Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich 'put out' Carlo Ancelotti's nasty clubhouse habit

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:01:00 PDT

Carlo Ancelotti will have to look elsewhere to soothe his tattered nerves after being told no smoking in the clubhouse. Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has not yet been in his new role for three weeks, but he is already laying down the law by banning coach Carlo Ancelotti from smoking inside clubrooms. Salihamidzic, 40, was brought in to help turn Bayern's form around following an unprecedented run of five defeats in six preseason games. The former Bayern and Juventus midfielder called his early efforts "minor details," but this one effort is clearly directed right at manager Carlo Ancelotti. "I...

Bundesliga preview: Can Bayern stay ahead of a crowded chasing pack?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:01:00 PDT

Brian McBride feels Christian Pulisic may have his sights set very high when the time comes to leave Borussia Dortmund. Carlo Ancelotti isn't universally loved by Bayern fans, but he has the nous to lead them to another title. Wins in the Confederations Cup and the U-21 Euros have shown that German football continues to get an awful lot of things right, especially when it comes to player development. But the Bundesliga has not been able to fully withstand the powerful wave of Premier League and Paris Saint-Germain money that has been sweeping the continent and has brought the relative lack of investment in the top flight -- €483 million, gross -- in new personnel into sharp focus. It has divided Germans into...

Transfer Rater: Arturo Vidal to Liverpool, Thomas Vermaelen to Everton

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 03:03:00 PDT

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Sean Raggett to Sunderland Sunderland are reportedly considering bolstering their defence with a move for Lincoln City's Raggett. The 23-year-old starred for...

Mats Hummels beat Marouane Fellaini to face-smashing picture

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 02:21:00 PDT

Not that the man himself is overly enthused about it, but the sight of Marouane Fellaini's warped face has become the enduring image of the 2017 UEFA Super Cup. The cameras were on hand to capture the precise moment that Fellaini was hit in the face by the ball during the latter stages of the match, thus causing much mirth on Twitter. Indeed, the incident has now even been immortalised in a piece of Australian street art. However, Sky Sports Germany have done a little digging and found that Fellaini...

Europe's top 21 aged 21 or under: Kingsley Coman, Renato Sanches

Tue, 8 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Kingsley Coman is a traditional winger who would prefer to set up goals. Kingsley Coman has won the league in all five of his senior seasons: Twice in France, once in Italy and twice in Germany. Renato Sanches demonstrated his supreme talent as a midfielder capable of storming forward and creating chances in Euro 2016. That's why they're on Michael Cox's list of the best 21 players in Europe aged 21 or under. To find out who else Cox considers to be among Europe's best young players, click here.

Sven Ulreich's penalty heroics lead Bayern Munich to Super Cup win

Sat, 5 Aug 2017 05:12:00 PDT

Sven Ulreich turned away two penalty kicks to give Bayern Munich the German Super Cup. Bayern Munich snatched their first trophy of the season in the German Super Cup with a dramatic 7-6 penalty shootout victory in Borussia Dortmund's backyard at the Westfalenstadion. U.S. star Christian Pulisic's goal fired Dortmund ahead on 12 minutes, but Robert Lewandowski equalised from close range six minutes later against his former side. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang restored BVB's lead on 71 minutes with an exquisite lobbed finish before a comical pinball own goal (via Dortmund keeper Roman...

Inter Milan eyeing Bayern Munich's Arturo Vidal as summer's big signing

Thu, 3 Aug 2017 03:14:00 PDT

Arturo Vidal joined Bayern Munich two years ago after four seasons with Juventus. After being turned aside by two of their top targets, Inter Milan are hoping Arturo Vidal may be eager to return to Italy. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter Milan are hoping to add the 30-year-old midfielder after their attempts to move for AS Roma's Radja Nainggolan and RB Leipzig's Naby Keita were turned away. Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti said last week in Singapore that Vidal would "stay with us 100 percent," but it seems the Chile international is still hoping for a move -- even though...

Holger Badstuber likely to continue career with promoted Stuttgart

Tue, 1 Aug 2017 03:53:00 PDT

Holger Badstuber joined Schalke on loan from Bayern Munich in January. Despite originally hoping for a move abroad, it appears Holger Badstuber will be staying in Germany. According to kicker, the 28-year-old left-back has agreed to join Stuttgart on a free transfer. Badstuber, a former Germany international, spent two years in Stuttgart's youth academy before moving to Bayern Munich, where he made his first-team debut in 2009. After battling a number of injuries and losing his place on the first team under Carlo Ancelotti, he secured a loan in January to Schalke,...

