Franck Ribery defends his shirt sub tantrum – face possible fine by Bayern Munich

Franck Ribery is facing a possible fine by Bayern Munich after throwing his shirt away in disgust during Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Anderlecht.

The France playmaker reacted angrily after being substituted late in their 3-0 Champions League win over the Belgians.

Speaking to Sky, former Bayern and Inter star Lothar Matthaus made it clear Ribery’s actions cannot be tolerated, saying:

“You can’t throw your shirt on the bench like that. That is a bad sign against the club.”
His actions also left coach Carlo Ancelotti unimpressed, though the Italian’s response was more diplomatic
“Of course, the player wants to play 90 minutes, but I decided to take him off because there were 10 minutes left, we had the game under control and he already had a yellow card,” he said.
“He had had problems [a knock] at the weekend, so I don’t understand his reaction and I will talk to him about it.”

Ribery has found himself less and less involved in Ancelotti’s first-team plans, and with his advancing years – the player is now 34 – it would not be a huge surprise to see the club try to move him on in January.

The Frenchman has defended his actions after throwing away his shirt when he was substituted in Tuesday’s Champions League win over Anderlecht

Franck Ribery says throwing away his Bayern Munich shirt was not a sign of disrespect.

“I was always one of the honest and loyal players in this business,” Ribery posted on Instagram. “I have respect for the fans and for the club I love.
“Throwing my wet jersey yesterday night had nothing to do with disrespect or anything else people who believe or pretend to know me accuse me of.
“This wet jersey which I have worn for more than 10 years now and give my everything for, with all my impulsiveness and my will to win, with which we have achieved so much. Some people will never understand what it means to give everything for your club and I’m sorry for them.
“As long as I stand on the pitch I, Franck Ribery, will defend our colours and will play every game with all of my passion.”


UCL: Group B results – Cavani’s double, Neymar and Mbappe goals help PSG crush Celtic; Bayern beat Anderlecht

Bayern Munich 3 – 0 Anderlecht

Celtic 0 – 5 Paris Saint Germain

  • Celtic 0 – 5 Paris Saint Germain

Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani all on target as PSG defeated 5-0 Celtic in Glasgow, their heaviest ever home European defeat.

The world’s most expensive player coolly finished and then had a hand in PSG’s second, which was finished emphatically by Kylian Mbappe.

Edinson Cavani converted a penalty for the visitors’ third before the break.

Mikael Lustig’s own goal was followed by Cavani’s second of the night, a superb diving header.

  • Bayern Munich 3 – 0 Anderlecht

Bayern Munich beat 10-man Anderlecht in their Champions League opener, although the German champions were unconvincing.

Anderlecht had Sven Kums sent off after 11 minutes for fouling Robert Lewandowski to concede a penalty, which the Pole scored – his seventh goal in six games this season.

Joshua Kimmich then crossed for Thiago to score their second.

And Jerome Boateng – in his first game of the season after a thigh injury – set up Kimmich’s 90th-minute goal.

Carlo Ancelotti grants Liverpool target Renato Sanchez permission to leave Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that Renato Sanches is free to leave the club this summer.

“He knows his position in the team, he knows there is much competition. If he stays, I am satisfied. If he wants to leave it’s okay as well. No problem,” Ancelotti explained.

The European Championship winner was an unused substitute for Bayern as they kicked off their title defence with a 3-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen last Friday.

Sanches made 25 appearances for Munich last season with the majority of them coming as a substitute and he has yet to nail down a regular spot in the starting 11. Liverpool have been linked with the defensive midfielder in recent weeks and with the future of Philippe Coutinho still uncertain, Ancelotti may have already got the deal moving.

Bundesliga result: Newcomers Sule and Tolisso bag debut goals to help Bayern Munich beat Bayer Leverkusen

Bayern munich 3-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Bayern Munich’s newcomers opened the Bundesliga in style as the defending champions beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 in heavy rain on Friday night.

Niklas Sule and Corentin Tolisso scored their first goals for Bayern since joining the club this summer, before Robert Lewandowski added a third from a penalty that was only given after a video review.

After Tolisso saw a hard shot saved at the near post in the opening stages, Sule opened the scoring in the ninth minute as he rose highest to head home Sebastian Rudy’s cross from a set piece.

Leverkusen nearly equalised three minutes later but Sven Ulreich, still deputising for the injured Manuel Neuer, stuck out a boot to deny Admir Mehmedi.

