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Germany's Antonio Rudiger and Jonathan Tah during training.(REUTERS)

Illness, injury hinder Germany for Messi-less Argentina

Dortmund | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON OCT 08, 2019 07:12 PM IST
The match is a repeat of the 2014 World Cup final, but Argentina’s Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo is set to be the only survivor.
The 1. FC Koeln fans light a flare during the Bundesliga match between 1. FC Koeln and Borussia Dortmund at RheinEnergieStadion on August 23, 2019 in Cologne, Germany(Bongarts/Getty Images)
The 1. FC Koeln fans light a flare during the Bundesliga match between 1. FC Koeln and Borussia Dortmund at RheinEnergieStadion on August 23, 2019 in Cologne, Germany(Bongarts/Getty Images)

Feeling that unites: Bundesliga’s fan-tastic story

By Bhargab Sarmah
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2019 08:50 AM IST
Football clubs in Germany enjoy strong bonds with local communities, which is highlighted by the fact that the country’s top division, Bundesliga, boasts of the highest average attendance in Europe.
Popular as he is, manager Juergen Klopp features on graffiti in Liverpool(Getty Images)
Popular as he is, manager Juergen Klopp features on graffiti in Liverpool(Getty Images)

In Liverpool, a working class hero is something to be

Kolkata | By Dhiman Sarkar
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2019 10:35 AM IST
If Liverpool are this relentless forward-pressing team, it is also because players have bought into Klopp’s idea of football.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi challenges for the ball with Dortmund's Manuel Akanji during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019.(AP)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi challenges for the ball with Dortmund's Manuel Akanji during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019.(AP)

Messi returns as Dortmund rue missed chances against Barcelona

Dortmund | By AFP
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2019 10:40 AM IST
Barcelona were lucky to escape with a draw after Dortmund captain Marco Reus missed a penalty and several chances in the second half
FC Union Berlin's Anthony Ujah, Robert Andrich and Marius Bulter celebrate after the match.(REUTERS)
FC Union Berlin's Anthony Ujah, Robert Andrich and Marius Bulter celebrate after the match.(REUTERS)

Union Berlin upset Dortmund for first-ever Bundesliga win

Berlin | By AFP
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2019 12:55 AM IST
Dortmund came into the match heavily favoured to win and reclaim their place on top of the table but struggled to match Union’s enthusiasm in sweltering conditions in the German capital.
The boy drove for about 50 kilometers (representational image).(Unsplash)
The boy drove for about 50 kilometers (representational image).(Unsplash)

8-year-old kid in Germany takes mom’s car for joyride - again

Berlin | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2019 02:15 PM IST
Dortmund police said on Friday night the grade-schooler stole the keys and drove away.
Dortmund's Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel, Dortmund's English midfielder Jadon Sancho, Dortmund's German forward Marco Reus and Dortmund's Polish defender Lukasz Piszczek (L-R) celebrate a goal.(AFP)
Dortmund's Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel, Dortmund's English midfielder Jadon Sancho, Dortmund's German forward Marco Reus and Dortmund's Polish defender Lukasz Piszczek (L-R) celebrate a goal.(AFP)

Jadon Sancho scores as Borussia Dortmund run riot against Augsburg

Berlin | By AFP
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2019 09:35 PM IST
England international Sancho found the net just after half-time as Dortmund ran riot to go top of the table.
Merkur Spielarena, Uerdingen, Germany - August 9, 2019 Borussia Dortmund's Paco Alcacer celebrates scoring their second goal with Manuel Akanji and Nico Schulz REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay(REUTERS)
Merkur Spielarena, Uerdingen, Germany - August 9, 2019 Borussia Dortmund's Paco Alcacer celebrates scoring their second goal with Manuel Akanji and Nico Schulz REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay(REUTERS)

Bundesliga Preview: Dortmund ready to break Bayern Munich’s stranglehold

Berlin | By Reuters
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2019 03:57 PM IST
Bayern have been less successful than Dortmund in the transfer market, having failed to sign several players of their choice, including Manchester City’s Leroy Sane.
File image of Niko Kovac(AP)
File image of Niko Kovac(AP)

Matthaeus: ‘Kovac can build an era at Bayern’

Dortmund | By AFP
PUBLISHED ON AUG 14, 2019 04:55 PM IST
Kovac was under constant pressure in his first year at Bayern last season and faced repeated criticism from inside the dressing room, despite eventually leading the club to the domestic double.
File image of German footballer Mats Hummels.(AFP)
File image of German footballer Mats Hummels.(AFP)

Mats Hummels rejoins Borussia Dortmund from Bayern Munich

Munich | By AFP
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2019 06:17 PM IST
The 30-year-old defender twice won the Bundesliga title with Dortmund before joining Bayern for 35 million euros in 2016.
Liverpool soccer team manager Jurgen Klopp, rides an open top bus during the Champions League Cup Winners Parade in Liverpool, England, Sunday June 2, 2019. Liverpool is champion of Europe for a sixth time after beating Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final played in Madrid Saturday(AP)
Liverpool soccer team manager Jurgen Klopp, rides an open top bus during the Champions League Cup Winners Parade in Liverpool, England, Sunday June 2, 2019. Liverpool is champion of Europe for a sixth time after beating Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final played in Madrid Saturday(AP)

