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Tuchel To Step Down As Dortmund Coach

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Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel is set to leave the club this summer, according to reports from the BBC .

He’s been in charge for the past two seasons at the Westfalenstadion after his predecessor Jurgen Klopp stepped down.

Tuchel led Dortmund to a German Cup title this season as well as a third-place finish in the Bundesliga behind RB Leipzig. BVB also advanced to the quarterfinals of this year’s Champions League, which they lost to Monaco.

According to the  BBC, that European knockout tie might have had something to do with Tuchel’s departure. His relationship with the club’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has apparently been tenuous since an explosion damaged the team bus en route to their home leg against Monaco.

Tuchel disagreed with the decision to play the match the next day, suggesting that his players were not ready to play, and were thus defeated 3-2 at home. He told the press that he and his players had not been consulted about the decision.

Watzke denied the incident influenced Tuchel’s decision to leave. Tuchel created a new Twitter account on Tuesday to thank Dortmund’s fans.

Dortmund are the third club Tuchel has.managed, after a spell at Augsburg II and a lengthy tenure at Mainz. He was in charge of BVB for 108 games, and won 68.

Bayern win fifth straight German league title

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Bayern Munich were crowned Bundesliga champions for the fifth straight season on Saturday after Robert Lewandowski scored twice in a 6-0 thrashing of 10-man Wolfsburg.

After second-placed RB Leipzig were held to a goalless draw by Ingolstadt, Bayern wrapped up the title with a thumping away victory that left them 10 points clear with three games left.

“Five times in a row, that’s unbelievable. We completely deserve to be champions,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Sky.

Carlo Ancelotti has delivered a 27th league title in his first season as Bayern’s head coach.

“I am very happy, this win was important and it’s a fantastic experience,” said the Italian.

Ancelotti has now won four national league titles after also lifting the Premier League with Chelsea, Serie A with AC Milan and Ligue 1 with Paris Saint Germain.

“I want to thank this great club,” he said. “We deserved the title and have played good football, now is the time to celebrate.”

Lewandowski’s brace leaves the Polish predator on 28 goals this season, one more than Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the race to be the league’s top marksman.

The league triumph is consolation for Wednesday’s 3-2 German Cup semi-final defeat at home to Dortmund, which denied Ancelotti the chance of emulating predecessor Pep Guardiola with the domestic double in his first season.

It also goes a small way towards making up for the disappointment of going out in the quarter-finals of the Champions League to Real Madrid.

Bayern were barely made to work for their win as David Alaba drilled home a trademark free-kick on 19 minutes to put the visitors 1-0 up after a foul on Thomas Mueller.

Lewandowski doubled the lead on 36 minutes when Kingsley Coman’s cross was flicked on by Mueller and the Poland hot-shot fired home.

He bagged his second and Bayern’s third just before the half-time whistle after Coman delivered another cross from the left wing.

The floodgates opened late on as Arjen Robben netted on 66 minutes before Wolfsburg’s Luiz Gustavo, a former Bayern player, was sent off for a second booking on 78 minutes.

Bayern exploited their numerical advantage as Mueller banged home Lewandowski’s pass before Joshua Kimmich sealed the rout.

– Leipzig slip up –

Bayern’s latest comfortable title win was made possible by Leipzig’s draw at the Red Bull Arena, where Ingolstadt defender Alfredo Morales was sent off with four minutes to play.

Dortmund, who face Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Cup final on May 27, hold on to third place, which would mean a direct Champions League place next season, despite their goalless draw at home to Cologne.

Both Aubameyang and Cologne’s Anthony Modeste, who has 23 league goals, drew blanks at Signal Iduna Park.

Hoffenheim, coached by Julian Nagelsmann, 29, the youngest coach in Bundesliga history, can leapfrog Dortmund if they beat Eintracht in Frankfurt on Sunday.

Werder Bremen’s remarkable finish to the season continues as they earned a 2-0 win to home to Hertha Berlin to stay sixth.

Bremen remain on course for a Europa League place having risen from bottom in September after losing their first four games.

Werder striker Max Kruse’s dream April continued as he netted Bremen’s second after Fin Bartels’s opener for his eighth goal in six games this month.

Bremen are unbeaten in their last 11 games.

Mainz remain just a point from the bottom three after Japan striker Yoshinori Muto scored their consolation goal in a 2-1 home defeat. Lars Stindl and Nico Schulz scored for Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Plucky bottom side Darmstadt again delayed their relegation with a 3-0 win at home to Freiburg.

Torsten Frings-coached Darmstadt picked up their third straight victory thanks to goals by Felix Platte, Jerome Gondorf and Sven Schipplock.Darmstadt are still eight points from safety with three games left.

