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Mar 13, 2014

Guardiola gets his first taste of FC Hollywood

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Bayern Munich have often been labelled as FC Hollywood and coach Pep Guardiola, still a relative newcomer in his first season at the club, may have started to discover why this week.

While club president Uli Hoeness went on trial for tax evasion this week and faces a possible jail sentence of up to ten years, sports director Matthias Sammer contrived to upset most of the other clubs in the Bundesliga by suggesting they should train harder.

Mar 13, 2014

Soccer-Guardiola gets his first taste of FC Hollywood

March 13 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich have often been labelled as FC Hollywood and coach Pep Guardiola, still a relative newcomer in his first season at the club, may have started to discover why this week.

While club president Uli Hoeness went on trial for tax evasion this week and faces a possible jail sentence of up to ten years, sports director Matthias Sammer contrived to upset most of the other clubs in the Bundesliga by suggesting they should train harder.

Mar 12, 2014

Mellow Mihajlovic leads Sampdoria revival

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Sinisa Mihajlovic has always credited Sampdoria with saving his playing career. Twenty years later, the former Yugoslavia international has returned as coach and repaid the debt by steering the Serie A club clear of relegation.

In only four months since taking over, the 44-year-old, known in his playing days as one of the game’s greatest free kick exponents, has led Sampdoria from second to bottom to a comfortable 12th.

Mar 12, 2014

Soccer-Mellow Mihajlovic leads Sampdoria revival

March 12 (Reuters) – Sinisa Mihajlovic has always credited Sampdoria with saving his playing career. Twenty years later, the former Yugoslavia international has returned as coach and repaid the debt by steering the Serie A club clear of relegation.

In only four months since taking over, the 44-year-old, known in his playing days as one of the game’s greatest free kick exponents, has led Sampdoria from second to bottom to a comfortable 12th

Mar 12, 2014

Bayern far from untouchable in Champions League

MUNICH (Reuters) – Bayern Munich have been almost untouchable in the Bundesliga but their edgy performance against Arsenal suggested that the lack of competition at domestic level could hinder their European ambitions.

Bayern again found the Champions League a different proposition as they struggled to break down a surprisingly cautious Arsenal in the first half of Tuesday’s game and showed vulnerabilities in defence when the visitors came at them in the final half hour.

Mar 12, 2014

Soccer-Bayern far from untouchable in Champions League

MUNICH, March 12 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich have been almost untouchable in the Bundesliga but their edgy performance against Arsenal suggested that the lack of competition at domestic level could hinder their European ambitions.

Bayern again found the Champions League a different proposition as they struggled to break down a surprisingly cautious Arsenal in the first half of Tuesday’s game and showed vulnerabilities in defence when the visitors came at them in the final half hour.

Mar 11, 2014

Bayern’s Robben a ‘good diver’, says Wenger

MUNICH (Reuters) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger described Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben as a “fantastic player and very good diver” after the winger won another controversial penalty against his side in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Robben was at the heart of the incident that Wenger said turned the last 16 tie when the Dutchman won a penalty which resulted in Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny being sent off in the first leg in London.

Mar 11, 2014

Soccer-Holders Bayern progress despite shaky second half

MUNICH, March 11 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich, a shadow of the team that have been so imperious in the Bundesliga this season, survived a shaky second half and missed a late penalty against Arsenal on Tuesday to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

The holders looked less than all-conquering in a 1-1 second-leg draw against Arsenal who were left with too much to do after losing 2-0 at home in the opening match of the last-16 encounter.

Mar 11, 2014

Soccer-Bayern’s Robben a “good diver”, says Wenger

MUNICH, March 11 (Reuters) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger described Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben as a “fantastic player and very good diver” after the winger won another controversial penalty against his side in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Robben was at the heart of the incident that Wenger said turned the last 16 tie when the Dutchman won a penalty which resulted in Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny being sent off in the first leg in London.

Mar 11, 2014

Champions Bayern ease past Arsenal despite penalty miss

MUNICH (Reuters) – Arsenal ended Bayern Munich’s long winning streak when they held the Bavarians to a 1-1 draw in the Champions League on Tuesday but it was not enough to stop the holders reaching the quarter-finals 3-1 on aggregate.

Bastian Schweinsteiger put Bayern ahead in the 55th minute of the last-16 second leg but Lukas Podolski stunned the Allianz Arena when he fired into the roof of the net two minutes later.