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).
Ribery’s presumed farewell proving difficult for Bayern
BERLIN (AP) — Franck Ribery's presumed farewell season at Bayern Munich is proving to be a difficult one.
The 35-year-old French winger, whose contract is up at the end of the season, launched a tirade of obscene insults on social media over the weekend in response to criticism he received online after posting a video of being served a gold-leaf steak while on vacation in Dubai.
Bayern fines Ribery for comments after gold-leaf steak furor
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich has fined winger Franck Ribery for posting expletives and insults on social media after receiving criticism online for posting a video of being served a gold-leaf steak.
Veteran Ribery leads Bayern to 2nd place in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — He did it again.
Franck Ribery led Bayern Munich to another Bundesliga win on Saturday, scoring twice in a 3-0 victory at Eintracht Frankfurt to help the side go second.
The French veteran, who scored Bayern's winner over Leipzig on Wednesday, broke the deadlock in the 35th minute in Frankfurt, then sealed the win.
Ribery is hopeful his recent displays will help Bayern's club bosses to extend his contract at the end of the season.
Ribery to Bayern’s rescue with late winner against Leipzig
BERLIN (AP) — Franck Ribery fired Bayern Munich to within six points of Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund with a late 1-0 win over Leipzig on Wednesday.
The veteran French winger, a Dortmund tormentor over the years, struck another blow against his old rival by scoring in the 83rd minute when it seemed Bayern would have to settle for a draw in Munich.
"He was there where we needed him. Thank you Franck," Bayern midfielder Thomas Mueller said.
Bayern held by Freiburg at home, Dortmund wins in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich's attempt to keep the pressure on Borussia Dortmund ahead of their Bundesliga encounter next weekend was undermined after conceding a late draw with Freiburg on Saturday.
Dortmund held on for a 1-0 win at Wolfsburg and will lead by four points before Bayern's visit on Saturday.
Bayern dominated possession against Freiburg but found it hard to create chances against the visitors' well-organized defense, frustrating some home fans who whistled their team at the break.
Bayern has nervy 2-1 win over 4th-tier side in German Cup
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich edged into the third round of the German Cup with a 2-1 win at fourth-tier SV Roedinghausen on Tuesday.
Bayern looked to be in control after early goals from Sandro Wagner and Thomas Mueller but was left hanging on after Linus Meyer pulled one back for the underdogs early in the second half.
Bayern coach Niko Kovac used up some time to see out the win by bringing on Meritan Shabani for Franck Ribery in the last minute.
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 beats Mainz 2-0 for 18-point Bundesliga lead
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich continued its march to a record-extending sixth consecutive Bundesliga title by beating Mainz 2-0 on Saturday.
Second-placed Bayer Leverkusen was held at Freiburg to 0-0, and Schalke lost at home to relegation-threatened Werder Bremen 2-1, as Bayern increased its already commanding lead to 18 points with 13 games remaining.
Bayern beats Leverkusen 3-1 as winter break ends
BERLIN (AP) — The Bundesliga resumed Friday after the winter break with Bayern Munich going 14 points clear after a 3-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen.
Goals from Javi Martinez and Franck Ribery in either half, and a brilliant free kick from James Rodriguez in injury time kept the defending champions on course for a record-extending sixth consecutive title.
It was Leverkusen's first defeat at home this season, and ended a 12-game unbeaten run.
Bayern winger Ribery out with torn ligament in left knee
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery will be out for several weeks after tearing a ligament in his left knee during a Bundesliga game over the weekend.
The French player picked up the injury during a 2-2 draw at Hertha Berlin. He had to be carried off the field after stepping on the ball.
Bayern said in a statement that Ribery did not undergo surgery and that he has already started rehabilitation.
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.
Steinhaus making history as Bundesliga’s 1st female referee
BERLIN (AP) — Bibiana Steinhaus will make history in Germany on Sunday when she becomes the first woman to referee a Bundesliga game.
The German football federation announced on Thursday that the 38-year-old police officer is to take charge of Hertha Berlin's home game against Werder Bremen, confirming her place among the league's elite group of 24 referees.
"She deserves it through her great performances," Bremen coach Alexander Nouri said.
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 winger Ribery loses bid to be fit to face Arsenal
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has lost his race to be back in time from a thigh injury to face Arsenal in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Bayern says Ribery took part only in running exercises on Monday is too soon after he strained a muscle at the back of his right thigh in training on Jan. 31.
Defender Jerome Boateng is also out of the round-of-16 first leg in Munich as he recovers from a chest injury.
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.
Lewandowski gets superb winner as Bayern beats Freiburg 2-1
MUNICH (AP) — Robert Lewandowski showed impressive dexterity to score an injury-time winner as Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich scraped a 2-1 win at Freiburg on Friday.
The Poland striker was near the penalty spot when he jumped up to expertly chest down Franck Ribery's high cross with his back to goal. Lewandowski turned sharply, flicked the ball up with his right foot and then still had enough balance to volley a low shot into the bottom corner with his left.
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.
Ribery extends Bayern Munich contract by a year to 2018
MUNICH (AP) — French winger Franck Ribery has extended his contract with Bayern Munich by a year until June 2018.
The 33-year-old Ribery joined Bayern from Olympique Marseille in 2007 and has played 333 competitive matches for the German champion, scoring 108 goals.
Ribery said Sunday that he's very happy to be able to play another year for Bayern. He said that "this great club and the city have become my home."
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 leaves it late to beat Hamburg in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — With their coach's job on the line, Hamburger SV players responded with a tenacious performance to hold Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich scoreless for 88 minutes before losing 1-0 on Saturday.
Just when it seemed Bayern would drop its first points of the season, Franck Ribery crossed for Joshua Kimmich to seal the side's eighth successive win across all competitions.
Carlo Ancelotti is the first Bayern coach to win his first eight matches.
Bundesliga sacks coach, produces surprises at season start
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Only four matches into the season, the Bundesliga is proving eventful with one coach sacked, a couple more under pressure and some positive surprises so far.
One thing remains constant, though: Bayern Munich is already two points clear at the top of the table as the German powerhouse seeks an unprecedented fifth straight title.
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.
Bayern thrashes Bremen 6-0 in Bundesliga opener
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Bayern Munich kicked off the Bundesliga season in spectacular fashion on Friday, thrashing Werder Bremen 6-0 with three goals from Robert Lewandowski.
Carlo Ancelotti's first game in charge saw Bayern dominate from the opening whistle as it bids for an unprecedented fifth straight title.
Portugal star Ronaldo wins UEFA Best Player in Europe award
MONACO (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo has won UEFA's award as the best player in Europe last season after helping Portugal to win the European Championship and having another stellar campaign for Real Madrid.
Ronaldo, a favorite for a fourth world player of the year award, beat club teammate Gareth Bale of Wales and Atletico Madrid's France star Antoine Griezmann.
The vote, by journalists from UEFA's 55 member countries, was announced at the Champions League draw Thursday.