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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".

‘It Broke My Heart When You Left’ – Steven Gerrard Had Some Lovely Things To Say About Old Liverpool Mucker Xabi Alonso (Video)

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With Xabi Alonso all set to ride off into the Bavarian sunset at the end of the current season, the great and the good of the footballing world have been queuing up to pay homage tothe veteran Spanish midfielder.

The 35-year-old announced his retirement in March with a suitably stylish monochrome tweet.

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.

End of Euro era but business as usual for Lahm, Alonso

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich’s Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso insisted it’s business as usual despite the ex-Champions League winners making their final European appearances in the quarter-final defeat at Real Madrid.

Lahm and Alonso both retire from all football at the end of the season.

Xabi Alonso – Bayern’s ‘Zen master’

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Laid-back Xabi Alonso’s present and past collide on Wednesday when current employers Bayern Munich host his ex-club Real Madrid in a mouthwatering battle of the Champions League giants.

Bayern play Real at Munich’s Allianz Arena in a plum first-leg clash with the return on April 18 - Alonso’s last appearance at Madrid’s Bernabeu, where he spent five seasons from 2009-14, before he retires in June.

Thursday Kickoff: Alonso, Wenger, Conte and more

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A star midfielder is set to call it quits while a pair ofPremier League managers head towards opposite futures.

Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso announced that he will retire at the end of the season. (REPORT)

Arsene Wenger says fan protests will influence his decision on remaining at Arsenal.

‘Lived It, Loved It, Farewell Beautiful Game’ – Xabi Alonso Confirms He’s Retiring From Football At End Of Season

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It was hardly a staunchly guarded secret, but Xabi Alonso has today confirmed that he will be retiring from football at the end of the season.

The Bayern Munich veteran, now 35, made his big announcement with a short, succinct and suitably chic statement via his official Twitter account...

Lived it.

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.

Official Arsenal XI and preview for Bayern in Munich

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As if Arsenal needed anything else to go against us as we prepare to face the German champions Bayern Munich on their own turf thanks to another typically hard draw for the Gunners, but the bit of hope that we had been given with the news of Xabi Alonso picking up an injury has been [...]

Bayern’s Alonso limps out of training ahead of Arsenal clash

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Berlin (AFP) – Midfield star Xabi Alonso is an injury concern for Bayern Munich ahead of their Champions League last 16 home leg against Arsenal after being hurt in Monday’s training session.

German daily Bild and broadcaster Sport1.de both reported the 35-year-old was hurt in a tackle by fellow Spain international Javi Martinez, with Bayern hosting the Gunners at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.

Bayern’s Alonso limps out of training ahead of Arsenal clash

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Berlin (AFP) – Midfield star Xabi Alonso is an injury concern for Bayern Munich ahead of their Champions League last 16 home leg against Arsenal after being hurt in Monday’s training session.

German daily Bild and broadcaster Sport1.de both reported the 35-year-old was hurt in a tackle by fellow Spain international Javi Martinez, with Bayern hosting the Gunners at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.

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.

Bayern Munich: Xabi Alonso Gets Season Off To Flyer With Rocket Volley Against Werder Bremen (Video)

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Bayern Munich got their Bundesliga season off to a suitably formidable start with a 6-0 evisceration of Werder Bremen.

It took the floodgates roughly eight minutes to open when Xabi Alonso scored the first goal of Carlo Ancelotti's tenure with a stonking half-volley from the edge of the area.

Atletico Madrid Reach Second Second Champions League Final In Three Years

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For the third consecutive season, Pep Guardiola has seen his Bayern Munich knocked out of the Champions League by Spanish opposition. First it was Real Madrid, last season Barcelona, and on Tuesday night Atletico Madrid made it a Spanish trifecta.

Diego Simeone and his players lost 2-1 at the Allianz Arena, but advanced 2-2 on away goals in a thrilling match that had everything; drama, missed penalties and controversy.

Champions League: Diego Simeone Gets Slap Happy As Atletico Madrid Down Bayern Munich (Video)

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Poor old Pep Guardiola, who, on Tuesday night, saw his final chance of leading Bayern Munich to Champions League glory snuffed out by awell-drilled Atletico Madrid side. Victorious boss Diego Simeone, on the other hand, was once again at his theatrical best, even giving one of his own staff a meaty slap towards the end.

Projecting the Integration of Carlo Ancelotti’s Tactics at Bayern Munich

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With Pep Guardiola set to leave FC Bayern Munchen at the end of the 2015-2016 season, 3-time Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti has been picked to replace the Catalan man at Saebener Strasse next summer.

Must-See Goal: Xabi Alonso

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Transfer roundup: Playmaker says he wants Arsenal move, Liverpool chase midfield duo

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Arsenal and Liverpool are at the core of the transfer rumblings this Wednesday, as Premier League football returns this weekend after the international break.

The Reds are being touted as the latest English club to be interested in an Argentine star frequently linked with Manchester United, while Jurgen Klopp's men are also reportedly chasing a former Kop hero.

Xabi Alonso to Liverpool gathers pace

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Xabi Alonso admits playing for Pep Guardiola was pivotal in summer move

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Bayern Munichmidfielder Xabi Alonso has admitted the opportunity to work under Pep Guardiola was pivotal in his decision to leave Real Madrid last summer.

After winning the club's tenth European title, Alonso stunned Real Madridsupporters when it was learned the midfielder was pushingfor a move to Bayern Munich, only a few months after signing a two-year extension in Spain.

