A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Friday:
Bayern Munich visits promoted Greuther Fürth in the Bundesliga looking for another big win. Bayern beat the other promoted team in the league, Bochum, 7-0 last week with two goals by midfielder Joshua Kimmich.
MADRID (AP) — Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman surprised journalists at a news conference on Wednesday by reading a prepared statement that called for patience and practically dismissed the team's chances of achieving any significant results this season.
MADRID (AP) — Less than a week after a demoralizing loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Barcelona faltered at Camp Nou again, being held by winless Granada 1-1 in the Spanish league on Monday.
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich’s training session was overshadowed by injuries to up-and-coming star Jamal Musiala and reserve goalkeeper Sven Ulreich on Monday.
The Bavarian powerhouse said 18-year-old Musiala suffered a capsule injury in his right ankle and Ulreich suffered a partial inner ligament injury in his right knee joint.
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Monday:
Barcelona hosts winless Granada in the Spanish league and hopes to rebound from the demoralizing 3-0 home loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
BERLIN (AP) — There were eight goals across four Saturday afternoon games in the Bundesliga. Bayern Munich scored seven of them.
There was a familiar face among the goal-scorers, too.
Robert Lewandowski scored yet again in Bayern’s 7-0 rout of promoted Bochum.
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain was able to start its superstar attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe for the first time on Wednesday in the Champions League.
Instead of fireworks, though, they only produced a big thud as PSG drew 1-1 draw against modest Belgian side Club Brugge.
DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Lots of drama, not many wins. That's the story so far under new American coach Jesse Marsch at German soccer club Leipzig.
Leipzig played its part in one of the most entertaining Champions League games of the season so far when Christopher Nkunku scored a hat trick in a 6-3 loss at Manchester City on Wednesday.
MADRID (AP) — Barcelona needs to brace for some tough times ahead while adjusting to the post-Lionel Messi era.
That message was clear after the 3-0 loss at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday, the team’s first defeat since Messi left amid the club's financial struggles.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Bayern Munich showed Barcelona exactly how dreary life will be without Lionel Messi on Tuesday when it dealt the Spanish team its first loss since the exit of the star forward.
BERLIN (AP) — It was a tale of three strikers as the Champions League group stage started on Tuesday.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored but lost on his return with Manchester United, then Robert Lewandowski and Romelu Lukaku both led their teams to victory in their opening games.
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Benfica was lucky to escape with a point against Dynamo Kyiv in a 0-0 draw in the Champions League on Tuesday which dents both teams' already slim chances of advancing from a group also containing Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
A look at what’s happening in the Champions League on Tuesday:
Barcelona’s ability to compete in Europe without Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann will be put to the test when it hosts the team that dealt the Spanish side its most humiliating defeat in recent memory.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona forward Martin Braithwaite will need surgery on his left knee, the Catalan club said Monday.
Barcelona said the Danish player has not responded well to conservative treatment and will undergo surgery in the coming days.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — The first Women’s Champions League group-stage draw Monday placed defending champion Barcelona with Arsenal, Hoffenheim and Danish club HB Køge.
The revamped 16-team group stage replaces the 32-team knockout tournament.
BERLIN (AP) — The Champions League group stage starts Tuesday with a match between traditional heavyweights Barcelona and Bayern Munich, but big-spending upstarts elsewhere are the title favorites this season after a summer of eye-catching transfers.
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich issued a Bundesliga statement with a 4-1 victory in Leipzig on Saturday, when Borussia Dortmund came from behind three times to beat Bayer Leverkusen 4-3 in a thriller.
MUNICH (AP) — In a story published Sept. 9, 2021, about the domestic violence trial of former Germany and Bayern Munich player Jérôme Boateng, The Associated Press erroneously reported he was ordered to pay 1.8 million euros ($21.2 million) in damages to the victim.
DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann will get a large dose of déjà vu when his team visits Leipzig in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
After all, Nagelsmann was Leipzig coach until the end of last season and two of his Bayern players, defender Dayot Upamecano and midfielder Marcel Sabitzer, were on that Leipzig team, too.
Canada star Alphonso Davies will miss Wednesday night's World Cup qualifier against El Salvador after getting hurt against the United States.
The Bayern Munich defender set up Cyle Larin's tying goal in Sunday night's 1-1 draw at Nashville, Tennessee, Davies' Canadian record sixth assist of the year, then came out in the 76th minute while favoring a leg.
American Chris Richards agreed Tuesday to a new contract with Bayern Munich that runs until 2025, and the 21-year-old defender was loaned to Hoffenheim for the rest of the 2021-22 season.
Richards, who is from Birmingham, Alabama, joined Bayern Munich from the academy of Major League Soccer's Dallas team in 2018.
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich will play at Borussia Mönchengladbach in the second round of the German Cup, while defending champion Borussia Dortmund was given a home draw against second-division Ingolstadt.
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich set a European scoring record as it beat Cologne 3-2 for its first Bundesliga win under new coach Julian Nagelsmann on Sunday.
Serge Gnabry scored twice and Robert Lewandowski got the other goal to ensure Bayern became the only team among Europe’s top five leagues to have scored in 74 consecutive games in all competitions.
BERLIN (AP) — Freiburg put the brakes on Borussia Dortmund’s early-season optimism by holding on for a 2-1 win in the Bundesliga on Saturday, a demoralizing blow for a team with ambitions of challenging for the title.
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Robert Lewandowski scored twice for Bayern Munich to beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in the German Super Cup and give coach Julian Nagelsmann his first win in charge on Tuesday.
BERLIN (AP) — United States teenager Gio Reyna is poised to become one of German soccer giant Borussia Dortmund’s brightest stars after being rewarded for his remarkable development with the prestigious No.
