Reporter Claims Xabi Alonso Left Spain Because Of Affair With Singer

Xabi Alonso's departure from Real Madrid was confusing from the beginning. Why would a club leader with an automatic starting spot on the Champions League-winning team up and leave? According to one reporter, the choice was less a vote for Bayern Munich than a chance to save his marriage. » 9/05/14 11:15am 9/05/14 11:15am

Is The World's Best Manager Good Enough For Bayern Munich?

On July 27th, just months after the end of Pep Guardiola's first campaign as coach of Bayern Munich—one in which his team won four titles and dominated the Bundesliga like a counselors' team in a summer camp league—Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern's chairman, did something strange. While discussing whether Bayern's… » 9/02/14 11:22am 9/02/14 11:22am

Pep Guardiola Refuses To Shake Hands With MLS Team After All-Star Game

Upset with a pair of hard challenges from Osvaldo Alonso and Will Johnson for MLS in the second half Wednesday night, Pep Guardiola accosted the referees and MLS coach Caleb Porter for the final minutes of the match. As the game ended, he wagged his finger in Porter's face and refused to shake his hand. » 8/07/14 12:37am 8/07/14 12:37am

MLS Answers With An Insane Goal Of Their Own

MLS equalized against Bayern Munich in the 51st minute and it was every bit as sensational as Robert Lewandowski's. Bobby Boswell pushed the ball up the pitch and Erick Torres headed it further to Bradley Wright-Phillips, where a single touch was all that he needed before blasting it to the top corner. Just nasty. » 8/06/14 11:28pm 8/06/14 11:28pm

Robert Lewandowski Scores On Curling Missile Against MLS All-Stars

Lewandowski fired off this rocket for Bayern Munich in the ninth minute of the MLS All-Star Game. Receiving the ball in a crowd of defenders, it didn't look like he had a chance to get anything off, but the ball popped up on his first touch and it actually bought him some time to wind up and kick the stuffing out of… » 8/06/14 10:53pm 8/06/14 10:53pm

Why Soccer Tactics Matter: A Player Explains

Everyone in soccer is constantly talking about tactics. In recent years, we've gushed over the development of conservative 11-men-behind-the-ball approaches, the growth of tiki-taka and passenaccio, the rise of the mythical 4-2-3-1, and the spread of gegenpressing and counterattacking. I love this stuff. My friends… » 4/23/14 1:44pm 4/23/14 1:44pm

Run The Jules: Your Guide To The USMNT's Newest (Maybe?) Star

During last night's USA-Mexico friendly, USMNT fans finally got a glimpse of Julian Green, the 18-year-old superstar-in-the-making(?) who spurned Germany to play for the US. The massive excitement at his arrival is matched only by the massive amount we don't know about him. Who is this guy? Is he really that good?… » 4/03/14 11:37am 4/03/14 11:37am

Arjen Robben Carries FC Bayern To Champions League Glory


Bayern Munich just knocked off German rivals Borussia Dortmund, 2-1, in the Champions League final after Bayern winger Arjen Robben scored in the 89th minute to win the match. It was maybe the best possible end to an action-packed match that was open and free-flowing from the opening whistle. It was also the best… » 5/25/13 8:33pm 5/25/13 8:33pm

Bayern Demolish Barcelona In A Changing Of The Guard

In the first leg of last night's Champions League semifinal, the world witnessed a coup that was anything but graceful. For Barcelona, it was painful, tragic, vaguely horrifying. It was violent. After five years of undisputed domination, Barça were not allowed to simply fade away, to retire back to Spain. Over a… » 4/24/13 4:51pm 4/24/13 4:51pm

ITV Cuts Into Champions League Extra Time To Bring You A Very Surprised…

Three minutes into extra time of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich's Champions League second leg, ITV—broadcasting the match in Britain—cut to the News At Ten studio. The anchor was as confused as the viewers. There was still plenty of soccer to be played, and it was 15 minutes shy of 10:00 anyway. » 4/25/12 5:05pm 4/25/12 5:05pm