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 By Uli Hesse
2 days ago

Revisiting when fallen giants Hamburg rivalled Bayern Munich for supremacy

Horst Hrubesch, who scored twice, celebrates after the final whistle of Hamburg's 4-3 win over Bayern Munich in 1982.

There were 23 minutes on the clock on this rainy Saturday afternoon when Hamburg's defender Jurgen Groh tried to trap a ball in his own penalty area. Maybe it was the slippery surface, maybe a simple technical mistake -- in any case the ball bounced into touch and Bayern Munich had won a corner. Midfielder Wolfgang Dremmler slowly walked over to the right-hand corner flag to take it, while the towering centre-forward Dieter Hoeness, Uli's younger brother, casually strolled away from the goalmouth,...

 By Mark Lovell
2 days ago

Bayern rolling, but are they too reliant on Robben?

Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayern Munich played out a goalless draw in Bundesliga to keep their unbeaten starts intact.

After visiting the Pope in midweek, it was a bit of an anticlimactic return to domestic action for Bayern Munich at the weekend.

The pundits always expected a top-two clash between Bayern and a Borussia at the summit of the Bundesliga. However, it was Borussia Monchengladbach that provided the stiffest of challenges, not Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund.

On the day, Bayern failed to hit the same heights as the Champions League demolition in Rome and were fortunate to earn a goalless draw Sunday....

 By Mark Lovell
3 days ago

Player Ratings: Bayern Munich's Neuer shines in hard-fought draw

Manuel Neuer has now gone 658 minutes in the Bundesliga without conceding a goal. He was far and away man-of-the-match vs. Borussia Monchengladbach

Bayern Munich maintained their four-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga after a hard-fought goalless draw at Borussia Monchengladbach.

It was always going to be hard to live up to the 7-1 "Romp in Rome" and Bayern were indebted to Manuel Neuer's outstanding display to claim a share of the spoils. Bayern patently missed the injured Arjen Robben and were a pale shadow of the side that dominated in midweek Champions League action.

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Here are the ratings for Bayern, who remain unbeaten and,...

3 days ago

Three Points: Gladbach draw highlights how to get at champs Bayern

Thomas Muller looks on in frustration after Bayern Munich drew a blank away at Borussia Monchengladbach.

MONCHENGLADBACH -- A trio of points from Bayern Munich's 0-0 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach on Sunday:

Gladbach are here to stay

Can Borussia Monchengladbach stay at the top and challenge Bayern Munich? After two years of Bayern Munich running away with the Bundesliga title, Germany is desperate for competition and longing for a team able to at least stay close to Pep Guardiola's men.

Sunday's hosts could be challengers, ready to step in as former contenders Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke...

 By Mark Lovell
5 days ago

Last season's empty tank a good lesson for Bayern Munich

See whether you agree with Shaka Hislop's picks this week.

In German, there is a popular phrase "Die Kirche im Dorf lassen" (literally, that the church must be at the heart of village life). No, this has absolutely nothing to do with Bayern Munich's recent high-profile visit to see the pope. It is more often used to convey the meaning to not be too carried away by events and retain a sense of conservative perspective.

This is particularly apt for Bayern after their 7-1 Champions League demolition job in Rome. The Reds put down a marker to the rest of...

7 days 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....