The German football Bundesliga is winding down before its winter break with some of its players heading to the FIFA World Cup starting in just 10 days. Bayern Munich who was ranked first took home a sweeping 6-1 win against Werder Bremen ranked seventh. Back in September, IMAGO’s local Berlin team 1. FC Union was ranked at the top for the first time in history – they were ranked third before last night’s match against FC Augsburg, but the 2-2 score has now brought them to second place, raising spirits for Union fans after their 5-0 loss on Sunday against Leverkusen. 

Rumors that Union players Robin Knoche and Rani Khedira will be in Qatar however, proved to be false, as Germany’s new trainer Hansi Flick announced the World Cup roster just today. Eintracht Frankfurt’s astounding game and 4-2 victory in their home-stadium against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim brought them to fourth place, knocking Borussia Dortmund from their number four ranking down to six in their loss against VfL Wolfsburg 2-0.

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IMAGO / NordPhoto | FC Bayern München vs. SV Werder Bremen, Bayern scores the 4-0 goal. 8 November, 2022.
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IMAGO / Jan Huebner| Union Berlin - FC Augsburg. Maximilian Bauer (FC Augsburg), Kevin Behrens (Union Berlin). 9 November, 2022.

The men’s UEFA Champions League round 16-draw last week revealed that Germany’s Bayern Munich will play Paris Saint Germain and RB Leipzig will play Manchester City in March 2023, along with FC Chelsea playing Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt playing SSC Napoli.

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IMAGO / Insidefoto | Lionel Messi of Paris Saint Germain in action during the Champions League Group H football match against Juventus FC. 2 November, 2022.
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IMAGO / Nicolo Campo | FC Bayern Munich v FC Internazionale - UEFA Champions League. 1 November, 2022.

Over in tennis, Holger Rune beat the powerhouse Novak Djokovic in the ATP finals in Paris on Sunday, and Caroline Garcia who won the WTA finals in Fort Worth, Texas, became the second French woman after Amelie Mauresmo to win the tournament of the best eight tennis players in a season. 

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IMAGO / Zuma Wire | Caroline Garcia of France reacts to converting match point in the final of the 2022 WTA, Tennis. Forth Worth, Texas. 7 November, 2022.
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IMAGO / IP3press | Novak Djokovic reacts as he competes against Denmark’s Holger Rune, during their singles final tennis of the ATP, in Paris. 6 November, 2022.

We have also been following the Gymnastics World Championships in Liverpool, the New York Marathon and the Major League Baseball World Series. On Saturday, the Houston Atros took home the victory against the Philadelphia Phillies for the first time since 2017. Stay tuned for our live picture desk sports coverage. 

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IMAGO / USA TODAY Network | Houston Astros shortstop Jeremy Pena (3) hits a single against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning in game six of the 2022 World Series. 5 November, 2022.
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IMAGO / USA TODAY Network | Houston Astros Championship Parade in Houston, Texas, USA. 7 November, 2022.
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IMAGO / Action Plus | Women's Apparatus Final Beam - Elsabeth Blacke (CAN) multiple exposure. 6 November, 2022.
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IMAGO / Schreyer | Lukas Dauser of Germany, during apparatus final at 2022 artistic gymnastics World Championship, taking home silver. 6 November, 2022.
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IMAGO / USA TODAY Network | New York City Marathon Sharon Lookedi finishes first in the pro women’s division. 6 November, 2022.
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IMAGO / Eibner | Holger Rune of Denmark in action winning the ATP Rolex Paris Masters. 6 November, 2022.
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IMAGO / Shutterstock | Holger Rune of Denmark celebrates winning the tournament with the trophy Rolex Paris Masters. 6 November, 2022.
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IMAGO / Shutterstock | Novak Djokovic of Serbia in action Rolex Paris Masters. 6 November, 2022.
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IMAGO / USA TODAY Network | Caroline Garcia (FRA) returns a shot during the WTA Final against Aryna Sabalenka. 7 November, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire | Caroline Garcia of France in action during her semi-final match at the 2022 WTA tournament. 6 November, 2022.
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IMAGO / Kirchner-Media | 1. FC Union Berlin versus Bayer Leverkusen. 6 November, 2022.
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IMAGO / Jan Huebner | TSG 1899 Hoffenheim celebrate the goal, 3-0. 9 November, 2022.
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IMAGO / Newspix | UEFA Champions League 2022/2023, group stage Shakhtar Donetsk - RB Leipzig. 2 November, 2022.
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IMAGO / MB Media Solutions | Julian Alvarez of Manchester City scores to make it 2-1 during the UEFA Champions League group G match. 2 November, 2022.
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IMAGO / RHR-Foto | Borussia Dortmund lose against Wolfsburg. 8 November, 2022.
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IMAGO / Jan Huebner | FC Bayern München - Inter Milan. 1 November, 2022.
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IMAGO / Mika Volkmann | 1. FC Union fans during match against Leverkusen. 6 November, 2022.