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FCB quartet on goal of the year shortlist

Mario Götze’s World Cup winning strike, Thiago’s scissors kick, Bastian Schweinsteiger’s set piece and Claudio Pizarro’s acrobatic effort are all in the running to be named Goal of the Year 2014 in the vote organised by long-running sports programme ARD Sportschau. Votes for the 12 players responsible for last year’s goals of the month can be cast until midnight on 4 February. The award will be presented during the 7 February edition of the Sportschau.

Winter weather forces training rethink

Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff prepared for Tuesday afternoon’s scheduled training session with their usual care and attention to detail: cones and mini-hurdles were placed in the right positions and slalom poles arranged. However, even these best-laid plans were no match for the fury of the Munich winter weather, as a snowstorm covered the carefully-cleared pitch in a thick blanket of white in just a matter of minutes. Guardiola responded with a change of plan and sent his troops on a run, which the players accepted with resigned good humour.