Official: Bayern Munich complete Reina deal

The Spain international, who spent the 2013-14 campaign on loan to Napoli, will battle with Manuel Neuer for a place in the Bavarians’ starting XI

Bayern Munich have completed the signing of goalkeeper Pepe Reina on a three-year deal from Liverpool.

The 31-year-old passed a medical with the Bundesliga champions on Thursday and has now finalised his switch to the Allianz Arena.

Reina will likely become the back-up to Germany international Manuel Neuer as Pep Guardiola’s men aim to retain the German top-flight crown and regain the Champions League following defeat to Real Madrid in the semi-finals last season.

The transfer ends Reina’s nine-year association with Liverpool, with whom he won the FA Cup, League Cup and Uefa Super Cup.

Reina made 394 appearances for the Merseyside club, but was loaned out to Napoli last season after Liverpool signed Belgium international Simon Mignolet from Sunderland.

That move saw Reina reunited with the coach who signed him for Liverpool in Rafael Benitez and the pair again enjoyed success together as Napoli won the Coppa Italia and finished third in Serie A.

He will now link up with another old colleague in Guardiola, who he played with during his spell at Barcelona.

Reina becomes Bayern’s fourth acquisition of the close-season, following Robert Lewandowski, Sebastian Rode and Juan Bernat to the club.

Bayern start the new campaign against Borussia Dortmund in the DFL Supercup on August 13, before beginning their title defence by welcoming Wolfsburg to Bavaria in two weeks’ time.

Reus agent: No contact with Bayern Munich

The BVB attacker is being heavily linked with a move to Bavaria but the 25-year-old’s representative insists that there have been no talks with the German champions


The agent of Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus says he has not spoken with anyone from Bayern Munich about a possible transfer to the Allianz Arena.

The Germany international is under contract until 2017 but has been linked with a number of clubs this summer, including the Bundesliga champions.

Bayern president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has repeatedly hinted at a move for Reus, causing uproar at Signal Iduna Park by publicly claiming that the 25-year-old’s buyout clause will drop from €35 million to €25m next summer.

However, the forward’s representative, Dirk Hebel, has moved to reassure Dortmund fans by revealing that he has not yet received any approach from the Bavarians.

“We had no contact with Bayern,” Reus’ agent told Bild.

Dortmund’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, also stated that the club will be doing everything to hold onto Reus.

“[We will] definitely try to keep him long term,” he told Sport1.

“Marco is not only a hugely important player for us because of his athletic performance, but also in his role as a poster boy.

“He is Dortmund-born and a figurehead for this club.”

Reus joined Dortmund from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012 for a reported €17.1m, penning a five-year contract with the club.

Schweinsteiger injury not serious, say Bayern

The Bundesliga champions are not too concerned by the midfielder’s ankle problem and expect him to be back shortly


Bayern Munich have made it clear that Bastian Schweinsteiger’s ankle injury is nothing to be concerned about.

The German champions went down 2-1 to an MLS All-Stars outfit on Wednesday, despite taking the lead through a stunning strike from new signing Robert Lewandowski.

Bayern coach Pep Guardiola was unimpressed with the over-zealous nature of some of the All-Stars’ challenges, and the Spaniard refused to shake the hand of opposite number Caleb Porter immediately after the final whistle.

Schweinsteiger, only introduced as a substitute for Juan Bernat with 10 minutes to go, picked up an ankle problem but a message on the club’s official Twitter account calmed any fears of any serious injury.

“Update on @BSchweinsteiger: He has a bruised ankle but nothing serious,” it read. “Get well soon, Basti!”

Bayern return to competitive action next week when they take on Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup at the home of their opponents.

Celtic's lucky reprieve, Arsenal's Miyaichi gaffe and football's worst red-tape blunders

Legia Warsaw were thrown out of the Champions League on Friday after fielding an ineligible player against Celtic – Goal brings you a selection of similar clangers


By Enis Koylu

Celtic were handed a lucky lifeline on Friday as they were reinstated to the Champions League despite being thrashed 6-1 on aggregate by Legia Warsaw in their third qualifying round tie.

The Polish side, who are set to appeal the punishment, brought on suspended player Bartosza Bereszynski with four minutes left to go in their 2-0 second-leg win over the Scottish champions.

Uefa’s rules state that a side found guilty of fielding an ineligible player will forfeit the match 3-0, which means that the 6-1 aggregate win for Legia was changed to a 4-4 draw. Celtic thus won on away goals to take their place in Friday’s Champions League playoff draw as a seeded team.

Bereszynski was banned for three games after receiving a red card in the Europa League last term and his absence from both legs against St Patrick’s Athletic and the first leg against Ronny Deila’s side meant Legia believed he was eligible to play at Murrayfield on Wednesday. However, their failure in registering him as part of the squad for the matches against the Irish side meant the ban was not fulfilled.

The Polish outfit are far from the first team to overlook a player thinking he was eligible. Goal is here to bring you some similar examples of administrative clangers.

In a rather farcial episode in the Champions League last 16 last season, Arsenal had to withdraw young winger Ryo Miyaichi from their matchday squad to face Bayern Munich after it emerged that the Japan international was ineligible.

As the 21-year-old had been at the club for over three years and was the right age, the Gunners had assumed that he did not have to be registered. But, due to his loan spells at Feyenoord, Wigan and Bolton, he had not spent the necessary time at the club to qualify. As a result, Arsene Wenger had only six of his seven substitutes at his disposal due to the clerical error.

