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The World Cup star is keen to get the chance to play alongside the influential midfielder and has set his sights on Champions League glory

Mario Gotze believes new Bayern Munich team-mate Xabi Alonso is an example to follow for the rest of the squad.

The 32-year-old left Real Madrid for the Bundesliga champions in the closing stages of the summer transfer window and Gotze is thoroughly impressed by the midfielder's personality.

"Xabi Alonso is a very, very intelligent and experienced player with an enormous personality," the Germany star said at a press conference.

"We can learn a great deal from him."

Gotze went on to stress that the Champions League remains the most "special" competition and has warned of the danger posed by Manchester City.

"The Champions League enjoys a special status. It’s the most attractive trophy you can win.

"Manchester City are probably our most difficult opponents in the group. They have an outstanding team and outstanding players."

Bayern also meet CSKA Moscow and Roma in Group E.


Yes, the Ginger King can teach this peasant a thing or two about style.

15 September 2014 @ 06:30 pm

Henderson confirmed as new vice-captain

Jordan Henderson has been named the new vice-captain of Liverpool Football Club.

Little more than three years after he joined the Reds from Sunderland, the combative and energetic midfielder was today confirmed by manager Brendan Rodgers as Steven Gerrard's deputy.

The senior England international, who has made 136 appearances for the club and scored 13 goals, assumes the role following the departure of Daniel Agger last month.

Henderson was a central figure in Liverpool's battle for the Barclays Premier League title last season, missing just three matches and those due to a suspension late in the campaign.

Having helped Rodgers' team to a second-place finish, the 24-year-old will experience Champions League football for the first time on Tuesday night - also his maiden game as vice-captain - at home to Ludogorets Razgrad.

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I still miss Agger, but we have to move on. Henderson seems like a great choice!

15 September 2014 @ 10:34 pm
After a disappointing start into the new season Hamburger SV sacked their coach, Mirko Slomka.

No statements yet from the club, but all the sports channels in Germany announce the news. Will be interesting to see who will coach the club in the future.

If you ask me, whoever it is, he will need nerves of steel.
Arsenal doctors are worried about a mysterious ailment that appears to be affecting new boy Alexis Sanches. The un-diagnosed disease appears to affect his skin, making it extremely sensitive to anything that comes in contact with it, including clothes. As a result, Alexis appears to be in measured discomfort at times, resulting in him needing to take drastic action to alleviate the irritation ...

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Frustration: Pellegrini reacts during his side's 2-2 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday.

Manuel Pellegrini has hit out at the way Arsenal remain seeded in the Champions League – despite having only finished fourth in the Premier League.
The Manchester City manager said it was “not good that the teams who play qualification because they finished fourth in their domestic leagues are in Pot One [seeded], where the strongest teams should be”.

City are the Premier League champions but were in Pot Two for the draw – Arsenal’s status is related to their consistent qualification for the tournament – and have to face Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow and Roma to reach a place in the last 16.
“Our group seems unbalanced,” Pellegrini said. “In our group we have three domestic champions – the English champions, the German champions and the Russian champions.

“I think we need to find a modification whereby, for example, all teams who play qualification [ie, Arsenal] go into Pot Four and all champions and those who have lots of points in Europe [a high coefficient] go into Pot One.

"There is a need for some modification to not let something like what happened to us happen again and then, on the other hand, for the teams who play preliminaries to not appear to be the most important ones in Europe.”

Pellegrini will watch the match on Wednesday from the stands as he completes a two-match touchline ban for controversial comments about Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson last season.

Twenty-four hours earlier Arsenal face Borussia Dortmund – also away – with Jack Wilshere suggesting it would be the “icing on the cake” to Arsène Wenger’s career as the club’s manager to finally win the Champions League.

“He has been 17 years [as manager] and had one final – he came close to winning that, he was unlucky, he had [goalkeeper Jens] Lehmann sent off [in the 2006 final] – so I think this is the one he really, really wants, as well as the Premier League, because he wants it for us. But if he gives the Champions League to us it will also be like a present [from us] to him if we win the Champions League.”

The midfielder stressed it was important in a group that also contains Galatasaray and Anderlecht that Arsenal finish top. “Over the last few seasons we almost thought we were finishing top and we lost the last game and it has cost us.”


Pelle, stop complaining about Arsenal and think about your own team!
Unassuming Bayern Munich striker is relaxed about his reputation as the best footballer at looking fairly ordinary

It’s turning into a beautiful September day in the Bavarian capital. Entire primary school classes and grumpy teachers who would rather be visiting a museum – “You don’t even know the players, do you?” one of them admonishes a little boy – have descended on leafy Säbener Strasse. A few thousand people regularly turn up to the open training sessions at Bayern Munich’s headquarters, just south of the city centre, but the excitement has reached new levels over the past few months. In addition to housing Germany’s most successful, most hated and best-loved football team, Säbener Strasse has become a pilgrimage site for those who do not want the summer to end. They come to see world champions. Lots of them. Any of them.

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13 September 2014 @ 05:06 pm

The leagues are back with great matches lined up for today!

Fixtures for Saturday, September 13:

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Have a great Saturday all! And happy birthday to the Troll of Our HeartsTM, Thomas Müller!

12 September 2014 @ 10:28 pm
For the playoffs (qualification for the 2015 U-21 Euro) we have the following pairings:

Germany - Ukraine
Slowakia - Italy
France - Sweden
Denmark - Iceland
England - Croatia
Netherlands - Portugal
Spain - Serbia

The playoffs are 9./10. and 13./14. October.
12 September 2014 @ 11:45 pm

After two weeks of international football, the leagues return!

Fixtures for Friday, September 12:

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