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No name calling just yet please, say Leverkusen

March 9, 2010

So they lost their first match of the season and dropped back three points from the top.

UPDATE: Controversial Champions League gives way to Predictions League!

February 22, 2010

Well the fight for fourth spot in the Premier League looks like being one of the most intriguing battles in Europe as we near the latter stages of the season. Tottenham and Aston Villa won but Manchester City drew 0-0 with Liverpool in a drab game to leave it all as close as an Olympic downhill.

Robben teaches Germans to love long johns

February 4, 2010

Germans used to laugh at soccer players who wore long johns in the winter, belittling anyone who opted not to play in shorts as a light-weight. Germans even have a derogatory name for the thermal underwear: Liebestoeter  (passion killers).  SOCCER-GERMANY/

Heynckes turning talented Leverkusen into title contenders

February 2, 2010

SOCCER-GERMANY/The qualities of the young Leverkusen team were already evident last season. Under Bruno Labbadia, they were exciting to watch for the first half of the campaign but crumbled after the winter break to end up in ninth.

Leverkusen lead and Schalke sparkle in Bundesliga

December 21, 2009

If anyone had said at the start of the season that a pensioner fresh out of retirement would steer perennial underachievers Bayer Leverkusen to the top of the Bundesliga at the halfway mark, they would have been called mad.

Early Christmas present for Van Gaal, Bayern

December 9, 2009

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal got an early Christmas present. He gets to keep his job until at least after the festive season is over following Bayern’s 4-1 crushing of Juventus in Italy to advance to the Champions League knockout stage.

Watch out Inter after Serie A flounders in Europe

December 9, 2009

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Going into the last round of Champions League group games, Italy was the only nation with a chance of having all four entrants in the last 16.

Bayern are worse off under Van Gaal than Klinsmann — official

November 4, 2009

Bayern Munich directors must be feeling very uncomfortable at the moment. Their team are sixth in the Bundesliga and almost out of the Champions League.

Would Bayern have been better off selling Ribery?

October 23, 2009

Franck Ribery’s knee injury has flared up again and the problem could not have come at a worse time for Bayern Munich.

Live blogging the Champions League

September 15, 2009

The Champions League is back and our reporters are currently wringing out their wet things (Mitch Phillips at Chelsea)/basking in the evening sunshine by the River Manzanares (Iain Rogers at Atletico) and undergoing all climactic variations in between.