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Manuel Neuer Equals Oliver Khan’s Record Of Most Clean Sheets
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Manuel Neuer Equals Oliver Khan’s Record Of Most Clean Sheets

2021 seems to be a year for record breakers in the game of football. Bayern Munich's shot stopper Manuel Neuer is the latest person to crash records. After 90 gripping minutes, Manuel Neuer was not only able to celebrate FC Bayern's hard-earned 1-0 away win at FC Augsburg on Wednesday evening, but also a very special milestone. With his 196th Bundesliga clean sheet, the Bayern goalkeeper levelled the record for the most clean sheets in the top flight, a best-mark now shared with the former FCB 'keeper Oliver Kahn. However, Neuer only needed 422 games to achieve this, while Kahn needed 557. The goalkeeper, together with his back four, needed a bit of time to reach the record. Bayern haven't kept a clean sheet in the league since Matchday 5. "It is special because we've secured the...
Dortmund Are Extremely Dangerous – Julian Nagelsman
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Dortmund Are Extremely Dangerous – Julian Nagelsman

RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsman has praised Borussia Dortmund's ability ahead of their classic clash in the Bundesliga on Saturday. RB Leipzig will host Dortmund on Saturday in a mouth-watering Bundesliga clash which everyone has been looking forward to. Prior to the encounter, Leipzig sits second in the Bundesliga table, six points ahead of Dortmund, who are fourth, and two behind leader Bayern Munich after 14 matches. The game which will take place at the Red Bull Arena will be RB Leipzig's first home game of 2021 and the high flying side will look to win this one. Speaking in a press conference ahead of the game, Nagelsman praised Dortmund's ability and also highlighted the threat Erling Haaland can bring to the game. "Borussia Dortmund have an unbelievably talented tea...
Muller focused on Bayern Munich as he pushes his case for Germany recall
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Muller focused on Bayern Munich as he pushes his case for Germany recall

The veteran forward has been in inspired form over the past few months, while his national team has struggled without him Thomas Muller was not thinking about the possibility of a Germany recall after helping Bayern Munich retain their place at the top of the Bundesliga. Scrutiny of Joachim Low's decision to drop Muller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels from his Germany squad last year has been under intense scrutiny following their 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Spain in November. Low became only the third Germany manager to concede six goals in a match after Otto Nerz and Sepp Herberger, with his team now having won just three of their past eight fixtures.
Arsenal Outcast Guendouzi ‘Worth Every Penny’, Says Hertha Berlin Chief
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Arsenal Outcast Guendouzi ‘Worth Every Penny’, Says Hertha Berlin Chief

The Frenchman was cast aside by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta following his spat with Neal Maupay in the fiery 2-1 defeat to Brighton back in June. Guendouzi, 21, had to bide his time on the fringes, before sealing a season-long loan move to Hertha on Deadline Day, after a recommendation from Friedrich’s former Germany team-mate, and Gunners academy boss, Per Mertesacker. After recovering from coronavirus, Guendouzi has become an important figure for Hertha, featuring in their last four Bundesliga matches. And Friedrich, 41, has raved about the Gunners misfit’s impact, while also highlighting Mertesacker’s role in the transfer. He said: “He’s a fantastic player. “We spoke to Arsenal before the transfer obviously, and I also spoke to Per Mertesacker, with whom I played in the...
Bentaleb speaks out after indefinite suspension from Schalke 04 squad
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Bentaleb speaks out after indefinite suspension from Schalke 04 squad

Last month, the Algerian midfielder and Morocco's Harit were ordered to train individually until further notice by the German top-flight club Nabil Bentaleb has expressed his disappointment following his suspension from Schalke 04's first-team without any reason from the club. The Royal Blues were forced to take make tough decisions as a result of their poor winless run in the Bundesliga since January, with Bentaleb and Morocco playmaker Amine Harit ordered to train individually until further notice and Vedad Ibisevic's contract has been cut short to expire at the end of the year. Bentaleb who has been at Schalke since 2016, took to social media to share his recent struggles at the Veltins-Arena and he appreciated the support he has received from the Algeria Football Federation and ...
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.
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.
Bayern Munich 5-0 Eintracht Frankfurt: Lewandowski hat-trick and Sane stunner clinch resounding Bundesliga win
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Bayern Munich 5-0 Eintracht Frankfurt: Lewandowski hat-trick and Sane stunner clinch resounding Bundesliga win

