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 By Mark Lovell
3 days ago

Thiago injury overshadows Bayern's return versus Bremen

Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago is set for another lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a third serious knee ligament tear in training.

It's top versus bottom as league leaders Bayern Munich host winless stragglers Werder Bremen on their return to domestic business after the international break.

The good news for the visitors is that no other side has as strong a record against Bayern as the team from Northern Germany. Werder even wrapped up their last of four Bundesliga titles with a win in Munich's Olympic Stadium back in 2004. And there the positivity ends for Bremen. You have to go back to 2008 for the last of those 26 successes...

4 days ago

Pep Guardiola shoulders blame for Bayern's nightmare vs. Real Madrid

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge praises Pep Guardiola for his coaching style.

Pep Guardiola's first season at Bayern Munich had already brought about a record-setting Bundesliga triumph but by April 2014, his team was beginning to falter and trailed 1-0 heading into the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid. Journalist Marti Perarnau had exclusive access to the coach's inner sanctum on the worst night of his managerial career...

"I got it wrong, man. I got it totally wrong. It's a monumental f--- up. A total mess. The biggest f--- up of my...

7 days ago

Messi, Costa, Di Maria, Ronaldo, Muller all Ballon d'Or favorites

Sid Lowe discusses whether the Ballon d'Or is Cristiano Ronaldo's to lose.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Diego Costa, Angel Di Maria and Thomas Muller are all early contenders for the football's biggest individual award, the Ballon d'Or. We asked ESPN FC's team of experts to tell us which of these five is most deserving, and why.

Which of these five players should win the Ballon d'Or?

Nicholas Rigg: Is it Ronaldo's to lose?

Sure, he was forgettable on the biggest stage in football last summer, but that shouldn't detract from one of the greatest calendar years in recent memory. As if his footing wasn't strong enough,...

Oct 9, 2014

Power Rankings: Europe's top 20 football managers

Take a look at what the ESPN FC crew think of Miguel Delaney's rankings of the top 20 managers.

In football, nothing settles arguments quite like results. When it comes to deciding the quality of managers, though, it can be more complex. Results can distort, not least for the fact coaches are working with different resources and from different starting points.

So, in order to try to work out the greatest manager in the game right now, ESPN FC opted to go back to the fundamentals. The key is in the job title: "managing" the resources available, and that was a fundamental factor as we looked...

Oct 7, 2014

Pep Guardiola's top 10 defining games

There's a familiar team leading the way in the Bundesliga, but Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola does not want his side to become complacent.

Now that Josep "Pep" Guardiola has slotted in at No. 1 in ESPN FC's countdown of the world's top managers, Miguel Delaney takes a look at Guardiola's top 10 defining games ...

1. Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid -- Nov. 29, 2010

The peak performance, the perfect victory, and the purest distillation of an entire era.

The dimensions only deepened the epic nature of such a sensational victory, given that Guardiola faced his greatest individual opponent, Jose Mourinho, who was then in charge of Barcelona's...

 By Uli Hesse
Oct 7, 2014

Oktoberfest and Bayern Munich share more than just tradition

Bayern Munich stars took some time together to enjoy Oktoberfest celebrations with their friends and families.

The best-dressed man in football is wearing a cardigan the colour of mustard, a check shirt only partly tucked behind the belt and knee-length breeches. "Pep, Pep!" yell the photographers. Guardiola stops and waves for the cameras. He smiles but somehow doesn't seem quite as comfortable as most of the others.

Even Xabi Alonso, who must have been bewildered when they told him about this day upon his arrival at the club, looks surprisingly at ease in his green Bavarian hat and the lederhosen. Then...