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Football: Gritty Gunners can pass Bayern test says Wenger

Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal have no reason to fear Bayern Munich as they prepare to face the Champions League holders in the last 16 first leg on Wednesday. Just 12 months after they crashed out of Europe's elite club competition at the hands of the German giants, Wenger's team have an opportunity for revenge after being drawn to face Bayern at the same stage. Arsenal were outclassed in the first leg last season as Bayern, who were then managed by Jupp Heynckes, cruised to a 3-1 victory in north London.

Football: New deal will boost Bayern's success, say rivals

With Bayern Munich to receive 110 million euros (US$150m) from new sponsors Allianz, the European champions' Bundesliga rivals are predicting the gap in the league table will only increase. Bayern reaped the financial rewards of becoming the first German team to win the treble of Champions League, Cup and Bundesliga titles last season with record turnover of 432.8 million euros.

Football: Bayern threaten stay-away ticket holders

Bayern Munich are offering subsidised tickets for next month's Champions League match at Arsenal, but the European champions have threatened to revoke the season tickets of stay-away supporters at home. Bayern have said they will withdraw any season tickets for holders who attend less than eight of the 17 home Bundesliga matches per year at Munich's Allianz Arena. Munich have around 10,000 fans waiting for season tickets, but empty seats and spaces on the terraces for some home league games have annoyed Bayern's bosses.

Football: Media stampede to snap up Hoeness tax trial spots

Media places to cover Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness' tax evasion trial were filled within 27 seconds, Munich's higher regional court revealed Wednesday. The 62-year-old Bayern boss is accused of hiding millions of euros from tax authorities in a Swiss account and is due to go on trial in the Bavarian capital on March 10. The court's press department said all 49 allocated media spots were snapped up in less than half a minute when accreditation opened at 1200 (1100 GMT) on January 22.

Football: Bayern boss received threats ahead of tax trial

Munich police confirmed Friday they were unsuccessful in two investigations into threats against Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness, who faces a high-profile trial in March for tax evasion. Hoeness is accused of hiding millions of euros from tax authorities in a Swiss account and is due to go on trial at Munich's higher regional court on March 10. The 62-year-old is said to have been threatened by both email and post, but the email account was a fake and the letter he received could not be traced when the matter was investigated.

Football: Bayern reach cup quarters, Robben injures knee

Holders Bayern Munich reached the German Cup quarter-finals with a 2-0 win at Augsburg on Wednesday, but at a cost as star winger Arjen Robben suffered a painful looking knee injury. The 29-year-old scored four minutes into Bayern's third-round tie but had to be stretchered off 12 minutes later having been sent tumbling by Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz. Robben received lengthy treatment from Bayern's medical staff pitchside and the European champions said he had suffered a "deep cut" on his right knee.

Hoeness tears as Bayern results at 113-year high

By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN (Reuters) - Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness, facing trial for tax evasion next year, broke down in tears as the club posted their best financial results in 113 years. In a festive annual general assembly, Hoeness, who received several standing ovations, could not hold back his tears as club bosses heaped praise on him following a treble-winning season. Turnover stood at 393 million euros ($526.80 million), up from 332 million ($445.03 million) in 2011-12.

Football: Bayern post record sales of 433 mn euros

Bayern Munich said Wednesday its record-breaking year on the pitch also set a financial record, with the club posting 432.8 million euros ($582 million) in sales. The team scored its first treble in its 113-year history, winning Europe's Champions League, a 23rd German championship and the DFB Cup. "Complementing our sporting success, we can also be very proud of our commercial performance," finance director Jan-Christian Dreesen was quoted as saying in a statement.

Football: Pellegrini says rampant City can beat anyone

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes that his side should fear no team in Europe after they crushed CSKA Moscow 5-2 to reach the Champions League last 16. Having demolished Norwich City 7-0 in the Premier League on Saturday, City have now scored 12 goals in their last two matches. Alvaro Negredo led the charge against CSKA on Tuesday with a hat-trick, while Sergio Aguero claimed a brace as City qualified for the knockout rounds after successive group-stage exits in 2011 and 2012.

Football: Bayern and City qualify for Champions League Last 16

Holders Bayern Munich and English side Manchester City became the first teams to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League on Tuesday. Bayern made heavy weather of beating Viktoria Pilsen 1-0 while City reached the knockout stages for the first time, after flopping in the group stage the last two seasons, with a 5-2 thumping of CSKA Moscow in Manchester. pi/
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