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Lewandowski's brace helps secure domestic double

Bayern Munich secured a domestic double for the first time since the 2015-16 season as they beat RB Leipzig 3-0 in the DFB-Pokal final.

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Bayern Munich win seventh consecutive Bundesliga title

The reigning champions have fended off a fierce challenge from Dortmund after securing a 5-1 victory over Niko Kovac's former club.

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Forty years after he first started as general manager, Uli Hoeness is being celebrated by Bayern Munich for turning it into one of the world’s most successful clubs.  Hoeness began administrative duties on May 1, 1979, after his playing career was prematurely ended by chronic knee problems. As a forward for Bayern, he made 239 Bundesliga appearances from 1970-79, and bagged 86 goals. When he took over as manager, Bayern had 12 employees, 12 million Deutschmarks (about $7 million) in revenue, and 8 million DM ($4.6 million) of debt. Since then, the club has claimed 49 titles, including 20 Bundesligas, 11 German Cups, and 2 Champions Leagues, and built financial reserves rarely seen in debt-ridden European soccer. Turnover rose to a club-record 657.4 million euros last season. “Uli Hoeness is a stroke of luck for Bayern. He was that as a player and is that as manager, president, and supervisory board chairman,” Bayern honorary president Franz Beckenbauer said. “What the club is today and the values for which it stands are down to him to a large extent, his specialist knowledge, his engagement, his competence. We can count ourselves lucky to have him.” The only blot on Hoeness’ otherwise stellar career is the conviction he received in March 2014 for evading 28.5 million euros in taxes through a Swiss bank account. Hoeness quit as Bayern president and chairman after being sentenced to 42 months in prison but resumed duties in November 2016 after serving half of the term. He remained close to the club while in custody, benefiting from a work-release program to help in its youth department before returning to prison overnight. As a player, Hoeness won the 1972 European Championship and the 1974 World Cup with West Germany and three straight European Cups - the predecessor of the Champions League - with Bayern. “As manager, Uli was busy, smart, and inventive,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said. “He has been Bayern’s biggest fan for over 40 years.” Rummenigge remembered becoming Hoeness’ roommate after he joined Bayern in 1974 following Paul Breitner’s transfer to Real Madrid.  “On the first day I crept into the training camp at Tegernsee. I didn’t know how to react so I just kept my mouth shut at first,” Rummenigge said. “After dinner, ‘The Commissioner’ was on TV and suddenly Uli spoke up: ‘Are you also going to say anything today?’ That’s Uli. Always straight and to the bone.” While Hoeness, now 67, has long been unpopular among rival fans due to his abrasive style and blunt manner, he has faced criticism from within for the first time this season due to the club’s sponsorship deals with Qatar, his outbursts against the media, and personal tirades against former players and coaches. Hoeness faced boos and whistles at the club’s AGM last November, and subsequently announced he would consider walking away from the club. He is to decide in June if he will run for another four-year term as president in November.

Forty years after he first started as general manager, Uli Hoeness is being celebrated by Bayern Munich for turning it into one of the world’s most successful clubs.

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VAR denies Goretzka as title race goes to the wire

The Bundesliga title race will go to the final weekend after Bayern Munich failed to beat RB Leipzig, drawing 0-0 on the road.

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Champions spared by late penalty miss

Nurnberg and Bayern Munich both let late opportunities for a winner go begging as they fought out a derby draw at Max-Morlock-Stadion.

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Bayern fan favorites Ribery, Robben to leave this summer

Bayern Munich has confirmed that fan favorites Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben are to leave the club at the end of this season, with a testimonial game planned for both players in 2020.

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Lewandowski double leads Der Klassiker demolition

Bayern Munich hit four first-half goals past Borussia Dortmund to go a point clear in the Bundesliga title race.

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Bundesliga leaders take another step towards title

First-half goals from Robert Lewandowski and Leon Goretzka set Bayern Munich on their way to a 3-1 Bundesliga home win against Hannover.

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