Borussia Dortmund at a loss after Bayern Munich rout
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus couldn't explain it, coach Lucien Favre couldn't believe it, and chief executive Hans-Joachim "Aki" Watzke couldn't seem to do anything except...
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich seized the Bundesliga lead from Borussia Dortmund by demolishing Wolfsburg 6-0 on Saturday.
"We are now where we wanted to be," Bayern coach Niko Kovac said. "We...
AUGSBURG, Germany (AP) — Ji Dong-won scored twice against his former club as relegation-threatened Augsburg dealt Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga title hopes a blow with a 2-1 win on...
Dortmund still waiting for captain Marco Reus’ comeback
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus remains unavailable after failing to recover from a thigh injury.
Dortmund coach Lucien Favre says Reus, the team's best player...
Bundesliga leader Dortmund in crisis after 4 winless games
BERLIN (AP) — Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund is going through its first crisis under coach Lucien Favre.
Dortmund has failed to win any of its four games in February and has developed a propensity for collapsing toward the end of games. It has conceded nine goals in its last three matches.
Dortmund gives up 3-goal lead in Bundesliga, Bayern cuts gap
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund squandered a three-goal lead and drew with Hoffenheim 3-3 at home then watched Bayern Munich cut its lead in the Bundesliga to five points on Saturday.
Bayern took advantage of Dortmund's second successive league slip-up by beating Schalke 3-1 in the late game, lifting the six-time defending champion back to second place.
Shinji Kagawa leaves Dortmund again, this time for Besiktas
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund's Japan international Shinji Kagawa has turned down Bundesliga rival Hannover and instead joined Turkish side Besiktas on loan.
Dortmund says Kagawa requested the move. The 29-year-old midfielder had only made two league appearances this season and did not feature prominently in coach Lucien Favre's plans.
Dortmund signs defender Leonardo Balerdi from Boca Juniors
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund has signed Argentine central back Leonardo Balerdi from Boca Juniors to help cover its defensive worries.
The Bundesliga leader, reacting after injuries to Manuel Akanji, Dan-Axel Zagadou und Abdou Diallo, says the 19-year-old Balerdi signed a "very long-term contract" on Monday. It does not give the length of the deal.
Dortmund beats Gladbach 2-1 in duel of Bundesliga’s top 2
Substitute Mario Goetze led Borussia Dortmund to a 2-1 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach to stretch his side's Bundesliga lead to nine points over the second-placed visiting side on Friday.
Goetze, who came on for the injured Paco Alcacer in the first half, set up Jadon Sancho's deadlock-breaking goal in the 42nd minute, then made Marco Reus' winner in the 54th after Christoph Kramer equalized in first-half injury time.
Dortmund on course for Bundesliga with Klopp joining praise
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund is the Bundesliga's "autumn champion," though that's not a title they really seem to care about.
Dortmund came through a tough game against Werder Bremen on Saturday to win 2-1 and claim the honorary title awarded to the league leader after the opening half of the season.
"It doesn't mean much," Dortmund coach Lucien Favre said.
Dortmund beats Bremen, claims honorary title in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund ground out a 2-1 home win over Werder Bremen to stretch its Bundesliga lead and take the honorary title of "autumn champion" on Saturday.
On the three previous occasions Dortmund finished the first half of the season as leader — in 1994, 1995, 2010 — the team went on to win the league.
"It doesn't mean much," Dortmund coach Lucien Favre said. "Thanks, but we still have two important games before the winter break."
Dortmund secures top spot with 2-0 win at Monaco
MONACO (AP) — Raphael Guerreiro scored twice as Borussia Dortmund concluded its Champions League group stage campaign on Tuesday with a 2-0 win at Monaco that sealed top spot for the German club.
Guerreiro scored a goal in each half at Stade Louis II against a poor Monaco side that struggled throughout and failed to win for a 14th consecutive match in the competition.
Sancho dedicates Dortmund derby-winning goal to grandmother
BERLIN (AP) — Jadon Sancho pointed to the sky after scoring Borussia Dortmund's winning goal for a 2-1 victory over the club's biggest rival, Schalke, on Saturday.
Then came the tears.
Sancho dedicated the goal to his recently deceased grandmother after becoming Dortmund's youngest goal-scorer in the Ruhr derby, Germany's biggest, at age 18.
Bayern talking chances down ahead of Dortmund match
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness isn't used to talking down his side's chances.
Bayern visits Borussia Dortmund on Saturday for the German "Klassiker" — a highlight for Bundesliga fans at the start of the season. Few believed then, however, that Bayern would be four points behind and struggling after 10 matches.
Wounded Atletico hosts Dortmund for Champions League rematch
BERLIN (AP) — Less than two weeks after its biggest loss under coach Diego Simeone, Atletico Madrid will get a chance to make amends.
The Spanish team will host Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday in the Champions League, 13 days after the Bundesliga leaders beat Atletico 4-0 in Germany.
Revitalized Dortmund brings excitement back to Bundesliga
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — A draw with Hertha Berlin may have come at just the right time for Borussia Dortmund.
The team had failed to score four or more goals in only one of its previous six games - a 3-0 win over Monaco - and had taken a three-point lead in the Bundesliga after playing some outstanding football. Suddenly, after years of Bayern Munich dominance, Dortmund was helping to make German soccer exciting again.