Robert Lewandowski produced another masterful goalscoring performance as Bayern ran riot against a previously in-form Eintracht Frankfurt. Robert Lewandowski hit a hat-trick before Leroy Sane struck the goal of the game as Bayern Munich thumped Eintracht Frankfurt 5-0 in the Bundesliga. In the latest instalment of his one-sided battle with defenders in the German top flight, it was a familiar story as Lewandowski came out on top, taking his haul to a startling 10 goals in five matches this season. That is a Bundesliga record for this stage of the season, and last season's haul of 34 goals must already be in his sights after a perfect hat-trick.
Davies injury blow for Bayern Munich as Canada star suffers ankle ligament damage
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Davies injury blow for Bayern Munich as Canada star suffers ankle ligament damage

The 19-year-old went down off the ball inside three minutes of his side's Bundesliga game on Saturday and will now be sidelined for several weeks Bayern Munich have been hit with an Alphonso Davies injury blow after the Canada star was forced off in the opening minutes of their Bundesliga clash with Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. Davies appeared to roll his right ankle while running without the ball, and without being tackled by an opposition player. The 19-year-old left-back was replaced by Lucas Hernandez in the third minute, and was helped from the pitch by two members of Bayern's backroom staff.
Germany coach Low: Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Moukoko is a rare talent
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Germany coach Low: Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Moukoko is a rare talent

The World Cup winning coach is aware of the 15-year-old star who has dazzled in the German youth league with his goals   Germany coach Joachim Low has praised Borussia Dortmund teenage sensation Youssoufa Moukoko as an outstanding talent that is rare to witness. The Cameroon-born forward has been prolific in front of goal for the Dortmund U19 side with 40 goals in 23 league matches since the start of last season. Moukoko, 15, has been named in BVB's Uefa Champions League squad and their Bundesliga set-up this season, but he is not eligible to make his first-team debut until he turns 16 on November 20.
He had no chance’ – Haaland enjoys penalty mind games in Dortmund win
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He had no chance’ – Haaland enjoys penalty mind games in Dortmund win

The young Norwegian star struck twice in his first Bundesliga game of the season and is as confident as ever Erling Haaland has picked up where he left off last season as he scored twice in Borussia Dortmund's 3-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach and showed his mental strength from the spot. In Dortmund's first Bundesliga game of the season,  Giovanni Reyna opened the scoring in the 35th minute before winning a penalty early in the second half. After VAR intervention to award the spot-kick, Haaland stepped up and made no mistake with a low effort to the bottom left.
Bayern Munich 8-0 Schalke: Gnabry hits hat-trick as champions start defence in ominous fashion
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Bayern Munich 8-0 Schalke: Gnabry hits hat-trick as champions start defence in ominous fashion

There was no Champions League hangover for Bayern Munich as they blew away Schalke 8-0 on the opening day of the Bundesliga season. Bayern Munich started the defence of their Bundesliga title in ominous fashion as a Serge Gnabry hat-trick helped them to a stunning 8-0 win over Schalke at the Allianz Arena on Friday. A mere 26 days after winning the Champions League, Hansi Flick's side showed no signs of tiredness and powered into a fourth-minute lead thanks to Gnabry's superb strike. That was added to by Leon Goretzka after 19 minutes before Robert Lewandowski swept home a third from the penalty spot shortly after the half-hour mark.
Sancho Will Be Important For Us This Season – Haaland
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Sancho Will Be Important For Us This Season – Haaland

Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland has backed teammate Jadon Sancho to shine for the club this season as the new Bundesliga prepares to resume. Sancho is being targeted by Manchester United but last month, Borussia Dortmund confirmed the England international won't be leaving as he will be playing another season with them. With the winger confirmed to stay at the club for another season and how he has been good during the pre-season, Haaland believed he will be important for the German side this coming Bundesliga season. “I think he has been very good throughout the whole pre-season,” Haaland while speaking in an interview with Viaplay Fotball on twitter. “He will be an important player for us this season.” “That’s not something that I am involved in,” he replied w...
Dortmund set to host fans for their Bundesliga opener as Covid-19 restrictions loosened
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Dortmund set to host fans for their Bundesliga opener as Covid-19 restrictions loosened

