PHOTO: Bayern Munich Fans Launch Protest Over Ticket Prices During Away Trip to Anderlecht

Bayern Munich supporters threw fake €100 notes on the pitch during last night’s game at Anderlecht in protest of the ticket prices for the game.

The Sun reported how away fans brought banners reading “Is your greed now finally satisfied… 100€?” and threw fake euro notes onto the pitch after they had to pay £89 for the trip to Belgium, a game which Bayern won 2-1.

??The German club usually charge around £44 for away day tickets, and were furious at having to pay such a significant amount for the game. The fake cash was launched onto the pitch and caused play to be held up for several minutes.

It’s not the first time Bayern fans have protested ticket prices in a Champions League game after the clubs fans held up banners and launching toilet rolls onto the pitch during last season’s last 16 fixture away to Arsenal. Tickets for that game cost Bayern fans £75.

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Arjen Robben Gives His Support to Heynckes and Says He Would Love for Him to Stay

?The veteran coach Jupp Heynckes was brought in to fill the void until the rest of the season, but has been doing a phenomenal job thus far. He has most certainly made his impression on the squad and Arjen Robben has voiced his opinion in wanting the deal to made more permanent.

The 72-year-old was brought in as a stop-gap to fill the void left by Ancelotti, but the impression on the team has been as such that there are whispers he could be given the job on a permanent basis. 

He is highly regarded in Germany and his long-term acquisition by Bayern would be a real coup if they could pull it off. Club legend Lothar Matthaus also said: “There is no better coach on the market”, with Robben was quick to agree.

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In quotes from Goal, Robben had this to say when asked about the prospect of Heynckes staying: “It would be a pleasure! It’s going very well. If anyone knows the club, then it’s him. He also knows what’s needed in football today. Everything is great.”

However, the man that will have the final decision, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, was coy on the topic when asked. He said: 

“When Jupp arrived, we made it clear his timetable with us and that has not changed, I stick to what we agreed to. He’s undoubtedly had a great effect. The team is stable, playing well, and exudes fun. We’re doing well in three competitions. Not only are we winning, but we’re playing good football.”

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To put into context the impact that Heynckes has had, Bayern were six points behind Borussia Dortmund before he was appointed, as the table currently stands, they are nine points clear of Dortmund and six points clear at the top of the table. 

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The 6 Players Who Have Scored 40+ Champions League Goals for One Club

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema scored his 40th and 41st Champions League goals for Los Blancos in a clash against APOEL Nicosia, joining only a select few to have bagged 40 or more goals for a single club in the competition.

Here are the six players to have achieved the feat so far…

6. Thomas Muller – 40

The clinical German striker has scored 40 goals in 94 Champions League games for Bayern Munich. He made his Champions League debut in 2009, scoring against Sporting CP in a 7-1 win.

Muller has played in three Champions League finals – the 2010 final, the 2012 final against Chelsea in which he opened the scoring and the 2013 final, the only one he has won.

Another impressive Champions League stat surrounding the German is that he was the youngest player ever to record 50 competition wins, at the age of 26 years and 72 days. Around 14 months younger than Lionel Messi.

5. Karim Benzema – 41

Real Madrid dismantled Apoel Nicosia 6-0 in the group stage of the Champions League on Tuesday night. Karim Benzema scored two of the goals, taking his tally to 41 Champions League goals for Real Madrid. 

The Frenchman has made 79 Champions League appearances for Real Madrid, making his debut in the competition for the club in 2009 in a group stage tie against Marseille.

He has won the cup three times with Madrid in 2014, 2016 and 2017. 

4. Alessandro Del Piero – 42

Alessandro Del Piero has scored 42 Champions League goals and all 42 were for the Old Lady, Juventus. 

He scored one of the all time great Champions League goals against Dortmund in the 1997 final with an incredible backheel with his left foot, although Juventus actually lost that final 3-1.

Del Piero played in four Champions League finals – 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2003. The 1996 final against Ajax was the only one which he won, however. 

Del Piero made 90 Champions League appearances between the years 1995 and 2009.

3. Raul – 66

The lethal Spanish striker Raul scored a whopping amount of Champions League goals; 71 to be exact and 66 of them came when he played for Real Madrid. 

