Bayern Munich

Power Rankings: Barca still top, Man City surge up to No. 3

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 03:00:00 PST

Shaka Hislop wasn't in the studio to defend himself and his choices for his latest power rankings. Barcelona and Bayern Munich retain their grip on the top two spots while Man City and Liverpool both enter the top five and Real Madrid rejoin the mix too. (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src='//embed.playbuzz.com/sdk.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk')); Dropping out: Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester United 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!

Man City's Kevin De Bruyne the one that got away for Bayern Munich

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 04:13:00 PST

While admitting he must win titles to usurp the likes of Messi and Ronaldo, Pep Guardiola has 'no doubt' that Kevin De Bruyne is a contender for the Ballon d'Or. The list of top players Bayern Munich have plucked away from Bundesliga rivals grows every year: Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gotze, Mats Hummels, Manuel Neuer in recent seasons, soon to be followed by Leon Goretzka in the summer. But Bayern may rue missing out on one particular star: Kevin De Bruyne, Germany's Player of the Year in 2014-15, and now the driving force behind Manchester City's assault on four fronts. "I would give the shirt off my back for him," current Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes...

ESPN FC writers' Champions League round-of-16 predictions

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 01:00:00 PST

Ross Dyer and Steve Nicol square off in predicting who'll emerge victorious from Basel-Man City, Juve-Spurs, Porto-Liverpool and Real-PSG. Alison Bender and Stewart Robson preview the two juiciest matchups in the UCL round of 16, Real Madrid versus PSG and Juventus versus Tottenham. Despite Real Madrid's persisting struggles, Craig Burley explains why they are capable of rising to the occasion in the Champions League against high-flying PSG. Which eight clubs will make it through to the Champions League quarterfinals? Here are our writers' predictions. The line-up is set for the Champions League Round of 16. Gab Marcotti Juventus, Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Manchester United, Roma Mark Ogden Juventus, Manchester City, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk Graham Hunter Tottenham, Manchester City, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk Raphael...

Would your club sign Leicester's Riyad Mahrez as City ponder renewed move?

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 12:59:00 PST

The FC crew discuss Riyad Mahrez's transfer predicament at Leicester. The FC crew discuss Riyad Mahrez's transfer predicament at Leicester. The FC crew discuss Riyad Mahrez's transfer predicament at Leicester. Riyad Mahrez saw a transfer deadline move to Manchester City fail as Leicester stood firm over their £95 million valuation of him -- and then he refused to train. Puel says Mahrez needs to get his head right but what's next for Leicester's mercurial talent? ESPN FC's club correspondents have their say on whether their team should consider a summer move. (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src='//embed.playbuzz.com/sdk.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk')); MAN CITY: Yes Pep Guardiola wants more options out wide to stretch opponents, particularly against tight, defensive teams, which is...

Robert Lewandowski, Sven Ulreich star as Bayern Munich down Schalke

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 02:50:00 PST

Bayern Munich restored their 18-point lead atop the Bundesliga with a 2-1 win over Schalke, thanks to goals from Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller. First-half goals from Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller paved the way for a narrow 2-1 over a bright Schalke side as the champions-in-waiting maintained their 18-point lead at the top by virtue of an 12th straight win in all competitions. Bayern Munich Schalke 04 2 1 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Positives A sixth consecutive Bundesliga title is a matter of weeks away, maintaining a massive 18-point advantage over "nearest challengers" Leipzig with 12 games remaining. Bayern would have to lose seven of those for any sign of a rare title race breaking...

Kingsley Coman, James Rodriguez key DFB Pokal rout of Paderborn

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 01:07:00 PST

Bayern Munich cantered into the semifinal of the German Cup with an easy win over Paderborn. Bayern's Arjen Robben netted twice in quick succession to propel his side 6-0 past Paderborn. German Cup: Corentin Tolisso (55') Paderborn 0-4 Bayern Munich Eighteen-time winners Bayern Munich cruised into the DFB Pokal semifinals with a comfortable 6-0 victory over third division leaders Paderborn, courtesy of goals from Kingsley Coman, Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich, Corentin Tolisso and a brace from Arjen Robben in the final five minutes. SC Paderborn 07 Bayern Munich 0 6 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Positives Treble-seeking Bayern sealed a ninth consecutive last-four appearance by easily seeing off the challenge of plucky minnows Paderborn. Negatives Bayern made heavy weather of disposing of third...

Transfer Rater: Justin Kluivert to Manchester United, Christian Pulisic to Bayern

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 01:15:00 PST

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. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Kerem Demirbay to Liverpool According to reports in Bild, Hoffenheim midfielder Demirbay is an Arsenal and Liverpool target. The two clubs are keen to bring him...

