Category Archives: International Football

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.

Gulacsi

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

England women scrape through with a win

England Women kicked off their world cup campaign with a victory against Scotland in France yesterday. It was hardly a stellar performance from the Lionesses and it leaves us wondering just how far can they go in this World Cup?

There has been a lot of talk in the build up to the Women’s world cup about just how much potential this England side have. The warm up games suggested that they had the grit and determination to see games out and get the victory even when they weren’t playing well.

Before the tournament, the Lionesses had seen off the likes of New Zealand, Spain and Denmark. They even managed a 2-2 draw with current holders USA. Whilst none of these victories were emphatic, it demonstrated that they knew what was required to win.

Lionesses

On to Sunday’s game and it felt like it was business as usual Continue reading England women scrape through with a win

WWC- Will the USWNT defend their crown in France?

The 2019 Women’s World Cup kicks off on June 7th in Paris when France takes on South Korea at the Parc des Princes. This year’s WWC will be the eighth edition of the tournament and 24 teams will fight for the right to be called world champions. It is the first time that France will be hosting the tournament, three years after their men’s team won the European Championships on home soil. Major kit providers like Nike and Adidas are providing bespoke uniforms for their nations, indicating the growing profile of the tournament, which will also be using VAR- a first in the history of the WWC. Continue reading WWC- Will the USWNT defend their crown in France?

Netherlands vs Germany Player Ratings 2019 | Holland 2:3 Deutschland

Germany sprang an upset of sorts by beating Ronald Koeman’s Netherlands at the Amsterdam. Serge Gnabry’s 34th minute wonder strike was the highlight of the first half at the end of which Jogi Low’s side 2-0. Netherlands fought back through goals from De Ligt and Memphis, but Germany stole it at the death thanks to Nico Schulz.

Here are the player ratings for the game courtesy the German media (Bild & Kicker). Leroy Sane, Gnabry and Schulz, as the scorers of Germany’s goals, were the best rated players. Sane continued from where he had left off in the draw against Serbia. The best Dutch player on show, according to these ratings was Lyon’s Depay.

The worst appeared to be PSG right back Thilo Kehrer, who got a 3.5 in Kicker and a 4 in Bild.

Netherlands vs Germany Player Ratings 2019

Holland vs Germany Player Ratings 2019