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 By Mark Lovell

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola needs to clarify future with City lurking

Pep Guardiola remains coy over his future at Bayern Munich.

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola remains stoically noncommittal over his future with the German champions, despite his deal having just one more season to run.

The Catalan continued to stonewall polite enquiries about his plans ahead of German football's curtain-raiser as Bayern suffered their third consecutive Super Cup defeat under Guardiola, this time at the hands of Wolfsburg.

"I haven't yet decided what is best for this club -- and I want to do my best for this club. I haven't made a decision...

 By Mark Lovell

Douglas Costa shines for Bayern Munich despite Super Cup loss

Bayern Munich lost their third straight German Super Cup under manager Pep Guardiola, going down 5-4 in Wolfsburg in a dramatic penalty shootout.

German football's curtain raiser between the League champions and Cup winners burst into life after a goalless first half with Arjen Robben firing Bayern ahead on 49 minutes with a close-range shot. With the game seemingly done and dusted Nicklas Bendtner equalised in the final minute to take the game straight onto penalties.

Xabi Alonso was the only...

Wolfsburg win German Super Cup on penalties as Bayern drought continues

Niklas Bendtner scored a last-gasp equaliser and the winning penalty kick in Wolfsburg's first ever German Cup final victory.

WOLFSBURG, Germany -- It's been a long summer without domestic football, but some two months after the DFB-Pokal final in Berlin, the Bundesliga teams have now entered the final phase of preseason. The 16th German Super Cup final between cup winners VfL Wolfsburg and Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich kicked off the German season on a glorious Saturday summer evening. Here are three quick observations from Wolfsburg's 5-4 penalty win at the Volkswagen Arena.

1. Bayern's Super Cup drought continues


 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;...