SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's 3-0 win over Bolivia in the Copa America opener Friday showed two players fighting for the starting position that until recently belonged to injured Neymar.
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich has confirmed that fan favorites Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben are to leave the club at the end of this season, with a testimonial game planned for both players in...
Bayern Munich’s decline laid bare by Liverpool
MUNICH (AP) — Trailing against Liverpool and desperate for goals as time wound down, Bayern Munich came up empty.
Sure, the team still has a chance to win both the Bundesliga and the German...
Bayern enduring its worst Bundesliga season in 7 years
Bayern Munich is putting together its worst Bundesliga performance in seven years.
A 3-1 loss at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday was Bayern's fourth so far this campaign — as many as it had all of last season. Bayern hasn't lost so many games by the 20th round since Borussia Dortmund last won the title in 2012.
Starring role beckons for Alphonso Davies at Bayern Munich
BERLIN (AP) — Canadian teenager Alphonso Davies could be thrown in at the deep end.
The 18-year-old winger will likely get his first taste of Bundesliga action for Bayern Munich in the coming weeks, if not on Friday.
Bayern restarts the league after the winter break at Hoffenheim, where Davies could play because of injuries to Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben. Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman are the only two other healthy wingers Bayern has.
Bayern veteran Franck Ribery injured in training game
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has been ruled out indefinitely after picking up a thigh injury in an internal training game.
The Bavarian club says Ribery tore muscle fiber in his right thigh during Wednesday evening's training session at the team's winter camp in Doha, Qatar. The team does not say how long the 35-year-old Frenchman will be out.
Bayern is already without Arjen Robben (thigh injury) and Corentin Tolisso (cruciate ligament).
Bayern routs Benfica 5-1 to advance in Champions League
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich secured its place in the knockout stage of the Champions League with a 5-1 rout of Benfica on Tuesday, easing the pressure on coach Niko Kovac.
Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski both scored twice for the home side, ensuring Bayern qualified for the round of 16 with a game to spare in Group E.
Champions league: Bayern made to work for 2-0 win over AEK
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Bayern Munich exploited a brief lapse in AEK Athens' determined defense to score twice in two minutes for a 2-0 win in the Champions League, easing pressure on the Bundesliga champions and coach Niko Kovac.
Shaking off a mistake-prone first half, Javi Martinez and Robert Lewandowski struck in the 61st and 63rd minutes at the Olympic Stadium for Bayern's second victory in Group E, as AEK suffered its third defeat.
Bayern ends winless streak, Dortmund continues to impress
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich won.
Four weeks and four games after its last win, Bayern could celebrate on Saturday, a day after lashing out against unfavorable media coverage.
Even then, it had to survive a scare at Wolfsburg to prevail 3-1.
Meanwhile, Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund remained impressive in beating Stuttgart 4-0.
Robert Lewandowski led Bayern with two goals and an assist against his favorite league rival.
Augsburg snatches late 1-1 draw as Bayern drops 1st points
BERLIN (AP) — Augsburg ended Bayern Munich's winning start to the Bundesliga on Tuesday by scoring a late equalizer for a 1-1 draw, subduing an atmosphere that was already flat due to fan protests.
Felix Goetze - the brother of former Bayern midfielder Mario Goetze - bundled the ball over the line with his chest in the 86th minute after the hosts failed to deal with a corner.
VAR troubles labeled a ‘shambles’ in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — The video assistant referee system stole the spotlight on the opening weekend of the German league as frustrations with the technology carried over from last season.
Players, coaches and fans are wondering how VAR can have worked so well at the World Cup in Russia in June and July, yet continue to cause problems in the Bundesliga.
Bayern battles to start Bundesliga title defense with win
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich launched its Bundesliga title defense with a 3-1 win over Hoffenheim on Friday, though the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) denied the champions a wider margin of victory in the season-opener.
Arjen Robben wrapped up the scoring in injury time, blasting the ball past Oliver Baumann after being set up by Thomas Mueller.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been included in Bayern Munich's squad for the German Cup final on Saturday, boosting hopes he will be fit enough for the World Cup.
