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Apr 19, 2015

Soccer-Dortmund name Tuchel as Klopp’s successor

BERLIN, April 19 (Reuters) – Borussia Dortmund have named Thomas Tuchel to succeed Juergen Klopp as their manager on a three-year-deal, the Bundesliga club said on Sunday.

Tuchel, who managed Mainz for five seasons between 2009 and 2014, will take up the post from July 1 after Klopp announced on Wednesday that he would be ending his seven-year tenure at the club.

Apr 18, 2015

Second-string Bayern edge closer to Bundesliga title

BERLIN (Reuters) – Injury-ravaged Bayern Munich beat Hoffenheim 2-0 on Saturday, shrugging off a string of absences and their midweek Champions League defeat at Porto to close in on the Bundesliga title.

Sebastian Rode scored in the 38th minute and Hoffenheim’s Andreas Beck added an own goal in stoppage time as Bayern, with youngsters Mitchell Weiser and Gianluca Gaudino in the lineup, opened a 13-point lead over second-placed VfL Wolfsburg, in action against Schalke 04 on Sunday, with five matches left.

Apr 18, 2015

Soccer-Second-string Bayern edge closer to Bundesliga title

BERLIN, April 18 (Reuters) – Injury-ravaged Bayern Munich beat Hoffenheim 2-0 on Saturday, shrugging off a string of absences and their midweek Champions League defeat at Porto to close in on the Bundesliga title.

Sebastian Rode scored in the 38th minute and Hoffenheim’s Andreas Beck added an own goal in stoppage time as Bayern, with youngsters Mitchell Weiser and Gianluca Gaudino in the lineup, opened a 13-point lead over second-placed VfL Wolfsburg, in action against Schalke 04 on Sunday, with five matches left.

Apr 16, 2015

Hamburg hope to be fifth time lucky with Labbadia

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Former Bundesliga champions Hamburg SV appointed their fifth coach this season when they unveiled Bruno Labbadia on Wednesday, hoping he can steer them past northern rivals Werder Bremen on Sunday and into the playoff spot.

Anchored in last place in the Bundesliga on 25 points with just six games remaining, Hamburg are desperate for points to maintain their unique record of being the only team never to have played in the second division since the top league was created in 1963.

Apr 16, 2015

Klopp’s departure puts Dortmund players’ future in doubt

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp’s surprise announcement he will be leaving at the end of the season after seven years in charge has raised questions about the future of some of the big name players at the club.

Klopp, who led Dortmund to two league titles and a German Cup as well as reaching the 2013 Champions League final, was crucial in attracting players to the Ruhr valley club with success all but guaranteed in the past years.

Apr 16, 2015

Soccer-Klopp’s departure puts Dortmund players’ future in doubt

April 16 (Reuters) – Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp’s surprise announcement he will be leaving at the end of the season after seven years in charge has raised questions about the future of some of the big name players at the club.

Klopp, who led Dortmund to two league titles and a German Cup as well as reaching the 2013 Champions League final, was crucial in attracting players to the Ruhr valley club with success all but guaranteed in the past years.

Apr 16, 2015

Soccer-Hamburg hope to be fifth time lucky with Labbadia

April 16 (Reuters) – Former Bundesliga champions Hamburg SV appointed their fifth coach this season when they unveiled Bruno Labbadia on Wednesday, hoping he can steer them past northern rivals Werder Bremen on Sunday and into the playoff spot.

Anchored in last place in the Bundesliga on 25 points with just six games remaining, Hamburg are desperate for points to maintain their unique record of being the only team never to have played in the second division since the top league was created in 1963.

Apr 16, 2015

Fatigue, injuries take toll on Bayern Munich

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Bayern Munich’s surprise 3-1 Champions League loss to Porto was the price the five-time European champions paid for a string of injuries and a tired squad that has not stopped playing, club boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.

The Bavarians, chasing a treble of domestic and European titles, travelled with only 15 in-field players to Portugal for their quarter-final first leg leaving injured Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Bastian Schweinsteiger and David Alaba, among others, behind.

Apr 16, 2015

Soccer-Fatigue, injuries take toll on Bayern Munich

April 16 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich’s surprise 3-1 Champions League loss to Porto was the price the five-time European champions paid for a string of injuries and a tired squad that has not stopped playing, club boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.

The Bavarians, chasing a treble of domestic and European titles, travelled with only 15 in-field players to Portugal for their quarter-final first leg leaving injured Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Bastian Schweinsteiger and David Alaba, among others, behind.

Apr 14, 2015

Bayern count injuries but confident against Porto

BERLIN (Reuters) – Bayern Munich may be missing some of their biggest names when they travel to Porto for the first leg of their Champions League last eight on Wednesday but the Germans are confident they have enough firepower to defend their favourites tag.

Chasing a second treble after 2013, Bayern will be without Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Bastian Schweinsteiger among others but they know their season will not be a success if they do not advance in the Champions League.

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