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Unstoppable Bayern Munich
An extraordinary season is coming to an end. FC Bayern Munich could also not be stopped by VfL Wolfsburg on the last matchday. In the end, coach Hansi Flick's team won 4:0 against the hosting team from Lower Saxony.
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Unstoppable Bayern Munich
An extraordinary season is coming to an end. FC Bayern Munich could also not be stopped by VfL Wolfsburg on the last matchday. In the end, coach Hansi Flick's team won 4:0 against the hosting team from Lower Saxony.

Bayern Munich scored 100 goals in the 2019/2020 season. The Bundesliga record is 101 goals and was also set by FC Bayern Munich under legends Gerd Mueller and Franz Beckenbauer in 1972.

The record champion's second season half was spectacular - in 17 matches the club achieved 16 wins and only drew once. After 34 match days, the team from Saebenerstrasse had a total of 82 points on their side. They finished 13 points ahead of the runners-up from Borussia Dortmund.

It is the 30th championship title in total and the eighth title in a row. The German Bundesliga title was won 2 matchdays before the end of the season at the Weser Stadium in Bremen. It was the first time in the history of the Bundesliga that the German league was decided in Bremen.

Hansi Flick took over from Niko Kovac after 10 matchdays - with him the Bavarians won 21 of 24 Bundesliga matches and on the 20th matchday they regained the top of the table and secured the Bundesliga championship in the end. As coach, Flick has a winning rate of 88% - the highest rate ever in the Bundesliga - followed by Pep Guardiola in second place with 80%.

A major part of the success was also played by international striker Lewandowski - the Polish superstar scored an incredible 34 goals during the season, setting a new record - the highest number of goals ever scored by a foreign player.
Ferguson begged on the phone to sign Cristiano
In 2003 Cristiano Ronaldo signed with Manchester United - the career of today's superstar began. The then unknown Portuguese came especially as a result of the urging of former coach Sir Alex Ferguson.
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Ferguson begged on the phone to sign Cristiano
In 2003 Cristiano Ronaldo signed with Manchester United - the career of today's superstar began. The then unknown Portuguese came especially as a result of the urging of former coach Sir Alex Ferguson.

The initial plan was completely different - the 18-year-old youngster was supposed to keep playing for Sporting Lisbon after his signing.

But during a test match against Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo had made a striking impression on head coach Ferguson in particular, which prompted him to change his mind. The new plan: to take Cristiano straight away!

Already after 45 minutes it was clear for Ferguson: Cristiano Ronaldo has to come right away. At halftime, the then managing director received a phone call and was briefed on the new plans. The Manchester United team finally left the following day, with the manager staying on to take Cristiano back to England.

Manchester United originally wanted to get Ronaldinho to the Premier League in 2003, but in the end they decided against it for financial reasons. Instead, they invested 19 million Euros in Cristiano Ronaldo, who then became an exceptional player and mega-star with the Red Devils.

With Manchester United he played a total of 292 games and scored 118 goals. He won the Premier League three times and the Champions League in 2008, beating Chelsea London on penalties in the all-English final in Moscow. After regular time and extra time, the score was 1-1 and Cristiano Ronaldo was voted Man of the Match by the fans. Ronaldo had scored the Red Devils to take the lead in the 26th minute of play.
EURO 2020 postponed to 2021
The Football European Championship planned for 2020 will not take place and will instead be postponed to the summer of 2021. Despite this change of plan, the number of host cities will remain at 12. Among them is also Munich - a total of 4 matches of the highly anticipated football tournament will take place here. That would be three group matches of the German national team and a quarter-final. In addition, games of the 2021 European Championship are also to take place in Rome, Baku, St. Petersburg, Copenhagen, London, Amsterdam, Glasgow, Bucharest, Bilbao, Dublin and Budapest.
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EURO 2020 postponed to 2021
The Football European Championship planned for 2020 will not take place and will instead be postponed to the summer of 2021.

Despite this change of plan, the number of host cities will remain at 12. Among them is also Munich - a total of 4 matches of the highly anticipated football tournament will take place here. That would be three group matches of the German national team and a quarter-final. In addition, games of the 2021 European Championship are also to take place in Rome, Baku, St. Petersburg, Copenhagen, London, Amsterdam, Glasgow, Bucharest, Bilbao, Dublin and Budapest.

For some cities, however, there have been various uncertainties which have since been resolved. All partner cities have also given their guarantees for 2021.

There will be no renaming of the event - although the tournament is to take place between 11 June and 11 July 2021, the name "EURO 2020" will be kept. The background to this is that UEFA wants to stick with the 60th anniversary celebration of the European Football Championship (1960-2020).

The opening match of the European Championships will take place in the Olympic Stadium in Rome, with the final match being played at Wembley Stadium in London one month later after a total of 51 games. There will also be a match with Baku in an Asian city.

