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Aubameyang hat-trick as Dortmund, Bayern advance in German Cup

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Berlin (AFP) – A hat-trick for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a brace for Robert Lewandowski saw Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich reach the second round of the German Cup on Saturday.

Defending champions Dortmund eased to a 4-0 victory over sixth-tier minnows Riesalingen-Arlen, while Bayern secured a 5-0 win over third division Chemnitz.

Germany boss warns of ‘dangerous game’

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Berlin (AFP) – Joachim Loew, who has rested all of his Germany stars for this month’s Confederations Cup, says football’s governing bodies are risking over-loading the sport’s top players with too many games.

“It’s a dangerous game – we mustn’t pull too hard on the rope,” Germany’s head coach warned in Thursday’s interview with SID, an AFP subsidiary.

Germany boss warns of ‘dangerous game’

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Berlin (AFP) – Joachim Loew, who has rested all of his Germany stars for this month’s Confederations Cup, says football’s governing bodies are risking over-loading the sport’s top players with too many games.

“It’s a dangerous game – we mustn’t pull too hard on the rope,” Germany’s head coach warned in Thursday’s interview with SID, an AFP subsidiary.

Key trio return for Bayern, Isco in for Bale

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Madrid (AFP) – Bayern Munich’s hopes of overturning a 2-1 Champions League quarter-final deficit at Real Madrid on Tuesday were boosted as key trio Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Robert Lewandowski were all named in Carlo Ancelotti’s starting XI.

Hummels and top scorer Lewandowski missed last week’s first leg, whilst Boateng sat out Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Bayer Leverkusen with a groin injury.

Hamburg next up in Bayern treble drive

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich central defender Mats Hummels says the club’s powerful position going into their Bundesliga home tie with Hamburg this weekend is a good measure of coach Carlo Ancelotti’s ambitions for the season.

After Robert Lewandowski last gasp equaliser saved their 2017 unbeaten record in Berlin last weekend, Bayern are five points clear at the top, and 5-1 up against Arsenal in the Champions League Last-16.

Hamburg next up in Bayern treble drive

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich central defender Mats Hummels says the club’s powerful position going into their Bundesliga home tie with Hamburg this weekend is a good measure of coach Carlo Ancelotti’s ambitions for the season.

After Robert Lewandowski last gasp equaliser saved their 2017 unbeaten record in Berlin last weekend, Bayern are five points clear at the top, and 5-1 up against Arsenal in the Champions League Last-16.

Bayern’s Hummels backs Ozil to beat slump

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Bayern Munich’s Mats Hummels is backing Mesut Ozil to break his Arsenal slump with the Germany team-mates set to go head-to-head in Wednesday’s crunch Champions League last 16 tie.

Bayern host the Gunners in the first-leg tie at Munich’s Allianz Arena with the Germans on a Champions League record 15-match unbeaten run at home.

Not conceding key to beat Arsenal, says Bayern’s Hummels

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Bayern Munich’s Mats Hummels said keeping a clean sheet in Wednesday’s first leg would be the key to extending Arsenal’s last 16 Champions League misery.

Arsenal have lost in the last 16 in each of the last six seasons and exited at the hands of Bayern at this stage of the competition in 2005, 2013 and 2014.

Not conceding key to beat Arsenal, says Bayern’s Hummels

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Bayern Munich’s Mats Hummels said keeping a clean sheet in Wednesday’s first leg would be the key to extending Arsenal’s last 16 Champions League misery.

Arsenal have lost in the last 16 in each of the last six seasons and exited at the hands of Bayern at this stage of the competition in 2005, 2013 and 2014.

Bayern’s Hummels faces anxious Atletico wait

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Berlin (AFP) Mats Hummels is facing an anxious wait to see whether he is fit to face Atletico Madrid on Wednesday after limping out of Bayern Munich's 1-0 win at Hamburg.

Atletico host Bayern at Madrid's Vicente Calderon Stadium with both sides having won their opening Group D matches in the Champions League.

Bayern’s Hummels faces anxious Atletico wait

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Berlin (AFP) Mats Hummels is facing an anxious wait to see whether he is fit to face Atletico Madrid on Wednesday after limping out of Bayern Munich's 1-0 win at Hamburg.

Atletico host Bayern at Madrid's Vicente Calderon Stadium with both sides having won their opening Group D matches in the Champions League.

Hummels limps off, Bayern leave it late in Hamburg

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Berlin (AFP) Joshua Kimmich's late winner preserved Bayern Munich's 100 percent Bundesliga record in Saturday's 1-0 win at Hamburg, but the leaders saw Mats Hummels limp off with a knee injury.

With Bayern facing Atletico Madrid away in the Champions League on Wednesday, Germany international Kimmich converted a superb Franck Ribery cross in the 88th minute.