But the hosts quickly regained control and doubled their lead on 18 minutes following a corner.

Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno could only punch the ball out as far as Arturo Vidal, who immediately lofted the ball back into the six-yard box for Tolisso to head in.

The former Lyon man nearly added a second goal five minutes later only for the ball to come back off the post.

By that time the rain was coming down in sheets, and half-time was extended by 15 minutes to wait out the inclement weather.

A video assistant referee (VAR) system was available for the first time in Bundesliga history, and it worked perfectly to award Bayern a penalty early in the second half.

Lewandowski was clearly pulled down by Charles Aranguiz as he chased a cross into the box, and the referee on the pitch awarded a spot-kick after consulting with the off-site VAR.

The striker converted it himself to put Bayern 3-0 up in the 53rd minute.

Leverkusen squandered a gilt-edged chance soon afterward as Ulreich saved Julian Brandt’s shot and Dominik Kohr’s follow-up was cleared off the line by Joshua Kimmich.

But the visitors were able to convert on their next opportunity in the 65th minute as Mehmedi launched a first-time rocket into the top corner inside the near post.

Kohr flicked a header just wide after a set piece that could have reduced the deficit to one, but Bayern held on to begin the season with three points.

Bayern have won 18 and drawn five since losing to Mainz in March 2016.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who were missing a host of key players through injury, extending their unbeaten home run to a 23rd league match. Bayern have won 18 and drawn five since losing to Mainz in March 2016.

German Super Cup: Bayern Munich edge Borussia Dortmund on penalties to retain Super Cup

Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Bayern Munich (PK 4-5)

Bayern Munich twice came from behind before beating Borussia Dortmund 5-4 on penalties to win the German Super Cup.

Christian Pulisic gave the hosts the lead at Signal Iduna Park before Poland striker Robert Lewandowski equalised.

Dortmund regained the lead through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Lukasz Piszczek’s late own goal forcing penalties.

Bayern won 5-4 after their second-choice goalkeeper Sven Ulreich saved two spot kicks in the shootout.

It is the seventh time Bayern have won the Super Cup, the traditional curtain-raiser to the Bundesliga season between the champions and the German Cup winners, having also beaten Dortmund last year.

Bayern’s Sebastian Kimmich was the first to have his spot kick saved in the third round, but it got back on level terms one round later when Ulreich denied former Bayern player Sebastian Rode.

Sule then scored in the sixth round before Ulreich dived to his right to pick off Bartra’s shot, and Bayern celebrated winning the trophy for the second straight year.

Bayern start the defence of their title on 18 August at home to Bayer Leverkusen, while Dortmund go to Wolfsburg a day later.

Sturridge score but injures as Liverpool rout Bayern Munich in Audi Cup

Bayern Munich 0-3 Liverpool

Daniel Sturridge went off with a thigh injury after scoring in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Bayern Munich in the Audi Cup.

The England striker, 27, scored 15 minutes after coming off the bench by chipping in the Reds’ third goal.

But he immediately pulled up and was substituted on 87 minutes, with boss Jurgen Klopp saying he hoped “it’s nothing serious”.

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah also scored as Liverpool set up a final against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Mane slotted home the opener on six minutes after a quick breakaway by Roberto Firmino.

The Senegal forward then turned provider when he flicked the ball to Alberto Moreno, and although his effort was saved, Salah was able to nod in from close range.

Bayern offered little in attack but were in their most dominant spell when they were caught on the counter-attack and Sturridge raced forward to add a third before limping off.

Injuries have limited Sturridge to 46 league appearances in the past three seasons.

Speaking after the match, Klopp said: “He hurt his thigh. He has really prepared well, really well, so I hope this is just a small injury and that he can play again soon. “The goal was great and he had a chance just before that. You could see how fast he is.”

Liverpool, who remain unbeaten during their pre-season campaign, will play Atletico Madrid in Munich on Wednesday before their final friendly of the summer against Athletic Bilbao in Dublin on Saturday.

Bayern Munich appoint Hasan Salihamidzic as new sporting director

Bayern Munich have named former midfielder Hasan Salihamidzic as the club’s new sporting director.

The 40-year-old Bosnian’s appointment on a three-year deal was announced in a news conference on Monday.

Salihamidzic made over 350 appearances for Bayern during a nine-year spell between 1998 and 200 , winning six Bundesliga titles and one Champions League trophy.

The German champions have not had a sporting director since Matthias Sammer left the club last summer 2016.

