Friday, March 28, 2014

FC Bayern München Wins the Bundesliga, for the 23rd Time


USA Today:
They just won the league title in March, clinching it with a 3-1 win over Hertha BSC on Tuesday. This is a big deal because the season ends in the middle of May.

How did they clinch the league with almost a quarter of the season left to play? Well, for starters, they didn’t lose. Not once. Bayern won 25 of their first 27 games this season, and tied the other two. In those 27 games they scored 79 goals and allowed 13. They didn’t just win; they won easily.

For starters, take about every major member of the Germany team that’s a favorite in Brazil this summer, sprinkle in Brazil’s best central defender, add a dash of the best Polish striker probably ever, and match them with Pep Guardiola, a brilliant soccer mind who managed Barcelona to incredible success before taking some time off. He’s back now, with Bayern, and they can’t stop winning.

It’s not like winning the Bundesliga is new to Bayern, either. They’ve done this before. A lot. Bayern Munich has won its 23rd Bundesliga title, and no other club has more than five.

After winning the league title last year, they then added Mario Gotze, one of the best players from their main rival, Borussia Dortmund. Not content that Gotze was enough, however, they then went back and got Robert Lewandowski, the Polish striker who also played for Dortmund, who is one of the best goalscorers in the world.

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