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Toni back in town and back in training

Luca Toni became the first of the club’s internationals to return to Munich from the current round of 2010 World Cup qualifiers when he reported back for training on Tuesday. The Italian World Cup winner landed in the Bavarian capital at midday and made his way to the Säbener Strasse for an afternoon workout. Toni’s programme featured a series of solo exercises including running, jumping and shooting practice. “We wanted to push him right to the limit,” coach Jürgen Klinsmann told Toni is suspended for Italy’s World Cup qualifier against Montenegro in midweek after collecting a second booking of the qualifying campaign in his substitute appearance for the Azzurri against Bulgaria last weekend.

Breno set to celebrate
The club’s Olympic bronze medallist Breno should finish the week with two reasons to celebrate. The talented Brazilian turned 19 on Monday, and his partner Renata is expecting the couple’s first child any day now. “It could start at any time,” the defender revealed to, “I’m really excited and looking forward to holding my own son in my arms.“ Breno’s boy will be named Pietro: “He’ll make me even stronger,“ the father-to-be said.

FCB women go top
Bayern's semi-professional women's team have gone top of the German Women's Bundesliga for the very first time in their history following a 3-0 home win over USV Jena at their home ground in Aschheim last Sunday. The side coached by Günther Wörle have amassed maximum points from their six matches so far, scoring 16 goals and conceding just one to leapfrog double winners and UEFA Cup holders FFC Frankfurt at the top of the standings. Nicole Banecki, Mandy Islacker and Corinna Paukner hit the target for FCB, who entertain Frankfurt in the Cup next weekend.

Bundesliga can ride out crisis, says Hoeneß
Bayern general manager Uli Hoeneß believes German football is well-placed to survive the financial crisis currently gripping world markets. "I think German football has less to fear than the game in certain other countries," Hoeneß was quoted as saying by the Bild tabloid, although the FCB board director was not as optimistic when it came to smaller nations and clubs. "The lights could go out in one or two cases, but it won't affect the big players," he said. Hoeneß confirmed Bayern's solid financial position even at a time of turmoil: "There's no risk to us whatsoever."