For one final time, the most important duo of wingers in Bayern Munich's history graced the Allianz Arena pitch and scored as second-half substitutes in a 5-1 win over Frankfurt to help the club to a seventh consecutive Bundesliga title. Then they showed everyone how much they differed as characters after the game.
Mathematically, it's quite straightforward. Bayern Munich will be champions for a seventh consecutive time on Saturday afternoon unless they lose at home to Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Dortmund win at Borussia Monchengladbach. According to the implied probability of the bookmakers' odds, the chances of both of these things happening are slim: 3.3 percent.
Dortmund need another one of those minor football miracles, Bayern only a draw due to their vastly superior goal difference. In light of...
It's 2019. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the dominant forces in soccer, winning nearly every individual award and leading their clubs to title after title. Yet both are in the twilights of their careers, at 31 and 34 years old respectively, and previous heirs to the throne such as Neymar and Gareth Bale haven't come close to filling their boots.
Welcome to summer transfer window -- open on May 16 for the Premier League and a bit later in Europe. We are grading the most notable signings below from the top clubs across Europe, so come back throughout the month for updates as deals are completed.
The most recent grades and write-ups are at the top, and the first grade goes back to July 1 when the moves from the offseason are officially complete. Each day is in order of highest price.
If you don't see a grade for a deal that has been completed,...
Bayern Munich have revealed their new home kit for the 2019-20 season and in a fairly predictable turn of events, the club have opted for a red approach.
While the colourway might be traditional, the shirt is emblazoned with an interesting motif inspired by the angular architecture of the Allianz Arena.
Much like Chelsea's new home shirt, the Bayern jersey features a stylish digitalised "remix" of their stadium's diamond-shaped exterior panels.
When it opened in 2005, the Allianz was the first...
Borussia Dortmund's warm farewell for Christian Pulisic, a player always destined to move somewhere else
DORTMUND, Germany -- As he walked down the tunnel, he was holding back tears. Four minutes before half-time, Christian Pulisic was again holding back his tears; he'd just scored to hand Dortmund the lead. They remain firmly in the title race and "Captain America" had come to the rescue. Just over an hour later, Borussia wrapped up the 3-2 win and Pulisic obliged with the media tour before walking to the locker room. At 6:36 p.m. local time, he left, his family waiting for him near the exit.