Hummels limps off, Bayern leave it late in Hamburg

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Berlin (AFP) Joshua Kimmich's late winner preserved Bayern Munich's 100 percent Bundesliga record in Saturday's 1-0 win at Hamburg, but the leaders saw Mats Hummels limp off with a knee injury.

With Bayern facing Atletico Madrid away in the Champions League on Wednesday, Germany international Kimmich converted a superb Franck Ribery cross in the 88th minute.

Bayern’s Hummels limps off ahead of Atletico clash

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Berlin (AFP) Bayern Munich suffered an injury scare ahead of their midweek Champions League clash at Atletico Madrid when Germany defender Mats Hummels picked up a knee injury against Hamburg on Saturday.

Hummels was hurt in the first half of Saturday's Bundesliga encounter after landing awkwardly on his right knee having challenged for the ball with Hamburg's US international striker Bobby Wood.

Bayern’s Hummels limps off ahead of Atletico clash

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Berlin (AFP) Bayern Munich suffered an injury scare ahead of their midweek Champions League clash at Atletico Madrid when Germany defender Mats Hummels picked up a knee injury against Hamburg on Saturday.

Hummels was hurt in the first half of Saturday's Bundesliga encounter after landing awkwardly on his right knee having challenged for the ball with Hamburg's US international striker Bobby Wood.

Illness-hit Bayern roar back to floor Ingolstadt

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Berlin (AFP) Illness-hit Bayern Munich conceded their first goal of the season before roaring back with a 3-1 win at home to Ingolstadt to stay top of the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Having scored 20 goals without reply winning all of their first five competitive games, including Tuesday's 5-0 Champions League drubbing of Rostov, Bayern leaked their first goal of the season with just eight minutes gone at Munich's Allianz Arena.

Illness-hit Bayern roar back to floor Ingolstadt

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Berlin (AFP) Illness-hit Bayern Munich conceded their first goal of the season before roaring back with a 3-1 win at home to Ingolstadt to stay top of the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Having scored 20 goals without reply winning all of their first five competitive games, including Tuesday's 5-0 Champions League drubbing of Rostov, Bayern leaked their first goal of the season with just eight minutes gone at Munich's Allianz Arena.

Germany, N. Ireland set for Paris culture clash

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Paris (AFP) World champions Germany meet redoubtable underdogs Northern Ireland former postal workers and all in Paris on Tuesday with a place in the Euro 2016 knockout phase on the line.

While Germany are short of momentum following a 0-0 draw with Poland last week, Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland are flying after beating Ukraine 2-0 to claim a first major tournament win in 34 years.

Germany, N. Ireland set for Paris culture clash

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Paris (AFP) World champions Germany meet redoubtable underdogs Northern Ireland former postal workers and all in Paris on Tuesday with a place in the Euro 2016 knockout phase on the line.

While Germany are short of momentum following a 0-0 draw with Poland last week, Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland are flying after beating Ukraine 2-0 to claim a first major tournament win in 34 years.

Injuries no excuse for Germany, insists Loew

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Lille (France) (AFP) Germany boss Joachim Loew is adamant the world champions cannot blame bad luck with injuries if they fail to match their Brazil success from two years ago at the European Championship finals.

Marco Reus, Ilkay Gundogan and Antonio Ruediger all missed out on Loew's 23-man squad the youngest of any side at the 24-team event in France due to injuries.

Injuries no excuse for Germany, insists Loew

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Lille (France) (AFP) Germany boss Joachim Loew is adamant the world champions cannot blame bad luck with injuries if they fail to match their Brazil success from two years ago at the European Championship finals.

Marco Reus, Ilkay Gundogan and Antonio Ruediger all missed out on Loew's 23-man squad the youngest of any side at the 24-team event in France due to injuries.

Germany blow as Rudiger limps out of Euros

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Evian (France) (AFP) Germany centre-back Antonio Rudiger is out of Euro 2016 after tearing ligaments in his right knee, the German football federation announced on Tuesday.

The AS Roma defender was expected to start for the world champions in their opening Group C game against Ukraine on Sunday.

Germany blow as Rudiger limps out of Euros

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Evian (France) (AFP) Germany centre-back Antonio Rudiger is out of Euro 2016 after tearing ligaments in his right knee, the German football federation announced on Tuesday.

The AS Roma defender was expected to start for the world champions in their opening Group C game against Ukraine on Sunday.

Germany’s Hummels faces Euro 2016 race against time

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Berlin (AFP) Germany's Mats Hummels admits he is facing a race against time to be fit for the World Cup winners' first game of Euro 2016 in little over a fortnight.

Germany open their European campaign against Ukraine in Lille on June 12, but centre-back Hummels is struggling with a torn calf muscle he suffered in the German Cup final on May 21 and has not trained since.

Germany’s Hummels faces Euro 2016 race against time

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Berlin (AFP) Germany's Mats Hummels admits he is facing a race against time to be fit for the World Cup winners' first game of Euro 2016 in little over a fortnight.

