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Neuer replaces Lahm as Bayern’s captain

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer will replace Philipp Lahm as Bayern Munich’s skipper for next season, the Bundesliga champions’ chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed.

“Our number one is the number one (choice) - Manuel Neuer,” Rummenigge told Munich daily newspaper TZ.

Bundesliga: 5 things to look out for

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich bid farewell to two giants of the game and the race to be Bundesliga’s top-scorer goes to the wire. Here are five things to look for in Saturday’s final round of German matches:

Beer showers, tears in Munich

For the fifth season in a row Bayern will be presented with the Bundesliga trophy at the Allianz Arena following the final whistle against Freiburg with emotions set to run high.

Bundesliga: 5 things to look out for

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich bid farewell to two giants of the game and the race to be Bundesliga’s top-scorer goes to the wire. Here are five things to look for in Saturday’s final round of German matches:

Beer showers, tears in Munich

For the fifth season in a row Bayern will be presented with the Bundesliga trophy at the Allianz Arena following the final whistle against Freiburg with emotions set to run high.

Legends Lahm, Alonso bow out with Bayern

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich will farewell two giants of the game on Saturday when World Cup winners Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso retire from professional football.

Bayern’s game at home to Freiburg promises to be an emotional afternoon as the Bundesliga champions lift the trophy for the fifth successive season.

Germany’s Philipp Lahm seeks legal advice over April Fool stunt

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Berlin (AFP) – Ex-Germany captain Philipp Lahm has confirmed he is taking legal advice over a spoof April Fool’s story gone wrong.

A Munich-based fitness start-up issued a grovelling apology to the World Cup winner over a fake April 1 story, which hit the German media last Saturday, falsely claiming he had invested in them.

Germany’s Philipp Lahm seeks legal advice over April Fool stunt

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Berlin (AFP) – Ex-Germany captain Philipp Lahm has confirmed he is taking legal advice over a spoof April Fool’s story gone wrong.

A Munich-based fitness start-up issued a grovelling apology to the World Cup winner over a fake April 1 story, which hit the German media last Saturday, falsely claiming he had invested in them.

Lahm earns apology over April Fool joke

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Berlin (AFP) – A Munich-based business has issued a grovelling apology to Philipp Lahm over a spoof April 1 story claiming he has invested in them with Germany’s ex-captain reportedly threatening legal action.

On Saturday, April 1, several German media outlets ran what later emerged to be a spoof story claiming Lahm, who will retire in June, has invested in the fitness start-up after the company newsletter carried a prank article.

German voters must deny power to right-wing – Lahm

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Berlin (AFP) – World Cup-winning captain Philipp Lahm has warned of the rise of populism ahead of September’s national elections in Germany and said the right-wing must not be allowed to take power.

With six months to go until the elections, there are fears the right-wing populist party Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) will gain seats in Germany’s Bundestag parliament.

German voters must deny power to right-wing – Lahm

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Berlin (AFP) – World Cup-winning captain Philipp Lahm has warned of the rise of populism ahead of September’s national elections in Germany and said the right-wing must not be allowed to take power.

With six months to go until the elections, there are fears the right-wing populist party Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) will gain seats in Germany’s Bundestag parliament.

Loew frustrated by bench-warming Germany stars

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Berlin (AFP) – Joachim Loew says Germany duo Joshua Kimmich and Andre Schuerrle need more matches - and to spend less time on the bench - for their Bundesliga clubs ahead of next year’s World Cup defence.

Neither Kimmich nor Schuerrle are first-choice starters for their clubs with both facing stiff competition at Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund respectively.

Loew frustrated by bench-warming Germany stars

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Berlin (AFP) – Joachim Loew says Germany duo Joshua Kimmich and Andre Schuerrle need more matches - and to spend less time on the bench - for their Bundesliga clubs ahead of next year’s World Cup defence.

Neither Kimmich nor Schuerrle are first-choice starters for their clubs with both facing stiff competition at Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund respectively.

Lahm offers Schalke tips for facing rampant Bayern

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Berlin (AFP) – Philipp Lahm has offered Schalke tips on how to avoid being the next victims of a Bayern Munich pounding in Wednesday’s German Cup quarter-final.

Holders Bayern have reached the cup’s last eight in each of the last 10 years, which no other German club can match.

Lahm offers Schalke tips to face rampant Bayern

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Berlin (AFP) – Philipp Lahm has offered Schalke tips on how to avoid being the next victims of a Bayern Munich pounding in Wednesday’s German Cup quarter-final.

Holders Bayern have reached the cup’s last eight in each of the last 10 years, which no other German club can match.

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.

Lahm’s retirement surprises Bayern Munich

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Berlin (AFP) – Philipp Lahm caught team-mates and club bosses by surprise when he not only announced he will retire in June but also that he will spurn an offer to fill the vacant sports director role at Bayern.

