Bayern have been crowned champions with six games still to play in the season – a record in the Bundesliga. The 1-0 win over Frankfurt on Saturday was their eleventh victory in a row – a record in the Bundesliga.
Whichever side of the fence you fall on, it is thoroughly entertaining. And yet, under the cloud of mind games and exchanged insults lies a more pertinent truth.
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The Munich street on which the Bayern headquarters are to be found, has begun to take its place alongside Coronation Street and Albert Square as the location for one of the world’s most famous soap operas.
If Arsenal are to keep one thing in mind when they line up against FC Bayern tomorrow evening, it should be that this is not Bayern as we have known them in recent years.
The capture of the former Barcelona manager is some sort of revenge for Bayern Munich over Chelsea.
One of the main orchestrators behind the recent resurrection and makeover of the German national team, Sammer has taken over from Christian Nerlinger.
Short-termism has festered ever since the departure of Jose Mourinho and, with every passing season, more and more cracks are beginning to appear in the collective identity of the squad, cracks that cannot simply be papered over by money.
When it came to the highest of high pressure situations, Bayern’s stars showed what separates them from the Bavarian heroes of old. They choked, missed their chances, and saw their dream explode in front of their very eyes.
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Uli Hoeneß, it emerged this week, has spent 53,000 Euros on a box in the Allianz Arena for the workers at his family’s Nuremberg Bratwurst factory. A perfectly constructed act of Bavarian gallantry spoiled only by the Bayern President’s later admission to regret at having spent so much money.
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