BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich seized the Bundesliga lead from Borussia Dortmund by demolishing Wolfsburg 6-0 on Saturday.
"We are now where we wanted to be," Bayern coach Niko Kovac said. "We...
Bayern coach Niko Kovac criticizes Rafinha for speaking out
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac criticized Brazilian defender Rafinha on Thursday for complaining about a lack of playing time.
Bayern’s joy short-lived, problems remain in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich's time at the top was short-lived, and its problems remain.
Bayern temporarily moved into a tie for first place in the Bundesliga by beating Hertha Berlin 1-0 on...
Bayern turns up heat on Dortmund at top of Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich increased the pressure on Borussia Dortmund with a 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin to move level on points with the Bundesliga leader on Saturday.
Bayern enduring its worst Bundesliga season in 7 years
Bayern Munich is putting together its worst Bundesliga performance in seven years.
A 3-1 loss at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday was Bayern's fourth so far this campaign — as many as it had all of last season. Bayern hasn't lost so many games by the 20th round since Borussia Dortmund last won the title in 2012.
Bayern goalkeeper Neuer injures hand, out of Leverkusen game
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich captain Manuel Neuer has been ruled out of the Bundesliga game at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
Bayern says its 32-year-old goalkeeper injured his right hand in training on Friday and is remaining in Munich rather than traveling with the squad.
Bayern, the six-time defending champion, did not give the extent of Neuer's injury, nor an indication of how many games he will miss. Reserve goalkeeper Sven Ulreich will play in his place.
James entering decisive days at Bayern with future unclear
MUNICH (AP) — Leon Goretzka's emergence at Bayern Munich is bad news for James Rodriguez.
James, as he is known, watched from the bench Friday as Goretzka - playing in the Colombian's favored No. 10 position - scored two goals in Bayern's 3-1 victory at Hoffenheim.
"We did everything right with this decision," Bayern coach Niko Kovac told Eurosport. "We've stumbled onto something."
Bayern restarts with win to turn up heat on Dortmund
SINSHEIM, Germany (AP) — Bayern Munich got the Bundesliga back underway with a 3-1 win at Hoffenheim on Friday to deliver a statement of intent to leader Borussia Dortmund.
Robert Lewandowski sealed the victory late on to cut the gap on his former team to three points after 18 games. It was the defending champion's sixth league win in succession, stabilizing the side after an early-season wobble.
"We're the chasers and we want to hunt them," Bayern coach Niko Kovac said. "We want to be champions."
Bayern and Ajax thrill with 3-3 draw; Bayern tops Group E
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Nicolas Tagliafico scored a stoppage-time equalizer as Ajax salvaged a thrilling 3-3 draw against Bayern Munich that saw the German side top Champions League Group E.
South Korean youngster Jeong lifting gloom at Bayern Munich
BERLIN (AP) — Amid talk of a crisis at Bayern Munich, the emergence of midfielder Jeong Woo-yeong has provided a welcome development.
The 19-year-old South Korean made his Bayern debut in the 5-1 win over Benfica in the Champions League on Tuesday, becoming the first from his country to play for the Bavarian powerhouse.
Bayern routs Benfica 5-1 to advance in Champions League
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich secured its place in the knockout stage of the Champions League with a 5-1 rout of Benfica on Tuesday, easing the pressure on coach Niko Kovac.
Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski both scored twice for the home side, ensuring Bayern qualified for the round of 16 with a game to spare in Group E.
Bayern no longer talking about 7th straight Bundesliga title
BERLIN (AP) — No one at Bayern Munich is talking about a seventh consecutive Bundesliga title anymore.
The club is back in crisis with coach Niko Kovac likely to pay the price for the team's failure to reinforce the squad in the offseason.
Bayern's 3-3 draw against relegation-threatened Fortuna Duesseldorf has left the defending champions nine points behind Borussia Dortmund after 12 matches.
Madrid, Bayern back in crisis as Champions League resumes
BERLIN (AP) — Real Madrid and Bayern Munich return to the Champions League on Tuesday in crisis mode after the latest setbacks in their domestic leagues.
Madrid, the three-time European defending champion, was humiliated 3-0 by Eibar in Spain on Saturday. The first defeat for new coach Santiago Solari renews debate over his team's ability to challenge for honors in its first season without Cristiano Ronaldo in nearly a decade.
Bayern draws after Lukebakio hat trick, Dortmund wins again
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich's troubled Bundesliga season went from bad to worse on Saturday after a late collapse saw it draw 3-3 with Fortuna Duesseldorf, whose forward Dodi Lukebakio scored a hat trick.
The reigning German champion dropped nine points behind league leader Borussia Dortmund, which beat Mainz 2-1, while Leipzig's 10-game unbeaten run ended in defeat at Wolfsburg.
Dortmund comes from behind to beat Bayern 3-2, move 7 ahead
BERLIN (AP) — Paco Alcacer and Marco Reus helped Borussia Dortmund twice come from behind to open a seven-point lead on defending Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich with a 3-2 win on Saturday.
"It looks like a lot, feels like it, too," Bayern coach Niko Kovac said of the gap after his side's best performance in weeks. "But in football everything is possible."
