Updated: Mar 30, 2020
By Ben Higlett and Dan Reuben
This week’s strangest footballing story came from the fourth-division side Chemnitzer FC, who had a minute’s silence and held aloft a banner in memory of a neo-Nazi, who passed away recently and had had strong ties to the football club. The team’s CEO resigned on Sunday after the furore that ensued following the game.
Bayern demolished Wolfsburg 6-0 on Matchday 25 of the Bundesliga and edged ahead of their title rivals, Dortmund, on goal difference. Robert Lewandowski’s brace took him to 197 league goals to become the highest scoring non-German in Bunesliga history, as Niko Kovac’s side ran riot at the Allianz Arena. Meanwhile, Dortmund fought to a nervy 3-1 win at home to Stuttgart, but Die Schwarzgelben now face an uphill task if they are to dethrone the in-form defending champions.
,Sie haben uns zum Weltmeister gemacht‘: Joshua Kimmich slammed Joachim Löw’s decision this week to axe Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Müller from Die Mannschaft, claiming none of them were ‘too old’ to represent their country. Löw’s shocking announcement is part of an attempt to rejuvenate the national side but it was a decision that perplexed Thomas Müller. The trio were at the core of the side who had achieved world domination in 2014, and with 246 caps between them, they will leave a gaping hole at the heart of the German national side.
In Europe, Borussia Dortmund crashed out of the Champions League, losing 1-0 at home to Tottenham Hotspur (4-0 on aggregate) whilst Eintracht Frankfurt, the sole German representative left in the Europa League, drew 0-0 at home to Inter Milan, leaving the tie finely poised ahead of the second leg at the San Siro.