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Pernille Harder: ‘I always dreamed of being one of the biggest players’

The Wolfsburg and Denmark forward on being voted the Guardian’s best female footballer in the world, second in the Ballon d’Or, but missing out on next year’s World CupPernille Harder, the first player to be announced as No 1 on the Guardian’s list of …

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Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson in Bundesliga goals while Bayern stop rot

Sancho sparks Borussia Dortmund’s 4-0 rout at StuttgartNelson hits two in Hoffenheim win, Bayern sink WolfsburgJadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson were among the goals on Saturday as the exciting English teenagers continued to impress in the Bundesliga.Sanch…

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Wolfsburg sack English striker Kaylen Hinds after 20-year-old goes awol

• Former Arsenal forward has been absent ‘for several weeks’• Bundesliga club terminate contract with immediate effectWolfsburg have terminated the contract of English forward Kaylen Hinds after the former Arsenal player went awol from the German club …

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Wolfsburg keep chaos from the door as strong Bundesliga start continues | Andy Brassell

A good start under Bruno Labbadia has festered optimism with Die Wölfe having already upstaged Leverkusen and SchalkeLooking into one’s crystal ball a fortnight ago, it would have been no surprise to learn that following the meeting between Bayer Lever…

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Lyon sweep to Women’s Champions League win over 10-player Wolfsburg

• Women’s Champions League final: Wolfsburg 1-4 Lyon• Extra-time comeback secures fifth title for French sideGoals from Amandine Henry, Eugénie Le Sommer, Ada Hegerberg and Camille Abily handed Lyon their third consecutive Champions League title after …

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Wolfsburg Women v Lyon Féminin: Women’s Champions League final — live!

Live updates from the final in Kiev (KO, 5pm BST)Lucy Bronze targets Champions League glory with LyonEmail or tweet Simon your thoughts 4.05pm BST The team sheets are in, and look like this:So starten unsere Wölfinnen ins #UWCLfinal gegen @OL! #WOBOLY…

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Lucy Bronze targets Champions League glory with Lyon in Kiev

Liverpool supporters are not the only English in Ukraine this week – the former Manchester City defender Lucy Bronze is aiming for a treble in her first season at the French clubWhen Lucy Bronze moved from Manchester City to the European champions Lyon…

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Manchester City must overcome Bronze in silverware raid on Lyon

A former player and the dominant side in women’s football stand in the way of a Champions League final spotThe green and gold cupolas of Kiev’s 11th-century St Sophia Cathedral are beguiling at any time of year but the light in May shows them off to pa…

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Survival expert Labbadia struggling to keep Wolfsburg from trapdoor | Andy Brassell

Wolfsburg’s continued plummet down the league has led to genuine fears they could finish bottom this seasonWhen Bruno Labbadia arrives in a new post, it’s with a certain label attached– that of relegation battle specialist, and it’s one well-earned in …

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Tayfun Korkut the unlikely architect of Stuttgart’s revival | Andy Brassell

Less than a month after what seemed a deeply underwhelming appointment, it has begun to seem a brighter future is possibleThe fabled ‘new manager bounce’ is one thing. Stuttgart winning away, though? That’s something else entirely and after a first vic…

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Bundesliga round-up: Aubameyang suspended for Dortmund draw with Wolfsburg

• Gabon striker dropped for stalemate after missing team meeting• England prospect Jadon Sancho makes full league debut for DortmundBorussia Dortmund misfired in the goalless draw against VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday after suspending their leading striker P…

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Wolfsburg hungry for more as Englische Woche leaves Leipzig gasping for break | Andy Brassell

Martin Schmidt has Wolfsburg climbing the Bundesliga table but the winter break can’t come soon enough for RB Leipzig“I would say it’s something to learn from.” Divock Origi’s summary of his glaring second-half miss that might have given Wolfsburg vict…

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Last-minute penalty by Internazionale’s Mauro Icardi settles Milan derby

• Valencia beat Real Betis 6-3 and rise to second in La Liga table• Wolfsburg come from behind twice to draw at Bayer LeverkusenInternazionale snatched a dramatic 3-2 win over Milan thanks to a last-minute penalty from Mauro Icardi, who completed his h…

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European roundup: James Rodríguez inspires Bayern to Bundesliga summit

• On loan Real Madrid forward scores and assists in 3-0 win at Schalke
• Internazionale go top of Serie A despite surrendering 100% record

James Rodríguez made a stunning full debut for Bayern Munich as the Bundesliga champions returned to top spot for at least 24 hours with a 3-0 win at Schalke, while there was a change of leadership in Serie A, too, though Internazionale will be far less happy with only drawing 1-1 at Bologna, surrendering their 100% record.

For Bayern, Rodríguez scored one goal and had a hand in both the others as his side continued to ease the pressure on Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian coach came under fire after a recent loss at Hoffenheim but Tuesday’s result means Bayern have responded by scoring 10 goals without reply in their last three games.

