A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Friday:
BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s World Cup preparations have been disrupted by the coronavirus, forcing coach Hansi Flick to improvise for tournament warmup games against Hungary and England.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany will be without captain Manuel Neuer and midfielder Leon Goretzka against Hungary and England due to positive coronavirus tests.
Both Bayern Munich players were isolated after the positive results and have since left the team hotel in Gravenbruch, near Frankfurt, the German soccer federation said on Wednesday.
LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Leipzig hired Max Eberl as sporting director on Monday after reaching an agreement with league rival Borussia Mönchengladbach to end his previous contract.
Leipzig said the 48-year-old Eberl will take over as sporting director on Dec.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany coach Hansi Flick has hinted at his World Cup plans by leaving Mario Götze and Mats Hummels out of his 24-man squad for upcoming Nations League games against Hungary and England.
BERLIN (AP) — New Leipzig coach Marco Rose can expect another hostile reaction on his return to Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday.
Leipzig is accustomed to heated receptions wherever it visits, but Rose’s recent appointment by the club has added an extra element of spice to its Bundesliga clash in Mönchengladbach.
BERLIN (AP) — American forward Jordan Pefok had a penalty saved but Union Berlin held on to win 1-0 at previously unbeaten Cologne to move top of the Bundesliga for the first-ever time on Sunday.
“I haven't seen a team play as well as Union here for a long time.
BERLIN (AP) — It was the perfect afternoon for new Leipzig coach Marco Rose. For Bayern Munich, not so much.
Two days after being hired by Leipzig, the 45-year-old Rose oversaw Saturday the team’s 3-0 rout of Borussia Dortmund, the club which fired him at the end of last season.
BERLIN (AP) — Leipzig’s ambition prevented Domenico Tedesco from being given the time to address the team’s shaky start to the season despite his role in helping it win its first major title.
Tedesco led Leipzig to win the German Cup last May – its greatest success to date – but paid the price as poor results this season turned worse in the last two games.
LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Leipzig hired former Borussia Dortmund coach Marco Rose to take charge on Thursday, a day after firing Domenico Tedesco.
The Bundesliga club said the 45-year-old Rose has a two-year contract to June 2024.
GENEVA (AP) — A long-time criticism of the Champions League group stage? Too many lopsided mismatches as the wealth gap between clubs fuels competitive imbalance on the field.
Tell that to favored Liverpool and Eintracht Frankfurt after their heavy losses Wednesday.
LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Leipzig fired coach Domenico Tedesco on Wednesday, hours after a 4-1 home loss to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.
LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Shakhtar Donetsk’s unlikely quest to represent Ukraine in the Champions League started with a stunning 4-1 win at Leipzig on Tuesday.
The team exiled from its home city for more than eight years by Russian-backed aggression arrived in Germany with a weakened squad that played just three domestic league games this season after more than eight months without competitive action during the war.
LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Timo Werner scored a first-half hat trick as Leipzig started its defense of the German Cup with an 8-0 rout of amateur team Teutonia Ottensen on Tuesday.
The Germany striker also had a hand in the other goal before the break, scored by André Silva, as Leipzig went into halftime leading 4-0.
LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Timo Werner is heading back to RB Leipzig after an underwhelming two-year stint at Chelsea.
The Germany forward and the two clubs confirmed the move on Tuesday, with Werner having been left out of Chelsea's squad for the team's Premier League opener against Everton on Saturday.
LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Leipzig announced the signing Tuesday of teenage forward Benjamin Šeško who will move next year from Salzburg in the latest high-profile deal between the sister clubs.
BERLIN (AP) — Schalke was given a rude welcome back to the Bundesliga with a 3-1 loss at Cologne where VAR decisions upset the promoted visitors on Sunday.
Rodrigo Zalazar thought he’d put Schalke ahead in the 10th minute but the goal was ruled out through VAR as Maya Yoshida was adjudged to have been offside and blocking goalkeeper Marvin Schwäbe’s view of the ball.
LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Leipzig signed Germany left back David Raum from Hoffenheim on a five-year contract Sunday after a breakout season saw him become one of the Bundesliga's top defenders.
Hoffenheim only signed Raum from second-tier Greuther Fürth a year ago.
LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Sadio Mané scored to help Bayern Munich defeat Leipzig 5-3 and win the German Super Cup on Saturday, when Bayer Leverkusen and Cologne were upset in the first round of the German Cup.
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The first trophy of the English season is up for grabs when Manchester City and Liverpool meet in the Community Shield, the annual match between the Premier League champions and the FA Cup winners.
PARIS (AP) — Leipzig defender Nordi Mukiele has signed a five-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain, the French champion said Tuesday.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
The 24-year-old right back played in France for Montpellier before spending four seasons at Leipzig.
LEEDS, England (AP) — American midfielder Tyler Adams joined English Premier League team Leeds on Wednesday in a move which reunites him with coach Jesse Marsch.
Adams signed a five-year contract, with a reported fee of 20 million pounds ($23.8 million).
LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — France forward Christopher Nkunku extended his contract with Leipzig through 2026 on Thursday after a breakout season that attracted the attention of some of Europe's biggest clubs.
LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Leipzig strengthened its midfield options by signing Austria midfielder Xaver Schlager from Wolfsburg on Friday.
Leipzig took advantage of a release clause in Schlager's contract.
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — German soccer club St. Pauli has refused the use of its stadium for a German Cup game because Leipzig is one of the teams involved.
Leipzig, the defending champion, was drawn at Hamburg-based FC Teutonia Ottensen in the first round.
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund were drawn Sunday against third-tier teams in the first round of next season’s German Cup.
Bayern starts its bid for a record-extending 21st title at Viktoria Cologne, and Dortmund will visit 1860 Munich.
