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Summer of Soccer on ESPN Networks Continues – 30 Matches in Next Two Weeks

ESPN will host a slew of exciting matches from MLS, the International Champions Cup, the Emirates Cup, and more.
On the heels of its most-watched FIFA World Cup presentation, ESPN networks will carry 30 live soccer matches the next two weeks, beginning today with a doubleheader telecast of ESPN Summer Soccer Series matches: Toronto FC vs. Tottenham Hotspur (ESPN/ESPN Deportes at 7 p.m. ET), and the matchup of two reigning league champions, Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City vs. English Premier...

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Bayern midfielder doesn't rule out departure in lieu of other teams' interest

Wednesday July 23 2014,

Tags: Xherdan Shaqiri, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Bundesliga, Serie A

The Swiss midfielder admits that he's pleased by reports of interest from other sides including Liverpool and Juventus.
Despite having now spent two seasons at Bayern Munich, Xherdan Shaqiri has found it hard to secure a concrete spot in the starting XI under the two managers he's had so far.

The Swiss international notably netted a hat-trick at this year's World Cup as his team cruised to victory over Honduras and although he has yet to join up with his die Roten teammates, speculation is rife that his future...

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Five Possible Changes Set to Take Place at Bayern in the 2014-15 season

Bayern has already done some dealings in the transfer market. They seem set for next season. However, there might be more changes, some radical, on the pitch for Pep Guardiola's team.
1) Bayern might line up in a 3-5-2 formation

Regular viewers of Bayern are obviously aware that the Bavarian club rarely ever strays from four at the back. In recent seasons, they have played 4-4-2, 4-2-3-1 and 4-1-4-1. Guardiola however has been trying 3-5-2 in friendlies. While this is not a wholesome indication of him playing this formation, Guardiola did use the 4-1-4-1 in preseason...

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Is Bayern set for a poor post World Cup season?

Bayern has historically not played a good season after a World Cup. Will they be able to march to a third consecutive Bundesliga title in the 2014-15 season?
World Cups are not kind to Bayern; the stars of the club after all make up the spine of the German national side. Bayern players have a history of struggling following international tournaments (the exception being Euro 2012). Following the 2006 World Cup, Bayern suffered in the 2006-07 season. They finished fourth, outside the UEFA Champions League spots (the Bundesliga did not...

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Is Mario Götze's future set to change at Bayern?

Despite his success at Dortmund, Mario Götze found it very difficult to break into Bayern's starting line up last season. Will he do so this season, especially following Toni Kroos' departure?
Mario Götze is undoubtedly a brilliant player. He is after all a man who scored the winning goal in a World Cup Final. Yet, at club level, young Mario has seemingly stalled. He found the net quite often last season but his performances for Bayern led Pep Guardiola to bench him. He seemed to drift in and out of matches. There were many games in which Götze's presence was...

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Diminutive, Quiet, Assured Captain Philipp Lahm Closes the Book on his International Career

Saturday July 19 2014,

Tags: Germany, Philipp Lahm, World Cup 2014, FIFA World Cup 2014, Bayern,

Philipp Lahm has stepped down suddenly at the age of 30. Captain Lahm has not always been the most popular person in his country; however, he clearly makes the difference.
In late 2009, Philipp Lahm was fined 25,000 Euros by Bayern. The reason was one which divided the Bayern contingent. Lahm criticized his club.

He is obviously not the first player to do so. However, in an interview fuelled by his emotions and desire to win major silverware, he criticized Bayern's transfer policy. He also criticized the lack of a fixed philosophy, according to ESPN.


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Transfer debate: Will Bayern rue selling World Cup winner Toni Kroos to Real Madrid?

Friday July 18 2014,

Tags: Toni Kroos, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid

The world cup winner’s protracted move to the Spanish side has finally been completed and the 24 year old is set to don Real Madrid colors from next season.
With the German champions unwilling to match his wage demands, it was inevitable that Toni Kroos’ time at the club would come to an end sooner or later. Man United had been chasing the playmaker for a while, but with the Red Devils unable to secure qualification to the Champions League, sealing a move to Old Trafford was out of the question for a player as big as Toni Kroos.

Real Madrid...

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CASH KINGS: Real Madrid top list of most valuable football clubs

Real Madrid, who made history by becoming the first club to reach double digits in Champions League wins this past May, have been ranked by Forbes as the most valuable football club in the world.
This past May, Real Madrid finally won their much awaited 10th Champions League trophy after defeating their city rivals Ateltico Madrid.

The capital club have consistently performed well in the continental competition, having made the semi-finals on numerous occasions, and due to the presence of stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo--a one man marketing force in his own right--have been consistently...

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OFFICIAL: Real Madrid sign Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich

Thursday July 17 2014,

Tags: La Liga, Bundesliga, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Toni Kroos

Los Blancos have finally completed the deal to bring German midfielder Toni Kroos to the Bernabeu
Weeks, even months of speculation have finally come to an end.

German midfielder Toni Kroos will be joining La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid next season after the Spanish club reached an agreement with Bayern Munich over his transfer, revealed both Die Roten and Los Blancos on their official Twitter pages.

The 24-year-old has established himself as one of the finest playmakers in the...

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Toni Kroos Proves His Worth To Bayern by Moving to Madrid

Toni Kroos' affair with Bayern was bound to end poorly; what started as a promising adventure is set to end after eight long years of expectation, love, pain and distrust.
Thus, yet another long drawn story is inevitably coming to its probable end. Kroos and Bayern have come to the point where they cannot accept each other with open arms. The two are parting ways. Kroos has shown everything ironically which Bayern had wanted him to show previously. He has shown grit, determination and courage to push a deal to Real Madrid through. Bayern, meanwhile, have only themselves...

