Greuther Fürth vs. Bayern München  0 - 3


Heynckes happy after Bayern victory

26 August 2012 15:58

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes described his side as 'confident and smart' after their 3-0 win over Greuther Furth on Saturday.

The Bundesliga giants registered an easy win at Trolli Arena, as a first-half Thomas Mueller strike was added upon by debutant Mario Mandzukic and an own goal by Thomas Kleine in the second half.

Following the final whistle, the 67-year-old was quick to lavish praise on his players.

"We have played confident, smart and very clever football," he said.

"We started slowly, but that of course is normal (so early on in the season). To play against a newly-promoted side is not simple. But after we scored, we dictated the rhythm of the game and won deservedly.

"We have high expectations of this season; the team are highly motivated. We have worked very well, so the result is not a surprise for me today."

Mueller echoed his coach's sentiments, praising the opposition for putting up a fight in the Bundesliga opener.

"The first half was tough, as expected," he said.

"Greuther Furth sit deep, and that caused us problems. After we went into the lead, the game went well. We are happy that we won our first game."

Team-mate Toni Kroos was equally pleased to get through unscathed.

"I think the first day of the Bundesliga is always a bit hard," he said. "To my mind, Fuerth defended themselves pretty well in the beginning and we didn't play fluidly enough. But we improved during the first half and Fuerth were tired.

"In the second half we had more room on the pitch which we used in a good way. So in the end we could have scored even more goals."

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer added: "Yes, we are very satisfied. It was our target that we take three points out of this game."


Bundesliga wrap: Bayern triumph in Bavarian derby

25 August 2012 21:30

Bayern Munich got their Bundesliga campaign off to the perfect start with a 3-0 win over newly-promoted Greuther Furth.

The Champions League runners-up went into half-time 1-0 up after Thomas Mueller scored in the 43rd minute.

Bayern added two more goals after the break with new signing Mario Mandzukic scoring his first Bundesliga goal on 59 minutes before an own goal by Thomas Kleine wrapped up the comfortable win.

Borussia Moenchengladbach also recorded an opening-day victory with a 2-0 win over Hoffenheim at Borussia-Park.

Juan Arango was the match-winner with the Venezuelan setting up Mike Hanke for the opening goal in the 33rd minute before getting the game winner on 79 minutes.

Fortuna Dusseldorf began life back in the Bundesliga with a promising 2-0 win away to Augsburg.

Two second-half goals from Dani Schahin proved the difference as Fortuna got their first win in the German top flight since 1997.

Eintracht Frankfurt came from behind to beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 at home. Stefan Kiessling put Leverkusen ahead in the 30th minute before Frankfurt rallied in the second half with goals from Stefan Aigner and Martin Lanig sealing the comeback win.

Elsewhere, Hamburg lost at home to Nurnberg 1-0 while Freigburg and Mainz played out a 1-1 draw.
Bas Dost scored the game's only goal in the 90th minute on his debut for Wolfsburg in their 1-0 win at Stuttgart.

Portuguese midfielder Vierinha created the chance for the 23-year-old Dutch striker, who joined from Heerenveen in the summer.


Bayern looking for title 23

24 August 2012 19:01

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is hopeful his club can end their two-year title drought in 2012/13.

This season marks the 50th anniversary of the Bundesliga, and the Bayern supremo is optimistic his club can mark the occasion by stopping Borussia Dortmund's run of two successive championships, thereby adding to their own record tally of 22.

"For some teams, the league begins with pressure, but for us we know our expectations and should perform well from the start," Rummenigge said.

"We know that you can never predict what is going to happen in the first game, and that it'll be a few weeks before we know who is challenging for the title.

"We have a good team, and experienced coach and the confidence at the club is good. We have a new sporting director (Matthias Sammer), who has great enthusiasm for the club.

"The desire to win more titles is enormous at Bayern, but we know that Dortmund share our aims.

"It seems that a battle between the giants is going to develop, and continue, over the next few years."


Bundesliga preview: Dortmund host Bremen, Bayern visit Fuerth

23 August 2012 15:10

Champions Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen kick-off the opening weekend of the 2012/13 Bundesliga on Friday.

Title holders Dortmund, who are aiming to become the first team since Bayern Munich in the 2000/01 season to win three successive league championships, host Werder Bremen at Signal-Iduna Park.

Juergen Klopp's side accounted for Oberneuland 3-0 in the first round of the DFB Pokal last Saturday, while Bremen crashed out at the hands of third division outfit Prussia Muenster.

Both clubs' have endured busy pre-seasons in the transfer market, with plenty of players coming and going.

Dortmund acquired the services of the 2011/12 German Footballer of the Year Marco Reus from Borussia Moenchengladbach, while Shinji Kagawa was Dortmund's biggest departure following his move to Manchester United.

After finishing ninth at the end of last season, Bremen dipped into the market and signed Dutchman Eljero Elia from Juventus, while Nils Petersen (Bayern Munich) and Belgian speedster Kevin de Bruyne (Chelsea) were brought in on loan.

Bayern Munich begin their season with a trip to newly-promoted Greuther Fuerth.

The Champions League finalists, who finished eight points adrift of Dortmund in second place, trumped Dortmund in the 2012 SuperCup and are full of confidence heading into their clash at Trolli ARENA.

Despite leading marksman Mario Gomez (ankle injury) facing a stint on the sidelines, the arrivals of Mario Mandzukic (Wolfsburg) and Claudio Pizarro (Werder Bremen) should help deal with the loss.

Fuerth topped the 2.Bundesliga table last season and will play in Germany's leading division for the first time in their history but face an uphill task against the nation's most successful club.

In other first-round fixtures, Fortuna Dusseldorf, who were promoted to the Bundesliga via a controversial relegation/promotion playoff, tackle Augsburg, while the surprise packets of 2011/12, Gladbach, play host to Hoffenheim.

German international goalkeeper Rene Adler will make his debut for Hamburg against Nuremberg and Freiburg entertain Mainz.

Meanwhile, Stuttgart welcome Felix Magath's Wolfsburg to the Mercedes-Benz Arena on Sunday, Sami Hyypia's Bayer Leverkusen do battle against Eintracht Frankfurt and Schalke face Hannover in the round's remaining match, as they bid to replicate their third-placed effort this season.

Bundesliga table

# Team MP D P
1 34 +80 91
2 34 +39 66
3 34 +26 65
4 34 +8 55
5 34 +5 51
6 34 +3 51
7 34 -11 48
8 34 -4 47
9 34 -2 45
10 34 -8 44
11 34 -5 43
12 34 -18 43
13 34 -2 42
14 34 -16 34
15 34 -18 33
16 34 -25 31
17 34 -18 30
18 34 -34 21