Neuer, who hasn't played since September because of a hairline fracture in his left foot after being injured in training, says it's "perhaps the best news of the day."
Bayern Munich reaches Champions League semifinals
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich reached its sixth Champions League semifinal in seven seasons with a 0-0 draw against Sevilla in the second leg of their quarterfinal on Wednesday.
The Bavarian powerhouse, which clinched its sixth consecutive Bundesliga title on Saturday, progressed to the final four of Europe's premier competition thanks to its 2-1 win in the first leg in Spain.
Bayern will face one of Liverpool, Roma or Real Madrid in the semifinals.
Lewandowski rescues late 2-1 win for Bayern in Wolfsburg
BERLIN (AP) — Robert Lewandowski scored an injury-time penalty for Bayern Munich to beat Wolfsburg 2-1 and move 21 points clear in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Lewandowski converted his league-leading 20th goal from the spot after Arjen Robben - who earlier missed a penalty - was pulled back by the arm by Gian-Luca Itter.
Bayern routs Paderborn 6-0 to book German Cup semifinal
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich booked its place in the German Cup semifinals with a 6-0 win at third-division leader Paderborn on Tuesday.
Jupp Heynckes' 19th victory from 20 games since returning as coach keeps his side on track to repeat the 2013 treble of his previous stint in charge. Bayern is 18 points clear in the Bundesliga and likely to wrap up the title in record time, next faces Turkish side Besiktas in the Champions League, and has only two more games to win to reclaim the German Cup.
Robben’s influence rubs off on Marseille talent Thauvin
PARIS (AP) — Arjen Robben's influence has traveled all the way from Germany to the south of France and landed at the twinkling feet of Marseille winger Florian Thauvin.
Thauvin is one of the league's best performers this season, scoring 10 goals and providing nine assists in 22 games, and his style has all the hallmarks of the Bayern Munich veteran.
Mueller’s 100th Bundesliga goal as Bayern gets 16-point lead
BERLIN (AP) — Thomas Mueller took his Bundesliga tally to 100 goals to help Bayern Munich stretch its considerable league lead even further Sunday with a 4-2 win over visiting Werder Bremen.
"It's always nice to score," the Germany forward said. "I didn't have the mark in mind, but of course it's nice. I'll take the day with me to bed."
France qualifies for World Cup; but Netherlands fails again
SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) — Antoine Griezmann scored one goal and made the other as France beat Belarus 2-1 to qualify for next year's World Cup, while a 2-0 home win for the Netherlands against Sweden was in vain as it failed to reach its second straight major tournament.
France won Group A with 23 points, four clear of the Netherlands and Sweden, which advances to the playoffs on goal difference. Bulgaria finished fourth ahead of Luxembourg and Belarus.
Robben retires from Dutch team after 2-0 win over Sweden
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Arjen Robben, the wily winger who was a key player for the Netherlands during the last two World Cups, announced his retirement from the national team after scoring both goals in a victory over Sweden on Tuesday.
It was a bittersweet moment for the 33-year-old veteran, since the Dutch needed to score five more goals to qualify for the World Cup finals next year. "I wanted to show one more time all the things that I can do," he said.
Bayern held again in 1st game since firing coach Ancelotti
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich's crisis deepened Sunday as it was held to a 2-2 draw at Hertha Berlin in its first Bundesliga game since firing Carlo Ancelotti as coach.
Bayern, which was mauled 3-0 by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday, let slip a two-goal lead for the second successive German league game and now finds itself five points behind leader Borussia Dortmund after just seven rounds.
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.
BERLIN (AP) — Arjen Robben scored in the fifth minute of injury time for Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich to come back from two goals down and beat Leipzig 5-4 on Saturday.
"It was a crazy game," said Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti, whose side wrapped up the title two weeks ago.
How Bayern claimed its 5th straight Bundesliga title
BERLIN (AP) — No team had ever won the Bundesliga more than three times in a row before Bayern Munich extended it to four last year.
Now make that five.
As expected, the Bavarian powerhouse extended its record with its fifth straight title Saturday, beating Wolfsburg 6-0 away to wrap up its 27th German championship overall with three games to go.
