United determined to hold on to Pogba

According to headlines in the Spanish press, Manchester United are keen to hold on to Paul Pogba and are determined not to let their French star go to Real Madrid. Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane is a long term admirer of his compatriot, and despite splashing out millions in the summer market, is keen to bring the medio to the Bernabeu.

However Marca say United are not willing to budge from their 200 million euro tag for Pogba, which may force Zidane to look at alternative options like Christian Eriksen or Donny van de Beek.

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German clubs hope for better European performance this season

The 2018/19 Champions League season was a particularly disappointing one for German clubs. For the first time in 13 years, no German club was present in the last eight of Europe’s premier club competition. It was left to Eintracht Frankfurt to fly the country’s flag in the second tier Europa League, but they also bowed out in the last four in heartbreaking fashion- on penalties, to Chelsea.

It was more difficult to stomach because it came on the back of the national team, the reigning champions, failing to make it out of their World Cup group in the summer. That was followed by a sub par Nations League campaign which saw coach Joachim Low end the careers of several well known players- the likes of Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels.

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Sweden confirmed as Germany’s last eight opponents at WWC

Germany’s women will take on Sweden in the last eight of the tournament after the latter eliminated Canada in the Round of 16. The Germans had earlier booked their spot with a 3:0 win over Nigeria. Seven of the eight quarter-finalists are European teams, with the United States the sole exception.

The fixture will be played at Roazhon Park in Rennes. Both teams have played a single group game each at the venue- Germany edged China 1:0 while Sweden beat Chile 2:0

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Was 18/19 a success for Dortmund?

The 2018/19 Bundesliga season saw the ‘Black and Yellows’ mount a very real title challenge, following on from an emphatically bad start to the season. After finding themselves a goal down within 30 seconds of the new campaign’s first whistle, Lucien Favre’s troops rallied in great fashion, dominating the game there after to win 4-1.

By the evening of 23 December 2018, Dortmund stood no less than six points clear at the Bundesliga summit. It was the ideal tally going into the Christmas break, and with Bayern Munich’s mid-2010s colossi apparently fading in form and fortune, nothing – it seemed – could go wrong.

Christmas Table

Such a belief was backed further still by Dortmund’s sheer goalscoring prowess, with the Schwarzgelben notably going into their final fixture of October having already scored 29 league goals. Continue reading Was 18/19 a success for Dortmund?

Germany 4:0 South Africa | Die Nationalelf finish top of Group B

Germany’s women finished their group engagements with a 100% record as they beat South Africa 4:0 in Montpellier. The game, attendanced by 15.502 spectators, saw Die Nationalelf score thrice before the interval against a hapless Banyana outfit.

Germany’s goals came through Melanie Leoprolz (14), Sara Dabritz (29), Alexandra Popp (40) and Lina Magull (58). They thus won Group A with a 100% record and also preserved their record of not conceding a single goal in group play.

With Germany winning their group, they’ll now face a third place qualifier in the Round of 16 (Grenoble June 22)

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FIFA June 2019 Rankings- Germany rise two spots to 11th

Germany’s twin European qualifying victories have lifted them to 11th place in the latest FIFA rankings- an improvement of two places. The Germans beat Belarus 2:0 away from home and followed it up with a 8:0 triumph against Estonia in Mainz.

With 1582 points, Die Mannschaft are level on points with Argentina and just seven behind Denmark, who currently occupy 10th place.

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Is Peter Gulacsi the Bundesliga’s best keeper?

Is Leipzig’s Hungarian goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi the Bundesliga’s best goalkeeper? His peers certainly seem to think so- an anonymous survey conducted of 250 Bundesliga players by a German newspaper saw the 29 year old being rated as the best keeper in the league for the 2018/19 season.

Behind Gulacsi were the trio of Roman Burki (Dortmund), Jiri Pavlenka (Werder Bremen) and Gladbach’s Yann Sommer. Manuel Neuer didn’t feature in the top eight names as seen in the list below.

Gulacsi’s Leipzig had the best defensive record in the Bundesliga for 18/19, letting in only 29 goals throughout the season. They finished third in the table behind Bayern and BVB.

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Local press player ratings- Germany 2:0 Belarus

Germany continued their steady progress up as they beat Belarus to make it two wins out of as many games in European qualifying. Die Mannschaft, who had kicked off their campaign with an upset 3:2 win over the Netherlands, saw off Belarus thanks to goals in either half from Leroy Sane (13) and Marco Reus (62). Sane had scored in the opening quarter against the Dutch as well.

Northern Ireland’s 2:1 win over Estonia means that they top the group with a 100% record (3 wins out of 3). The Netherlands didn’t feature in this round of fixtures owing to their participation in the Nations League finals in Portugal.

Germany’s next fixture will be against Estonia in Mainz. Goal scorer Sane, Klostermann, Ginter, Kimmich and Neuer were among the best German players on show at the Borisov Arena.

Germany vs Belarus Player Ratings

German star Thomas Muller supports India at the 2019 Cricket World Cup

His international career with Germany might be over (hasn’t played since late 2018), but it appears that Thomas Muller has backed the right horse by choosing to tweet his support to the Indian national cricket team ahead of the 2019 World Cup in England.

Ahead of the tournament, Muller took to social media to pose with a cricket bat and an Indian jersey. Indian skipper Virat Kohli had supported Die Mannschaft in previous tournaments and Muller (we’re not sure whether he’s played much cricket), chose to use this opportunity to reciprocate. And judging by the Men in Blue’s start to the tournament, it appears that Muller has picked the right side!

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Bayern 3:0 Leipzig Player Ratings | Bavarians do the double

Bayern Munich finished their engagements this season by doing the double as they beat Leipzig 3:0 to win the German Cup. A stellar performance from Robert Lewandowski, who netted a brace, and bagged the best ratings on the evening along with Joshua Kimmich and Manuel Neuer. Leipzig star Timo Werner, often linked with a move to Bayern, was a disappointment, as evinced by these ratings. Also this Pokal victory effectively keeps Niko Kovac at the Allianz Arena next season, as confirmed by Hoeness- a league and Cup double is a reasonable return for his first season in charge,

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