‘I want to see Klopp at Bayern’ - Beckenbauer

Berlin | By AFP
PUBLISHED ON JUN 03, 2019 03:28 PM IST
As Germany celebrated Klopp’s success in last Saturday’s Champions League final, Beckenbauer told Bild newspaper that he was desperate to see the former Dortmund coach join Bundesliga champions Bayern.
Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and team mates celebrate with the trophy after winning the Bundesliga.(REUTERS)
Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and team mates celebrate with the trophy after winning the Bundesliga.(REUTERS)

Fairytale farewell for Robben and Ribery as Bayern Munich win Bundesliga

Munich | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2019 11:37 PM IST
The fairytale farewell for club icons Robben and Ribery saw Bayern end an unusually tight title race two points ahead of rivals Borussia Dortmund, who beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-0.
Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus and Mario Goetze argue with referee Felix Zwayer following a red card against Reus.(REUTERS)
Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus and Mario Goetze argue with referee Felix Zwayer following a red card against Reus.(REUTERS)

Borussia Dortmund handed title blow as Marco Reus slapped with two-game ban

Berlin | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2019 08:14 PM IST
The DFB’s announcement on Monday means the Dortmund captain will return for his side’s visit to Borussia Moenchengladbach on the last day of the season, by which time the destination of the title could already be decided.
Bayern's Robert Lewandowski, top right, jumps for the ball with Nuremberg's Patrick Erras, top left.(AP)
Bayern's Robert Lewandowski, top right, jumps for the ball with Nuremberg's Patrick Erras, top left.(AP)

Bayern survive penalty drama as Nuremberg keep Dortmund in title hunt

Berlin | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2019 11:57 PM IST
Bayern had the chance to go four points clear at the top of the table with three games to go after title rivals Borussia Dortmund lost 4-2 to Schalke on Saturday.
Bayern Munich's Austrian defender David Alaba and Bayern Munich's German midfielder Leon Goretzka celebrate after the German first division Bundesliga football match between FC Bayern Munich and BVB Borussia Dortmund(AFP)
Bayern Munich's Austrian defender David Alaba and Bayern Munich's German midfielder Leon Goretzka celebrate after the German first division Bundesliga football match between FC Bayern Munich and BVB Borussia Dortmund(AFP)

Bayern demolish Dortmund 5-0 to reclaim Bundesliga top spot

Munich | By Reuters
UPDATED ON APR 07, 2019 10:05 AM IST
The Bavarians exploded into action and scored twice in the opening 17 minutes through Mats Hummels and Robert Lewandowski.
Borussia Dortmund's Abdou Diallo in action with Augsburg's Andre Hahn.(REUTERS)
Borussia Dortmund's Abdou Diallo in action with Augsburg's Andre Hahn.(REUTERS)

Borussia Dortmund suffer double injury blow before Bayern Munich showdown

Berlin | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON APR 01, 2019 05:49 PM IST
The pair were injured in last Saturday’s 2-0 win at home to Wolfsburg, which left Dortmund two points ahead of second-placed Bayern before this weekend’s top-of-the-table clash at Munich’s Allianz Arena.
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp(AFP)
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp(AFP)

Klopp wary of Allianz Arena return with Liverpool

Munich | By AFP
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2019 09:09 AM IST
After a goalless draw at Anfield in the first-leg three weeks ago, there is still everything to play for at Munich’s Allianz Arena.
Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring their sixth goal with Leon Goretzka.(REUTERS)
Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring their sixth goal with Leon Goretzka.(REUTERS)

Bayern Munich back on top of Bundesliga as Liverpool loom

Berlin | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2019 11:38 PM IST
Bayern Munich crushed VfL Wolfsburg 6-0 on Saturday with two goals from top scorer Robert Lewandowski, to move ahead of Borussia Dortmund and lead the Bundesliga on goal difference.
Augsburg's Ji Dong-won scores their first goal(REUTERS)
Augsburg's Ji Dong-won scores their first goal(REUTERS)

Defensive woes consume Dortmund ahead of Spurs return

Dortmund | By AFP
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2019 10:09 AM IST
On Friday, Dortmund’s youthful back four of Abdou Diallo, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Manuel Akanji and Achraf Hakimi, all under 23, failed to cope with an Augsburg side fighting relegation.
Bayern Munich's Javi Martinez celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates.(REUTERS)
Bayern Munich's Javi Martinez celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates.(REUTERS)

