In an important statement, Makaay's coach Felix Magath has told Bayern's footballers that they can have no more excuses after returning to training following the German winter break.
We must consider that the Bavarian team have had a poor start to the season by their double-winning standards of the previous two seasons.
Indeed, his side is third, three points off leaders Werder Bremen and second-placed Schalke 04, but Magath believes post-World Cup tiredness is no longer an acceptable excuse.
"I think that the World Cup is completely behind us, we have no more excuses," said Magath before heading out to Dubai, where Bayern Munich is going to be on a training camp until January 14.
"We were not able to prepare together for the first part of the season and that showed in our level since August: we were lacking a certain stability, we had difficulty in constructing our match," he admitted.
It's important to notice that Bayern had 11 players at the World Cup finals and some of those, such as Frenchman Willy Sagnol and Germans Oliver Kahn, Lukas Podolski, Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger, begun training again just two weeks before the season began.
Makaay's team have lost four times already this season, including three times against modest opponents. They were also knocked out of the German Cup by Aachen.
"If we play to our potential we are without a shadow of doubt the best squad in Germany and we will prove it in the second half of the season," said Dutch striker Roy Makaay.
Finally, we must remember that Bayern's first match after the winter break takes place on January 26 against Borussia Dortmund. It will be a crucial game.
Alemannia Aachen kick Bayern out of the German Cup
Amazingly, Bayern Munich were eliminated of the German Cup after going down 4-2 at Alemannia Aachen on Wednesday.
We must consider that Aachen raced into a 3-0 lead in the first half of the third-round tie thanks to two goals from Romanian striker Laurentiu Reghecampf and one by Marius Ebbers.
The local team then withstood a storming fightback from Bayern, 13 times Cup winners including the last two editions.
Young striker Lukas Podolski pulled one back in the 47th minute and Mark van Bommel cracked the ball in from the edge of the area in the 68th.
Dutch striker Roy Makaay and Lucio missed excellent chances before Aachen, promoted from the second division last season, sealed a place in the quarter-finals with a Jan Schlaudraff goal in the final moments.
In fact, it was a case of history repeating itself for Aachen, the last side to beat Bayern in a German Cup tie with a 2-1 triumph in the 2003-04 quarter-finals.
We must mention that Hanover 96 also progressed by beating second division MSV Duisburg 1-0 with a goal from Hanno Balitsch.
Furthermore, Wolfsburg defeated second division Greuther Fuerth 3-1 with goals from Jacek Krzynowek, Diego Klimowicz and Rick Hoogendorp.
Now let's talk about the game: Bastian Schweinsteiger and Makaay missed good opportunities before Aachen took the lead in the 11th minute, Reghecampf curling the ball in after being teed up at an indirect free kick.
And the game did not get any better for Bayern goalkeeper Michael Rensing, given a rare start in place of Oliver Kahn.
What's more, the second Aachen goal came when Reghecampf shot through a crowd of defenders, leaving the keeper unsighted.
And incredibly, Ebbers then took a smart pass from Matthias Lehmann to make it 3-0.
Coach Felix Magath responded by bringing on Podolski for midfielder Andreas Ottl and the Germany forward made an immediate impact with a smart finish.
After Van Bommel notched a great second goal, Bayern were guilty of a series of bad misses, leaving Aachen to clinch victory with Schlaudraff’s late finish on the effective ofensive.
It was a really tough game, where the honor was the prize to win. And Bayern Munich won Group B despite conceding a stoppage-time equaliser to Inter-Milan, whose 11-match winning streak came to an end.
Dutch striker Roy Makaay looked to have won it when he showed great control and a fine finish shortly past the hour mark, but Patrick Vieira netted a last-gasp leveller for Inter, who qualified for the knockout phase as runners-up.
The Italian goal was kind of a sad moment for Bayern goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, who was playing his 100th Champions League match.
"Naturally, it's annoying that we didn't win," said Bayern front man Claudio Pizarro. "Anyway, what's important is that we finished top of our group."
