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Football: Dortmund on final warning for tense Ruhr derby

The German Football Association (DFB) has issued Borussia Dortmund with a final warning to control their fans while local police expect crowd trouble for Tuesday's home derby against Schalke 04. Tension is high for the derby at Dortmund's Westfalenstadion with third-placed Schalke just a point behind rivals Borussia in the table and violence has marred recent meetings between the teams. There were around 200 arrests after rival fans clashed when Dortmund last hosted the derby in October 2012 and there was rioting before last October's game in Gelsenkirchen.

Football: Dortmund captain Kehl to retire in 2015

Borussia Dortmund's veteran captain Sebastian Kehl has said he will retire in June 2015 having just signed a year's contract extension. The 34-year-old, who made the last of his 31 appearances for Germany at the 2006 World Cup, joined Dortmund in 2002. Kehl scored for Dortmund in last Wednesday's 2-1 defeat at home to Zenit St Peterburg as Borussia went through to the Champions League quarter-finals 5-4 on aggregate having won the first leg 4-2.

Football: Guardiola poised to win league in record time

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is poised to win the Bundesliga title in record time on Tuesday at Hertha Berlin on his debut season with the Bavarian giants. A 19th consecutive league victory at Berlin's Olympic Stadium will give Bayern their 24th German title with seven matches left, beating their own record they set last season. Bayern's 2-0 win at Mainz 05 on Saturday left them a massive 23 points clear in the league and they will be uncatchable if they win at Hertha.

Football: Dortmund's Aubameyang fit for key Ruhr derby

Gabon winger Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected to be fit for Tuesday's key Ruhr Valley derby when Borussia Dortmund host rivals Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga's top three showdown. Aubameyang missed second-placed Dortmund's 3-0 win at Hanover 96 on Saturday with a leg injury as Germany's Kevin Grosskreutz took his place on the left wing. But the 24-year-old Gabon star is expected to face third-placed Schalke who are just one point behind Dortmund after Saturday's 3-1 win at home to bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig.

Football: March madness as Bayern on verge of record triumph

Bayern Munich could be crowned German league champions in record time on Saturday if they win at Mainz 05. Pep Guardiola's Bayern hold an enormous 23-point lead and victory would given them the title providing rivals Borussia Dortmund fail to win at Hanover and Schalke do not beat bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig at home. Should Bayern wrap up a 24th German league title at Mainz, they will do so with eight games to spare, breaking their own record of six, set last season.

Football: Mainz's 'awesome' Asians await German giants Bayern

Mainz 05 will be spearheaded by their Asian attacking trio when they attempt to stop Bayern Munich's relentless march to the Bundesliga title on Saturday. Japan striker Shinji Okazaki is their top scorer with 11 goals in 24 league games, which has lifted Mainz to fifth and amongst the European places for next season. Okazaki plays in front of a diamond midfield formation, headed by attacking midfielder Koo Ja-Cheol whose fellow South Korea international Park Joo-Ho is on the left wing.

Football: Mainz's 'awesome' Asians await German giants Bayern

Mainz 05 will be spearheaded by their Asian attacking trio when they attempt to stop Bayern Munich's relentless march to the Bundesliga title on Saturday. Japan striker Shinji Okazaki is their top scorer with 11 goals in 24 league games, which has lifted Mainz to fifth and amongst the European places for next season. Okazaki plays in front of a diamond midfield formation, headed by attacking midfielder Koo Ja-Cheol whose fellow South Korea international Park Joo-Ho is on the left wing.

Football: Schmelzer out of Dortmund's quarter-final

Borussia Dortmund will be without Germany left-back Marcel Schmelzer for the next four weeks, including their Champions League quarter-final, with a confirmed pelvis injury, the club announced on Thursday. "The diagnosis is a torn muscle in the pelvis area and it'll be four weeks before he can train again," said Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp on Thursday. The 26-year-old suffered the injury in the later stages of Dortmund's 2-1 defeat at home to Zenit St Petersburg on Wednesday in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Football: Captain Hoewedes adds to Schalke's injury woes

Schalke 04 captain Benedikt Hoewedes will miss the coming weeks after tearing his left groin and becomes the ninth Royal Blues' player on the injury list, the club confirmed Thursday. This is the third injury of the season for the 26-year-old Germany centre-back, who suffered the tear in Tuesday's 3-1 defeat at Real Madrid in the Champions League. The injury was confirmed by a scan in Munich on Thursday.

Football: Injury, suspension dampens Dortmund's progression

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp admitted injury to defender Marcel Schmelzer and striker Robert Lewandowski's suspension had taken the shine off their progress into the Champions League's quarter-finals. Last season's finalists reached the quarter-finals despite losing 2-1 at home to Zenit St Petersburg in Wednesday's last-16 second-leg clash -- their 4-2 first-leg victory allowing the German side to claim a 5-4 aggregate win.
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