Bayern Munich deny pair of English newspapers access to Allianz Arena


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Bayern Munich have denied two popular English newspapers accreditation for the Champions League return leg against Manchester United next week after publishing disparaging headlines involving Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Bayern released an e-mailed statement condemning both The Sun and The Mirror for reporting in “disrespectful, discriminatory and personally abusive manner” on Schweinsteiger. Both papers had, perhaps foolishly, opted to play on the German word “Schwein,” which means “pig.” 

We’re used to seeing edgy headline puns from the English press, but they seem to have crossed the line just a bit in this instance. We highly doubt, however, that a stadium ban will make them think twice next time.


Horror tackle: Mandzukic takes out Schweinsteiger in practice

It’s not like injuries have derailed Bayern Munich much at all this season, but you never want to see something like this.

Mario Mandzukic almost sent the recently-healed Bastian Schweinsteiger back to the doctors with a vicious tackle during Wednesday’s open practice. In a passing drill, Mandzukic lunged into the air with both feet and slid right into the Bayern talisman’s ankles, leaving him in a heap. Schweinsteiger had just come back from a three-month spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury.

Fortunately, Bayern’s co-captain wasn’t seriously hurt and completed the next day’s practice without a problem. Still, David Alaba’s reaction in the video really says it all: what were you thinking, Mario!?

H/T Sport1


Thiago Alcantara boosts Bayern with amazing goal

If you’re a team in the midst of an unprecedented 43-game unbeaten run in the Bundesliga, you’re going to need a little magic.

Bayern Munich got more than a little in Wednesday’s thriller against Stuttgart, specifically from one Thiago Alcantara.

Already a goal down in the 76th minute, Bayern sub Claudio Pizarro headed in a Thiago free kick to help keep the unbeaten streak alive.

But it was Thiago’s amazing solo effort that lifted Bayern to full points. With time dwindling down, the Spanish midfielder set his sights on a Rafinha cross and blasted home a jaw-dropping scissor-kick.

Words cannot do the acrobatic finish justice, especially considering it came with mere seconds remaining. Just watch the video and enjoy.


Season’s Greetings from Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Manchester City

There are many ways to wish you all a happy holiday season, but we feel the best way (and most hilarious) is to let some of the biggest stars in football do it for us.

Here, for example, we have a bunch of Barcelona players sending you season’s greetings in their native tongues. Shaky camera work, but we’ll let it slide:

Bayern Munich one-upped Barca like last year in the Champions League, getting the whole team together to perform “Jingle Bells” in English. Or something like it.

We’re getting warmer in the humor department:

Not a fan? Well, then Manchester City’s John Guidetti should do the trick.

Guidetti may not be on the field much, but he’s the undisputed champ of performing Christmas classics. For proof, check out his renditions of Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas” and Wham’s “Last Christmas.” They are both outstanding 

Oh yes, folks! Happy holidays, indeed.


Dortmund’s Bundesliga hopes crash and burn as Bayern continue record streak

Bayer Leverkusen beat Borussia Dortmund 1-0 on the road Saturday to leave BVB six points behind them in the fight for second place in the Bundesliga. Dortmund are now a whopping ten points behind Bayern Munich, practically closing the book on Dortmund’s already slim title hopes before the turn of the calendar year.

Heung-Min Son provided the only goal of the game as Dortmund also lost key midfielders Nuri Sahin and Sven Bender to ankle injuries, further decimating Jurgen Klopp’s squad depth.

A couple hours earlier, Bayern all but clinched the midseason “title” before the Bundesliga heads into its winter break, blowing out Werder Bremen 7-0 on the road. It extended Bayern’s record unbeaten run in the Bundesliga to 40 games.

Where does that streak rank among the longest all-time unbeaten runs in Europe’s top domestic leagues? Here are the five teams that still top Bayern’s mark:

  • 62 - Celtic (Scotland) 1915-1917
  • 58 - AC Milan (Italy) 1991-1993
  • 56 - Benfica (Portugal) 1976-1978
  • 52 - Ajax (Netherlands) 1994-1996
  • 49 - Arsenal (England) 2003-2004


US-born Julian Green makes Bayern senior team debut


Bayern Munich won its tenth straight Champions League game on Wednesday at CSKA Moscow, breaking the all-time record shared with the 2002-03 Barcelona team. In the final minutes of the victory, 18-year-old German-American Julian Green celebrated a milestone of his own — the highly-touted forward made his senior team debut for the reigning treble winners.

Green, who was born in Tampa, Florida but moved to Germany at age 2, has featured for both the U.S. and German national teams at youth level, and is yet to decide on his national team allegiance for the future. It is clear that both federations would love to secure the services of the phenom, though he is provisionally tied to Germany after having played for them in the Under-19 European Championships this summer.

Green has dominated the German Regionalliga (fourth tier) this season, scoring 15 goals and six assists in 18 matches for Bayern’s reserve team. His torrid form earned him a senior team contract earlier this month, and on Wednesday his first few minutes of action under Pep Guardiola. Green became the sixth-youngest Bayern player to debut in the Champions League, even beating out several of the team’s top stars, including Philipp Lahm, Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos.

Here’s the full list of Bayern’s top 10 youngest players to make their Champions League debut:

  1. David Alaba (2010): 17 years, 8 months, 15 days
  2. Berkant Goektan (1998): 17 years, 9 months, 18 days
  3. Roque Santa Cruz (1999): 18 years, 30 days
  4. Samuel Kuffour (1994): 18 years, 1 month, 29 days
  5. Bastian Schweinsteiger (2002): 18 years, 3 months, 12 days
  6. Julian Green (2013): 18 years, 5 months, 21 days
  7. Toni Kroos (2008): 18 years, 10 months, 1 day
  8. Breno (2008): 18 years. 11 months, 17 days
  9. Philipp Lahm (2002): 19 years, 2 days
  10. Thomas Muller (2009): 19 years, 5 months, 27 days

With the exception of busts Berkant Goektan and Breno, every player on that list went on to have long, successful careers, and most of them (save for Santa Cruz) did so with Bayern. If that is anything to go by, Green is set for a sparking career!