BERLIN (AP) — Ten-man Leipzig came from a goal down in the German Cup final to beat Freiburg 4-2 on penalties for the club’s first trophy in its short history on Saturday.
Christopher Nkunku equalized in the 76th minute for 1-1 in normal time, sending the game to extra time, then penalties, where Freiburg captain Christian Günter and Ermedin Demirovic both missed.
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Seven-time champion Lyon will face titleholder Barcelona in Turin in a repeat of the 2019 final.
BERLIN (AP) — Cultures and ideologies will clash Saturday when fan-run Freiburg plays Red Bull-backed Leipzig in the German Cup final.
Build-up has been dominated by a dispute over marketing rights, with Freiburg refusing to allow its crest or logos to be used for any joint commemorative merchandise with its opponent ahead of the soccer match.
VIENNA (AP) — The 2024 European Championship final will be at Berlin’s Olympiastadion and the opening match will be at Bayern Munich's stadium, UEFA's executive committee decided on Tuesday.
Matches will be played in Germany in three clusters of venues with groups split between only two of them.
BERLIN (AP) — Saša Kalajdžić earned relegation-threatened Stuttgart a 2-2 draw at league champion Bayern Munich on Sunday to ensure three teams will be fighting for survival in the Bundesliga's final round.
BERLIN (AP) — With little excitement at the top of the Bundesliga, it’s the clubs just below Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund that are providing the entertainment at the end of the season.
Bayer Leverkusen, Freiburg, Leipzig, Cologne and Union Berlin are all scrapping for European places with two matches to go, with two of those teams joining Bayern and Dortmund in the Champions League, while another two will qualify for the Europa League.
BERLIN (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen consolidated third place and Leipzig dropped out of the Bundesliga top four after contrasting fortunes for both in their quest for Champions League qualification on Monday.
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund signed Germany defender Nico Schlotterbeck from Bundesliga rival Freiburg for next season on Monday.
Dortmund said the 22-year-old center back signed a contract through June 2027 and will become the club’s second new addition to its defense after fellow international Niklas Süle agreed on a free transfer from Bayern Munich.
BERLIN (AP) — There will be no official half-and-half scarves at the German Cup final this year.
Cup finalist Freiburg has forbidden the use of its logo or crest for any joint commemorative merchandise with opponent Leipzig.
BERLIN (AP) — Union Berlin substitute Sven Michel scored again to salvage a 1-1 draw against already relegated Greuther Fürth on Friday in his team’s 100th Bundesliga game since promotion.
Michel, who scored late and set up the other goal for Union to beat Leipzig 2-1 away last weekend, came on in the 70th minute and scored two minutes later when he forced Fürth defender Nick Viergever to lose the ball in his own penalty area.
Eintracht Frankfurt is a step away from reaching its first European competition final in more than 40 years after beating West Ham 2-1 in the first leg of the Europa League semifinals on Thursday.
The German team had knocked out Barcelona in the quarterfinals and quickly shocked West Ham when Ansgar Knauff scored 51 seconds after kickoff at the London Stadium.
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After Eintracht Frankfurt fans took over the Camp Nou for their upset quarterfinal win over Barcelona, London is the next destination as their team plays West Ham in the first leg of the semifinals.
LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Emil Forsberg scored in injury time to send Leipzig back into the German Cup final with a 2-1 win at home over Union Berlin on Wednesday.
Benjamin Henrichs crossed the ball back in after Union defender Timo Baumgartl had cleared off the line, and Forsberg got in front of Andras Schäfer to head the ball past goalkeeper Frederik Rönnow and set up a title decider against Freiburg in Berlin’s Olympiastadion on May 21.
Barcelona's European campaign has gone from bad to worse in its first season post Lionel Messi.
First the Spanish powerhouse was eliminated from the lucrative Champions League, and now it has been knocked out of the second-tier Europa League by Eintracht Frankfurt.
BERLIN (AP) — In-form Leipzig continued its impressive run with a 3-0 win over Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
Leipzig had the match all but won by halftime following goals from Christopher Nkunku, Marcel Halstenberg and Dominik Szoboszlai.
BERLIN (AP) — It was supposed to be a festival of soccer to celebrate the return of fans and a fresh start after more than two years of coronavirus restrictions.
More than 81,000 supporters packed Westfalenstadion to capacity on Saturday, the first time since Feb.
BERLIN (AP) — This time, Robert Lewandowski failed to score.
It didn’t matter on Saturday as others did for Bayern Munich to stretch its Bundesliga lead to nine points with a 4-1 win in Freiburg.
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund faces an anxious wait to see if top scorer Erling Haaland will be fit to face Leipzig on Saturday after the Norway forward returned from international duty with a foot injury.
BERLIN (AP) — The Bundesliga will have full stadiums for the first time in months this weekend as coronavirus restrictions are scrapped across Germany in time for the season finale.
Union Berlin has sold all 22,012 tickets for its home game against Cologne on Friday.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Draw for the Europa League quarterfinals and semifinals:
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A multi-million dollar transfer dispute caused by the COVID-19 pandemic over a forward who no longer plays for either Leeds and Leipzig went to the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Tuesday.
BERLIN (AP) — Stefan Posch got the only goal as Hoffenheim beat Cologne 1-0 amid a host of missed chances by both teams on Sunday to move fourth in the Bundesliga, the last place for Champions League qualification.
HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — Christopher Nkunku continued his free-scoring start to 2022 as Leipzig cruised into the semifinals of the German Cup with a 4-0 win over second-division club Hannover on Wednesday.
American coach Jesse Marsch was hired by Leeds on Monday, with the club hoping a late-season change in manager can help to preserve its English Premier League status.
Marsch replaced Marcelo Bielsa, who was fired on Sunday following a dramatic downturn in results, and is back in work nearly three months after leaving German team Leipzig.