Bayern drawn against 2nd division Heidenheim in German Cup
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich's path to the German Cup final has likely been eased with a home game against second division Heidenheim in the quarterfinals.
Sunday's draw also paired Schalke against Bundesliga rival Werder Bremen in the biggest game of the round, while Augsburg faces Leipzig at home and Paderborn hosts second division rival Hamburger SV.
Bayern eyeing even brighter future by signing Fiete Arp
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich is trying to ensure its future looks even brighter by capturing another rising star.
Bayern has completed the deal it agreed on last offseason by signing 19-year-old Fiete Arp, the Bild newspaper reports. It just remains to be seen whether Arp joins Bayern after this season or in 2020, when his contract with Hamburger SV expires.
Struggling Hannover replaces Breitenreiter with Doll
HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — Relegation-threatened Hannover fired coach Andre Breitenreiter on Sunday after eight Bundesliga games without a win, then hired former Dynamo Berlin midfielder Thomas Doll as his replacement.
The club said Doll, who coached Hamburger SV and Borussia Dortmund before coaching stints in Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Hungary, agreed a deal late Sunday to take over through June 2020.
"He knows the Bundesliga inside out," Hannover general manager Horst Heldt said in a club statement.
Bayern drawn at Hertha Berlin in 3rd round of German Cup
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich faces another trip to Hertha Berlin in the third round of the German Cup, while Borussia Dortmund was drawn against Werder Bremen on Sunday.
Bayern lost last season's cup final to Eintracht Frankfurt in Berlin's Olympiastadion in May, and then had its first league defeat of this season at Hertha Berlin in September.
Hamburger SV fires coach after poor results in 2nd division
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Hamburger SV fired coach Christian Titz on Tuesday after some poor results in Germany's second division.
Hamburg said former Stuttgart coach Hannes Wolf would take over with immediate effect and would lead the team's training session on Wednesday.
Lewandowski avoids Bayern embarrassment against amateur team
BERLIN (AP) — A fourth-tier team of amateurs held Bayern Munich scoreless for more than 80 minutes before Robert Lewandowski ended chances of an unlikely upset in the first round of the German Cup on Saturday.
SV Drochtersen/Assel, a team from a town of only 11,000 inhabitants in the north of Germany, frustrated the country's top team until Lewandowski's 81st-minute goal finally sent the Bundesliga powerhouse through 1-0.
HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — United States striker Bobby Wood switched to Bundesliga side Hannover from relegated Hamburger SV on Monday.
The 25-year-old Wood joined on loan for one year, with the option to then make the switch permanent, Hannover said in a statement.
The Hawaii-born forward is the club's third loan signing of the summer, after Kevin Wimmer (from Tottenham) and Takuma Asano (Arsenal).
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The scorer of the goal that qualified Sweden for the World Cup will not be part of the country's 23-man squad heading to Russia.
Jakob Johansson was left out of the squad announced by Sweden coach Janne Andersson on Tuesday after the AEK Athens midfielder failed to recover from a serious knee injury sustained in the second leg of the European playoffs against Italy in November.
Sweden beat Italy 1-0 on aggregate, with Johansson netting the goal in the first leg in Stockholm.
BERLIN (AP) — This time, there was no miraculous escape.
Hamburger SV was finally relegated from the Bundesliga amid chaotic scenes on Saturday.
The only ever-present since the league was founded in 1963, "der Dino" went down fighting after 54 seasons by beating Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-1.
BERLIN (AP) — Postponed. Hamburger SV's and Wolfsburg's scrap for Bundesliga survival will be decided on the final day after both fell to heavy defeats in the penultimate round on Saturday.
Hamburg, the only ever-present in the league since its formation in 1963, lost at Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 and would have been demoted for the first time had Wolfsburg not fallen in Leipzig 4-1.
BERLIN (AP) — Hamburger SV has two games to stave off its first relegation from the Bundesliga.