Former club captains Philipp Lahm and Oliver Kahn had been among those linked with the role.

“When I was asked if I wanted to I knew immediately that I would,” said Salihamidzic. “When I was here as a player I always gave 100 per cent in every training session and every game, and I’ll do the same now as sporting director. I’ll be available for the players 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I’m really looking forward to the task.”

“Hasan knows Bayern well, he was here as a player for several years,” said Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “He’s a person I wouldn’t have liked to play against because he always worked hard and gave his all. He’s a very loyal and he speaks five languages, so he can speak to all of our players. He’ll be responsible for football and he’ll be the link between the coach and the team and the coach and the club.”

He had subsequent spells at Juventus and Wolfsburg before retiring as a professional in 2012. He has since worked as an ambassador for Bayern and travelled with the club on their recent trip to Asia as part of the Bundesliga World Tour 2017.

Is Bayern Munich’s scary squad depth the best in Europe???

Bayern have not wasted any time in the transfer market this summer and have quite possibly assembled the most fearsome squad in Europe.

They pulled of a transfer coup this week with the signing of James Rodriguez on a two-year loan deal from Real Madrid.


Manuel Neuer will obviously remain No.1 next term, with the 31-year-old taking over from Philipp Lahm as captain – and Carlo Ancelotti recently summed up the stopper’s brilliance in an equally excellent manner.

The Bayern boss told Corriere dello Sport: “We have a computer in the goal and that makes the difference. I always say that he has no arms, chest and pelvis under his jersey, but a keyboard on which he enters the game situation.”

After missing the end of last season through injury, Neuer’s understudies may be hopeful of getting more game time next season.

Long-time No.2 Tom Starke retired at the end of last season with 13 honours and only 10 first-team appearances to his name, meaning former Stuttgart No.1 Sven Ulreich will serve as back-up, with Germany youth international Christian Früchtl waiting in the wings.


While the man between the posts is as good as nailed on, the outfield places are completely up for grabs with each position having at least two viable contenders.

After switching to midfield under Pep Guardiola, Lahm returned to right-back for the majority of his final season, meaning Joshua Kimmich, Rafinha and new signing Sebastian Rudy will battle it out this term.

Kimmich’s versatility counted against him last season, but the 22-year-old is eager to secure a regular role at Bayern. He said: “If I have the choice of playing 30 or 35 times as a defender or 20 games as a six [midfielder], then I would always choose right-back – not out of rebellion but to play with full conviction and passion.”

At centre-back, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng are expected to start as first choice, but Ancelotti has the option of Niklas Sule – who was signed in a €25million deal from Hoffenheim – or Javi Martinez.

Mario Gotze’s younger brother, Felix, signed a pro contract with the club this summer and will also be hoping for a chance at centre-back, while David Alaba can also operate in the middle.

Speaking of Alaba, the Austrian is established at left-back, but Spain international Juan Bernat is an able deputy and there are high hopes for 19-year-old Marco Friedl, who signed a four-year deal in March.


Bayern tended to opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation under Ancelotti last term, but their midfield will be much less handsome this time around following the retirement of Xabi Alonso.

The Bundesliga champions have splashed €40million on Corentin Tolisso after the 22-year-old impressed for Lyon last season, and he will compete with Arturo Vidal, Thiago Alcantara and Javi Martinez in the middle of the park. Kimmich and Rudy could also be deployed there, depending on whether or not they are selected at right-back.

Likewise, Alaba can also switch from left-back to central midfield when needed, giving Ancelotti a range of different options and skillsets – that’s without mentioning Renato Sanches, who has gone from the best prodigy in Europe to a forgotten man, and may yet leave either on loan or permanently.

On the flanks, Douglas Costa has been sold to Juventus, but Bayern have secured the permanent signing of the exciting French youngster Kingsley Coman, while veterans Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben continue to turn opposition full-backs inside out despite being 34 and 33, respectively.

James Rodriguez has left Real Madrid after growing tired of sitting on the bench and could also play out wide, although he is likely to have an eye on the No.10 role, where he will face competition from Thiago and Bayern stalwart Thomas Muller.

Former Arsenal youngster Serge Gnabry has also been signed, but loaned to Hoffenheim, and we’re starting to get a headache trying to work out how Ancelotti is going to keep all these players happy.


Just like in goal, up front things are much more straightforward. After passing 40 goals in all competitions in both of his last two seasons, Robert Lewandowski will lead the line, with Muller the most likely option to replace him when necessary.