The German giants announced a small crowd will be in attendance for Saturday's clash at Signal Iduna Park Borussia Dortmund's season-opening Bundesliga fixture at home to Borussia Monchengladbach is set to be played in front of around 10,000 supporters. Bundesliga clubs have reportedly been given the green light for fans to return to stadiums for the start of the 2020-21 season in Germany amid the coronavirus pandemic. The 2019-20 campaign resumed behind closed doors in May due to Covid-19, which forced the league to be postponed in March.  
Angelino returns to RB Leipzig on loan from Man City with obligation to buy
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Angelino returns to RB Leipzig on loan from Man City with obligation to buy

The 23-year-old will return to the Bundesliga outfit after impressing on loan in the second half of last season RB Leipzig have secured the loan signing of left-back Angelino from Manchester City, who returns after spending the second half of last season with the Bundesliga outfit. The 23-year-old will spend the entire 2020-21 campaign on loan with Leipzig and will potentially stay on a permanent basis. The season-long loan will include an appearance-based obligation to buy for an €18 million (£16m/$21m) fee.
‘Unique’ Haaland compared to Messi & Ronaldo by Norway boss Lagerback
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‘Unique’ Haaland compared to Messi & Ronaldo by Norway boss Lagerback

The Swedish head coach has talked up the talents of the Borussia Dortmund star ahead of a UEFA Nation's League meeting with Northern Ireland Norway boss Lars Lagerback has described Erling Haaland as "unique", while comparing him to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The 2019-20 season turned out to be a memorable one for Haaland, who scored 44 goals in 40 appearances across all competitions for two different clubs. The 20-year-old spent the first half of the campaign at Red Bull Salzburg, where his prolific form in the Austrian Bundesliga and Champions League earned him a €20 million (£18m/$24m) move to Borussia Dortmund in the winter transfer window.
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Mbappe: PSG have to buy players to fulfil Champions League ambition

The 21-year-old is determined to seal the European title with the club but says they need to sign the right players to make it happen Kylian Mbappe says Paris Saint-Germain must make smart decisions in the transfer market if they are to achieve their dream of winning the Champions League. After sealing a treble of trophies in France, Thomas Tuchel's men reached the Champions League final for the first time last season, but were bested by Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, with PSG youth academy product Kingsley Coman netting the decisive goal. The Ligue 1 champions have seen the likes of Edinson Cavani, Thiago Silva, Eric Choupo-Moting and Thomas Meunier leave this summer, while their only signings have been striker Mauro Icardi and goalkeeper Sergio Rico, who joined on permanent...
Chelsea agree €80m fee plus €20m add-ons for Havertz with Bayer Leverkusen
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Chelsea agree €80m fee plus €20m add-ons for Havertz with Bayer Leverkusen

Kai Havertz is closing in on a move to Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen after the clubs agreed a package of €80m plus €20m in add-ons for the midfielder. The Blues, who have been in talks with their Bundesliga counterparts for several weeks over a deal for the Germany international, concluded the negotiations for the £89m transfer on Wednesday, according to Sky in Germany. Havertz, who is keen to join the club as soon as possible, has not yet had a medical with Chelsea and remains with the Germany squad for their UEFA Nations League fixtures with Spain and Switserland. Earlier this week, Leverkusen's head coach Peter Bosz said the 21-year-old is unlikely to train for the club again as he nears a move to the Premier League. Havertz looks set to become Frank Lampard's seventh summer s...
Lewandowski Wins German Player Of The Year Award
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Lewandowski Wins German Player Of The Year Award

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski was voted Germany’s Footballer of the Year on Sunday. The 31-year-old Pole was the runaway winner of the title awarded by the football magazine Kicker, following a vote by journalists. Lewandowski received 276 votes, well ahead of two other members of Bayern’s triple-winning squad: Thomas Muller (54 votes) and Joshua Kimmich (49). “I’m very proud,” Lewandowski told Kicker. “Expectations are getting higher and higher and every year I try to surpass them.” The striker amassed 55 goals for Bayern, finishing top scorer in every club competition in which he played. He hit 34 in the Bundesliga, 15 in the Champions League and six in the German Cup, as Bayern won all three. He is a favourite for the world Player of the Year prize. FIFA h...
‘Sane not yet at the top level’ – Former Bayern Munich star Podolski says winger has room for improvement
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‘Sane not yet at the top level’ – Former Bayern Munich star Podolski says winger has room for improvement

