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SI.com: Raphael Honigstein: Jupp Heynckes feels the heat at Bayern Munichupdated: Sat Mar 10 2012 10:20:00

Jupp Heynckes sent a timely reminder this week: he is still Bayern Munich's manager. "I'm under contract (until 2013) and I expect to fulfill it," the 66-year-old Heynckes told the press on Thursday, "I'm doing this job very passionately and I'm fully committed. Managing is not work for me". He even looked like he meant it, despite admitting that the next two home games -- Saturday's visit of TSG Hoffenheim and Tuesday's Champions League match against FC Basel -- were of "paramount importance." Tabloid Bild was so impressed with Heynckes' cool demeanor that they called the press briefing "Bayern's best performance of 2012."

Bayern and Inter beaten in European Champions Leagueupdated: Thu Feb 23 2012 04:55:00

FC Basel will take a 1-0 lead over Bayern Munich into the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie after a late winner from substitute Valentin Stocker earned victory on Wednesday, when 2010 title winners Inter Milan also conceded a last-gasp goal to lose in Marseille.

Ribery sees red but Bayern beat Cologne to extend Bundesliga leadupdated: Fri Dec 16 2011 17:10:00

Franck Ribery was given his marching orders but 10-man Bayern Munich beat FC Cologne 3-0 Friday night to make sure they will head Germany's Bundesliga going into the mid-winter break.

SI.com: Raphael Honigstein: Bundesliga early season reviewupdated: Sun Nov 06 2011 07:35:00

One third into the new season, it's a good time to look at who's who, who dunnit and who didn't. Here's this fall's list of Bundesliga movers and shakers.

SI.com: Raphael Honigstein: Bayer Leverkusen rallies for win, but are Dutt's days numbered?updated: Fri Oct 21 2011 15:29:00

It was a historic win of sorts -- Bayer Leverkusen had not won any of its last seven games against Spanish teams in Europe -- and remarkable in the most enigmatic of ways. After the 2-1 win over Valencia on Wednesday night, players and officials weren't quite sure whether they should revel in a rather sensational second-half comeback or be shocked about the opening 40 minutes, when the whole team had "disappeared into an abyss of horror," as Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote. Michael Ballack, a 35-year-old veteran who has been around the block a few times, declared that non-performance before the break "probably the worst I've been involved in as a footballer."

SI.com: Raphael Honigstein: Injured and isolated, Robben cuts a gloomy figureupdated: Sun Oct 16 2011 09:04:00

Bayern Munich's 4-0 win over hapless Hertha BSC on Saturday was so comprehensive that Berlin midfielder Andreas Ottl professed himself "rather satisfied" afterward; it really could have been much worse for the visitors. The imperious league leaders kept another clean sheet -- their eighth in as many games -- and only looked troubled once during the 90 minutes, when the camera closed in on a glum-looking Arjen Robben in the Allianz Arena stands. The 27-year-old winger's continuous struggles with injuries and speculations about his standing in the team remain unseemly blots in the red and white copy book.

Bayern extend lead at top of Bundesliga after easy win updated: Sat Oct 15 2011 15:06:00

Bayern Munich opened up a five-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga with a 4-0 thumping of Hertha Berlin Saturday in the Allianz Arena.

Neuer reaches milestone as Bayern's winning run endsupdated: Sat Oct 01 2011 14:57:00

Bayern Munich's 10-match winning run came to a halt on Saturday with a 0-0 draw at Hoffenheim that saw goalkeeper Manuel Neuer go past 1,000 minutes without conceding a goal.

SI.com: Raphael Honigstein: Bayern Munich revitalized under Jupp Heynckesupdated: Fri Sep 30 2011 12:36:00

Bayern Munich's 2-0 win over Manchester City in the Champions League wasn't quite as comfortable as the result suggested. Talk of "the invincibles" or of the team being an Bavarian answer to Barcelona is clearly premature. However, the quality of the performance against a top Premier League side did show that a run of 10 wins without conceding a goal (in all competitions) wasn't merely a result of a particularly kind fixture list. Bayern, as a team, is functioning better than almost any European heavyweight at the moment -- the turnaround from last season has been truly spectacular. Seven reasons explain the radical improvement:

Bayern smash seven past Freiburgupdated: Sat Sep 10 2011 13:36:00

Bayern Munich destroyed Freiburg in Germany's Bundesliga 7-0, with Mario Gomez scoring four.

Gomez hat-trick sends Bayern top; Valencia mount thrilling comebackupdated: Sat Aug 27 2011 18:41:00

A Mario Gomez hat-trick earned Bayern Munich a 3-0 win over Kaiserslautern at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion on Saturday to send them top of the Bundesliga.

