Bundesliga resumes with Bayern dominance set to continue
BERLIN (AP) — Despite a change of coach, Bayern Munich and the rest of the Bundesliga expect the outcome to be the same.
With the league resuming Friday, the Bavarian powerhouse looks set to extend its Bundesliga record run to seven straight titles.
"We're confident enough to say that we want to be German champions," said Niko Kovac, who came from Eintracht Frankfurt to replace the retiring Jupp Heynckes as Bayern coach.
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich fans turned up in their thousands to bid farewell to Jupp Heynckes for a second time on Sunday.
The veteran coach is going back into retirement after leading Bayern to another league title. The side was five points adrift when he returned in October, but rebounded to wrap up the title with five rounds to spare.
BERLIN (AP) — Niko Kovac stunned his future employer by leading Eintracht Frankfurt to a 3-1 win over Bayern Munich in the German Cup final on Saturday.
The Frankfurt coach, who has agreed to take over from the retiring Jupp Heynckes in Munich next season, oversaw a committed performance from his side crowned by two goals from the impressive Ante Rebic.
The Croatian striker scored early and late to cancel out Robert Lewandowski's equalizer for Bayern.
BERLIN (AP) — Niko Kovac faces his future employer as his Eintracht Frankfurt side takes on Bayern Munich in the German Cup final on Saturday.
It will be Jupp Heynckes' last game - for the second time - before retirement, and Kovac is poised to replace him at Bayern next season.
"We want to win the final. What happens afterward isn't important," Kovac said on Friday.
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes says goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is making good progress and "has everything that a goalkeeper needs," raising fans' hopes that the Germany captain will be able to play at the World Cup.
Neuer hasn't played since September with a hairline fracture in his left foot after being injured in training and the 32-year-old is running out of time to prove his fitness for this summer's tournament in Russia.
MUNICH (AP) — Germany captain Manuel Neuer will not play in Bayern Munich's final Bundesliga game, putting his World Cup participation in doubt after the goalkeeper missed most of the season with a hairline fracture in his left foot.
Neuer, who hasn't played since September after being injured in training, is running out of time to prove his fitness for this summer's tournament in Russia.
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes said he's "the boss, nobody else" after Robert Lewandowski's unhappy response to being substituted in the side's 3-1 win at Cologne in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Lewandowski took his tally to a league-leading 29 goals, but the Poland striker refused to acknowledge Heynckes as he left the pitch and subsequently received a dressing down from the veteran coach, who pointed his finger as he spoke to him.
LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) — Thomas Mueller scored a hat trick as Bayern Munich booked its place in the German Cup final with a 6-2 win at Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday.
Bayern, which eased to the league title with five rounds remaining, will face Schalke or Eintracht Frankfurt — who meet in the other semifinal on Wednesday — in the German season-ending showpiece in Berlin's Olympiastadion on May 19.
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal has been ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on a knee injury sustained in training.
The Chile midfielder will miss both legs of Bayern's Champions League semifinal against Real Madrid, and the German Cup final should the side get past Bayer Leverkusen in Tuesday's semifinal without him.
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal has been ruled out of the German Cup semifinals and is in doubt for next week's Champions League match against Real Madrid.
Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes says Vidal needs keyhole surgery on his right knee after twisting it awkwardly when he slipped on Sunday in training.
Vidal will miss Tuesday's game at Bayer Leverkusen in the German Cup. Bayern will face Madrid eight days later in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals.
Bayern Munich hires Niko Kovac from Frankfurt as coach
MUNICH (AP) — Niko Kovac is returning to Bayern Munich as coach next season after impressing at Eintracht Frankfurt.
The 46-year-old Kovac, who played for Bayern from 2001-03, agreed to a three-year contract starting in July, the Bundesliga champions said Friday.
Runaway Bundesliga leader Bayern slumps to rare defeat
BERLIN (AP) — Runaway Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich lost 2-1 at Leipzig on Sunday in a rare stumble ahead of the international break.
