Bayern Munich fire manager Julian Nagelsmann who had only lost three of 37 games this season

MUNICH — Bayern Munich parted ways with coach Julian Nagelsmann on Friday and appointed former Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel as his successor, with the German champions in second place in the Bundesliga.

Nagelsmann, 35, had taken over in 2021 and led the Bavarians to their 10th straight German league crown but failed to win any other silverware last season.

Bayern crashed out in the German Cup second round after a demolition by Borussia Moenchengladbach and were then eliminated from the Champions League in a quarter-final defeat to Spanish underdogs Villarreal last term.

Weekend review: The major talking points from European soccer

Talking points from the weekend in European soccer leagues:


Barcelona have tightened their grip at the top of the LaLiga standings after an electric 2-1 comeback win in an El Clásico against bitter rivals Real Madrid on Sunday.

Franck Kessié's stunner in added time gave Barça a well-earned victory that left second-placed Real trailing the leaders by 12 points with only 12 games to be played.

Sensational goals from Marco Reus and Karim Adeyemi make it a 3-horse race in the Bundesliga

DORTMUND, Germany - Borussia Dortmund crushed Hertha Berlin 4-1 on Sunday with a goal and an assist from Karim Adeyemi to join leaders Bayern Munich and Union Berlin at the top of the Bundesliga and stretch their winning run in the league to six consecutive matches this year.

Jordan Pefok’s Union Berlin are serious contenders for the Bundesliga title

After Bayern Munich’s loss against Mönchengladbach on Saturday, a win for second-place Union Berlin against Schalke on Sunday could make Jordan Pefok's team league-leaders with a two-point gap.

If you’ve lived under a rock for the first half of the European season — or just completely disregard anything happening in the Bundesliga (rightfully so after 10 straight league titles for Bayern) — you’re probably not aware that Union Berlin actually has a shot at the title this season.

FC Köln and Scotland drop outrageously good anniversary kits

When an anniversary kit is done right, there's always something stunning about the perfect balance of football heritage with modern technology. We've started 2023 with two perfect examples of this theory.  

On Monday, Feb. 13, FC Köln celebrated their 75th anniversary after being founded back in 1948. To commemorate the occasion, the Billy Goats got a special edition shirt by Hummel that they wore on Sunday during a 3-0 Bundesliga victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.

How much does it cost to watch soccer in the United States?

Watching your favorite soccer teams in action is now easier than ever before, thanks to the rise of streaming services. However, the convenience of accessing live games from the comfort of your own home comes with a price. For Americans, these costs have skyrocketed in recent years and only seem to be on the rise. So how much does it cost to watch soccer and your favorite leagues? 

Gio Reyna scores his third goal in his last three games to further silence any doubters

Gio Reyna can’t stop scoring.

The USMNT youngster came off the bench and scored for Borussia Dortmund for the third time in his last three Bundesliga games on Saturday. This time he netted Dortmund’s fifth goal in a 5-1 destruction of SC Freiburg.

Gio Reyna Goal vs Freiburg

Gio Reyna scores in 93rd minute for his second game-winner in a row

Giovanni Reyna. The man.

Borussia Dortmund have played two league games since the Bundesliga restart and Reyna has scored late game-winners in both. On Sunday he scored a rocket of a goal in the 78th minute to seal a 4-3 Dortmund victory.

On Wednesday he was the hero again, but this time snatched the winning goal in the 93rd minute for Dortmund’s 2-1 victory vs. Mainz.

Joshua Kimmich saves Bayern in 90th minute with 30-yard rocket off the crossbar to earn 1-1 draw

The18 knows a Puskás goal contender when we saw one. Afterall, we did write about all 11 nominations from 2022 before they were actually nominated. It’s only three weeks into 2023 but we have our first goal of the year contender with this amazing Joshua Kimmich goal vs. Köln (Cologne).