The postponement of the European Championship is not inconvenient for the German national team - superstar Leroy Sane, who suffered a severe injury in August 2019, would have more time to become fully fit with the postponement. The same applies to Niklas Suelle, the Bayern defender also tore his ligament in October 2019.

The juniors will also not play until 2021 - the European U21 Championship is scheduled to take place in summer 2021 in both Hungary and Slovenia. The event will be divided into two phases - the final is scheduled to take place on 6th of June 2021 in Ljubljana.
Liverpool lifts Premier League title
Since matchday 31 it is clear: Liverpool will end its 30-year dry period and become English champions. But it was only after Matchday 37 and a furious 5-3 triumph over rival Chelsea London that Juergen Klopp's team received the trophy. For the German successful team coach and Liverpool it is the third big success after winning the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup.
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Liverpool lifts Premier League title
Since matchday 31 it is clear: Liverpool will end its 30-year dry period and become English champions. But it was only after Matchday 37 and a furious 5-3 triumph over rival Chelsea London that Juergen Klopp's team received the trophy. For the German successful team coach and Liverpool it is the third big success after winning the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup.

"It means the world to me. It would be perfect with the fans in the stadium, but it's still a great moment for me," were the words after the thrilling match from Klopp to TV station Sky.

Although the match against Chelsea had no sporting significance any more, fans in front of the TV screen were able to enjoy a football spectacle with a total of 8 goals. At Anfield Road, Liverpool led 3-1 at half-time, but things got exciting as Chelsea came close to a 3-4 score. But in the end Oxlade-Chamberlain, after an assist from Robertson, put the final touch and scored the 5-3.

Liverpool thus claimed their 19th league title - only Manchester United have managed to collect more Premier League titles to date (20). After 30 years, Liverpool FC's fans were finally ready to celebrate again - between 1976 and 1990, the then record champions won the league ten times in 15 years. This was followed by a long dry period, which finally came to an end in 2020. Although the police ordered the fans to stay at home, according to official reports, around 3000 celebrating fans gathered around the stadium.

The German coach played a major role in Liverpool's progress - after he took over in October 2015, he transformed the team into a top club.
Ronaldo and the mystery of the 1998 World Cup final
World Cup Final 1998: Host France in a clash with the tournament favourite Brazil. In a squad full of stars, Ronaldo was the best Brazilian player. His goal: to help his team win the remaining 90 minutes of the tournament and also win the Golden Shoe for best scorer. And then it came to a big surprise: Ronaldo's name was missing from the line-up.
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Ronaldo and the mystery of the 1998 World Cup final
World Cup Final 1998: Host France in a clash with the tournament favourite Brazil. In a squad full of stars, Ronaldo was the best Brazilian player. His goal: to help his team win the remaining 90 minutes of the tournament and also win the Golden Shoe for best scorer. And then it came to a big surprise: Ronaldo's name was missing from the line-up.

Instantly wild speculation sparked off. The media tried desperately to find out why the world's best player would miss the biggest game of his career. There were rumours that his knee injury had worsened and, more worryingly, that he had suffered a seizure. But suddenly, just before kick-off, a new line-up appeared - this time, the number 9 was listed. However, the striker was incapable of repeating his previous tournament performances and France won 3-0.

What really happened that day is still unclear today. On the day of the final Ronaldo suffered a severe attack in the team hotel after lunch. His whole body cramped heavily and he started foaming from the mouth. Roberto Carlos screamed for help, followed by his team-mates Edmundo and Cesar Sampaio storming into the room. When the medical team arrived, Ronaldo fell asleep. It is said that team doctor Toledo cried when he left the room - he thought the situation was very serious. When Ronaldo woke up, none of his teammates told him what had happened.

But Ronaldo seemed worried after he got up and Toledo explained the situation and ordered some medical tests. When the test results were positive, Ronaldo was called back on the team despite the protest of some teammates.

The most common conspiracy theory is that a sponsor forced Ronaldo's lineup. Some claimed that there was a clause in the contract and that Brazil was obliged to let Ronaldo play. Another theory is that the incident was a result of severe stress or an illness that Ronaldo had kept secret all his life.

To this day, the details surrounding Ronaldo and the final of the 1998 World Cup are still unclear. It is possible that only the legendary number 9 himself knows what really happened.
Johan Cruyff - the Dutchman who reinvented football
No other player is associated with the number 14 as much as with Johan Cruyff. The Dutchman shaped and changed football both as a player and as a coach. First with his youth club Ajax Amsterdam, then with FC Barcelona. In total, the "king of football" won 34 titles - 23 as a player, 11 as a coach. In addition, he has won 10 individual awards, including 3 times the Balloon D'Or between 1971 and 1974.
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Johan Cruyff - the Dutchman who reinvented football
No other player is associated with the number 14 as much as with Johan Cruyff. The Dutchman shaped and changed football both as a player and as a coach. First with his youth club Ajax Amsterdam, then with FC Barcelona. In total, the "king of football" won 34 titles - 23 as a player, 11 as a coach. In addition, he has won 10 individual awards, including 3 times the Balloon D'Or between 1971 and 1974.

