FREIBURG, Germany (AP) — The last Bundesliga game before a long World Cup break brought plenty of drama as Vincenzo Grifo scored a hat trick in the opening 20 minutes to fire Freiburg to a 4-1 win over Union Berlin and up to second place on Sunday.
BERLIN (AP) — Union Berlin’s punishing schedule finally took its toll Sunday as it conceded five second-half goals in a 5-0 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen that left Bayern Munich top of the Bundesliga after 13 rounds.
BERLIN (AP) — Surprise leader Union Berlin keeps working miracles in the Bundesliga.
Danilho Doekhi headed in the winning goal with the last act of the game in the seventh minute of added time for a 2-1 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach on Sunday which returns Union to top spot.
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund’s 17-year-old forward Youssoufa Moukoko has reportedly been included in Germany’s preliminary squad for the World Cup.
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich was dealt a meeting with Mainz and Borussia Dortmund given a short trip to Bochum in Sunday’s draw for the third round of the German Cup.
Bayern, which has won the competition a record 20 times, was handed an away game but it will be able to rehearse for the trip when it hosts Mainz in the Bundesliga next weekend.
BERLIN (AP) — Struggling Bochum defeated Bundesliga leader Union Berlin 2-1 on Sunday to move off the bottom of the table and end the visitors’ five-game winning run across all competitions.
Philipp Hofmann and Gerrit Holtmann scored, and Bochum goalkeeper Manuel Riemann also saved a penalty, as the home team claimed its second win of the season to move one point ahead of local rival Schalke, which lost 2-1 at Union’s city rival Hertha Berlin.
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Bundesliga leader Union Berlin all safely advanced to the third round of the German Cup on Wednesday.
Canadian wing-back Alphonso Davies sealed Bayern’s progress in an ultimately comfortable 5-2 come-from-behind win at Augsburg.
BERLIN (AP) — Union Berlin coach Urs Fischer says Jordan Pefok’s leg injury is only a “charley horse” and that the American forward should be available to play again on Sunday.
Pefok limped off in the second half of Union’s 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund on Sunday, when the extent of his injury was unclear.
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich has scored 30 goals in 10 Bundesliga games but the 10-time defending champion is still four points behind surprise leader Union Berlin.
Union will remain top no matter how many goals Bayern scores against Hoffenheim next weekend, meaning the team from the capital will be leading Germany’s top soccer division for at least six consecutive weekends.
BERLIN (AP) — Union Berlin’s fairy tale continues but Bayern Munich is lurking.
Janik Haberer scored twice for Union to upset Borussia Dortmund 2-0 and consolidate its early-season Bundesliga lead, while Bayern enjoyed a 5-0 rout of Freiburg on Sunday.
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are in the unaccustomed role of challengers as the Bundesliga’s top four all meet on Sunday.
League leader Union Berlin hosts fourth-placed Dortmund while 10-time defending champion Bayern welcomes second-placed Freiburg, a team that was unbeaten in 10 games across all competitions before its Europa League game at Nantes on Thursday.
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Stuttgart fired American coach Pellegrino Matarazzo on Monday with the club in next-to-last place in the Bundesliga.
The team hasn't won any of its nine games in the league and is on a three-match losing streak, the most recent coming at home to leader Union Berlin on Sunday.
BERLIN (AP) — Union Berlin defender Paul Jaeckel’s late goal was enough for the capital club to lead the Bundesliga for the fourth consecutive weekend with a 1-0 “dirty win” at Stuttgart on Sunday.
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich appears to have shaken off its customary early season slump just in time for Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
The two rivals are level on points after eight Bundesliga matches, but surprisingly neither team is at the top of the standings going into “der Klassiker.” It’s the first time that’s happened since Wolfsburg won the title in 2009.
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund failed to capitalize on Bundesliga leader Union Berlin’s first defeat when it conceded a one-goal lead and lost to Cologne 3-2 on Saturday.
Eintracht Frankfurt defeated Union 2-0 at home, ending the last unbeaten team’s record in the league, though Urs Fischer’s side remained top for the third round straight – on goal difference ahead of Freiburg.
BERLIN (AP) — Union Berlin coach Urs Fischer and his assistant Markus Hoffmann are extending their contracts with the Bundesliga leader, ensuring both will stay on beyond next year.
Union said Wednesday it had “reached agreement on a contract extension" with both Fischer and Hoffmann, whose deals were due to expire at the end of this season.