German Champions Bayern Munich and Italian powerhouse Inter are already through to the first knockout phase of the champions League. However, Inter’s rise from the ashes, as they collected 9 points out of 9 in the last three games after losing the first two in the group, combined with a slight drop in form of Bayern who won their first three matches and drew the last two, means Inter have the chance to finish top of the group if they win in Munich. It would be a miraculous turnaround, considering that after Inter’s 2-0 home defeat to Bayern on matchday 2 they were bottom with 0 points and Bayern were on top with 6, and Inter were actually close to elimination.
It's interesting to see that since then Inter have managed to find their balance and after that defeat they won 13 games out of 15 in all competitions, and are currently on a run of 11 consecutive wins, an impressive streak by anyone’s standards. In fact, the current Inter team is even more star-studded than usual, but this season they seem to have found that balance and consistency to actually end up with important silverware at season’s end.
As for Makaay's team, Bayern, they have been unusually inconsistent in the Bundesliga and are currently in fourth place, although just three points below league leaders Werder Bremen and Schalke 04. Perhaps after winning two straight league titles motivations lie elsewhere for the red club, who have already lost 18 points in their first 15 Bundesliga games. However it doesn’t seem as if they have enough quality to go really far in the Champions League, although the 2-0 win in Milan against Inter was obviously impressive, and it was also the only time Inter have lost at home this season. But they were also somewhat lucky as Inter had a bit of an off day and saw Ibrahimovic get sent off for a second yellow in the second half and also Grosso in the final part of the encounter.
That's why we can say that Inter will be very motivated to avenge that loss and leapfrog Bayern to the top of Group B. Whether that is such a positive thing, considering the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Manchester United would then probably be among Inter’s possible opponents in the next round. But it’s pride and prestige that is at stake more than anything in this clash, and they will also want to continue in their impressive winning run.
In a really exciting game, Bayern Munich came back from behind to defeat Hamburg SV 1-2 in the German Bundesliga on Saturday.
The home team were given a penalty kick in the 17th minute, when Demichelis reacted too late and brought down Sanogo. In fact, midfielder Rafael van der Vaart struck into the right corner while Oliver Kahn went for the left.
Another Dutch player levelled in the 56th minute however. Roy Makaay received the ball from Deisler and the striker's effort from seven meters was unstoppable for keeper Wächter.
The winning goal followed in the 78th minute. Deisler found Peruvian forward Pizarro in the penalty area, and the latter did well to set the score to 1-2.
In the end, Bayern are third but may move down a spot after VfB Stuttgart's match on Sunday. Hamburg meanwhile, are second-last and managed to win only one of fourteen clashes this season.
In a very intense game, Bayern Munich rallied from two goals down Sunday to draw 2-2 with Schalke. Peter Lovenkrands scored in the 13th minute and Levan Kobiaschwili added a second goal for Schalke five minutes later.
In fact, Andreas Ottl scored for Bayern in the 45th when goalkeeper Manuel Neuer punched the ball to his feet and Roy Makaay equalized in the 51st.
With this result, Werder Bremen leads with 20 points, two ahead of VfB Stuttgart, which won 4-2 against Alemannia Aachen on Saturday. Bayern and Schalke are next with 17 points, one in front of Hertha Berlin.
It's fair to say that Schalke dominated the early stages of the game in front of 61,482 home fans. Bayern didn't manage an attempt on goal until Bastian Schweinsteiger's 27th-minute header.
"The first half was annoying — we weren't in the match at all," Bayern boss Felix Magath expressed. "It was encouraging that we fought back."
Kobiaschwili's goal — a rising shot on the run inside the left post — came just a few seconds after Schalke's fans stood to protest the team's recent poor performances. Schalke coach Mirko Slomka has been criticized after his squad was knocked out of the German Cup and beaten badly by Stuttgart in the past week.
We must consider that Bayern, booed by its fans in recent matches for uninspired play, had lost three straight away matches.
The one inform Bayern footballer is Makaay, who put a low side-footed shot past three defenders to score in his fourth straight match. He had a second goal ruled offside on a dubious call.
Bayern Munich has a brilliant opportunity in the Champions League
Makaay's team Bayern Munich can become one of the first clubs to book their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League in their next match against Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday.
It's good to know that a victory or draw at the Allianz Arena would guarantee the Bavarians a place in the last 16, but coach Felix Magath has just set his sights on the first option.
"Our aim is no longer to reach the second stage, we want to finish first," he admitted.