Sandro Wagner headed the visitors into an early lead but Naby Keita equalized before the break and Timo Werner claimed the winner 10 minutes after it.
"We didn't play like we have in the last weeks," Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes said. "Leipzig is the deserved winner. You get such games."
ISTANBUL (AP) — Bayern Munich easily advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals for the seventh straight year with a 3-1 win at Besiktas on Wednesday.
Thiago Alcantara, Gokhan Gonul's own goal and Sandro Wagner gave Bayern an 8-1 win on aggregate following the side's 5-0 victory in the first leg of the last-16 tie.
Bayern closer to another title with 6-0 rout of Hamburg
BERLIN (AP) — Robert Lewandowski scored a hat trick and missed a penalty as Bayern Munich enjoyed another rout of Hamburger SV, winning 6-0 on Saturday to move closer to its latest Bundesliga title.
Bayern can wrap up its record-extending sixth consecutive league title next weekend if other results go its way.
BERLIN (AP) — Inspired by the birth of a foal, Thomas Mueller led Bayern Munich to a 4-0 win at Freiburg that stretched the team's lead to a huge 20 points with only nine rounds left on Sunday.
"My first foal of the season came into the world yesterday evening, so I practically became a new father," Mueller said. "So I was accordingly pretty motivated."
Bayern wing Coman out ‘several weeks’ with left ankle injury
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman was ruled out for "several weeks" on Monday after an operation on his left ankle.
The France international tore the syndesmosis joint in the upper part of the ankle on Saturday during a 0-0 draw with Hertha Berlin.
Coman, who went on as a substitute in the 68th minute, was injured while running for the ball. Bayern had already made its three substitutes, however, so the 21-year-old Coman was forced to finish the game despite his discomfort.
Hertha ends Bayern’s winning run, Bremen beats Hamburg
BERLIN (AP) — Hertha Berlin ended Bayern Munich's 14-game winning run across all competitions in a 0-0 draw in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Bayern dominated in Munich but Hertha held on without conceding for a third consecutive away match, a club record.
"Everyone did their job. When you leave here with a point, then it's outstanding," said Hertha forward Davie Selke, whose side remained in mid-table.
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.
Bayern recovers to crush Hoffenheim 5-2, keeps 16-point lead
BERLIN (AP) — Sandro Wagner scored his first goal for Bayern Munich to wrap up a 5-2 win over his former team Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
League top-scorer Robert Lewandowski scored one and set up another as Bayern stayed on track for another title - a record-extending sixth straight - with a 16-point lead.
Bayern dominance hurting Bundesliga and maybe the club, too
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich's dominance could be hurting German soccer and also appears to be having a detrimental effect on the club's European aspirations.
Bayern hosts Hoffenheim on Saturday and is on its way to a record sixth straight Bundesliga title with a 16-point advantage at the top, a record at this stage of the season.
The club, however, will face tougher challenges in the Champions League later in the campaign.
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."
Bayern wants reluctant Jupp Heynckes to stay longer as coach
BERLIN (AP) — Things are almost going too well for Bayern Munich as the Bundesliga resumes for the second half of the season.
Eleven points clear with no rival challenging for the championship, Bayern has already got one hand on a record-extending sixth consecutive title.
Bayern riles Schalke by praising Germany midfielder Goretzka
GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel has criticized league rival Bayern Munich for making public comments in praise of Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka.
Heidel is annoyed with Bayern counterpart Hasan Salihamidzic in particular for saying on Wednesday that "it's clear that Leon Goretzka is a really good player. He is a Schalke player and of course we respect that. He is a German national team player, and we can also say that we are interested."
Lewandowski scores as Bayern stretches Bundesliga lead
BERLIN (AP) — Robert Lewandowski's goal was enough for Bayern Munich to stretch its Bundesliga lead with a 1-0 win at home over last-place Cologne on Wednesday.
