22
Jul

GIF: Lewandowski scores in first test as Bayern player

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This summer has produced yet another arms race between the elite clubs in Europe. Real Madrid signed James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos, Barcelona scooped up Luis Suarez, and Chelsea reloaded with the likes of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas.

Bayern Munich? They’ve been rather quiet, but for good reason.

The German champions did their best business back in January, when it was announced that Robert Lewandowski would join them on a free transfer. You’d be forgiven to have forgotten about him, since he couldn’t star at the World Cup and all.

But on Monday against third-division side Duisburg, in his first test as a Bayern player, the Polish goal machine announced his arrival with an impressive goal:

GIF via Pies

3
Apr

Bayern Munich deny pair of English newspapers access to Allianz Arena

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Image: Twitter/Daily Mirror

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.

27
Feb

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

29
Jan

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.

25
Dec

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.