It would have been reasonable to expect a swoon from Bayern Munich under a new manager and with a rebuilt defense, but they look better than ever.
Erling Haaland will command wages of at least £30 million-a-year if he leaves Borussia Dortmund for a new club next summer, sources told ESPN.
Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are confident of signing Antonio Rudiger as his contract deadlock continues at Chelsea, sources have told ESPN.
Bayern Munich thrashed Bayer Leverkusen 5-1 on Sunday as Julian Nagelsmann's side ran riot and silenced a stunned BayArena.
Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland scored twice on his return from injury to help his team beat Mainz 3-1 on Saturday to go top of the Bundesliga.
Ihlas Bebou scored a double to inspire Hoffenheim to a 5-0 home demolition of Cologne to lift them up to eighth in the Bundesliga standings.
Bayern Munich are going through a revolution led by Julian Nagelsmann and young stars like Serge Gnabry. But Thomas Muller remains as vital as ever.
With five South American World Cup qualifiers to be played on Thursday, Europe-based players will be late returning to their clubs this weekend.
Defender Lucas Hernandez has been sentenced to six months in prison for disobeying a restraining order after a conviction of domestic violence.
Among the 30-strong longlist of nominees for the men's Ballon d'Or, no fewer than 15 are in contention for the first time in their careers.
18-year-old Florian Wirtz has impressed for Bayer Leverkusen and is now making waves for the Germany national team too.
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