Demotion seemed almost certain two weeks ago, but the team has bounced back with wins over relegation rivals Freiburg and Wolfsburg to cut the gap on a relegation playoff place to only two points.
Cologne relegated, Hamburg stays alive in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — Cologne was finally relegated from the Bundesliga on Saturday, and Hamburger SV boosted its chances of an unlikely escape with a 3-1 win at Wolfsburg.
Lucas Hoeler scored in injury time for Freiburg to beat Cologne 3-2 to leave the visitors eight points from safety with two games remaining.
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Moenchengladbach defeated relegation-troubled Wolfsburg 3-0 in the Bundesliga on Friday to give a glimmer of hope to Hamburger SV and Cologne in their fight against the drop.
Goals from Lars Stindl, Raffael and Christoph Kramer put 'Gladbach in command before the break, and Wolfsburg found no answer in the second half as it remained in relegation danger.
BERLIN (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen underlined its Champions League credentials with a 4-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt, while Hamburger SV and Cologne edged closer to Bundesliga relegation on Saturday.
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Relegation-threatened Hamburger SV sacked club chairman Heribert Bruchhagen and sporting director Jens Todt on Thursday.
Hamburg said it was "starting its realignment" as it prepares for life in the second division. The club is second from bottom and seven points from safety in the Bundesliga with nine games remaining,
Club president Bernd Hoffmann, who narrowly defeated the incumbent Jens Meier for the position, informed Bruchhagen of the decision on Thursday.
Relegation looming as Hamburg fails to beat Mainz
BERLIN (AP) — Hamburger SV inched another step closer to its first demotion from the Bundesliga after being held by relegation-rival Mainz to 0-0 on Saturday.
Hamburg, which had a host of chances including a penalty from Filip Kostic, remains seven points from safety with nine games remaining after its 12th successive match without a win.
"It was a very important game today," Hamburg coach Bernd Hollerbach, still without a win after six games. "We now have nine finals. It will be difficult."
BERLIN (AP) — The clock is ticking on Hamburger SV's days in the Bundesliga.
Situated high in the stadium, the clock counts the years, days, hours, minutes and seconds that Hamburg has been playing in the league - a proud declaration from the only founding member never relegated since the Bundesliga started in 1963.
Bundesliga relegation rivals Mainz and Wolfsburg draw 1-1
BERLIN (AP) — Wolfsburg's new coach Bruno Labbadia was unable to force an improvement as his side was held at relegation rival Mainz to 1-1 in the Bundesliga on Friday.
Labbadia was appointed on Tuesday following Martin Schmidt's surprise resignation the day before. Schmidt, who led Wolfsburg to 11 draws in 18 league games, said he wanted to reduce the pressure ahead of the clash with Mainz, his former club.
Struggling Wolfsburg hires Bruno Labbadia as coach
WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) — Relegation-troubled Wolfsburg has hired Bruno Labbadia as coach to replace Martin Schmidt, who quit on Monday.
The Volkswagen-backed club says it agreed on Tuesday to work with the 52-year-old Labbadia until summer 2019, and he is to take charge of his first training session in the afternoon.
Reus scores winner for Dortmund at ’Gladbach
BERLIN (AP) — Marco Reus scored his first Bundesliga goal of the season to give Borussia Dortmund a 1-0 win at his former team Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday.
Reus, Andre Schuerrle and Mario Goetze started for the first time together for Dortmund, and the three Germany teammates were all involved in the 32nd-minute goal.
German soccer leagues crack $5 billion for revenue
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German professional soccer is booming with record revenue across two divisions of just over 4 billion euros ($5 billion) last season, the 13th straight there has been an increase.
The German football league (DFL) says revenue among the 36 teams in the top two tiers increased by 4.2 percent from the season before, with 14 of the 18 top-flight Bundesliga clubs generating revenue of more than 100 million euros.
Reus returns as Dortmund claims 500th Bundesliga win at home
BERLIN (AP) — Marco Reus made his first appearance of the season and Michy Batshuayi scored again as Borussia Dortmund defeated Hamburger SV 2-0 on Saturday for its 500th Bundesliga win at home.