The former Manchester City man is yet to reach his potential according to the veteran striker, who believes the 24-year-old can achieve great success Leroy Sane will prove a superb addition to Bayern Munich's side, according to the club's former striker Lukas Podolski, but the ex-Germany international believes that the winger has more yet to give. Sane's move to the Bundesliga champions was confirmed at the start of this month, following well over a year of speculation that he would swap Manchester City for Bavaria, with the attacking midfielder penning a long-term deal to seal a return to his home country. The arrival of the 24-year-old will boost an already fearsome Bayern side that sealed an eighth consecutive domestic crown earlier this year following the resumption of sport a...
How I Convinced Timo Werner to Snub Liverpool for Chelsea – Antonio Rudiger
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How I Convinced Timo Werner to Snub Liverpool for Chelsea – Antonio Rudiger

Chelsea defender, Antonio Rudiger, has revealed how he convinced the club’s new signing, Timo Werner, to snub a move to Liverpool for the Blues. Chelsea officially completed the signing of Werner for £53 million from Bundesliga club, RB Leipzig last week, seeing off competition from Liverpool. The 24-year-old striker will link up with the rest of Chelsea’s teammates at Stamford Bridge next month. But Rudiger has now disclosed that he was in constant dialogue with his fellow compatriot throughout the COVID-19 lockdown in a bid to persuade him to join Frank Lampard’s side ahead of Liverpool. “Like everyone, I am very excited that he’s chosen Chelsea and I am looking forward to working with him,” Rudiger told Chelsea’s website. “I...
Schalke 04 star Harit nominated for Bundesliga Player of the Season award
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Schalke 04 star Harit nominated for Bundesliga Player of the Season award

The Morocco international is among the seven players shortlisted for the ultimate individual award in the German top-flight this campaign Schalke 04 star Amine Harit has been nominated for the 2019-20 Bundesliga Player of the Season award. The 22-year-old, who was named the Player of the Month for September, battles previous monthly winners including Bayern Munich duo Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry, RB Leipzig's Timo Werner, Borussia Dortmund duo Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland, and Bayer Leverkusen's Kai Havertz for the grand prize. Harit enjoyed a bright start to the 2019-20 campaign, and he has scored six goals with four assists in 24 league appearances for David Wagner's side this season.
Schalke sporting director Schneider hopeful of Stambouli contract renewal
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Schalke sporting director Schneider hopeful of Stambouli contract renewal

The Franco-Algerian's contract at the Veltins-Arena ends on June 30, 2020 Schalke 04 sporting director Jochen Schneider is hopeful Benjamin Stambouli will renew his contract with the club as his current deal runs out at the end of June. The 29-year-old defensive midfielder has been on the books of the Royal Blues since 2016 after joining from Paris Saint-Germain and has 106 appearances, scoring no goals and providing four assists. He has been limited to just nine Bundesliga outings this season because of a foot injury which has kept him out since October 2019.
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.
Awoniyi sends message to Mainz after regaining consciousness
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Awoniyi sends message to Mainz after regaining consciousness

The Nigerian striker "passed out" in his side’s defeat at Opel Arena after a head collision and was rushed to the hospital Mainz striker Taiwo Awoniyi has thanked the club’s medical team for their efforts to ensure he regained consciousness. The Nigerian forward was stretchered off in the 23rd minute in his side’s 1-0 defeat to Augsburg in Sunday’s Bundesliga game at Opel Arena. Awoniyi hit the head of Felix Uduokhai and then landed awkwardly before he was taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a severe concussion.
Werner refuses to play in Champions League for RB Leipzig
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Werner refuses to play in Champions League for RB Leipzig

The Bundesliga outfit are already through to the quarter-finals of the European competition, but the forward does not want to play any further part Timo Werner has indicated that he is unwilling to return to RB Leipzig in August in order to complete his side's Champions League run after Chelsea agreed to meet his buyout clause of £54 million ($68m) ahead of a move to Stamford Bridge next season. The 24-year-old is due to complete the Bundesliga season in just 11 days time, but he is not willing to come back and play in Europe despite Leipzig having reached the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time after their last-16 win over Tottenham. UEFA wants to complete both the Champions League and Europa League in August once league seasons have been finished across the cont...
20 Players Who Are Likely To Win The Ballon D’or 2020
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20 Players Who Are Likely To Win The Ballon D’or 2020