BERLIN (AP) — Jordan Pefok’s bid to make the United States team for the World Cup is helping Union Berlin to an unprecedented spell at the top of the Bundesliga.
Pefok scored the opening goal in Union’s win over Wolfsburg on Sunday, only four days after he was omitted from U.S.
BERLIN (AP) — These are strange times in the Bundesliga.
American forward Jordan Pefok and Sheraldo Becker scored again Sunday to fire Union Berlin back to the top of the German league with a 2-0 win over Wolfsburg.
BERLIN (AP) — Union Berlin is reveling in the view from the top of the Bundesliga for the first time this week.
“Other times will come but let us enjoy the moment,” the club wrote on Twitter after Sunday’s 1-0 win in Cologne lifted the team to the top of the German league after six matches.
BERLIN (AP) — American forward Jordan Pefok had a penalty saved but Union Berlin held on to win 1-0 at previously unbeaten Cologne to move top of the Bundesliga for the first-ever time on Sunday.
“I haven't seen a team play as well as Union here for a long time.
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich was held to 1-1 at Union Berlin while Freiburg moved to the top of the Bundesliga after outlasting Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 on Saturday.
Freiburg is ahead of second-placed Borussia Dortmund on goal difference.
BERLIN (AP) — It’s possible.
Borussia Mönchengladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer made a record 19 saves and his team gave the Bundesliga a sliver of hope by holding Bayern Munich to 1-1 on Saturday.
BERLIN (AP) — United States forward Jordan Pefok scored on his Bundesliga debut to help Union Berlin defeat Hertha Berlin 3-1 in their first league game of the season on Saturday.
BERLIN (AP) — United States forward Jordan Pefok scored on his debut for Union Berlin to help the team reach the second round of the German Cup with an edgy 2-1 win over fourth-tier Chemnitzer FC on Monday.
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Eintracht Frankfurt and Union Berlin face potentially tricky opening games in the German Cup. Frankfurt, the Europa League winner last season, plays at second-division Magdeburg.
BERLIN (AP) — Union Berlin has signed American forward Jordan Pefok to spearhead its fourth season in the Bundesliga and second in European soccer.
The 26-year-old Pefok, whose full name is Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu, was joining from Swiss team Young Boys, Union said on Thursday.
NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — Nottingham Forest has signed forward Taiwo Awoniyi after paying a club-record transfer fee to Union Berlin, making the Nigerian its first international signing since returning to the Premier League.
BERLIN (AP) — Patrik Schick scored twice to shoot Bayer Leverkusen into the Champions League with a 4-2 win at Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Union Berlin stunned Freiburg 4-1 to dampen its Champions League hopes.
BERLIN (AP) — With little excitement at the top of the Bundesliga, it’s the clubs just below Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund that are providing the entertainment at the end of the season.
Bayer Leverkusen, Freiburg, Leipzig, Cologne and Union Berlin are all scrapping for European places with two matches to go, with two of those teams joining Bayern and Dortmund in the Champions League, while another two will qualify for the Europa League.
BERLIN (AP) — Union Berlin substitute Sven Michel scored again to salvage a 1-1 draw against already relegated Greuther Fürth on Friday in his team’s 100th Bundesliga game since promotion.
Michel, who scored late and set up the other goal for Union to beat Leipzig 2-1 away last weekend, came on in the 70th minute and scored two minutes later when he forced Fürth defender Nick Viergever to lose the ball in his own penalty area.
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Sevilla can move into second place in the Spanish league when it hosts relegation-threatened Cádiz. It enters the weekend tied on points with Barcelona but is behind the Catalan club on the head-to-head tiebreaker.
LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Emil Forsberg scored in injury time to send Leipzig back into the German Cup final with a 2-1 win at home over Union Berlin on Wednesday.
Benjamin Henrichs crossed the ball back in after Union defender Timo Baumgartl had cleared off the line, and Forsberg got in front of Andras Schäfer to head the ball past goalkeeper Frederik Rönnow and set up a title decider against Freiburg in Berlin’s Olympiastadion on May 21.
BERLIN (AP) — It was the day they’d been waiting for.
Union Berlin and its supporters celebrated the end of coronavirus restrictions on Friday with a noisy 1-0 win over Cologne in a Bundesliga game played in front of a sell-out 22,012-capacity crowd.
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Friday:
The Bundesliga resumes to a full house as Union Berlin is allowed a capacity crowd for the first time in months for Cologne’s visit.
BERLIN (AP) — The Bundesliga will have full stadiums for the first time in months this weekend as coronavirus restrictions are scrapped across Germany in time for the season finale.
