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Bayern’s win streak ends with Hoffenheim’s 4-1 lose after 23 matches.

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European champions Bayern Munich suffered a first defeat for 10 month when their 23-match winning run was ended by a shock 4-1 Bundesliga loss at Hoffenheim on Sunday.

Hoffenheim raced into a 2-0 lead with early goals by defender Ermin Bicakcic and striker Munas Dabbur.

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Although Joshua Kimmich gave Bayern a lifeline just before the break, Croatia international striker Andrej Kramaric netted a second-half goal and converted a late penalty to seal the win and move Hoffenheim to the top of the league.

It was the first time Bayern have lost under head coach Hansi Flick in any competition since going down 2-1 to Borussia Moenchengladbach on December 7, 2019.

“Compliments to Hoffenheim, they cut out our space and gave us few chances,” said Flick, who bristled at repeated questions about his team’s tired display.

“We just couldn’t manage to take our chances or play with our usual intensity.”

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Hoffenheim coach Sebastian Hoeness is the nephew of Bayern’s honorary president Uli Hoeness and left Munich’s reserves in July to take over at Hoffenheim.

“We put into practise everything we had worked on, we were dominant from the beginning, managed to always be dangerous and defend well, so I am not surprised by the result,” said Hoffenheim coach Hoeness.

Bayern Munich’s German defender Jerome Boateng celebrates Bayern Munich’s German midfielder Joshua Kimmich scoring during the German first division Bundesliga football match TSG 1899 Hoffenheim v FC Bayern Munich on September 27, 2020 in Mainz, southern Germany. Daniel ROLAND / AFP

Bayern looked tired, showing the effects of being taken to extra time in the UEFA Super Cup on Thursday before beating Sevilla 2-1 in Budapest.

“We shouldn’t forget that Bayern played 120 minutes four days ago, but we put in a great performance,” added Hoeness.

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The loss brings to an end Bayern’s run of 23 consecutive wins, a record for a club in one of Europe’s five main leagues, surpassing Real Madrid’s 22 straight between September and December 2014.

With Robert Lewandowski rested ahead of Wednesday’s German Super Cup showdown at home to Borussia Dortmund — the chance to win a fifth title in 2020 — his 19-year-old understudy Joshua Zirkzee struggled to spark Bayern’s attack.

“We go into every game to win, it didn’t work today, now we focus on Dortmund,” added Flick.

“We will tick off this match and we focus on what we can do better on Wednesday.”

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Early Hoffenheim goals
Hoffenheim took full advantage of Munich’s lethargy with Bicakcic giving them the lead on 16 minutes when he out-leapt Corentin Tolisso at a corner and headed past Manuel Neuer.

The hosts doubled their lead when Bayern defender Benjamin Pavard tried to snuff out a counter-attack, but his pass rolled into the path of Israeli striker Dabbur, who held his nerve to chip the ball over Neuer on 24 minutes.

It was the first time Bayern have been two goals down since they lost 5-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt in November 2019, a defeat which cost Flick’s predecessor Niko Kovac his job.

Bayern knuckled went in 2-1 down at the break after Leroy Sane’s superb pass across the box landed at the feet of Kimmich who fired home superbly on 36 minutes.

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Hoffenheim could have had a third goal as their Croatia striker Andrei Kramaric clipped the crossbar after his shot beat Neuer on the stroke of half-time.

Flick responded by beefing up his side by bringing on Lewandowski and central midfielder Leon Goretzka for Zirkzee and Pavard on 57 minutes.

Lewandowski went close with a couple of half chances but Kramaric made sure of the win when he finished a counter-attack with a stunning strike on 77 minutes.

Bayern conceded a penalty in added time when Neuer brought down replacement forward Ihlas Bebou in the area and Kramaric converted the resulting penalty.


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Sane has no regrets leaving Mancity

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Leroy Sane insists he has no regrets about potentially sacrificing a Champions League medal as the moment was right for him to leave Manchester City.

The Germany international joined Bayern Munich three weeks ago after City accepted their £54.8million offer. He was formally presented to the media on Thursday, via a global Zoom press conference, having been given Bayern’s historic No 10 shirt for next season.