With three triumphs in three games, Bayern have put their inconsistent Bundesliga form behind them to send out a clear warning to the rest of European teams.
According to the latest results, the German powerhouse may have started their European campaign in pessimistic mood, but wins over Spartak Moscow, Internazionale and Sporting Lisbon have altered the climate in Bavaria.
In fact, they can now create a new club record by winning their fourth-straight group game on Tuesday.
And should Inter fail to win in Moscow earlier in the evening, a win would also see Makaay's teammates clinch top spot with two games still remaining.
"We definitely want to finish the group first so as to have home advantage in the second round," said in-form striker Roy Makaay.
The Dutchman striker is the club's top goalscorer this season after spending several months trying to find his best form.
It's important to notice that he is now back in the kind of shape which had terrorised the Bundesliga defenders in his first two years with the team.
"Roy is on the way back to his best and is one of the most accomplished strikers in Europe," Magath belives.
His authority was not respected by Claudio Pizarro on Saturday when the Peruvian striker assumed the responsibility for taking a penalty he had earned.
However, after missing from the spot, Pizarro bore the brunt of criticism from both his coach and strike partner.
"In future, only Roy takes the penalties," joked Makaay after the 2-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.
The pair have already put the episode behind them and will work together to score the goals Bayern need on Tuesday, while amateur forward Stefan Maierhofer, who made his Bundesliga debut on Saturday, has been added to the team list as back-up.
The young player deputises for the injured Lukas Podolski, while Bastian Schweinsteiger is also a doubt with Hasan Salihamidzic on standby to take the place of the match-winner in Portugal.
We must also mention that Sporting were held to a 3-3 draw by Beira Mar at the weekend.
Bayern Munich got a great victory in the Champions League
Bayern Munich got a great result against Sporting Lisbon. They beat the Portuguese team in the Champions League, even though Roy Makaay was just sitting on the bench.
Bastian Schweinsteiger netted the only goal of the match - a crackerjack 30-yard strike - but his night turned sour when he was sent off less than a minute into the second half after picking up his second yellow card.
We must notice that it was backs to the wall stuff from Bayern after that, but they held firm to put themselves on the brink of qualification for the knock-out stages.
Schweinsteiger gave an early warning of what was to come when his dipping effort from distance was fumbled by Ricardo within the first part of the game.
And the Portugal international again let the ball slip minutes later when he sent Mark van Bommel's effort into the path of Claudio Pizarro.
The Peruvian striker was seemingly held back by a tug on his shirt from Marco Caneira but Bayern's penalty claims were turned down.
Tho local team were struggling to get a foothold in the game and it was no surprise when Bayern took the lead. Schweinsteiger cut inside after receiving the ball on the left, and his wickedly swerving effort from more than 30 yards left Ricardo with no chance.
It was no more than the visitors - who had scored six goals in their previous two Champions League matches - deserved, and they immediately pressed for a second.
Four minutes later, Pizarro found himself in space just yards from goal, but headed Willy Sagnol's cross into the side netting.
It took 25 minutes for Sporting to work a position to test Bayern, but Jorge Carlos Martins pulled his shot wide with two players bearing down on goal.
As Sporting belatedly began to make an impression on the clash, both Schweinsteiger and Andreas Ottl picked up bookings for niggly fouls.
That's why Kahn was finally made to work when Liedson shot powerfully from a narrow angle forcing the keeper to save at full stretch.
In fact, Sporting were enjoying a nice period of pressure with a succession of corners testing the visitors' defence.
After being overwhelmed for the first 20 minutes, it was Sporting who finished the half stronger and Miguel Veloso's deflected strike sent Kahn sprawling, but Bayern held onto the lead going into the break.
Barely had fans taken their seats for the second half when Schweinsteiger's extraordinary evening took a turn for the worse.
His trip on substitute Yannick Djalo, who had only been on the pitch for 30 seconds, elicited a second yellow card from referee Terje Hauge, and Scwheinsteiger was forced not only out of the rest the match, but also the return fixture in two weeks time.
Sporting poured forward as they sought to make the most of their man advantage, and it almost paid off.
We must remember that on 58 minutes, Anderson Polga's shot flicked the outside of the post with Kahn stranded.