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TRANSFER: Bayern Munich's Toni Kroos confirms Real Madrid switch

Monday July 14 2014,

Tags: Toni Kroos, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Bundesliga, La Liga

Fresh off winning the World Cup with Germany, die Mannschaft midfielder Toni Kroos has confirmed he's moving to the 2014 Champions League winners.
Auf Wiedersehen, Deutschland, and Hola, Espana. Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos becomes the second die Roten star to ditch the Bundesliga for La Liga this summer, after Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic's move to Atletico Madrid was announced recently.

The 24-year-old had a good tournament with his national side and true to form as a playmaker, often had a key role in his team's showings...

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Bayern's German Gem: A look at soon-to-be Real Madrid midfield maestro Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos has become the midfielder he was expected to become by the likes of Otmar Hitzfeld, Uli Hoeness and Jupp Heynckes; Bayern might just have let him slip through their fingers.
Toni Kroos is the East German at Bayern; the man who shies away from the cameras.

Kroos moved from Hansa Rostock's youth system to Bayern's. Despite a glittering youth career, Bayern did not seem to have full faith in him and loaned him out to Bayer Leverkusen. Kroos found a mentor there. He got his chance and he became who we see today. Jupp Heynckes took Kroos under his wing...

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TRANSFER: Real Madrid reach agreement to sign Toni Kroos for £20m

Thursday July 3 2014,

Tags: La Liga, Bundesliga, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Toni Kroos

According to Spanish outlet MARCA, Real Madrid have finally won the race to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos
La Liga giants Real Marid look to have beaten Manchester United and Chelsea to the signing of Bayern Munich midfield star Toni Kroos.

Reports from Spain claim Los Blancos have reached £20m (€25m) deal with Die Roten for a Kroos move and that the player will arrive at the Bernabeu next season.

The 24-year-old midfielder was offered a bumper deal by the Bundesliga champions to...

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Toni Kroos rumored to join Real Madrid after the World Cup

After refusing offers by Chelsea, Manchester United, and Barcelona, Toni Kroos apparently reached an agreement with Real Madrid.
Despite the many teams interested in Toni Kroos, Real Madrid seems to be the one to come out on top. Los Blancos apparently secured an oral agreement with the German, who should join the Spanish club for 5 years.

The Madrid club apparently agreed to a yearly €5M deal for Kroos, and a transfer fee of about €25-30M. The player has one year left on his contract and Bayern is willing to...

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Bayern Munich need a defender, but Roma’s Benatia may prove too expensive

Saturday June 28 2014,

Tags: Bundesliga, Bayern Munich, AS Roma, Mehdi Benatia

Bayern Munich, in need of a defender, is trying to sign AS Roma's Mehdi Benatia
It is no secret that Bayern Munich are looking for a defender to strengthen their backline. Dante and Boateng had a positive season in the Bundesliga but struggled in the Champions League, where they suffered their opponents pace.

That is why Guardiola has been looking for an experienced and possibly fast defender, to add to the depth of his bench. At first, all the signs pointed to David Luiz...

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Netzer believes Spain had similar problems as Guardiola’s Bayern Munich

After Spain's early exit, Gunter Netzer talks about the similarities between la Furia Roja and Bayern Munich.
After Spain’s early exit from the 2014 World Cup, Gunter Netzer commented on the reasons that have caused the Spanish team’s demise in Brazil. The German believes that Bayern Munich face similar issues as Del Bosque’s squad. 1974 World Cup winner commented:

“The times are gone when the opponents were glad when they had conceded fewer than five goals. Spain are suffering...

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Franz Beckenbauer banned due to links with Russia and Qatar World Cup bids

Franz Beckenbauer's failure to cooperate with ethics investigator Michael Garcia of FIFA regarding the 2018 and 2022 World Cups has seen him banned.
In a rather strange saga, FIFA has banned Franz Beckenbauer, considered Germany's best ever player, temporarily. Beckenbauer was said to have ignored FIFA when asked to cooperate with Michael Garcia, the man looking into the World Cup bids made by Russia for 2018 and Qatar for 2022. Beckenbauer's story is much different from FIFA's though. According to him, he...

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France vs Bayern as Franck Ribery misses the World Cup

Sunday June 15 2014,

Tags: France, Franck Ribery, Bayern, FIFA World Cup, World Cup 2014

Fingers are being pointed at Bayern by the French for Franck Ribery's absence from the World Cup.
Bayern's treatment team is considered one of the best in football. The players receive the best treatment possible from Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt. However, the doctor's treatments are slightly controversial to say the least, especially because of his use of the substance Actovegin in his injections, which is banned by the FDA in USA. Franck Ribery has been treated by him on a regular...

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TRANSFER: German World Cup stars Lahm & Mueller extend Bayern contracts

Wednesday June 11 2014,

Tags: Bundesliga, Bayern Munich, Thomas Mueller, Philipp Lahm

Two of Bayern Munich's finest players, Philipp Lahm and Thomas Mueller, agreed with the Bavarian club to extend their contracts.
Both Bayern Munich’s stars, Philipp Lahm and Thomas Mueller, renewed their agreements with the Bavarian club. The german champions announced the news through their official website. While the right-back renewed for another four years, the German attacker renewed until 2019.

Bayern Munich FC revealed through Twitter that Lahm is happy for the renewal, because it has always been his dream...

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Fate is always against me: Jose Mou-rns his bad luck with penalties

Jose Mourinho has not been the luckiest of guys when it comes to penalty shoot-outs but the Portuguese coach says it is fate that is always against him
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho claims he never wins matches on penalties as the Portuguese manager bemoans the bad luck he has been having throughout his coaching career, saying fate has not been on his side during shoot-outs.

The former Real Madrid manager's spot kick despairs have become famous over the years as many of his sides have crashed out of major competitions on penalties, with Real...

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