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Bayern faces uncertain future and tough transfer decisions after losing Bundesliga title

Three of Bayern Munich's senior figures did something Sunday that no one at the club had done since 2012.

They congratulated another team on winning the Bundesliga.

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Djokovic eclipses Federer's record for oldest man ranked No. 1 in tennis

Novak Djokovic has surpassed another tennis record once held by Roger Federer, becoming the oldest man to be ranked No. 1 in the ATP Tour's computerized rankings.

Djokovic is 36 — he turns 37 next month — and is now older than Federer was on his last day atop the rankings in June 2018. Monday gives Djokovic 420 total weeks at that spot, extending another mark Federer (who was there for 310 weeks) had at one time before Djokovic broke it.

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FIFA considers allowing league matches to be played in other countries

FIFA said it will consider changes to its policy that blocks league matches from being played in other countries as part of an agreement with a football promoter to dismiss the world governing body from a lawsuit challenging that policy.

Relevent Sports lawyer Jeffrey L. Kessler filed a letter Monday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan stating FIFA and his client agreed to the dismissal. Keller wrote FIFA agreed to abide by any injunction arising from the suit, which also includes the U.S. Soccer Federation as a defendant. The agreement did not alter the suit against the USSF.

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UEFA set to crack down on players intimidating referees at Euro 2024

UEFA's top referee has vowed to crack down on players arguing with referees and "mobbing" them on the field at the upcoming European Championship in Germany.

Roberto Rosetti, UEFA managing director of refereeing, addressed a gathering of coaches from the 24 competing teams on Monday in Germany and called on them to ensure their players show respect for game officials.

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Brazil's Endrick wins another title with Palmeiras before joining Real Madrid

Teenage striker Endrick has won another title with Brazilian club Palmeiras before he leaves to join Real Madrid.

The 17-year-old Endrick helped his team secure its third consecutive Sao Paulo state championship with a 2-0 win Sunday over local rival Santos.

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Arsenal back in control of Premier League title race

Mikel Arteta had just seen his Arsenal team come up painfully short in its Premier League title race with Manchester City and he couldn't hide his anguish.

"I know we're not at that level," a crestfallen Arteta said last May, "but we have to find a way."

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Real Madrid well rested to take on Man City in Champions League

One of the Champions League's newest rivalries resumes this week with Real Madrid hoping to take advantage of the extended rest it's had ahead of Tuesday's quarterfinal against Manchester City.

Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, entering his record-extending 200th Champions League match, has had eight full days to prepare his squad for facing Pep Guardiola's Manchester City for the third straight year in the knockout rounds of Europe's top club competition.

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Völler to stay on as Germany sporting director until 2026 World Cup

Rudi Völler is set to stay on as sporting director of the German men's national football team through to the 2026 World Cup, with coach Julian Nagelsmann's future still uncertain.

Völler was initially hired early last year, initially only until this year's European Championship, as a response to Germany going out of the 2022 World Cup in the group stage. He oversaw the signing of Nagelsmann in September to replace Hansi Flick.

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Liverpool goes back to top of Premier League, Man United stunned by 4-3 loss at Chelsea

Liverpool's players overcame an unexpected test of their Premier League title credentials against last-place Sheffield United on Thursday. Manchester United, meanwhile, went into meltdown at Chelsea.

This was a latest reminder of the gulf that separates English football's fiercest rivals ahead of their clash at Old Trafford on Sunday.

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Athletic Bilbao out to end 4-decade wait for 24th Copa del Rey title

If there is one club whose history runs hand-in-hand with the Copa del Rey it is Athletic Bilbao.

The team that only fields players from or near Spain's northern Basque Country has always put a priority on the knockout competition. That commitment has led to 23 cup titles in the club's history — but the last one came in 1984. Since then it has been a series of near misses with six finals that all ended in defeat.

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