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.

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.”

Bayern Munich sign Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez on a two-year loan deal

​Bayern Munich have signed Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez on a two-year loan deal with the option to buy.
The deal for the player is reportedly worth €5million a season and the club have the option to buy in 2019 for €35.2m.

The Colombia international’s future at the Bernabeu had been in doubt after he was left out of Real’s squad for the Champions League final win over Juventus last month.

A statement on Bayern’s official website read: “FC Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have agreed on the transfer of Colombian national player James Rodriguez to the German champions on Tuesday.

“The two clubs agreed on a  two-year loan deal until June 30, 2019 with a following purchase option for FC Bayern Munich.

“James Rodriguez will sign his contract in Munich after successfully completing the compulsory medical check.”

The 25-year-old, who signed a  six-year contract at Real when he joined from Monaco for £71m in July 2014, made just 22 appearances in La Liga last season.
He had been linked with a summer move to both Premier League champions Chelsea as well as Manchester United.
His agent is also believed to have offered him to Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan and Juventus.

“We’re delighted we’ve been able to complete this transfer,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

“Signing James Rodríguez was our coach Carlo Ancelotti’s biggest wish, following their successful spell working together in Madrid.

“James is a very versatile player. He’s a goalscorer himself, he sets up a lot of goals and on top of that he’s great from set-pieces. There’s no question that this transfer further increases the quality in our team.”

James has won the Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup twice as well as the La Liga title since moving to the Bernabeu.
He made 111 appearances for Real, scoring 36 goals and producing 41 assists.

Bayern boss Carlos Ancelotti worked with Rodriguez during what was probably his most productive season at the Bernabeu – his debut campaign in 2014-15 – and he will hope to get the best out of the 25-year-old once more.

Matthias Ginter leaves Dortmund for Moenchengladbach 

Borussia Monchengladbach have completed the transfer of Germany international Matthias Ginter from Borussia Dortmund, pending a medical.

The 23-year-old defender joins the Foals on a four-year contract for a reported transfer fee of €17 million plus add-ons.

The centre-back, who at Dortmund also played in holding midfield and at right-back, had also been linked with Hoffenheim and Tottenham Hotspur.

“Matthias Ginter approached us with his wish to leave the club because of the competition in our defense, and meet with his wish,” BVB sporting director Michael Zorc said on the club’s official website.

Having joined Dortmund from Freiburg as an unused member of Germany’s World Cup-winning squad in 2014, Ginter never really settled at the Westfalenstadion despite making a total of 103 appearances in all competitions.

Ginter has won 14 caps for Germany, and featured for Die Nationalmannschaft in their recent triumphant Confederations Cup campaign. He played the entirety of every match except for the first group stage game against Australia.

The defender also won the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics with Germany.

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.

Schalke sack Markus Weinzierl, appoint 31 year old Dominico Tedesco 

Schalke sacked coach Markus Weinzierl one season into his three-year deal on Friday and appointed Dominico Tedesco in his place.

Weinzierl, 42, departs after the Bundesliga club failed to reach a European competition for the first time since 2009.

Dominic Tedesco, who arrives from second-division side Erzgebirge Aue, signed a two-year contract

The 31-year-old only joined the then-rock-bottom club from Hoffenheim’s academy in early 2017, but secured them another year of football in the 2. Bundesliga with 20 points from 11 matches. He previously coached the junior ranks at Hoffenheim and Stuttgart.
Tedesco becomes the second-youngest manager in Europe’s top five leagues, after Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsman, who is 29. They are followed by 37-year-olds Manuel Baum of Augsburg and Alexander Nouri of Werder Bremen, giving the Bundesliga the four youngest managers among the top leagues.
“Tedesco does not yet have a lot of experience in the professional field, but he convinced us in the talks about how he wants to shape the sporting future at Schalke. Like many other clubs, we are settling on a very young and very innovative coach,” sporting director Christian Heidel said.
“We examined the whole season to establish the basis for a possible successful coming season for Schalke. The result of our deliberations is that we must make changes to drive the development we want,” said Heidel, who said the decision against Weinzierl was “not easy.”