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Borussia Dortmund 2-3 Bayern Munich: Champions in the clear after Klassiker comeback
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Borussia Dortmund 2-3 Bayern Munich: Champions in the clear after Klassiker comeback

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich moved two points clear of RB Leipzig and three ahead of Borussia Dortmund with victory in Der Klassiker. Bayern Munich landed the first significant blow in this season's Bundesliga title race as they rallied to beat Borussia Dortmund 3-2 away in Der Klassiker. Last season's champions were tied with opponents Dortmund heading into the weekend but forged a three-point gap - two clear of Saturday's early second-placed winners RB Leipzig - despite trailing to an effort from Marco Reus. Bayern had lost Joshua Kimmich to injury with the game still goalless yet soon took the game away from BVB in clinical fashion either side of half-time at Signal Iduna Park.
Bayern Munich thrashed Red Bull Salzburg to maintain their 100% record in the Champions League
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Bayern Munich thrashed Red Bull Salzburg to maintain their 100% record in the Champions League

Mergim Berisha put the hosts ahead but Robert Lewandowski's penalty made it 1-1 and an own goal from home defender Rasmus Kristensen put Bayern ahead. Salzburg substitute Masaya Okugawa equalised before Jerome Boateng headed in Bayern's third from a corner. Leroy Sane curled in a fourth goal, Lewandowski headed a fifth and Lucas Hernandez added a sixth in injury time. European champions Bayern have won all three of their Champions League matches this season and are five points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid, who drew 1-1 away at Lokomotiv Moscow in the other Group A match. If Bayern win the return against Red Bull Salzburg on 25 November they will qualify for the last 16 with two games to spare. Bayern trailed early on in the match played behind closed doors but ...
Josep Maria Bartomeu Makes Lionel Messi Confession After Resigning
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Josep Maria Bartomeu Makes Lionel Messi Confession After Resigning

Josep Maria Bartomeu makes Lionel Messi confession after resigning. The distress at Barcelona took a new turn when president Josep Maria Bartomeu surrendered recently. Outgoing Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has asserted he remained on after their mortifying 8-2 annihilation to Bayern Munich since it was the best way to keep Lionel Messi. In a dazzling new development on Tuesday night, Bartomeu reported he and the directorate had all ventured down. Bartomeu was set to leave his part in March 2021 however a demonstration of general disapproval had quickened the cycle and he has picked to leave early. The emergency at the Nou Camp comes as they keep on managing the aftermath from August’s thrashing to Bayern. Club chief Lionel Messi delivered an exchange demand i...
Atletico Madrid 3-2 Salzburg: Joao Felix leaves it late for Simeone’s side
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Atletico Madrid 3-2 Salzburg: Joao Felix leaves it late for Simeone’s side

Joao Felix was the star for Atletico Madrid as they bounced back in style from last week's thumping by Bayern Munich. Atletico Madrid got their Champions League Group A campaign back on track as two goals from Joao Felix helped them to a 3-2 win over Salzburg on Tuesday. Diego Simeone's side suffered a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of the defending champions Bayern Munich last week, but they started well against their Austrian opponents and went ahead through Marcos Llorente shortly before the half-hour mark. Salzburg - who drew with Lokomotiv Moscow in their opening game - stormed into a 2-1 lead, though, thanks to goals either side of half-time from Dominik Szoboszlai and Mergim Berisha.
Lokomotiv Moscow 1-2 Bayern Munich: Kimmich spares defending champions’ blushes with late winner
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Lokomotiv Moscow 1-2 Bayern Munich: Kimmich spares defending champions’ blushes with late winner

Lokomotiv Moscow were on course for a commendable point before Joshua Kimmich scored spectacularly to give Bayern Munich a 2-1 win. Joshua Kimmich scored a late 20-yard stunner to secure Champions League holders Bayern Munich a 2-1 victory over a Lokomotiv Moscow side that threatened to cause an upset. Leon Goretzka scored his second goal in as many European matches to give Bayern the lead, the midfielder finishing a sumptuous passing move after 13 minutes as Hansi Flick's men rose to the challenge of playing lively opposition in front of a raucous crowd at RZD Arena. Lokomotiv struggled to deal with the threat of Kingsley Coman and Thomas Muller on either flank, just as Atletico Madrid did in the 4-0 defeat against the German and European Champions six days earlier.
Bartomeu resigns as Barcelona president as entire board steps down
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Bartomeu resigns as Barcelona president as entire board steps down