Jupp Heynckes' memorable German Cup matches for Bayern Munich

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 12:52:00 PST

Bayern Munich's Jupp Heynckes describes how he spent his Sunday as his side prepare for the DFB-Pokal quarter-final against SC Paderborn. Jupp Heynckes' treble seekers travel to third division leaders Paderborn in the DFB Pokal quarterfinals on Tuesday. Here we take a look at three of Bayern Munich's most memorable German Cup games under Heynckes. "Wunder von Weinheim" The most remarkable encounter, for all the wrong reasons, was brought up during Monday's news conference. During Heynckes' first spell in charge, the back-to-back Bundesliga champions suffered an embarrassing first-round defeat to fourth-tier amateur club FV 09 Weinheim...

Man Utd, Liverpool, Bayern locked in battle for Christian Pulisic's signature

Mon, 5 Feb 2018 05:51:00 PST

Christian Pulisic has revealed that he chooses to play as Borussia Dortmund on FIFA as it gives him a chance to manage the side. Christian Pulisic reveals his admiration for Lionel Messi, saying he has always been his favourite player. The guys respond to your tweets, about the futures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Christian Pulisic, as well as Neymar's standing among the world's best. The January window might have just shut, but Transfer Talk still has the updates on all the latest rumours and done deals. Three-way battle for U.S. midfielder Pulisic It has long seemed inevitable that Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic would be in demand come the summer, and the Sun reports that three clubs will scrap for his signature. United States midfielder Pulisic, 19, is coveted by Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Manchester United. That trio, the Sun says, "are in fierce...

Mats Hummels, James Rodriguez lead Bayern to victory vs. Mainz

Sat, 3 Feb 2018 12:05:00 PST

Bayern moved 18 points clear atop the Bundesliga with a resolute win at Mainz, thanks to exquisite goals from Franck Ribery and James Rodriguez. First-half goals from Franck Ribery and James Rodriguez paved the way for a routine 2-0 success over struggling Mainz as the champions-in-waiting cruised 18 points clear, racking up a 10th straight win in all competitions. Positives A sixth consecutive Bundesliga title is only a matter of time given Saturday's victory, which extends their advantage to 18 points over "nearest challengers" Leverkusen on the back of a clean sheet, after conceding two goals in in two successive games. Negatives Mainz...

Champions League squads: Sanchez, Giroud, Van Dijk among new entries

Sat, 3 Feb 2018 02:58:00 PST

From Philippe Coutinho to Alexis Sanchez, Gab Marcotti assesses the notable transfers in January and which clubs profited most. Get a quick recap of the biggest spenders in the Premier League during the January transfer window. From Arsenal's busy window to the Riyad Mahrez saga, the Exploding Heads run through all the major storylines from the January transfer window. ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti feels Olivier Giroud ticks many of the right boxes for Chelsea, including being able to play alongside Alvaro Morata. Mark Ogden discusses Arsenal's new signing from Dortmund and looks at what Mesut Ozil's new three-and-a-half year contract means for the Gunners. The deadline for clubs to submit their updated squad lists for the Champions League and Europa League passed at 00:00 CET on Thursday night. Clubs had a day after the January transfer window closed to get their new signings onto the list for the knockout phase of this season's European competitions. Some players, like Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud, are eligible to play in the Champions League for Manchester United and Chelsea respectively despite having already featured in the Europa League...

Mourinho wants Vidal at Man United; Spurs would sell Kane for ¬200m

Fri, 2 Feb 2018 05:48:00 PST

The January window might have just shut, but Transfer Talk still has the updates on all the latest rumours and done deals. Man United plot Vidal move Arturo Vidal was strongly linked with a move to Manchester United before joining Bayern Munich in 2015, and the Red Devils are hot on the trail of the Chilean once again. Jose Mourinho is keen to sign a new midfield partner for Paul Pogba in the summer, and the Daily Star says Vidal is high on the manager's list of priorities. Vidal's contract...

Bayern win big in January window, Dortmund will struggle to rebuild

Thu, 1 Feb 2018 08:39:00 PST

From Arsenal's busy window to the Riyad Mahrez saga, the Exploding Heads run through all the major storylines from the January transfer window. Mark Ogden discusses Arsenal's new signing from Dortmund and looks at what Mesut Ozil's new three-and-a-half year contract means for the Gunners. The transfer window in Germany wasn't too hectic for the top teams but there were some moves that caught the headlines. Winners Bayern Munich: Being the wealthiest club doesn't just make it easier to win matches. It also means you're likely to get your way in the transfer window. The Bavarians once more flexed their muscles, securing the services of in-demand Germany international Leon Goretzka (for next season) as well forward Sandro Wagner from TSG Hoffenheim as a back-up for Robert Lewandowski....

