Coach Christian Streich has urged his struggling Freiburg side to tackle run-away Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich head on in Tuesday`s Bundesliga match despite his team losing several key players to injury.
The Bundesliga was in danger of turning into another one-horse race on Sunday after second-placed VfL Wolfsburg were held 1-1 at home by promoted Paderborn, leaving titleholders Bayern Munich nine points clear at the top.
AS Roma`s premature Champions League exit, following Wednesday`s home defeat to Manchester City, was a painful reminder that they are still well short of the European elite despite their domestic upturn in the last 18 months.
Manuel Pellegrini celebrated Manchester City`s remarkable brinkmanship in securing a Champions League knock-out spot on Wednesday by hailing the champions` Roman warriors rather than the absent leading players.
Already qualified Bayern Munich beat CSKA Moscow 3-0 with another dominant performance on Wednesday to complete their fifth win in six Champions League Group E games and leave the Russians bottom of the table and out of Europe.
Bayern Munich`s Bastian Schweinsteiger could make his first start of the season against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday as the Bavarians struggle with a long injury list having already secured top spot in Champions League Group E.
The boot with which Mario Goetze struck the World Cup-winning goal this year has raised two million euros (US$2.45m) for the German charity event "A Heart for Children", the organisers revealed on Saturday.
Once again, it's that time of year when football fans argue who deserves to win the prestigious Ballon d'Or award – the greatest award an individual player can win in the sport. Like in the recent past, both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have already started as the favourites to win the award. But their duopoly could see an abrupt ending this January, as the Germany's World Cup winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has found himself as one of the three finalists.