Bundesliga title won't make up for Bayern disappointment

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Even if Bayern Munich wraps up a record fifth consecutive Bundesliga title on Saturday, it won't compensate for the disappointment of two defeats.

Bayern was knocked out of the German Cup by a 3-2 defeat at home to Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, just over a week after its Champions League ambitions were ended by Real Madrid in the quarterfinals.

Bayern's 2013 feat of a Champions League, Bundesliga, and German Cup treble under Jupp Heynckes has arguably become the yardstick by which his successors are measured.

Pep Guardiola was unable to replicate it in three seasons that ultimately failed to meet Bayern's extraordinarily high expectations, and now Carlo Ancelotti is learning that "only" the league title will not be enough to keep criticism at bay.

"Coaches have to live with criticism," Ancelotti said on Friday in Munich. "Criticism helps you to focus and concentrate. Then you have to weigh up what criticism is fair and which is not."

Ancelotti's side has failed to win its last five games in all competitions, with defeats in the games that matter most. It's a remarkable failure given the Italian coach assured the club his side would be primed for the decisive stage of the season.

"Everything was still good at the start of April," Ancelotti said.

Lahm desperate for German Cup glory before retirement

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Bayern Munich skipper Philipp Lahm is targeting DFB-Pokal glory before hanging up his boots at the end of the season.

The Bavarians meet Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals of the competition on Wednesday as they chase a domestic double.Lahm accepts it will not be an easy game but is determined to see off BVB on his way to the final in Berlin.

"It would be wonderful to end my career on a high with a cup final. The atmosphere is always something special. Our goal is to reach the final in Berlin," Lahm said at a news conference."It is a bad season if you do not win any titles. This season can still be quite good. Wednesday will decide whether it is going to be a very good season or just good.

"This is not the time to be sentimental. We are talking about a semi-final against BVB, you do not need any extra motivation. I am determined to give my very best until my last minute wearing this shirt. I am not thinking about my last game yet"We have always met Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal since 2012, which only shows how big both clubs are. Dortmund have an extremely talented team, especially in attack. [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang's stats speak for themselves, he has special qualities."

Bundesliga better than EPL - Okocha

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The German Bundesliga is better than the English Premier League, this is according to Nigerian football legend Jay Jay Okocha.

Speaking at an interactive session with the media during the Bundesliga Legend Tour, the former Super Eagles captain said the Bundesliga was a more complete league than the Premier League.

"The Bundesliga is better than Premier League in terms of tactical approach, technical approach, discipline, stadium attendance and number of goals scored per week. It is more complete league and actually contributed to my rapid football career because the foundation I had there shaped me for the successes I attained in other leagues in Europe.

“I always tell people that I got to Germany as a boy but left as man. It toughened me, shaped me and turned me into the mercurial player that fans around the world adored”, added the former Eintracht Frankfurt star midfielder.

The Bundesliga’s current average attendance of about 42,000 fans per match is the highest in a professional football league worldwide and only second after the American National Football League (NFL)compared to all professional sports leagues.

RB LEIPZIG: The Story Of A Team With A Mission

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  • Purchased by Red Bull in 2009 with the mission of climbing from the fifth tier to the first tier of German football within eight years
  • RB Leipzig is among the three unbeaten teams in Europe's top five leagues including Real Madrid and Hoffenheim
  • From fourth tier league in 2012/13 to top of first tier in 2016/17
  • Has the longest winning run in Europe's top five leagues: 7 games
  • Considered the most hated team in Germany
RasenBallsport Leipzig commonly known and referred to as RB Leipzig is a team in the German Bundesliga.

The season's wonder so far in the league was founded in 2009 by energy drink maker Red Bull.

Red Bull purchased the right of fifth division side SSV Markranstädt and renamed it RasenBallsport Leipzig.

RB Leipzig became the fifth team to be purchased by Red Bull which includes Red Bull Salsburg in Austria, New york Red Bulls in U. S, Red Bull Brazil in Brazil and Red Bull Ghana in Ghana.

Although, other teams owned by Red Bull has the name incorporated into their name, but German League rules would not permit that.
So, Red Bull adopted the unusual name "RasenBallsport", meaning "Lawn Ball Sports" so as to derive the Red Bull initials, RB.

Where it all started

RB Leipzig played its first match on 10th July 2009 against SV Bannewitz and ended with a 5-0 win for Leipzig.

In their first league season, the 2009/2010 in the Oberliga Sud, Leipzig won 26, draw 2 and lost two of their matches to float atop the table and got promoted to the Regionalliga Nord.

