Bayern Munich

Substitute Muller comes to the rescue as Bayern beat Stuttgart 1-0

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 03:13:00 PST

Sven Ulreich's fantastic penalty save from the final kick of the game helped earn Bayern Munich a third successive 1-0 Bundesliga win after substitute Thomas Muller had broken Stuttgart's stubborn resistance on 79 minutes. Positives Bayern's sixth consecutive Bundesliga title looks a mere formality heading into the winter break, moving 11 points clear of nearest challengers Schalke with another precious win and clean sheet. Negatives Bayern made heavy weather of beating Stuttgart for a...

Man City chasing Bayern for longest winning run in Europe's top 5 leagues

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:44:00 PST

Manchester City easily dispatch of Swansea City to win their 15th consecutive Premier League game. Manchester City easily dispatch of Swansea City to win their 15th consecutive Premier League game. The FC panel discuss the positive impact Pep Guardiola has had on English football and whether or not his City side can finish the season unbeaten. Manchester City sealed a Premier League record run of 15 consecutive victories on Wednesday with a 4-0 win at Swansea City, but they still have a way to go before they can claim the record across Europe's top five leagues. Pep Guardiola's side have the longest winning streak in the English top flight, and perhaps it's no surprise -- the Catalan coach is now looking to break his own continental record that he set at one of his former clubs. ESPN FC's correspondents look at the best runs in La...

Bayern stand-in Tom Starke gets 8/10 with late-game heroics vs. Cologne

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:33:00 PST

Jupp Heynckes says Bayern Munich aren't ready to celebrate anything despite their comfortable position at the top of the Bundesliga. Robert Lewandowski scored for an eighth consecutive Bundesliga home game as Bayern Munich edged to a scrappy 1-0 victory against bottom-of-the-table Cologne. Positives A sixth consecutive Bundesliga title looks to be a mere formality as Bayern moved nine points clear of nearest challengers Schalke with another win and clean sheet. Negatives On paper, this should have been the easiest game of the season, but Bayern were again indebted to 36-year-old academy coach Tom Starke, called out of retirement...

Champions League draw: Neymar to haunt Real? Chelsea to fall at Barca?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:50:00 PST

With Real Madrid and PSG set for an intriguing last 16 clash in the UCL, Craig Burley examines what both sides need to do to advance. With Real Madrid and PSG set for an intriguing last 16 clash in the UCL, Craig Burley examines what both sides need to do to advance. Alison Bender and Stewart Robson discuss some of the biggest ties of the UCL last 16 draw as Real Madrid face PSG. Stewart Robson joins Alison Bender to assess the chances of the five English teams in the UCL round of 16. With all five English teams advancing to the Champions League knockout stage, Stevie Nicol predicts who'll go all the way. The draw for the Champions League round-of-16 has been made, and there's one clash that stands out as Neymar's PSG take on champions Real Madrid. But there are plenty more storylines to follow. Here's what to watch for. Real Madrid vs. PSG Real's punishment for finishing second in Group H could hardly have been more severe -- a tie that many would have fancied for this year's final and one that will eliminate one of the tournament's super-favourites in one stroke. There is not much head-to-head...

UCL draw: Real Madrid vs. PSG, Chelsea vs. Barcelona, Juve vs. Spurs

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:00:00 PST

The Extra Time crew talk Liverpool's Champions League chances and the round-of-16 draw. The Extra Time crew talk Liverpool's Champions League chances and the round-of-16 draw. The Extra Time crew talk Liverpool's Champions League chances and the round-of-16 draw. The business end of the Champions League starts here. The draw for the round-of-16 has been made, and there's a bunch of intriguing clashes as teams plot their way to the Kiev final on May 26. Here, correspondents covering the remaining 16 teams give their verdict on the clash awaiting their team in the first knockout round, with Real Madrid vs. Paris Saint-Germain arguably the highlight. Real Madrid vs. Paris Saint-Germain REAL MADRID Real Madrid will not be happy to have got Paris Saint Germain...

A 'revidalized' Arturo Vidal scores again for Bayern Munich

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 05:42:00 PST

Jupp Heynckes says Bayern Munich aren't ready to celebrate anything despite their comfortable position at the top of the Bundesliga. Arturo Vidal scored for a fourth successive Bundesliga game as Bayern Munich edged to a scrappy 1-0 victory at Eintracht Frankfurt. Positives Vidal continued his impressive Bundesliga scoring record as the champions stretched their lead at the top to eight points over nearest challengers Leipzig. A sixth consecutive Bundesliga title looks a mere formality. Negatives Bayern were indebted to 36-year-old academy coach Tom Starke, called out of retirement in the autumn, to preserve a fortunate three...

