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Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng (centre) celebrates with his team mates after scoring the winner   against Manchester City. Photograph: Michaela Rehle / Reuters

Bayern Munich 1 Manchester City 0For Manchester City, it was a brutal way to lose. They had subdued Bayern Munich and Pep Guardiola was so exasperated(...)

Manchester United’s players can expect to be better footballers and win titles under Louis van Gaal’s management – this is the message from those who have been in his teams. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images

Manchester United’s players can expect to be better footballers and win titles under Louis van Gaal’s management – this is the message from those who (...)

 Louis Van Gaal at Old Trafford prior to a Champions League match between Manchester United and Bayern Munich in 2010. Photograph:Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

There is a famous story about Louis van Gaal from his time at Bayern Munich. Van Gaal had insisted from the start on two major protocols at team meals(...)

Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger (R) celebrates with Mario Goetze after scoring a goal against Arsenal during their Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match in Munich. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Bayern Munich 1 Arsenal 1 (Bayern win 3-1 (...)

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger retrieves the ball during the match against Bayern Munich. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Arsène Wenger accused the Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli of “killing” Arsenal in their 2-0 home defeat by Bayern Munich on a Champions League (...)

Former Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni alongside assistant manager Marco Tardelli in Vienna on Tuesday.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The Republic of Ireland have sunk to their worst ever Fifa world ranking after the 1-0 defeat to Austria that resulted in the termination of Giovanni(...)

Giovanni Trapattoni during his post-match press conference in Vienna this evening. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The FAI has cancelled Giovanni Trapattoni’s post-match press conference on Wednesday after defeat to Austria in Vienna on Tuesday night.The associatio(...)

If Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni was feeling the pressure he wasn’t showing it during yesterday’s press conference at Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna,  where Ireland will meet Austria tonight. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

“We’ll rip them apart” runs the headline on an ad for a local bookmakers in the Austrian football federation’s official magazine and while few would b(...)

Austria manager Marcel Koller oversees training at the Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna, ahead of tonight’s World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Most coaches would be sympathetic to Giovanni Trapattoni’s plight just now but having been fired from his last club job – Bochum – after the fans prot(...)

 Mesut Ozil poses in his new Arsenal shirt in Munich yesterday. Germany coach  Joachim Löw has criticised Real Madrid for selling the midfield play-maker. Photograph:  Stuart MacFarlane/Getty Images.

Germany’s recent defensive debacles may give Austria some encouragement as they attempt to end a run of eight successive defeats against their larger (...)

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