Lewandowski seems to have his eyes set on the Golden Boot this term after missing out by a single goal to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last season before criticising his team-mates.

“I was not completely satisfied with the way my team helped me,” he said, as quoted by ESPN. “Immediately after the last game, I felt anger. I was disappointed with my team. That was the feeling I had.”

If Lewandowski is not happy with whoever is supplying his chances next term, it’s not as if Ancelotti is short of option.

Bayern Munich let new signing Serge Gnabry join Hoffenheim on a season-long loan 

​Serge Gnabry has joined Hoffenheim on a season-long loan from Bayern Munich.

The Germany international, who left Arsenal for Werder Bremen last August before joining Bayern earlier this summer, is being loaned to Hoffenheim until June 2018.

A statement on Bayern’s official website said: “Serge Gnabry is moving from Bayern Munich to fellow Bundesliga side Hoffenheim on loan with immediate effect.

“The 22-year-old, who played for Werder Bremen last season and signed a three-year deal at Bayern in June, is being loaned out to the Europa League participants for one year until 30 June 2018.”

Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said the move came due to Gnabry’s desire for more playing time.

“Serge expressed a wish to go out on loan for a year in order to get more match experience,” Rummenigge said.

“He’s guaranteed to get that at a high level in Hoffenheim. After a year Serge will return to FC Bayern.

“On behalf of the club I wish Serge Gnabry all the best in Hoffenheim and also thank Hoffenheim for the earnest and constructive discussions which led to this agreement.”

Xabi Alonso rejects assistant manager role at Bayern

​Former Liverpool favourite Xabi Alonso has rejected the chance to become Bayern Munich’s assistant manager.

The 35-year-old hung up his boots at the end of last season after three seasons at Bayern.

Carlo Ancelotti had offered Alonso the chance to be his assistant but that the midfielder, along with Bayern legend Philipp Lahm, snubbed the offer.

Alonso and Ancelotti spent two seasons together at Real Madrid before teaming up again for more success at the Allianz Arena and the Italian was keen to keep his former charge alongside him.

As Bayern returned for pre-season, Ancelotti formally unveiled Frenchman Wlily Sagnol as his new lieutenant but revealed he was not first choice for the position.

Ancelotti said: “I wanted an assistant who knew the club. I tried to convince Philipp Lahm before the end of the season, I also tried to convince Xabi Alonso. They refused.

“Willy suits perfectly, he has the right profile, he has been successful at Bordeaux, and he knows the players like Coman or Ribery, and he will improve our trainer team.”
As for Alonso, he has not yet committed to any new role since his retirement although he told theLiverpool Echoa few months ago that a visit to Liverpool with his son Jontxu was definitely on the cards for next season.

“That’s 100% sure,” he said.

“We are really looking forward to going back. I have heard great things about the new Main Stand

“My son is desperate to go. He’s Liverpool born and always asks: ‘Dad. when are we going to Liverpool?’

“I say: ‘Okay, but at the moment I have busy weekends! We will go, don’t worry.’”

Bayern send warning to Chelsea and Manchester United over Robert Lewandowski 

Bayern Munich claim Robert Lewandowski does not want to leave, adding clubs “risk a FIFA penalty” if they negotiate with the player.
The German champions released a statement in which they claim reports linking Robert Lewandowski with a move to Manchester United or Chelsea are false.
“Robert Lewandowski has a contract with FC Bayern, which he recently extended to 2021,’ read an official statement.

“Bayern are not thinking about any move for Lewandowski. There are no talks with other clubs, and there will not be.

“If other clubs negotiate with a player who still has a long-term contract, they risk punishment from FIFA.

“The player’s agent also assured us that he did not hold talks with any other club.”

Leipzig sign Bruma from Galatasaray 

RB Leipzig have confirmed the signing of Galatasaray forward Bruma on a five-year deal.

Bruma, 22, joins the Bundesliga runners-up as they prepare for a debut Champions League campaign.
“With his footballing abilities and his physical prowess he perfectly fits our style,” sporting director Ralf Rangnick told the club’s official website.

“He’s pacy, has a strong technique and a superb drive towards goal. We are glad to have purchased a player with auch talent. Bruma will offer more options in our attacking play and give us more flexibility on the no. 10 positions.”
Bruma joins 18-year-old defender Ibrahima Konate, who was signed  from French Ligue 2 side Sochaux-Montbeliard.

Bayern Munich sign midfielder Corentin Tolisso from Lyon

Bayern Munich have signed Corentin Tolisso from Lyon.

