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 By Mark Lovell

Four straight Bundesliga titles a big challenge for Bayern

The ESPN FC crew discuss Arturo Vidal's move to Bayern Munich and the impact he will have at the Allianz Arena under Pep Guardiola.

Before opening the season on August 14, Bayern Munich are overwhelming favourites to win an historic fourth straight Bundesliga title success. The record German champions won three consecutive titles in the 1970's, 80's and 90's. Given that Bayern have amassed Bundesliga 24 titles in only 52 attempts, perhaps it's an opportune time to ask why the Bavarian machine has found four in a row so elusive.

Bayern first sealed three in a row in the early 70's -- in the halcyon days of legends Paul Breitner,...

 By Michael Cox

Arturo Vidal could be Pep Guardiola's key signing at Bayern Munich

The ESPN FC crew discuss what Arturo Vidal would offer Bayern Munich's midfield should he join the German giants.

Of the many footballers changing clubs this summer, none are better than Arturo Vidal. The likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Robin van Persie and Andrea Pirlo are revered but on the way down. Perhaps only Carlos Tevez rivals Vidal as a top-quality player making a big transfer this season.

The fact three of these players are leaving Juventus summarises what a huge rebuilding job Max Allegri faces over the next month. But the real intrigue comes from Vidal's transfer to Bayern Munich.

It's unusual...

Selling Arturo Vidal is good business by Juventus but how much will it hurt?

The ESPN FC panel assess Juventus' ability to rebound following the departures of Andrea Pirlo and Carlos Tevez.

Arturo Vidal was the one that got away from Bayern. After announcing in March 2011 that Jupp Heynckes would be returning to the club for a third spell that summer, preparations were underway to build a team capable of wresting the Meisterschale back from Dortmund. Lured from Leverkusen, Heynckes wished to bring a player with him. That player, brought to Europe by Michael Reschke, Bayern's current technical director, was a young Vidal.

While an agreement was reached, he ultimately didn't join Bayern;...

 By Mark Lovell

Bayern would benefit from presence of physical Vidal in midfield

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola feels Bayern Munich have much to improve on despite defeating Valencia 4-1 in their recent friendly in Beijing.

Arturo Vidal is on the verge of a move to Bayern Munich from Juventus just four years after leaving Bundesliga rivals Bayer Leverkusen.

Back in 2011, the 28-year-old Vidal turned down a deal to join Bayern, which would have seen him join forces with his former boss at Leverkusen, Jupp Heynckes. After a sudden change of heart, the combative midfielder ended up plying his trade with the Italian giants, which earned the wrath of then-Bayern president Uli Hoeness.

"He went back on his word. But I...

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Casillas, Xavi, Gerrard, Schweinsteiger and the death of the one-club man

ESPN FC's Craig Burley reviews some of the notable one-club players and explains why he believes they may soon be a thing of the past.
Iker Casillas and Real Madrid president Florentino PĂ©rez discuss the goalkeeper's free transfer to Portuguese Primeira Liga side Porto.

There were public tears from Iker Casillas on both Sunday and Monday as he struggled with the new reality of becoming a Porto player. Xavi was equally weepy as he left the field after his final Camp Nou appearance in May.

Steven Gerrard's summer departure became public on New Year's Day. Five months on, his final bow dripped in pathos as he scored his team's sole goal of a 6-1 defeat at Stoke. And Bastian Schweinsteiger chose a most modern method of bidding farewell to Bavaria last weekend. Manchester...

Why Bayern Munich sold Bastian Schweinsteiger to Manchester United

The ESPN FC crew discuss what Bastian Schweinsteiger offers to Manchester United, where Steve Nicol feels the German will fit in just perfect in Louis van Gaal's side.

Up until the last minute, the idea that Bastian Schweinsteiger could leave Bayern Munich appeared so hard to fathom that even well-positioned observers refused to believe it.

"I bet he stays," a senior football reporter from Bild, who has his ear very close to the ground at Sabener Strasse tweeted on Friday morning. He has since deleted it. Two days before, Schweinsteiger had already told Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge that he intended to take up Manchester United on their offer.

Some thought...