Bayern lets 2-goal lead slip at home, draws with Wolfsburg
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich let a two-goal lead slip at home in the Bundesliga as it was held by struggling Wolfsburg to 2-2 on Friday.
First-half goals from Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben counted for little as Bayern dropped points for the second time in six games following a lackluster performance.
Wolfsburg hires Martin Schmidt after firing Andries Jonker
WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) — Wolfsburg has hired Martin Schmidt to coach the Bundesliga side as a swift replacement for Andries Jonker.
Jonker was fired on Monday after less than seven months in charge, with Saturday's 1-0 loss at Stuttgart leaving Wolfsburg with four points from its opening four league games of the new campaign.
The 50-year-old Schmidt has signed a contract through 2019 and he will take charge of Tuesday's game against Werder Bremen.
Wolfsburg defender John Brooks could miss Bundesliga opener
BERLIN (AP) — United States defender John Anthony Brooks injured his thigh in his competitive debut for Wolfsburg and could miss the Bundesliga club's opener against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
Brooks went off in the 37th minute of Wolfsburg's 1-0 win over fourth-tier club Eintracht Norderstedt in the German Cup.
Wolfsburg coach Andries Jonker says "we don't have an exact diagnosis yet. ... For the Dortmund game there's still a question mark."
WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) — Wolfsburg signed United States defender John Anthony Brooks for a reported fee of 20 million euros ($22.4 million) from Bundesliga rival Hertha Berlin on Wednesday, a record transfer for an American player.
The fee eclipses the reported $13 million paid by Premier League club Sunderland for striker Jozy Altidore in 2013 from AZ Alkmaar.
Wolfsburg, which only escaped relegation through a playoff, said Brooks would get a contract through 2022.
BRAUNSCHWEIG, Germany (AP) — Wolfsburg clinched Bundesliga survival by beating Eintracht Braunschweig 1-0, giving the side a 2-0 victory on aggregate in their relegation-promotion playoff on Monday.
Vieirinha's powerful strike after the break gave the visiting side a comfortable cushion, after Mario Gomez gave Wolfsburg a 1-0 win at home in the first leg.
BERLIN (AP) — Despite starting so well, Andries Jonker has only three games left to ensure 2009 Bundesliga champion Wolfsburg survives.
Just goal difference separates Wolfsburg from the relegation zone ahead of its visit to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, its home match against Borussia Moenchengladbach and former coach Dieter Hecking the following weekend, and a high stakes clash at Hamburger SV on the last day of the season.
BERLIN (AP) — Mario Gomez's remarkable run of scoring in every Bundesliga game under Wolfsburg coach Andries Jonker finally ended Wednesday in a 1-0 defeat at home to Freiburg.
Florian Niederlechner scored late to lift Freiburg to seventh and leave Wolfsburg, Bundesliga champion in 2009 and Champions League quarterfinalist last year, teetering just a point above the relegation zone.
Gomez hat trick but Wolfsburg held 3-3 at Leverkusen
BERLIN (AP) — Wolfsburg forward Mario Gomez scored a rapid hat trick before 17-year-old Kai Havertz equalized for Bayer Leverkusen in a frenetic finale to their 3-3 draw in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
Gomez thought he'd capped a stunning turnaround when he completed his hat trick in a seven-minute span to continue his remarkable record of scoring in every game under Wolfsburg coach Andries Jonker. But Havertz salvaged a point for Leverkusen with a minute remaining.