Bayern Legend Reveals Why He Rejected Manchester United During Sir Alex Ferguson Era

?Legendary goalkeeper Oliver Kahn has opened up about turning down Manchester United as he looked to build a dynasty at Bayern Munich.

The German stopper spoke to ?SportBild about why former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is still “mad” at him to this day for rejecting the Scot’s advances in the early 2000s.

Kahn, who won the Golden Ball award at the 2002 World Cup, did admit hat he harbours some regret over not taking up Ferguson’s offer to move to Old Trafford but, naturally, there’s little he can do about it now.

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He revealed: “Sir Alex Ferguson is still mad at me today. He thought that I would move to Manchester United in 2003 or 2004, but I was more interested in trying to define an era at Bayern.

“Looking back, I should have done it then. It would have been a nice challenge for me.”

Kahn is still far and away the shot stopper with the most Bundesliga appearances after he racked up a hugely impressive 557 starts for Bayern during his playing days.

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The 48-year-old won a whole plethora of trophies with Die Bayern including eight top flight league titles, six German Cups and the 2001 Champions League.

Kahn might have had two Champions League medals to his name had he not let in two last-minute goals against United in the 1999 final, and he went on to joke that he does look back fondly on that inaugural triumph for the Red Devils – just not the last few moments of the clash

He added: “I remember the Champions League final against Manchester United as a win – I just forgot the last two minutes.”

The 85-time Germany international, who retired in the summer of 2008, made 692 appearances in all competitions for Bayern and kept 249 clean sheets during that time.


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Bayern Keeper Manuel Neuer Could Miss 1st UCL Knockout Tie as Timeline for Return Lengthens

?Bayern Munich have been rocked by the latest development in Manuel Neuer’s injury recovery, with the German international now ruled out for longer than initially expected.

Neuer, who hasn’t played since the 4-0 win over Mainz in September after injuring a previously broken foot in training, was said to be aiming for a January return.

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But according to German source ?Kicker, the stopper could miss the first leg of Bayern’s Champions League round of 16 match, which will be against Besiktas in February next year.

While it isn’t clear if he will be ready in time for the second leg in March, Kicker reckons that it’s possible.

Earlier this week, Neuer opened up on his rehabilitation and revealed that he doesn’t intend to rush himself back, but will definitely be playing in the World Cup.

“It is difficult to say when I will make a comeback,” he said. “Firstly, I have to get 100 percent fit and at the moment I’m still on crutches.

“I hope to be able to ditch my two friends [the crutches] in the New Year and then step up my recovery, but it’s hard to predict when I will return to the pitch. I am taking my time and not taking any risks -I need to be 100 percent.

“I have to say the other goalkeepers have performed well, but I fully expect to be back in goal at the World Cup.

“In my opinion, there’s nothing standing in the way of me playing in the World Cup.”

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The 166+ Club! The 10 Top Scorers in Bundesliga History as Robert Lewandowski Enters Exclusive Group

Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski scored his 166th goal in the Bundesliga against FC Köln on Wednesday night, and in doing so became the tenth all-time leading goalscorer in Bundesliga history.

This list counts down the top ten goalscorers and how they sealed their names in the history books… 

10. Robert Lewandowski

243 games – 166 goals

Robert Lewandowski began his Bundesliga career at Borussia Dortmund in 2010. The Polish international won the league twice at the Signal Iduna Park during his spell at the club.

In his time at Dortmund, Lewandowski scored 74 goals in 131 games. His form for Dortmund was outstanding, so much so that Bayern Munich came calling and in 2014 the player signed for the German giants.

It was somewhat of a bad start for Lewandowski at Bayern in the early months of his career, however it soon turned around after the striker put five past Wolfsburg, in which the goal-machine scored three in five minutes.

Currently with a tally of 92 goals in 112 games at Bayern and still in his twenties, the Polish international still has time to climb the ladder of the greatest goalscorers in Bundesliga history.

9. Dieter Müller

303 games – 177 goals

Dieter Müller began and ended his career with German side Kickers Offenbach. However, his most famous years in the Bundesliga came with FC Köln and Stuttgart. 

In 1973, Müller joined FC Köln and in that time scored 159 goals in 248 games. In 1977, Müller set a record for the most goals by a single player in a Bundesliga match. The striker scored six times in his sides 7-2 victory over Werder Bremen at Köln’s Müngersdorfer Stadion. 

In 1981, the goal-machine moved to Stuttgart, and scored 14 times in 30 games. Spells abroad in France and Switzerland followed, before the striker moved back to Germany. 

The striker scored 4 times for 1. FC Saarbrücken before moving to Bundesliga 2 side Kickers Offenbach. Out of all the top ten all-time goalscorers in Bundesliga history, Müller has the scored the fewest penalties with five.  

