Oct 062017
Bayern appoint Heynckes as new manager

BERLIN: Jupp Heynckes is coming out of retirement to take over as coach of Bayern Munich until the end of the season, the Bundesliga club said on Friday. Bayern sacked Carlo Ancelotti last week.Heynckes, 72, led Bayern to the domestic league and Cup double and the Champions League title in 2013 before making way for Pep Guardiola. Ancelotti took over last season but the Italian was fired after Bayern slipped to second place in the league, squandering two-goal leads in consecutive games.“I wouldn’t have returned to any other club in the world, but FC Bayern Munchen are very close to my heart,” Heynckes said in a statement on the club website (www.fcbayern.com). “My coaching staff and I will now do everything to bring back successful football for the fans. I’m very much looking forward to this challenge.”Heynckes, who also coached Bayern from 1987-91, will reunite with former assistants Peter Hermann and Hermann Gerland, who were part of his backroom staff during the club’s season. Hermann has left his post as assistant coach at Bundesliga 2 side Fortuna Duesseldorf, while Gerland — currently sporting head of Bayern’s youth set-up — will now work with the first team until the end of the season.  Click for detailed story

Apr 192017
Bayern left fuming over Champions League 'robbery'

MADRID: Bayern Munich left the Santiago Bernabeu furious with referee Viktor Kassai and his team of assistants after being knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid on Tuesday. Real Madrid won 4-2 after extra-time to advance with a 6-3 aggregate success but Cristiano Ronaldo was offside for two of his three goals and a harsh dismissal for Arturo Vidal left a fuming Bayern with 10 men. Chile midfielder Vidal was shown a second yellow card by Kassai in the 84th minute for what appeared a clean challenge on Marco Asensio, tilting the game in Madrid’s favour as they entered extra-time trailing 2-1. Ronaldo scored the next goal in the 105th minute from a clear offside position, and then sent Madrid 3-2 up on the night when fractionally offside. “When they rob a game from you like that, it’s very tough. This error can’t happen in the Champions League,” said Vidal. “When it was 2-1 they got scared and the referee started putting on his show. We played with one less man at home and here, too. The referee put us out of the Champions League.” There were other contentious decisions on the night, including Casemiro avoiding a red card for a late foul on Bayern’s Arjen Robben when already booked and an offside against Robert Lewandowski in the second half when the Polish striker was well placed. “It’s very harsh, two offside goals, the red card for Casemiro before mine,” said Vidal. “The dressing room is very sad [Read More…]

Mar 182017

DORTMUND: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Bundesliga’s top-scorer, claimed his 23rd goal in as many league games as Borussia Dortmund laboured to a 1-0 home win over strugglers Ingolstadt on Friday. Aubameyang’s first-half winner was his 30th goal in all competitions for Dortmund this season. Borussia remain third in the table, narrowing the gap behind RB Leipzig to three points, but 13 adrift of runaway leaders Bayern Munich. German Cup: Dortmund match called off, Frankfurt reach semis Borussia, who have drawn Monaco in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, were missing a host of stars, but there was no disguising a poor display. Ingolstadt, who enjoyed 14 shots on goal to Dortmund’s 10, are second from bottom and seven points from safety, but matched Dortmund and should have been awarded a second-half penalty. 14' GOAL! 1-0 @BVB Dortmund work the ball extremely well and Aubameyang applies a clinical finish to break the deadlock #BVBFCI pic.twitter.com/7P3Q4HWYpe — FOX Sports Football (@FOXSportsFC) March 17, 2017 “I was already getting ready to save the penalty,” admitted Dortmund’s goalkeeper Roman Burki after the referee missed his foul on Dario Lezcano on 52 minutes. I was glad ‘Auba’ got his goal, because without it, things would have been even harder for us, but the most important thing was the three points.” Aubameyang hat-trick leads Dortmund into Champions League last-eight Burki had a busy night and admitted Dortmund were tired from their rescheduled German Cup win at minnows Sportfreunde Lotte on Tuesday to reach the semi-finals. With Germany winger [Read More…]

