Bayern Munich caretaker manager Willy Sagnol feels the Bavarian giants no longer hold a supremacy in the Bundesliga after they gave away a two-goal lead at Hertha Berlin this weekend.
The German champions endured a tough week which involved a 3-0 Champions League defeat at Paris Saint-Germain, and this paved way for the dismissal of Carlo Ancelotti.
Despite this, Sagnol named a strong starting line-up which included the likes of Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng – all of whom were left on the bench at Parc des Princes. Hummels and Robert Lewandowski gave Bayern a 2-0 lead before 50 minutes, but Hertha fought back with goals from Ondrei Duda and Salomon Kalou and held on for a valuable point.
In the absence of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Bayern have had to adjust with Sven Ulreich between the sticks, and the 29-year-old has not looked comfortable with his mistake costing his side three points in the 2-2 draw against Wolfsburg last month. Continue reading
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that the club have not made progress in contractual negotiations with Mesut Ozil.
The Germany international has less than 10 months left on his present Gunners deal, and this has led to suggestions that he could leave the club on a free this summer.
Prior to the Gunners’ Europa League opener against Koln, Wenger revealed that the club have slowed down talks with the World Cup winner, but he is hopeful of committing his attacker to a fresh contract, he said: “Yes, of course (I am hopeful). The contract talks have slowed down a little bit since August 31. We need a little breather and to focus on the competition. But we will slowly get back into that.”
Ozil has received a lot of stick for his performances this season with the likes of Ian Wright and Martin Keown questioning his desire to play for the club. The 28-year-old has since come up with a personal request urging the club’s legends to ‘stop talking and start supporting’, but this has not gone well with Wright, in particular, who has hit back at the German for stalling on an extension. Continue reading
Germany defeated Russia 2-0 to lead Group B as Sweden fell to a shock defeat in the hands of Italy at the ongoing 2017 Women European Championship.
The Germans would now face Denmark in a quarter final pairing while Sweden are set to trade tackles against Group A leaders the Netherlands.
The thrilling duel between the Swedes and the Italians happed in Doetinchem. LottaSchelin opened scoring through a penalty kick before Daniela Sabatino leveled. StinaBlackstenius scored in the 47th minute to send the Italians back ahead but Sabatino equalized again. With minutes left to play Cristiana Girelli added the third to seal victory for the Italian women side. The loss meant Sweden finished second in the group to face another group winner. Had they won the game as expected they would likely have ended up leaders and face a second place team from another group.
The Germans too advantage of the situation to lead the pack. The reigning champs dominated their opponents in the game played in Utrecht. The Russians rarely got a shot on target but the Germans had to rely on two penalties to win the game. Babett Peter and DzseniferMarozsan converted the spot kicks, beating keeper Tatyana Shcherbak.
The Germans had seven points in total while Sweden finished with four points. The last eight games are set to happen on July 29th.
In other results, England and Portugal qualified from their group. The Lionesses defeated Spain 2-0 to book their spot in the knockout stage while Portuguese side defeated Scotland 2-1.
On July 2 of 2017, Joachim Low lifted his 1st FIFA Confederations Cup as his German squad defeated Chile in the finals with a final scoreboard of 1-0 as Lars Stindl scored the only goal of the entire match which edged the triumph for his national side.
An important thing to take into consideration is the fact that Joachim Low won the 2017 edition of the FIFA Confederations Cup by using a very young squad. The oldest player in Low´s team that played in the finals of this competition was Lars Stindl as he´s 28 years old.
It appears like Joachim Low wanted to make a statement about the next generation of players that Germany has to offer and he indeed accomplished his mission as his rising stars made a memorable performance which was sealed by winning the international football competition.
When the match was over, Joachim Low did not hesitate in voicing his gratification in regards to his youth team as the head coach of the German national football team said: Continue reading
German champions Bayer Munich are prepared to loan out forward Serge Gnabry in order to continue his development.
The former Arsenal man linked up with the Bavarian giants on a free transfer after he ended his association with Werder Bremen using a clause in his contract. The 21-year-old had received offers from the likes of RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim but he decided to pursue a stiffer challenge with Bayern, where he could progress more as a player.