8. Klaus Allofs

424 games – 177 goals

German international Klaus Allofs began his footballing career with Fortuna Düsseldorf in 1975. Playing alongside his brother Thomas at the time as well, Klaus scored 71 times in 59 games for Düsseldorf.

In 1981, the German moved to FC Köln. The striker scored 88 times in 64 games for die Geißböcke. 

Brief spells abroad in France and followed, before he moved back to Germany with Werder Bremen. Again Allofs goals were higher than his games, with the striker scoring 18 goals in 16 games.

Truly a fantastic striker in his prime, and is well deserving of being number eight in the all-time goalscoring charts.

7. Stefan Kuntz

449 games – 179 goals

Stefan Kuntz’s career spanned from 1983 until 1999. Beginning with VfL Bochum in 1983, Kuntz scored 47 times in 120 matches. In 1986,  he moved to Bayer 05 Uerdingen, where he scored 32 goals in 94 matches.

The best years in the Bundesliga for Kuntz came in 1989, when he scored 75 goals in 170 matches for FC Kaiserslautern. After his successful period the striker moved to DSC Arminia Bielefeld, where he scored 25 goals in 65 matches.

The German recently lead the Germany under-21 side to European Championship glory, and is well-known around Deutschland for his success both on and off the pitch. 

6. Ulf Kirsten

350 games – 182 goals

Nicknamed ‘der Schwatte’, Kirsten began his career in 1983 with Dynamo Dresden. 

Kirsten joined Bayer Leverkusen in 1990, and was one of the first East German footballers to enter the Bundesliga after the German reunification. 

The striker scored 182 goals in 350 games and in that time established himself as the Bundesliga’s most dangerous striker. 

Kirsten played in the 2002 Champions League final, and in 2003 retired from the game.

5. Claudio Pizarro

434 games – 191 goals

Peru international Claudio Pizarro has been in the game for what feels like a lifetime now. Pizarro began his career in the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen in 1999. The striker scored 29 times in 56 games, which earned him a move to German giants Bayern Munich.

At Munich, Pizarro was prolific and scored 71 goals in 174 games. Throughout the following years, Pizarro moved back and fourth between Bremen and Munich, with a spell at Chelsea in-between. 

Overall at Bremen the striker scored 104 goals and with Munich totaled 87 goals. Currently still playing at FC Köln, the striker is close to ending what has been a fantastic career. 

4. Manfred Burgsmüller

447 games – 213 goals

Manfred Burgsmüller’s career began way back in 1968. The striker began with German side Rot-Weiß Essen. In his time at Essen, he scored 32 goals in 76 games.

Burgsmüller’s most prolific time came in the years between 1977-83. The German starred for Borussia Dortmund, and in his time there scored 135 goals in 224 games.

A brief spell in the late 1980’s with Werder Bremen followed, with 34 goals in 115 games.

3. Jupp Heynckes

369 games – 220 goals

Jupp Heynckes began his career with his hometown club Borussia Mönchengladbach in 1964. He earned his side promotion to the Bundesliga in his debut season, and scored 23 goals in 25 matches in the second division.

In two successful spells with Mönchengladbach, Heynckes scored a total of 185 goals in 283 games. A short period with Hannover 96 saw the German score 25 goals in 63 games.

The striker had a brilliant career, full of personal and team trophies. In 1974 he won the World Cup with Germany and totaled 4 Bundesliga titles.

2. Klaus Fischer

535 games – 268 goals

Klaus Fischer scored an amazing 268 goals during his time in the Bundesliga, and with the bicycle kick being one of his trademark finishes.

Fischer started with 1860 Munich in 1968, and in his two years at the club scored 28 goals in 60 games.

In 1970, Fischer moved to Schalke 04, and during his time there scored 182 times in 295 games, and in his time there won the golden boot in the 1975/76 season.

Brief spells with FC Köln and VfL Bochum followed, in which the striker tallied up 58 goals in 180 games.

A clinical striker in his day, and is truly deserving of his spot on this list.

1. Gerd Müller

427 games – 365 goals

One of the most famous German footballers of all-time, Gerd Müller truly is a great of the game.

His career began in 1963, but it wasn’t until the 1965-66 season when Müller played in the Bundesliga.

A one club man in the Bundesliga, Müller starred for Bayern Munich during a dominant period for the German giants in the 1970’s. 

Müller won the Ballon d’Or in 1970, and followed this up with a World Cup win in 1974 with Germany. 

If anyone is to knock this man off top spot, they will need to be something special as he truly is the best striker in Bundesliga history.

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Bayern Munich 1-0 Cologne: Lewandowski Strike Sends Bayern Nine Points Clear

Robert Lewandowski scored the only goal of the game to deny bottom side Cologne what would have been a memorable point and move the defending champions nine points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.