How did Bayern do it and what makes the club so dominant in Germany?
Bayern title charge slowed by another Bundesliga draw
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich was held for a second successive Bundesliga game, with the leader twice coming from behind against lowly Mainz to recover a 2-2 draw on Saturday.
It was another setback for Bayern following Tuesday's Champions League quarterfinal exit at Real Madrid, but the German title still looks to be Bayern's for a fifth consecutive season.
BERLIN (AP) — Thomas Mueller scored on his 250th Bundesliga appearance to stretch Bayern Munich's lead to 13 points with a 1-0 win at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday.
Bayern, which has lost only once in the league all season, took a big step toward an unprecedented fifth straight title after Leipzig's surprise defeat at Werder Bremen on Saturday. There are nine rounds remaining after the international break.
Bayern pulls off injury-time draw in Berlin in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — Robert Lewandowski struck in the sixth minute of injury time for Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich to draw at Hertha Berlin 1-1 and avoid to its second defeat on Saturday.
Lewandowski rifled in the ball after Arjen Robben's effort was blocked on the line, setting off celebrations cut short amid initial confusion over whether the goal stood.
Despite twilight years, Robben sparkles for Bayern in rout
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich officials must be dreading the day Arjen Robben decides to retire or leave.
The 33-year-old Dutch winger was at the heart of almost all of Bayern's attacking play in the 5-1 rout of Arsenal that put the Champions League quarterfinals within reach on Wednesday.
Robben was a constant threat to the Arsenal defense, his performance crowned early on with one of his trademark goals.
Bayern leaves it late, stretches Bundesliga lead to 7 points
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich left it late to beat Ingolstadt 2-0 and open a seven-point lead with its main rivals dropping points in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Second-placed Leipzig was beaten 3-0 at home by Hamburger SV, third-placed Eintracht Frankfurt was defeated by the same score to Bayer Leverkusen, and fourth-placed Borussia Dortmund lost at bottom club Darmstadt 2-1.
Bayern winger Ribery out for 2 weeks with thigh injury
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich is set to lose winger Franck Ribery for around two weeks after he pulled out of Tuesday's training session with a strain at the back of his right thigh.
The 33-year-old Frenchman will miss upcoming league games against Schalke and Ingolstadt, and the German Cup game against Wolfsburg. His participation in the Champions League game against Arsenal on Feb. 15 is in doubt.
Uninspired Bayern wins, Leipzig keeps chasing in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich produced another uninspired performance in beating Werder Bremen 2-1, while Leipzig kept pace by defeating previously unbeaten Hoffenheim on Saturday.
Hoffenheim had been the last unbeaten team across Europe's five biggest leagues.
Bremen made a disciplined start to the second half of the season, but a rare break forward came to nothing as the home side appeared to lack the confidence to follow through.
Robben extends contract with Bayern Munich through June 2018
BERLIN (AP) — Arjen Robben has extended his contract with Bayern Munich for another year.
Bayern says the Netherlands winger's contract will run until the end of June 2018.
Robben has been with the club for almost eight years, joining from Real Madrid in 2009. He has scored 82 goals in 152 Bundesliga matches, 14 goals in 23 German Cup games and 21 goals in 53 Champions League matches, including the winning goal against Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 Champions League final.
US forward Julian Green leaving Bayern Munich for Stuttgart
MUNICH (AP) — United States forward Julian Green is leaving Bayern Munich and switching to second-division club Stuttgart.
The 21-year-old Green, whose contract was to run through next June, will leave Bayern during the Bundesliga's winter break for a contract through June 2019 with Stuttgart, the Bavarian club said Wednesday.
Bayern returns to top of Bundesliga with 3-1 win in Mainz
BERLIN (AP) — It was far from convincing but Bayern Munich did enough to return to the top of the Bundesliga on goal difference with a 3-1 win at Mainz on Friday.
Robert Lewandowski scored two goals against his favorite Bundesliga opponent with Arjen Robben grabbing the other as Bayern joined promoted Leipzig on 30 points. The defending champions are three goals better off before Leipzig's game at home against Schalke on Saturday.
