Bayern Welcome Franck Ribery & Thomas Muller Back to Training

?Bayern stars Franck Ribery and Thomas Muller have returned to training and could possibly feature in the side’s next match, per the club’s ?official website, with Jupp Heynckes set to lead his men out against Hannover on Saturday.

Ribery has missed two months of action after damaging his knee, while Muller spent a month sidelined with a torn muscle.

The development couldn’t have come sooner for the Bavarian giants, who are fresh off a 2-1 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach on the weekend. Their lead at the top of the Bundesliga is now three points, and second placed RB Leipzig could gain some more ground if form doesn’t improve immediately.

The two players could be made available for the match against Hannover at the Allianz Arena, while Rafinha has also trained with the rest of the squad after recovering from his ankle injury.

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David Alaba is still a ways off, but has had a running session, following his back issue. And the club have confirmed that Robert Lewandowski completed a training session on his own at their performance centre.


Robert Lewandowski Blames Ex-Bayern Boss Ancelotti Over Club’s Ongoing Injury Problems

?Robert Lewandowski has suggested that Bayern Munich’s injury problems this season are solely down to former manager Carlo Ancelotti.

In a thinly veiled swipe at his former boss, Lewandowski was quoted by SportBild (h/t ?Goal) as he alleged that it was the Italian’s laid-back approach to training and active recovery that had caused so many issues among the club’s first-team squad.

Bayern have continued to be plagued by injury problems despite dispensing with Ancelotti and replacing him with veteran manager Jupp Heynckes, but Lewandowski suggested that the German had nothing to do with the strains and niggles picked up recently.

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Instead, he aimed his comments at Ancelotti as he hinted that injuries sustained by Arjen Robben, Thiago Alcantara and Manuel Neuer were as a result of Ancelotti’s training methods.

He said: “If many muscle injuries happen you don’t have to look at the last few weeks, but go back two or three months.

“It’s more likely that the reason lies there. If there is too little training you have to do something individually.”

Lewandowski was one of the players within Bayern’s senior set up who was alleged to have gone to the club’s board to demand that Ancelotti be sacked after a poor start to the 2017/18 campaign.

His comments will do little to quell speculation linking the striker to the demise of the former Chelsea and Real Madrid gaffer that came about after the Bundesliga champions struggled in the early months of the season.

Since Heynckes’ appointment, Die Bayern have won nine of the past 10 matches in all competitions and saw their nine-game winning streak ended by Gladbach in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat.

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Bayern take on Hannover 96 at the Allianz Arena on Saturday before facing Paris Saint-Germain in the final group match of this season’s Champions League.


Former Bayern Munich and Brazil Star Midfielder Ze Roberto Announces Retirement at Age of 43

?Legendary Brazilian midfielder and left-back Ze Roberto has announced that he will be retiring from football at the end of the Brazilian Serie A season. At the ripe old age of 43, he will play his last game for his current club Palmeiras against Atletico Paranaese on the 3rd of December. 

Ze Roberto’s 23-year-long career has seen him play across the world, and he has picked up multiple honours along the way. Starting his career in his native Brazil in 1994, Ze Roberto went on to appear for Real Madrid, Bayern Munich (twice), Bayer Leverkusen and Santos. 

In that time, the Brazilian picked up one La Liga title, one Champions League title, four Bundesliga titles, 3 DFB-Pokals, one Copa do Brasil, and one Brazilian Serie A title. 

Ze Roberto also made 84 international appearances for Brazil, and represented his nation at two World Cups. He won two Copa Americas and two Confederations Cups in his international career. The midfielder was also selected as part of the 2006 World Cup All Star Team. 

But after a long a very successful career, the Brazilian has finally decided to hang up his boots. The versatile Ze Roberto has garnered a lot of respect in his long playing career. 

As a defensive or box to box midfielder, or even as an attacking wing-back, Ze Roberto proved to be a reliable servant to a number of top division clubs.


Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness Reveals Impossible Working Environment Under Carlo Ancelotti

?Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has become the latest to reveal inside information regarding Carlo Ancelotti’s much publicised tenure as head coach with the club. 

The 58-year-old was sacked from his role with the Bavarians in September after watching his side’s dismantling at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. 

During that fixture he left a number of key players out of his starting line up, with it believed those were ones he did not see eye-to-eye with in the dressing room. 

Following his departure some of those inside the Allianz Arena were extremely vocal about their dislike of the Italian, his training methods and tactics, with attacker Arjen Robben one in particular, claiming his son’s youth team had a better regime than that of the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss. 

It seemed as though the dust had settled on the Ancelotti-bashing, however club president  Hoeness has since had his say on what life was like with the seasoned manager at the helm. 

While the 65-year-old hierarchy sitter has insisted he had no issues with the Italian himself, he stated that his backroom staff were simply impossible to deal with. 

“With Ancelotti, there wasn’t a problem and everything was fine with him”, the former Bayern Munich midfielder told German news outlet Bild, as quoted by ?Marca.

“However, but every day there was a fight between the physios, the doctors and Ancelotti’s coaches.

“You can’t work in an environment like that. They even argued over who would sit where on the bench.”

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Since Ancelotti’s departure, and the arrival once again of Jupp Heynckes, the Bavarians have suffered just one defeat, which came at the weekend at the hands of Borussia Mönchengladbach, and find themselves with a three point lead over second place RB Leipzig at the top of the Bundesliga. 


Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski Tipped to End Career in MLS by His Wife

Bayern Munich star striker Robert Lewandowski has been tipped to finish his football career in the MLS, particularly Los Angeles, by his wife Anna.

The Poland international has been at Bayern for three years, having left Borussia Dortmund to join the Bavarian side in 2014 and at just 29, he still has a few years of top-level football left in him.

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Lewandowski has scored 18 goals in 20 appearances for Bayern so far this season, and remains one of Europe’s most feared strikers.

His wife, however, has revealed that the pair plan to move to the United States for business reasons in future.

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Anna is a health food blogger and owns the company Foods by Ann. She plans to expand her brand in the States, and of course, her star of a husband should be tagging along.

“We dream of Los Angeles. That’s where we want to develop our brands,” she told Business Insider Poland.

“We hope Robert will end his career at a club in Los Angeles and we can say it would be our dream.”

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Lewandowski would only be left with the option of suiting up for the LA Galaxy in the past. But a new franchise, LAFC, is set to shoot up in LA next year, providing him with an alternative if it ever comes to that.

However, it’s a bit too early for both of these sides to be thinking up sales pitches just yet, as the forward’s contract runs up until 2021.