The Blaugrana supremo has left his post amid ongoing criticism and a looming vote of no confidence Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has resigned, with the entire board also stepping down from their posts. Bartomeu's decision comes after several months of criticism in the wake of Barcelona's 8-2 Champions League elimination to Bayern Munich, as well as Lionel Messi's shock request to leave the club shortly after. Although the club was able to keep hold of Messi, with the longtime Barca star staying to avoid having to take the club to court, Bartomeu's position has been under scrutiny for months.
Adidas And Pharrell Williams Release Stunning ‘Humanrace’ Retro Football Kits
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Adidas And Pharrell Williams Release Stunning ‘Humanrace’ Retro Football Kits

Adidas have released a number of stunning new retro kits as part of a link up with Humanrace. European giants such as Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have all had their classic kits re-imagined with the help of award-winning hip-hop artist and producer Pharrell Williams, who is the Humanrace creative director and a long-time collaborator with Adidas. The highly-artistic designs have been created using a "reverse engineered, raw, and expressive hand-drawn design technique" and are already being well-received on social media. https://twitter.com/adidasfootball/status/1319548978317361152?s=20   Discussing the unique collection, Pharrell Williams said: "History is what shapes the future, and sometimes in order to look forw...
Eintracht Frankfurt Troll Barcelona Despite Defeat To Bayern Munich
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Eintracht Frankfurt Troll Barcelona Despite Defeat To Bayern Munich

The Bundesliga outfit suffered a heavy defeat to European and German champions Bayern Munich but still found a way to troll Barcelona. German teams are on another level of cruise The club wrote on their official Twitter account ⏹ FINAL — We fall to the Champions of Europe by less goals than @FCBarcelona did.
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Davies form has dropped this season, admits Bayern Munich boss Flick

 The 19-year-old had an incredible 2019-20 campaign, helping the Bavarians to a treble while establishing himself as one of the world's top left-backs Bayern Munich head coach Hansi Flick thinks Alphonso Davies' form has "dropped" this season. Davies took the footballing world by storm in 2019-20, developing into one of the world's best left-backs and helping Bayern capture the treble. The Canadian appears to be in a fight for his spot in the line-up this season though, as Lucas Hernandez started ahead of him in Saturday's 4-1 win over Arminia Bielefeld. Overall, Davies has made six appearances this season, four of which have been starts.
PSG STRIKER JOINS BAYERN MUNICH
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PSG STRIKER JOINS BAYERN MUNICH

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has joined Bayern Munich on a one-year contract after leaving Paris Saint-Germain. The forward departed the Ligue 1 giants at the top of last season and has now swapped France for Germany on a free. The 31-year-old, who played for Stoke for one year from 2017, lined up for PSG against Bayern within the Champions League final just six weeks ago. Choupo-Moting was introduced within the 80th minute as PSG went in search of an equaliser but Bayern held out, sealing a 1-0 victory within the showpiece on August 23. It’s a great feeling to come back to the Bundesliga – and then to the biggest club in Germany,’ he told the club’s website on Monday. ‘Who wouldn’t want to play for FC Bayern? It’s an honour to play for this club. At FC Bayern, the aim is always to wi...
DOUGLAS COSTA REJOINS BAYERN MUNICH
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DOUGLAS COSTA REJOINS BAYERN MUNICH

Douglas Costa has re-joined Bayern Munich after agreeing to a season-long loan deal from Juventus. The 30-year-old winger spent two seasons at the Allianz Arena before moving to the Serie A champions in 2017. But now he has returned on loan to assist Hansi Flick’s side out wide as they aim for a ninth straight Bundesliga title. Upon completing his return to Munich, Costa said: ‘I’m very happy to be playing for FC Bayern again. I had a wonderful time in Munich with lots of successes and I’m sure we’ll win titles again.’
UEFA Boss Ceferin Defends Decision To Allow Fans Into Super Cup
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UEFA Boss Ceferin Defends Decision To Allow Fans Into Super Cup

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has defended the decision to allow fans to attend Thursday’s Super Cup match between Bayern Munich and Sevilla in Budapest, despite concerns about the Hungarian capital being a coronavirus hotspot. A limited crowd will be allowed into the 67,000-capacity Puskas Arena for the meeting of the Champions League winners and Europa League holders, although several hundred Bayern fans reportedly handed back their tickets because of safety fears. “We will have 16,000 spectators in the stadium, not even 30 percent,” of capacity, Ceferin said at a press conference following a UEFA executive committee meeting in Budapest on Thursday. “The measures are strict and there is not a question of health risks for the fans. “The easiest thing for us would be no...
Thiago Sets Premier League Passing Record On Liverpool Debut After £20m Move
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Thiago Sets Premier League Passing Record On Liverpool Debut After £20m Move

