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Eight Bayern stars named in 50

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No fewer than eight FCB pros are among the world's 50 best footballers, according to, the world's biggest sports website (online presence in 37 countries). On Wednesday morning Manuel Neuer, Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben, Philipp Lahm, Thomas Müller, David Alaba, Jérôme Boateng, and Arturo Vidal received their awards at the Säbener Strasse. Another record for FC Bayern: never before has bestowed the 50 award on eight players from the same club. The overall winner of the poll will be announced on 27 November.

Alaba up and running

David Alaba missed out in the Champions League match against Olympiacos due to an ankle injury, but the Austrian turned in a few gentle laps of the training ground on Wednesday. It remains to be seen whether Alaba will be available for selection against Hertha BSC, who are fourth in the table, on Saturday.