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Hojbjerg shines but Danes defeated

On Wednesday evening, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and the Danish national team were on the unlucky end of a 2-1 loss in a friendly against Turkey. The FC Bayern youngster, however, was one of the most impressive players on the pitch. Denmark took a deserved 1-0 lead into half-time following a Daniel Agger penalty (35) but the Turks got back in the game in the second half. Olcay Sahan (55) levelled the score before Ozan Tufan scored in extra-time (90+1) with a shot from 25 yards out. Hojbjerg played the full 90 minutes for Denmark.

Lahm, Ribéry and a host of juniors

Training at FCB is never quite the same during international breaks, and that was the case again on Wednesday morning when Philipp Lahm and Franck Ribéry, who both recently retired from international football, were surrounded by a host of the club’s juniors for the workout at the Säbener Strasse. The only other members of the senior squad also out on the practice ground were Claudio Pizarro, Sebastian Rode, Dante and keepers Pepe Reina and Tom Starke. Pep Guardiola was also absent as the Spaniard is attending the UEFA elite coaches’ forum in Nyon.

Video: Making of the Neuer wax figure

A wax figurine of Manuel Neuer is being created for display in Madame Tussauds. In preparing to create the figure, the model-makers conducted a sitting with the player at a Berlin hotel, taking some 226 measurements and around 150 photos of the keeper from a variety of angles. Visit the FC Bayern YouTube Channel to watch the sitting on video (German with English subtitles):

Beckenbauer’s life to be filmed

Franz Beckenbauer’s life is to be captured on film in an extensive documentary. “Film-makers have never had the chance to accompany the Kaiser for such a long period. Our film will examine and pay tribute to one of the most fascinating lives sport has ever produced,” commented Nico Hofmann, chairman of Ufa Fiction, co-producers of the documentary with Bavarian state media corporation Bayerischer Rundfunk. The documentary will be shown on 11 September 2015 to mark Beckenbauer’s 70th birthday.