With Schweinsteiger back in the changing rooms and both Santa Cruz and Podolski withdrawn, Bayern were virtually non-existent as an attacking force.
Obviously, this time it was not Makaay's time. With so many competitive striker in the squad, it will be a hard battle for a place in the starting team.
German Champions Bayern Munich have lowered their expectations for this season's Champions League - but they will still expect to defeat Spartak Moscow in Group B on Tuesday. It really is not an easy task.
The fact the Allianz Arena is not even a sell-out for the visit of Spartak tells its own story as the Bavarians prepare for what they admit is likely to be just a short European adventure this season.
Indeed, after losing 4-1 to AC Milan in the San Siro in the second round last term - eventually going out 5-2 on aggregate, Bayern have accepted they are no longer one of the leading clubs in Europe.
"We have to go into the Champions League with a touch of humbleness," chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge expressed.
We ust remember that since winning the competition in 2001, Bayern have failed to make it beyond the quarter-finals.
Even reaching that stage this season would be regarded as a success.
"We have got to come through the group stage, that is all you can ask of us," said coach Felix Magath.
To join group favourites Internazionale in the last 16, it is imperative Bayern make a winning start at home to Spartak.
"We have got to pick up the points we need against Moscow and Sporting Lisbon," said Dutch forward Roy Makaay.
But despite defeating Spartak 5-1 the last time the two clubs met in Europe five years ago, Bayern will not be expecting a repeat of that result on Tuesday.
The Russian outfit have taken several leaps forward in the intervening years and the money from sponsors Lukoil has allowed them to almost keep pace with Bayern in the transfer market recently.
No longer are the wages on offer in Russia uncompetitive, which is one reason why former 1860 Munich player Martin Stranzl is now employed by the team from the Russian capital.
And the results are beginning to arrive too, with a 2-2 draw against city rivals CSKA Moscow at the weekend keeping Vladimir Fedetov's team within three points of the Premier Liga summit.
Now they must prove themselves in Europe, however, and as they prepare for their 200th game on the continental stage, a look back to their last Champions League campaign will provide the necessary motivation to succeed.
Four years ago, Spartak lost all six group games, scoring just once and conceding 18 goals.
On Tuesday, they have the unique opportunity to set the record straight and with Bayern looking far from their usual selves in a 2-1 German Cup win over third-division opponents St Pauli at the weekend, there could be a surprise in store.
Bayern Munich forward Roy Makaay admits he has to take "a huge part of the responsibility" for his team's failure to get the victory against Nurnberg on Saturday.
Bayern general manager Uli Hoeness believes Makaay "will not be able to explain how he didn't score even in 10 years' time" after the player passed up the chance to give the hosts a 48th-minute advantage in the top-of-the-table Bavarian match.
Indeed, Hoeness was among the 69,000 fans who were already celebrating as Roy Makaay rounded Nurnberg goalkeeper Rafael Schafer and turned to place the ball into an empty net.
However, with the music already blaring out to greet the opening goal, Makaay turned around in shock as he scuffed his shot into the side-netting.
"I really need to see it again to really believe it," he said after the goalless draw.
The 31-year-old's miss means the defending champions remain second in the Bundesliga table behind their neighbours after three rounds of games.
"I think we have thrown away two points and I have to take a huge part of the responsibility," he finished.
Defending champions Bayern Munich got their second successive triumph of the Bundesliga season with a great 2-1 win at newly-promoted Bochum Sunday.
It was an expected victory, and it helped Bayern move to third place in the table behind leaders Nuremberg and Werder Bremen, the only other teams with maximum six points. For Bochum it was a second successive defeat following a 2-1 loss at Mainz on the opening day of the season.
The most important fact of the game was that Dutch striker Roy Makaay, who scored in Bayern's 2-0 defeat of Borussia Dortmund last week, was again on target with an opening goal two minutes before half-time.
We also must mention that defender Philipp Lahm hit a 65th-minute winner for the visitors after Bochum had equalized in the second half through Fabio Junior.
In the day's other match, VfB Stuttgart bounced back from a 3-0 defeat at home to Nuremberg, to defeat Arminia Bielefeld 3-2 despite ending the match with nine men after two red cards.