Tolisso, 22, can play in a number of positions across midfield, both defensive and attacking, and came through the ranks at Lyon since age 13.

Last season, he scored 14 goals and provided seven assists as Lyon qualified for the Champions League and his performances also reportedly attracted interest from Juventus, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City.

The versatile central midfielder, who has Togolese roots, passed a medical at Bayern’s Sabenerstrasse HQ in Munich on Wednesday and penned a four and a half year deal that will keep him at the Bundesliga champions until 2022.

“I had a wonderful time at Lyon, and I’m very thankful for that. Now I’m really pleased to be at one of the best clubs in Europe. I have great aims for my time at FC Bayern. Today is a great day for me,” he told Bayern’s official website.
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: “We’re really pleased we’ve been able to sign such a young and interesting player ahead of stiff competition from abroad. Corentin Tolisso was Carlo Ancelotti’s wish for our midfield.”

Tolisso becomes Bayern’s fourth signing of the summer after Niklas Sule and Sebastian Rudy arrived from Hoffenheim and Serge Gnabry joined from Werder Bremen.

Bayern Munich  sign former  Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry  from Werder Bremen 

Bayern Munich have announced that they have agreed to sign Serge Gnabry from Werder Bremen.

Gnabry, 21, will pen a three-year deal at Bayern, with Bremen having announced earlier this week that he had triggered a release clause in his contract after just one season at the club.

The Germany international, who scored 11 goals for Bremen last season, joined the club from Arsenal in the summer of 2016.

A Bayern statement read: “FC Bayern Munich have agreed the transfer of Serge Gnabry with Werder Bremen. Gnabry, 21, will sign a three-year contract at FC Bayern.”

Excited Gnabry said: “It’s a great honour to become part of FC Bayern. It’s going to be an exciting time and one that I’m very much looking forward to,” he told Bayern’s official website.

Former Bayern star Willy Sagnol appointed as Ancelotti’s assistant

Former Bayern Munich right-back Willy Sagnol is Carlo Ancelotti’s new assistant, the Bundesliga champions announced on Friday.

Sagnol, 40, became a firm fans’ favourite during nine years at the club, during which time he won the Bundesliga five times and the DFB Pokal four times as well as the Champions League and the Club World Cup.

The former France international, who left his position as head coach at Bordeaux in March 2016, has signed a two-year deal with Bayern.

Sagnol, who played for the club between 2000 and 2009, said: “I’m pleased to return to Munich with my family. It is a great honour, Carlo Ancelotti, one of the best and most experienced coaches in world football chose me. I’m happy to work alongside him on his team.”

Sagnol speaks excellent German and has a working knowledge of English, Spanish and Italian. Ancelotti’s son, Davide, will continue his duties in an assistant coaching role.
Ancelotti commented on Sagnol’s appointment saying: “After losing two of my assistants, firstly Paul Clement and then Hermann Gerland, from my training staff, I expressed the desire to sign a replacement for the coming season.”

Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski voted best outfield player of the season 

Bayern Munich attacker Robert Lewandowski has been voted best outfield player this season by his fellow Bundesliga players.

Lewandowski scored 30 goals in 33 appearances (31 starts) for Bayern and 25 percent of the 248 Bundesliga players voting in kicker’s poll rated him the best outfield performer over the course of the season — ahead of RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita.

Lewandowski, 28, secured his third straight Bundesliga title this season (2015, 2016, 2017), adding to successive title wins under Jurgen Klopp at former club Borussia Dortmund in 2011 and 2012.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Dortmund could only finish third, despite being voted the best performer during the first half of the season and outscoring Lewandowski 31-30 to win Kicker’s prestigious Torjagerkanone for finishing Bundesliga top scorer, aided by two goals on the final day of the season, while Lewandowski drew a blank against Freiburg.

Dortmund’s  Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang beat Robert Lewandowski to the Torjagerkanone on final day

​Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s two goals on the final day of the Bundesliga season saw him beat Robert Lewandowski to finish as the division’s top scorer, an accolade known as the Torjagerkanone.

Lewandowski, who played the full game but failed to score as Bayern Munich ran out 4-1 winners against Freiburg, ended the season on 30 goals.

While Aubameyang, whose brace in Borussia Dortmund’s 4-3 victory against Werder Bremen ensured a third-place finish, managed 31 over the campaign.

Dortmund’s victory means they qualify for the group stages of next season’s Champions League.

