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Football: Bayern secure German title in record time

Record-breaking Bayern Munich were confirmed German champions on Tuesday with a 3-1 win at Hertha Berlin as Pep Guardiola's side secured the title with seven games to spare. Goals by Toni Kroos, Mario Goetze and Franck Ribery sealed the win which left them an unassailable 25 points clear and gave them their 24th German league title. Coach Guardiola, who won 14 titles in four years at Barcelona, claimed his third title in nine months since taking charge of the defending European champions. ryj/as

Football: Five quick Bayern Munich facts

Five quick facts about Bayern Munich, who were confirmed German champions for the 24th time on Tuesday:

Football: Five quick Bayern Munich facts

Five quick facts about Bayern Munich, who were confirmed German champions for the 24th time on Tuesday:

Bayern ordered to partially close stadium against Manchester United

(Reuters) - Bayern Munich have been ordered to close part of their stadium for the Champions League match at home to Manchester United next month for "discriminatory behavior" by their supporters, UEFA said on Monday. Bayern will have to shut "Sector 124" of the Allianz Arena for the quarter-final second leg on April 9, UEFA said, although they gave no indication of which part of the stadium that section is located in or how many seats will be affected.

Football: Bayern fined, sanctioned for offensive banner

UEFA have fined Bayern Munich 10,000 euros (US$13,774) for an offensive banner and ordered to close part of the Allianz Arena for their Champions League home quarter-final against Manchester United. European football's governing body punished holders Bayern after their fans displayed a banner carrying the text "Gay Gunners", aimed at opponents Arsenal during the Champions League last 16 second leg 1-1 draw in Munich on March 11.

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: Bayern confident after drawing United

Defending champions Bayern Munich are raring to go for their Champions League quarter-final against Manchester United following what they feel is a favourable draw at Nyon on Friday. The teams have met nine times in Champions League action, the last occasion in the 2010 quarter-finals when Bayern held on to oust United on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate draw.

Football: Germany to play Argentina before Euro 2016 qualifiers

Germany will play Argentina in a friendly match in Duesseldorf on September 3 as a warm-up for Euro 2016 qualifiers, the German football federation announced Friday. "During qualifications, the desire is to play big footballing nations. It's the wish of the coach and it's attractive for the fans," said federation secretary general Helmut Sandrock. Germany have lost their last two friendlies against Argentina, going down 3-1 in August 2012 and 1-0 in March 2010, but posted an impressive 4-0 victory when it mattered most, in the 2010 World Cup quarter-finals.

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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