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Bayern Munich don't need new striker, says Lewandowski

Bayern Munich don't need new striker, says Lewandowski

Berlin (AFP) – Poland hot-shot Robert Lewandowski said Wednesday that Bayern Munich do not need to sign another striker as the prospect of a rival for his position arriving in Bavaria loomed large.

"If I am here, why do Bayern need a new striker?" asked Lewandowski at a press conference after Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge sparked transfer rumours by praising Napoli's Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain.

"I am prepared to play 60 games a season & we have other top players in our attack.

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Ferguson reveals pursuit of Guardiola as United successor

Ferguson reveals pursuit of Guardiola as United successor

LONDON (AP) — Alex Ferguson lined up Pep Guardiola as his potential successor at Manchester United yet the Spanish coach didn't call him before taking the Bayern Munich job.

In his new book ''Leading,'' Ferguson said the club ''established that several very desirable candidates were unavailable'' before David Moyes was hired in 2013 for an unsuccessful 11-month spell in charge.

After Guardiola left Barcelona in mid-2012, Ferguson had dinner with the former Barcelona coach in New York but, as his own retirement was not on the agenda yet, there was no ''direct proposal'' for the Spaniard to one day take over at United.

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Ferguson reveals pursuit of Guardiola as United successor

Ferguson reveals pursuit of Guardiola as United successor

LONDON (AP) — Alex Ferguson lined up Pep Guardiola as his potential successor at Manchester United yet the Spanish coach didn't call him before taking the Bayern Munich job.

In his new book ''Leading,'' Ferguson said the club ''established that several very desirable candidates were unavailable'' before David Moyes was hired in 2013 for an unsuccessful 11-month spell in charge.

After Guardiola left Barcelona in mid-2012, Ferguson had dinner with the former Barcelona coach in New York but, as his own retirement was not on the agenda yet, there was no ''direct proposal'' for the Spaniard to one day take over at United.

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Bayern Munich face title test at home to Wolfsburg

Bayern Munich face title test at home to Wolfsburg

Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich face the first key test in their bid to become the first side to win four straight Bundesliga titles against last season's runners-up VfL Wolfsburg on Tuesday.

Wolfsburg, the German Cup winners, have already beaten champions Bayern this season after winning the pre-season Super Cup on penalties in August.

Bayern expect to have star striker Robert Lewandowski back after the Poland striker returned to training on Sunday having shaken off an ankle injury which forced him to sit out the 3-0 win at Darmstadt the previous day.

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Bild score own-goal with fans over refugee campaign

Bild score own-goal with fans over refugee campaign

Berlin (AFP) – Newspaper Bild scored an own goal with Germany's football fans after criticising Hamburg-based St Pauli for starting a partial boycott of a Bundesliga-wide campaign supporting the nation's refugees.

The newspaper, backed by the German Football League (DFL) & Bundesliga sponsors Hermes, launched a campaign to obtain all 36 clubs in Germany's top two tiers to wear a badge with 'We're helping – #refugeeswelcome' on the sleeves of their playing shirts for this weekend only.

At face-value, the campaign appears to be an honourable initiative to encourage fans to do their part to assist aid new arrivals in the country.

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Bayern's emphatic Darmstadt win thrills Guardiola

Bayern's emphatic Darmstadt win thrills Guardiola

Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich's emphatic 3-0 win at Darmstadt delighted coach Pep Guardiola as the Bavarian giants went top of the Bundesliga just three days after their Greek odyssey.

Borussia Dortmund host Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday & Bayern took their chance to go top of the league with a fifth straight win with goals by Arturo Vidal, Kingsley Coman & Sebastian Rode on Saturday.

Having beaten Olympiakos 3-0 in Greece on Wednesday to open their Champions League campaign with a win, the Bavarian giants knuckled down to see off Darmstadt, who are back in Germany's top flight after a 33-year absence.

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True test for Dortmund, Bayern venture to Darmstadt

True test for Dortmund, Bayern venture to Darmstadt

Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund face the first real test of their mettle as Bundesliga leaders on Sunday when they host Bayer Leverkusen, while Bayern Munich face a tricky tie at Darmstadt.

After the disappointment of last season's seventh-place complete Dortmund are back at the top of the table, ahead of rivals Bayern on goal difference, following four straight wins under new coach Thomas Tuchel.

Dortmund left it late to beat FC Krasnodar in their opening game of the Europa League group stage on Thursday & full-back Marcel Schmelzer is eager for their winning run to continue this weekend.

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Mueller brace lifts Bayern past Olympiakos

Mueller brace lifts Bayern past Olympiakos

Piraeus (Greece) (AFP) – A Thomas Mueller brace & a Mario Goetze snap shot lifted Bayern Munich to a 3-0 win over Olympiakos in their Champions League Group F opener on Wednesday as tensions boiled over on the terraces.

Mueller's first was a long range fluke in the 52nd minute & a nervy Bayern had been watching the clock before a late Goetze shot & Mueller penalty in time added on clinched the three points.

"I don't know if I had a pact with the Greek goddess of luck, yet it was certainly lucky that it (his goal) slipped in the net," Mueller told ZDF after his astonishing strike from outside the area.

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Zagreb stun Arsenal as Roma hold Barca to draw

Zagreb stun Arsenal as Roma hold Barca to draw

Paris (AFP) – European minnows Dinamo Zagreb shocked 10-man Arsenal 2-1 on Wednesday to win for the first time in 16 Champions League matches.

Reigning champions Barcelona were held to a 1-1 draw at Roma while Chelsea thumped Maccabi Tel-Aviv 4-0.

An Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain own goal & a header from Junior Fernandes gave Dinamo three points as France forward Olivier Giroud was dismissed for two first-half bookings for Arsenal.

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Bayern Munich begins quest for 6th European Cup

Bayern Munich begins quest for 6th European Cup

PIRAEUS, Greece (AP) — Bayern Munich begins the quest for its sixth European Cup at Olympiakos on Wednesday, while Arsenal opens its 18th successive Champions League campaign at Dinamo Zagreb.

Dinamo, back in the competition after a two-year absence, is on a 41-game unbeaten streak across all competitions. The Croatian champion has never qualified from the group stage in four previous attempts.

Olympiakos upset Atletico Madrid & Juventus at its intimidating Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium last season, though the wins weren't enough to ensure progress beyond the group stage.

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