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May 18, 2014

Soccer-Four titles not bad in ‘toughest’ first year – Guardiola

May 18 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola took his season title tally to four when his team clinched the German Cup on Saturday with a win over Borussia Dortmund to silence critics and complete a domestic double in the Spaniard’s first season in charge.

Former Barcelona coach Guardiola had a tough act to follow when he took over this season following Bayern’s treble-winning campaign under former coach Jupp Heynckes.

May 16, 2014

Bayern’s Schweinsteiger ruled out of Cup final v Dortmund

BERLIN (Reuters) – Out-of-form Bayern Munich will be without injured midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and forward Mario Mandzukic when they meet Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup final on Saturday, coach Pep Guardiola said on Friday.

Schweinsteiger did not train the last two days and ran only briefly before feeling pain in his knee, said the Spaniard, chasing the domestic league and Cup double in his first season in charge.

May 16, 2014

Soccer-Bayern’s Schweinsteiger ruled out of Cup final v Dortmund

BERLIN, May 16 (Reuters) – Out-of-form Bayern Munich will be without injured midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and forward Mario Mandzukic when they meet Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup final on Saturday, coach Pep Guardiola said on Friday.

Schweinsteiger did not train the last two days and ran only briefly before feeling pain in his knee, said the Spaniard, chasing the domestic league and Cup double in his first season in charge.

May 9, 2014

Loew gambles on youth in bid to end long German drought

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Germany’s provisional 30-man squad for next month’s World Cup contains several surprises and although some of those players will not survive the final others will be needed to help Germany end their 18-year title drought.

Coach Joachim Loew raised eyebrows on Thursday with his youthful provisional squad including teenager Max Meyer, defenders Shkodran Mustafi and Erik Durm and forward Kevin Volland.

May 9, 2014

Soccer-Loew gambles on youth in bid to end long German drought

May 9 (Reuters) – Germany’s provisional 30-man squad for next month’s World Cup contains several surprises and although some of those players will not survive the final others will be needed to help Germany end their 18-year title drought.

Coach Joachim Loew raised eyebrows on Thursday with his youthful provisional squad including teenager Max Meyer, defenders Shkodran Mustafi and Erik Durm and forward Kevin Volland.

May 8, 2014

Champions League spots add drama to Bundesliga finale

BERLIN, May 8 (Reuters) – Four teams are fighting for the chance to play in the Champions League next season as the Bundesliga finale on Saturday promises a nail-biting climax and a battle for Hamburg SV to avoid their first ever relegation.

Third-placed Schalke 04, three points ahead of Bayer Leverkusen, have the best chances to keep their place with a win over 17th-placed Nuremberg and grab the last automatic Champions League group stage spot.

May 7, 2014

U.S. plans for 2024 Games to gain traction with NBC deal

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Minutes after NBC Universal secured a long-term deal on Wednesday to broadcast the Olympics, the focus shifted firmly on the chances of a U.S. bid to land the 2024 Summer Games.

NBC Universal, the media unit of Comcast Corp, signed a $7.65 billion agreement to be the U.S. broadcaster of the Olympics until 2032, making it the biggest single broadcast deal in the history of the Games. [ID:nL2N0NT1JM]

May 7, 2014

Olympics-US plans for 2024 Games to gain traction with NBC deal

May 7 (Reuters) – Minutes after NBC Universal secured a long-term deal on Wednesday to broadcast the Olympics, the focus shifted firmly on the chances of a U.S. bid to land the 2024 Summer Games.

NBC Universal, the media unit of Comcast Corp, signed a $7.65 billion agreement to be the U.S. broadcaster of the Olympics until 2032, making it the biggest single broadcast deal in the history of the Games.

Apr 30, 2014

Soccer World Cup – Only the title matters for success-starved Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) – After coming close in big tournaments in recent years, Germany are now under pressure to finally deliver at the World Cup and end a 16-year title drought.

While holders Spain and hosts Brazil start as the pre-tournament favourites, Germany can never be discounted in a major competition and are driven by an ambition to be the first non-South American team to clinch the trophy on the continent.

Apr 30, 2014

World-Versatile Goetze is man to end Germany’s drought

BERLIN (Reuters) – Midfielder Mario Goetze has seen his reputation and career skyrocket in the past four years, winning Bundesliga titles and becoming Germany coach Joachim Loew’s secret weapon.

The 2010 World Cup came too soon for the 21-year-old but he has since dazzled with his versatile and creative game.

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