Vulnerable Chelsea, Kondogbia OG stand out after first Singapore ICC

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 05:00:00 PDT

Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts evaluate the International Champions Cup's expansion into Singapore and how it can improve. Chelsea may have been the biggest draw at the International Champions Cup (ICC) in Singapore, but Italian underdogs Inter Milan emerged victorious with wins over the Premier League champions and Bayern Munich. With three games over five days, healthy crowds watched some of the biggest clubs in world football in the first-ever ICC played on Southeast Asian soil. But the intensive nature of this kind of tour, played in intense heat and humidity, has its drawbacks, and not everyone is a fan, including...

Transfer Talk: Chelsea rival AC Milan for Bayern Munich's Renato Sanches

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 05:35:00 PDT

Renato Sanches, 19, has dropped in AC Milan's pecking order with the addition of Corentin Tolisso. The Mail writes that Chelsea hope to swoop in and sign Bayern Munich's Renato Sanches. AC Milan are reportedly deep into negotiations over a two-year loan deal for the midfielder. For more on Sanches to Chelsea, as well as other rumours, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.

Bayern Munich will benefit in Bundesliga from Singapore ICC - Klose

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 07:40:00 PDT

Tom Starke talks to ESPN FC about Chelsea's title chances and how James Rodriguez will fare at Bayern. Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts break down James Rodriguez's contributions in Bayern Munich's 3-2 win over Chelsea. Miroslav says Asian preseason tours should be viewed as a blessing and not a burden. Bayern Munich legend Miroslav Klose insists that preseason tours to distant destinations are more than a promotional exercise, and should be no barrier to success in the modern game. The top scorer of all time in World Cup finals believes there is much to be gained through team bonding, and suggests that past experience proves that matches on the other side of the world should not harm performance levels. His comments come as Bayern hit back at Bundesliga rivals RB Leipzig who said they preferred...

Chelsea hurt by early Bayern Munich goals to lose in Singapore

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:45:00 PDT

Gary Cahill speaks exclusively with ESPN FC's Jason Dasey following Chelsea's first game of ICC Singapore. Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts break down James Rodriguez's contributions in Bayern Munich's 3-2 win over Chelsea. Despite a spirited fightback from Chelsea, Bayern Munich held on for an entertaining 3-2 win. Thomas Muller praises Bayern's reaction against Chelsea following their previous preseason performances. SINGAPORE -- Chelsea were caught cold in the heat of Singapore as three early goals from Bayern Munich gave the German champions a 3-2 win at the International Champions Cup (ICC). A Thomas Muller double and a Rafinha strike saw Bayern race into a 3-0 lead in the first half-hour as the shell-shocked English champions were overrun. Marcos Alonso pulled one back before half-time to keep things respectable before the second half saw new £58m striker Alvaro Morata make his Chelsea debut and Michy...

Bayern Munich's summer transfers: Evaluating moves, remaining targets

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:10:00 PDT

James Rodriguez recently said he thinks Bayern Munich are a bigger club than Real Madrid. Clubs across Europe are desperate to add to their squads ahead of the new season -- and that includes Bayern Munich, whose prize appears to be former Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez. ESPN FC's club correspondents and bloggers rate their club's business so far and discuss what else needs to be done in the final days of the window. To read ESPN FC Bayern Munich correspondent Mark Lovell's evaluation of the summer transfer window, as well as how other clubs have performed, click here.

Renato Sanches' future, Philipp Lahm's replacement among questions facing Bayern

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 03:43:00 PDT

Carlo Ancelotti explains Bayern Munich have their sights set high in all competitions following a few key transfers. After an underwhelming 2016/17 with Bayern, the FC panel debate rumours linking the Portuguese teenager with Milan. The FC panel break down James Rodriguez's move to Bayern Munich and wonder if this puts them in pole position to win the UEFA Champions League. Five pressing issues for Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich as they prepare for the new season in China and Singapore. 1. Stick or twist with Renato Sanches? Sanches, 19, winner of the 2016 Golden Boy award and Young Player of the Tournament at the 2016 Euros, arrived with the loftiest of expectations but he has struggled to deliver since his move last summer from Benfica. After a woefully disappointing opening campaign, Sanches was declared "one of the flops of the season" by former Bayern legend...