Coach Joachim Loew leaves Boateng out of Germany squad
BERLIN (AP) — Germany coach Joachim Loew has left Jerome Boateng out of the squad for upcoming games against Russia and the Netherlands.
"I'm convinced that a break would also do him good," Loew said on Friday. "I told him that we also have a lot of alternatives for his position, especially with younger players."
Boateng said on Twitter he had "a very good and trusting conversation" with Loew and they decided he would have a break "to continue to work on my fitness in Munich."
Bayern drawn at Hertha Berlin in 3rd round of German Cup
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich faces another trip to Hertha Berlin in the third round of the German Cup, while Borussia Dortmund was drawn against Werder Bremen on Sunday.
Bayern lost last season's cup final to Eintracht Frankfurt in Berlin's Olympiastadion in May, and then had its first league defeat of this season at Hertha Berlin in September.
Bayern has nervy 2-1 win over 4th-tier side in German Cup
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich edged into the third round of the German Cup with a 2-1 win at fourth-tier SV Roedinghausen on Tuesday.
Bayern looked to be in control after early goals from Sandro Wagner and Thomas Mueller but was left hanging on after Linus Meyer pulled one back for the underdogs early in the second half.
Bayern coach Niko Kovac used up some time to see out the win by bringing on Meritan Shabani for Franck Ribery in the last minute.
Champions league: Bayern made to work for 2-0 win over AEK
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Bayern Munich exploited a brief lapse in AEK Athens' determined defense to score twice in two minutes for a 2-0 win in the Champions League, easing pressure on the Bundesliga champions and coach Niko Kovac.
Shaking off a mistake-prone first half, Javi Martinez and Robert Lewandowski struck in the 61st and 63rd minutes at the Olympic Stadium for Bayern's second victory in Group E, as AEK suffered its third defeat.
Many of Bayern’s international players return after losses
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac was hoping the international break would revitalize his players after four games without a win.
But the team's German contingent return following losses in the Netherlands and France, Robert Lewandowski's ill-luck with Poland continued with losses to Portugal and Italy, and Thiago Alcantara lost with Spain against England.
Only two of Bayern's internationals - James Rodriguez of Colombia and Renato Sanches of Portugal - picked up victories.
Bayern forgets league troubles with beers at Oktoberfest
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich's players and coach temporarily put aside their problems on the field to visit the annual Oktoberfest celebrations on Sunday.
Wearing traditional leather trousers, players posed for photographs with their families, with women dressed in the dirndl dresses of the region.
Bayern coach Niko Kovac posed with chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge holding giant mugs of beer, but Kovac looked preoccupied with his job reportedly on the line ahead of the international break.
Bayern loses to ’Gladbach, Dortmund wins dramatic game 4-3
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich slumped to another defeat in the Bundesliga as Borussia Moenchengladbach pounded the defending champion 3-0 on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund maintained its unbeaten start in dramatic fashion.
Bayern, beaten by Hertha Berlin last weekend, was bidding to end a three-game run without a win, but the latest loss will pile the pressure on Niko Kovac and call into question his ongoing tenure as coach.
Momentum switches from Bayern to Dortmund in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — One week is all it took for Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund to, essentially, switch places.
Bayern is sliding into its first crisis under coach Niko Kovac after three games without a win, while Dortmund has taken the Bundesliga lead and maintained its unbeaten start with a 3-0 win over Monaco in the Champions League.
Bayern had started the season with seven wins in all competitions, but the team looks unsettled by the latest setbacks.
Hertha hands Bayern a 2-0 defeat on Niko Kovac’s return
BERLIN (AP) — Hertha Berlin defeated Bayern Munich 2-0 in the Bundesliga on Friday, dealing its former player Niko Kovac his first loss as coach of the German champion.
Kovac was part of Hertha's midfield with Pal Dardai - who is now Hertha's coach - from 2003 to 2006.
Dardai outwitted him this time, as veteran forward Vedad Ibisevic and league top-scorer Ondrej Duda struck in the first half to hand Bayern its first defeat in all competitions this season.
Augsburg snatches late 1-1 draw as Bayern drops 1st points
BERLIN (AP) — Augsburg ended Bayern Munich's winning start to the Bundesliga on Tuesday by scoring a late equalizer for a 1-1 draw, subduing an atmosphere that was already flat due to fan protests.
Felix Goetze - the brother of former Bayern midfielder Mario Goetze - bundled the ball over the line with his chest in the 86th minute after the hosts failed to deal with a corner.
Renato Sanches scores on his Benfica return as Bayern wins
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — All Renato Sanches needed was some home comfort.
Sanches finally showed why Bayern Munich gave him one of the richest contracts in Bundesliga history in 2016, ending a two-year scoring drought with his first goal for the team — on his return to the club where he had his breakthrough.
Sanches netted the second goal in Bayern's win over Benfica on Wednesday to help give the German club a 2-0 win in their Champions League opener.
Kovac and Lopetegui kick off Champions League quests
Coaches with something to prove will kick off their Champions League seasons on Wednesday.
