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Ancelotti is open to an England managerial position

The England national football team is searching for a manager that can succeed Sam Allardyce who was recently removed from the coaching role of the England national side and the head coach of Bayern Munich, Carlo Ancelotti has recently stated that he would be interested in taking up the position if the opportunity would arise.

Gareth Southgate is the man that was selected as an interim manager and it remains uncertain as to how long he will remain in that position and the English Football Association are looking for a more permanent option with a manager that has proved his worth and Ancelotti can fulfill those requirements. Continue reading

Neuer help Bayern avoid defeat

Bayern Munich should be grateful to their goalkeeper Manuel Neuer for helping them win a difficult game against Ingolstadt.

Indeed the German team was far from being at their best and was second best for most of the game. Bayern Munich was missing several players, and this showed on their performance against Ingolstadt.

The match started poorly for the German champion as they fail behind just after 8 minutes. This was a shocked for the Bayern Munich team that was expecting an easier game. However, they managed to come back into the game through Lewandowski just after 4 minutes.

Many people were hoping that the equalizing goal will motivate the Bayern Munich team, but nothing happened. Ingolstadt was keen to get a result in the derby match and played well defensively. Their defense was organized well and denied Bayern Munich time and space on the ball.

Ingolstadt was not just happy to sit back however and created chances on their own especially on counter-attacks. With Bayern Munich pressing to take the lead, they left plenty of spaces at the back and many times they were helped by Manuel Neuer who prevented them from conceding.
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Park Ji Sung on new signings

Former Manchester United and South Korea midfielder has been giving his opinion on Manchester United new signings ahead of the new season.

He believes that his old side has made some significant signings and that they will be helpful for the team to challenge for trophies.

Park Ji Sung believes that the most significant signing that Manchester United has made is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He said that the Swedish striker is not only a skillful player but also a leader. Park Ji Sung believes that the player will be able to inspire the other players and lead them by example.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Manchester United last month after having spent three seasons in France with Paris Saint-Germain. During his time in France, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has managed to win the title in each of the three seasons. The Swedish striker has left after his contract expired as he was looking for a new challenge.

Jose Mourinho, who was looking for a new striker, eized the opportunity to sign Ibrahimovic as he believes that the player can still contribute a lot to the team despite reaching his 34th birthday.
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Bayern fans are very excited at the prospects of new signing ahead of the coming season, where they hope to retain the Bundesliga and make an impact in Europe.

Bayern beat a host of other clubs to sign Renato Sanches from Benfica.

Bayern snapped up the player last month while other clubs were still weighing their bid for the player. The Guardian reported that the Red Devils were also interested in the player before the German champions completed the deal in one swoop. The Portuguese champions had placed a release clause of €35 million which Bayern met. However, the stunning thing is that the player is just 18 years old.

The Bavarians definitely saw something in the very young player to have signed him at such a price. Bleacher Report looked at the deal and tried to analyse why Bayern would have signed the youngster, especially when there were a lot of alternatives in the team already. The report pictured the player with a very huge body build. Though just 18 years old, Sanches has broad shoulders and rippling muscles. He possesses the physique of a power athlete, like someone playing in the American football league. Bayern have player with athletic bodies yet they remain very skilful. Sanches justs fit in. Continue reading

Pep Guardiola has improved Bayern Munich image on the international scene

Former Bayern Munich president UliHoeness has stated that Pep Guardiola has turned the Bayern Munich team into a global player.

Hoeness was the president when Guardiola signed for the club. He said that the Spanish manager has helped the German team become an international brand and has been a success during his 3 years at the club. Guardiola will be leaving the club in the summer after having signed with Manchester City.

During his time at Bayern Munich, Guardiola has won the Bundesliga 4 times and won the Cup twice. His latest trophy came on Saturday when they beat Borussia Dortmund on penalty shootout. The only negative point on his Bayern Munich’s career is the fact that he could not win the Champions League with them. For three years consecutively, Bayern Munich has been eliminated at the semi-final stage.

Hoeness said that Bayern Munich was already a successful club before the arrival of Pep Guardiola, but he had added another dimension to the brand. He said that his arrival had once and for all turned Bayern Munich into a global player. Indeed, it is under Pep Guardiola that the club has successfully penetrated the United States and Chelsea thus growing their fan base. Continue reading

Matthias Sammer has warned Bayern Munich that they cannot relax

Bayern Munich’s director of sports Mathias Sammer has warned his players that they cannot relax in Portugal. He believes that a 1-0 advantage is not enough in the Champions League and that they will need to be on the guard against a Benfica team that can be dangerous at home.

Things started well for Bayern Munich in the first leg when they opened the scoring just after 2 minutes thanks to a goal from Arturo Vidal, but Benfica came back into the game. The Portuguese club played well in defence to restrict Bayern Munich to some long-range effort.

Bayern’s defender Martinez was keen to recognize that Benfica has a strong defence that plays a high pressing game making it difficult for them to build attacks. He believes that the Portuguese team is well-organised and that it will take something special to beat them.

However, Phillip Lahm believes that if they could score one goal in the match, then they should be able to qualify. Indeed, with Bayern leading 1-0, Benfica cannot afford to sit back. They will have to attack, and this could leave gaps at the back that the Bayern’s offensive players can exploit. Continue reading

Pep Guardiola has defended his decision to leave out Mario Gotze

Pep Guardiola has defended his decision to leave out Mario Gotze from the game against Cologne last weekend.

Bayern Munich could only manage a narrow 1-0 win in this away match, but it was all about three points for the reigning champions. There has been nervousness amongst Bayern Munich supporters in recent weeks due to Borussia Dortmund showing impeccable form. The arch rivals had closed the gap on Bayern Munich in recent weeks. However, Guardiola’s team have managed to extend the advantage back to 5 points following this victory.

Mario Gotze seemed like one of the big stars for the future at Bayern when he made the transfer from Dortmund in 2013. However, he has featured in just 12 matches this season. He does not seem to figure in the plans of Guardiola, who is set to depart at the end of the campaign. Continue reading


Manuel Neuer will not stand between the sticks for Bayern Munich in their next game in Europe.

It’s Sven Ulreich who would probably discharge the goalkeeping duties when the Bundesliga Champions take on Dinamo Zagreb in a dead rubber.

Neuer, who is the best in the game at the moment as far as goalkeeping is concerned, has had a hectic last few months as he has appeared in all the league as well as European games that Munich has played in the ongoing season.

He had to be given a breather at some point of time and there could not have been a better opportunity than this for the Munich management to do that as they are in the playoffs already and there is nothing at stake for them in the Wednesday’s game.

And, due to the game not carrying too much of value, Pep Guardiola, the head coach, would perhaps not like risking Thiago Alcantara either.

Alcantara is coming back off a knee injury and although, he has been named in the touring party, Guardiola might leave him warming the bench only, considering how vital a role he has to play for the team going ahead in the season.

Alcantara has not been one of fittest players around in the circuit in the recent years.

It was because of the injury that he could appear in only 13 games for Munich the previous season.

He had to watch FIFA World Cup from the sidelines as well.

So, somebody who is so injury prone, to put him on the pitch prematurely would certainly not be a wise thing to do.

Munich’s next game after this Dinamo fixture would be against Ingolstadt 04 in the weekend. It would be a Bundesliga game.

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