Neuer, Lewandowski talk to ESPN FC about being No. 1 in FC 100

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 09:52:00 PST

The ESPN FC crew make a case that David De Gea, not Manuel Neuer, should be the top goalkeeper on the ESPN FC 100. Stewart Robson discusses the particular assets Robert Lewandowski brings to Bayern Munich. Stewart Robson discusses the particular assets Robert Lewandowski brings to Bayern Munich. The 2017 ESPN FC 100 was released on Monday and the reactions have been strong around the football world. Wednesday saw Man City and Belgium star Kevin De Bruyne discussing his ranking as the top attacking midfielder in the world. On Thursday, Bayern Munich stars Manuel Neuer (No. 1 goalkeeper) and Robert Lewandowski (No. 1 striker) talk to ESPN FC about their progress. Manuel Neuer ESPN FC: It's been a difficult year for you, one beset with injuries. Are you pleased that you've been rated...

Bayern Munich finish behind PSG but Heynckes' machine clicking into gear

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 04:45:00 PST

Bayern Munich cruised past Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Bayern Munich cruised past Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Mats Hummels left the Allianz Arena with a face like thunder, ignoring all requests for comment. The Bayern Munich centre-back had cut an angry figure for much of his side's 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain too. He wasn't happy with the leniency referee Cuneyt Cakir had shown with regards to some PSG fouls, had frequently shouted at his teammates and raced up the pitch into the opposition box a few times at the end of contest in search of a goal. His demeanour at the final whistle made clear he...

Corentin Tolisso's double earns 9/10 in Bayern win against PSG

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 05:42:00 PST

Bayern Munich get revenge from their 3-0 defeat to PSG on Matchday 2 behind a brace from Corentin Tolisso. Bayern Munich avenged their earlier loss to PSG with a comfortable 3-1 win, while Manchester United came from behind to defeat CSKA Moscow. Bayern Munich's record-signing Corentin Tolisso outshone the more celebrated stars of Paris Saint-Germain, grabbing two goals in a 3-1 victory on Tuesday. The win gained a semblance of revenge for the 3-0 Champions League defeat in Paris in September, which prompted the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti the next day. Tolisso joined the German champions in the summer for €41 million -- as opposed to the €222m PSG paid to pull Neymar away from Barcelona -- and he proved to be worth more than...

Bayern rebounded under Heynckes and are out for revenge vs. PSG

Sun, 3 Dec 2017 01:24:00 PST

Jupp Heynckes expresses satisfaction with Bayern Munich's win over Hannover and the return of multiple players from injury. Considered the city of love and romance, there were no red roses for Carlo Ancelotti in Paris as the Italian's topsy-turvy relationship with Bayern Munich ended messily after a harrowing evening almost 10 weeks ago. Humiliated 3-0 by Paris Saint-Germain in the French capital in a clash of transfer philosophies, jilted Bayern unceremoniously dumped Ancelotti the following day. Ancelotti's assistant, Willy Sagnol, took charge for the 2-2 draw at Hertha Berlin on Oct. 1 as the faltering German champions...

Kingsley Coman, Arturo Vidal help keep Bayern clear atop Bundesliga

Sat, 2 Dec 2017 06:00:00 PST

Jupp Heynckes expresses satisfaction with Bayern Munich's win over Hannover and the return of multiple players from injury. Bayern Munich returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory Saturday over Hannover to move six points clear in the Bundesliga. After suffering their first defeat under Jupp Heynckes at Borussia Monchengladbach last weekend, Arturo Vidal headed Bayern into the lead in the 17th minute before Sven Ulreich brilliantly saved a twice-taken penalty from Hannover's Niclas Fullkrug some 10 minutes later. Charlison Benschop glanced in a deserved equaliser for the visitors on 35 minutes before Kingsley Coman...

Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich learning Spanish from Real Madrid song

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 01:38:00 PST

Might Joshua Kimmich be planning a move to Real Madrid in the future? Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich is learning Spanish from an unlikely source... The Germany international, 22, has said many of his teammates do not even know he is learning Spanish and perhaps this is why: he's doing it with the help of the Real Madrid club song. "The lads do not realise I am always listening in the changing rooms and already understand a great deal," he told Bild, who published a photo that shows part of his vocab test is to learn the anthem of the European champions. Spanish speakers...

