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Despite suffering a penalty shootout defeat to AC Milan in their opening International Champions Cup clash, Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti said his side showed they have made progress but preferred to focus his attention on the physical state.

Bayern went down 3-5 on penalties at the Soldier Field Stadium here following an entertaining 3-3 draw which saw them come from behind to lead, before requiring a last-minute Franck Ribery spot-kick to earn a shootout.

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Forty four year old Spanish Coach Pep Guardiola announced today his decision to leave Bayern Munich this summer when his contract with the German giants expires. Bayern have been quick to appoint Guardiola's replacement too, with the club announcing today that former Real Madrid and Chelsea Manager Carlo Ancelotti will take over the reigns of the club.

Guardiola, who is on track to win his third straight Bundesliga title with the German club this summer, is believed to be seeking a new challenge, and it has been widely rumoured that he will head to England for his next assignment with Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea all believed to be in the running to sign the highly successful former Barcelona legend.

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Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner may not have been able to hit top form during his long stay at Arsenal, but the tall frontman is starting to find his feet in Germany.

Bendtner scored the equalizer for Wolfsburg to send the German Super Cup tie against Bayern Munich to a penalty shoot-out after tapping home at the near post from Chelsea reject Kevin de Bruyne’s cross. The goal from Bendtner saved young De Bruyne’s blushes after the Belgian had failed to pass the ball into an empty net from a central position after lobbing Manuel Neuer and finding himself through on goal.


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The Beautiful Game is a sport which brings together people of all castes and creeds, from all the corners of the world, to cheer for their beloved teams. And with European football being amongst the most glamorous in the world, the finals of its top tier competition – the Champions League – is certainly considered a sporting bonanza, probably surpassed only by the final of the FIFA World Cup.

The competition was started in the year 1955, known by the name European Champion Clubs' Cup, or simply the European Cup, until it was rebranded as the UEFA Champions League in 1992.

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arjen_robben Arjen Robben cost Bayern Munich the 2012 UEFA Champions League final by missing a penalty in extra time against Chelsea last season. The Dutchman has had to bear the burden of that miss for a whole year, and faced the brunt of the fans' ire as they questioned his commitment to the cause. The Dutch winger finally put that cross to rest as he picked up an assist and the winning goal in an exceptionally entertaining final as Bayern ended up deserved victors 2-1 on the night against local rivals Borussia Dortmund.

Dortmund though have every reason to feel aggrieved with the referee, who decided to keep the game 11-vs-11 as he choose not to book Brazilian defender Dante when he conceded a penalty in the 69th minute with the center back already carrying a yellow card. Bayern though were too busy celebrating their 5th European Cup to care, joining Liverpool as the third most successful side in European football history.

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Barcelona’s aura of invincibility has gradually been torn down over the last 12 months and at the magnificent Allianz Arena last night Bayern Munich shattered any remaining crumbs. The Champions League semi-final 1st leg between the two European powerhouses was one-sided as they get as a ruthless Bayern dispatched Barca 4-0 to all but seal a place in the final at Wembley. Thomas Muller was the star of the show as he grabbed a brace while Arjen Robben and Mario Gomez added the other strikes to ground the Spanish Champions-elect, who suffered their worst defeat in the competition in 16 years. The 2nd leg in a week's time will be a dead rubber in all likelihood as no team has ever recovered from a four-goal 1st leg deficit in the competition before.

Jupp Heynckes had his best eleven out on the pitch, leading the attack with Mario Gomez who received support from Muller, Robben and Frank Ribery. The formidable midfield pair of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez were more than a match for Barca’s pass-masters while Dante was a giant in the back-four alongside Philip Lahm, Jerome Boateng and David Alaba.

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The long-wait to discover Pep Guardiola’s next managerial move is over after Bayern Munich announced that they had captured the ex-Barcelona coach, who will take over at the Allianz Arena before the start of next season. Guardiola has been on a sabbatical in New York ever since he drew the curtains on four glorious years at Barcelona last year but that hasn’t prevented the press from heavily speculating about his future.

Chelsea were the rumoured front-runners for his signature, with Roman Abramovich heavily courting the Spaniard last summer. Guardiola himself has spoken of his desire to manage in England, with Sir Alex Ferguson’s throne at Old Trafford said to be his ultimate ambition. French moneybags PSG and Italian aristocrats AC Milan have also been linked with the man who catapulted Lionel Messi into the upper echelons of world football but Bayern have ultimately won the race.

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