The rivalry between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund is not so much equals staring one another down, but rather big brother-little brother. Munich is the unquestionable King of German soccer, while Dortrmund has lead a bit of an insurrection in recent years. This season, Bayern reclaimed the bundesliga crown and knocked out Dortmund in the German Cup, but found themselves in the Champions League semifinals across brackets.
1. It's hard to see this as anything other than the end of an era for 'the' Barcelona side we all know. Minus Messi, the rest of the team either older and achier members of the great side or lesser additions are no longer up to the high standards they've set themselves. Expect [...]
High school yearbooks. Reunions. Facebook. The universe conspires to nostalgically divide time into "watershed moments" that "forever mark" our lives. When the smoke cleared in Munich, a 4-0 shellacking had folks cuing Green Day's "Good Riddance", saying adios to the Iberian era of dominance, and gushing about a new era of Bavarian brilliance.
There is nothing wrong with a little bit of hope, and it is a fact that if you believe you have no chance then you may as well not even turn up for the game. So on that premise Arsene Wenger has to get his players to believe that they can come back and score at least three goals in Munich to take Arsenal through to the last eight of the Champions League.
It would be a very brave man that would bet on Arsenal to make it through to the next round of the Champions League after last night's home defeat by Bayern Munich, and it seems that Arsene Wenger has surprisingly agreed with them, although he thinks there is a "hope" we can go through.
Wenger said: "Let's not hide the truth: it will be extremely difficult against a team of that quality.
The date read 19thMay 2012. It had just gone 23:20 local time when an eerie silence fell upon the Allianz Arena in Germany's capital city of Munich. He stood at 6 feet 1 inches and had the look of a man possessed, this was to be his night, his time to be written in the history of the club.
When Per Mertesacker twice inexplicably played Spurs onside to score against Arsenal at the beginning of March, few thought he would end up one of our heroes in the race for 4th. Nor Laurent Koscielny, who was on the bench at White Hart Lane having spent much of the season as our third choice centre back.
It is normal for Arsenal fans to have two things to worry about at this part of the season. Firstly, there is the annual race to get into the Champions League places for next season, which has been tighter than ever this season and looks like it will be decided on the final day. Two wins against Wigan Athletic and Newcastle United will guarantee that we finish above Tottenham, but those wins will be far from easy.
New Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has reportedly made a move for Arsenal centre back Laurent Koscielny. It is reported that the Germans have enquired into how much Arsenal want for the player. Guardiola has capped the transfer sum at £20 Million, which seems like a good offer from my personal point of view but manager Arsene Wenger has fended Bayern off and is refusing to negotiate, according to Goal.
If Arsene Wenger holds any serious hope of signing Robert Lewandowski for Arsenal, he had better get his skates on and talk to somebody at the strikers club Borussia Dortmund. The general manager of the Bundesliga team, Michael Zorc, told the Kicker that they would hold on to their star until his contract finished in 2014 if they could not get a transfer sorted out by May.
How Ramsey will be integral for Arsenal in years to come by KJ
Aaron Ramsey has always caused controversy amongst the Gunners fans. Some say he's finished and needs to be sold as soon as possible, others feel he needs to be given a chance as he's only young and the final faction think that he's talented and has handled his first two proper seasons after his injury very well.
Arsene Wenger is the man who picks the Arsenal squad and starting eleven, and sometimes he makes changes that people don't agree with. Facing an uphill struggle against Bayern Munich with a 3-1 deficit from the home leg, you can understand that Wenger, being realistic, doesn't expect Arsenal to progress to the quarter-finals.
The manager and the captain have half-heartedly warned against complacency when Arsenal arrive in Munich tomorrow, but the general feeling in the Bayern Munich camp seems to be that the job is done and they just need to turn up at the Allianz Arena to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals.
Arsene Wenger is bot hiding from the fact that Arsenal are facing an uphill struggle against one of the best sides in Europe in the attempt to reach the quarter finals of the Champions League. He has spoken about the mentality of his team when they fave the Germans and feels that some ambition and optimism is the only way to go.
The Ivorian striker Gervinho is well aware that Arsenal have a mountain to climb if they are to overturn a 3-1 deficit in Germany in midweek. Bayern Munich are certainly one of the most consistent teams in Europe right now, but Gervinho believes that the Gunners can still turn it around in the away leg.
Arsenal have not had many reasons to smile recently. Just over two weeks ago, Blackburn produced a smash and grab to send them out of the FA cup, which was the only realistic hope of ending the trophy drought which the media is so fond of reminding everybody about. A derby defeat is always painful, but this latest one also leaves Arsenal with a lot to do to qualify for the Champions League next season.
I am sure that Many Arsenal fans, and the coaching staff as well, watched the German cup match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich last night, hoping for some sign of weakness or some tips on how best to go about overturning the 3-1 home defeat when we travel to the Allianz Arena on March 13th to try to salvage our Champions League dreams.
With Nacho Monreal being cup-tied for tonight's Champions League match against Bayern Munich, there was a big worry that Arsenal's defence would be even weaker than usual.
But Arsene Wenger has given us an update on the injury situation and although Laurent Koscielny is still doubtful to make the starting XI, we have Per Mertesacker, Thomas Vermaelen, Bacary Sagna and Carl Jenkinson all available to be spread around the back four.
