Robert Lewandowski to seal Bayern Munich move in January

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Borussia Dortmund’s wantaway striker will finally make his dream come true. A move to Bayern is just around the corner.

Robert Lewandowski, 25, will confirm his move to the reigning German and European champions Bayern Munich in January, according to reports.

In case you needed a quick recap of the situation, Dortmund refused Lewandwoski a summer-switch to their fierce Bundesliga rivals, despite their star striker only having a year left on his contract which meant he could leave for free in 2014. Consequently, Lewandowski threw his dummy out of the pram, but it seems all that kicking and screaming may get him a move sooner than many expected.

A pre-contract agreement will be signed in January, and Dortmund may let him leave then instead of waiting until the summer. That’s according to the Polish international striker, who was interviewed by Sky Deutschland last night.

Yes, because I can officially sign the new contract in January. Right now, I can’t say anything. Normally, I can only reveal it officially in January. At this moment, it is still too early and we’ll have to wait a bit. But I think, I can leave in January.

There still seems to be quite a bit of confusion here, but the giant Polish striker is definitely heading to Munich, that we do know. And nobody who pays attention to European soccer will be surprised by that. Lewandowski has been pining for this move for a long time, and he has fallen out with most at Dortmund about it.

He clearly thinks he has done all he can at the Westfalenstadion, and after seeing long-time teammate Maario Gotze jump ship to Bayern over the summer, the striker wants to link up with his old partner in crime and Bayern’s whole host of other attacking talents. This rivalry between the two clubs has only intensified since Munich beat Dortmund 2-1 in last seasons UEFA Champions League final, and the thought of Lewandowski, Mario Mandzukic and Thomas Muller linking up is quite scary.

Come January, Munich will be stacked with top strikers, Dortmund will be lacking firepower and, finally, Robert Lewandowski will be happy.

Hilarious “Friends” spoof video ‘starring’ Messi, Ronaldo (video)

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Given the rivalry surrounding the two megawatt superstars plying their trade in Spain, you may be surprised to learn that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the best of friends.

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At least that’s what this spoof video conveys, as the Real Madrid and Barcelona stars help each other navigate tax season and toilet troubles.

Brilliant stuff, from FootbOle:

Top USMNT-Mexico moments: Looking back ahead of Saturday

PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25:  Landon Donovan #10 of United States celebrates his goal with teammates Carlos Bocanegra #3 and Alejandro Bedoya #22  against Mexico during the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Championship at the Rose Bowl on June 25, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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You could argue its the biggest match between the U.S. and Mexico outside of the 2002 World Cup’s Round of 16, and there would be few arguments against you.

The United States and Mexico will tangle on Saturday at the Rose Bowl, with the winner advancing to the 2017 Confederations Cup finals in Russia.

It’s only so often that these rivals match up in a “do or die” match. Sure World Cup qualifiers carry critical import, but they don’t always become the decisive moment in the qualifying cycle.

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Aside from the aforementioned World Cup match and the first match in the rivalry — see 1934 below — no other match has carried as much international weight as Saturday.

So with anticipation high, let’s dance backward in time to the Yanks’ best moments in the rivalry. And let’s also imagine what would have to happen to put Saturday in the mix.

(Of course, our apologies to Mexican fans. We aren’t including the times you slapped American soccer in the face).

2001, 2005, 2009, 2013 — “Dos a Cero” to the fourth power

There is no more celebrated score line in USMNT history than the 2-0 hurting it put on Mexico in four successive home World Cup qualifiers.

2002 — World Cup Round of 16

Goals from Brian McBride and Landon Donovan prodded an upset of the world’s then-No. 7 ranked nation, as the USMNT carried a feel of destiny through its best World Cup.

1934 — World Cup qualifier

Aldo Donnelli scored all four goals as the States won the first recorded match against Mexico, and it was a big one. The winner would go on to the 1934 tournament in Italy, while the loser would go on a tour of European friendlies. The States won, and wouldn’t win again until the qualifiers for the 1982 tournament.

2012 — First win at Azteca

It may’ve been a friendly, but Michael Orozco’s finish will go down as the Yanks’ first ever winner in the fortress of Mexico City.

1980 — World Cup qualifier

Though it meant little to the Yanks’ fate in the 1982 tournament — the U.S. finished last in a group with Mexico and Canada — it was the first win over El Tri in 46 years.