Xabi Alonso announces retirement this summer


A great of the game says goodbye! On Thursday Xabi Alonso announced he will call time on his career at the end of this season. “It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but I believe it’s the right time. I always thought it would be better to quit sooner rather than later. I still feel good, but I believe this ...

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Korkut named Leverkusen head coach


Tayfun Korkut has been appointed Roger Schmidt’s replacement as Bayer Leverkusen coach until the end of the season. Schmidt was dismissed on Sunday, 24 hours on from the 6-2 hammering at Borussia Dortmund that saw the club’s board lose patience and left Leverkusen trailing the top four by 11 points. Former Turkey international Korkut has been charged with steadying the ...

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Mario Gotze: Borussia Dortmund midfielder out with ‘metabolic disturbances’

Mario Gotze helped Bayern Munich to three Bundesliga titles as well as scoring Germany's winning goal at the 2014 World Cup (Image credit: Getty Images)

World Cup winner Mario Gotze has been ruled out “for the time being” because of “metabolic disturbances”, his club Borussia Dortmund have said. The Germany midfielder, 24, has been limited to nine Bundesliga starts because of muscular problems since re-signing from Bayern Munich last summer. The club said that they had carried out a series of internal investigations into the ...

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Lewandowski hits hat-trick as Bayern Munich hammer Hamburg 8-0

Robert Lewandowski celebrate Bayern Munich’s second goal against Hamburg. Photograph: Lennart Preiss/EPA

Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick as Bayern Munich obliterated Hamburg SV 8-0 on Saturday to stay five points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and equal their opponents’ heaviest ever league defeat. Lewandowski, who has now scored 19 league goals this season, struck twice in the first half and slotted home a third in the 54th minute, after Arturo ...

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Bayern disappointing once again in draw with Schalke


Below-par Bayern Munich dropped points for the first time since November in a disappointing 1-1 home draw against resolute Schalke on Saturday. It all looked plain sailing when Robert Lewandowski chipped the German champions ahead as early as the ninth minute. But Brazilian defender Naldo’s rasping free kick completely deceived ex-Schalke keeper Manuel Neuer in the Bayern goal only four ...

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Leipzig keep pressure on Bayern with win over Franfurt


Bundesliga surprise package RB Leipzig continued their chase for Champions League qualification with a routine win against 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt. Eintracht keeper Lukas Hradecky was sent off after 125 seconds for handling outside his area – and the home side took control just four minutes later. Marvin Compper pounced on a rebound to put the home side ahead, Timo Werner ...

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Late Lewandowski goal earns Bayern Munich win at Freiburg


Robert Lewandowski scored a brilliant injury-time winner as Bayern Munich came from behind to beat Freiburg in the opening Bundesliga match of 2017. In the first game following the winter break, Freiburg led early on when Janik Haberer steered the ball home. Lewandowski equalised when he volleyed in Douglas Costa’s corner. And he scored a dramatic late winner when he ...

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Bayern Munich sign Hoffenheim duo Rudy and Sule


Bayern Munich have signed Germany internationals Sebastian Rudy and Niklas Sule from Bundesliga rivals Hoffenheim. Both players will continue to play for Hoffenheim, who are fifth in the table, before moving to Bayern in the summer. Defender Sule, 21, has signed a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee. Free agent Rudy, 26, who captains Hoffenheim from midfield, will join Carlo ...

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Arjen Robben: Bayern Munich winger signs one-year extension


Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has extended his stay with the German champions until the summer of 2018. The former Chelsea player’s current deal was due to expire at the end of the season but he is now tied to the club until he is 34. “In his position Arjen is one of the best players in the world,” Bayern ...

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