The new signing from Bayern Munich has made an instant impact in a Reds shirt as they beat Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge New signing Thiago Alcantara set a Premier League record on his Liverpool debut as he out-passed every single Chelsea player, despite only being on the pitch for 45 minutes. The Spain international only completed his initial £20m ($26m) move from Bayern Munich on Friday, but was included in the travelling Reds squad for Sunday’s clash at Stamford Bridge. He began the game on the bench but was introduced at half-time after captain Jordan Henderson was forced off with a suspected thigh injury, and immediately showed the excitement around his arrival at Liverpool was justified. The game was goalless at that stage, though the champions were given the edge wh...
Liverpool To Complete £45m Signing Of Diogo Jota From Wolves
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Liverpool To Complete £45m Signing Of Diogo Jota From Wolves

Liverpool have agreed a £45m deal for Wolves forward Diogo Jota, with the 23-year-old set to head to Melwood on Saturday to undergo a medical before completing the deal. The move comes just hours after the Premier League champions secured the signing of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich in a deal that could be worth up to £25m. Jota's arrival at Anfield could be made easier by Liverpool defender Ki-Jana Hoever moving to Wolves in a deal worth £10m, plus add-ons. Jota left Molineux before kick-off against Stoke in the Carabao Cup on Thursday and was an unused substitute at the weekend in the 2-0 win at Sheffield United . The Portuguese international forward has agreed a five-year deal and will follow Thiago Alcantara in moving to the Premier League champions The Portugue...
‘It was a conflict between Messi and the club’ – Koeman
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‘It was a conflict between Messi and the club’ – Koeman

The club legend reversed his decision to seek an exit this summer, citing his unwillingness to get involved in a legal battle Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has insisted that there is no conflict between himself and Lionel Messi, following the club legend's decision to reverse course and stay with the Catalan side. Messi informed Barcelona of his desire to leave the club following the 2019-20 season, a frustrating campaign that saw Barca fail to win any trophies and finish with a humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. However, the 33-year old reversed course earlier this month, telling Goal that he would stay at the club rather than become embroiled in a messy legal battle.
Bayern Munich Revive Interest In Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi
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Bayern Munich Revive Interest In Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi

Bayern Munich have reportedly revived their interest in signing winger Callum Hudson-Odoi from Chelsea. The German giants were heavily linked with a move for the 19-year-old last year and are understood to have seen a number of bids - the largest of which was worth £35m - turned down. Hudson-Odoi ended speculation over his future by signing a new five-year contract at Stamford Bridge last September, going on to make 33 appearances under Frank Lampard in 2019-20. However, the youngster has seen competition for places increase this summer, with the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner among the attacking players to have joined the club. Sky in Germany reports that Bayern believe that Hudson-Odoi could be tempted away from Chelsea and have rekindled their interes...
‘Griezmann can be La Liga top-scorer if Barcelona use him correctly’
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‘Griezmann can be La Liga top-scorer if Barcelona use him correctly’

The France international struggled for consistency during his first season at Camp Nou, scoring just 15 goals across all competitions Antoine Griezmann is capable of being La Liga's top goal-scorer next season if he is played in the correct position, according to ex-Barcelona defender Andrea Orlandi. Despite scoring 15 goals in all competitions last term, Griezmann underwhelmed for much of his first campaign at Camp Nou following his €120 million (£107m/$134m) move from Atletico Madrid. That was illustrated by Quique Setien's decision to leave him on the bench for the entirety of Barca's 8-2 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi has underlined his commitment to the club
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Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi has underlined his commitment to the club

Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi has underlined his commitment to the club, saying he is not going to leave the club again, despite his attempt to force an exit from the club this summer. Messi, 33, wanted to activate a clause that would allow him opt out of his contract, but after a meeting between his father and the club, he has now reversed course and committed his future to Barcelona. In a Friday September 4 interview with Goal, Messi admitted he felt frustrated after a season that saw Barcelona go trophyless and finished with a humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final. He said he wants the best for the club and always wants to win with the club. “I will continue at Barca and my attitude will not change no matter how much I have wante...
Coutinho returns to Barcelona
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Coutinho returns to Barcelona