Xabi Alonso admits playing for Pep Guardiola was pivotal in summer move

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Bayern Munichmidfielder Xabi Alonso has admitted the opportunity to work under Pep Guardiola was pivotal in his decision to leave Real Madrid last summer.

After winning the club's tenth European title, Alonso stunned Real Madridsupporters when it was learned the midfielder was pushingfor a move to Bayern Munich, only a few months after signing a two-year extension in Spain.

Arsene Wenger

Arsenal fell £3m short of signing former Real Madrid midfielder

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Arsenal fell £3 million short of signing Xabi Alonso, the Spaniard has revealed in an interview...

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Nearly Men: Arsene Wenger Adds N’Golo Kante To Long List Of Players He Almost Signed For Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger has added a new name to the ever-lengthening list of players he's nearly signed for Arsenal over the years.

The player in question is N'Golo Kante, with Wenger revealing that he attempted to pilfer him from Leicester City after their title-winning season only to watch the French workhorse join Chelsea in a £32million deal.

Euro 2016: Toni Kroos and Andres Iniesta lead midfield maestros taking centre stage

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Ribery fit for Bayern bench – Ancelotti

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Berlin (AFP) – Franck Ribery is back from a five-week injury lay off and will be on the bench for Bayern Bundesliga game with Hamburg this weekend, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday.

The charismatic 33-year-old French winger tore thigh muscles in training in January.

“He’s ready, I think we’ll start him on the bench,” said Ancelotti, who confirmed that Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso would be unavailable for the game.

Ribery fit for Bayern bench – Ancelotti

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Berlin (AFP) – Franck Ribery is back from a five-week injury lay off and will be on the bench for Bayern Bundesliga game with Hamburg this weekend, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday.

The charismatic 33-year-old French winger tore thigh muscles in training in January.

“He’s ready, I think we’ll start him on the bench,” said Ancelotti, who confirmed that Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso would be unavailable for the game.

Bundesliga

Bayern hit form as Ancelotti adopts Pep’s tactics

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Berlin (AFP) Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti took a leaf out of predecessor Pep Guardiola's book as the Bavarian giants' hit form in a 3-1 Bundesliga win at Mainz.

Ancelotti experimented with a new-look line up ahead of Tuesday's visit by Atletico Madrid in a meaningless Champions League game.

Mueller, Boateng, Martinez and Alonso all sign contract extensions with Bayern Munich

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Germany striker Thomas Mueller, defender Jerome Boateng and Spain's Javi Martinez have all extended their contracts with Bayern Munich until 2021, the club said on Friday.

The three-time defending German champions also extended midfield holder Xabi Alonso's deal until 2017.

Mueller, Boateng, Martinez and Alonso all sign contract extensions with Bayern Munich

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Germany striker Thomas Mueller, defender Jerome Boateng and Spain's Javi Martinez have all extended their contracts with Bayern Munich until 2021, the club said on Friday.

The three-time defending German champions also extended midfield holder Xabi Alonso's deal until 2017.

Lord Bendtner Helps Wolfsburg Stun Bayern To Win German Super Cup

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German Cup winners Wolfsburg upset Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on penalties to win their first domestic Super Cup at the Volkswagen Arena.

Arjen Robben's second-half strike from close range looked to have secured victory for Bayern, but substitute Nicklas (Lord) Bendtner, who scored just one goal in 18 league appearances for Die Wolfe last season, equalised in the 89th minute after a terrific cross from Belgian international Kevin De Bruyne.

Liverpool

Xabi Alonso linked with romantic return to Liverpool

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Video: Xabi Alonso finds Jamie Carragher funny for taking Liverpool charity match so seriously

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Video: Xabi Alonso says Jamie Carragher would be a terrible manager

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It looks like @XabiAlonso is starting the mind games early, @Carra23... https://t.co/5666mVFS88 Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 27, 2015...

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Luis Suarez Returning To Anfield

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There will be a all-star list of Liverpool and footballing legends heading to Anfield on March 29th for a charity match to benefit the Liverpool FC Foundation.

Among the players that are confirmed to appear are Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres, Pepe Reina, Dirk Kuyt, Xabi Alonso, Thierry Henry, John Terry and Didier Drogba.

Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez set to play in Steven Gerrard’s testimonial match

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Former Liverpool strikers Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez have been tipped to return to Anfield next month to feature in Steven Gerrard's scheduled testimonial according to Spanish newspaper AS.

Torres in particular, enjoyed a fantastic partnership with Gerrard in his Liverpool days before his £50million transfer to Chelsea, a move that was said to have broken Gerrard's heart.

The Rest

Wednesday Kickoff: Chinese Super League, World Cup, Alonso and more

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Another forward is bound for the Chinese Super League, while an American-based change could be coming to the World Cup.

Borussia Dortmund has reached an agreement to sell forward Adrian Ramos toChinese Super League club Chongqing Lifan. (REPORT)

Marco Van Basten says FIFA is considering using NASL-style shootout penalty kicks in group stage matches of expanded World Cups.

Trying to Turn The Page (Real Madrid 1 - Juventus 1)

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The 2014-2015 season for Real Madrid is over. So what if there are 2 more La Liga games to go? It's over for us. No Copa Del Rey, No La Liga, No Champions League. The season that could have yielded 6 titles only yielded 2: and neither of them were the big ones. . It was of course poetic justice of sorts that a goal in each leg from Alvaro Morata would end our season - the sort of nightmare Deja Vu that brought painful memories of Fernando Morientes into the minds of every Real Madrid fan old enough to remember that bitter night in 2004.