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Borussia Dortmund: where dreams are made or a glorified feeder club? | Jonathan Liew

The Bundesliga side’s recruitment policy is held up as a model – but they have won only one trophy since 2012 The chase begins frighteningly early. Often years in advance and usually when the object is still a child. Jude Bellingham and Gio Reyna were …

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Imperious Bayern Munich finally get tripped up … by another Hoeness | Andy Brassell

Since 2016-17, Hoffenheim have taken more points from Bayern than any other team. On Sunday, Sebastian Hoeness did it againRarely a day goes by on which the name isn’t in the sports pages, or is writing itself large over news reaction and discussion sh…

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Schalke sack David Wagner after latest Bundesliga defeat

Former Huddersfield manager pays price for long winless runSchalke say they will appoint successor in next few daysSchalke have sacked David Wagner as head coach following their poor start to the 2020-21 campaign, the Bundesliga club said in a statemen…

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European roundup: Dortmund crash to shock defeat by Augsburg

Daniel Caligiuri stars for Augsburg in 2-0 victoryLazio and Atalanta start with wins in Serie ABundesliga title hopefuls Borussia Dortmund suffered a blow in a 2-0 defeat at Augsburg on Saturday, surrendering without a fight as Daniel Caligiuri set up …

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From Rome to Rio: where fans are back in stadiums and where they are barred

A look at what is allowed in mainland Europe’s major leagues and selected other countries amid the coronavirus crisisThe government on Wednesday announced a reduction in the number of fans allowed in grounds. Initially 5,000 had been permitted but risi…

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Bayern Munich blow Schalke away with sensational silent symphony | Andy Brassell

Serge Gnabry scored a hat-trick and Leroy Sané dazzled on debut in an 8-0 win for the champions on gala nightFriday night. Opening night. Gala night for the champions. Yet if it was so familiar for Bayern Munich, it was alien too. The Rekordmeister has…

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European roundup: Real Madrid held goalless by Real Sociedad

Champions begin their defence of La Liga with drawJuventus make winning Serie A start under PirloReal Madrid made an underwhelming return to La Liga as they could only draw 0-0 at Real Sociedad in the first game of their title defence.The champions loo…

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European roundup: Haaland double fires Dortmund to winning start

Haaland sees off Mönchengladbach, Hertha beat BremenUnai Emery earns first win as Villarreal hit back to beat EibarErling Braut Haaland scored twice and teenager Giovanni Reyna added another as Borussia Dortmund cruised past Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-…

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Gnabry hat-trick and Sané debut light up Bayern Munich’s 8-0 rout of Schalke

Bayern Munich crushed Schalke 8-0 with a hat-trick from Serge Gnabry and a superb debut from Leroy Sané as they made a sensational start to the new Bundesliga season.The treble winners sent an ominous warning to the rest of the league when Gnabry grabb…

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Crystal Palace selling Sørloth to Leipzig and hope to sign Brentford’s Benrahma

Palace splitting £20m fee for Sørloth with TrabzonsporMove for Benrahma not contingent on Zaha leaving Crystal Palace have agreed to sell the striker Alexander Sørloth to RB Leipzig and are hoping to use the proceeds to fund a move for Brentford’s Saïd…

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Englishmen, crowds and a ‘greedy piranha’: welcome back Bundesliga | Andy Brassell

Bayern and Dortmund loom large over the rest as Leipzig and Leverkusen adjust after high-profile departuresThere are many knock-on effects of such a short pause between seasons and even though the Bundesliga enjoyed a more civilised rest period than ma…

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José Mourinho keen to bring Eintracht Frankfurt striker Bas Dost to Spurs

Bundesliga club value Dost at £5.1m but Spurs prefer loanExperienced, 6ft 4in Dost fits profile Mourinho wantsJosé Mourinho is interested in taking Bas Dost from Eintracht Frankfurt as he pushes to add a different option to Harry Kane at centre-forward…

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José Mourinho keen to bring Eintracht Frankfurt striker Bas Dost to Spurs

Bundesliga club value Dost at £5.1m but Spurs prefer loanExperienced, 6ft 4in Dost fits profile Mourinho wantsJosé Mourinho is interested in taking Bas Dost from Eintracht Frankfurt as he pushes to add a different option to Harry Kane at centre-forward…

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Gareth Bale on Manchester United radar after Jadon Sancho move hits impasse

United may explore loan with Real Madrid if Sancho abandonedDortmund’s asking price considered too high by UnitedManchester United are at an impasse over their bid to buy Jadon Sancho because of Borussia Dortmund’s €120m (£110m) valuation and may explo…

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How Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich became the new Philipp Lahm | Andy Brassell

Bayern’s latest elite utility man is increasingly outgrowing one of the more imposing club shadows of recent timesAfter months of cliche and assumption, they’re finally getting their due credit. It may not have quite been Bayern Munich at their best, r…

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PSG’s Kylian Mbappé fit to start against Leipzig in Champions League semi-final

Thomas Tuchel says Mbappé is fit after recent ankle problemsTuchel worked with Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann at AugsburgKylian Mbappé is set to start for Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday as they take on RB Leipzig for a place in the Champions League final …

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RB Leipzig’s Moritz Volz: ‘We went into this being the team nobody wants to face’

Former Fulham right-back is now a coach at the German club and says the inspirational Julian Nagelsmann can help them beat PSG in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-finalMoritz Volz’s preparations for this interview have taken a surprising turn. Once upon…

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Manchester United’s Tahith Chong set for loan to Werder Bremen

Chong given permission to train with Bundesliga clubThe Dutch winger is contracted to United until 2022Manchester United winger Tahith Chong has joined up with Werder Bremen’s pre-season training camp in Austria ahead of a potential loan move to the Bu…

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Jérôme Boateng: ‘I would not say no to the Premier League. I loved it there’

Defender on how Bayern found their joy again, German’s young talent, facing Chelsea and why he could return to England one day“There were hard times,” Jérôme Boateng says as his mind drifts back to Bayern Munich’s wobbles at the start of the season. “I…

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Jérôme Boateng: ‘I would not say no to the Premier League. I loved it there’

Defender on how Bayern found their joy again, German’s young talent, facing Chelsea and why he could return to England one day“There were hard times,” Jérôme Boateng says as his mind drifts back to Bayern Munich’s wobbles at the start of the season. “I…