Kingsley Coman turns in 8/10 display as Bayern makes stunning comeback

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 06:55:00 PST

Kingsley Coman's goal in the 63rd minute put Bayern Munich ahead of Hoffenheim for good. Bayern Munich recovered from a limp start to brush past Hoffenheim 5-2 after the visitors had the temerity to take a 2-0 lead only 11 minutes into the match on goals from Mark Uth and Serge Gnabry. But Bayern drew level within 13 minutes through Robert Lewandowski and Jerome Boateng, before sealing the three points with second-half goals from Kingsley Coman, Arturo Vidal and substitute Sandro Wagner's first ever Bundesliga strike for Bayern. Positives A sixth consecutive Bundesliga title...

Bayern are pressuring Jupp Heynckes to stay but is that the right move?

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 10:17:00 PST

The FC crew praise Bayern Munich's Bundesliga dominance, but cast doubt on their ability to win the Champions League, despite favourable odds. "Football is a team sport. You can't be selfish and follow your own goals," said Jupp Heynckes this week. The rebuke was aimed at Borussia Dortmund's want-away striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but it could just as well have been directed at Heynckes' own employers. Bayern Munich have been nothing but selfish themselves in recent weeks, trying to coerce the 72-year-old coach into extending his managerial role beyond the current against his better judgement. Heynckes told journalists that the...

Julian Nagelsmann's path to be next Bayern manager hits bumpy road

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 07:22:00 PST

Touted as a future Bayern Munich coach following Carlo Ancelotti's exit, this weekend Hoffenheim's Julian Nagelsmann travels to the club with his stock continuing to fall and the German champions still facing a coaching conundrum. With Bayern looking for a new coach at the end of September the links to local lad Nagelsmann, seen as the next big thing, were inevitable, especially with the 30-year-old basking in a second straight win over Ancelotti's Bayern earlier that month. Bayern Munich TSG Hoffenheim 5 2 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Furthermore, Nagelsmann...

James Rodriguez back from the brink to power Bayern Munich treble charge

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 03:34:00 PST

Facing an uncertain future after the shock exit of Carlo Ancelotti, James Rodriguez has become a mainstay for treble-seeking Jupp Heynckes at Bayern Munich. Lured to Bayern by Ancelotti, his former coach at Real, Rodriguez signed a two-year loan deal last summer -- with the Bavarians securing the option to make the deal permanent from Real Madrid in 2019. However, he made a rocky start to life in Germany under his old mentor's tutelage. The Colombia international picked up a hamstring injury in...

Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller team up to dismantle Werder Bremen

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 05:07:00 PST

The FC crew praise Bayern Munich's Bundesliga dominance, but cast doubt on their ability to win the Champions League, despite favourable odds. Two goals apiece from Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski ensured a hard-fought 4-2 win in Bayern's first home match following the winter break, after lowly Werder Bremen had the temerity to take the lead through Jerome Gondorf and Niklas Sule's own goal levelled in between. Bayern Munich Werder Bremen 4 2 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Positives Bayern's sixth consecutive Bundesliga title is a mere formality, as they have stretched their lead to an imposing 16 points. Negatives Bayern made heavy weather of their 15th win in a row against hapless Werder --...

Jurgen Klopp vs. Pep Guardiola: Liverpool boss has edge over Man City coach

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 07:02:00 PST

Stewart Robson takes a closer look at Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's performance against Manchester City and asks whether he can be the long-term replacement for Coutinho. Stewart Robson takes a closer look at Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's performance against Manchester City and asks whether he can be the long-term replacement for Coutinho. Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol describes his wave of emotions and explains what Jurgen Klopp's side did right in their win over Man City. With Liverpool's 4-3 victory over Manchester City, Jurgen Klopp consolidated his status as Pep Guardiola's nemesis. No manager who has managed more than 10 matches against Guardiola has a better record than Klopp, with the German boss winning six of their 12 meetings -- a superior record than such luminaries as Jose Mourinho. Klopp and Guardiola's rivalry started in the Bundesliga -- at Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich respectively -- and has been renewed in the Premier League with their contrasting...

James a 9/10 as provider and scorer for victorious Bayern Munich

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 05:15:00 PST

The FC crew praise Bayern Munich's Bundesliga dominance, but cast doubt on their ability to win the Champions League, despite favourable odds. Returning to Bundesliga action after winter hibernation, Bayern Munich stretched their advantage at the top to 14 points with a 3-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen, courtesy of goals from Javi Martinez, Franck Ribery and James Rodriguez. Kevin Volland's deflected shot on 71 minutes proved no more than a consolation for the home side. Positives Bayern's sixth-consecutive Bundesliga title looks a mere formality, starting as they mean to go on after the winter break and ending Leverkusen's 12 game unbeaten...

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