18
Oct

Xabi Alonso’s first goal for Bayern was genius

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Xabi Alonso has been dazzling for Bayern Munich this season, bossing the midfield almost immediately since coming over from Real Madrid. He leads the Bundesliga in touches per game and broke the all-time records for most in one game with 204 touches against Cologne. He was similarly dominant on Saturday:

The one thing he hadn’t done yet was score, but that changed Saturday. Alonso opened his Bayern account in brilliant fashion, duping the Werder Bremen wall with a low free kick after two dummy runs by his teammates.

The goal put Bayern up 2-0 on struggling Werder. They would eventually win out 6-0.

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7
Oct

Bayern Munich practice looks fun…

imagePep Guardiola likes to run a tight ship at Bayern Munich, rarely granting media access to pre-match training sessions. However, the club’s official YouTube channel does offer a glimpse into some of the more lighthearted drills Guardiola has to offer.

And boy, do they look strange. Introducing… “bucket ball”

There’s a lot going on here. The gist of the drill looks pretty clear, but what’s going on with guys holding hands and dancing in circles like they’re at the Oktoberfest?

Guardiola had his players do this drill the week of their match at Hamburg, which ended in a goalless draw - Bayern’s worst result of the season.

So yeah, we don’t believe “bucket ball” has worked its way into Bayern’s regular training regimen.

H/T Reddit

5
Oct

Prost! Bayern Munich go on Oktoberfest visit

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Fresh off their 4-0 win over Hannover on Saturday, Bayern Munich went on their traditional team trip to the Oktoberfest, and it was a jolly ol’ time.

The main takeaways: Xabi Alonso can pull off anything, Manuel Neuer is unsurprisingly the life of the party, and Claudio Pizarro still looks great.

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Classic Neuer. Always venturing out of his area.

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4
Oct

Lewandowski scores superb goal to get on track in Bundesliga

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Bad news, Bundesliga. Robert Lewandowski is starting to find his scoring touch again.

After netting just twice in his first eight games as a Bayern Munich player, the 26-year-old bagged his first brace for his new club in a 4-0 win over Hannover.

His second goal was of particularly high quality. Lewandowski took down a perfect Xherdan Shaqiri cross with a wonderful first touch in stride, then slotted home coolly past goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler. It’s the kind of goal that will give Bayern fans hope Lewandowski is finally about to break out.

The rest of the league will be less enthusiastic.

30
Sep

Bayern fans rent out floor in office building to “attend” Champions League match

imageCSKA Moscow played their Champions League match vs. Bayern Munich behind closed doors on Tuesday as part of the sanctions handed down by UEFA for CSKA fans’ racist behavior last season.

However, that did not stop a group of Bayern fans from making the trip to Moscow to watch their boys. A couple incredibly resourceful fan groups rented out an office in a neighboring skyscraper so that around 55 Bayern faithful could still enjoy a nice view of the match:

Now those are real fans!

Tobias Schweinsteiger, a Bayern Munich reserve player and older brother of Bastian also attended, tweeting “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

UPDATE: Following Bayern’s 1-0 victory, German news outlet Sport1 confirmed that the club paid the expenses for the office space.

H/T Abendzeitung

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28
Sep

Bayern players evacuated from Moscow hotel after fire alarm

Bayern Munich are in Moscow to face Russian champions CSKA on Tuesday in the Champions League, and their trip got off to a rocky start as the hotel briefly evacuated everyone in the wee hours of the night due to a fire alarm.

The team were ushered out wrapped in blankets, but judging by Pep Guardiola’s selfie, didn’t seem too bothered by the unexpected wake-up call.

They’ll surely be hoping for no more surprises for the rest of their stay, however, as Bayern are the big favorites even on the road. Bayern won both their Champions League meetings with CSKA last season.

13
Sep

1860 Munich release awesome Oktoberfest kit

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Call the contest! It’s over! 1860 Munich have won the Football Kit World Cup!

Munich’s second-biggest club released their special edition Oktoberfest kits in preparation of the world’s largest country fair, and they are amazing.

Why are they the best?

Two words: Lederhosen shorts!

The traditional Bavarian garb will dominate the Munich landscape as far as the eye can see for the next few weeks, and now 1860 have made sure that goes for the Allianz Arena pitch as well. The plad shirt to go with the lederhosen is also an Oktoberfest staple and completes the whole kit.

Let’s see if big brother Bayern Munich can answer with an improved version of their away kits last season, which were also Oktober-fest inspired but way less awesome:

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H/T SBNation

10
Sep

Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola are bickering again and it’s fantastic

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Jose and Pep are our favorite “frenemies” in the world of soccer, and their feud added a new chapter this week at a UEFA coaches summit in Switzerland. 

It turns out that even being in the land of neutrality couldn’t stop the two from bickering. The fight reportedly started over the length of the grass on the pitch. Guardiola thought the length of 3 cm was too long, and wanted it reduced to 1.5 cm, and be watered before every game. This would, according to Pep, make the play faster and more beautiful.

From TZ, the rest of the exchange went as follows:

"Everyone has his style of play, which should be respected," Mourinho responded. "Football can be spectacular in several ways."

"The beauty of football depends on the coach," Guardiola replied. "It seems to me that Mourinho prefers the result to the spectacle. I know to him that’s all that matters."

And it doesn’t end there. El Confidencial reports that Mourinho hit back at Guardiola with a cheap shot about his lack of hair.

"When you enjoy what you do, you don’t lose your hair, and Guardiola is balding. He doesn’t enjoy football."

This is just classic Mourinho. It’s not entirely clear if he actually said this, but we’re really, really hoping he did. 

20
Aug

Bayern Munich use magician, fireworks to unveil… new team bus

Bayern Munich pulled out all the stops for a huge club announcement on Tuesday. The German champions erected a big ol’ stage, set off fireworks and even hired a magician to… do what exactly?

Announce a new blockbuster signing? Unveil a dazzling new fan shop to rival Borussia Dortmund’s Fan World? Nope.

They revealed their new team bus.

Sigh….

You can go ahead and add this to the long list of reasons why Bayern are (not so) lovably known around the Bundesliga as “FC Hollywood.”

The kitchen is pretty epic though… for a bus:

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