Colombia star James Rodriguez follows Bayern Munich route after Adolfo Valencia

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 07:05:00 PDT

James Rodriguez has joined Bayern Munich on loan, becoming the second Colombian to represent the Bavarian giants. You might have heard Colombian star James Rodriguez is a Bayern Munich player. In fact, Bayern's social media team tweeted young James expressing his pride at being the first Colombian ever to play for the club, before quickly backtracking, deleting that erroneous tweet, instead quickly offering the consolation their new signing was more than happy to be the second. So, who is that first Colombia international to pull on the Bayern shirt? Well, Adolfo Valencia is also remembered quite fondly in...

Bayern a perfect spot for James Rodriguez to revive his club career

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 01:40:00 PDT

The FC panel break down James Rodriguez's move to Bayern Munich and wonder if this puts them in pole position to win the UEFA Champions League. FC's Bundesliga expert dissects James Rodriguez's move to Bayern Munich and why it isn't so far-fetched. "Surround yourself with human beings, my dear James. They are easier to fight for than principles." That is some decent advice for the legendary James Bond in Ian Fleming's Casino Royale and also perhaps words of caution for another famous James, James Rodriguez, ahead of his move to Bayern Munich following a largely disappointing spell at Real Madrid. Subject to a medical, James will sign a two-year loan deal at Bayern with an option for a permanent transfer -- eerily similar to the Kingsley Coman...

Trending: James Rodriguez loaned to Bayern, Lukaku fee may be record

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:18:00 PDT

FC's Bundesliga expert dissects James Rodriguez's move to Bayern Munich and why it isn't so far-fetched. Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku interview each other for ESPN FC and discuss all things related to their summer holiday in Los Angeles. Adrian Healey checks in from Los Angeles, where Romelu Lukaku and Man United began training Monday ahead of the ICC. ESPN FC's Adrian Healey reports from UCLA as Manchester United have their first training session ahead of the ICC's kickoff. Alexis Nunes discusses her interview with Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba, and explains why Pogba pushed her in the pool. Tuesday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending... BAYERN MUNICH: Real Madrid star James Rodriguez has joined Bayern on a two-year loan deal with an option for a permanent deal subject to a medical, both clubs have announced. - WATCH: Before the loan was announced, Raphael Honigstein gave ESPN FC TV his thoughts on the potential James deal. - Bayern Munich forward Serge Gnabry, who just joined the club last month, hopes to leave on loan to gain more...

Bayern Munich to bid for Real Madrid's James Rodriguez

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 03:06:00 PDT

Paul Mariner and Alexis Nunes dissect the questions looming over Real Madrid in the summer transfer window. Thomas Lemar notched nine goals and 10 assists in Ligue 1 last season. Is he off to Arsenal? The football world is awash with gossip. Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here. TOP STORY: Ancelotti eyes Rodriguez reunion  Carlo Ancelotti wants to bring Real Madrid's James Rodriguez to Bayern Munich and, according to a report in Colombia, "an offer will be coming over the next few hours." Javier Hernandez Bonnet, sports director for Colombia's Caracol TV, said on Monday that Ancelotti wants to reinforce...

Bayern Munich trio have fun at photoshoot by photobombing fans

Thu, 6 Jul 2017 02:36:00 PDT

While keeping the sponsors happy can often be tiring for many professional footballers, it certainly appears as though Bayern Munich's players managed to have fun during a recent promotional photoshoot. Thomas Muller, Franck Ribery and Javi Martinez all attended the event, during which Bayern fans queued to have their photos taken in a mock-up of the dressing room at the Allianz Arena. The trio's mission was to photobomb the unsuspecting fans by assembling in the background of the photos without...

Germany's Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller under threat from Confed Cup stars

Mon, 3 Jul 2017 06:50:00 PDT

The FC crew discuss Germany's Confederations Cup title, and if it makes them the team to beat in the 2018 World Cup. The guys at Exploding Heads look back at the positives and negatives from the Confederations Cup, Germany's win and more. Janusz Michallik hails a new golden generation for Germany after their Confederations Cup final triumph over Chile. Watch as Germany become the first reigning World Cup champion to lift the Confederations Cup trophy since Brazil in 2005. Germany won the European Under-21 Championship in Poland and the Confederations Cup in Russia within the space of 48 hours at the weekend. Glory at the latter tournament was sealed despite head coach Joachim Low's decision to rest key senior players such as Jerome Boateng, Toni Kroos, Mats Hummels, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil and Manuel Neuer. It was a show of force for German football, and while it opens doors for youngsters looking to break through, other more established players will now be feeling...

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