Football is back and we’re immediately at the business end of the season. Domestic leagues will be won and lost over the next couple of weeks and we’re in the latter stages of cup competitions when they eventually resume. It’s all about which teams and which players hit the ground running. While football all around the world was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, many leagues are already back up and running. The Premier League and Serie A will join La Liga and the Bundesliga in returning to action as they conclude the 2019/20 campaign. While we won’t miss out on any club football in those four leagues, we have been robbed of international tournaments in the form of Euro 2020 and Copa America. So how has the coronavirus pandemic affected the race to win the 2020 Bal...
Chelsea set to miss out on Burki as goalkeeper teases new Borussia Dortmund contract
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Chelsea set to miss out on Burki as goalkeeper teases new Borussia Dortmund contract

The Swiss stopper has been Dortmund's first-choice goalkeeper for five seasons, and his stay at the club is set to continue Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki is set to quash speculation about his future by signing a new contract with the Bundesliga giants in the next week. Linked to Chelsea recently, Burki has confirmed he will commit to Dortmund after reaching an agreement over an extension to his deal. The 29-year-old revealed the news after Saturday's 1-0 win at Fortuna Dusseldorf, which came thanks to Erling Haaland's stoppage-time header.
Bayern Munich 2-1 Borussia Monchengladbach: Goretzka winner brings title closer
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Bayern Munich 2-1 Borussia Monchengladbach: Goretzka winner brings title closer

Bayern Munich are again seven points clear in the Bundesliga title race after a 2-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach. Leon Goretzka scored a late winner as Bayern Munich restored their seven-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga with a 2-1 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach. Without the suspended Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller, Bayern were well below par but were gifted the opener shortly after the visitors had been denied by a VAR decision. Joshua Zirkzee broke the deadlock in the 26th minute as Gladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer's ill-advised pass went straight to the feet of Lewandowski's replacement.
Haaland: It feels like the handball rule only affects Borussia Dortmund!
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Haaland: It feels like the handball rule only affects Borussia Dortmund!

The Bundesliga title-chasers found themselves on the wrong side of the rule once again in Saturday's win over Fortuna Dusseldorf Erling Haaland was frustrated to see Borussia Dortmund again fall victim to a controversial handball call despite his late winner against Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday. Raphael Guerreiro had his second-half goal ruled out by VAR after Haaland's blocked shot appeared to loop up off the top of his arm before he volleyed home. Dusseldorf twice hit the post before substitute Haaland headed home in the 95th minute to secure a 1-0 victory and ensure the Bundesliga title race remained alive, with head coach Lucien Favre injuring himself celebrating the dramatic goal.
Grujic set for Liverpool return after shining on loan in the Bundesliga
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Grujic set for Liverpool return after shining on loan in the Bundesliga

The Serbian midfielder has made the most of his time in Germany and will come back to Anfield later this month Liverpool have been assured Marko Grujic will return to Anfield as a more complete player following two years on loan at Hertha Berlin. Serbia international Grujic is coming to the end of his stay at Hertha, who have confirmed he will head back to his parent club at the end of the month. The 24-year-old former Red Star Belgrade midfielder may find there is a role for him in Jurgen Klopp's plans for next season. Hertha sporting director Michael Preetz said: "It is 100 per cent certain that the loan agreement between us and Liverpool and the contract with Marko Grujic will end on June 30. "It has been agreed by both clubs that he will return to Liverpool. ...
Mainz hit back at fan who cancelled membership because of black players
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Mainz hit back at fan who cancelled membership because of black players

The Bundesliga team sent a strong response to a supporter who took issue with the latest starting XI Mainz have published an exchange with a fan who cancelled his membership because of the presence of black players in the team. While protests against racism and police brutality have swept the United States and various countries across the world in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, several Bundesliga players have expressed solidarity with demonstrators on the field. As tensions remain high, Mainz received a message from a supporter complaining about the multi-racial make-up of the squad and arguing German players are being denied a chance.
Premier League lockdown: What is new for 2019-20 season restart?
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Premier League lockdown: What is new for 2019-20 season restart?