Bundesliga: Bayern Munich crush Gladbach 5-1 to join Dortmund at top

Berlin | By Reuters
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2019 10:55 AM IST
Gladbach lost their third straight league home game by at least three goals for the first time in their club history.
Bayern Munich's James Rodriguez (L) congratulates Javi Martinez after he scored.(AFP)
Bayern Munich's James Rodriguez (L) congratulates Javi Martinez after he scored.(AFP)

Bundesliga: Bayern Munich bridge gap to Borussia Dortmund with Berlin win

Berlin | By AFP
UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2019 11:40 PM IST
Javi Martinez fired Bayern Munich to a 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin as the defending champions won their 10th Bundesliga match from 11 to draw level on points with Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table on Saturday
Borussia Dortmund's Paco Alcacer and Axel Witsel look dejected at the end of the match against Nuremberg.(Reuters)
Borussia Dortmund's Paco Alcacer and Axel Witsel look dejected at the end of the match against Nuremberg.(Reuters)

Bundesliga: Dortmund slip up again with draw at bottom club Nuremberg

Berlin | By Reuters
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2019 11:14 AM IST
Dortmund are in the midst of a form crisis, having failed to win any of their last five games in all competitions and having been eliminated from the German Cup while also losing 3-0 at Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League round of 16 first leg last week.
Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski(REUTERS)
Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski(REUTERS)

Lewandowski out to torment mentor Klopp at Anfield

Berlin | By AFP
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2019 08:53 PM IST
Lewandowski, Bayern’s top-scorer with 25 goals in 30 games this season, is relishing playing at Anfield when he leads the Germans’ attack in the last 16, first leg.
The home ground of Wisla Krakow in Krakow, Poland.(NYT)
The home ground of Wisla Krakow in Krakow, Poland.(NYT)

‘The hooligans were the club’: Polish football’s Pulp Fiction

Myslenice, Poland | By The New York Times
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2019 08:33 PM IST
Wisla Krakow’s problems were years in the making. But they started to accelerate in 2016, when the team’s longtime owner, Boguslaw Cupial, decided to sell the club
Jan Vertonghen celebrates a goal with his teammates.(Reuters)
Jan Vertonghen celebrates a goal with his teammates.(Reuters)

Champions League: Vertonghen shines as Tottenham cruise past Dortmund 3-0

London | By Reuters
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2019 09:13 AM IST
Jan Vertonghen notched his first goal in the Champions League with a well-timed volley in the 83rd minute after he had set up forward Son for a 47th minute lead. Substitute Fernando Llorente grabbed their third in the 86th.
Marco Reus carries the ball as he and his teammates come out to warm up.(AFP)
Marco Reus carries the ball as he and his teammates come out to warm up.(AFP)

Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus ruled out of Champions League clash against Tottenham

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2019 12:22 PM IST
Marco Reus, who has 17 goals for Dortmund in all competitions and is the club’s leading scorer, injured his thigh during their German Cup defeat by Werder Bremen last week.
Dortmund's German forward Marco Reus celebrates scoring during the German First division Bundesliga football match between Eintracht Frankfurt v BVB Borussia Dortmund(AFP)
Dortmund's German forward Marco Reus celebrates scoring during the German First division Bundesliga football match between Eintracht Frankfurt v BVB Borussia Dortmund(AFP)

Dortmund skipper Reus to miss Spurs Champions League clash - reports

Berlin | By AFP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 11, 2019 08:34 AM IST
Reus, who has scored 17 goals so far this season, left the field in Dortmund’s German Cup penalty shoot-out defeat to Werder Bremen on Tuesday with a thigh problem and sat out training on Sunday.
Bayern Munich's players celebrate after the German first division Bundesliga football match(AFP)
Bayern Munich's players celebrate after the German first division Bundesliga football match(AFP)

Bayern Munich beat Schalke 3-1 to cut Dortmund lead

Berlin | By Reuters
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2019 11:27 AM IST
Dortmund are on 50 points after wasting a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Hoffenheim earlier on Saturday. Borussia Moenchengladbach dropped to third on 42 after losing 3-0 to visiting Hertha Berlin.
Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, Axel Witsel and Julian Weigl look dejected at the end of the match.(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, Axel Witsel and Julian Weigl look dejected at the end of the match.(REUTERS)

Borussia Dortmund waste three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Hoffenheim

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2019 10:45 PM IST
Borussia Dortmund, who face Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League Round of 16 later this month, are top on 50 points.
Bremen's Claudio Pizarro, left, celebrates with Bremen's Max Kruse after scoring his side's second in overtime during the German soccer cup, DFB Pokal, match between Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen in Dortmund(AP)
Bremen's Claudio Pizarro, left, celebrates with Bremen's Max Kruse after scoring his side's second in overtime during the German soccer cup, DFB Pokal, match between Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen in Dortmund(AP)

Flu-hit Dortmund crash out of German Cup on penalties to Bremen

Berlin | By AFP
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2019 09:48 AM IST
Goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka was Bremen’s hero in the shoot-out as he saved Dortmund’s opening attempts from Paco Alcacer and Maximilian Philipp as Bremen won the last-16 tie 4-2 on penalties.
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