“The Torjagerkanone means a lot to me,” Aubameyang, who started the day a goal behind Lewandowski, said. “It was a great effort — made by the whole team.

Lewandowski’s 30 goals included three hat tricks and eight doubles as Bayern won the Bundesliga for a fifth consecutive season, finishing 15 points ahead of second-placed RB Leipzig.

Although Dortmund were not as successful overall, Aubameyang proved more deadly in front of goal. The Gabon international scored four goals in the 5-2 win over Hamburg in November but did not notch a hat trick and only produced six doubles.

That means 25 of Lewandowski’s goals came in 11 games, and he only scored in 16 of the 33 games he played in the Bundesliga compared with Aubameyang who scored in 22 of his 32 appearances.

Bundesliga results  – Final day – Beer-fest as Bayern stars Xabi Alonso and Philipp Lahm retire; Hamburger survive relegation

​Borussia Dortmund 4 – 3 Werder Bremen

Borussia Moenchengladbach 2 – 2 Darmstadt

Eintracht Frankfurt 2 – 2 RasenBallsport Leipzig

FC Cologne 2 – 0 Mainz 05

Hamburger SV 2 – 1 Wolfsburg

Hertha Berlin 2 – 6 Bayer Leverkusen

Hoffenheim 0 – 0 Augsburg

Ingolstadt 1 – 1 Schalke 04

Bayern Munich 4 – 1 Freiburg

  • Bayern Munich 4 – 1 Freiburg

Xabi Alonso brought the curtain down on his glittering career in style with an assist in his final match as a professional footballer.

Alonso, club captain Philipp Lahm and reserve goalkeeper Tom Starke all started their last matches in club football as Bayern Munich closed the season with a 4-1 win against Freiburg at the Allianz Arena.

Arjen Robben opened the scoring early, but there were to be no further goals until Arturo Vidal scored in the final 20 minutes.

Nils Petersen pulled one back against his former side, before Franck Ribery and Joshua Kimmich completed the scoring in added time.

  • ​Borussia Dortmund 4 – 3 Werder Bremen

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s late penalty sealed a 4-3 win for Borussia Dortmund against Werder Bremen to guarantee them direct qualification into the Champions League group stages for next season. Hoffenheim, who could only draw at home with Augsburg 0-0, will enter via the qualifiers.

Zlatko Junozovic had put Bremen ahead in the 7th minute before Marco Reus and Aubameyang, with goals in the 32nd and 42nd minutes, had Thomas Tuchel’s men ahead at the break.

However, Fin Bartels and Max Kruse scored to put Bremen back in front before Reus and Aubameyang both scored from the spot in the 75th and 89th minutes to secure victory.

  • Eintracht Frankfurt 2 – 2 RasenBallsport Leipzig

Leipzig lost a 2-0 lead in the final seven minutes of their final game, as Jesus Vallejo and Danny Blum scored to earn Eintracht Frankfurta 2-2 draw.

Marcel Sabitzer and Yussuf Poulsen had put Leipzig in charge as they completed a fairytale debut campaign in the top flight.

  • Hoffenheim 0 – 0 Augsburg

Hoffenheim drew 0-0 with Augsburg to finish fourth.

  • FC Cologne 2 – 0 Mainz 05

Yuya Osako scored one and set up another as Cologne beat Mainz 2-0 to qualify for the Europa League.

Osako laid on a goal for Jonas Hector two minutes before half-time before getting his name on the scoresheet with three minutes of the game remaining to help Cologne finish fifth.

  • Hertha Berlin 2 – 6 Bayer Leverkusen

Hertha Berlin sealed the other Europa League place, despite losing 6-2 against Bayer Leverkusen.

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Kai Havertz (2), Stefan Kiessling, Charles Aranguiz and Joel Pohjanpalo all scored for Leverkusen, while Mitchell Weiser and Sami Allagui scored late consolations for Hertha.

  • Hamburger SV 2 – 1 Wolfsburg

Luca Waldschmidt scored a late winner to condemn Wolfsburg to Bundesliga’s relegation play-off spot and help Hamburg escape another dice with the drop.

Wolfsburg, who lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals last year, must tackle a team from Germany’s second tier to determine their Bundesliga fate.

They face a two-legged play-off against the third-placed side in Bundesliga 2 – who were Eintracht Braunschweig ahead of Sunday’s final round of fixtures.

Needing victory to avoid the play-off after starting the final game in the bottom three, Hamburg snatched victory with Waldschmidt’s 88th-minute winner.