The English top-flight campaign is set to resume with some major differences affecting fans and players alike After the Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ plans finally came to fruition, top-flight football in England is set to return on June 17. With hopes that the campaign can be finished before the end of July, clubs and players will have to navigate a packed schedule with games set to be played on all seven days of the week. In many ways, football will look very different, as fans of the Bundesliga have already found.
Havertz will not be risked for Bayer Leverkusen’s DFB-Pokal semi-final amid injury concerns
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Havertz will not be risked for Bayer Leverkusen’s DFB-Pokal semi-final amid injury concerns

The Bundesliga side will be without their main attacking threat when they look to secure their place in the German cup final on Tuesday Kai Havertz will not be risked for Bayer Leverkusen's DFB-Pokal semi-final against Saarbrucken, Peter Bosz confirmed on Monday. In-demand attacking midfielder Havertz sat out Saturday's 4-2 defeat at the hands of Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich due to a muscular issue. The Germany international has been a key figure for Leverkusen in 2019-20, scoring 15 goals and supplying eight assists in 38 appearances in all competitions.
‘It’s not an issue’ – Red Bull Salzburg confident Marsch will not be lured to Dortmund
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‘It’s not an issue’ – Red Bull Salzburg confident Marsch will not be lured to Dortmund

The American coach has been linked with a return to Germany but the Austrian side are not willing to let him go Red Bull Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund says the Austrian side are not worried about losing coach Jesse Marsch to Borussia Dortmund. Marsch, 46, is reportedly a top contender to take over at the helm of Dortmund amid claims that current boss Lucien Favre's days at the German club are numbered. Favre has a year left on his contract, but the pressure on him has increased after his team fell seven points behind leaders Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.
Chelsea, Bayern Munich eyeing Hearts fullback Aaron Hickey
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Chelsea, Bayern Munich eyeing Hearts fullback Aaron Hickey

The race for Hearts fullback Aaron Hickey is heating up. The Daily Mail says Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have joined the list of clubs pursuing Hearts defender Hickey. Chelsea, Lazio and Celtic are also interested in the highly-rated Tynecastle left-back, who turns 18 on Wednesday. Manchester City, Crystal Palace and AC Milan have been linked with the teenager as well. Hearts have yet to receive a formal offer for the talented teenager. But a number of major clubs from across Europe are now monitoring the Scotland youth international's situation as the Gorgie outfit face up to relegation from the top flight.
Werner and Havertz are great players’ – Klopp suggests coronavirus hampered any Liverpool move for Germany duo
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Werner and Havertz are great players’ – Klopp suggests coronavirus hampered any Liverpool move for Germany duo

The RB Leipzig sharpshooter is on the verge of a move to Premier League rivals Chelsea, while the Leverkusen star may be Bayern-bound Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed his admiration for German duo Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, while suggesting the upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic has affected his side's ability to compete in the transfer market. Both RB Leipzig marksman Werner and Havertz, of Bayer Leverkusen, have been winning rave reviews this season thanks to their exploits in the Bundesliga. Liverpool have been linked with both players over the course of 2019-20, but each looks set to escape the grasp of their compatriot at Anfield.
Bayer Leverkusen 2-4 Bayern Munich: Lewandowski and Muller reach milestones in resounding win
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Bayer Leverkusen 2-4 Bayern Munich: Lewandowski and Muller reach milestones in resounding win

Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller helped make the difference again as Bayern Munich crushed Bayer Leverkusen. Bayern Munich's ominous charge towards an eighth successive Bundesliga title continued with a crushing 4-2 win at Bayer Leverkusen, as Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller reached impressive personal milestones. Hansi Flick's side - wearing 'Black Lives Matter' armbands - looked rusty during the opening exchanges on Saturday yet rallied to overpower their hosts and go 10 points clear of Borussia Dortmund at the summit. It all began so well for Leverkusen, who opened the scoring early on through Lucas Alario, but they capitulated and conceded three goals in less than 20 minutes – Kingsley Coman, Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry all punishing the hosts.
Leverkusen’s Florian Wirtz becomes Bundesliga’s youngest ever scorer in Bayern defeat
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Leverkusen’s Florian Wirtz becomes Bundesliga’s youngest ever scorer in Bayern defeat