Germany open their European campaign against Ukraine in Lille on June 12, but centre-back Hummels is struggling with a torn calf muscle he suffered in the German Cup final on May 21 and has not trained since.

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Bundesliga team of the season: Who were the best players in Germany in 2016/17?

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Mats Hummels jokes about Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s domination of Man Utd’s goal of the month

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Renato Sanches, Alen Halilovic, Naby Keita… 14 Bundesliga summer transfers to get excited about

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They've kept us waiting over in Germany but the Bundesliga 2016/17 season finally kicks off this weekend. After a round of DFB German Cup action last weekend and the curtain-raising Super Cup,...

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Euro 2016: Media Artist Captures Chaos Of Germany-Italy Shoot-Out By Splicing Every Penalty Into Same Video

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You may be labouring under the illusion that the penalty shoot-out between Germany and Italy couldn't possibly get any more chaotic.

Well, German media artistKurt Prödel (@KurtProedel) is here to prove that that isn't strictly so.

In fact, for the purposes of whimsy,Prödel has taken the time to splice all nine of Germany's penalties into the same clip of footage, just to emphasise the sheer spectrum of spot-kickson show.

Germany launch Euro campaign with point to prove

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Paris (AFP) World champions Germany launch their Euro 2016 campaign on Sunday against Ukraine with Joachim Loew's side out to prove their status as a favourite for the European title.

Northern Ireland will make their debut at a European championships finals with Michael O'Neill's minnows looking to shock Robert Lewandowski-led Poland in Nice.

Germany launch Euro campaign with point to prove

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Paris (AFP) World champions Germany launch their Euro 2016 campaign on Sunday against Ukraine with Joachim Loew's side out to prove their status as a favourite for the European title.

Northern Ireland will make their debut at a European championships finals with Michael O'Neill's minnows looking to shock Robert Lewandowski-led Poland in Nice.

Germany hoping Hummels could face Ukraine

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Evian (France) (AFP) Germany are hoping centre-back Mats Hummels could be fit to face Ukraine when the world champions open their Euro 2016 campaign on Sunday.

Hummels has been out since tearing his calf in the German Cup final on May 21, playing for former club Borussia Dortmund against new employers Bayern Munich, but his recovery at the Germans' base in Evian has gone well.

Germany hoping Hummels could face Ukraine

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Evian (France) (AFP) Germany are hoping centre-back Mats Hummels could be fit to face Ukraine when the world champions open their Euro 2016 campaign on Sunday.

Hummels has been out since tearing his calf in the German Cup final on May 21, playing for former club Borussia Dortmund against new employers Bayern Munich, but his recovery at the Germans' base in Evian has gone well.

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Bayern Munich: Mats Hummels Chucks Hot Coffee All Over Himself, Thomas Muller Full Of Sympathy (Video)

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Obviously rattled at the prospect of facing the wounded bear that isArsenal in the Champions League tomorrow night, Mats Hummels visibly crumbled as he made his way aboard the Bayern Munich team bus.

As the Bayern entourage loaded up for their trip to London, Hummels got his journey off to a flyer by chucking hot coffee all over his shiny black suit.

Bayern Munich: Mats Hummels Shows Up With Freshly-Dyed Blonde Hair, Even Lidl Have Subtle Dig (Photos)

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On Wednesday evening, Bayern Munich recorded a straightforward 3-0 win over Bundesliga upstarts RB Leipzig tospiritthemselves back to their rightful place on top of the pile.

Other than the result, the game was notable for two reasons: The first being Thiago Alcantara's masterful pass to Santa and the second being the debut of Mats Hummels' horrendous new dye-job.

Carlo Ancelotti Joins The Leather-Clad Fun As Bayern Munich Celebrate Oktoberfest (Photos)

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Sunday saw the entire Bayern Munich entourage talc up and slither into their finest leather shorts for the club's annual Oktoberfest celebration.

As per usual, the Bayern masses dressed up to the nines and descended on the beer tent at the Theresienwiese in Munich, with Carlo Ancelotti cutting a handsome dash at his first ever Oktoberfest as coach.

Mkhitaryan ‘rejects’ Dortmund extension

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Berlin (AFP) Borussia Dortmund could be set to lose another star for next season amidst reports Chelsea and Arsenal target Henrikh Mkhitaryan has turned down a contract extension with the German giants.

"Why should we extend now? Micki (Mkhitaryan) still has a contract until 2017 and we'll continue thinking about his future after that," Mkhitaryan's agent Mino Raiola told German daily Bild.

Mkhitaryan ‘rejects’ Dortmund extension

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Berlin (AFP) Borussia Dortmund could be set to lose another star for next season amidst reports Chelsea and Arsenal target Henrikh Mkhitaryan has turned down a contract extension with the German giants.

"Why should we extend now? Micki (Mkhitaryan) still has a contract until 2017 and we'll continue thinking about his future after that," Mkhitaryan's agent Mino Raiola told German daily Bild.

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German international denies Arsenal interest

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