RB Leipzig could not move from the Regionalliga Nord in their first attempt 1n 2010/11, they only managed a fourth placed finish with 18 wins, 10 draws and 6 losses.

In the 2011/12 season, they got stuck in 3rd place with 22 wins, 7 draws and 5 losses, so, they missed out on promotion again.
Leipzig did their homework well in the 2012/13 season and got promoted with an astonishing 72 points in 30 games that includes 21 wins, 9 draws and no loss.
The 2012/13 season was in another division as the Regionalliga Nord was expanded to 5 divisions, Leipzig belonged to the Regionalliga Nordost, where they were champions.

In the 2013/14 season, Leipzig played in the 3. Liga, and were promoted at the end of the season. With 79 points, they were second in the league with 24 games won, 7 drawn and 7 lost.

2014/15 was one of Leipzig's worst seasons. With 13 wins, 11 draws and 10 losses, they only managed to gather 50 points and also missed out on promotion in their first attempt.

Leipzig bounced back in the 2015/16 season with 20 wins, 7 draws and 7 losses, they were promoted to Germany's Premier competition, the Bundesliga, achieving their mission of getting to the first tier league in 8 years.

Mission Accomplished

As a newly promoted side, Leipzig were expected to struggle in the Bundesliga, but, they have hit the ground running, giving Bayern Munich and other German heavyweights a run for their money.

With 30 points, 27 goals scored and 10 conceded so far this season, Leipzig are unexpectedly and surprisingly on top of the Bundesliga table after 12 games, 3 points more than Bayern Munich.

The mission was to get to the Bundesliga in 8 years, now, they are dominating the Bundesliga.

It remains to be seen at the end of the season if they can hold on to the top spot and make history just like Leicester City in the English Premier League last season, but, this will be a better fairytale than Leicester's, maybe, the greatest fairytale in football.
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Iheanacho in action as Bayern Munich beat Man City

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Kelechi Iheanacho played from the start as new Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola got off to a losing start following a 1-0 defeat to former club Bayern Munich Wednesday night.
This result means Carlo Ancelotti begins his reign as Bayern boss on a winning note, leaving Pep empty handed on his swift return to the Allianz Arena.
Both sides were far from full strength as a number of players are still recuperating from the hectic international engagements this summer, but a deflected effort from Erdal Ozturk proved to be the difference with 75 minutes on the clock.
Bayern settled down quickly on home turf as they looked to exploit an inexperienced City backline, with Julian Green narrowly failing to get on the end of Juan Bernat’s low cross.
Franc Ribery was a thorn in City's side. Image: Mirror
The impressive Oleksandr Zinchenko had a shot blocked at the other end, while Iheanacho saw a curling effort sail just wide after a neat link-up with wide man Jesus Navas.
Some wonderful interplay from Franc Ribery and David Alaba saw the Austria international draw a fine close-range save from City goalie Willy Caballero.
The Argentine goalkeeper, in inspired form, came big on two more occasions to thwart Green’s efforts from close range as Bayern sought the opener.
Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Bony came on at the restart to give City the much-needed focal point in attack, as Guardiola’s charges played with a bit more fluency.
The former Swansea man twice went close with close range strikes, but Bayern took the lead in rather fortuitous circumstances.
Tosin Adarabioyo’s clearance rebounded to Ozturk after striking the referee on the back, and the young striker’s shot from 20 yards took a massive deflection off Gael Clichy to crawl into the bottom right corner.
Second-half substitute Yaya Toure whipped a free-kick just past the post, but Bayern weren’t really threatened as they held out for a first pre-season victory.

Aubameyang eager to leave Dortmund for a ‘dream’ move to Spain

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Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has again talked up the possibility of leaving German side Borussia Dortmund for a ‘dream’ move to Spain.
The 27-year-old is a target for several European powerhouses after he scored 39 goals in all competitions in 2015-16, helping Dortmund qualify for the Champions League following a second place finish behind Bayern Munich.
Aubameyang visited the small town of El Barraco – from where his mother and her family originated and reiterated his desire to play in the country in the future.
“For me it is a dream to play here in Spain, because here I have part of my family,” he told the Avila newspaper.
“It has been my dream since I was very little.”
Aubameyang added: “I’m happy to be here because it has been a while.”
Real Madrid looks his most likely destination as he has consistently mentioned the Los Blancos as his first love.
“Real Madrid? There’s no deal in place, but… I promised my granddad I’d play there one day.
“I’ve said to myself, ‘Why go back to France [to join PSG] when I left that league three years ago? Why not discover something new?’
“Like I’ve said before, I’d love to play in Spain and to finally enjoy a bit of good weather,” he told beIN Sports.
Aubameyang is the current holder of the African Footballer of the Year crown.