Robin Knoche had put Wolfsburg ahead but Filip Kostic levelled, and Waldschmidt delighted the Hamburg support when he headed in.

  • Ingolstadt 1 – 1 Schalke 04

Ingolstadt bowed out of the Bundesliga with a 1-1 draw at home to Schalke.

Schalke took the lead in the second minute through Donis Avdijaj, but Pascal Gross levelled for Ingolstadt from the penalty spot.

Schalke’s Benjamin Stambouli saw red, but Dario Lezcano missed the resulting penalty.

  • Borussia Moenchengladbach 2 – 2 Darmstadt

Already-relegated Darmstadt drew 2-2 with Borussia Monchengladbach.

Darmstadt came from behind twice through Sven Schipplock and Marcel Heller to level after goals by Thorgan Hazard and Raffael.

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Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, 26, has been told to stop driving a top-of-the-range sports car to prevent the risk of hamstring injuries.


Southampton will not sell forward Sadio Mane to Manchester United in January, although the 23-year-old Senegal international may leave at the end of the season.


Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, 35, will train with the club next week but has ruled out a loan move back to Anfield. Gerrard is currently with Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy, whose season has ended.


Tottenham are in pole position to sign Axel Witsel in January. Spurs are long-time admirers of the Belgian, who is keen to leave the Russian Premier League. AC Milan are also interested, but Witself rejected a loan move to San Siro previously.


Aston Villa forward Jack Grealish, 20, has been told to train with the club’s Under-21 squad after allegedly visiting a Manchester nightclub hours after the club’s 4-0 defeat at Everton.


Former Manchester United and Arsenal forward Robin van Persie, 32, has reiterated his commitment to Turkish club Fenerbahce after being linked with Chelsea.


Manchester City are set to appoint Simon Davies as Under-21 manager to replace Patrick Vieira. Davies was Vieira’s former assistant and was a member of Manchester United’s so-called ‘Class of 92’.


Birmingham City want to sign Czech striker Libor Kozak, 26, from neighbours Aston Villa. Kozak, a £7m signing from Lazio in September 2013, has yet to make a Premier League appearance this season.


Former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson and Chelsea coach Steve Holland have pulled out of the race to be the next manager of Fulham. Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett is the favourite for the job.


Liverpool and Burnley will present their case regarding the transfer of Danny Ings, 23, at a tribunal next year. The Reds must pay compensation for the striker as he is under 24, and value him at £5m, but Burnley say they previously had a £12m bid from Tottenham.


Former Arsenal defender Arinse Uade, 19, turned out as a trialist for Norwich City Under-21s in a 2-0 win over Manchester United.


Raheem Sterling, 20, has employed a music teacher after spending £10,000 on a new piano.


Newcastle United midfielder Gael Bigirimana, 22, believes his future lies away from the club after failing to make an appearance for the Magpies since August 2013. Bigirimana has re-joined League One Coventry, the club where he started his career, on loan.


Stoke City defender Andy Wilkinson, 31, will fly to the United States to see specialists for a second time in an attempt to return from a career-threatening head injury. Wilkinson has not played since February.


Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt, 26, is wanted on loan by three Championship clubs – Leeds United, Reading and Cardiff City.


Middlesbrough are close to agreeing a deal with Manchester City to extend midfielder Bruno Zuculini’s loan at the Riverside. The former Argentina Under-20 international has made three appearances for Boro since joining at the end of October.

Latest Football News

Belgium and Spain have called off Tuesday’s friendly in Brussels because of security concerns.

Chelsea are set to complete the purchase of AFC Wimbledon’s ground at Kings meadow after the Dons Trust agreed to sell the stadium lease.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is edging closer to a comeback after completing his first full training session in more than a month

Jurgen Klopp will bring Jose Enrique back into the Liverpool first team set-up due to a lack of defensive options.

Alexis Sanchez might be an injury concern for Chile, but the Arsenal star has dismissed the notion that he is nearing burnout.

On Monday it was reported that Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was open to a move to Arsenal. Some Gunners fans have taken to Twitterto suggest starting a fund to help pay his £600,000-a-week wage demands.

Arsenal are considering a move for defender Armando Izzo after the scouting the centre-back in Genoa’s clash with Napoli.

Barcelona are lining up a move for Roma midfielder Alessandro Florenzi next summer.

Barca are also considering a move for Italy forward Sebastian Giovinco, 28, who plays for Major League Soccer side Toronto FC.