The son of a fruit and vegetable merchant, Cruyff grew up in poor conditions in the Amsterdam district of Betondorp. His home was only a few minutes away from the former Ajax stadium De Meer. As a small boy, the Dutchman relied on his technique, but above all on his mind. Cruyff was later to be found everywhere on the field: he always made his mark on his team's game, whether as a playmaker, goal scorer or winger.

With Cruyff as the head of the team, no other team in Europe shaped the sixties and early seventies more than Ajax Amsterdam. In addition to six league titles and four cup wins, Ajax won the European Cup of National Champions three times. The focus was on the football concept “Voetbal Totaal”, which he helped develop. Cruyff himself once said: "I stand for an era in which it has been proven that football can be attractive and successful at the same time, and that it can also be a lot of fun".

Later, the Dutchman followed his coach and companion Michels to FC Barcelona and secured the club's first league title in 14 years. His greatest influence with the Catalans, however, was as coach. With the now highly successful coach Pep Guardiola as the brains of the team, Johan Cruyff introduced possession-oriented football and won the European Cup for the first time for the club. He justified his approach to the game with the words "If we have the ball, the others can't score a goal.

In 2016, the Dutch legend died of lung cancer. But his philosophy lives on in both Amsterdam and Barcelona to this day.
Erling Haaland: Norwegian Superstar – The Success Story so far
Every great footballer has a breakthrough season in which he presents himself to the world and draws attention to his phenomenal talent. For Norwegian Erling Haaland it was the 2019/2020 season, in which he went goal hunting first for RB Salzburg and then in the second half for Borussia Dortmund.
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Erling Haaland: Norwegian Superstar – The Success Story so far
Every great footballer has a breakthrough season in which he presents himself to the world and draws attention to his phenomenal talent. For Norwegian Erling Haaland it was the 2019/2020 season, in which he went goal hunting first for RB Salzburg and then in the second half for Borussia Dortmund.

The son of a professional footballer, Haaland was born in Leeds. He later grew up in Bryne, Norway, where he later started his football career. After a strong season in the reserve team with 18 goals in 14 games, he made his debut for the professional team at the age of only 15.

In 2017 he moved to Molde FK, where he trained under former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. His second season in the national league saw him come under the spotlight, scoring four goals in just 17 minutes in a league match against SK Brann.

In January 2019, he then moved to the Austrian serial champion RB Salzburg. In his first season, the Norwegian only played for Salzburg five times. Nevertheless, he ended the season with a sensation: at the U20 World Cup, Haaland scored nine times in a 12-0 win over Honduras.

The then 19-year-old Haaland proved his scoring skills at the beginning of the 2019 season in Austria. He scored his first hat-trick for Red Bull against Wolfsberger AC. Four more hat-tricks followed, including his Champions League debut against KRC Genk. At the end of the first half Haaland had an impressive goal rate with RB: in 22 games he scored 28 goals.

As a result many big clubs showed interest in the Norwegian. Haaland decided to join Borussia Dortmund. And the young player did not need much time to get up to speed at BVB either. Haaland scored three goals in his first Bundesliga match against Augsburg. Besides Aubameyang, the Norwegian was the only player to score 3 goals in his debut. At the end of the season, the BVB striker scored 13 times in 15 games. And he also scored 2 goals in the Champions League - where he now scored a total of 10 goals.
Pelé - an impressive career and more than 1000 goals
It all started when Pelé was about ten years old. In 1950 Brazil hosted the World Cup. The young Brazilian was still a spectator at the time - Brazil suffered one of the most painful football defeats in the country's history in the final, when they lost 1-2 to neighboring Uruguay. According to his own statement, his father suffered so much that he had to cry. Pelé promised him that one day he would win the World Cup for his country.
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Pelé - an impressive career and more than 1000 goals
It all started when Pelé was about ten years old. In 1950 Brazil hosted the World Cup. The young Brazilian was still a spectator at the time - Brazil suffered one of the most painful football defeats in the country's history in the final, when they lost 1-2 to neighboring Uruguay. According to his own statement, his father suffered so much that he had to cry. Pelé promised him that one day he would win the World Cup for his country.

Only 8 years later, at the 1958 World Cup, the time had come. As a 17-year-old, Pelé led his country to the title with two goals in the final against Sweden. Further world titles followed at tournaments in 1962 and 1970, and in between he won 3 national club championships, two South American titles and even the club world championship in 1963 with his club Santos.

