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Borussia Dortmund sacks Peter Bosz and appoints Peter Stoger

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Borussia Dortmund have sacked head coach Peter Bosz and appointed Peter Stoger in his place after their winless run stretched to 12 games in all competitions with their latest defeat against Werder Bremen on Saturday.

Bosz took over the Bundesliga club in the summer but, despite a strong start which saw them took the lead in the German top-flight, they slumped to a two-month winless run since September which saw the Dutchman fall under increased pressure.

His team’s latest result was a 2-1 defeat against Werder on Saturday which left Dortmund seventh in the Bundesliga, while they exited the Champions League after finishing third in Group H behind Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid, failing to win a match in the group stages.

Dortmund’s chief executive, Hans-Joachim Watzke, said: “Last night, in a conversation with Peter Bosz, we decided that we would release him with immediate effect. It was very emotional, but also respectful.”

“On behalf of all at Borussia, I would like to thank Peter Bosz. We still consider him a great coach and person.”

In his place, the club announced that the former Cologne manager Peter Stoger would take charge of the team until the end of the season. “I’m really happy to be coach of this team and to be in this stadium,” Stoger said upon his appointment.

The Austrian was sacked by Cologne this month, but only after a four-year tenure in which he guided them to promotion from the second tier and then to fifth place in the league last season to earn European football.

This season saw a dismal start to this campaign in which Cologne took only two points from the first 13 matches, which in turn cost Stoger his job but Dortmund hope he can have a similar impact on their fortunes as he did when he first arrived in Cologne.

Stoger oversaw his first training session with Dortmund on Sunday, ahead of his first match on Tuesday night, away against Mainz.

Bundesliga: Dortmund capitulate again as Bayern strides on top

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Borussia Dortmund’s slump continued as they lost to mid-table Stuttgart in the Bundesliga, while Bayern extended their unbeaten start under Jupp Heynckes to stride further in the German top-flight.

Peter Bosz’s side — who have won only one of their past eight games — were without star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after dropping their top scorer for disciplinary reasons.

They trailed in comical circumstances early on, as keeper Roman Burki miscontrolled Marc Bartra’s backpass into the path of Chadrac Akolo, who was able to tap the ball into an empty net.

Dortmund was able to bring the game level just before the break; with Maximilian Philipp slamming the rebound into the roof of the net after Andre Schurrle’s penalty was saved by Ron-Robert Zieler.

Stuttgart teenager Josip Brekalo replaced the injured Akolo at the break, and scored his first Bundesliga goal minutes later when he ran from his own half before drilling the ball through Burki’s legs.

Dortmund — who won six of their opening seven Bundesliga games — have not won in the five since then and are nine points behind leaders Bayern Munich, who won easily against neighbours Augsburg.

Arturo Vidal opened the scoring for Bayern from close range and then set up Robert Lewandowski’s opening goal.

Lewandowski then got his second — his 13th goal in as many league games this season — from Joshua Kimmich’s cross, and moved Bayern six points above second-placed RB Leipzig, who were forced to a 2-2 draw against Bayer Leverkusen.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dropped for “disciplinary reasons”

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Borussia Dortmund has dropped striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for “disciplinary reasons”.

Aubameyang, 28, will be exempted from selection for his club’s next Bundesliga fixture against VfB Stuttgart on Friday, with the Bundesliga club confirming the news via their official Twitter account on Thursday following reports the striker would not be involved.

“Aubameyang has been removed from the squad for tomorrow’s match for disciplinary reasons,” the club wrote in German in response to a supporter’s question on Twitter, although the club opted not to elaborate on the reasons behind it.

The Gabon International who was linked with summer moves to Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris St-Germain, was also absent from a video tweeted by the club showing the squad as they arrived at the airport to fly to Stuttgart.

Aubameyang had already been suspended in the same fashion by his club before, after the forward made an unsanctioned trip to Italy last year.

Some could argue that Aubameyang’s suspension comes at a bad time for the club after Dortmund have lost three of their past four league games to drop to third place in the Bundesliga and six points off leaders Bayern Munich

They will also host Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on Tuesday, where another group stage defeat could see them off the competition entirely.

Aubameyang had started this season by scoring 15 goals in his first 12 matches, including two Bundesliga hat-tricks, but he has since gone 476 minutes without scoring.

Bayern Munich leads Bundesliga after Dortmund loses to Hannover

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Bayern Munich has finally climbed to the top of the Bundesliga for the first time this season after a solid 2-0 victory over RB Leipzig and Hannover 96 helping their cause by handing Borussia Dortmund a 4-2 defeat.

Dortmund were reduced to 10 men as their grip on top spot in the Bundesliga weakened further. Jonathas broke the deadlock from the penalty spot and then turned provider for Ihlas Bebou to restore the hosts’ lead after Dan-Axel Zagadou hit back with his first Bundesliga goal.

Andriy Yarmolenko struck a brilliant second equaliser, but Felix Kraus converted the free-kick that was awarded after Zagadou’s dismissal and Bebou wrapped up the points with four minutes remaining.

After taking 19 points from their first seven games, Dortmund’s blistering pace in the German top flight was almost reduced to a standstill after having now lost two and drawn one of their last three fixtures to open the door for a rejuvenated Bayern.

The defending German Champions had needed penalties to defeat Leipzig in Wednesday’s DFB Pokal clash but this time eased to a 2-0 win, with James Rodriguez and Robert Lewandowski on target.

Also in the midweek Cup clash, Naby Keita saw red and this time it was Will Orban dismissed after just 10 minutes, when he tangled with last man Arjen Robben and earned a red card for his troubles.

10 minutes later, Robben provided an assist to James Rodriguez for Bayern’s first, while Javi was the provider for the second goal in the 38th minute, slicing the away side open with a brilliant pass that deserved the measured finish that Robert Lewandowski provided.

The win allows Bayern to replace Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga, as Leipzig also prowls not far behind the Yellow Wall either — just one point behind.