Bayern Munich formally bid farewell to Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho on Wednesday after his year-long loan deal from Barcelona expired with the newly-crowned European champions declining, as expected, to sign him permanently. “With his creativity and excellent technique, he livened up our game in this triple-winning season,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who made it clear last month they would not bring Coutinho to Munich permanently. The 28-year-old rebooted his career in Bavaria after a frustrating period in Barcelona following his high-profile transfer from Liverpool in 2018. Coutinho netted 11 goals, creating nine more, in 38 games for Bayern, including scoring twice in the 8-2 mauling the Germans handed his club Barcelona in the jaw-dropping Champions Lea...
European Super Cup: UEFA In Talks With Hungary Following Border Closure
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European Super Cup: UEFA In Talks With Hungary Following Border Closure

UEFA says it is discussing entry requirements for this month’s European Super Cup match in Budapest with the Hungarian government. This has come in the wake of the decision to close the country’s borders to curb a rise in coronavirus cases. European champions Bayern Munich and Europa League winners Sevilla are due to meet in Budapest on Sept. 24 in the 2020 European Super Cup. It is also a match planned to be the first UEFA match to take place with spectators since the COVID-19 outbreak. However, Hungary said last week it would close its borders to foreigners from Tuesday to curb a rise in coronavirus cases. “UEFA is working closely with the Hungarian Football Federation and its government to implement measures to ensure the health of all those attending and participating in...
Former Real Madrid president defends ‘black sheep’ Bartomeu from Barcelona critics
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Former Real Madrid president defends ‘black sheep’ Bartomeu from Barcelona critics

Barcelona's under-fire boss has received support from an unlikely source as he faces a fresh crisis at the club Josep Maria Bartomeu is treated as a "black sheep" and gets unfair criticism at Barcelona, according to former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon. Bartomeu is under fire at Camp Nou after Lionel Messi asked to leave the Blaugrana at the end of a hugely disappointing season. The six-time Ballon d'Or winner's transfer request followed Barca's humiliating 8-2 Champions League defeat to eventual winners Bayern Munich.
Klopp Claims Bayern Were ‘a Little Lucky’ In Champions League Win
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Klopp Claims Bayern Were ‘a Little Lucky’ In Champions League Win

Jurgen Klopp says Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick could hardly have achieved more in his short time at the club – but suggested the Bundesliga side were lucky to win the Champions League. Bayern’s Champions League final win over Paris Saint-Germain was their 21st consecutive victory in all competitions, a stunning run which saw them clinch a historic treble. Liverpool manager Klopp says Bayern have world-class players in every position, but he also thinks they got a helping hand from the Bundesliga schedule
Odriozola Picked 5 Trophies In 2019/2020 Season playing for Bayern & Real Madrid
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Odriozola Picked 5 Trophies In 2019/2020 Season playing for Bayern & Real Madrid

The 2019/20 campaign will not be one Alvaro Odriozola forgets in a hurry – even though he didn’t get much game time! Odriozola, 24, savoured Champions League glory on Sunday night as Bayern Munich secured their sixth European Cup with a 1-0 defeat of Paris Saint-Germain. It capped off a remarkable season for the full-back, who incredibly won FIVE trophies in 2019/20 despite only making 10 appearances in all competitions. Odriozola played just five times for Real Madrid in the first half of the season before making a temporary switch to Germany when the January transfer window opened. A further five appearances followed for Bayern, with Odriozola featuring for only 613 minutes of football throughout the campaign. This equates to Odriozola winning one trophy for every 122...
I Have To Go Back To Barcelona And Then We’ll See What Happens – Coutinho
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I Have To Go Back To Barcelona And Then We’ll See What Happens – Coutinho

One of the first problems in Ronald Koeman's in-tray is just what to do with Philippe Coutinho, with the Brazilian midfielder due to return to the club after his loan spell with Bayern Munich. In the aftermath of his Champions League success, the Brazilian confirmed that his future is up in the air once he returns. "Of course, I have to go back to Barcelona and then we'll see what happens," Coutinho explained in an interview with Movistar+ after Sunday's final. "I haven't really thought about it much, I've only been focused on the final. "What I can say is that I really want to work hard to have a great year, but let's see what happens." Coutinho takes a Champions League winner's medal back to the Camp Nou with him, which will somewhat make up for the pain felt by the f...
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Oliseh: Former Borussia Dortmund Star Hails Bayern Munich After Champions League Triumph