Nuri Sahin's mark had previously stood for 15 years before the highly-rated teenager netted a late consolation at the BayArena Bayer Leverkusen teenager Florian Wirtz became the Bundesliga's youngest-ever goalscorer when netting a late consolation in his side's 4-2 defeat by Bayern Munich on Saturday. Leverkusen went into the weekend's fixture at the BayArena with the opportunity to frustrate Bayern's title procession and bolster their own Champions League hopes. But there was no stopping the rampant Bavarians, who ran out 4-2 winners to move 10 points clear of Borussia Dortmund at the Bundesliga summit ahead of BVB's clash with Hertha Berlin.
Freiburg 1-0 Borussia Monchengladbach: Petersen inflicts top-four blow for Rose’s men
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Freiburg 1-0 Borussia Monchengladbach: Petersen inflicts top-four blow for Rose’s men

Nils Petersen scored just 63 seconds after being introduced, damaging Borussia Monchengladbach's top-four hopes. Borussia Monchengladbach's Champions League aspirations have been dealt a major blow after Freiburg inflicted a 1-0 defeat in the Bundesliga on Friday. Gladbach were generally the livelier of the two sides in attack, but they failed to make the most of their chances and Freiburg snatched a hard-fought win, giving Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig the advantage in the three-way battle for third and fourth. Alexander Schwolow in the Freiburg goal was a frequent cause of frustration for Marco Rose's men, particularly in the first half, while Florian Neuhaus had a goal wiped out after straying offside.
Daka inspires Ashimeru’s Salzburg past Rapid Wien
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Daka inspires Ashimeru’s Salzburg past Rapid Wien

The Zambia international continued with his rich scoring form as he propelled Die Mozartstadter past the Green-Whites on Wednesday evening Salzburg cruised to a 2-0 victory over Rapid Wien in Wednesday’s Austrian Bundesliga encounter with Patson Daka and Noah Okafor finding the net. Die Mozartstadter came into the clash following their 5-0 triumph over Austria Lustenau – which handed them the Austrian Cup on Friday. And against their visitors, they earned all maximum points with Daka’s header giving them a ninth minute lead courtesy of captain Andreas Ulmer’s cross.
Kimmich urges Bayern Munich to join George Floyd protests
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Kimmich urges Bayern Munich to join George Floyd protests

The Bundesliga giants could be the next team to take a stand against racism following recent events in the United States Bayern Munich are considering a joint protest over the death of George Floyd, with Joshua Kimmich keen for players to use their platform to help. Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis last week after an officer knelt on his neck while he lay handcuffed on the ground, sparking demonstrations and riots over racism and police brutality across the United States and beyond. Jadon Sancho, Achraf Hakimi, Weston McKennie and Marcus Thuram all made gestures of support at the weekend, which were examined by the German Football Association (DFB). FIFA urged leagues to use common sense on the issue given the context and on Wednesday the DFB said no players will be sa...
Mosimane wants Champions League titles and to develop more European stars
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Mosimane wants Champions League titles and to develop more European stars

The Masandawana boss speaks about his challenges as he enters his new four-year tenure at Chloorkop Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has labelled the team that won four trophies in one year as his ‘Super Team’, saying his challenge is to see his players such as Bongani Zungu playing in the German Bundesliga as well as in the Italian Serie A. Just after signing a new four-year contract, ‘Jingles’ reveals why he is hurt when he looks at the badge of clubs such as Al Ahly, Wydad Casablanca, and Esperance. The four-time Premier Soccer League (PSL) title winner speaks on why striker Jeremy Brockie failed to score for his club and declines to comment on George Maluleka who is bound to join the Brazilians next season.
Super-sub Bebou outshines Awoniyi as Hoffenheim pip Mainz 05
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Super-sub Bebou outshines Awoniyi as Hoffenheim pip Mainz 05

The Togolese winger came off the bench to score the only goal that separated both teams at the Opel Arena on Saturday Super-sub Ihlas Bebou was the hero for Hoffenheim in Saturday's Bundesliga fixture as he scored the only goal in their 1-0 victory over Taiwo Awoniyi's Mainz 05. The Togo international was introduced for Bruun Larsen in the 38th minute and he made a statement within six minutes, scoring his fourth league goal of the season which turned out to be the match-winning strike. Mali's Diadie Samassekou assisted Bebou in finding the back of the net as Hoffenheim secured their second straight win in the Bundesliga.
Bayern Munich 5-0 Fortuna Dusseldorf: Champions move 10 points clear
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Bayern Munich 5-0 Fortuna Dusseldorf: Champions move 10 points clear