8-goal Belgium rout in WCup qualifier; Ronaldo settles for 2
GENEVA (AP) — Belgium enjoyed an eight-goal rout in World Cup qualifying on Sunday, and Cristiano Ronaldo managed just two — and missed a penalty — as Portugal also won.
Belgium, which beat Estonia 8-1, and Switzerland extended their perfect starts to join Germany as the only European teams with four straight wins on the road to Russia.
Robben, Depay lead Netherlands to 3-1 defeat of Luxembourg
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — Arjen Robben marked his return to international duty after a year sidelined by injuries with a goal as the Netherlands beat Luxembourg 3-1 Sunday in a World Cup qualifier.
But the Bayern Munich winger's long-awaited return lasted only 45 minutes, with Robben appearing in discomfort late in the first half and not returning after the break. His replacement, Memphis Depay, seized his chance by scoring twice to ensure the Netherlands went second in Group A behind leader France.
Netherlands’ injury list lengthens; 3 more players out
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands' injury list has lengthened ahead of its World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg on Sunday, with three more players pulling out of the squad.
Striker Vincent Janssen, winger Jeremain Lens and midfielder Stijn Schaars were all injured Wednesday as the Netherlands drew 1-1 in a friendly against Belgium.
Netherlands coach Danny Blind called up midfielders Leroy Fer of Swansea and Marten de Roon of Middlesbrough, who will make his debut.
Carrasco’s late equalizer earns Belgium 1-1 draw with Dutch
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Yannick Carrasco scored a late equalizer and teammate Romelu Lukaku squandered two good chances as Belgium came from behind to draw 1-1 with the Netherlands in the 126th Low Countries derby on Wednesday.
Ajax captain Davy Klaassen had given the Netherlands the lead from the penalty spot in the 38th minute as the neighbors played a friendly to prepare for their World Cup qualifiers on Sunday.
Robben back in Netherlands team for World Cup qualifier
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — After a year blighted by injury, Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben was recalled to the Netherlands squad Friday for a World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg.
Coach Danny Blind said that after talks with Bayern, the injury-prone Robben will be in the squad for the Nov. 13 Group A game in Luxembourg. He will not play, however, in the friendly four days earlier in Amsterdam against neighboring Belgium.
Schalke hold Dortmund 0-0 in Bundesliga’s Ruhr derby
BERLIN (AP) — Schalke held Borussia Dortmund to a scoreless draw in the 171st Ruhr derby, ensuring its bitter rival's winless streak in the Bundesliga stretched to four games on Saturday.
The visiting players, who started the league with five defeats, celebrated with the away fans after their seventh successive game without defeat across all competitions.
Bayern back on track with 4-1 win vs PSV in Champions League
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich dispelled any doubts about its commitment by ending a three-match winless run with a comfortable 4-1 victory over PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Bayern wobbled briefly after PSV had cut the deficit to 2-1 but quickly restored its dominance to extend its Champions League home record of 14 consecutive wins. PSV lost after a 21-match unbeaten run away from home in all competitions.
Bayern held again in Bundesliga, now 3 games without a win
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich's early-season euphoria has vanished after a 2-2 draw at 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga on Saturday for the German giant's third consecutive game without a win.
"We have to show another attitude quickly, Wednesday ... Otherwise we have a problem," said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, referring to PSV Eindhoven's midweek visit in the Champions League. "The way we played in the first half wasn't Bayern Munich."
Franck Ribery to miss Bundesliga match in Frankfurt
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery will miss Saturday's Bundesliga match at Eintracht Frankfurt because of injury.
Bayern says Ribery has unspecified "muscular problems" and will not make the trip. Arjen Robben, the team's other winger, is fit again after a rib injury, however.
Bayern wins and Arjen Robben scores in Bundesliga comeback
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Arjen Robben picked up the ball on the right flank, cut inside and curled in a left-foot shot into the upper corner of the far post.
It was a trademark goal from Robben that sealed Bayern Munich's 3-0 win over Hertha Berlin and left Carlo Ancelotti's team with a perfect record and a two-point lead after four matches in the Bundesliga.
"This is the most beautiful moment for me, I'd worked hard for this," Robben said.