Despite his small height, the Brazilian was a giant on the pitch. He was blessed with speed, agility, control, strength and an incredible ability to foresee the movements of his opponents and team-mates. In total, he scored 1,282 goals in 1,363 matches during his career.

One of the biggest highlights was his 1000th goal. He scored it from the penalty spot against Vasco da Gama in the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on 19 November 1969 - an important milestone for the Brazilian. Over 80,000 fans cheered him on. Many fans stormed onto the pitch, his team-mates carried him on their shoulders and the game could only be continued after a long interruption.

Pelé announced his retirement in 1974, before accepting a $7 million contract to play for the New York Cosmos in 1975. In 1977, he led Cosmos to a league championship and made a major contribution to the promotion of football in the United States.
The Fall of Goetze and Schuerrle - from World Cup Heroes to Average
It's minute 113 in Rio de Janeiro. After a pass from Kroos, Schuerrle storms towards the goal and brings the ball into the penalty area - where Götze is standing. Number 19 takes the ball at the five-meter box with his chest, shoots and scores. Germany becomes world champions and the substitute Götze and Schuerrle become the final heroes. The highlight of the career of the two young players.
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The Fall of Goetze and Schuerrle - from World Cup Heroes to Average
It's minute 113 in Rio de Janeiro. After a pass from Kroos, Schuerrle storms towards the goal and brings the ball into the penalty area - where Götze is standing. Number 19 takes the ball at the five-meter box with his chest, shoots and scores. Germany becomes world champions and the substitute Götze and Schuerrle become the final heroes. The highlight of the career of the two young players.

In 2020, 6 years later, the world looks completely different. There is little left of the World Cup fame. Goetze is looking for a new club without a contract, Schuerrle has even ended his football career - at the age of 29. After the contract with Schuerrle was terminated, BVB managing director Watzke said: "It was definitely not a success story for either side.” The same words would describe Goetze's second BVB period as well. Suffering from illnesses and injuries, the midfielder was unable to meet the high expectations expected of him. In the last game of the season 2019/2020, Goetze was not even in the BVB squad.

Even in his time with record champion Bayern Munich, Goetze was not able to deliver a strong performance. One of his coaches at the time, Carlo Ancelotti, even suggested that he move to another club.

It was exactly this way of working in the football business that André Schuerrle criticized after his career ended. In football, only performance on the pitch counts. According to him, the industry does not allow emotions to be shown: "You always have to play a certain role to survive in the business. Otherwise you'll lose your job and never get another one."

Schuerrle described his experience in Rio as the greatest time in his life. "Everything was just right. The team spirit, the organization, the hotel by the beach."
Real Madrid crowned new champions of Spain
A 2-1 win over Villarreal saw Real Madrid secure their 34th league title in the club's history with one matchday to go. As so often in recent weeks, striker Karim Benzema scored twice to decide the game almost entirely on his own. The Frenchman contributed a total of 21 goals to the title. Benzema scored 7 of these goals in the 11 games after the league break. Of these 11 games, Real Madrid won 10.
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Real Madrid crowned new champions of Spain
A 2-1 win over Villarreal saw Real Madrid secure their 34th league title in the club's history with one matchday to go. As so often in recent weeks, striker Karim Benzema scored twice to decide the game almost entirely on his own. The Frenchman contributed a total of 21 goals to the title. Benzema scored 7 of these goals in the 11 games after the league break. Of these 11 games, Real Madrid won 10.

Another Frenchman, Zinedine Zidane, also played a major role in the title. The coach managed to give the team the right level of motivation after a slow season beginning. His team remained unbeaten at home for the entire season. It is his 2nd league title as coach. He has already won the Spanish Cup twice, the Champions League even three times.

Captain Sergio Ramos also proved to be the outstanding player over the entire season with top performances. The Spaniard scored 11 goals in La Liga and prepared another goal - top figures for a defender. Ramos scored a total of 72 times in the top Spanish league, more than any other defender. In second place in this ranking is current Dutch national coach Ronald Koeman, who scored 68 goals. Fernando Hierro has scored 105 goals in his league career, but scored almost half of them (44) in his time as a midfielder.

And of course, as with every title win, the defensive performance was also a big deciding factor. Real conceded just 25 goals in 38 games. Madrid have never conceded fewer goals in a 38-game season - a club record. As a result, goalkeeper Courtois won the Zamore Trophy, which is awarded to the goalkeeper with the fewest goals scored since the 1958/59 season.

The role of rivals from Barcelona should not be underestimated either. The Catalan side almost withdrew from the title race themselves with three draws between the 30th and 33rd matchdays. World footballer Lionel Messi summed up his team's season with simple words: "We were a weak team."