Robert Lewandowski scored two as Bayern Munich made it eight straight Bundesliga wins and 14 in their last 15 by beating Fortuna Dusseldorf. Bayern Munich faced little resistance as they stormed to a 5-0 victory over Fortuna Dusseldorf to go 10 points clear at the Bundesliga summit. A 1-0 win against Borussia Dortmund – who play their game in hand against Paderborn on Sunday – last Tuesday gave Bayern a seven-point cushion at the top and they took another step towards an eighth straight title at the Allianz Arena on Saturday. Mathias Jorgensen bundled a shot from Benjamin Pavard into his own goal in the 15th minute and the World Cup-winning right-back headed home a Joshua Kimmich corner before the half-hour mark.
‘I just want to do well at Schalke’ – Matondo ignoring Manchester United rumours
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‘I just want to do well at Schalke’ – Matondo ignoring Manchester United rumours

The 19-year-old Wales international has impressed in the Bundesliga and there is already talk of him going back to England Rabbi Matondo says he is not thinking about a potential transfer amid reports Manchester United are interested in signing him. The 19-year-old Wales international joined Schalke in January 2019 after three years in the Manchester City academy. The winger has impressed in the Bundesliga, making 24 appearances for the Gelsenkirchen outfit.
RB Leipzig star Werner even more dangerous after adding to his game, says Nagelsmann
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RB Leipzig star Werner even more dangerous after adding to his game, says Nagelsmann

The manager believes his striker's display at Mainz is proof he has developed more awareness to go with his speed Timo Werner has become all the more unpredictable for defences, according to RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann. Germany international Werner was in lethal form on Sunday, scoring his third Bundesliga hat-trick of the season as Leipzig crushed struggling Mainz 5-0 away from home. It took his tally to 24 in the league this term, a new personal best for the 24-year-old, who has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool.
‘Havertz is a special player’ – Bosz insists Liverpool-linked midfielder can get even better
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‘Havertz is a special player’ – Bosz insists Liverpool-linked midfielder can get even better

The manager reflected on the German's performance as Bayer Leverkusen made a winning return on Monday Bayer Leverkusen head coach Peter Bosz lauded "special player" Kai Havertz but insisted the in-demand star can improve amid growing interest from some of the world's top clubs. Havertz continued to burnish his reputation with a first-half brace as Leverkusen crushed lowly Werder Bremen 4-1 in the Bundesliga on Monday. The Germany international – frequently the topic of transfer gossip columns amid links to Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal – opened the scoring in the 28th minute and restored Leverkusen's lead five minutes later following Theodor Gebre Selassie's equaliser.
‘I Was Explaining’ – Footballer Boyata Denies Kissing His Team-Mate As Bundesliga Returns With New Coronavirus Rules
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‘I Was Explaining’ – Footballer Boyata Denies Kissing His Team-Mate As Bundesliga Returns With New Coronavirus Rules

Hertha Berlin defender, Dedryck Boyata, has denied kissing his teammate Marko Grujic after he was photographed in close proximity with Grujic during Hertha Berlin’s 3-0 win against Hoffenheim over the weekend. Over the weekend, the Bundesliga became the first major European league to resume since the suspension of the 2019-20 season in March due to the Coronavirus pandemic. New rules such as substitutes wearing masks and sitting significant distances away from each other, and social distancing during celebrations were carried out, but Boyata after a goal appeared to kiss Grujic on the cheek. After receiving criticism, he has now defended himself, saying he was giving his teammate an instruction. “It wasn’t a kiss, neither a celebration,” he wrote accompanied by a video of the i...
Flick tips Lewandowski to challenge Gerd Muller’s Bundesliga scoring record
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Flick tips Lewandowski to challenge Gerd Muller’s Bundesliga scoring record

The ex-Germany hitman has held the milestone for almost 40 years, but Bayern's star is hot on his heels in 2019-20 and netted on the league's return Robert Lewandowski is being backed to challenge Gerd Muller's record of scoring 40 goals in a single Bundesliga season. The Poland international took his season's tally to 26 goals in 24 league games and 40 in all competitions with a penalty that set Bayern on course for a 2-0 win at Union Berlin on Sunday. In their first game back after the coronavirus suspension, Bayern were the dominant side without being at their very best.