Feb 252017

GERMANY: Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick as the Bundesliga leaders mercilessly obliterated Hamburg SV 8-0 on Saturday to stay five points clear at the top and equal their opponents’ heaviest league defeat. The Pole, who has netted 19 times in the Bundesliga this season, struck twice in the first half and slotted in his third goal in the 54th minute after Arturo Vidal had put the hosts ahead in the 17th. Strugglers Hamburg had been confident they would not be the punch bags of past matches between the sides, having also lost 8-0 in Munich two years ago, and they had been unbeaten in their last three games. But they looked shell-shocked as they conceded another goal by David Alaba in the 56th and substitute Kingsley Coman scored twice more within five minutes a little later. Arjen Robben struck on the break as Hamburg capitulated to equal their heaviest Bundesliga defeat. Lahm set to retire at season’s end “A perfect day, a perfect game,” said Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti, on his 1,000th career game as manager. “The team played an outstanding game and I could not be happier.” Bayern never gave Hamburg a chance, making amends for their last-gasp 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin last week. They had 75 percent possession in the first half alone and could have added to their tally with Lewandowski also hitting the woodwork. Neuer puts Bayern into cup quarters “I think we did not win a single one-on-one throughout the entire first [Read More…]

Jan 302017
Schweinsteiger staying at United, says Mourinho

MANCHESTER: One-time outcast Bastian Schweinsteiger appears to be back in favour with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, who insisted on Sunday the World Cup winner was staying at Old Trafford despite having yet to appear in the Premier League this season. The 32-year-old former Bayern Munich lynchpin started his first game in over a year on Sunday and scored his first goal since November 2015 as they beat second-tier Wigan 4-0 in the FA Cup. “He is staying,” said Mourinho of a player he had banished to train away from the first team earlier in the season. “He is going on our Europa League list because we have opened spaces with (Memphis) Depay and (Morgan) Schneiderlin (leaving) and we don’t have many players,” the Portuguese coach explained. “We don’t have many options in midfield. Ninety minutes today was probably too hard for him but now I think he is happy. With so many competitions and games, he will be an option.” The roving midfielder joined United ahead of the 2015-2016 season under former coach Louis van Gaal and became the first German to play first-team football for the Red Devils. Click for detailed story

Dec 062016

PARIS: Napoli and Benfica clinched places in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday as nine-man Besiktas capitulated at Dynamo Kiev, while Arsenal snatched first place away from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in Group A. Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens scored second-half goals to earn Napoli a 2-1 victory over Benfica in Lisbon to send the Italians through to the knockout phase as winners of Group B. Twice former European champions Benfica pulled a goal back late on through Raul Jimenez and qualified as runners-up. “We reached our objective, we wanted to win the group and we did it with a splendid performance here in Lisbon,” said Callejon. Battles aplenty as group stages draw to a close In the group’s other game, Besiktas travelled to Ukraine hopeful of advancing after their rousing three-goal fightback on matchday five against Benfica, but the Turkish champions unravelled in a disastrous first half. Artem Besedin bundled in Dynamo’s opener on nine minutes at the Olympic Stadium and Besiktas suffered a critical blow on the half hour with Andreas Beck sent off for a professional foul on Derlis Gonzalez. Andriy Yarmolenko converted the resulting penalty and the hosts struck twice more before the break through Vitaliy Buyalskiy and Paraguayan Gonzalez to floor the visitors. Frustrations boiled over as Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar was dismissed for a second yellow card on 56 minutes and a miserable evening grew even more humiliating with Serhiy Sydorchuk and Junior Moraes adding their names to the scoresheet. “We are very, very upset [Read More…]

Nov 262016

BERLIN: German champions Bayern Munich on Friday announced record turnover for the 2015-16 financial year of €627 million, up by more than €100 million on the previous year. Bayern’s pre-tax profits also increased by around 30 percent, from €23.8 million in 2014-15 to €33 million. Bundesliga upstarts Leipzig knock Bayern off top “Our entrepreneurial objective is the maximisation of sporting success alongside financial prudence,” said the club’s deputy chairman Jan-Christian Dreesen. “Our increasing financial power will be used primarily to make the regular investments required in our first-team squad in order to ensure we remain competitive among the elite teams in Europe.” While spending on players and staff rose by €33 million, the increase in revenue is largely down to income from sponsorship and marketing growing from €113.9 million in 2014-15 to €169.8 million. Impressive RB Leipzig thrash Freiburg to cement top spot Income from television rights marketing was €83.4 million, “a relatively low figure in international terms”, as the club said, but up from €58.3 million. The figures underline Bayern’s dominance of the German game, in which they have won the last four Bundesliga titles and also won the German Cup last season. Their biggest rivals at home are Borussia Dortmund, whose own revenue was €376 million. Bayern’s own figures are short of those announced by Spanish champions Barcelona, who announced revenue of €679 million for the last financial year.  However, they are just ahead of the €620 million revenue announced by Real Madrid. The Bavarians, who have reached at [Read More…]

