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.

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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?