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Ten-man Shakhtar knocked for seven by clinical Bayern

by Rick Joshua

It had started out as a potentially tricky encounter against an unpredictable banana skin, and ended with a gentle breeze. Up against ten men following the fastest dismissal in the history of the Champions’ League, FC Bayern showed their professional poise in seeing off Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk to claim a place in the quarter-finals. […]

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Workmanlike, with a touch of style: Bayern see off Braunschweig’s big black bus

by Rick Joshua

FC Bayern continued their steady progress towards a third successive DFB-Pokal with a straightforward two-goal Pflichtsieg over second division Eintracht Braunschweig at the Allianz Arena. While the overall display against a highly defensive opponent provided plenty of missed opportunities and occasionally ventured into tedium, the two goals were right out of the top drawer. Coach […]

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Clinical Bayern find their mojo as they dismember hapless Hamburg

by Rick Joshua

A 4-1 thrashing in Wolfsburg. A scrappy 1-1 draw with ten men at home to Schalke. A laboured 2-0 win at struggling Stuttgart. Things had not started well for FC Bayern after the winter break, and already there were a few rumblings among commentators, critics and supporters. Four weeks into the Rückrunde the real Bayern […]

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Team of the Week – Match Day 21

by Niklas Wildhagen

Goals, goals, and more goals was what match day 21 had on offer for fans of German football. Bayern München made the biggest headlines of the week by crushing the completely inept Hamburger SV, whose coach Joe Zinnbauer had clearly chosen the wrong tactics. The match between Bayer Leverkusen and VfL Wolfsburg ended in a […]

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Ten-man Bayern frustrated by stubborn Schalke

by Rick Joshua

FC Bayern’s 4-1 mauling at the hands of VfL Wolfsburg had provided something of a shock to all fans of the club, and the Englische Woche fixture against Schalke 04 couldn’t come to soon – if just to get back on track as quickly as possible and get the horror of their first defeat of […]

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Clinical Bayern dispatch toothless CSKA at the Allianz

by Rick Joshua

With their position atop the group and the according place in the knockout stages already assured, FC Bayern saw out the final match of their group campaign with a clinically professional, if not necessarily spectacular, display against a robust but ultimately toothless CSKA Moscow. Coach Pep Guardiola made five changes to the side that downed […]

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Ribéry notches up 100th goal as Bayern see off lively Leverkusen

by Rick Joshua

Having laboured to a single-goal win over Hertha BSC the week before FC Bayern München would be pitted in the late Saturday afternoon Spitzenspiel against third-placed Bayer Leverkusen, and would once again claim all three points with relative ease – though there would be more than the odd scare to keep Pep Guardiola’s side on […]

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Robben’s Rocket keeps Bayern ticking in chilly Berlin

by Rick Joshua

After the mid-week defeat to Manchester City – their first since the pre-season Super Cup in August – FC Bayern returned to Bundesliga action where next year’s Champions’ League final will be held: the Olympiastadion in Berlin. Although struggling for form in the bottom half of the table, home side Hertha BSC offered enough resistance […]

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“Fussballgott” Schweinsteiger returns as Bayern hammer Hoffenheim

by Rick Joshua

After a frustrating week that had started with the injury to skipper Philipp Lahm, things would end on a bright note for FC Bayern against high-flying TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, with Bastian Schweinsteiger coming off the bench to warm the soul of every fan of Die Roten everywhere. It would be yet another comfortable victory, and […]

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Team of the week – Match Day 12

by Niklas Wildhagen

Schalke averted a crisis by beating Wolfsburg 3-2 at the Veltins Arena and Bayern are now 7 points clear at the top of the table despite their injury worries. The 12th match day of the season offered goals galore and plenty of surprising results. Here’s our team of the week. Goalkeeper Sven Ulreich – The […]

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