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Munich were thrashed 4-0 at home by the counter-attacking Real Madrid this week

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Robert Lewandowski

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Arsenal tried to sign Robert Lewandowski but knew Bayern Munich deal was practically done

Robert Lewandowski will join Bayern Munich for free in July

Robert Lewandowski and Bayern Munich: The transfer saga finally reaches an end after two years

The Polish striker will join the German champions at the end of the season

Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski is reported to be having a medical with Bayern Munich today

Transfer news: Bayern Munich confirm signing of Robert Lewandowski on a free transfer from rivals Borussia Dortmund

Striker will leave the club at the end of the season for nothing after signing a five-year deal with the reigning Champions League holders

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: a career in pictures

The baby faced assassin returns to the Premier League

Mesut Ozil

Champions League: Stopping 'individualist' Mesut Ozil the priority when Bayern Munich play Arsenal, reveals Manuel Neuer

The sides meet in the last-16 of the competition next year, and the Germany keeper admits Arsenal were the team they wanted to avoid in the draw

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Bayern, best in Europe
Wembley Stadium played host to the all-German Champions League Final where Bayern Munich righted the wrongs of the previous year's competition by beating Borussia Dortmund 2-1 to claim their fifth title. Arjen Robben's late winner banished the memories of losing two finals in three years, including defeat to Chelsea in their home ground in the 2012 final. The win completed an incredible year for Bayern who also won all of their domestic competitions and led to people proclaiming them as the world's best team.

The 100 greatest sporting moments of 2013 - 21-40

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Koke' of Club Atletico de Madrid in action during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Zenit

Transfer news: Manchester United target Koke wanted by Bayern Munich - reports

David Moyes could face struggle to land Atletico Madrid midfielder

Transfer news: Stoke City to make surprise move for Ivica Olic - reports

Croatian veteran reportedly on Mark Hughes' radar

A referee uses vanishing spray

World Cup 2014: Referees will use 'vanishing spray' in Brazil

The technology helps officials battling to keep players creeping forward at free-kicks

Atletico Mineiro forward Ronaldinho (L) celebrates with his teammate Jo after scoring a goal during their semi-final - however it wasn't enough to see them through to the final

Ronaldinho expects World Cup 2014 hopes are over after Atletico Mineiro suffer shock exit from Club World Cup

The Brazilian side were beaten by Raja Casablanca

Gilberto Silva in action for Atletico Mineiro

Arsenal can surprise Bayern Munich in the Champions League, says former midfielder Gilberto Silva

The growing maturity of the younger players has given the Gunners reason to believe that can end trophy drought

Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola was convinced to join Bayern Munich after president went on trip to sell sausages

Uli Hoeness was on a private strip to the US when he spoke with the former Barcelona coach

World Cup 2014: Why Germany's beachside resort may signal a happy holiday to come

German football reflects German business. Both value stability, demonstrable competency and obedience to a set of tried and tested rules

Four crucial matches in 11 days will make or break Arsenal's season

Champions League draw: Arsenal now face back-to-back matches against Liverpool, Manchester United and Bayern Munich

In addition to potential FA Cup fifth round tie, the matches in February could make or break Arsenal's season

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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

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