The former Nigerian international believes the German Bundesliga restarting ahead of other leagues paved way for the Bravarians’ triumph Sunday Oliseh has praised Bayern Munich after winning the Champions League title ahead of Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday. The Bravarians secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the Ligue 1 champions in the final of the European competition at Estadio da Luz to clinch the highly coveted trophy. Kingsley Coman scored the all-important winning goal with a fine header after he was set up by Joshua Kimmich moments before the hour mark.
Barca To Pay Liverpool Extra €5m After Coutinho Won The UCL For Another Team
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Barca To Pay Liverpool Extra €5m After Coutinho Won The UCL For Another Team

Barcelona will pay Liverpool €5m (£4.5m), after Philippe Coutinho won the Champions League with Bayern Munich on Sunday. Coutinho came on as a second-half substitute as the German club defeated Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in Lisbon, Portugal. The Brazilian who is on loan at Bayern, moved to Barca from Liverpool for a fee around £142m in 2018. After failing to impress with the LaLiga side, he moved to the Bundesliga team, where he has now helped them win a Treble this season. Coutinho scored twice against his parent club, Barcelona, during the 8-2 thrashing last Friday. The deal to sign Coutinho from Liverpool included a number of potential add-on clauses and interestingly, they are player-specific not club-specific. One of those clauses was that Barca would pay Liverpool...
Bayern Munich Are 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League Winners
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Bayern Munich Are 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League Winners

Bayern have sealed their sixth champions league title after 1-0 win over PSG. Clearly the best team in Europe this season, they are the first team to win all UCL matches although they played 11 matches instead of the usual 13 but still an impressive feat nevertheless. They are also treble winners after picking up the Bundlesliga and DFB Pokal earlier this year.Congratulations Bayern Munich.
Arsenal To Hijack Liverpool’s Bid For Thiago Alcantara
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Arsenal To Hijack Liverpool’s Bid For Thiago Alcantara

Arsenal are ready to battle Liverpool for Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara, according to the Daily Mail. The Bundesliga giants are keen to sell Alcantara this summer. The 29-year-old’s current deal expires next year and Bayern do not want him to walk away as a free agent. Alcantara had been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp a big admirer of the Spaniard. The Reds may now be forced to step up their pursuit of the player, after Arsenal made enquiries. It is however understand that both clubs are reluctant to meet Bayern’s £23million asking price.
Is Lewandowski a big-game flop?
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Is Lewandowski a big-game flop?

The is a narrative that the Bayern Munich striker does not turn up in the knockout round, but is it actually true?Brilliance is viewed as the bare minimum at Bayern Munich. So much so, that even after finishing as the Bundesliga top scorer in 2010-11 and then helping the Bavarians reach the Champions League final the following season with 13 goals, Mario Gomez was given a back-handed compliment by then-president Uli Hoeness. "We now have alternatives for Mario Gomez," Hoeness explained after signing both Claudio Pizarro and Mario Mandzukic to compete with the German international for a starting spot.
Charlie Nicholas Predicts Winner of Champions League Final Between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich.
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Charlie Nicholas Predicts Winner of Champions League Final Between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich.

A former Premier League star, Charlie Nicholas, has predicted the winner of Sunday’s Champions League final between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich. PSG will tackle Bayern in the Champions League final at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal. The French Ligue 1 champions head to the game after eliminating RB Leipzig in the Champions League semi-final a few days ago, while the Bundesliga champions knocked out Lyon. Providing his prediction, Nicholas told Sky Sports: “It was the right draw for PSG, so it could be their time. “There is too much talent on show, and I do love Neymar. “Lionel Messi is the superstar of football, but football has caught up with Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by nature, and they’ll go into slumps. “Neymar can win his second Champions Lea...
Luis Suarez Wants to Talk With Barcelona’s Bartomeu Over his Future at Camp Nou
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Luis Suarez Wants to Talk With Barcelona’s Bartomeu Over his Future at Camp Nou

Luis Suarez Barcelona striker, Luis Suarez, has called on the club’s president, Josep Bartomeu, to provide him clarity over his future at Camp Nou. Suarez’s future at Barcelona is uncertain, following the club’s disastrous 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League last week. Barcelona had put the Uruguay international up for sale with some other senior players after their exit from the Champions League. Speaking on the development, Suarez, who has just 12 months left on his current contract, demanded to speak with Bartomeu directly,adding that he has spent six years at Barca. “There is talk of some names that the president gave, of changes that can be made, but nobody told me that they want to do without me,” the 33-year-old was quoted by Metro UK as saying. ...
Champions League Final: PSG are Failures – Jose Mourinho
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Champions League Final: PSG are Failures – Jose Mourinho

