Let's clear one thing up before getting started. Bayern Munich versus Borussia Dortmund; yes, it is a big game, but it is far from "Der Klassiker." At the risk of showing my age, please keep this term reserved for the original Bayern vs. Borussia Monchengladbach in the 1970s. Alternatively, even Hamburg. Yes, Hamburg (HSV) were rather good at one time, especially with Kevin Keegan in their ranks. Bayern versus Dortmund is more the "modern-day Klassiker," as the rivalry is still relatively fresh...
Former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has warned the German champions they run the risk of destroying the Bundeslia's competitive nature if they target Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus, reports Sport Bild.
The spotlight is on the meeting between the 2013 Champions League finalists at the Allianz Arena on Saturday, with a 14-point gap opening up only nine matches into the season following BVB's early struggles.
This year a war of words has opened up between the two clubs in the battle for Germany...
Hamburg have apologised after a fan confronted Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery on the pitch during the DFB-Pokal tie between the clubs on Wednesday night.
With seconds remaining of the match -- won 3-1 by Bayern -- the fan confronted 31-year-old Ribery, hitting him with his scarf and making gestures before stewards ushered him away.
After the game, Hamburg said sorry on their Twitter feed, writing: "Dear FC Bayern, dear Franck Ribery. We apologise for the scene close to the end. That's not HSV!"