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Bayern’s interest in Sane goes back more than a year but the timing of his move caused a surprise, given that City still have an opportunity to win club football’s biggest prize – the 23-year-old, having recovered from cruciate ligament damage, would have been a potent weapon for Pep Guardiola.

It has not escaped Sane’s attention that his old and new clubs could possibly meet in the Champions League semi-final but even if City – who must first defend a 2-1 lead against Real Madrid in the last 16 – go all the way, he will not rue the one that got away.

‘I thought about it,’ said Sane. ‘City have the option to win the Champions League. But I made this decision and I’m totally fine with it. If they win it, then I’m happy for the club and for all my friends there, but this was the way that I went.

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‘If it really happens, I don’t think I will suffer with it a lot, because I made the decision and nobody else. I just had a feeling I needed something new and that is why I came at the end to this decision. I told them I wanted to move and this was the right one.’

Sane had entered the final 12 months of his City contract, so they made the prudent decision to cash in rather risk losing him for nothing. Pep Guardiola wanted the 24-year-old to remain in Manchester but the deeper the clubs got into negotiations, there was little chance of that happening.

‘I was talking with Bayern about it and we all came to the decision that it was better for me to come as soon as it was possible,’ Sane explained. ‘I said that it was fine because we all know that if you go really far in the Champions League, you will be done at the end of August.

‘If I would have moved then, it’s quite a short time until the new season to prepare well and settle in; it would be difficult, as you are coming to a new team in a different country. That’s why I wanted it happen as soon as possible. It was never an option to leave after the Champions League.’

City may be desperate to conquer Europe but Sane has moved to a club that’s pursuit of the Champions League is almost like a crusade; they have not won that trophy since 2013, when Arjen Robben’s late goal broke Borussia Dortmund’s hearts, and he has big shoes to fill.

The prospect, though, of following Robben is not something that has flustered Sane. He says he has returned to the Bundesliga with his appetite for medals huge and wants to show everyone the impact four years of working with Guardiola had on him.

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‘Robben is a legend for this club, he achieved a lot and did a lot for this club,’ said Sane. ‘Obviously there is pressure but I have my own targets and I want to achieve my own goals and I think I just take it as a good opportunity to improve. I take it more with joy to keep going and try my best.

‘Playing for Pep and working with him and playing for the team that I was playing with, I mean, they were amazing people. Everyone knows how Pep works, how he is improving players and I think I played with fantastic players from whom I also learnt a lot from.

‘We won a lot in four years. I just had a personal feeling for myself. It was not anything about Man City or anything else – if because we’d now won everything or I’d now lost the hunger or anything [like that]. It was just me personally. I just had a feeling and that’s why I came to this decision.’

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Officially : Leroy Sane joins Bayern till 2025

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Leroy Sane has completed his £54.8m transfer from Manchester City to Bayern Munich.

“Bayern is a very big club and has big goals – and these goals suit me as well. I’m looking forward to the new challenge and can’t wait to train with the team. I still know Hansi Flick from the U21 national team, we had a very good relationship there.” said Sane.

“We’re all delighted we’ve been able to secure Leroy’s signature for Bayern. His qualities as a player are undisputed. His speed, his technical quality and his scoring threat make him an absolute top player.

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“He also fits very well into our team as a person and as a character. Our goal is to have a spine on the pitch from the goalkeeper to the forwards & Leroy is an important component in this.” said Kahn.

The Germany international passed the second part of his medical on Thursday morning, before returning to Bayern’s training centre to finalise his move.

Bayern apologised to Manchester City following the publication of photographs showing Sane as their player, before the transfer has been officially announced, but the 24-year-old has now signed a five-year contract.

The Bundesliga champions will pay an initial fee of £44.7m (€49m) with a series of performance and trophy-related add-ons.

“We are happy that we can welcome Leroy Sane to Bayern. He is an excellent player who has proven his qualities over the past years. Our goal is to gather the best German players at FC Bayern and Leroy’s signing underscores this path.

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“I would like to compliment Hasan Salihamidzic for the successful completion of the transfer,” said Rummenigge.

Man City will also take 10 per cent of any profit made by the German club should they sell Sane in the future.

He had continually been linked with a move back to his homeland, which has seen City give up almost any hope of negotiating a new contract after nearly two years of talks.