Sep 292016
Champions League Matchday 2: The tops and flops

KARACHI: After witnessing the second day of the current UEFA Champions League campaign, some thrilling encounters including some high-class football from different parts of Europe need to be recounted. Just like last week, The Express Tribune brings you the tops and flops of the first playoff round’s week two in the Europe’s elite football competition. Tops: Celtic PHOTO: REUTERS The first winner of the week is Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic, who showed a much improved performance against Premier League leaders Manchester City in a six-goal thriller on Wednesday at Celtic Park. The star of the show for the Scottish giants was former Fulham striker Moussa Dembele, who scored a brace against sluggish City defense, which made them concede more than one goal for the first time in the season. Wide-eyed Leicester face Champions League home bow However, the former Liverpool boss must be utterly disappointed that his team could not hold on to the lead three times in the match, and the match ended in a draw. Leicester City PHOTO: REUTERS Next in the list of tops are the defending Premier League champions Leicester City, who registered their first ever victory at King Power Stadium in the Champions League on Tuesday against Portuguese giants FC Porto. Coming on the back of a humiliating defeat against Manchester United at the weekend, Claudio Ranieri’s men showed great composure throughout the match. Messi in doubt for Champions League opener against Celtic The star of the show was goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who made some crucial saves [Read More…]

Jul 192016

Borussia Dortmund have started transfer talks with Bayern Munich over attacking midfielder Mario Gotze’s possible return to Westfalenstadion, according to a media report. Gotze won two Bundesliga titles with Dortmund before joining Bayern in 2013, but failed to secure a starting place in three seasons under coach Pep Guardiola, who has since joined Premier League side Manchester City. The 24-year-old has also been linked in British media with a move to former Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool. Manchester United sign Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund “I can confirm that talks with Borussia Dortmund have taken place. There have also been talks with his agent, but the deal is not done just yet. Both clubs will have to reach an agreement over a transfer fee first,” Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Sport1. The Germany international scored three goals in 14 Bundesliga appearances last season, having only returned to fitness in February following a five-month injury break after suffering an adductor muscle injury in October. The captain jumps ship: Bayern’s check and Mats “Gotze has been at Bayern for three years and it did not work out for him. I am not surprised that Gotze wants to leave. He is 24 years old and needs to play regularly,” Rummenigge added. Gotze, who scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final, played four times for Germany at the European Championship in France, where they were eliminated by the hosts in the semi-finals. The post Dortmund in talks with Bayern over [Read More…]

Jul 082016
Germans´ football passion delights refugees

BERLIN: Among the crowds thronging the Euro 2016 fanzone at Berlin´s Brandenburg Gate are new faces cheering in beginners´ German — refugees who have discovered their hosts´ unbounded passion for the beautiful game. “In Iraq, this would be completely impossible, the danger of a bombing is too great” said Zaid Al-Ahmed, a 22-year-old Iraqi, as he stood among the black, red and gold-clad mass — the colours of the German flag — during Thursday´s semi-final against France that saw the nation´s hopes of a World Cup-Euro championship double dashed. “It´s not uncommon for there to be brawls among fans of opposing teams. In Germany, people are there to celebrate, it isn´t violent,” the young man from the city of Al-Hillah adds. Ahmed followed the first few games of the tournament on a donated flat-screen TV in the refugee hostel where he lives. But he could not have imagined the fervent support for the side — known universally as “Die Mannschaft”, the team — that he would encounter at the public screening in the centre of the German capital. It´s just one more thing to get used to about the strange country where he arrived to apply for asylum shortly before winter, after an arduous trek across Europe.The young Iraqi hasn´t restricted himself to cheering for the white-clad Mannschaft, and now plays himself in a local club in Berlin. “I believe football is a pillar of German culture,” explains Ines Burckhadt, pointing out that the country´s stadiums are packed to the [Read More…]

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