After making his 501st appearance for Bayern in Tuesday’s 1-0 German Cup win over Wolfsburg, Germany’s World Cup winning captain confirmed reports he will stop playing at the end of the season – with a year left on his contract.

Lahm’s retirement surprises Bayern Munich

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Berlin (AFP) – Philipp Lahm caught team-mates and club bosses by surprise when he not only announced he will retire in June but also that he will spurn an offer to fill the vacant sports director role at Bayern.

After making his 501st appearance for Bayern in Tuesday’s 1-0 German Cup win over Wolfsburg, Germany’s World Cup winning captain confirmed reports he will stop playing at the end of the season – with a year left on his contract.

World Cup winner Lahm to retire at end of season

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany’s World Cup winning captain Philipp Lahm on Tuesday confirmed he will retire at the end of the season and leave Bayern Munich, having rejected a role as sports director.

“I have decided to stop playing football at the end of the season,” Lahm said after Bayern’s 1-0 win over Wolfsburg in the third round of the German Cup.

World Cup winner Lahm to retire at end of season

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany’s World Cup winning captain Philipp Lahm on Tuesday confirmed he will retire at the end of the season and leave Bayern Munich, having rejected a role as sports director.

“I have decided to stop playing football at the end of the season,” Lahm said after Bayern’s 1-0 win over Wolfsburg in the third round of the German Cup.

World Cup winning captain Lahm to retire at end of season

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany’s World Cup winning captain Philipp Lahm on Tuesday confirmed he will retire at the end of the season and leave Bayern Munich, having rejected a role as sports director.

“I have decided to stop playing football at the end of the season,” Lahm, 33, said after Bayern’s 1-0 win over Wolfsburg in the third round of the German Cup.

World Cup winning captain Lahm to retire at end of season

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany’s World Cup winning captain Philipp Lahm on Tuesday confirmed he will retire at the end of the season and leave Bayern Munich, having rejected a role as sports director.

“I have decided to stop playing football at the end of the season,” Lahm, 33, said after Bayern’s 1-0 win over Wolfsburg in the third round of the German Cup.

Lahm to retire in June and leave Bayern – report

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich’s captain Philipp Lahm will retire at the end of the season and leave the Bundesliga leaders having rejected a role as sports director, according to a report.

German magazine Sport Bild says in its Wednesday edition that the 33-year-old, who made his 500th appearance for Bayern last Saturday, will hang up his boots in June - despite having a year left on his contract.

Lahm to retire in June and leave Bayern – report

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich’s captain Philipp Lahm will retire at the end of the season and leave the Bundesliga leaders having rejected a role as sports director, according to a report.

German magazine Sport Bild says in its Wednesday edition that the 33-year-old, who made his 500th appearance for Bayern last Saturday, will hang up his boots in June - despite having a year left on his contract.

Lahm to retire in June and leave Bayern: report

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich’s captain Philipp Lahm will retire at the end of the season and leave the Bundesliga leaders having rejected a role as sports director, according to a report.

German magazine Sport Bild says in its Wednesday edition the 33-year-old, who made his 500th appearance for Bayern last Saturday, will hang up his boots in June - despite having a year left on his contract.

Lahm to retire in June and leave Bayern: report

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich’s captain Philipp Lahm will retire at the end of the season and leave the Bundesliga leaders having rejected a role as sports director, according to a report.

German magazine Sport Bild says in its Wednesday edition the 33-year-old, who made his 500th appearance for Bayern last Saturday, will hang up his boots in June - despite having a year left on his contract.

Lahm set to fill Bayern’s sports director vacancy

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Berlin (AFP) Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has hinted ex-Germany captain Philipp Lahm will fill the vacant sports director job at the Bavarian giants, probably for next season.

"We all know that a sports manager is also needed at Bayern," said Rummenigge after Uli Hoeness was re-elected as Bayern's president on Friday at the club's annual general meeting.

Lahm set to fill Bayern’s sports director vacancy

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Berlin (AFP) Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has hinted ex-Germany captain Philipp Lahm will fill the vacant sports director job at the Bavarian giants, probably for next season.

"We all know that a sports manager is also needed at Bayern," said Rummenigge after Uli Hoeness was re-elected as Bayern's president on Friday at the club's annual general meeting.

Bayern march on in cup, Dortmund need penalties

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Berlin (AFP) Holders Bayern Munich reached the third round of the German Cup with a 3-1 win over Augsburg on Wednesday while second-division Union Berlin took injury-hit Borussia Dortmund to penalties.

Goals by Philipp Lahm, Julian Green and David Alaba sealed Bayern's win at the Allianz Arena, while Borussia, last season's finalists, endured nervous moments before beating Union 3-0 in a shoot-out after it finished 1-1 in Dortmund.

Bayern march on in cup, Dortmund need penalties

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Berlin (AFP) Holders Bayern Munich reached the third round of the German Cup with a 3-1 win over Augsburg on Wednesday while second-division Union Berlin took injury-hit Borussia Dortmund to penalties.