And on Friday, Nuremberg defeated Borussia Moenchengladbach 1-0, while Werder Bremen earned a 2-1 win against Bayer Leverkusen Saturday.
In a mediocre game, Werder Bremen managed to beat Bayern Munich to win the League Cup - the first piece of silverware of the 2006/07 German season.
Thomas Schaaf's team, who have finished just behind Bayern in each of the last two Bundesliga campaigns, were more incisive and seemed to be a touch closer to full fitness ahead of the new season.
In fact, Ivan Klasnic, back in the starting squad after being left out of the semi-final, scored a goal in either half to earn Bremen a 2-0 triumph in Leipzig.
Bayern Munich boss Felix Magath fielded his strongest side, but carried through with his promise of replacing any player who showed signs of tiredness when German players Lukas Podolski and Bastian Schweinsteiger were taken off at the interval.
The former thought he had opened his account for the Bavarians in the 23rd minute, however his goal after some great interplay from Ali Karimi and Roy Makaay was harshly ruled out for offside.
And five minutes later, Klasnic put Bremen ahead with a pinpoint shot beyond the reach of Oliver Kahn into the far corner.
According to the referee, Bremen continued to hold the upper hand in the second half and Klasnic's 25-yard free-kick in the 66th minute sealed the win.
It's important to say that Kahn could do nothing as the low drive flew through the wall and into the bottom corner of his goal.
Despite a late rally provided by the lively substitute Hasan Salihamidzic, Bayern Munich were never up to their usual high standards and will be fearful of a similar false start when they face Borussia Dortmund for the opening match of the Bundesliga season on Friday.
Bayern Munich beat Schalke and will play the final
Bayern Munich showed no hangover from their whistle-stop trip to Japan with a deserved win over Schalke to earn a meeting with Bremen on Saturday.
Indeed, a 35,000 crowd at the Allianz Arena saw the home side, five-times winners of the traditional curtain-raising League Cup tournament, enjoy the lion's share of possession and the chances in the first period, but debutant striker Lukas Podolski was unable to convert the best opening after scintillating build-up play from the lively Owen Hargreaves.
As we said, the Reds kept up the pressure in the second half but Andreas Ottl and Roy Makaay declined to accept the most promising chances, although there was a scare for the champions when Zlatan Bajramovic blasted against the bar.
With the match goalless at the end of normal time, the match went to penalties, where Mehmet Scholl, Hargreaves, Roque Santa Cruz and captain for the night Willy Sagnol confidently buried their spot-kicks, with Olli Kahn deputy Michael Rensing pulling off a vital save to seal an ultimately deserved victory.
It was a good debut. Defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich cruised to a 12-0 friendly win against local amateur side TSV 02 Berching on Friday as their preparations for the 2006/07 season began in emphatic style.
In fact, only 10 professionals reported for the start of pre-season training this week with most of Felix Magath's team being away on World Cup duty or sidelined with injury.
However, Bayern still produced a commanding performance with new signing Daniel van Buyten scoring just nine minutes to open his account for the Bavarians while Claudio Pizarro (2) and Roy Makaay were also on target.
We can say that even goalkeeper Michael Rensing was able to get in on the act as he played the last half-hour as an emergency striker as several reserve and youth footballers were given some action.
It's important to remember that Bayern's Bundesliga season starts with a home clash against Borussia Dortmund on Friday, August 11.
As it was announced before in many news channels, Bayern Munich coach Felix Magath has confirmed his interest in Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.
The Dutch forward fell out with United boss Sir Alex Ferguson last season and is thought to be weighing up his options at Old Trafford. He has been linked with a move to Bayern and Magath has admitted he would love to pair Van Nistelrooy with his Dutch compatriot Roy Makaay in his team's frontline.
"Everybody knows Ruud van Nistelrooy is one of the best strikers in the world and the chance of working with a top striker like him doesn´t come around every day," Magath said.
Alongside Makaay, the coach already has many excellent forwards in the squad, like Pizarro, Santa Cruz and the new signing Podolsky.
Roy Makaay's agent announced that the forward won't go to Spaniard side Barcelona. Althoug some newspapers in Spain had claimed the Dutchman was set to replace Henrik Larsson, who has moved to Helsingborgs, Makaay's agent Rob Jansen insists there is no substance to the speculation.