Dortmund moved to third as it stretched its unbeaten run to seven games under Peter Stoeger, who gave defender Manuel Akanji his first start and Reus the captain's armband 259 days after the Germany forward sustained a cruciate ligament injury in the German Cup final.
Hamburg’s relegation worries remain after Hannover draw
BERLIN (AP) — Hamburger SV failed to ease its relegation worries after being held to a 1-1 draw by Hannover in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
Filip Kostic prevented an even worse outcome for hosts Hamburg when he scored late to salvage the draw, but Hamburg remains in the drop zone with 13 games left after its eighth match without a win.
Hamburg, the only side to have played every Bundesliga season since the league started in 1963, is three points behind Mainz in the relegation play-off place.
Hamburg hires Hollerbach as coach in bid for survival
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Hamburger SV appointed former player Bernd Hollerbach as the coach on Monday in a bid to save the side from Bundesliga relegation.
Hollerbach signed a deal to take charge through June 2019, taking over from the sacked Markus Gisdol.
The club is placing its faith in an old friend in Hollerbach, who scored 23 goals in 197 Bundesliga appearances for Hamburg from 1996 to 2004, before he turned to coaching.
Hamburg fires Gisdol as coach, Hollerbach likely successor
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Hamburger SV fired Markus Gisdol as coach on Sunday following the team's 2-0 defeat at home to last-place Cologne in the Bundesliga.
Hamburg said its board of directors and sporting director Jens Todt came to the decision to let Gisdol go, along with assistant coaches Frank Froehling and Frank Kaspari, and that they were informed on Sunday morning.
Defeat to Cologne the night before was the side's fourth in succession and it left Hamburg just three points off the bottom.
Cologne boosts survival hopes, Leverkusen 2nd in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — Simon Terodde scored twice for last-placed Cologne to boost its hopes of an unlikely escape from Bundesliga relegation with a 2-0 win at Hamburger SV on Saturday.
Terodde, who returned to Cologne from Stuttgart in December, brought his tally to three goals in two games for the team following his dramatic game-winner in the Rhine derby against Borussia Moenchengladbach last weekend.
Goals keeping Bundesliga exciting despite Bayern racing away
Goals are keeping the Bundesliga exciting even if the title race has a familiar feel with Bayern Munich racing away at the halfway stage.
Only two games were settled by just one goal in the last round before the winter break, with all but one of the rest featuring four goals or more. Bundesliga defenders are having a hard time defending.
Raffael leads ’Gladbach to 4th place with win over Hamburg
MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany (AP) — Raffael scored twice for Borussia Moenchengladbach to move to fourth in the Bundesliga with a 3-1 win over Hamburger SV on Friday.
"I'm very satisfied with the opening half of the season. We're right in the mix," Moenchengladbach coach Dieter Hecking said. "But we need to be more consistent in the second half."
Hamburg hopes pinned on 17-year-old Jann-Fiete Arp
BERLIN (AP) — Hamburger SV is relying on a 17-year-old school kid to avoid being relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in its history.
Jann-Fiete Arp has played in the last five games - starting the last four - and chipped in two goals as Hamburg earned two wins and a draw to move above the relegation zone.
The first Bundesliga player born this millennium, Arp also became the first to score in the league when he netted against Hertha Berlin in October.
Struggling Cologne appoints Armin Veh as managing director
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Cologne appointed former Stuttgart and Eintracht Frankfurt coach Armin Veh as managing director on Wednesday, filling the job left vacant by Joerg Schmadtke's departure in October.
The struggling club said that the 56-year-old Veh, who led Stuttgart to the Bundesliga title in 2007, signed a contract through June 2020.
Hamburger SV draws 0-0 at Freiburg in Bundesliga
FREIBURG, Germany (AP) — Freiburg and Hamburger SV drew 0-0 in the Bundesliga on Friday leaving both sides in or just above the relegation zone.
