A ruthless Bayern Munich scored five goals in the first 35 minutes on their way to an astonishing 7-1 Champions League win at AS Roma on Tuesday that left the home players and supporters shell-shocked.
Bayern Munich are right where they want to be atop the Bundesliga after five rounds and ahead of a tough showdown against Cologne this weekend while Schalke and Borussia Dortmund both head into the 145th derby needing a victory.
Netherlands winger Arjen Robben has backed Louis van Gaal to turn Manchester United into champions again, as the Dutch manager has been handed the task of rebuilding the Old Trafford outfit following their dramatic fall from grace.
Bayern Munich will be without experienced Franck Ribery when they meet Manchester City in their Champions League Group E opener on Wednesday with fellow winger Arjen Robben also doubtful, coach Pep Guardiola said.
Real Madrid`s Cristiano Ronaldo was on Thursday named European Footballer of the Year, the Portuguese striker topping the journalists` poll ahead of Germany`s World Cup winner Manuel Neuer and Dutchman Arjen Robben.
For a change, Lionel Messi will not be in contention for the 2013/14 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. The Argentine failed to make the cut in the three-men final. However, his familiar foes in Cristiano Ronaldo and Arjen Robben are vying to win the award for the first time. But the presence of German Iron-hand, Manuel Never will make the contest an intriguing one.
German World Cup-winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Netherlands winger Arjen Robben and Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo are the three contenders to win UEFA`s Best Player in Europe Award for 2013/14.
In one of the best and most scintillating finals of the FIFA World Cup, Germany overcame an inspired Argentina in 120 minutes in an awe-inspiring match, thanks to a lone goal from Mario Goetze, to win the trophy at the 2014 edition of the tournament in Brazil on June 13.
FIFA awarded Lionel Messi the `Golden Ball` as the top player of the World Cup on Sunday after the Argentina captain led his side to the final at the Maracana where they lost to Germany 1-0 in extra time.