Union Berlin has sold all 22,012 tickets for its home game against Cologne on Friday.
BERLIN (AP) — Neither Erling Haaland nor Gio Reyna could help Borussia Dortmund keep pace with Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich on Sunday as the team was held 1-1 at Cologne.
Sebastian Andersson’s first-half equalizer earned Cologne a point from an intensive game and left Bayern six points clear of Dortmund with seven games left to play.
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich opened up a seven-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga with a 4-0 win against Union Berlin on Saturday, and Hertha Berlin won its first game of 2022.
Bayern star Robert Lewandowski scored twice to take his league tally to 31 goals in 27 games.
HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — Christopher Nkunku continued his free-scoring start to 2022 as Leipzig cruised into the semifinals of the German Cup with a 4-0 win over second-division club Hannover on Wednesday.
BERLIN (AP) — Two defensive slip-ups handed Union Berlin a spot in the semifinals of the German Cup for the first time in 21 years with a 2-1 win over second-division St. Pauli on Tuesday.
BERLIN (AP) — Marco Reus scored twice to lead Borussia Dortmund to a 3-0 win at Union Berlin and cut Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga lead to six points on Sunday.
It also went some way to answering mounting criticism after Dortmund’s 5-2 loss at home to Bayer Leverkusen the previous Sunday, which had allowed Bayern to pull nine points clear.
BERLIN (AP) — Hertha Berlin’s bid for a fresh start after the international break ended in disappointment as Bochum fought back to draw 1-1 in the Bundesliga on Friday.
Ishak Belfodil’s early goal for Hertha was canceled by former Union Berlin forward Sebastian Polter after the break, stretching the home team’s wait for its first win in 2022.
BERLIN (AP) — Union Berlin’s star player Max Kruse stunned the high-flying club by asking for a transfer to his former team Wolfsburg at the other end of the Bundesliga, with the forward set to rejoin Wolfsburg on the last day of the winter transfer window.
BERLIN (AP) — The Bundesliga's international break has come at just the right time for beleaguered Borussia Mönchengladbach coach Adi Hütter.
Hütter’s team is going through a crisis of form when it should be pushing for European qualification.
BERLIN (AP) — Max Kruse scored twice for Union Berlin to leave Borussia Mönchengladbach in crisis on Saturday after a 2-1 defeat in the Bundesliga.
It was Gladbach’s fourth straight league loss at home, just days after its German Cup exit to second-division Hannover.
BERLIN (AP) — Union Berlin delivered another demoralizing blow to city rival Hertha Berlin by dumping its neighbor out of the German Cup with a 3-2 away win in the round of 16 on Wednesday.
Union won their previous meeting 2-0 in the Bundesliga in November and the latest success consolidates the upstart club’s status of “Stadtmeister” (city champion) over its long-suffering rival.
BERLIN (AP) — After years of disappointment, Hertha Berlin fans are bracing themselves for yet more ahead of a daunting week against city rival Union Berlin and Bavarian powerhouse Bayern Munich.
Hertha hosts in-form Union in the third round of the German Cup on Wednesday, then league leader Bayern in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
BERLIN (AP) — Jan Thielmann scored in injury time to help Cologne move to sixth place in the Bundesliga with a 3-1 win at Hertha Berlin on Sunday.
Thielmann, a substitute, sealed the win on a counterattack in injury time when he won the ball off Vladimir Darida and rounded the goalkeeper before scoring.
BERLIN (AP) — Erling Haaland scored twice as Borussia Dortmund beat last-place Greuther Fürth 3-0 on Wednesday, preventing Bayern Munich from stretching its Bundesliga lead any further.
Haaland took his tally to 13 goals in 10 league appearances and kept Dortmund six points behind Bayern with just over half of the season remaining.
LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — American Jesse Marsch is no longer coach of Bundesliga team Leipzig.
The club said Sunday that the two had “mutually agreed to end the cooperation. That is the result of an in-depth analysis and intensive discussions” after Friday’s 2-1 loss at Union Berlin.
BERLIN (AP) — Roared on by its biggest crowd for the foreseeable future, Union Berlin defeated Leipzig 2-1 to climb to fourth in the Bundesliga and deepen the visitor's crisis on Friday.
Goals from Taiwo Awoniyi and Timo Baumgartl lifted Union into a Champions League qualification place ahead of the rest of the 14th round and left Leipzig scrambling for answers after its third successive domestic defeat.