It is believed the winger will double the wages he was being offered by City to stay at the club with Bayern set to pay the player around £20m per year.

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Breaking : Bayern signs Mancity’s Leroy Sané

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Bayern Munich have completed a deal Manchester City winger Leroy Sané on a five-year contract, according to reports in Germany.

Earlier this month, City manager Pep Guardiola revealed the 24-year-old attacker refused to agree a new deal at the Premier League club with Sané in favour of a move to the German champions.

And German news outlet say the deal has been agreed for Sané to return to the Bundesliga ahead of the start of the 2020/21 season, but paperwork has yet to be signed.

A move to Bayern Munich would end four-year spell at the Etihad Stadium, which has seen the German winger win two Premier League titles, two EFL Cups and last season’s FA Cup.

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Shirt Number 10? Bayern Tries new trick to sign Sané


Bayern Munich are set to offer Manchester City star Leroy Sane the coveted number 10 shirt as they continue their pursuit of the winger.

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The Bundesliga champions have been long admirers of the City winger, who has been linked with a move away for the past 12 months. Bayern have made offers in the past for Sane, however, City have rejected them as they have tried to persuade the German to stay at the Etihad.

In the latest twist in the tale, Bayern are now offering Sane their number ten shirt as part of the deal to lure him back to the Bundesliga, according to Bild.

The number 10 shirt is currently worn by Philippe Coutinho, who is on loan from Barcelona. The Brazilian has had a respectable stint with the German club, but there is little interest to make his move permanent from Bayern.

The infamous shirt has been worn by legends of the past, such as Brian Laudrup, Lothar Mathaus and, most recently, Arjen Robben – who donned the shirt through some of Bayern’s most glorious years in recent decades.

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Sane has always worn the number 19 since his rise into senior football for Schalke as well as Manchester City and the German national team.

The offer is the latest in a long saga between City and Bayern as the 24-year-old enters the final year of his contract with the Premier League club.

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Recent reports suggested that City would be willing to let Sane leave this summer, in order to get a price for him sooner rather than letting him run down his contract and leave for free.

The winger has not signed an extension after months of haggling with the club, in which many believe being a move to buy time to force a move away.


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Fans Dismisses Bayern’s Cheap Offer For Sane

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Manchester City fans have sided with the club over their stance on Leroy Sane and don’t want the winger sold to Bayern Munich on the cheap.

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The German champions have made no secret of their desire to sign Sane, having conducted an extremely public pursuit over the last year as they sought to replace departed legends Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery.

Star players, such as Manuel Neuer, Robert Lewandowsi and Joshua Kimmich, as well as high-profile club officials all went on the charm offensive in the media until the point that then-manager Niko Kovac was forced to apologise after he claimed he was ‘confident’ the deal would be completed.

Their actions angered City, whose stance on Sane remains the same as it was last summer – that they would like the player to stay with a new contract offer remaining on the table. However, City accept that it is up to the player and Pep Guardiola does not want to keep stars that would rather be elsewhere.

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Speculation regarding the 24-year-old’s future has once again picked up in recent weeks, with reports in Germany on Tuesday stating that Bayern had agreed a five-year deal with the winger, which in turn gave them the confidence to supposedly offer £35m for the player.

While Sane’s contract does expire at the end of next season and an extension is no closer to being signed, £35million is less than what City paid to get the winger from Schalke and nowhere near the valuation they would be willing to accept this summer.

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In response to the reported bid, supporters have made it clear that they would rather enjoy Sane for another season and see him leave on a free if Bayern don’t come back with a serious offer.

You can find a selection of their responses below:

City have already got used to playing without Sane, though, as he has been out all season with a serious knee ligament injury, which he suffered just 10 minutes into the Community Shield victory over Liverpool.

He was on the verge of a return to the first-team after making his comeback with the Under-23s at Arsenal in February but the suspension of football due to the coronavirus pandemic has put a halt on his return to the pitch.


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Mancity Misses Leroy Sane This Season


Man City Have Missed Leroy Sane This Season & Should Do Everything In Their Power to Keep Him


Manchester City’s season got off to a great start.

Beating last year’s title rivals Liverpool in the Community Shield, albeit on penalties, the Citizens had set the tone for the rest of the campaign, once again showing us who was top dog.

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