Power Rankings: PSG, Man City lead the way; Bayern drop, Man United back

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 02:20:00 PST

Unai Emery addresses rumours about PSG players being sold in January, saying his focus is on upcoming matches. The FC panel laud Raheem Sterling's transformation this season after the Man City midfielder netted the game winner against Southampton. Germany's champions pay the price for a shock defeat, while the leaders in Italy are on the rise. And Man United are back ahead of their big week. Dropping out: Tottenham, Porto. Agree? Disagree? Let us know and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV! Shaka Hislop played for over 10 years in the Premier League and represented Trinidad and Tobago at the 2006 World Cup. Watch him on ESPN FC TV!

Dortmund complicate Bayern Munich's pursuit of Julian Nagelsmann

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:49:00 PST

Bayern Munich's Jupp Heynckes has insisted that although the players want him to stay, he is still only staying until June. In Germany there's a word for everything, including the peculiar predicament FC Bayern Munich find themselves in. Call it: the Nagelsmann-Falle. Nagelsmann literally translates as "nails man"; Falle as "trap." Put together, this compound noun sounds a little like a medieval torture instrument, which is rather apt. The German champions are stuck in a corner and torn in an agonising bind over the appointment of TSG Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann as Jupp Heynckes' successor at Bayern Munich next...

Niklas Sule, Juan Bernat deliver sub-par displays as Bayern slip at Gladbach

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 10:36:00 PST

Jupp Heynckes suffered a first defeat of his fourth spell in charge of Bayern Munich with a 2-1 loss to his former side Borussia Monchengladbach. Gladbach took control with two-goal burst in a five-minute spell just before half time. Thorgan Hazard put the home side ahead from the penalty spot on 39 minutes, before German international Matthias Ginter doubled the lead with a close range tap in a minute before the break. Arturo Vidal reduced the arrears with 16 minutes remaining but it proved a mere...

Bayern Munich stay fourth in Shaka Hislop's Power Rankings

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 06:16:00 PST

Robert Lewandowski and Bayern Munich have won eight of nine games after Jupp Heynckes' return. It's not yet December but, already, the Bundesliga title looks to be a formality for Bayern Munich, who lead by six points. Since returning as manager, Jupp Heynckes has won eight of nine games. Click here to see which other clubs made Shaka Hislop's power rankings.

German clubs losing ground in Champions League; Bayern lead the way

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 05:35:00 PST

The ESPN FC panel pinpoint where Borussia Dortmund's biggest shortcomings lie following their 2-1 defeat against Tottenham. Six points in three games on Matchday 5 was one of the better returns for the three German clubs in this year's rather wretched Champions League campaign. Genuine happiness, however, was in short supply once more. Collectively, RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund performed at a level that had tabloid Bild crying out for "Help!" and worrying that Bundesliga sides were destined "to play only a supporting role" on the European stage in 2017-18. On the evidence of the midweek games, that...

The true Klassiker: Bayern Munich's best battles with Monchengladbach

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 01:00:00 PST

Forget Borussia Dortmund or upstarts RB Leipzig, the Bundesliga's original Klassiker is Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Monchengladbach. The two heavyweights dominated Germany from the end of the 1960s until 1981, with Bayern winning the league six times and Gladbach five. Here are five memorable meetings to whet the appetite before Saturday's true Klassiker. Bayern drunk with success Back in May 1974, Bayern had just sealed their first hat trick of league titles, with Gladbach only a point behind in...

Ulreich a 9/10 for Bayern in goal, James a 7/10 off bench in lucky win

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:56:00 PST

Bayern Munich kept their faint hopes of topping the group ahead of PSG alive with a fortunate 2-1 win courtesy of second-half goals from Robert Lewandowski and Corentin Tolisso after Sofiane Hanni's equaliser restored parity for the Belgian champions just after the hour mark. Anderlecht Bayern Munich 1 2 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Positives The Bayern bandwagon keeps chugging on, recording a ninth win in a row in all competitions under Jupp Heynckes.  Negatives Bayern conceded for the 11th Champions League game in a row on away soil, allowing...

Are Bayern Munich too dependent upon Robert Lewandowski?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:30:00 PST

Jupp Heynckes knows Robert Lewandowski can score but needs to find others for Bayern Munich to succeed. Bayern Munich pushed their lead at the top of the Bundesliga to six points by thumping Augsburg. Not much to see here; it was one-way traffic and Robert Lewandowski bagged two goals, bringing his seasonal total to 17. If you want to nitpick, the one concern under Jupp Heynckes is that Lewandowski has no obvious understudy. Beyond that, Bayern's manager continues to shuffle his deck. Juan Bernat made his first appearance of the season, Rafinha gave David Alaba a breather at left-back and the great...

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