After Leipzig could only draw 1-1 away to Wolfsburg, Bayern knew that a win here would see them extend their seven-point lead at the top of the table. Having been rested for the weekend win at Frankfurt, David Alaba, Sebastian Rudy, Corentin Tolisso and Robert Lewandowski all returned to the starting eleven, meaning Joshua Kimmich, Javier Martinez, James Rodriguez and Kingsley Coman the men who dropped to the bench. 

Cologne meanwhile, made two changes from the side that came agonisingly close to a first league win of the season on Sunday, with Tim Handwerker and Jorge Mere replacing Sehrou Guirassy and Konstantin Rausch.

And in a team hampered by injuries to fourteen first team players, it was 21-year-old right-back Lukas Klunter who was tasked attacking duties in the absence of any available strikers.

Bayern’s first chance would come twelve minutes into the match, Franck Ribery’s lofted ball found Thomas Muller in behind the Cologne defence, but goalkeeper Timo Horn charged down the effort from a tight angle, with the resulting corner coming to nothing.

Despite all their dominance of both possession and territory, it was an frustrating opening 25 minutes for the defending champions. Sule and Boateng both headed over from corners despite being unmarked, while Lewnadowski’s turn and volley from close range had neither the power nor placement to beat Horn in the Cologne goal.

For their part Cologne had a couple of half chances of their own, Klunter’s effort from the edge of the area was easily held by Starke in the Bayern goal, while Milos Jojic was unlucky not to be awarded a corner when his breakaway effort deflected behind off Alaba.

Arturo Vidal, Bayern’s matchwinner in Frankfurt at the weekend, was the next to go close 37 minutes in, flashing an effort across the face of goal from inside the area, and seconds later Muller was again frustrated by a tight angle as he headed into the side-netting.

For all Bayern’s efforts, it was Cologne who returned to the dressing room the happier of the two sides, as the injury-ravaged basement dwellers became the first side to stop Bayern scoring in the first half of a home league game since Schalke in April 2016.

Following the disappointment of that first half, Jupp Heynckes wasted no time in shaking up his Bayern side at the break, with Kingsley Coman and James Rodriguez sent on in place of Vidal and Tolisso. 

It took Bayern just moments to squander their first chance of the second half, as David Alaba hacked an effort wide after bringing down Boateng’s cross little more than eight yards from goal.

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Minutes later it was Lewandowski’s turn to send another chance begging, as he somehow managed head wide Muller’s fizzing cross from point-blank range. Minutes later the same combination would see the Polish striker volley well over from just outside the area.

Finally though, on the stroke of the hour, Bayern found their opener. A lofted pass from Boateng found the onrushing Muller, and this time Lewandowski was able to dispatch Muller’s cushioned header back into the bottom corner from six yards out, continuing his run of scoring in every home league game this season in the process.

The hosts very nearly doubled their lead five minutes later, as Boateng’s pinpoint pass was met by Coman, but his downward bounced agonisingly onto the bar, and Lewandowski was unable to follow up on the rebound.

Though Bayern’s onslaught continued, the floodgates refused to open. Rudy had a long-range effort that stung the fists of Horn before Lewandowski fired over while unchallenged after the ball fell kindly from a corner as the game entered the final quarter of an hour.

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Five minutes from time James Rodriguez came the closest to doubling Bayern’s advantage, drifting inside before striking a curling that produced a flying save from the impressive Cologne stopper Horn.

Bayern were very nearly made to rue that miss minutes later, as the young Klunter did well to make space for a shot from the edge of the area, only for Starke to dive low and throw out a strong hand to deny the young defender turned attacker an unforgettable moment.

What had for so long looked like a training game for Bayern had almost ended in embarrassment, but the defending champions saw out those final seconds to continue what is already starting to look like a charge to yet another Bundesliga title.

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Bayern Munich Midfielder Set to Return to the Club Following Successful Loan Spell

?Former Arsenal youth team player, Serge Gnabry, is spending the 2017/18 season on loan at Hoffenheim from his parent club. 

However, the CEO of Bayern Munich, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, has confirmed this week that Gnabry will remain in Bavaria next season.

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ESPN have reported that the 22-year-old will spend the 2018/19 season playing for the current German champions, with plans to slowly integrate him into the squad. 

“The plan is for him to return at the end of the season and then get integrated with us. That is why we loaned him out for a year so that he can develop by playing regularly,” the Bayern Munich CEO was quoted saying about the midfielder. 

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Gnabry, 22, has been limited to appearances this season whilst on loan due to his injury problems, making only six starts this campaign. Nonetheless, he has made a positive contribution in this time, providing two goals and an assist.

The Bayern Munich manager expressed his delight for the German international whilst on loan, by saying “Apart from the periods with injuries, we are totally pleased with his performances so far, his two goals against Leipzig are especially fondly remembered.”

Julian Nagelsmann’s side travel to Stuttgart on Wednesday, which gives his team a chance to leap dramatically up the table should they win. 


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