Dortmund offer Schweinsteiger singing lessons after offensive chant

The Bundesliga outfit have told the Germany midfielder that they accept his apology in the wake of his insulting chants

Borussia Dortmund have accepted Bastian Schweinsteiger’s apology in the wake of the Bayern Munich midfielder’s offensive chants aimed at BVB and have cheekily offered the Germany star singing lessons in order to improve his vocal abilities.

A video surfaced last week showing Schweinsteiger partaking in a chant featuring the lyrics “BVB sons of b*tches” while celebrating his country’s World Cup success, causing uproar among Dortmund fans.

The midfielder consequently offered his apologies and BVB have now made it clear there are no hard feelings toward the 29-year-old Bavarian star.

“Dear Bastian Schweinsteiger,” began a statement on the club’s official Facebook page starts.

“It is absolutely no problem that you drink a few beers, let off some steam and sing a song without really thinking it through after winning the World Cup.

“We have always seen you as a fair guy. We would never have kicked up a fuss over your chants and we obviously accept your video apology. We wish you a pleasant holiday in Croatia.

“P.S.: It is possible for you to get your singing right. If you need any singing lessons, just let us know. We are happy to help you out.”

Dortmund face Bayern for the first time in the forthcoming season on August 13 in the DFL-Pokal – BVB beat Pep Guardiola’s men 4-2 in the fixture a year ago.

Grosskreutz grateful to Schweinsteiger

The Dortmund man has admitted that it was not easy not to be involved in Brazil and is keen to fill Philipp Lahm’s void in the team

Borussia Dortmund wing-back Kevin Grosskreutz has thanked Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger for his support during Germany’s victorious World Cup campaign this summer.

The BVB man did not appear a single minute during the tournament in Brazil as national team coach Joachim Low preferred others in his position and Grosskreutz has admitted that it was not easy for him to play a bit-part role.

“I owe a lot to Schweinsteiger and I am grateful to him,” the 26-year-old is quoted as saying by Kicker.

“He helped me out right from the start of the World Cup and always supported me when I didn’t play.

“It was not easy to be a reserve player, but it is not about individuals at such a tournament. The World Cup was an amazing experience.

“I just tried to play my role for the team and contribute to the good atmosphere. And I always gave my all on the training pitch. That was important to me.”

Grosskreutz is one of the candidates to replace Philipp Lahm at right-back following the Bayern star’s international retirement and he’s determined to show that he’s up for the task.

“It will be a tense battle for the position of right-back and I will give my all to be in with a chance.”

Schweinsteiger had to apologise to Grosskreutz’s Dortmund after he was filmed chanting offensively about Bayern’s Bundesliga rivals.

Schweinsteiger apologises for insulting Borussia Dortmund

The Germany international was caught on camera partaking in a chant that features the lyrics “BVB sons of b*tches” while celebrating his country’s World Cup success

Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger has apologised for singing an insulting song about rivals Borussia Dortmund.

A video surfaced on Tuesday night showing the Germany international partaking in a chant featuring the lyrics “BVB sons of b*tches” while celebrating his country’s World Cup success in a Munich bar two days after the 1-0 win over Argentina in Rio de Janeiro.

“I want to apologise to all the fans, coaches and players of Borussia Dortmund,” Schweinsteiger wrote on his Facebook profile.

“This is a well-known fan song but with a curse word. I didn’t want to offend anyone. I get on very well with all the Dortmund players – especially Kevin Grosskreutz.”

Schweinsteiger lifted the World Cup as part of a Germany squad containing four Dortmund players in total – Grosskreutz, Mats Hummels Erik Durm and Roman Weidenfeller.

Ribery: Lewandowski an outstanding footballer

The France international has been impressed by the performances of the striker, who bagged three goals in two games over the weekend

Franck Ribery has hailed new Bayern Munich team-mate Robert Lewandowski as “an outstanding football player”.

The Poland international has only just arrived in Bavaria on a free transfer from Borussia Dortmund but has wasted little time in impressing, netting a stunning solo goal in Saturday’s Telekom Cup clash with Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday before bagging a double in the 3-0 win over Wolfsburg the following day.

Ribery has been impressed with how quickly Lewandowski is adjusting to his new surroundings – and is excited by the prospect of the striker proving even more prolific once he fully settles in.

“Robert is an outstanding football player,” the winger told the Bundesliga’s official website.

“The interaction with the team is getting better every day. He is good for us. He has quickly integrated and we have a lot of fun together.”

And Ribery admitted that he is determined to enjoy himself as much as possible as he tries to put his heartbreak at having been ruled out of World Cup 2014 by injury firmly behind him.

“That was a big disappointment for me,” the France international confessed. “Injuries occur from time to time, but just before a World Cup … that was bitter. Especially since I was great in shape.

“I was really looking forward to Brazil. But now is also good. I do not want to think about [the World Cup], but look forward. I’m looking forward to the new season.”

