On Friday evening, the new Bundesliga season will kick off with Bayern Munich playing VfL Wolfsburt and all the pomp and circumstance we've come to take for granted -- the playing of the national anthem and the league hymn, the presentation of the championship trophy and then a game involving the title holders under floodlights, shown live on free-to-air television.
That is, all this will happen provided there won't be another blackout. In 2004, only two years after the introduction of this of...
Bayern Munich rushed through the league, and won the title on a cold March night at Berlin's Olympiastadion. En route they broke too many records to mention, and only faltered when the title had already been sealed.
It was Bayern and Bayern only. Dortmund struggled with too many injuries and lost sight of the top of the table in November, while Leverkusen and Schalke only showed up for one half of the season, and all other teams never competed for the crown.
At the other end of the ...
Bayern Munich honorary president Franz Beckenbauer has said he would love to see Marco Reus at the club and described him as a potential "steal," in comments likely to further aggravate Borussia Dortmund.
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The relationship between Dortmund and Bayern has grown increasingly frosty in recent weeks, with the latter publicly stating their interest in Reus, as well as revealing that he has a release clause -- reportedly 25 million euros --- in his contract.