After Atletico Madrid lost two Champions League finals in three years and shortened his contract, it was fair to wonder if manager Diego Simeone had taken this team as far as he could and whether he could still motivate them. Atleti, however, seem to be going forward, not backward. Their style remains...

The last state elections were held on 15 September 2013; the CSU won an absolute majority in the state parliament[20] in spite of bad press surrounding a cronyism affair.[21] The CSU's former coalition partner Free Democrats (FDP) failed to gain caucus recognition amidst a downward trend for the party in all of Germany. The 17th parliamentary term comprises 180 mandates of which the CSU won 101, the SPD 42, the Free Voters 19 and the Alliance '90/ The Greens 18.[22]

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Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has leapt to the defence of his former Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, calling him the "most complete" defender.

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The Bundesliga season starts on Friday, 26 August, when Bayern begin their title defence against Werder Bremen.

The club also has quite a number of high-profile supporters, among them Pope Benedict XVI,[100] Boris Becker, retired German tennis player, Wladimir Klitschko, Ukrainian boxer, Horst Seehofer and Edmund Stoiber, former Minister-President of Bavaria, to name just a few.[101]

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Forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and recent signing Ousmane Dembele went close for Dortmund.

Since then however, the German's playing time has been limited to substitute appearances following inconsistent performances in the red of Bayern, as well as being criticised by club legend Franz Beckenbauer in May 2015 for poor performances and a lack of determination to play. 

FC Bayern is ranked second in the current UEFA club coefficient rankings[12] and fourth in IFFHS's latest IFFHS Club World Ranking.[13]

​Liverpool summer transfer target Mario Gotze is set to be sold by Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, according to a German football expert Jan Aage Fjortoft.

The Germany centre-back, who has been criticised heavily by Dortmund fans since the move was announced earlier this month, was forced off with cramp in the second half.

The regional Bavarian and Southern German honours of the club:[151]

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Ramos has come in for criticism from sections of the Spanish media after conceding his fourth penalty of the season in Spain's 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw with Italy on Thursday.

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The present manager, since July 2016, is Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid's former coach. On 20 December of 2015, the club announced that Guardiola would not extend his contract beyond the end of the 2015–16 season. Carlo Ancelotti would be presented as his successor.[161]

Since the 1970s, Bayern's main rivals have been the clubs who put up the strongest fight against its national dominance. In the 1970s this was Borussia Mönchengladbach,[26] in the 1980s the category expanded to include Hamburger SV. In the 1990s, Borussia Dortmund, Werder Bremen, and Bayer Leverkusen[109][110] emerged as the most ardent opponents. Recently Borussia Dortmund, Schalke,[111] and Werder Bremen have been the main challengers in the Bundesliga.

There were no goals either in extra-time, although Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski was only denied by a great Eric Durm block.

Hitzfeld returned as trainer in January 2007, but Bayern finished the 2006–07 season fourth, thus failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in more than a decade. Additional losses in the DFB-Pokal and the DFB-Ligapokal left the club with no honours for the season.

Franck Ribery was perhaps fortunate to escape with only a booking in the first half, retaliating to a foul on him by barging into Gonzalo Castro and then poking the Dortmund midfielder in the face; both men were booked.

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In the summer of 2013 Bayern was the first club to give financial support to the Magnus Hirschfeld National Foundation. The foundation researches the living environment LGBT people, and developed an education concept to facilitate unbiased dealing with LGBT themes in football.[145]

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Defeat means that Dortmund end Thomas Tuchel's first season in charge without a trophy, having lost in the German cup final for a third successive season.

The Portuguese prodigy's €35 million (plus add-ons) capture is already looking an inspired piece of business, given both the timing and the initial outlay....

In the years after the war, Bayern won several regional competitions, before winning their first South German championship in 1926, an achievement repeated two years later.[5][16] Their first national title was gained in 1932, when coach Richard "Little Dombi" Kohn led the team to the German championship by defeating Eintracht Frankfurt 2–0 in the final.[5]

The season-by-season performance of the club over the last ten years:[164][165]

Quite rightly regarded as one of the best ball-playing goalkeepers in world football, Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer showed a rare lapse in concentration during Germany's routine 3-0 win over Czech Republic.

For a list of former presidents see List of FC Bayern Munich records and statistics#Presidents

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Bayern Munich is the first and only team in Europe to have completed all available Trebles (Continental treble, Domestic treble and European treble).

They visibly tired as the match wore on, with full-back Marcel Schmelzer limping off moments before Hummels' departure, and Aubameyang also pulling up with cramp in extra-time, although the striker was able to complete the game.

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However, Bundesliga expert Fjortoft reckons Gotze's Liverpool move could still happen and Bayern want to get rid of the playmaker, after tweeting the following yesterday:

Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber has criticised Pep Guardiola for not showing any interest in him during his time at the Bundesliga club.