Robert Lewandowski’s agents have both denied that Real Madrid have made contact with the Bayern Munich star following a report in Marca on Monday.

Bayern have announced that Thiago Alcantara has been ruled out for three to four weeks with a knee injury.

Bayern are still monitoring Antonio Rudiger’s progress at Roma having scouted him during his time at VfB Stuttgart. The Italian club loaned Rudiger in the summer and have the option to buy the player for €9 million.

Juventus are keen on signing both Southampton striker Graziano Pelle and Chelsea’s Oscar, though are unlikely to be able to finance both deals.

Papy Djilobodji is already on his way out of Chelsea and could join Besiktas on loan in January having thus far failed to make a Premier League appearance.

Valencia are set to test Marseille’s resolve with a January move for Michy Batshuayi, who is also reportedly wanted by Arsenal and Chelsea.

Both Fenerbahce and Galatasaray are interested in signing Arsenal forward Joel Campbell, whose contract expires in the summer.

Schalke have rejected a £10.5 million bid from Liverpool for teenage forward Leroy Sane with a host of other clubs also interested.

Barcelona, Real Madrid & Arsenal are set to battle for Mali teenager Sidiki Maiga, who was one of the biggest stars of the recent Under-17 World Cup.

Paris Saint-Germain attacker Ezequiel Lavezzi will join Barcelona if Luis Enrique rubber stamps the move.

Chelsea are monitoring Paris St-Germain’s Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 28, before the January transfer window.

Out-of-favour Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, 21, is being linked with a move to the Premier League with both Arsenal and Manchester United considering January moves for the Italian centre-back.

Clarence Seedorf has emerged as potential candidate for the head coaching role at QPR following the sacking of Chris Ramsey.

David Moyes rejected a number of job offers from other clubs before being sacked by Real Sociedad last week

Fenerbahce have claimed Robin van Persie is a “precious player” and they have no plans to sell the striker

New Villa boss Remi Garde is set to appoint David Moyes’ former Manchester United assistant, Steve Round, to his backroom staff at Villa Park.

Michael Carrick looks set for only a short period on the sidelines despite being stretchered off for England against Spain with an ankle injury.

Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard, 22, is poised to earn a £50,000 bonus following his England call-up, in line with a clause in his contract.

Lingard has revealed that he turned down Liverpool as a youngster.

Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi says he initially thought Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal was an “idiot” when he first encountered the Dutchman at the Nou Camp.

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has posted pictures of himself on Twitterat Oxford University, where he gave a talk to the debating society.

Rayo Vallecano winger Bebe said he thought it might have been a “joke” when he first heard he was moving to Manchester United.

Stoke striker Jonathan Walters, 32, was paid the ultimate compliment after scoring twice against Bosnia-Herzegovina to send his country through to Euro 2016 by having his Wikipedia pagebriefly altered to describe him as a “god amongst men”.

New Villa boss Remi Garde is set to appoint David Moyes’ former Manchester United assistant, Steve Round, to his backroom staff at Villa Park.

West Brom boss Tony Pulis says James Chester remains part of his plans despite the defender’s lack of first-team football

West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan says Liverpool can forget about signing on-loan star Manuel Lanzini

Liverpool are the latest club to show interest in Lucas Biglia, but Lazio wants €30 million. United, Real and Valencia have all been recently linked.

German Bundesliga: Bayern Munich 5-0 Hamburg


Bayern Munich started the league season on a bright note with an emphatic 5-0 win over Hamburg on Friday night. Hamburg have had some recent embarrassing results against the league champions and were hoping for a decent result this time around.

Bayern Munich handed league debuts to Douglas Costa and Arturo Vidal as they began their quest for a fourth straight Bundesliga title.

However, the former European champion produced on a magnificent display in the first game of the season giving Hamburg no chance. Hamburg defended resolutely which was understandable considering they had conceded 30 goals in their last five visits to Munich.

Their resistance was finally broken when Medhi Benatia opened the scoring from a Xabi Alonso free kick in the 27th minute. Bayern controlled the rest of the first half with Hamburg lacking inspiration and offering nothing in form of attacking threat.

Robert Lewandowski then doubled the home side’s lead before Thomas Muller brace quickly added a brace in four minutes midway through the second half. Debutant Douglas Costa then completed the rout as Bayern laid down a marker for the season.

Hamburg avoided relegation via a play-off for the second season in a row in May and will need to improve against other teams as the season progresses.