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Lahm says Bayern not yet out of title race

Bayern Munich may be 14 points behind Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund, but Germany defender and World Cup captain Philipp Lahm said Tuesday that the season isn't over yet.

Lahm says Bayern not yet out of title race
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“The result is very disappointing. We’re lacking six or seven points, and Dortmund had an excellent first half of the season,” the 27-year-old told the daily Bild.

“This is bitter for us, but in the second half we’re going to give it all and make sure the season stays exciting. If anyone can catch up, FC Bayern can.”

Defending champions Bayern have been plagued by injuries so far this season, but the side have had a good run of late and coach Louis van Gaal is confident that Dutch playmaker Arjen Robben will return after the winter break.

Going into the break with wins over Stuttgart and St. Pauli, Bayern are now fifth – four points behind second-placed Mainz. But Dortmund are still 10 points in front of Mainz.

Bayern, meanwhile, are also on the lookout for a new goalkeeper to replace veteran Jörg Butt, 36, whose contract expires at the end of the season. Reserve shot-stopper Thomas Kraft, 22, is in the same situation.

Lahm said that he would be happy if Schalke’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer – who was Germany’s first-choice man between the posts in this year’s World Cup – came to Munich.

“But I’m not really giving it a great deal of thought because we have Joerg Butt and Thomas Kraft,” he said.

Bayern is not the only big European side on the lookout for a new keeper.

There has been speculation that Manchester United might also have their eye on Neuer to replace veteran Edwin van der Sar, 40, between the posts at Old Trafford when he leaves at the end of the season.

Bild reported on Monday however that United manager Sir Alex Ferguson might

also be looking to another German glovesman in the shape of Bayer Leverkusen’s

Rene Adler.

Adler has a get-out clause in his contract allowing him to leave before 2012, but only if he moves to United, and for €24 million ($32 million), Bild reported.

AFP/mry

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MUNICH

Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about WWII bomb disposals in Germany

However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.

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