MADRID (AP) — Francisco "Isco" Alarcon has been left out of the Spain squad, paying the price for not playing often enough for Real Madrid under coach Santiago Solari.
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.
Lewandowski scores as Bayern keeps pace with Dortmund
MUNICH (AP) — Robert Lewandowski made up for missing a penalty by scoring in a 4-1 win for Bayern Munich over Stuttgart on Sunday, ensuring his side kept pace with his former team Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.
Lewandowski rounded Ron-Robert Zieler to score his 12th goal of the season in the 84th minute, keeping second-placed Bayern six points behind Dortmund after the 19th round. Dortmund routed Hannover 5-1 on Saturday.
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 midfielder Thiago out ‘several weeks’ with injury
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara will miss several weeks with an ankle injury sustained in the German Cup.
The Bavarian club says the Spanish midfielder tore the lateral collateral ligament and the articular capsule in his right ankle during Tuesday's 2-1 win over fourth-tier team SV Roedinghausen.
Thiago sustained the injury after a late tackle from Bjoern Schlottke and had to be taken off in the 75th minute.
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.
Tolisso injury overshadows Bayern’s 3-1 win vs Leverkusen
BERLIN (AP) — Corentin Tolisso scored with a snap shot before injuring his knee in Bayern Munich's 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
The France midfielder equalized for Bayern after Wendell put the visitors ahead with a retaken penalty. But Tolisso had to go off before the break after colliding with Kevin Volland.
Tolisso immediately clutched his right knee as he fell down, and needed help leaving the field as he made way for James Rodriguez.
SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — Bayern Munich needed a couple of lucky bounces to prevent Sevilla from pulling off another Champions League upset.
Bayern flying on Heynckes’ return; Dortmund home record over
BERLIN (AP) — Jupp Heynckes' fourth stint at Bayern Munich began with a rout then Leipzig ended Borussia Dortmund's club-record 41-game unbeaten run at home in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Leipzig's 3-2 win was league-leader Dortmund's first Bundesliga defeat at the Westfalenstadion since April 4, 2015, a 1-0 defeat to Bayern.
Heynckes cut the gap at the top to two points with his side's 5-0 rout of Freiburg in Munich.
Spain to make changes for final qualifier against Israel
MADRID (AP) — Coach Julen Lopetegui will have to make changes for Spain's final World Cup qualifier against Israel on Monday with three regular starters unavailable.
With a World Cup berth already secured, Spain will play Israel in Jerusalem without Gerard Pique, David Silva and Thiago Alcantara.
Pique and Silva are suspended, and Alcantara has a knee injury.
Lopetegui did not say if he plans other changes to observe players who haven't regularly featured in Spain's qualifying campaign.
Spain clinches World Cup spot with win against Albania
MADRID (AP) — Spain easily defeated Albania 3-0 to secure a World Cup berth as outspoken defender Gerard Pique received a mixed reaction from home fans every time he touched the ball on Friday.
Rodrigo, Isco, and Thiago Alcantara scored first-half goals to give Spain an insurmountable five-point lead over Italy with one round to go in Group G of European qualifying.
How Bayern claimed its 5th straight Bundesliga title
BERLIN (AP) — No team had ever won the Bundesliga more than three times in a row before Bayern Munich extended it to four last year.
Now make that five.
As expected, the Bavarian powerhouse extended its record with its fifth straight title Saturday, beating Wolfsburg 6-0 away to wrap up its 27th German championship overall with three games to go.
How did Bayern do it and what makes the club so dominant in Germany?
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has extended his contract with the club by two years to 2021.
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says "Thiago is one of the best and most coveted midfielders in Europe. We're very pleased as a club to be able to secure the services of such an amazing player for the long term."
The 26-year-old Spanish midfielder, who joined from Barcelona in 2013, says he and his family "feel at home in Munich."
Bayern title charge slowed by another Bundesliga draw
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich was held for a second successive Bundesliga game, with the leader twice coming from behind against lowly Mainz to recover a 2-2 draw on Saturday.
It was another setback for Bayern following Tuesday's Champions League quarterfinal exit at Real Madrid, but the German title still looks to be Bayern's for a fifth consecutive season.
Bayern pulls off injury-time draw in Berlin in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — Robert Lewandowski struck in the sixth minute of injury time for Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich to draw at Hertha Berlin 1-1 and avoid to its second defeat on Saturday.
Lewandowski rifled in the ball after Arjen Robben's effort was blocked on the line, setting off celebrations cut short amid initial confusion over whether the goal stood.
Bayern back on top of Bundesliga before Leipzig showdown
BERLIN (AP) — Douglas Costa's fine second-half strike was enough for Bayern Munich to return to the top of the Bundesliga with a labored 1-0 win at bottom side Darmstadt on Sunday.
Bayern leads on goal difference from promoted Leipzig before the sides meet in Munich on Wednesday.
It seemed the defending champions were already looking ahead to the next game as they produced an uninspired performance against Darmstadt, which had fired coach Norbert Meier on Monday after six straight losses.
With Hoeness back in charge, Bayern returns to winning ways
BERLIN (AP) — With Uli Hoeness back in charge again, Bayern Munich bounced back from two straight defeats to beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 at home and keep pace with Bundesliga leader Leipzig on Saturday.
Hoeness, who returned as president the night before, watched as Thiago Alcantara and Mats Hummels scored to ease the pressure on coach Carlo Ancelotti with the side's first win in four games across all competitions.
Bayern wins and Arjen Robben scores in Bundesliga comeback
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Arjen Robben picked up the ball on the right flank, cut inside and curled in a left-foot shot into the upper corner of the far post.
It was a trademark goal from Robben that sealed Bayern Munich's 3-0 win over Hertha Berlin and left Carlo Ancelotti's team with a perfect record and a two-point lead after four matches in the Bundesliga.
"This is the most beautiful moment for me, I'd worked hard for this," Robben said.