Hertha holds Dortmund 2-2, Bayern moves up in Bundesliga
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund ran out of energy, and its six-game winning run across all competitions ended, too.
Dortmund was moments away from victory in injury time until it conceded a penalty, which Salomon Kalou converted for Hertha Berlin to draw with the Bundesliga leader 2-2 on Saturday.
Kalou's late spot kick — his second goal — allowed Bayern Munich to cut the gap to Dortmund to two points after nine league games.
Dortmund scores 7 to deal Bayern challenge in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund finally delivered the performance its fans were waiting for, routing promoted Nuremberg 7-0 to become Bayern Munich's closest challenger in the Bundesliga on Wednesday.
Marco Reus scored twice to take his Dortmund tally to 100 as Lucien Favre's side took advantage of Bayern's draw with Augsburg on Tuesday to narrow the gap on the defending champion to two points after five games played.
Pulisic again rescues 10-man Dortmund from first defeat
BERLIN (AP) — He did it again.
Christian Pulisic came to Borussia Dortmund's rescue with a second goal in four days to salvage a 1-1 draw at Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
The American midfielder, who scored Dortmund's late winner on his 20th birthday at Club Brugge in the Champions League on Tuesday, saved the side from its first defeat of the season. He got in ahead of a defender to turn Marco Reus' cross past Hoffenheim's Oliver Baumann with six minutes remaining.
Goetze’s career stalls since scoring World Cup-winning goal
BERLIN (AP) — Mario Goetze's career has stalled since he scored Germany's World Cup-winning goal in 2014, and it shows no sign of picking up again.
Goetze was challenged by Germany coach Joachim Loew to "show the world that you're better than Messi" before he sent him on in the final against Argentina, but now the 26-year-old attacking midfielder can't even get a game for Borussia Dortmund.
Reus reaches 100 goals as Dortmund beats Leipzig 4-1
BERLIN (AP) — Marco Reus scored his 100th Bundesliga goal to seal a 4-1 win for Borussia Dortmund over Leipzig on Sunday.
The Germany forward ran onto Jadon Sancho's throughball and fired inside the far post in injury time as new coach Lucien Favre enjoyed a winning start to the league campaign after falling behind to an early goal.
NICE, France (AP) — Patrick Vieira's coaching career at Nice got off to a rocky start after strikers Mario Balotelli and Alassane Plea failed to show up for the first day of pre-season training Monday.
Balotelli top-scored last season with 18 goals, while Plea netted 16. Both have been linked with moves this summer, with Premier League West Ham reportedly keen on Plea and Balotelli a target for French rival Marseille.
NICE, France (AP) — Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira was hired as manager of the French club Nice on Monday after leaving as coach of New York City FC.
Vieira replaces Lucien Favre at Nice. New York City FC said Domenec Torrent will succeed Vieira at the Major League Soccer club. Torrent will begin in New York once his U.S. work permit is approved.
Borussia Dortmund appoints Lucien Favre as coach
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund brought Swiss coach Lucien Favre back to Germany on Tuesday in the hopes that he can revitalize the club's aspirations as a Bundesliga challenger.
The former Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hertha Berlin coach, who spent two seasons at French team Nice, signed a deal through June 2020, Dortmund said.
PARIS (AP) — Memphis Depay scored a hat trick as Lyon came from behind to beat Nice 3-2 and qualify for the Champions League at the expense of Marseille in the French league on Saturday.
Lyon, which had a one-point lead over Marseille ahead of the last round, kept its lead intact and finished in third place behind Paris Saint-Germain and deposed champion Monaco. The first three teams in the French league qualified for the Champions League.
SINSHEIM, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Stoeger says losing at Hoffenheim 3-1 in the Bundesliga's final round on Saturday was his last game in charge.
Stoeger says, "That was my last competitive game for Dortmund. We decided that a while back together. A new impetus, with a new coach, will do the club good."
Nice says Balotelli booked for reacting to racist abuse
NICE, France (AP) — French club Nice says striker Mario Balotelli was shown a yellow card for complaining about racist abuse he received from Dijon fans on Saturday.
Nice tweeted the Italian forward, who was booked in the 74th minute of a 3-2 away defeat by referee Nicolas Rainville, was cautioned after remonstrating with fans about the abuse. No further details were given.
Written off by many, Balotelli now returning to top form
PARIS (AP) — Mario Balotelli's return to form at Nice owes much to the astute guidance and firm belief of coach Lucien Favre.
When Favre signed the Italian forward on a free transfer from Liverpool last season, some observers ridiculed his chances of success after Balotelli had endured two poor campaigns.
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher derided the move, saying on Twitter that paying nothing was "over the odds" for a player carrying such a troublesome reputation.
Falcao nets late equalizer for Monaco in 2-2 draw with Nice
PARIS (AP) — Radamel Falcao rescued Monaco with an injury-time equalizer in a 2-2 home draw with local rival Nice on Tuesday, after Mario Balotelli showed his finishing ability with both goals for the visitors.
Falcao scored from close range after substitute Stevan Jovetic's shot was parried following a quickly-taken free kick. It was the Colombia striker's 16th league goal in just 17 games and it cruelly usurped Balotelli's otherwise match-winning performance.