Robert Lewandowski Open to Premier League Move

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Bayern Muenchen v Borussia Dortmund - DFB Cup Final 2016​Bayern Munich and Poland forward Robert Lewandowski is reportedly open to a move to the Premier League.

The ​Daily Mail reports that the 27-year-old is growing unsettled at the Bundesliga club, and isn't averse to a summer exit.

He is said to be in discourse with the club over a contract extension, but has told people close to him that he is also willing to listen to other offers from other clubs while talks are ongoing.

A dream move would see him end up at Real Madrid, but he is also aware that the club would have to let go of a big star if they were to pursue him. He is also open to reuniting with former manager Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, the club he supported as a boy.

Lewandowski scored 42 goals in 52 outings for the Bundesliga champions during the season, and he's likely to put pen to paper on a fresh deal if no offers are tabled. But it is understood that the player wants to move on as he feels like he has made his mark on the German stage.

He has resisted moving to Manchester United in the past, opting to play for Borussia Dortmund instead, and then Bayern.
The striker's current state of mind makes for an interesting affair when Poland face Germany on Thursday. They will be looking to build on their win against Northern Ireland, and Lewandowski can expect to play against five of his Bayern team-mates in this game.

He said: "For me, Germany are the favourites for the whole tournament, but anything can happen. We have to stay calm and be confident against them. 

"No fear, no stress, but we also need to have some fun. They know me very well, but we all know each other well."

Bayern Munich wins fourth consecutive Bundesliga title

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Bayern win fourth consecutive title
Four days after crashing out of the UEFA Champions League semifinal for the third straight season, Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich team have something to celebrate after a 2-1 away win against FC Ingolstadt ensured they are officially crowned Champions of the German top flight league for the fourth consecutive season with one more game to go.

After failing to secure the trophy last week courtesy of a 1-1 draw against Wolfsburg, the Bavarians just needed a win to get the title and they did exactly just that although not in the most impressive of ways. Star striker Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the first half after Franck Ribery was fouled in the area, the striker went on to show his appreciation to teammate Thomas Muller who allowed him take the kick in order to improve his chances of being the league's top scorer.

Lewandowski grabbed his second of the night later on after meeting a fantastic Xabi Alonso through ball to fire home, giving Bayern a comfortable lead but Ingolstadt were not relenting on their efforts to delay the Bacarians' party and almost got a goal back few moments later however, Manuel Neuer was on hand to keep things the way it were.

Lewandowski had a chance to get his hat trick in a one-on-one situation with Ingolstadt's goalkeeper but couldn't finish off the chance and they were punished later on as the home team were awarded a penalty 5 minutes before halftime which they converted to make it 2-1 hence causing a mini panic in the hearts of Pep's team who needed a win to appease their fans.

The game ended that way to ensure Bayern get their third Bundesliga title under Pep Guardiola and their 25th in history. It would've been the same had the game not ended in a win for them after closest rivals Borussia Dortmund were stunned 2-1 by relegation-threatened Frankfurt.


No Bundesliga title yet for Bayern Munich

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Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich will have to put the champagne back on the ice after they failed to win their fourth consecutive Bundesliga this weekend courtesy of a 1-1 draw against Borussia Monchengladbach. The Bavarians had the chance to claim the title with a win but Thomas Muller's first half strike was cancelled out by Andre Hahn and it means the defending champions will have to wait until at least next weekend to be crowned champions.

Key players David Alaba, Robert Lewandowski, Douglas Costa, Thiago Alcantara and Philip Lahm all started on the bench with Alaba, Costa and Thiago all second half substitutes. Bayern came into the game 7 points ahead of closest rivals Borussia Dortmund and would seal the title with a win but it wasn't meant to be after they couldn't see out Monchengladbach while Borussia Dortmund got a comfortable 5-1 win over VFL Wolfsburg.

Despite the draw, Bayern would've been champions irrespective had it been Borussia Dortmund failed to win against Champions League quarter-finalist VFL Wolfsburg but a brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and other goals from Marco Reus, Adrian Ramos and Shinji Kagawa ensured that Schurrle's strike was just a consolation as Tuchel's men ran out comfortable 5-1 winners which means they're just 5 points behind Bayern with just two games left.

Bayern's draw came days after a frustrating 1-0 loss against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semifinal first leg tie and will have the return fixture on Tuesday in mind. They play against mid-table side Ingolstadt in their next League game and then host relegation-threatened team Hannover days later while Dortmund will go head-to-head against Frankfurt in their next game and then FC Cologne on the final day.


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