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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7
Aug

Josep Guardiola snubs Caleb Porter after MLS All-Stars beat Bayern Munich

by Thomas Hautmann

On a night that was meant to celebrate the best soccer players in North America and the return to action of Bayern Munich’s World Cup stars, it was a sour moment after the MLS All-Stars’ 2-1 victory that had everybody talking.

Furious over a pair of late, reckless challenges on his players, Bayern coach Pep Guardiola refused to shake hands with All-Star coach Caleb Porter after the final whistle, instead giving him the ol’ Dikembe Mutombo finger wag. Guardiola then showed Porter the cold shoulder all the way to midfield as he bee-lined to accost the referees, the American following his counterpart in vain. The rest of Bayern’s coaching staff also refused to shake hands with Porter.

It was an over-the-top and childish reaction from the Bayern manager, whose image as a class-act might suffer a bit Stateside. But, to play devil’s advocate, you can also understand his beef.

Bastian Schweinsteiger was lucky not to pick up a serious injury after Will Johnson’s clumsy tackle left the Bayern star in a heap and forced him off the field. As was Xherdan Shaqiri after Osvaldo Alonso’s cringe- and almost red-worthy offense earlier in the second half.

Guardiola boiled with anger on the sidelines, presumably already irked that he had to make his returning stars available in the first place for a glorified friendly. Schweinsteiger and the rest of Germany’s World Cup stars had only been under Guardiola’s care for a day, having flown halfway around the world to arrive five hours before kickoff, only to make 10-15 minute cameos. To lose a key man to injury now would be a bitter blow, and for what?

All things considered and given the heat of the moment, Guardiola’s anger at full time can be justified, if not his immature way of dealing with it. Porter, after all, wasn’t the one who committed the challenges.

The All-Star coach took the high road after the game while addressing the rough play:

“I understand completely why there was some emotion there,” Porter said.But we certainly didn’t mean to do anything negative in the game. We have the utmost respect for their players. Pep, the guy is an idol of mine. There were a couple tackles that went wrong.”

And the two coaches did put out the fire just moments later in the tunnel:

However, by then the Twitterverse had already exploded.

Was Guardiola’s finger wag and handshake snub inexcusable, or do you give him a pass in the heat of the moment and considering the circumstances? We’ll let you be the judge:

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6
Aug

Another golazo! Robert Lewandowski scores laser vs. MLS All-Stars

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Hey, remember when went out on a limb and said Robert Lewandowski will make a fine addition to Josep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich side this season?

How about that time we reminded you of that fact just a couple days later?

Well, here we are again. Check out the Polish striker’s clinical finish against the MLS All-Stars on Wednesday:

Yeah, Lewandowski is pretty good. #Analysis.

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27
Jul

Pitch invaders take selfies with Javi Martinez, Mario Balotelli

Bayern Munich snatched up their first title of the season on Sunday, winning the final of the Telekom Cup against Wolfsburg, 3-0, behind a pair of goals from Robert Lewandowski and another from fellow newcomer Sebastian Rode.

With the game all but decided late in the second half, one fan rushed the field and did what all proper pitch invaders of this day and age try to do - take a selfie with a player!

Javi Martinez was the fan’s chosen target, though he clearly wasn’t quite sure how to react:

Later on Sunday, towards the end of AC Milan’s brutal 5-1 loss to Manchester City, a pair of fans emulated this act, bee-lining it to Mario Balotelli for an on-field selfie (and a hug!)

This was the result:

Great day for pitch invaders!

26
Jul

Bayern Munich’s Lewandowski scores cheeky goal in preseason test

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Something tells us that Robert Lewandowski will bring Bayern Munich fans lots of joy this season.

Earlier this week, the former Dortmund man found the net in his very first game as a Bayern player. Then, on Saturday against Borussia Moenchengladbach, he goes and does this:

Come on!

That little moment of magic gave Bayern a 1-0 lead over Gladbach in the preseason Telekom Cup. The defending Bundesliga champions would later go on to win in a penalty shootout and advance to the final.

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25
Jul

Bayern Munich present new away kit featuring Dutch flag?

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Bayern Munich revealed their new away kits for the upcoming season on Friday, and while undeniably sharp, they do have a rather peculiar look to them.

The red and blue horizontal stripes across the white shirt draw strong comparisons to the Dutch flag!

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What, did Arjen Robben design these? Is former Bayern manager Louis van Gaal somehow going to take the credit?

Images via fcbayern.de

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