According to SportBILD, Gnabry will be loaned out for the 2017/18 season as he looks to earn valuable first-team opportunities in order to push for a national team spot. Gnabry earned his debut for Germany against San Marino earlier last year where he bagged an impressive hat-trick. He is currently with the Germany Under-21 side at the European Championships where they take on England in the semi-final stage. Continue reading
Spanish soccer giants Barcelona are set to have a busy summer getting players to boost the team.
The club seems focused on getting talented world class and young players to cover defensively for the team. The Nou Camp has been linked with Hector Bellerin and Marco Verratti. It would be a tasking job, or near impossible, to lure the players this summer.
Barcelona are reportedly considering Ousmane Dembele. This is another player that would be difficult to get as the club does not want to sell either. Barca’s budget, if they do not sell players off, could limit the amount of money they could use to convince clubs to give them the best defensive talents.
Barca chased Dembele when he left Rennes but the player preferred Borussia Dortmund for career reasons. The player got regular football, developing more into the world class player he is now. He seems disappointed with the sack of Coach Thomas Tuchel who convinced him to move to Germany. Continue reading
A former side in the German top tier football league 1860 Munich have been relegated to the third tier.
The slip has caused uproar as many did not expect such a slump. The club announced on their website that they know it is “not acceptable for the whole ‘Lions’ family.”
With the results, Jordanian investor HasanIsmaik’s move would crucial as the club suffers weak finances. The Munich based side would be forced to declare insolvency unless Ismaik commits to the future of the club. The club has until Friday to pay €5 million to the Football Federation in Germany (DFB) for a third division license.
The plans of the investor remain unclear and he even missed the game on Tuesday. The fans would not mind he left but the club would have to declare insolvency, and then there would likely be a free fall to lower levels.
The club is set to lose its players as their contracts are not valid in the third division. After the match, the president Peter Cassalette resigned from his role. The chief executive Ian Ayre already left before the game. Ayre said the shareholders have varied interests and do not have a shared vision. Continue reading
Europe’s football regulatory body UEFA has revealed the guidelines on the bidding process for the 2024 continental tournament.
The body says that the winning host nation must comply with human rights rules – a first time this is happening.
Germany and Turkey are the only countries seeking to host the tournament as they were the only ones that indicated formal interests before the March deadline. The Germans hosted the 1974 World Cup, the European Championships in 1988 as West Germany before hosting the 2006 World Cup as a nation.
On the other hand, Turkey has never hosted a major football tournament, and this human rights abuse angle does not favour them. Following the coup attempt in Turkey, the president TayyipErdoganhas been accused of a crackdown on civilians by the international community. A state of emergency was declared and almost 47,000 people were arrested over a nine-month period. The nation has blocked access to Wikipedia under national security laws. Continue reading
Germany will be taking a decision on the presence of Marco Reus at the Confederations Cup only in the summer.
The Borussia Dortmund striker is regarded as one of the top players for the German national team. However, he had to miss the recent DFB Cup semi-final game against Bayern Munich. The 27-year-old was expected to be nominated for the Confederations Cup squad. However, manager Joachim Loew has claimed that a decision will be taken in the near future. The Dortmund striker was a significant risk in the European championship 2016, as he was unable to play.
Reus was also unable to feature at the World Cup 2014 in Brazil due to an injury. It has been an extremely unlucky period for the striker, who is regarded as one of the top players for the national team. Since making his debut for Germany in 2011, Reus has only been able to feature in 29 games for the national team. Continue reading
Germany has to undergo a radical change in terms of the youth coaching methods in order to prepare for the future, according to national team coach Joachim Loew.
He says that the players have been able to reach the full potential of their physicality. Hence, improvement can only come from the mental side of the game. A number of players are unable to take their game to the next level due to lack of understanding of the game.Loew reckons that it is primarily down to coaching methods. After having had first-hand experience about the youth coaching philosophy at Barcelona,Loew says that he is left speechless at seeing the under 10 team perform at such an exceptional level.
Barcelona are widely adjudged to have the best youth setup in the world. Several great players have come from the La Masia youth academy with the likes of Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta amongst the few to remember.Loew says that the football players at Barcelona are trying to play the game like chess – seeing each move 20 or 30 times in advance. Continue reading