Freiburg striker Nils Petersen went closest for the home side when he hit the post with a header from a corner in the first half, while he also forced a good save from Christian Mathenia.
Yoric Ravet thought he'd scored for Freiburg early in the second half but the goal was ruled out for offside.
Bundesliga’s 1,000th own-goal helps Hamburg beat Hoffenheim
BERLIN (AP) — Helped by the Bundesliga's 1,000th own-goal, Hamburger SV defeated Hoffenheim 3-0 for its second straight win at home on Sunday.
With five defeats from six away league games so far, Hamburg was banking on points at the Volksparkstadion to stay above the relegation zone following Freiburg's defeat of Mainz on Saturday.
"It's important that we become a force at home again," Hamburg defender Dennis Diekmeier said.
Schalke goes 2nd in Bundesliga, Werder Bremen finally wins
BERLIN (AP) — Guido Burgstaller scored late for Schalke to beat visiting Hamburger SV 2-0 and move second in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
Franco di Santo's early penalty got the home side underway as it stretched its unbeaten run in the league to six games.
Hamburg's Gideon Jung gave away the spot kick in the 16th minute with a clumsy challenge on Yevhen Konoplyanka.
Bayern’s Thomas Mueller out 3 weeks with thigh injury
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich forward Thomas Mueller has been ruled out for about three weeks with a torn muscle in his right thigh.
Bayern says Mueller was injured during the team's 1-0 win at Hamburger SV in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Mueller came on as a second-half substitute and was injured as he played the ball to Corentin Tolisso for Bayern's 52nd-minute winning goal, going off shortly afterward.
Bayern exploits Dortmund slump to move level in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich took advantage of Borussia Dortmund's faltering campaign to move level on points with the Bundesliga leader on Saturday.
Dortmund's mini-slump continued as it wasted a two-goal lead and drew at Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2, before Bayern edged 10-man Hamburger SV 1-0 in the late game.
Dortmund still leads on goal difference after nine rounds but the pressure is building after its fourth game without a win from five matches across all competitions.
Kagawa becomes highest Japanese scorer in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — Shinji Kagawa became the highest scoring Japanese player in the Bundesliga by showing a touch of class to give Borussia Dortmund a 2-1 win at Augsburg on Saturday.
Kagawa, who scored 21 league goals in his first stint at Dortmund from 2010-12 before leaving for Manchester United, has 17 in his second stint after rejoining the club in 2014.
Lucas Alario stars on Leverkusen debut in 3-0 win vs Hamburg
BERLIN (AP) — Three days after being cleared to play by FIFA, Argentine striker Lucas Alario scored one goal and set up another on his debut for Bayer Leverkusen to beat Hamburger SV 3-0 in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
Alario struck midway through the first half, converting a cross from Leon Bailey, who also set up Kevin Volland's opening goal just three minutes before.
Pulisic seals 3-0 Bundesliga win for Dortmund in Hamburg
BERLIN (AP) — Christian Pulisic sealed a 3-0 win for Borussia Dortmund at Hamburger SV on Wednesday that maintained the side's record of not conceding a goal in the Bundesliga this season.
Dortmund's win returned the side to the top of the league after five games, one point ahead of Bayern Munich.
Promoted Hannover beats Hamburg, maintains unbeaten start
HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — Promoted Hannover defeated injury-hit Hamburger SV 2-0 at home in the "little northern derby" to maintain its fine start to the Bundesliga on Friday.
Second-half goals from Martin Harnik and Ihlas Bebou, on his first home appearance for Hannover, gave Andre Breitenreiter's side its third win from four games and maintained its unbeaten start.
US forward Bobby Wood misses Hamburg’s Bundesliga game
HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — United States forward Bobby Wood was missing for Hamburger SV in its Bundesliga game at promoted Hannover on Friday due to a reported knee injury.
Kicker magazine and local media report that Wood, who had one goal from Hamburg's first three league games, has been bothered by a knee problem since the international break.