Ribery was also on target in the game against Monchengladbach but he says that he still has a long way to go before he is back to his best.

“Of course I’m not at 100 percent, but that’s normal,” the 31-year-old pointed out. “I lost my rhythm [during the injury]. My game is based on explosiveness and speed. I have to get this back.

“But I have no more pain and I am glad that I can fully participate from the beginning [of pre-season]. This is very important for me.”

Bayern Munich 3-0 Wolfsburg: Lewandowski scores twice as Roten retain Telekom Cup

Fellow new signing Sebastian Rode was also on target as Pep Guardiola’s side marched to a comfortable triumph against their Bundesliga rivals

New boys Robert Lewandowski and Sebastian Rode helped Bayern Munich see off Wolfsburg and retain the Telekom Cup with a 3-0 win on Sunday.

Lewandowski, who has made an impressive start since arriving from Borussia Dortmund earlier this month, scored twice, while Rode opened his account in a comfortable victory at Hamburg’s Imtech Arena. 

Bayern shot out of the blocks and were ahead four minutes in when Lewandowski scored his third goal in as many games for the German champions.

Rode duly got in on the act and scored his first goal since joining from Eintracht Frankfurt, while Lewandowski added a second before the break to effectively secure the pre-season trophy for Pep Guardiola’s men.

Lewandowski‘s first goal, in a game played over 60 minutes rather than the usual 90, came courtesy of a header from Franck Ribery’s fine cross.

And the defending champions doubled their advantage when Rode produced an expertly curled finish past Max Grun in the Wolfsburg goal – Claudio Pizarro having intricately backheeled the ball into his path. 

Guardiola saw his side continue to dominate as they moved 3-0 ahead within 20 minutes – Lewandowski again on target. 

Afforded far too much time, the Poland forward curled home a strike from outside the area to all but wrap up the win.

Wolfsburg rallied late in the half and enjoyed their strongest spell of possession, but struggled to get in behind the Bayern defence with any regularity.

Despite failing to reel Bayern in during the second half, Wolfsburg were at least able to prevent their opponents from pulling further clear.

Guardiola will no doubt take heart from seeing Ribery manage 54 minutes on his second game back from injury, while Lewandowski’s scoring streak provides a further boost with the German Super Cup against Dortmund approaching on August 13.

Lewandowski has everything – Guardiola

The Bayern Munich coach has hailed his striker’s talent, acknowledging that the German giants have bought a “top player”

New Bayern Munich signing Robert Lewandowski is the complete footballer, according to his boss Pep Guardiola.

The Polish forward arrived at the club this summer on a free transfer from Borussia Dortmund, who are the Bavarians’ Bundesliga rivals.

Lewandowski wasted little time in reminding the Bavarians why they have been so keen to recruit him as he helped his new side to a 2-2 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach with a magnificent chipped goal in the semi-final of the Telekom Cup on Saturday as the German giants went on to win the match 5-4 on penalties.

“Lewandowski is a top player,” Guardiola told reporters. “He has it all. Thank you to the club for buying him!”

Lewandowski was evidently proud of his goal when describing it after the match, “a super goal, it was instinct”.

Finally, Guardiola will have been pleased to witness the return of Franck Ribery as the France international made his comeback from the back injury that ruled him out of the World Cup on Saturday.

Bayern will now go on to defend their title against Wolfsburg in the final on Sunday.

Bayern: We'll never fire Guardiola

Club chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has guaranteed that the German giants will not suffer a World Cup hangover

Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has reassured fans that Pep Guardiola will “never be fired” by the Bavarian giants.

The five-time European champions have often stuttered in the seasons following a World Cup: Felix Magath was fired in January 2007, while Louis van Gaal was dismissed in April 2011, as both men struggled with a squad fatigued after an insubstantial summer break.

Rummenigge has assured fans that a similar malaise will not befall the club this season and that Guardiola, whom was hired last summer, need not fear for his future.

“Bayern Munich will never fire Pep Guardiola,” the club chief affirmed to Morgen Post. “I give you that in writing.

“He will be our coach until at least June 30, 2016, when his contract ends.

“Admittedly, for the players it is not easy to begin again after a short holiday due to the World Cup, but thankfully we have a coach who is very relaxed in dealing with this situation.

“This week, he told me, ‘I know what I must do and how we manage it’ – Pep knows this very situation from 2010, when Spain became world champions and World Cup stars then barely recovered before returning to Barcelona.”

Rummenigge, who starred for West Germany and Bayern in his playing days, also spoke of his own pride at seeing his compatriots lift the World Cup in Brazil.

“I have rarely enjoyed such a tournament like the Brazil one,” he continued. “After the final, I was happy because our players were unharmed, unlike Franck Ribery at the Euro 2008 or Arjen Robben at the 2010 World Cup.

“But also because the older players such as Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger finally had the title which they had been working for so meticulously for all these years.

“Germany longs for such heroes, Germany loves such heroes.”

