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Story lines aplenty
What does one expect when you have two sets of the games biggest rivals in the semi-finals of club football’s biggest competition? There has been no shortage of questions, story lines, and drama leading up to this weeks first leg fixtures.
Perhaps the biggest news came today, with Mario Götze reportedly agreeing to terms to play for Bayern Munich next year. According to Bild, the transfer fee for the young German international is 37 million euros. Götze is the do-all playmaker for Dortmund, who previous to this year had won two straight Bundesliga titles. Götze has become the face of Dortmund these past few seasons and will be missed by the Schwarzgelben. Another question that must be asked is where Götze will fit into an already crowded Bayern midfield?
As if Götze did not already have a lot on his mind, he will be facing fellow German international Mesut Özil of Real Madrid. Özil was the spearhead of the German attack in last summer’s European championship, whi...
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Today’s game sees Bayern Munich host Barcelona in what should be an entertaining match. This is an encounter worthy of final that footy fans are fortunate to see played over two games. Each is team is no stranger to this competition, both Bayern and Barcelona have lifted the trophy four times, with Barcelona having done so twice in the last four years. And to little surprise...
Lionel Messi says Barcelona must not give up hope in the Champions League semifinals after being overwhelmed 4-0 at Bayern Munich in the first leg.
Messi says the return leg at the Camp Nou next week will be ''a very tough match'' given the seemingly insurmountable four-goal difference, but ''you have to go for it and try to achieve it. They are very good...
Lionel Messi has insisted he was fit to face Bayern Munich and has vowed to help Barcelona respond to their heavy defeat in Germany.
The Spanish giants suffered a surprise 4-0 loss in their first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final and are now facing a huge uphill challenge to qualify.
Messi was a peripheral figure at the Allianz Arena and did not look as if he had recovered...
Barcelona's Xavi Hernandez has said he expects Lionel Messi will be fit for Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg at Bayern Munich, despite the Argentinian maestro's hamstring woes.
Messi missed Saturday's laboured 1-0 win against Levante and two games before that for the Spanish league champions-elect since coming on to help inspire his side in their quarter...
At a time when Bayern Munich should be thinking about whether Lionel Messi is healthy enough to play in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals on Tuesday night, the German champion faces questions about a government investigation of club president Uli Hoeness for suspected tax evasion.
The newsmagazine Focus - whose publisher is a member of Bayern's board - reported...
At a time when Bayern Munich should be thinking about whether Lionel Messi is healthy enough to play, the new German champion has been rocked by a huge distraction before its Champions League semifinal against Barcelona.
Reports over the weekend that the club's president, Uli Hoeness, is under investigation for suspected tax evasion have dominated German headlines, nearly overshadowing...
Players who have scored four or more goals in a Champions League match (1993-present):
Five Lionel Messi, Barcelona vs. Bayer Leverkusen, second round, 2011-12
Four Robert Lewandowski, Borussia Dortmund vs. Real Madrid, semifinals, 2012-13
Bafetimbi Gomis, Lyon vs. Dinamo Zagreb, group stage, 2011-12
Lionel Messi, Barcelona vs. Arsenal, quarterfinal, 2009-10
The Bundesliga Champions put one foot into the CL Final with a 4-0 mauling of Lionel Messi and Co. at the Allianz Arena on TuesdayThe post Knockout Blow? Bayern Munich Dismantle Barcelona In 1st Leg appeared first on The Soccer Daily.
It was more than a sound thrashing at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night; it was downright humiliation as Bayern Munich took the upper hand in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal against FC Barcelona. Though a whirlwind of off-field speculation threatened to jeopardize their dominant run of form, the Bavarian giants remained fully focused on exorcising the ghosts of...