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Alaba confident of success at Euro 2016

 By Mark Lovell

Carlo Ancelotti the latest chapter to Bayern Munich's Italian history

Mats Hummels has been impressed with the Italian defence during Euro 2016 so far.

Who can forget Giovanni Trapattoni's memorable outpouring of emotion as Bayern Munich coach in 1998?

"A trainer is not an idiot. Two or three players performed like empty bottles!"

With fellow Italian maestro Carlo Ancelotti ending his sabbatical to take over from Pep Guardiola at Bayern on July 1, the day before a mouth-watering Euro 2016 quarterfinal between heavyweights Italy and Germany -- it's an opportune time to look at the Italian influence on Bayern Munich during the years.


Mario Gotze is running out of time to be Germany's saviour once again

Thomas Schneider says Germany have plenty of options on how to play Mario Gotze and Mario Gomez.

Ninety minutes, 66 minutes, 50 minutes: Mario Gotze's time on the pitch at these Euros has steadily eroded in each game, just as Germany have begun to hit their stride. The Bayern Munich attacking midfielder is expected to line up again for the World Cup winners against Slovakia in Lille on Sunday, but he will have to do better -- a lot better -- if he's to last much beyond the half-time break. Increasingly loud calls for the inclusion of Schalke teenager Leroy Sane back home in Germany reflect...

Liverpool closing on Sadio Mane deal, Bayern pushing Mario Gotze out

Former Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld says Mario Gotze would suit Liverpool well after limited chances with the Bavarian club.

As always, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest gossip. See the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: Liverpool closing on Mane deal

Liverpool are closing in on the £30 million signing of Sadio Mane and want to complete a deal with Southampton by the time they return to preseason training on July 2, according to the Daily Mail.

Mane is seen as a key player in Jurgen Klopp's rebuilding process at Anfield, with Joel Matip, Marko Grujic and Loris Karius already signed...

 By Mark Lovell

New Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti handed Carl Zeiss Jena chance

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner respond to Bayern Munich urging Mario Gotze to leave.
Carlo Ancelotti will join the club on July 1 officially.

Bayern Munich's new coach Carlo Ancelotti will get a swift chance to banish the demons of one of the bitterest defeats of his illustrious playing career when the German Cup holders begin their defence against Carl Zeiss Jena in the first round in eight weeks' time.

The trip to Eastern Germany to face the fourth-tier side in the Ernst-Abbe-Sportfeld stadium will no doubt bring back some painful memories for the 57-year-old Italian, who takes over as Bayern coach from Pep Guardiola on July 1.


ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Manuel Neuer worried? Thomas Muller shows off skill in goal for Germany

Thomas Muller is a man of many talents. His antics at Bayern Munich always keeps us at Toe Poke entertained and he's pretty handy with the serious stuff on the pitch too.

He's scored 32 in 72 for Germany and is bidding for glory at Euro 2016 with the reigning world champions -- and has now emerged as a potential successor to Manuel Neuer. 

Yes, that Manuel Neuer. 

You see, footage released by the Germany national team on twitter has revealed a rather promising keeper in their...

Bayern Munich set to snatch Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Man United's grasp?

The ESPN FC crew discuss the reports that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has agreed to terms on a move to Manchester United.

As always, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest gossip. See the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: Bayern to steal Zlatan from Man United?

Manchester United could be set for disappointment with Bayern Munich prepared to hijack their move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the Bavarians prepare a contingency plan, should Robert Lewandowski join Real Madrid, according to the Mirror.

The Swedish striker was set for a move to Old Trafford -- with sources telling ESPN FC a deal...