MUNICH (AP) — Gerd Müller, the Bayern Munich and former West Germany soccer great known as “Der Bomber” for his scoring prowess, has died. He was 75.
The Bavarian club announced his death on Sunday, with club president Herbert Hainer saying it was “a sad, dark day for FC Bayern and all its fans.”
BERLIN (AP) — Defending champion Bayern Munich opened the Bundesliga season with a 1-1 draw at Borussia Mönchengladbach on Friday, with the hosts incensed at the referee for denying them a late penalty.
BERLIN (AP) — Fans are back but the fundamental question remains the same as the Bundesliga season begins Friday.
Who can stop Bayern Munich?
The Bavarian powerhouse has won an unprecedented nine consecutive German league titles and looks likely to complete a decade of domination.
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid defender David Alaba has tested positive for the coronavirus, the club said Wednesday.
Madrid did not immediately release details about the player's condition.
The announcement came a week after Alaba was officially introduced by the Spanish club after joining from Bayern Munich.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Canadian star Alphonso Davies will miss the CONCACAF Gold Cup because of an ankle injury.
The Canadian Soccer Association said the 20-year Bayern Munich defender was hurt during training Wednesday and returned to Germany on Friday for a medical evaluation.
BERLIN (AP) — Americans are taking their coaching expertise to the Bundesliga.
New Leipzig coach Jesse Marsch became the second American in charge of a team in Germany’s top soccer division after Stuttgart's Pellegrino Matarazzo.
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich has won an unprecedented nine straight Bundesliga titles, five German Cups and the Champions League twice in the past decade.
It isn’t enough.
Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn and sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić said Wednesday they wanted to “start a new era” as they presented new coach Julian Nagelsmann.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Bayern Munich will kick off the new German season at Borussia Mönchengladbach after the 2021-22 schedule was released Friday.
The game on Aug. 13 will be the first Bundesliga match in charge for both teams' new coaches after Bayern hired Julian Nagelsmann from Leipzig and Gladbach brought in Adi Hütter from Eintracht Frankfurt.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Robert Lewandowski had just headed the ball off the crossbar twice in as many seconds when it landed back at his feet.
Standing right in front of Sweden's goal, surely the world player of the year couldn’t fail to score again?
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Diego Maradona's life was honored in a tribute featuring lights and projections onto the pitch before Argentina's Copa America opener against Chile.
No fans were present at the Nilton Santos stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the latest tribute to the Argentine football great, this one organized by South American soccer body CONMEBOL.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Robert Lewandowski’s standing as one of the greatest ever strikers at club level is surely undisputed after a record-breaking season with Bayern Munich.
With 66 goals in 119 games for Poland, his status in the international game is well-established, too.
MUNICH (AP) — Germany midfielder Linda Dallmann scored twice to help Bayern Munich clinch the women’s Bundesliga title with a 4-0 rout of Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday.
An own-goal from Laura Störzel and a last-minute goal from Lea Schüller — set up by Simone Laudehr in her final game before retirement — ensured Bayern finished the season with 61 points.
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting signed a two-year contract extension on Friday, cementing his status as the backup to Robert Lewandowski.
Choupo-Moting joined Bayern in October on a free transfer for one season after his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expired.
WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) — Wolfsburg hired Mark van Bommel as coach on Wednesday as the team prepares for its first Champions League campaign since 2015-16.
The 44-year-old former Dutch midfielder signed a two-year contract through June 2023, the Bundesliga club said.
Poland’s dependence on Robert Lewandowski is the team's biggest concern for the European Championship.
The 32-year-old Lewandowski is already the country’s leading scorer with 66 goals in a record 118 appearances, and he just broke the Bundesliga’s 49-year-old record for goals in a season with 41 in 29 appearances for Bayern Munich.
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich chief executive officer Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is retiring from the club six months earlier than expected, and will be replaced by former goalkeeping great Oliver Kahn.
Rummenigge made the request to step down from his position on June 30, and not Dec.
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid strengthened its defense by signing David Alaba on Friday after the defender ended his highly successful stint at Bayern Munich.
Madrid said the 28-year-old Alaba agreed to a five-year contact.
MUNICH (AP) — Former Germany striker Miroslav Klose has been forced to take a break from coaching due to thrombosis in his leg.
Klose, whose last day as assistant coach at Bayern Munich was Saturday, told Kicker magazine on Thursday that he will not be taking up any other coaching opportunities anytime soon.
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich has signed defender Omar Richards on a free transfer from second-division English club Reading.
The 23-year-old Englishman signed a four-year deal with the German champions, the team said Thursday.
BERLIN (AP) — Hansi Flick will take over as Germany coach after the European Championship, replacing Joachim Löw.
Flick signed a three-year contract effective from July 1 to succeed his former boss, who is ending his 15-year tenure after the tournament, the German soccer federation said Tuesday.
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski left it to the last minute of the last game before breaking the Bundesliga record with his 41st goal of the season on Saturday.
Lewandowski missed a host of chances before he finally struck in the 90th minute of Bayern's 5-2 win over Augsburg in the final round of the German league.
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich is bracing for a bittersweet end to the Bundesliga season amid a host of goodbyes on Saturday, when Robert Lewandowski will hope to break the league’s scoring record.
The Poland star needs just one goal to better Bayern great Gerd Müller’s mark of 40 in a season from 1971-72, though Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl doesn’t want to see the record broken.
GENEVA (AP) — Several rebel Super League clubs are facing some harsh realities. Two of the five top leagues are still awaiting a champion. And some some clubs with rich histories are facing relegation.