Bayern Munich 2-2 Borussia Monchengladbach (5-4 pens): Lewandowski & Ribery net before shootout success

The Poland international underlined his class with a stunning solo effort and the fit-again Frenchman doubled his side’s advantage but two Max Kruse spot-kicks forced penalties

Franck Ribery scored on his return to action as Bayern Munich beat Borussia Monchengladbach 5-4 on penalties in the Telekom Cup semi-finals.

After two second-half spot-kicks from Max Kruse had seen the game end level at 2-2 in normal time, Gladbach appeared set for victory in the shoot-out when Rafinha’s penalty was saved by Janis Blaswich.

However, Bayern goalkeeper Tom Starke then prevented Oscar Wendt from winning it for Lucien Favre’s side, before Julian Korb smashed his effort against the crossbar.

That handed Bayern the victory and a place in Sunday’s final against Wolfsburg.

Ribery had earlier fired home Bayern’s second goal of the game as he made his comeback from a back injury that saw him miss his country’s World Cup campaign.

The France winger provided a trademark finish after Robert Lewandowski had opened the scoring in extravagant fashion to put the Bundesliga champions firmly in command.

But the Bavarians’ ill-discipline turned the game on its head either side of half-time, with Kruse’s composure from 12 yards delaying Bayern’s delight.

Gladbach started the 60-minute game at the Imtech Arena brightly, but they were behind in the 29th minute as Lewandowski displayed his considerable quality.
The Poland striker collected the rebound after new signing Sebastian Rode had been denied by Blaswich, jostling for the ball with two defenders before launching an audacious lob from a static position on the edge of the area over the head of the Gladbach goalkeeper.

Bayern looked to have the game wrapped up in the 34th minute when Ribery doubled the advantage in typical fashion, capping a marauding run down the left with an expertly weighted finish over Blaswich.

Yet Gladbach were handed a route back into the contest when they were awarded their first spot-kick eight minutes later, Kruse stepping up to convert after Holger Badstuber was adjudged to have handled in the area.

And further drama arrived in the final minute of normal time, Kruse converting from 12 yards again to force a shoot-out following Javi Martinez’s barge on Andre Hahn.

Kruse’s efforts proved in vain, however, as Korb failed to show similar composure in the shoot-out, with Gladbach now left to settle for a third-place play-off with hosts Hamburg.

Bayern Munich 2-2 Borussia Monchengladbach (5-4 pens): Starke shines in shootout

Robert Lewandowski underlined his class with a stunning chip and Franck Ribery also netted for the Bavarians but two Max Kruse spot-kicks resulted in penalties

Tom Starke was the star of the shootout as Bayern Munich beat Borussia Monchengladbach 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in a dramatic Telekom Cup semi-final clash.

Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring with a sublime chip before Franck Ribery doubled the Bavarians’ advantage shortly before half-time of what was a 60-minute match.

However, Max Kruse forced penalties by converting two second-half spot-kicks awarded for a handball against Holger Badstuber and a foul by Javi Martinez on Andre Hahn.

Oscar Wendt had the chance to decide the shootout in Gladbach’s favour but he saw his effort from 12 yards out brilliantly saved by Starke.

Javi Martinez then converted before Julian Korb struck the crossbar to gift Bayern a place in the Telekom Cup final against Wolfsburg.

More to follow …

Retirement was planned – Lahm

The 30-year-old says he knew it was the right time to hang up his international boots, way before the World Cup this summer, while revealing his previous struggles at left-back

Philipp Lahm has revealed he planned his international retirement long before lifting the World Cup with Germany in Brazil.

The 30-year-old stunned the world of football by announcing his decision to quit the national side after the tournament, with Euro 2014 just two years away.

But the Bayern Munich man is convinced now is the right to walk away with Germany ready to bring through a new production line of talent.

He told I slowly but surely came to the decision in the course of last season. I knew I would retire from international football after the World Cup.

I’m happy and grateful that the end of my career in the national team coincides with winning the World Cup in Brazil. For me personally it’s simply the right time to stop.

“The team has boundless ability, the blend is good, and talented newcomers are waiting in the wings.”

Lahm operated as both a defensive midfielder and a right-bck during the tournament but refuted the suggestion he was the perfect footballer, noting his weakness on his left-hand side.

I can reveal that as a left-back I had difficulty defending well-struck crosses with my left foot,” he said. “So I don’t play left-back any more. As for my weaknesses as a right back and holding midfielder, I’m definitely not going to reveal anything. It’s up to my opponents to find out.”

The Bayern star also gave his thoughts on the progress German football has made in the 10 years leading up to their World Cup success, citing the relationship between the national side and Bundesliga clubs.

We’ve definitely benefited from considerable investment in youth development in Germany over the last 10 to 15 years,” he said.

“Every Bundesliga club operates an elite academy, training has become more intense and professional and we have full-time, fully qualified coaches.

“Every German footballing generation has produced good players, but we’ve also caught up tactically in recent years.”

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