Eurosport’s Bundesliga coverage hit by technical problems
BERLIN (AP) — Eurosport is facing criticism in Germany for technical problems during its online broadcast of the season's first two Friday night Bundesliga games.
Coverage of the Hamburger SV-Leipzig match on Friday was again marred by difficulties — two weeks after fans were frustrated by problems with the season's first Friday night game.
The broadcaster says, "We very much regret that there were some technical difficulties."
Germany’s Werner scores again as Leipzig wins 2-0 in Hamburg
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Timo Werner's good week continued Friday with another goal to help Leipzig defeat Hamburger SV 2-0 away in the Bundesliga.
Werner, who scored twice in a man-of-the-match performance for Germany in a World Cup qualifier on Monday, sealed Leipzig's second win from three games with a quarter hour remaining.
Hamburg beats Cologne 3-1 in game stopped by ref’s injury
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Hamburger SV defeated Cologne 3-1 for its second consecutive win to start the Bundesliga in a match stopped for nearly 10 minutes because of an injury to the referee on Friday.
Referee Felix Brych was hurt early in the second half and the match had to be halted until he was replaced by the fourth official.
Brych apparently injured a muscle while running by himself near midfield. He limped to the locker rooms and never came back.
Bayern, Leipzig drawn against each other in German Cup
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich and Leipzig will face each other in the second round of the German Cup, and Borussia Dortmund will continue its title defense against third-division Magdeburg.
Sunday's draw also paired Bundesliga rivals Cologne at Hertha Berlin, Hoffenheim at Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg at Hannover.
Hamburg’s Mueller out 6 months after costly goal celebration
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Hamburger SV forward Nicolai Mueller is out for around six months after injuring himself while celebrating a goal.
The Bundesliga club says Mueller tore a cruciate ligament in his right knee after scoring in Saturday's league-opener, a 1-0 home win over Augsburg. Mueller attempted a pirouette before falling to the ground in apparent pain.
Hamburg exits German Cup, loses to 10-man Osnabrueck
BERLIN (AP) — Even against 10 men from the third division, Hamburger SV couldn't get past the German Cup's first round.
Osnabrueck beat the Bundesliga side 3-1 Sunday to repeat its 2009 feat, when it defeated Hamburg on penalties.
There was no need for penalties this time as Osnabrueck — which is yet to win after four games in the third division — again spoiled Hamburg's start to the season.
MAINZ, Germany (AP) — Mainz signed former Germany goalkeeper Rene Adler on a free transfer on Thursday.
The 32-year-old Adler was getting a two-year deal, the Bundesliga club said.
Adler kept five clean sheets in 19 appearances for league rival Hamburger SV last season. He joined the northern club in 2012 from Bayer Leverkusen, where he'd been since 2003. Altogether he made 255 Bundesliga appearances for both clubs.
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund will begin its German Cup defense at sixth-tier side FC Rielasingen-Arlen, while Bayern Munich starts at third-division Chemnitzer FC.
Bundesliga runner-up Leipzig was drawn in the first round Sunday against seventh-tier side Sportfreunde Dorfmerkingen from Baden-Wuerttemberg, in the southwest of the country, while Hertha Berlin faces third-division Hansa Rostock.
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Luca Waldschmidt scored one day after his 21st birthday for Hamburger SV to clinch Bundesliga survival with a late 2-1 win over Wolfsburg on the final day of the season on Saturday.
Filip Kostic, who dragged Hamburg level, crossed for Waldschmidt to head the home side's winner with two minutes remaining, leaving Wolfsburg to fight relegation.
BERLIN (AP) — Hamburger SV, the only club to have played every season since the Bundesliga's formation in 1963, is flirting with relegation again.
After years of upheaval, Hamburg faces the prospect of its third relegation playoff in four seasons unless it beats visiting Wolfsburg on Saturday. A draw is no use - Hamburg, which has the second worst goal difference in the league, must win to leave Wolfsburg in its place.