the Blues an early lead, which was cancelled out by Franck Ribery. Ramires was sent off on 85 minutes, leaving Jose Mourinho's side heading into extra-time with 10 men. They had been expected to sit [.
Manuel Neuer kept a clean sheet as Bayern Munich beat Sao Paulo 2-0 in their first match of the Audi Cup. And to do it, he had to face the highest scoring goalkeeper of all time, Rogerio Ceni. With more than 100 goals to his credit (all from penalties and free kicks), Ceni presented a late challenge to Neuer when Sao Paulo were awarded a penalty in the 88th minute.
After falling to their biggest rivals in the UEFA Champions League Final and the Bundesliga last season, Borussia Dortmund got a measure of revenge on Saturday by handing Pep Guardiola his first loss as Bayern Munich manager.
Marco Reus opened and closed the scoring for Dortmund, who defeated Bayern 4-2 to win the German Super Cup.
Blimey O'Reilly, it's definitely charity match at the moment, with the footballing fundraisers coming thick and fast.
On the same day that Luis Boa Morte was busy burying a flamboyant/definitely illegal penalty for the Figo XI against Venezuelan champsDeportivo Anzoategui, over in Germany, Bayern Munich keeper Manuel Neuer and German NBA star Dirk Nowitski were joining forces in Wuerzburg to stage an exhibition game to raise money for local deprived children.
NBA star Dirk Nowitzki and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer held a match in Germany to benefit their respective charity organizations on Sunday. And during that match, Nowitzki showed that basketball players are catching up to footballers in the art of egregious flopping.
As Ball Don't Lie pointed out last week, Nowitzki happened to speak to the Dallas Morning News about flopping in basketball before the Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs (or the San Francisco Spurs to Sergio Ramos) in the NBA Finals.
For Franck Ribery, the best way to wind down after Bayern Munich's epic treble-winning season is to re-enact his favorite scenes from Miami Vice on his speedboat. Teammate Manuel Neuer, however, will spend the summer as a filmstar, as his voice acting talents have been utilized in Die Monster Uni, the German dubbing of Pixar's Monsters University.
Until Saturday's final Borussia Dortmund was the only undefeated team in the Champions League. Still, Bayern Munich was the slight favourite after taking the German title and played outstanding football in the matches against FC Barcelona and Juventus. But this did not show in the beginning of the final where Dortmund seemed liked the team with most desire to win, and only some outstanding saves
One of the most celebrated days in the club soccer calendar as finally approached us as German titans Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will square off at Wembley Stadium in London for the UEFA Champions League title. Both clubs went on a rampant tear, especially Bayern, in the knockout stage of the competition and not only are German bragging rights up for grabs but continental bragging rights as well.
In which Manuel Neuer makes it rain quite literally on some pour girl, tipping a bloody huge beersteinall over her while Bayern Munich celebrated their run-away Bundesliga title victory after a 3-0 win over Augsburg at the Allianz Arena yesterday...
Plenty of heart in that performance, epitomised by Koscielny
That we are now out of the Champions League is no surprise. The manner in which we exited, was however surprising. I would hold my hand up and admit that I did not have any expectation that we would we able to win at Munich, let alone managing to level the score.
If ever teams needed reminding how important it is to win their group in the Champions League consider that all four away teams, and group winners, win this week. Last night it was PSG and Barcelona, and tonight it was Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid that picked up the vital away goals and wins.
1. This particular Champions League Houdini act looks like it will be beyond even the seasoned escapologists of Barcelona. 2. Dante's peak was considerably higher than that of anyone in the Barca defence. Bayern dominated in the air. 3. Lionel Messi can claim to be fully fit all he likes he clearly wasn't.
29.10.2013 - FIFA y France Football dieron a conocer la lista de 23 precandidatos al próximo Balón de Oro 2013: Gareth Bale (Gales), Edinson Cavani (Uruguay), Radamel Falcao García (Colombia), Eden Hazard (Bélgica), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Suecia), Andrés Iniesta (España), Philipp Lahm (Alemania), Robert Lewandowsky (Polonia), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Thomas Muller (Alemania), Manuel Neuer (Alemania), Neymar (Btasil), Mezut Ozil (Alemania), Andrea Pirlo (Italia), Frank Ribery (Francia), Arjen Robben (Holanda), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Alemania), Luis Suarez (Uruguay), Thiago Silva (Brasil), Yaya Touré (Costa de Marfil), Robin Van Persie (Holanda) y Xavi (España), forman parte de un listado que en pocos días se reducirá a las tres clásicas y definitivas nominaciones.
The Ballon d'Or and Goalkeepers Will a keeper ever follow in Lev Yashin's footsteps? is a post from: Just Football
So that's it is it? It's finally over? On Monday morning/afternoon/evening depending on your location Cristiano Ronaldo was finally confirmed as the Ballon d'Or winner in yet another anticlimactic affair.
Was er macht, ist allererste Sahne. Das ist unbezahlbar. Wir spielen mit Torhüter. Das vergessen einige. Und bald spielt er in der gegnerischen Hälfte. Dem können die Abwehrspieler immer den Ball zuspielen, und er gibt ihn mit rechts oder links perfekt zurück.
Uli Hoeneß, Präsident des FC Bayern München, lobt Torhüter Manuel Neuer nach dem gewonnen Champions League Achtelfinale bei Arsenal London.
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Not content with being one of the finest goalkeepers on the planet, Manuel Neuer has been keeping himself out of trouble by dabbling in a bit of voice acting on the side landing a part in the German dub of the sequel to Pixar classic "Monsters, Inc.", called "Monsters University", in which he plays superstar scarerFrank McCay a role played by The American Office'sJohn Krasinski in the American version.