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, has labelled Paris Saint-Germain “failures” ahead of Sunday’s Champions League final. PSG qualified for their first ever final, despite their complete domination of the French topflight. Mourinho is not impressed that the Ligue 1 side who spent £340m on just Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, have not achieved much in the competition “I think it is failure that they haven’t won it in the two seasons before. “Because for five or six years, the investment is crazy, the list of top players that is there is incredible. “For how many seasons, Thiago Silva is there, Marquinhos is there, and then all the big guys, Ibra [Zlatan Ibrahimovic], [Edinson] Cavani, Neymar, [Kylian] Mbappe,” Mourinho told DAZN. PSG face Bayern Munich in the final. ...
Champions League Group Draw Seeds Confirmed after Sevilla win Europa League
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Champions League Group Draw Seeds Confirmed after Sevilla win Europa League

Sevilla have secured a spot among the seeded teams for the 2020/2021 Champions League group-stage draw, following their 3-2 victory over Inter Milan in the Europa League final. The LaLiga side will be in Pot 1 along with Real Madrid, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Zenit St Petersburg. FC Porto join them, as either Bayern and PSG will be the Champions League holders. The draw will take place on Thursday, October 1, with the first group-stage fixtures on Tuesday, October 20. The other pots are usually ranked based on UEFA’s five-year coefficient of performance in European competition. One place is yet to be determined in Pot 2 and will go to Benfica if they come through qualifying. Or else Ajax will be promoted from their probable slot in Pot 3. ...
Bayern Munich Breeze Past Lyon To Set Up A UCL Final With PSG
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Bayern Munich Breeze Past Lyon To Set Up A UCL Final With PSG

Bayern Munich's relentless march through this season's Champions League continued as they brushed aside Lyon to book an 11th appearance in the final of the competition and a showdown with Paris St-Germain. The German champions have barely had a glove laid on them in Europe this season, with this their 10th straight Champions League win - equalling the record for winning streaks in the competition set by Real Madrid in 2015 and Bayern themselves in 2013 - as part of a 28-game unbeaten run stretching back to December. And Lyon simply did not have ability or approach over the 90 minutes to buck that trend. The French side will be left to rue two missed opportunities in the opening quarter, though, with Memphis Depay shooting wide after running clear before Karl Toko Ekambi struc...
Ronald Koeman unveiled as Barcelona manager on a two-year deal
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Ronald Koeman unveiled as Barcelona manager on a two-year deal

Ronald Koeman has been confirmed as Barcelona's new manager on a two-year deal. The 57-year-old arrived at Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport on Tuesday afternoon and signed a deal that has seen him leave his position as boss of the Dutch national team to take the reins of his former club. Barcelona dismissed Quique Setien on Monday following Friday night's humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the quarter finals of the Champions League.
Barcelona president Bartomeu opens door to Coutinho stay
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Barcelona president Bartomeu opens door to Coutinho stay

Though the Brazilian is expected to leave Camp Nou, he could stay in 2020-21 if the Blaugrana's new head coach wants him there Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has opened the door for Philippe Coutinho to play for the club next season. After a season on loan with Bayern Munich, Coutinho was tipped to be sold to the Premier League, with his agent Kia Joorabchian claiming his client is keen on a return to England. Bartomeu, though, has said that the 28-year-old could be at Camp Nou next season if incoming head coach Ronald Koeman desires. 
Bayern wary of Man City-slayers Lyon
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Bayern wary of Man City-slayers Lyon

Corentin Tolisso says treble-chasing Bayern Munich should be wary of his former club Lyon in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final as the "greedy" Bavarians look to build on their demolition of Barcelona. "From a German point of view, perhaps Lyon's the least known team. But against Manchester City, we all saw what this team is capable of," warned France midfielder Tolisso, who joined Bayern from Lyon in 2017. "We will never underestimate them. When the big games come up, Lyon is always there. "No team can reach the semi-finals by chance," added the 2018 World Cup winner, who is likely to start on the bench on Wednesday. Two second-half goals by substitute Moussa Dembele helped Lyon dump Pep Guardiola's City out of the Champions League and Bayern have no intention of fol...
Lionel Messi Has Told Barcelona He Wants To Leave The Club This Summer
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Lionel Messi Has Told Barcelona He Wants To Leave The Club This Summer

