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Infighting threatens Bayern Munich's long Bundesliga dominance

Infighting threatens Bayern Munich's long Bundesliga dominance

For the last five years Bayern Munich has viewed its competition the same way Joey Chestnut views a hot dog: as something to be devoured as quickly and completely as possible.

Over that time Bayern has lost just 12 of 170 Bundesliga games, outscoring opponents by more than 52 goals a season. It won three domestic titles and a Champions League crown, a level of dominance unmatched in German soccer history. And it did so with a roster that read as much like a Hall of Fame ballot as a starting lineup.

But four games into this season that dynasty is beginning to show signs of crumbling, something even Saturday’s 4-0 demolition of Mainz can’t hide.

In recent weeks some of...

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