Bayern Munich's Niko Kovac will be coaching in Europe's top competition for the first time, while Real Madrid's Julen Lopetegui makes his return three months after being fired as coach of Spain on the eve of the World Cup.
Schalke signs Germany midfielder Sebastian Rudy from Bayern
GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Schalke has signed Germany midfielder Sebastian Rudy from Bundesliga rival Bayern Munich.
The Gelsenkirchen-based club says the 28-year-old Rudy is getting a four-year deal to 2022 and will wear the No. 13 jersey for coach Domenico Tedesco's team.
Tedesco says, "We're getting a very intelligent and technical player in the squad who has already proved his capability internationally."
Bundesliga resumes with Bayern dominance set to continue
BERLIN (AP) — Despite a change of coach, Bayern Munich and the rest of the Bundesliga expect the outcome to be the same.
With the league resuming Friday, the Bavarian powerhouse looks set to extend its Bundesliga record run to seven straight titles.
"We're confident enough to say that we want to be German champions," said Niko Kovac, who came from Eintracht Frankfurt to replace the retiring Jupp Heynckes as Bayern coach.
Lewandowski avoids Bayern embarrassment against amateur team
BERLIN (AP) — A fourth-tier team of amateurs held Bayern Munich scoreless for more than 80 minutes before Robert Lewandowski ended chances of an unlikely upset in the first round of the German Cup on Saturday.
SV Drochtersen/Assel, a team from a town of only 11,000 inhabitants in the north of Germany, frustrated the country's top team until Lewandowski's 81st-minute goal finally sent the Bundesliga powerhouse through 1-0.
Kovac’s Bayern routs Frankfurt 5-0 in German curtain raiser
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Robert Lewandowski scored a hat trick as Bayern Munich won the German Super Cup on Sunday with a 5-0 rout of Eintracht Frankfurt in an impressive start for new coach Niko Kovac.
BERLIN (AP) — Niko Kovac faces his future employer as his Eintracht Frankfurt side takes on Bayern Munich in the German Cup final on Saturday.
It will be Jupp Heynckes' last game - for the second time - before retirement, and Kovac is poised to replace him at Bayern next season.
"We want to win the final. What happens afterward isn't important," Kovac said on Friday.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Eintracht Frankfurt appointed Adi Huetter as coach on Wednesday to replace the Bayern Munich-bound Niko Kovac.
The Bundesliga side, which faces Bayern in the German Cup final for Kovac's last game on Saturday, says the 48-year-old Huetter has signed a deal through June 2021.
The Austrian coach is joining from Young Boys Bern, which he led to a first Swiss league title in 32 years this season, and will be joined in Frankfurt by assistant Christian Peintinger.
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich will get a good look at its next coach when Eintracht Frankfurt visits for a rehearsal of the German Cup final on Saturday.
But Niko Kovac would rather not be the center of attention.
Kovac's switch has soured relations between the clubs - even if both now insist that bygones are bygones.
"It's not an issue," Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said after meeting Frankfurt counterpart Fredi Bobic for clear-the-air talks in Frankfurt.
GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Eintracht Frankfurt edged Schalke 1-0 away on Wednesday to book its place in the German Cup final against Bayern Munich.
Luka Jovic scored with his heel after a corner with 15 minutes remaining for Frankfurt to reach Germany's season-ending showpiece in Berlin's Olympiastadion for the second year in a row. Frankfurt lost to Borussia Dortmund last season.
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness hit back at criticism from Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic over the signing of Niko Kovac as coach by labeling his comments "quite outrageous."
Bobic blasted Bayern on Friday for the timing of its announcement that Frankfurt coach Kovac would be switching to Bayern next season, and for not getting in touch beforehand.
BERLIN (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen underlined its Champions League credentials with a 4-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt, while Hamburger SV and Cologne edged closer to Bundesliga relegation on Saturday.
Bayern Munich hires Niko Kovac from Frankfurt as coach
MUNICH (AP) — Niko Kovac is returning to Bayern Munich as coach next season after impressing at Eintracht Frankfurt.
The 46-year-old Kovac, who played for Bayern from 2001-03, agreed to a three-year contract starting in July, the Bundesliga champions said Friday.
BERLIN (AP) — Michy Batshuayi scored deep in injury time for Borussia Dortmund to beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-2 and return to third place in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
The visitors were expecting a share of the points after Danny Blum's injury-time equalizer, but there was still time for Batshuayi - who was dropped from the starting lineup - to score his second goal of the game.
BERLIN (AP) — Two years after taking over relegation-threatened Eintracht Frankfurt, Niko Kovac is on the verge of taking the side into the Champions League.
It would be the German club's first appearance in Europe's premier competition since the 1960 European Cup final, a spectacular game won by Real Madrid 7-3 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Frankfurt beats Leipzig as fans vent fury over Monday games
BERLIN (AP) — Eintracht Frankfurt came from behind to beat Leipzig 2-1 as its fans vented their fury in the first of five contentious Monday night games to be played in the Bundesliga.
Timothy Chandler and Kevin-Prince Boateng cancelled out Jean-Kevin Augustin's early strike as Frankfurt overtook Leipzig to go third and deny the visiting side the chance to reclaim second.