Messi cut a disillusioned figure as the Catalan giants crashed out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage in Lisbon after suffering an 8-2 hammering by Bayern Munich. It has reportedly led Messi to consider his future - and Brazilian outlet Esporte Interativo claim that he is demanding an immediate exit having grown frustrated at the lack of planning at the club and caused him to lose faith in their sporting plans. The report - which comes from the same source that first reported Neymar's move to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 - adds that Messi has become more isolated at the club than ever before after his wait for his first Champions League title since 2015 continued on Friday. Messi also cut a desolate figure last month after his side were pipped to the LaLiga tit...
Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago agrees 4-year Liverpool contract
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Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago agrees 4-year Liverpool contract

Wantaway Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has agreed personal terms with Liverpool. RMC says the Reds have agreed a four-year deal with Thiago. Jurgen Klopp's side are on track to complete a £27million move for the Bayern Munich star. Thiago has already said his goodbyes to his team-mates in Germany. The source states that the 29-year-old has even already found somewhere to live in England. Liverpool and Bayern Munich now have to reach an agreement over the transfer fee.
Barcelona sacks Head Coach, Quique Setien
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Barcelona sacks Head Coach, Quique Setien

Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has confirmed the sacking of head coach Quique Setien following the club’s humiliation in the Champions League to Bayern Munich. The German giants thrashed Barcelona 8-2 in the quarter-finals, who finish the season without winning any major trophies. With Lionel Messi reportedly threatening to quit the club, Spanish outlet COPE claim Setien has been axed following a meeting of the Barcelona board. Club president Bartomeu met with director of football Eric Abidal and fellow chief Ramon Planes late on Sunday night and confirmed to reporters afterwards Setien was ‘out’. An official announcement is expected on Monday, with Barcelona scheduling a press conference in the afternoon. Setien was only appointed in January to replace Ernesto Valverde, but...
Lionel Messi ‘Isolates’ Himself From Teammates After Barca Defeat
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Lionel Messi ‘Isolates’ Himself From Teammates After Barca Defeat

Lionel Messi ‘isolated’ himself from other teammates in the dressing room after Barcelona ‘s 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich on Friday night as he couldn’t hide his devastation. The Argentine was helpless to stop the La Liga giants from being dominated by the Bavarians in a massively one-sided Champions League quarter final. An image that emerged from the team dressing room shows Messi unable to quite come to terms with what happened, staring blankly into the distance alongside Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Interestingly, this is the first time since 2006/07 that Messi ends a season without a trophy, and the pain of the latest defeat will definitely take some time to get over.
Highlights Of Barcelona’s 8-2 Loss To Bayern (Video, Photos)
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Highlights Of Barcelona’s 8-2 Loss To Bayern (Video, Photos)

Bayern Munich sent out an emphatic and ominous message to their Champions League rivals with an absolute demolition of fellow European heavyweights Barcelona in a gloriously chaotic and utterly one-sided quarter-final tie in Lisbon. [/b] The high-pressing, energetic and ruthless German champions were on a different level to their Spanish rivals, as they have been for pretty much every opponent they have faced in Europe this season and in every competition since football restarted in June. They scored four times in the first half, added another quartet in the second, and could easily have netted more against a shell-shocked and shambolic Barca side whose defensive errors were too numerous to recount and who now have a new and embarrassing record defeat in European competition to ...
Pique: “We Have Hit Rock Bottom”, Demands Changes At “Humiliated” Barca
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Pique: “We Have Hit Rock Bottom”, Demands Changes At “Humiliated” Barca

Gerard Pique says big changes are needed at Barcelona following their "humiliating" 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals. The 33-year-old defender, who has won 20 major titles over 12 years with the club, added that he would be "the first to leave" if the club wished it. Friday's loss was the heaviest Barca have suffered in Europe and ends a season that has also seen them lose the La Liga title to Real Madrid. "We have hit rock bottom," said Pique. "This is not the first, nor the second, nor the third time. We are not on the right path." He continued: "Coaches and players follow one another, but it has been several years since we have been able to be competitive on a European level. "We all have to think internally and decide what is best ...
Messi And Ronaldo Won’t Be In UCL Semi-Finals For The First Time Since 2005
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Messi And Ronaldo Won’t Be In UCL Semi-Finals For The First Time Since 2005