"There is absolutely no contact with Barca and how the papers have come up with that defies me," he told a magazine.
In fact, the Dutch striker is instead focused on continuing his phenomenal goalscoring record with the Bavarians.
In 96 Bundesliga games, Roy Makaay has found the back of the net 62 times, although last season was a disappointment compared to his usual high standards.
"I know I still scored 17, but it was not the best of seasons," admitted Makaay, who was omitted from the Holland squad for the World Cup Germany 2006.
It's good to say that Makaay already has sights set on the 2006/07 Bundesliga season and what he hopes will be a return to the form he showed in his first two seasons with the German champions.
"I want to break the 20-goal record like I did in my first two seasons in Bayern Munich," he finished.
American team Red Bulls played an exhibition match against German team Bayern Munich last Saturday and won 4-2 behind Jean Philippe Peguero`s two goals.
The german team used almost all their bench, since the best players are with their national teams for the World Cup preparation.
Taking advantage of that situation, Peguero, who leads the Red Bulls with four goals, scored from 16 yards out to tie the encounter at 1 in the 52nd minute. He tallied again in the 80th minute, when he took a pass from Joe Vide and chipped a shot over a defender and goalkeeper Bernd Dreher.
"I`ve watched Peguero for the last three years. I knew he had something special,`` Red Bulls coach Mo Johnston expressed. "You watched the second goal he scored, it wouldn`t surprise me if Bayern Munich were talking to him just now."
"We`re representing the league first and foremost, and it`s always great when you play the likes of Bayern Munich. It`s good for the guys and we scored some nice goals."
Bayern Munich were able to use Roy Makaay and Claudio Pizarro, but they couldn't make a good presentation.
Roy Makaay'steam got a 3-3 draw against Borussia Dortmund on the last match of the season but the result was not enough to stifle the celebrations as the Bayern Munich received the Bundesliga trophy for the 20th time.
Michael Ballack was on the scoresheet in almost certainly his last match for Bayern. However, that was no fond farewell as the Bayern fans continued to boo him.
His 50th-minute goal put Bayern 3-1 up but Dortmund earned a point after a late fightback, thanks to Jan Koller who scored a 76th-minute equaliser.
As we know, the Czech striker is also expected to move in the summer and bowed out with a brace in his first game back since sustaining a cruciate ligament injury in September.
His first goal silenced the home fans after just 60 seconds. But Roy Makaay levelled matters within five minutes.
What's more, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Ballack scored just after the break before Dortmund responded with goals from Philipp Degen and Koller.
However, Dortmund stunned Bayern in the opening stages when Koller, the tallest player on the field, ghosted past one of the smallest, Bixente Lizarazu, to reach Nuri Sahin's cross and head the ball in goal.
But Borussia's defensive frailties were revealed just five minutes later as Lucio burst forward to set up Makaay, who finished from 10 yards.
The Dutch player should have had a second within three minutes when he beat the offside trap to reach Ballack's throughball but he fired wide.
In one of the most important moments of the night, Jens Jeremies and Lizarazu, who were playing their last game before retirement, were given standing ovations by the Bayern crowd before the game but after Ballack was heckled for the opening 15 minutes, Bayern's general manager Uli Hoeness left the dugout appealing for the home crowd to stop.
A second Borussia goal almost happen before the half-time whistle but Oliver Kahn pulled off a stunning save to divert Ebi Smolarek's shot wide of the post.
The game opened up in the second half with Schweinsteiger finding the back of the net in the 48th minute.
Space opened up in front of the Germany international and he found the net with an excellent 25-yard strike.
After two minutes, it seemed like the floodgates were opening as Ballack fired in from the edge of the area.
But Dortmund were not beaten and Degen took advantage of a mix-up between Lucio and Lizarazu in the 64th minute to pull the visitors back into the game.
The Swiss midfielder still had work to do inside the penalty area, but he made it look easy as he fired into the roof of the net past half-time substitute goalkeeper Michael Rensing from an angle.
The Westphalians were then level with Sahin again the provider for Koller, lifting the ball into the area where Koller's unchallenged header from 10 yards beat Rensing at his far post.
In the end of the game, the celebrations began as captain Kahn received the Bundesliga trophy for Bayern Munich, the 2005-06 German champions.