SI.com: Raphael Honigstein: Bayern Munich's summer shopping spree continues with Boatengupdated: Thu Jul 14 2011 17:40:00

Ever since income from the new Allianz Arena stadium (opened May 2005) significantly boosted Bayern Munich's spending power, its transfers have adhered to a strange symmetry . Little to no investment in even years (2006, 2008, 2010), after championships, has alternated with veritable shopping sprees in the odd, unsuccessful years (2007, 2009, 2011) as the German record title winner sought to address past failings and inevitably ended up paying over the odds. This summer seems like another case in point.

Leverkusen clinch second as Wolfsburg avoid relegationupdated: Sat May 14 2011 16:18:00

Jupp Heynckes ensured his job at Bayern Munich will be a little bit harder after ending his two-season stint at Bayer Leverkusen on a winning note on Saturday.

Bayern hammer Leverkusen to boost Champions League hopesupdated: Sun Apr 17 2011 14:00:00

Ailing German champions Bayern Munich thrashed second-placed Bayer Leverkusen 5-1 on Sunday to boost the club's hopes of European Champions League football next season.

SI.com: Raphael Honigstein: Heynckes' hiring creates conflict of interest for Bayern and Bayerupdated: Thu Mar 31 2011 15:18:00

You don't win 21 Bundesliga titles in 41 years without a certain a degree of bloody-mindedness. At Bayern Munich, it used to manifest itself in an unapologetic transfer policy that could best be described as BIMBY -- best in my backyard. The Bavarians would routinely buy up the domestic competition's outstanding talent to kill two birds with one stone: while their own status as Germany's best (and wealthiest) team was strengthened, their league rivals would be instantly weakened, sometimes fatally so.

Bayern Munich confirm Heynckes as new coach from next seasonupdated: Fri Mar 25 2011 14:11:00

German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have confirmed that Jupp Heynckes will return as coach for a third time from next season.

SI.com: Raphael Honigstein: Top 10 young German prospectsupdated: Thu Mar 24 2011 17:39:00

After signing a contract extension (until 2014) and tentatively solving the "Michael Ballack question" -- the Germany captain will have an unofficial farewell match against Brazil in August -- coach Jogi Löw has few problems left. The biggest one might be finding places for a wave of new, exciting prospects in the squad. Here's a projection of Germany's next top model professionals (under 22 years).

Heynckes to leave Bayer Leverkusen at end of seasonupdated: Mon Mar 21 2011 15:26:00

Bayer Leverkusen coach Jupp Heynckes has confirmed that he will be leaving the German Bundesliga club at the end of the season, paving the way for a return to Bayern Munich.

Coach van Gaal to leave Bayern Munich at end of seasonupdated: Mon Mar 07 2011 11:49:00

German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have confirmed that coach Louis van Gaal will be leaving the club at the end of the season.

Leverkusen sink Stuttgart to regain second place in Bundesligaupdated: Sun Feb 20 2011 17:21:00

Bayer Leverkusen regained second place in the Bundesliga on Sunday, with a 4-2 win at home to struggling Stuttgart.

SI.com: Raphael Honigstein: Leverkusen fall short in title challenge once againupdated: Wed Apr 14 2010 16:52:00

The announcement would perhaps have been a whole lot funnier 10 days before, on April 1, but then it's not actually meant as a joke, of course: On Tuesday, Bayer 04 Leverkusen confirmed it had trademarked and patented the word "Vizekusen."

Bayer Leverkusen equal record to go top in Bundesligaupdated: Mon Feb 22 2010 06:23:00

Bayer Leverkusen reclaimed top spot in the Bundesliga from Bayern Munich with a 2-2 draw at Werder Bremen to extend their unbeaten run to a record equaling 23 games.

Leaders Leverkusen limp to another drawupdated: Sat Dec 05 2009 12:43:00

Bayer Leverkusen stumbled to a fifth draw in seven games but still extended their lead in the German Bundesliga to four points with a 0-0 stalemate at Hannover on Saturday.

Kiessling hat-trick lifts Leverkusenupdated: Sun Nov 29 2009 15:51:00

Stefan Kiessling grabbed a hat-trick as Bayer Leverkusen reclaimed top spot in the Bundesliga with a 4-0 home victory over Stuttgart on Sunday.

Fanzone preview: The German Bundesligaupdated: Sat Aug 08 2009 07:50:00

The new Bundesliga season kicked off on Friday when defending champions Wolfsburg beat Stuttgart 2-0 at the Volkswagen Arena -- Fanzone details what to expect from the new campaign:

Labbadia leaves Leverkusen to coach Hamburgupdated: Sat Jun 06 2009 13:25:00

Hamburg have appointed Bruno Labbadia as their new coach in succession to Martin Jol, who left the Bundesliga club to join Dutch giants Ajax.

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