Arsene Wenger has already acknowledged that Arsenal did not play well enough on Saturday. He has not taken refuge in bemoaning his luck, despite the fact that the Gunners dominated the game throughout and fell victim to a flukey goal that was one of only two attempts on target by Blackburn Rovers.
The vice-captain of Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, knows that it is vital for Arsenal to start strongly in tomorrow's game against Bayern Munich. Against the runaway leaders of the German Bundesliga, the Gunners cannot afford to give away anything easy, but we should also remember that there is more pressure on Bayern to succeed than there is on Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger has denied reports that the Arsenal board have offered him a two year extension to his current contract at the club, and suggested that whoever began the false rumour is trying to damage the Gunners. It was the Sun that ran the story, which Wenger was asked about in today's press conference ahead of the Champions league tie against Bayern Munich.
Arsene Wenger has made no secret of the fact that he views qualification for the Champions league as a hugely important target for Arsenal every season. With the Gunners being the only possible side ti win the European cup from outside the top four Premier league places, that means that fourth place is the target for Wenger this season, although he would obviously prefer second or third.
Arsene Wenger has a bit of a dilemma to deal with, as Arsenal are fighting on three fronts. He does not want to risk aggravating any injuries in the FA cup and Champions league games because of the close battle with Chelsea, Tottenham and Everton for a top four spot. The Champions league is the really prestigious competition, and it brings much more revenue than the domestic cup competition, so the temptation would be to field a weakened team against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, especially as they are very hot favourites to win the game with MyBettingSites.
Arsenal got the crucial and hard fought win they needed at Sunderland, and answered a lot of critics at the same time. It would have been nice if Chelsea or Tottenham dropped points, and they both came close, but at least we didn't lose any ground and can now put the pressure of the league aside for a week or so and focus on staying in the two cup competitions.
Arsene Wenger has been in Germany in the last few days, sparking speculation and rumours that he is about to make the first Arsenal signing of the transfer window. After Wenger ruling out any move for the 20-yeat old winger Wilfried Zaha, and Newcastle apparently on the verge of completing the transfer of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa from Montpellier, two mkore potential additions to the Arsenal squad have passed us by.
I suppose it could have been slightly worse as Alex Ferguson's Man United have drawn Real Madrid (and Ronaldo!), but Bayern Munich are also one of the hardest ties that Arsenal could have got.
The German teams seem to have improved drastically in the last couple of seasons and historically Bayern Munich have usually been the best of the bunch, highlighted by their unlucky defeat to Chelsea in the Final last May.
Champion's League: What are Arsenal's Chances in The Last 16 by SN
December 20, yes it's the date for 2012-13 Champion's league knock out final 16 draw. And we would be playing against any of these clubs. Paris St Germain, Malaga, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Bayern Munich or the mighty Barcelona.
01. José Mourinho (Portugal) Real Madrid (España) 15,3 02. Carlo Ancelotti (Italia) PSG (Francia) 13,5 03. Marcelo Lippi (Italia) Guangzhou Evergrande (China) 10 04. Alex Ferguson (Escocia) Manchester United (Inglaterra) 9,4 05. Arsène Wenger (Francia) Arsenal (Inglaterra) 9,3 06.
Bayern Munich's final home game of the Bundesliga season will be a Bavarian derby against Augsburg on Saturday. Though this entire season has felt like a celebration for the club, they will finally be presented with the trophy they won last month and will then hold a roving party through the streets of Munich and ending up at the town hall.
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Bayern Munich vs Schalke 4-0 Highlights 2013 Alaba penalty Schweinsteiger Gomez Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Bayern Munich vs Schalke 2013 ( FC Bayern Schalke VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Bayern vs Schalke 4-0 ( Alaba*2, Schweinsteiger, Gomez) Allianz Arena, Munich- February 9, 2013- 17.
In a shock announcement this evening in Munich, former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola was unveiled as the next coach of Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. The Spaniard signed a 4yr contract to coach the German club until 2016.
Having already snaffled up Lucio after he was jettisoned by Juventus last week, Sao Paulo are obviously in the market for defensive cover at the moment and it would appear that they are scouring every available option including those Brazilian centre-halves who are currently in jail in Germany for burning their own houses to a cinder.
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The two German giants face off in the quarter final of the DFB Pokal cup, the last clash between these two sides the 2012/13 season. Borussia Dortmund are the holders of the DFB Pokal but currently sit 17 points behind Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich, a side looking to certify their return to dominance in the German league.
I have no better words to add to all the tributes over the years to those that lost their lives in the Munich Air Disaster. But today, Utd fans just take a moment to reflect. But it's also important to remember it's part of general history, not just United's. Fifteen others lost their lives, in addition to those eight players of United.
El ex capitán de la selección alemana se ha organizado su propio adiós del fútbol, tal y como publica el diario 'Express'. Ilustres como Drogba, Lampard, Özil o Schweinsteiger acompañarán a la leyenda germana.
El ex capitán de la selección alemana, Michael Ballack, tendrá su partido de despedida y homenaje el 5 de junio de 2013, con su colega argentino Lionel Messi y el técnico portugués Jose Mourinho como "invitados".