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1 day ago

Xabi Alonso provides the tempo that makes Bayern's jazz flow

The ESPN FC team look at the Group E standings after matchday three and take their picks on who will advance to the knockout rounds.
Xabi Alonso was brought in as a stopgap in August but he has quickly become one of Bayern Munich's key players.

Like all the best ideas, this one, too, looks incredibly obvious in hindsight.

Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer said they needed someone "to help immediately" when Bastian Schweinsteiger was ruled out for an indefinite period of time at the end of August, a few days after Javier Martinez had ruptured his cruciate ligament. Who were they going to call? The answer, as we know now, was Xabi Alonso.

But first, they called his Real Madrid teammate Sami Khedira. The board did, to be precise....

2 days ago

Bayern Munich poke fun at West Brom's Fellaini gaffe with Twitter quip

As you may recall, West Brom Tweeted themselves into a cul-de-sac on Monday night when the club's social media team aimed a jibe at Manchester United substitute Marouane Fellaini as he prepared to enter the fray at half-time, only for the fuzzy Belgian to score a spectacular(ish) equalising goal shortly after coming on.

Sadly for West Brom, it...

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2 days ago

Bayern Munich could have been all '10s' in player ratings vs. Roma

Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben reflects on his team's comprehensive performance in a 7-1 drubbing of AS Roma.

Admittedly, "Rome wasn't built in a day" but Bayern Munich managed to completely dismantle AS Roma with an absolutely stunning display in the Italian capital. Five unanswered first-half goals silenced the home fans in a sell-out Olympic Stadium. Bayern eventually romped to a 7-1 win -- a record away success in European competition and their largest victory against Italian opposition.

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A 7-1 final? Yes, there were definitely shades of Brazil versus Germany in the summer, as the home side were...

2 days ago

Three Points: Roma vs. Bayern Munich

Bayern's onslaught of 5 first-half goals keep their perfect record and go 5 points ahead in Group E of the group stage of the Champions League.

A trio of observations on Bayern Munich's 7-1 win versus Roma in the Champions League.

1. Football from another planet

Mamma mia san mia. Officially, Bayern Munich were playing in Italy on Tuesday night, but it sure felt as though they were out of this world.

Five-nil up after only 36 minutes, a scoreline without precedent for an away team in the Champions League, until of course Shakhtar simultaneously matched and surpassed their feat by going into the interval six to the good versus BATE,...

3 days ago

Bayern Munich aim to impress pope with mystery gift

Bayern will not settle for merely offering the pope a replica shirt.

Bayern Munich have been granted an audience with the pope following Tuesday night's Champions League match at Roma, and the German champions are planning to charm His Holiness with a mystery gift.

"FC Bayern is known to have good connections with the church, which has fortunately led to us being offered a private audience, which we gladly accepted," Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told reporters on Monday.

"It's very unusual for a club to be offered a private audience. We'll definitely take a replica...

3 days ago

Pep Guardiola's path once again leads him to Rome

Roma prepare on Monday for a UEFA Champions League Group E home match against German champion Bayern Munich.

As Bayern Munich's bus pulls up at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday night ahead of their Champions League clash with Roma, Pep Guardiola will know exactly where to go next.

These are familiar surroundings. He has frequented the home and away dressing rooms. He has sat in both dugouts. He has played on the pitch. And he has walked up the steps and into the stand to lift the trophy that lies at the end of this tournament -- the trophy he won once as a player and twice as a coach, the trophy he plans...