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Dortmund jettison Ousmane Dembélé worries as Peter Bosz has instant impact

Christian Pulisic and Mario Götze excelled in a ruthless, full-throttle victory at Wolfsburg which made mincemeat of the predictions after a summer of turmoil

Everybody loves a shock result on the opening day of the season. What was so unusual as the Bundesliga got back to business was that Borussia Dortmund’s comprehensive victory at Wolfsburg on Saturday afternoon – last term’s third-placed finishers winning at the team that ended third-bottom, having to win the dreaded relegation-promotion play-off to save themselves – felt like it was one of them.

Given that this summer was supposed to tidy up some loose ends at Westfalen, it’s been far from a smooth ride for Dortmund and their fans over the last two-and-a-bit months. After the expected, but clumsily-handled exit of Thomas Tuchel, Nice’s miracle worker Lucien Favre (who previously performed similar feats at Hertha Berlin and Borussia Mönchengladbach) was expected to step in. There was one small problem. The Côte d’Azur club’s president, Jean-Pierre Rivère, wouldn’t play ball, and having had months to plan for the Tuchel succession, Dortmund’s CEO, Hans-Joachim Watzke, and sporting director, Michael Zorc, were left with an unsightly gap to fill, and quickly.

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John Brooks becomes priciest US footballer with €20m Wolfsburg move

  • Central defender leaves hometown club Hertha Berlin
  • Previous record was held by striker Jozy Altidore

John Brooks has become the most expensive US footballer in history after making the move from Hertha Berlin to Wolfsburg for a reported €20m ($22.5m). The previous record belonged to Jozy Altidore, who moved from AZ Alkmaar to Sunderland for €10m in 2013.

The defender was born in Berlin to an American father and German mother, and has played for Hertha for his entire career but reportedly requested a transfer. “It wasn’t an easy decision to leave my hometown, but after the talks with [sporting director] Olaf Rebbe and [coach] Andries Jonker I wanted to join Wolfsburg because both soon convinced me of their plans for VfL,” Brooks told Wolfsburg’s official website. “I want to contribute my share so that Wolfsburg can live up to their earlier success.”

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Bundesliga: Wolfsburg face relegation play-off after late winner saves Hamburg

• Luca Waldschmidt’s 88th-minute header settles crucial clash
• Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso play final Bayern Munich games

Luca Waldschmidt’s 88th-minute header sealed Hamburg’s Bundesliga survival and condemned opponents Wolfsburg to a relegation play-off.

Wolfsburg, who won the title in 2008-09 and reached the Champions League quarter-finals just last season, must tackle the third-placed team from Germany’s second tier to determine their fate. With one round of that division remaining, that team is likely to be local rivals Eintracht Braunschweig.

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Champions Bayern and woeful Wolfsburg look forward to very different futures | Andy Brassell

Bayern Munich wrapped up a fifth straight Bundesliga title sparking scene of celebration, but the outlook for Wolfsburg is far bleaker

It has been a long couple of weeks for Bayern Munich. Little wonder, then, that Thiago Alcântara’s first words as the players made it back to the dressing room after celebrating with a fifth straight Bundesliga crown with their travelling fans at Wolfsburg were, according to Süddeutsche Zeitung, a throaty cry of “donde está el alcohol?”

Long after the season is done, Bayern will pick over the season’s two most costly defeats, each of which defy comprehension for very different reasons – to Real Madrid, in the Champions League and last week, to Borussia Dortmund in the DfB Pokal semi-final. In that context, no specific celebration was planned for Lower Saxony on Saturday, where Bayern knew the title would be theirs if they won in the late game – providing RB Leipzig failed to beat Ingolstadt earlier, and that match had finished goalless.

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Bayern Munich seal fifth consecutive Bundesliga title with Wolfsburg win

Bayern Munich secured a record-extending fifth consecutive Bundesliga title after beating Wolfsburg 6-0 to open up an unassailable 10-point lead with three matches remaining. The Bavarians, who have won 27 German championships, are on 73 points, with RB Leipzig in second place on 63 after they were held to a goalless draw by Ingolstadt.

“It is amazing what this team did again this season in the Bundesliga,” said the retiring Bayern captain, Philipp Lahm. “It is not a given we will always march through the league like we did this season.”

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Carlo Ancelotti laments Bayern’s off-day as 2-2 Mainz draw gives RB Leipzig hope

• ‘We should have done better,’ says Bayern coach
• Second-placed RB Leipzig play Schalke on Sunday

Carlo Ancelotti, the Bayern Munich coach, admitted his side had an off-day in a 2-2 home draw against struggling Mainz which gave second-placed RB Leipzig a glimmer of hope.

Related: Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick seals Real Madrid win over Bayern Munich

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