Goals by Philipp Lahm, Julian Green and David Alaba sealed Bayern's win at the Allianz Arena, while Borussia, last season's finalists, endured nervous moments before beating Union 3-0 in a shoot-out after it finished 1-1 in Dortmund.

Lahm, Ancelotti slam Bayern’s ‘bad attitude’

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Berlin (AFP) Both captain Philipp Lahm and coach Carlo Ancelotti both slammed Bayern Munich's 'bad attitude' as Saturday's 2-2 draw at ten-man Eintracht Frankfurt left them winless in three games.

Bayern host PSV Eindhoven in a key Champions League game on Wednesday needing a win, following their 1-0 Champions League defeat at Atletico Madrid nearly three weeks ago, to stay on course for the knock-out stage.

Lahm, Ancelotti slam Bayern’s ‘bad attitude’

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Berlin (AFP) Both captain Philipp Lahm and coach Carlo Ancelotti both slammed Bayern Munich's 'bad attitude' as Saturday's 2-2 draw at ten-man Eintracht Frankfurt left them winless in three games.

Bayern host PSV Eindhoven in a key Champions League game on Wednesday needing a win, following their 1-0 Champions League defeat at Atletico Madrid nearly three weeks ago, to stay on course for the knock-out stage.

Bayern wary of ‘extraordinary’ Griezmann in Atletico reunion

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Madrid (AFP) Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm insists the German champions must be on guard to stop Antoine Griezmann as they travel to face their Champions League conquerors last season in Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Griezmann ousted two German sides from semi-finals in recent months as his away goal sealed Atletico's path to the Champions League final after a 2-2 draw on aggregate in May and then scored twice as France dumped the world champions out of Euro 2016.

Bayern wary of ‘extraordinary’ Griezmann in Atletico reunion

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Madrid (AFP) Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm insists the German champions must be on guard to stop Antoine Griezmann as they travel to face their Champions League conquerors last season in Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Griezmann ousted two German sides from semi-finals in recent months as his away goal sealed Atletico's path to the Champions League final after a 2-2 draw on aggregate in May and then scored twice as France dumped the world champions out of Euro 2016.

Ancelotti happy to win ugly after record start

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Berlin (AFP) Carlo Ancelotti was happy for illness-hit Bayern Munich to win ugly in a 3-1 comeback against Ingolstadt as the Bundesliga giants finally conceded a goal this season.

Ancelotti replaced Pep Guardiola as Bayern's head coach at the start of the season and the Bavarians scored 20 goals without reply in winning their first five competitive games.

Loew eyes Germany’s rising stars on road to Russia

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Berlin (AFP) With Manuel Neuer confirmed as his new captain, Joachim Loew plans to blood Germany's next generation as part of his team's preparations to defend their World Cup title in Russia.

Germany's journey to the 2018 finals starts on Sunday at Oslo's Ullevaal Stadium in their opening qualifier against Norway.

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From Lampard to Totti, five football legends who retired in 2017

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Bayern Munich: Philipp Lahm And Xabi Alonso Given Standing Ovations As Veteran Pair Retire In Tandem (Photos & Video)

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Bayern Munich turnedtheir final game of the season into a massive farewell party as the club waved off threelong-serving players into retirement.

A small ceremony was held before kick-off in which, ahead of his 517th and last appearance for Bayern, Philipp Lahm was presented with a bunch of flowers, a personalised golf bag and a banner in the crowdthat read "From a child of our own to a legend of our club".

Champions League: Bayern Munich Enjoy Freedom Of Allianz As Feeble Arsenal Capitulate Right On Cue (Photos & Video)

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Bayern Munich enjoyed the freedom of the Allianz Arena as they well and truly eviscerated Arsenal in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

The usual then.

Indeed, the Gunners were monumentally outclassed in almost every regard as Bayern beatthem in what quickly came to resemblethe footballing equivalent of an elongated squash match.

Bayern Munich Captain Philipp Lahm Announces Plan To Retire At End Of The Season

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Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm has announced he is to retire at the culmination of the 2016/17 season.

The long-serving veteran made the call after making his 501st appearance for Bayern in Wednesday night's DFB Pokal win over Wolfsburg.

Withered and frail at the age of 33, Lahm has finally accepted that he's past it and just can't carry on any longer:

I can continue with my leadership style, giving my best every day, in every training, until the end of the season.

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.

Ancelotti happy to win ugly after record start

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Berlin (AFP) Carlo Ancelotti was happy for illness-hit Bayern Munich to win ugly in a 3-1 comeback against Ingolstadt as the Bundesliga giants finally conceded a goal this season.

Ancelotti replaced Pep Guardiola as Bayern's head coach at the start of the season and the Bavarians scored 20 goals without reply in winning their first five competitive games.