He played in three Champions League finals – 1998, 2000 and 2002 – winning all three and scoring in both the 2000 and 2002 finals. His final Champions League goal for Real Madrid came against AC Milan in a 3-2 group stage loss in 2009. 

Raul is the 3rd highest European Cup goalscorer of all time and was at one point number one, but the next two entries on this list smashed his record.

2. Lionel Messi – 97

The Argentine magician is widely regarded as the greatest player of all time and it’s easy to see why with an astonishing 97 Champions League goals for Barcelona in 119 games.

He is the 2nd all time highest goal scorer in European Cup history, has the most Champions League hat-tricks with seven (shared with Cristiano Ronaldo), has the most Champions League group stage goals with 60, and has the most Champions League round of 16 goals with 21. 

He has also won the competition four times, in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015, scoring in the 2009 and 2011 finals.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo – 98

Cristiano Ronaldo is the all time highest goal scorer in European Cup history with 114 goals. Out of those 114, 98 of them have been for Real Madrid.

98 goals for one team in the Champions League is phenomenal, but considering he has played 93 Champions League games for Real Madrid, it becomes almost supernatural. 

Ronaldo also holds the most Champions League goals in a calendar year with 18 and after Tuesday’s demolition of APOEL, he became the third player in the Champions League era to score in each of the first five games of a season. 

Along with Benzema, he has won three Champions league trophies with Real Madrid.

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German Media Claims Bayern Munich Will Offer Joshua Kimmich a New Long-Term Contract in Bavaria

Versatile Bayern Munich star Joshua Kimmich is set to be rewarded with a new long-term contract at the Allianz Arena, according to German publication Sport Bild.

The 22-year-old has been one of Bayern’s best players this season, after being moved to right-back to replace the retiring Philipp Lahm in defence. 

Having featured in 19 games for the Bavarians across all competitions this season, Bayern are looking to give Kimmich a big pay rise in a contract that will run until 2023.

The former VfB Stuttgart midfielder, who also had a two-year spell with RB Leipzig, is currently earning around €3m with Bayern Munich. With his current deal set to expire in 2020, Bayern don’t want to waste any time in making sure that Kimmich commits his future to the club.

Naturally a central midfielder, Kimmich’s ability to succeed at full-back is something which the Bayern Munich hierarchy don’t want to lose. 

Even whilst playing in defence, Kimmich has been vital in Bayern’s attacks this season and has been directly involved in six of their goals in the Bundesliga. 

Kimmich scored a wonderful goal to round off a 5-0 victory over SC Freiburg in October, while setting up three goals against Mainz has seen him reach a tally of five assists already.

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??Bayern have travelled to Belguim to face Anderlect in the Champions League on Wednesday, with a difficult away trip to Borussia Mönchengladbach on the horizon when they return to Germany.

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Bayern Munich Handed Huge Boost as Key Duo Look Set to Return for Anderlecht Champions League Clash

?Bayern Munich have been given a major boost ahead of their Champions League clash against Anderlecht, as both Thiago Alcántara and Kingsley Coman are set to return for the match. Thiago’s knee injury and Coman’s foot injury sidelined the pair last weekend, as Bayern crushed to a 3-0 victory over Augsburg in the Bundesliga.

As reported by FourFourTwo, Bayern will have to beat the Belgian side if they are to stand any chance of beating Paris Saint-Germain to the top of Group B, a highly desirable outcome which would most likely see them given an easier tie in the knock-out stages. Despite their injury crisis, Bayern are riding high in Bundesliga, and are six points clear at the top of the table.

??Bayern are currently without the likes of Franck Ribery, David Alaba, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer and Rafina, so the return of Thiago and Coman is bound to be of huge boost to their manager Jupp Heynckes. The veteran manager took over from Carlo Ancelotti in October, making it his fourth stint as manager for the Bavarian giants.

The return of Neuer is moving closer, with Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge claiming that the iconic keeper has made strong progress in his recovery. Rummenigge stated:

“He will be off crutches shortly. There’s no reason to be pessimistic. Everything is progressing as the doctor said it would.”

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Bayern are in the running to claim a record 28th league title, as the Bundesliga titans continue to dominate the top-flight of German football. However, they could well be pushed all the way by their rivals, with the likes of Schalke, RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund all within touching distance of Die Roten.

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