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The Footy Files: Weekly European soccer betting odds and analysis

Covers Aug 17, 2017 - 3:31 PM ET
The busy and exciting world of European soccer can sometimes be difficult to navigate for bettors. Monty Andrews takes a look at some of the most important news stories, odds, key injuries, and betting trends to help with your footy wagers.

Schweinsteiger first appearance since World Cup

Daily Mail Nov 21, 2014 - 5:06 PM ET
Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is primed to make his first competitive appearance since helping Germany win the World Cup.

Philipp Lahm suffers broken ankle during training

The Guardian Nov 18, 2014 - 6:26 PM ET
Philipp Lahm suffered a broken ankle during Bayern Munich training on Tuesday. The captain will now undergo surgery and has been ruled out for the next three months. The news comes as a major blow ahead of next week’s Champions League clash with Manchester City.

Arsenal leapfrog Man Utd with £32m Mats Hummels bid

The Express Oct 16, 2014 - 4:16 PM ET
The Germany international was linked with a move away from the German giants over the summer, but opted to remain with Jurgen Klopp's side. United boss Louis Van Gaal is desperate to bring Hummels to Old Trafford this January as he aims for a top-four finish, although it is believed that the 25-year-old wants Champions League football.

Bayern Munich agree deal with Real Madrid's Alonso

ESPN FC Aug 28, 2014 - 10:35 AM ET
Bayern Munich have confirmed they have agreed a deal with Xabi Alonso over the Real Madrid midfielder's proposed move to the Bundesliga champions. Alonso, 32, is expected to have a medical on Thursday with the German club, who anticipate reaching an agreement with the European champions over a transfer "in the next two days." The former Real Sociedad and Liverpool midfielder is set to become Bayern's second major signing of the week, following the arrival of defender Medhi Benatia from Roma.

Sami Khedira keen to join Bayern

ESPN FC Aug 19, 2014 - 9:57 PM ET
Sami Khedira is eager to join Bayern Munich as Real Madrid attempt to offload the Germany midfielder this summer, sources have told ESPN FC. Bayern saw Javi Martinez suffer an anterior cruciate ligament injury earlier this month and coach Pep Guardiola has said in Bild that "it would be nice" to reinforce.

Man United plot a final £30m bid for Mats Hummels

Daily Star Aug 10, 2014 - 2:01 PM ET
And if that deal fails, United will make a £17million move for Ajax’s Daley Blind. Hummels, Germany’s commanding centre-back, has been the top defensive target for new boss Louis van Gaal since the day he was appointed. But Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp insists Hummels, 25, is staying in the Bundesliga.

Klopp will ‘eat a broom stick’ if Man U sign Hummels

Metro Jul 23, 2014 - 1:10 PM ET
We’ve known for a long time that Borussia Dortmund manger Jurgen Klopp is an absolute hero, but he’s only gone and confirmed it all over again. The no-nonsense boss is famed for his mad press conferences and eccentric behaviour, and he came up with a beautiful sound bite when discussing whether he was about to sell Mats Hummels to Manchester United.

Germany's Lahm retires from international football

Daily Mail Jul 18, 2014 - 6:07 PM ET
Germany captain Philipp Lahm has retired from international football. The 30-year-old, who led his team to World Cup success on Sunday, has called time on his Germany career after 113 caps, the German Football Federation announced. The Bayern Munich man made his debut for Die Nationalmannschaft 10 years ago.

Kroos joins Real Madrid from Bayern Munich for £20m

The Guardian Jul 17, 2014 - 6:23 PM ET
Confidence is not in short supply if you are a German player these days so it was no surprise to hear Toni Kroos back his chances of forging a successful career at Real Madrid as he was announced by the reigning European champions on Thursday. After a flirtation with Manchester United at the end of last season when David Moyes was still at Old Trafford, the 24-year-old’s decison to reject the offer of a new contract with Bayern Munich has taken him to the Bernabéu instead in a deal thought to be worth around £20m.

Liverpool ‘offer Xherdan Shaqiri £95k-a-week contract'

Metro Jun 26, 2014 - 11:44 AM ET
Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri after meeting with his family in Switzerland to agree terms on a switch to Anfield. Bayern Munich have reportedly given the Reds permission to discuss a deal for Shaqiri, who is currently representing his country at the World Cup.

Van Gaal 'desperate' to bring Robben to Man United

Daily Star Jun 25, 2014 - 12:42 AM ET
Van Gaal managed the famous old Dutch club for six years in to 90s and still has strong connections to Ajax. And Roy, a former Netherlands international who currently coaches the youth team at Ajax, thinks Van Gaal would do anything to sign Robben.

Franck Ribery out of the World Cup

SB Nation Jun 6, 2014 - 2:00 PM ET
France has lost their biggest star just over a week before the World Cup begins. France star Franck Ribery has been battling a back injury ahead of the World Cup, but was named in France's final 23-man squad and was expected to get fit enough to play by the end of the tournament.

Thomas Muller puts Manchester United on high alert

Daily Mirror Jun 4, 2014 - 5:10 PM ET
Thomas Muller has alerted Louis van Gaal after admitting he is unsettled at Bayern Munich. Muller wants assurances over his future at Bayern next season with Robert Lewandowski joining from Borussia Dortmund.

Holland’s van der Vaart ruled out of World Cup

The Guardian May 28, 2014 - 1:12 PM ET
Holland’s most experienced player, Rafael van der Vaart, has been ruled out of the World Cup after picking up a calf injury in a training session on Tuesday. A statement on the national team’s website read: “Rafael van der Vaart will miss the World Cup in Brazil.

Manchester United seal £20m deal for Toni Kroos

Daily Mail May 22, 2014 - 12:19 PM ET
Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos and are set to make a stunning move for his team-mate Arjen Robben. A £20million deal for Kroos was agreed when David Moyes was still in charge at Old Trafford and his successor, former Bayern coach Louis van Gaal, has said the move can go ahead.

Bayern Munich plotting £15M move for striker

Daily Mirror Apr 30, 2014 - 1:26 PM ET
German giants are plotting a £15million move for the QPR striker currently on loan at St James' Park, with Mario Mandzukic expected to be sold this summer. Bayern Munich want to beat a host of Premier League clubs to QPR striker Loic Remy in a £15million deal.

Dortmund making money for Over bettors

Covers Apr 8, 2014 - 2:52 AM ET
If you like wagering totals during Champions League football, you've probably been following Borussia Dortmund closely this campaign. Eight of the Bundesliga side's nine Champions League matches this have gone over the 2.5 goal total this season. The only result to finish under 2.5 goals was November's 1-0 loss to Arsenal at Westfalenstadion.

Bayern Munich suffers first league loss since 2012

Covers Apr 5, 2014 - 3:19 PM ET
Bayern Munich suffered their first league loss since October 2012, in a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Augsburg. Pep Guardiola sat almost his entire starting lineup, opting to rest his players ahead of Wednesday's Champions League match against Manchester United.
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