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Badstuber loan perfect for Bayern and City

 By Mark Lovell

Lewandowski's brilliance snatches three points for hibernating Bayern

While Bayern had a sub-par performance against Freiburg, Carlo Ancelotti insists that the win is most important.

Below-par Bayern Munich moved six points clear atop the Bundesliga with a last-gasp 2-1 win at SC Freiburg. Eighth-placed Freiburg took the lead through Janik Haberer after only five minutes, before Robert Lewandowski levelled 10 minutes before the break with an exquisite volley from a corner.

In freezing temperatures, a resolute home side gave as good as they got against the Bundesliga champions, and with the game drifting towards a draw, up popped Lewandowski with a last-minute winner as Bayern...

 By Mark Lovell

Xabi Alonso still has plenty to give Bayern Munich amid retirement talk

The FC crew have strong words of praise for Xabi Alonso after reports that the midfielder will retire at season's end.
Janusz Michallik reminisces on the career of Xabi Alonso after reports indicate the Bayern superstar will retire at the end of the season.
Xabi Alonso backs former manger Pep Guardiola to prove his critics wrong and tips former club Liverpool for a title push.
Arjen Robben was in a jovial mood after signing a new one-year extension with Bayern Munich.
Thomas Muller dials into his passport, Real Madrid continue their record streak and more in The Sweeper.

Bayern Munich's Xabi Alonso is reportedly planning to retire at the end of the season, with Sport Bild claiming the veteran midfielder has already informed the club's hierarchy of his decision.

But until Alonso reveals his intentions himself, it would be wise to consider all eventualities.

Even his trusted boss Carlo Ancelotti is still in the dark about Alonso's plans, confirming at Thursday's news conference that Alonso hasn't spoken with him yet.

"I have no news," the Italian coach said ahead...

 By Mark Lovell

Bayern wary of Freiburg trip as they return from month-long Winterpause

Arjen Robben believes things can only get better for Bayern Munich after the winter break.
Arjen Robben was in a jovial mood after signing a new one-year extension with Bayern Munich.
Janusz Michallik reminisces on the career of Xabi Alonso after reports indicate the Bayern superstar will retire at the end of the season.

Snow and ice have gripped Germany, but the Bundesliga's month-long hibernation finally comes to a much-anticipated end on Friday with league leaders Bayern Munich travelling to play SC Freiburg.

And the hosts have an excellent opportunity of catching Bayern cold and at their most vulnerable. We only have to go back a couple of years when a Kevin De Bruyne-inspired Wolfsburg took advantage of Bayern's winter slumber to hand Pep Guardiola's side an embarrassing 4-1 defeat on resumption after the...

 By Michael Wade

Crystal Palace lining up Patrice Evra; Bayern to swoop for Niklas Sule

Paul Mariner breaks down the latest rumours, including a potential move of Patrice Evra back to Man United.

The winter transfer window is now in full swing! As usual, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to which rumours are picking up steam. Check out all the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: Evra could be 'Big Sam's' first big buy

Juventus defender Patrice Evra is set to become Sam Allardyce's first signing at Crystal Palace, with Sky Sports reporting the five-time Premier League winner has approved a move back to England.

Evra, 35, has been linked with Valencia and a return to Manchester...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Dimitri Payet transfer talk: Should your club move for West Ham star?

The ESPN FC crew discuss whether West Ham should sell Dimitri Payet.

Dimitri Payet has rocked West Ham by saying he wants to leave.

Where will the mercurial Frenchman end up? ESPN FC's club bloggers and correspondents discuss whether their team should make a move for the 29-year-old.

Teams across Europe, from the Premier League to La Liga, Serie A to the Bundesliga and Ligue 1,...

 By Chris Wright

Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller has ingenious way of dodging journalists

When you're flying about the country and desperately trying to prepare for big games, relentless media intrusion can be one of the biggest annoyances facing the professional footballer.

However, with Bayern Munich often out on the road, Thomas Muller has devised an ingenious ploy for dodging past the press hordes at airports by pretending to be on the phone.