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Oct 26, 2015

Soccer-FA boss no-show in parliament would damage German football-MP

BERLIN, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Germany’s soccer chief must urgently appear before a parliament committee to answer allegations of slush fund payments to secure the 2006 World Cup, and to tackle a scandal that threatens to damage the sport in Germany, MP Oezcan Mutlu said on Monday.

“There are questions after questions that have remained unanswered and that is not contributing to the clearing up of what exactly happened with our “Sommermaerchen” (summer fairy tale),” said Green Party MP Mutlu, echoing a term used to describe an outpouring of enthusiasm among Germans around the tournament that year.

Oct 25, 2015

Aubameyang wins bet with hat-trick as Dortmund crush Augsburg

BERLIN (Reuters) – Borussia Dortmund crushed bottom-placed Augsburg 5-1 on Sunday, with a hat-trick from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, to cut the gap with leaders Bayern Munich back to seven points.

The Gabon international, who now has 13 goals in 10 matches and is joint top of the scorers’ list with Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich, grabbed two goals late in the game after also putting them in the lead in the 18th minute.

Oct 25, 2015

Soccer-Aubameyang wins bet with hat-trick as Dortmund crush Augsburg

BERLIN, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Borussia Dortmund crushed bottom-placed Augsburg 5-1 on Sunday, with a hat-trick from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, to cut the gap with leaders Bayern Munich back to seven points.

The Gabon international, who now has 13 goals in 10 matches and is joint top of the scorers’ list with Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich, grabbed two goals late in the game after also putting them in the lead in the 18th minute.

Oct 24, 2015

Robben scores on comeback in Bayern’s 1,000th league win

BERLIN (Reuters) – Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben sparkled on his comeback from injury after almost two months, scoring the champions’ first goal in a 4-0 demolition of Cologne on Saturday for their 1,000th victory in the Bundesliga that put them 10 points clear at the top.

Dutchman Robben, out since Sept. 3 when he was injured in the Netherlands’ 1-0 loss to Iceland in a Euro 2016 qualifier, slotted in from close range after a back heel from Robert Lewandowski in the 35th minute, finally breaking the resistance of the visitors.

Oct 24, 2015

Soccer-Robben scores on comeback in Bayern’s 1,000th league win

BERLIN, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben sparkled on his comeback from injury after almost two months, scoring the champions’ first goal in a 4-0 demolition of Cologne on Saturday for their 1,000th victory in the Bundesliga that put them 10 points clear at the top.

Dutchman Robben, out since Sept. 3 when he was injured in the Netherlands’ 1-0 loss to Iceland in a Euro 2016 qualifier, slotted in from close range after a back heel from Robert Lewandowski in the 35th minute, finally breaking the resistance of the visitors.

Oct 22, 2015

Schubert hitting all the right notes with Gladbach

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Borussia Moenchengladbach reserve team coach Andre Schubert was only supposed to be a stop-gap solution when he took over from Lucien Favre at the Bundesliga strugglers last month but after four straight league wins and a Champions League draw, the players may be dancing to his tune a while longer.

The 44-year-old was put in charge after Favre resigned in September following a miserable start to the season that saw Gladbach lose five straight.

Oct 22, 2015

Soccer-Schubert hitting all the right notes with Gladbach

Oct 22 (Reuters) – Borussia Moenchengladbach reserve team coach Andre Schubert was only supposed to be a stop-gap solution when he took over from Lucien Favre at the Bundesliga strugglers last month but after four straight league wins and a Champions League draw, the players may be dancing to his tune a while longer.

The 44-year-old was put in charge after Favre resigned in September following a miserable start to the season that saw Gladbach lose five straight.

Oct 21, 2015

‘Kaiser Franz’ finds himself in FIFA trouble

BERLIN (Reuters) – “Kaiser Franz” has been the nearest thing Germany has to royalty, the World Cup-winning player and coach enjoying a unique status among the country’s athletes past and present.

On Wednesday however, FIFA’s ethics committee said it had passed on Franz Beckenbauer’s case to the organisation’s ethics judge for a ruling on alleged non-cooperation with investigations into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Oct 21, 2015

Soccer-“Kaiser Franz” finds himself in FIFA trouble

BERLIN, Oct 21 (Reuters) – “Kaiser Franz” has been the nearest thing Germany has to royalty, the World Cup-winning player and coach enjoying a unique status among the country’s athletes past and present.

On Wednesday however, FIFA’s ethics committee said it had passed on Franz Beckenbauer’s case to the organisation’s ethics judge for a ruling on alleged non-cooperation with investigations into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Oct 21, 2015

Bayern missing perfection, luck in season’s first defeat

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Bayern Munich bosses leapt to the defence of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer after the German champions suffered their first loss of the season, 2-0 at Arsenal on Tuesday, after luck and their usual lethal touch in front of goal deserted them.

The German World Cup winner gifted Arsenal the opening goal in a rare moment of uncertainty, when he came out to meet a Santi Cazorla free kick but flapped at the ball and substitute Olivier Giroud bundled it home for the first goal Bayern have conceded in the competition.

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