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Pizarro back on the pitch

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The training ground at Säbener Strasse is filling up. While Pep Guardiola was putting 16 players - including several youngsters - through their paces on pitch two on Thursday, Claudio Pizarro returned to the training ground for the first time on his way back from injury. The Peruvian, who has been working hard on his comeback in the performance centre, completed a one-to-one session with Holger Broich on the pitch. Robert Lewandowski completed a lighter session after recent exertions with several laps of the training ground on the agenda. Franck Ribéry also worked on his own.

FCB seventh most valuable club in the world

FC Bayern have made it to the top ten of the most valuable sports clubs in the world for the first time. The most recent study by American magazine Forbes ranks the World club champions in seventh place with a value of €1.4 billion. Real Madrid top the list (€2.5 bn) ahead of Barcelona (€2.4 bn) and Manchester United (€2.1 bn) with the other places in the top ten occupied by clubs from the NFL (American Football) and the MLB (baseball). The Forbes List deals with the value of clubs rather than their wealth taking into account the value of players, sponsorship income and the value of stadia.

MLS All Stars with eight USA men against FCB

Eight players from Jürgen Klinsmann’s USA squad are in the Major League Soccer (MLS) All Stars team to face FC Bayern on 6 August in Portland/Oregon. A poll of fans on Wednesday (local time) saw skipper Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin, Matt Besler, Graham Zusi, Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando, Omar Gonzalez and Michael Bradley called up to the team. Former Bayern pro Landon Donovan is also on the roster. The remaining names in the line-up are Thierry Henry, a World Cup winner with France in 1998, and Obafemi Martins. The Nigerian had a brief spell with VfL Wolfsburg in 2009/10.