AC Milan director Umberto Gandini assumed responsibility for an oversight which saw M’Baye Niang left off their list for Europe’s top competition earlier last term. In the end, they were able to qualify for the last 16 without the Frenchman, but he was on loan at Montpellier by the time they were eliminated by Atletico.

In the 2000-01 Uefa Cup, PSV were without both Eric Addo and Ruud van Nistelrooy for the first half of the season due to injury but they had recovered in time for the knockout tie with Kaiserslautern. Unfortunately for both players, their club had forgotten to register them. They appealed to Uefa, but in vain.

False start | Arsenal’s oversight cost Ryo a place on the bench against Bayern
There are other clubs who have fallen foul of Uefa regulation. In 1992-93, Stuttgart would have won a first-round Champions League tie against Leeds United, having won the first leg 3-0 and lost the second 4-1. However, they had fielded a fourth foreigner as a substitute in the second leg when only three were allowed to play in a single match. A play-off was played on neutral turf, which the English side won.

During his time at Kaiserslautern in 1998, Otto Rehhagel made a similar mistake during a match against Bochum. When preparing to introduce another overseas player, the stadium announcer proclaimed over the tannoy: “Otto, count your foreigners.” The Egyptian Hany Ramzy promptly feined injury in an attempt to even the score, but FCK were still sanctioned.

Fenerbahce were not so lucky two years later in their Istanbul derby versus Besiktas. They lost the match by default after their coach Mustafa Denizli broke the 5+1 foreigner rule by fielding six overseas players at the same time, when the law stated that one had to be on the bench.

These mix-ups have even affected the world of transfers. Back in January, Lille signed Sochaux full-back Sebastien Corchia, but the LFP did not ratify the transfer due to a dispute over his wages with the authorities. After several interviews and training sessions with his would-be team-mates, the 23-year-old was forced to return to his old club.

Derby County once signed Argentine forward Esteban Fuertes from Colon for £2.3 million back in 1999 and promptly registered him as an EU player thanks to his Italian passport. It was, however, forged and he was refused entry to the UK.

Italy’s complicated co-ownership system confuses alot of people, including Serie A club directors themselves. When goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano’s future was being sorted in 2011, Bologna director Stefano Pedrelli accidentally bid the wrong amount for the player during the blind auction – and the current Arsenal reserve ended up joining his other parent club Inter permanently instead.

Bologna blunder | Viviano moved back to Inter after an incredible mistake
South America is something of a hotbed for mix-ups over player eligibility. Last year, both Portuguesa and Flamengo fielded stars who were suspended for the last matchday of the Brasileirao. Portuguesa were docked four points for the affair, leaving them in the drop zone, but Flamengo escaped similar punishment, saving them from relegation. The clubs are still fighting over it.

Staying in Brazil, young full-back Luis Felipe extended his Palmeiras contract in mid-2013, signing a new deal which was supposed to expire in 2014. However, a clerical error meant the agreement ran out in December 2013. The two parties are currently locked in a legal battle but the player himself is looking to win a free transfer to Europe.

Nantes selected Abdoulaye Toure for their first Ligue 1 game of the season against Bastia, but he was banned. The authorities awarded the Corsican side a 3-0 win. Also in France, Laurent Fournier lined up for PSG in the qualifying round of the Champions League, despite being suspended. Their opponents, Steaua Bucharest, were awarded a 3-0 first-leg win, but les Parisiens overturned the deficit in the return game with a 5-0 win. In 2010 World Cup qualifying, Cape Verde were disqualified from the African playoffs for fielding an ineligible player. Tunisia took their place.

In an embarrassing episode for ex Spurs manager Harry Redknapp, new signing Sandro showed up at Stansted Airport for Tottenham’s trip to AC Milan, only to be told in the terminal that he was not in their Champions League squad.

Staying with Milan, there are widespread claims in Italy that when the Rossoneri signed Luther Blissett from Watford in 1983 they had actually intended to buy his team-mate John Barnes instead. Whether or not the story is true we may never know, but while Barnes went on to enjoy great success at Liverpool, Blissett proved to be one of Serie A’s biggest ever flops.

Perhaps the most embarrassing error of all time came during the 2012 summer Olympics when North Korea faced Colombia in the women’s football tournament. Organisers mistakenly displayed the flag of bitter enemies South Korea on the big screen at Olympic Park. The match was delayed by an hour due to the fury of the Asian side, and the episode almost created a diplomatic incident.

Bayern will be 'hunted' this season – Boateng

The defender says he is relishing the return of Bundesliga action after his World Cup triumph and has called on Germany’s youngsters to fill the void left by Philipp Lahm


Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng says he is ready for his side to be “hunted” as they seek to win a third successive Bundesliga title.

The Bavarians wrestled the domestic crown back from Borussia Dortmund as they completed the treble in the 2012-13 season before they retained the trophy in record-quick time in Pep Guardiola’s first campaign in charge last term.

Boateng enjoyed a memorable summer as he won the World Cup with Germany in Brazil and he has now set his sights on the battle for domestic supremacy once again in 2014-15.

“I’m not afraid, I’m looking forward to the games,” he told Kicker.

“We have big goals. Now it starts all over again. We’re being hunted.”

Bayern and Germany captain Philipp Lahm retired from international football following the World Cup this summer and Boateng has called on the younger players at Joachim Low’s disposal to fill the void left by his team-mate.

“He’s a great player and captain who will be missed. Luckily, there are many good, young players. Together, we must try to replace Philipp’s great quality,” he added.