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

9
May

Bayern Munich unveils new home kits for 2014-15 season

In case you’d forgotten over the past couple of seasons, Bayern Munich’s colors extend beyond red and white. The Red Machine’s scheme also includes the blue found in the flag of Bavaria, and their latest kits make sure the soccer world knows it:

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On Friday, the team unveiled the new look for next season. It’s been about 15 years since Bayern had a home kit with so much royal blue in them. Sure, the shirt might be a bit busy with all of the stripes, but we must say the change of pace is refreshing:

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What do you think of the German juggernaut’s new duds?

(Images: FCBayern)

29
Apr

"Angry Ribery" slaps Carvajal in face, karma strikes back

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In the days leading up to Tuesday’s Champions League semifinal loss to Real Madrid, Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola had asked his team’s best player, Franck Ribery, to play angry in order to be at his best.

You see, Ribery recently found himself in a month-long slump after dazzling for much of the season, and was completely shut down by Real defender Dani Carvajal in the first leg. But a bounce-back, man-of-the-match performance last weekend against Werder Bremen had Guardiola encouraged:

"He was playing angry against Bremen. Franck needs this aggression, he needs to play angry. He keeps fighting and that is why fans love him."

Play angry, huh? Well, this is probably not what Guardiola had in mind:

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Ribery was lucky not to be sent off for the slap on Carvajal, who shackled him for a second time. But based on the final result, a 4-0 drubbing at home and Bayern’s elimination from the Champions League, the Frenchman will still have plenty to be angry about… with himself.

29
Apr

Sergio Ramos behind-the-goal strike inspires brace against Bayern

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Sergio Ramos is a defender by trade, but that doesn’t mean he can’t create the occasional stroke of magic on offense. So, to warm up for Real Madrid’s clash against Bayern Munich, Ramos dug deep into his bag of tricks for a crazy goal scored from behind the goal line. 

 This is pretty, pretty good:

And it seems as though this trickery inspired Ramos in Tuesday’s match. He scored not once…

…but twice to lead Real to their first final since 2002.

11
Apr

Manchester United fans experience every emotion possible in just 22 seconds

This season hasn’t been kind to Manchester United fans. After more than two decades of success under Sir Alex Ferguson, the sudden dip in form (and position on the table) has left Red Devils’ fans in a pit of despair.

When the once-fearsome club took on mighty Bayern Munich on Wednesday, no one expected Patrice Evra to score a stunner to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

Euphoria. Tears of joy. Cloud nine. Hope.

But just 22 short seconds later, United fans came crashing back to Earth. Mario Mandzukic shut down the party before it even had a chance to really get started.

It was hard enough for United fans watching from afar to digest what unfolded on their televisions; for the supporters at the Allianz Arena, the pain was tenfold.

It’s the hope that kills you.

(H/T SB Nation)