Bayern now leads second-place Schalke by nine points after 16 rounds, with Lewandowski extending his league-leading tally to 15 goals in 16 games.
But Bayern, bidding for a record-extending sixth straight title, has played better games this season.
"Everything took much too long," Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes said.
After 2 months, Bayern coach Heynckes yet to sign contract
MUNICH (AP) — Two months after taking the job, Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes is yet to sign his contract.
Kicker magazine reports that Heynckes has told members of the Rollwagerl '93 Bayern supporters' club that he has "still no contract" with Bayern, despite returning for his fourth stint in charge on Oct. 5.
Heynckes said Bayern finance chief Jan-Christian Dreesen had asked him "again and again to come by and sign my contract. But I haven't found the time for it yet."
Heynckes not managing Bayern Munich after the season
MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany (AP) — Jupp Heynckes has ruled out extending his fourth stint in charge of Bayern Munich beyond this season.
Club president Uli Hoeness said on Friday it was "possible" the coach could stay, but Heynckes squashed that on Saturday.
Schalke stuns Dortmund with biggest comeback, Bayern loses
BERLIN (AP) — Defender Naldo scored in the fourth minute of injury time as Schalke rallied from four goals down to draw at Borussia Dortmund 4-4 in the Bundesliga's 91st Ruhr derby on Saturday.
It was the club's biggest ever comeback in the league.
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich lost to Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-1, ending manager Jupp Heynckes' winning start at nine matches.
Bayern leads Bundesliga by 6 points as Heynckes wins again
BERLIN (AP) — Robert Lewandowski scored twice to help Bayern Munich stretch its lead in the Bundesliga to six points after beating Bavarian rival Augsburg 3-0 on Saturday.
It was the 500th league win for Jupp Heynckes as a player or coach, and extended his winning start to eight games across all competitions since he returned as coach for his fourth stint.
Bayern coach Heynckes confirms interest in signing Wagner
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has confirmed the club's interest in signing Germany forward Sandro Wagner from Bundesliga rival Hoffenheim in the winter break.
Heynckes says, "When you have interest in a player who is under contract then you first have to go to the club. You speak with one another and that has happened."
Veteran doctor Mueller-Wohlfahrt back in charge at Bayern
MUNICH (AP) — Veteran doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt is back in charge of Bayern Munich's medical department after 2 ½ years away from the club.
Bayern says the 75-year-old Mueller-Wohlfahrt, who departed in April 2015 after falling out with then-coach Pep Guardiola, has returned to take over from Volker Braun, who left last week.
Bayern beats Dortmund away to go further clear in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — Robert Lewandowski helped Bayern Munich win at Borussia Dortmund 3-1 to throw his former side into more turmoil on Saturday with its third defeat in four Bundesliga games without a win.
Bayern moved six points clear of Dortmund, which previously led the league after making its best-ever start, and stayed four points above Leipzig after extending Jupp Heynckes' record to seven wins from seven games across all competitions.
Bayern advances in Champions League with 2-1 win at Celtic
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Bayern Munich qualified for the Champions League knockout stage with two games to spare and eliminated Celtic with a 2-1 win over the Scottish champion, sealed by Javi Martinez's 77th-minute goal on Tuesday.
The Spain midfielder headed home a cross by Kingsley Coman, who opened the scoring for a depleted Bayern team in the 22nd minute at Parkhead after a defensive error from a long ball.
Heynckes stays perfect as Bayern beats Leipzig to go top
MUNICH (AP) — Jupp Heynckes maintained his perfect start to his return to Bayern Munich after his team beat 10-man Leipzig 2-0 to top the Bundesliga as Borussia Dortmund's slump also continued on Saturday.
First-half goals from James Rodriguez and Robert Lewandowski gave Bayern the victory which sent it three points clear of Dortmund, which lost at Hannover 4-2.
Leipzig, which played most of the match with 10 men after Willi Orban's dismissal, remained third, four points behind Bayern.