Bundesliga title fight: surprising referee nomination for Bayern game

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This Saturday is the heart-stopping final in the Bundesliga: Both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund can still be champions on the final day. All information in the news blog.

17:58 clock: referee for games Bayern and BVB nominated

The German Football Association has nominated in Sascha Stegemann a comparatively inexperienced referee for the title-deciding Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt. The 34-year-old will lead his 71st match in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Of the nine referees deployed on matchday, only Bibiana Steinhaus (15 games) and Benjamin Cortus (30) have played fewer games so far. Referee of Borussia Mönchengladbach's second decisive match for Borussia Dortmund is the very experienced Berliner Manuel Gräfe (256). He was from 2007 to 2018 Fifa referee. This international task has Stegemann since this year.

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15:49 clock: Bayern raises rainbow corner flags

Bayern Munich will contest the "championship final" against Eintracht Frankfurt with rainbow corner flags in the Allianz Arena. "Together with our fan club 'Queerpass Bayern' we want to set a clear signal for tolerance and diversity, against racism and homophobia," said CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

The action of Bayern is not a novelty in the Bundesliga. Also title rivals Borussia Dortmund or Werder Bremen had or have rainbow corner flags in their stadiums. At VfL Wolfsburg, the captains of all teams from the U10 to the pros wear since the beginning of the season a captain's band in rainbow colors.

11:25 clock: Rangnick sees potential for restlessness in the Bayern

In the title fight between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund Ralf Rangnick has self-interest nothing against a triumph of BVB. "Should Bayern still take the championship in this good starting position, I think it would cause a lot of unrest, which would certainly not be an advantage for Bayern in preparation for the cup final," said the coach of RB Leipzig to the Sports Information Service (SID).

One week after the Bundesliga finals, Leipzig and Munich play for the final of the DFB Cup at the Berlin Olympiastation. However, Rangnick also emphasized: "We basically only look to ourselves and will prepare ourselves for the game in the best possible way."

Friday, May 17, 8:45: BVB would probably pour out high champion premium

The Borussia Dortmund team would also benefit financially from the championship. (Source: imago images / DeFodi)The Borussia Dortmund team would also benefit financially from the championship. (Source: DeFodi / imago images)

Borussia Dortmund saves in the fight for the title apparently not with financial incentives. If the BVB his rival Bayern Munich on the last day of the Bundesliga still snatch the championship cup, the club would pour out "Bild" information a total of six million euros in premiums.

Only coach Lucien Favre (61) would get paid a million euros extra for the team captain Marco Reus (29) before the start of the season a payment of five million euros have negotiated. The money would be proportionately divided by stakes and seasons among the pros.

With a win at Borussia Mönchengladbach (Saturday, 15.30 clock / Sky) and a simultaneous defeat of Bayern Munich against Eintracht Frankfurt BVB would pass the German champions on the finish line of the title race and sit for the ninth time the champion crown. "Everything is still possible," said Favre.

16:08: Bayern must renounce Neuer and James

Bayern must deny its Bundesliga final without goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. "Manuel has made good progress, the calf holds, he is on the way to recovery, but will not play at the weekend," said coach Niko Kovac on Thursday in Munich. Thus Neuer falls after his muscular fiberiss in the calf the sixth competitive game of the German football champions record successively. The Colombian James Rodríguez has to watch his muscular problems against Eintracht Frankfurt.

12:17: BVB worries about goalkeeper Bürki

Borussia Dortmund trembles before the season finale to the use of goalkeeper Roman Bürki. The Swiss took on the training on Thursday on the thigh and then left the court. Bürki had recently missed the game against Fortuna Dusseldorf (3: 2) due to muscular problems. His representative Marwin Hitz had mated with the first goal of the Düsseldorfer.

Coach Lucien Favre still believes in a goalkeeper. "We'll see it Friday, but it should be okay," said Favre.

11.40 clock: Frankfurt legend Fjörtoft sees Bavaria under greater pressure

Jan Aage Fjörtoft trusts Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt a surprise against Bayern Munich too. The former striker Eintracht told the German Press Agency that it will depend mainly on the attitude of the Frankfurt. "Frankfurt has shown throughout the season that there is an energy source somewhere against the better teams, where they can once again get something out," said Fjörtoft. In order not to rely on the help of other clubs, Eintracht must score points for their re-entry into a European competition against Bayern.

Optimistic: Frankfurt legend Jan Aage Fjörtoft. (Source: imago images / sports photo pack)Optimistic: Frankfurt legend Jan Aage Fjörtoft. (Source: Sportfoto Rudel / imago images)

"Everywhere it says, Eintracht has a lot to lose, but for me she has everything to win." Bayern must be a master, that's a huge advantage for Eintracht, "said today's Sky expert. If the Munich lose, but still Borussia Dortmund could get the title.

Thursday, May 16, 9:31 am: Watzke believes in miracles on the last matchday

Hans-Joachim Watzke: The BVB managing director believes in a title win. (Source: imago images / Sven Simon)Hans-Joachim Watzke: The BVB managing director believes in a title win. (Source: Sven Simon / imago images)

BVB Managing Director Hans-Joachim Watzke is confident in the long-distance duel with FC Bayern Munich for the German championship. "My hope is getting bigger every day and I am quite astonished because I'm actually a skeptic," Borussia Dortmund's boss said Wednesday at the German Football Ambassador's award in Berlin. "I have the feeling that we are facing big things, and I can not explain it."

As an example, Watzke called the season 1999/2000 when Bayer Leverkusen on the last Bundesliga game day with a 0-2 defeat at SpVgg Unterhaching still the title against Bayern play. "We just look, I think the situation actually quite cool," said the BVB boss.

Wednesday, May 15, 18:24: Bayern fighting in the new jersey for the title

David Alaba (Source: adidas)David Alaba (Source: adidas)

FC Bayern Munich is in the Bundesliga final on Saturday against Eintracht Frankfurt in shell. The German football champion presented on Wednesday, the new home jersey. The design is reminiscent of the venue of the Munich, the Allianz Arena. The motif of the red glowing honeycombs of the outer facade is reflected on the chest of the shirts. "I want to put all my energy into Saturday," announced offensive player Arjen Robben.

Wednesday, May 15, 16:26: Dortmund prepares for title party

Should Borussia Dortmund win the German football championship on Saturday, the city will be hosting around 200,000 visitors for the festivities. The long-prepared and nearly five-kilometer-long XL motorcade should start on Sunday at 14:09 from the site of the Westfalenhütte and arrive an hour later at Borsigplatz as the "epicenter of fan culture," said city, police and fire on Wednesday in Dortmund. Then the convoy including a big truck with the crew will continue to roll through the city center and arrive at 6 pm at the destination Hoher Wall.

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