The Champions League semi-finals will be devoid of the presence of both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time since 2005 The startling statistic was confirmed after Barcelona's humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals. Ronaldo's Juventus, meanwhile, were knocked out by Lyon at the last-16 stage.
New Juventus Manager, Pirlo told to Sign Man Utd Star Immediately
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New Juventus Manager, Pirlo told to Sign Man Utd Star Immediately

Former Bayern Munich striker, Luca Toni, has urged new Juventus manager, Andrea Pirlo, to sign Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba this summer transfer window. Pogba played alongside Pirlo during their team at Juventus. But Toni believes the France World Cup winner would be the “ideal gift” for Pirlo to start building Juventus midfield ahead of next season. “Knowing Andrea, he will start building from midfield,” Toni told Tuttosport. “The ideal gift would be Pogba. I do not know if that is possible, but it would certainly be the best option. “Andrea will not be a coach who focuses on defending and counter-attacking. “He loves to dominate the ball and will want to impose that on his team. “I do not know what system he will use, and I do not think it matte...
Leroy Sane Accidentally Confirms Kai Havertz’s Transfer To Chelsea
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Leroy Sane Accidentally Confirms Kai Havertz’s Transfer To Chelsea

Bayer Leverkusen's Kai Havertz seems to be on his way to Chelsea, according to his Germany National team teammate and Bayern Munich's newest signing, Leroy Sane. Kai Havertz has become one of the biggest names in the current transfer window. With Timo Werner already joining Chelsea and Jadon Sancho looking very likely to join Manchester United, Havertz seems to be joining the others in England, and specifically at Chelsea. Even though the German attacking-midfielder had been linked with Bayern Munich as well, it seems that Chelsea is going to be his likely destination. Especially when his Germany National Team partner Leroy Sane has revealed that he will be off to Chelsea. In his introductory press conference as a Bayern Munich player, Sane said in German as translated by R...
Guardiola Confirms Leroy Sane Will Leave Manchester City
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Guardiola Confirms Leroy Sane Will Leave Manchester City

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on Friday confirmed that Leroy Sane has already rejected a new deal and told the club he wants to leave this summer. The 24-year-old German star, who has been heavily linked with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, returned to the Premier League bench on Wednesday with a win over Arsenal after recovering from a knee ligament injury, but his days at City are numbered. “Leroy has said he doesn’t want to extend the contract,” Pep Guardiola said. “He wants to leave. That will either happen this summer or when he is out of a contract. The club spoke to Leroy two or three times to extend his contract. He rejected. He wants to play at another club.” Sane moved to City from Schalke 04 in 2016 and played a key role in back-to-back title wins in 2017 a...
Bayern Munich’s Lewandowski Breaks Aubameyang’s Bundesliga Record
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Bayern Munich’s Lewandowski Breaks Aubameyang’s Bundesliga Record

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski on Saturday broke the record previously held by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the most goals scored by a foreigner in a Bundesliga season. Lewandowski scored twice in the first half against Freiburg to give him 33 league goals in 30 matches this season, having netted a total of 48 times in 41 games in all competitions. The Poland striker's tally beats the previous record of 31 goals set by Gabon striker Aubameyang in 2016/17 for Borussia Dortmund before he moved to present club Arsenal the following season. With the Bundesliga season due to end next Saturday, Lewandowski is well short of Gerd Mueller's remarkable all-time record for the most goals in a German league season when he scored 40 in 1971/72. Bayern are already confirmed as Bundesliga ...
Borussia Dortmund 0-2 Mainz: Shock loss has Favre’s men looking over their shoulde
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Borussia Dortmund 0-2 Mainz: Shock loss has Favre’s men looking over their shoulde

Mainz claimed a stunning 2-0 win at Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, boosting their survival chances. Borussia Dortmund's grip on second in the Bundesliga has loosened slightly after they suffered a surprise 2-0 defeat at home to struggling Mainz, who took a huge step towards safety. Dortmund had seen Bayern Munich clinch an eighth successive Bundesliga crown on Tuesday, and perhaps the disappointment combined with the realisation of their title hopes being over was to blame for a lacklustre performance at Signal Iduna Park. For all of their monopolisation of the ball, Dortmund struggled to supply Erling Haaland with adequate service and Mainz took a shock lead into the break thanks to Jonathan Burkardt's header at the end of a slick counter.