Thank God I’m back for ‘pulsating’ derby – Hummels


Borussia Dortmund star Mats Hummels says he is looking forward to his side’s “pulsating” derby match against Schalke on Saturday. The 25-year-old only made his return from injury in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Stuttgart, coming on in the 74th minute for Kevin Grosskreutz, having been sidelined since Germany’s World Cup final win over Argentina. “The derby is just great,” the defender was quoted as saying ...

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Stalemate at Mainz as Hoffenheim game ends goalless

Filip Duricic (left) of Mainz is challenged by Eugen Polanski of Hoffenheim

Mainz and Hoffenheim remained unbeaten after six games of the Bundesliga season after sharing a goalless draw at the Coface Arena on Friday night. Chances were few and far between with the league’s top goalscorer Shinji Okazaki ruled out with an injury. Hoffenheim had arguably the most chances, but the best fell to the hosts just before the interval with ...

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Bayern explain Alonso signing from Real Madrid


Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer believes Xabi Alonso is just the type of player the club needed. The German champions recruited the former Spain international midfielder from Real Madrid on a two-year contract last month. The 32-year-old has slotted straight into Bayern’s starting line-up, and Sammer believes that it was a good move to recruit the two-time Champions League ...

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Dortmund come from behind to draw with Stuttgart


Borussia Dortmund came from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw against winless Stuttgart for a point which does neither side much good. Daniel Didavi scored twice for Stuttgart, who seemed to be heading for their first three points of the season on the day director of sport Fredi Bobic was relieved of his duties, but they were unable ...

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Bayern’s style matters most – Pep Guardiola


Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola says he was more pleased with how his side performed in their 4-0 win over Paderborn at the Allianz Arena, than the fact that the result moved them top of the Bundesliga.The newly-promoted visitors had gone in to the fixture as league leaders – above their hosts on goal difference – but a double from Mario Gotze, as well as ...

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Klopp backs Guardiola, says players should be protected


Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has backed Pep Guardiola’s stance that the busy calendar is hurting players’ health. The Bayern Munich trainer stated earlier this week that the hectic schedule of modern day football is “killing the players” and Klopp has now warned that players will be forced to retire in their early 30s if the situation doesn’t change. “In 10 years’ time, there will ...

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Gotze scores two as Bayern Munich beat Paderbon


Bayern Munich scored four unanswered goals to reassert their authority in German football and end Paderborn’s brief stint as Bundesliga leaders. The visitors’ hopes of an upset were quickly dashed as Mario Gotze slotted home before Robert Lewandowski volleyed in from the edge of the box. The home side added to their tally with two late close-range finishes from Gotze ...

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Dortmund hit by Henrikh Mkhitaryan injury blow


Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan faces a spell of up to four weeks out after picking up a foot injury in Saturday’s loss at Mainz. The Armenian played the final 25 minutes of Dortmund’s 2-0 loss at the Coface Arena – replacing Shinji Kagawa midway through the second half. Mkhitaryan was involved in a collision when shooting at goal late in the game and ...

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Fixture congestion taking its toll on Bayern players – Guardiola


Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has hinted European exploits may have taken their toll on his side after Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Hamburg. A frustrating afternoon saw a much-changed Bayern side struggle to find any meaningful attacking fluidity against Hamburg, who will have delighted new boss Josef Zinnbauer with an impressive rearguard display. And Guardiola suggested that it was the nature of the fixture list that ...

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Dortmund deserved to lose to Hamburg – Klopp


Jurgen Klopp says Borussia Dortmund deserved to lose to Mainz because of their inability to take their chances and poor defending. Adrian Ramos missed three glaring chances before Dortmund allowed Jairo to get a cross in and left Shinji Okazaki unmarked to break the deadlock at the Coface Arena. Then, after Ciro Immobile had missed the chance to equalise from the penalty spot, more disorganised ...

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