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Schalke players attacked with eggs by own fans after relegation
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Schalke players attacked with eggs by own fans after relegation

Schalke players and staff have been attacked with eggs by their own fans following their first relegation from the Bundesliga in 33 years. The club suffered their 21st league defeat of the season in a 1-0 loss at Arminia Bielefeld on Tuesday. Returning to Schalke's stadium early on Wednesday, the players were met by up to 600 of the club's fans. Gelsenkirchen police said fans had already started lighting fireworks and flares near the ground after the game. "Once the team arrived and stepped off the bus there were severe protests," police said in a statement. "Eggs were thrown at the players, who were also verbally attacked." In response to the incident, Schalke said some "unidentified individuals clearly stepped over lines that are non-negotiable". "While there is und...
Dortmund Issue Statement After Fans Breach Coronavirus Rules To Celebrate Derby Win
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Dortmund Issue Statement After Fans Breach Coronavirus Rules To Celebrate Derby Win

Borussia Dortmund have issued a statement after seeing their fans breach coronavirus rules to celebrate their derby win over Schalke. Dortmund thrashed Schalke 4-0 at the Veltins-Arena on Saturday, moving to within six points of fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga standings in the process. A large number of supporters flouted social distancing protocols while gathering outside of BVB's training facility to revel in the final result, while the players also joined in the celebrations from the safety of the team bus, with the club now promising to take swift action in order to avoid any repeat incidents. What was said? An official statement on Dortmund's website reads: "With all the understandable joy of winning the derby, there were public violations of the corona...
“Beauty” : Fans React To Haaland SHOCK Bicycle Kick Goal Vs Schalke
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“Beauty” : Fans React To Haaland SHOCK Bicycle Kick Goal Vs Schalke

Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland has now been praised by fans after he scored a stunning bicycle kick goal. Jadon Sancho played the ball into the ball and Haaland got away from his marker to score a beautiful goal. Haaland's goal made it 2-0 in favour of Borussia Dortmund after Jadon Sancho scored the first goal. A fan on Twitter wrote: "That Goal Is Unstoppable." Another fan wrote: "Haaland is the next Ronaldo." Watch Video; https://youtu.be/4qWpx9xR8JY
EPL: Total Amount Arsenal Have Saved after Ozil, Mustafi, Kolasinac Exits Revealed
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EPL: Total Amount Arsenal Have Saved after Ozil, Mustafi, Kolasinac Exits Revealed

  Arsenal have saved around £12.7m in wages, following a clear out in the January transfer window. Shkodran Mustafi left for Schalke on deadline day, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Joe Willock joined West Brom and Newcastle on loan respectively. Mesut Ozil and Sokratis both saw their contracts terminated six months earlier. Sead Kolasinac also left for Schalke on loan, while William Saliba switched to Nice for the remainder of the season. The biggest saving came from the termination of Ozil’s contract ahead of his move to Fenerbahce. He was on £350,000 per week. Sokratis, who has joined Olympiacos on a free transfer, was on around £90,000 per week, according to wtfoot.com. And Macey, who has joined Hibernian, was paid around £10,000 per week. That amounts...
EPL: Ozan Kabak’s Shirt Number at Liverpool Revealed
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EPL: Ozan Kabak’s Shirt Number at Liverpool Revealed

Liverpool’s new signing, Ozan Kabak’s shirt number at Anfield has been revealed. Kabak will wear the No.19 shirt at Liverpool after completing a loan deal to the Premier League champions from Schalke 04 on transfer deadline day (Monday). The 20-year-old will spend the remainder of the 2020/21 season with Jurgen Klopp’s side. Kabak completed the formalities of the switch in Germany and will travel to Merseyside later this week. The player arrives at the Reds after two years in the German Bundesliga, where he represented VfB Stuttgart before joining Schalke in July 2019. He has seven caps for the Turkey national team.
Transfer Deadline Day: Arsenal Terminate Mustafi’s Contract
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Transfer Deadline Day: Arsenal Terminate Mustafi’s Contract

Arsenal has reached an agreement to terminate Shkodran Mustafi’s contract, Sky Germany reports. Mustafi’s deal had six months to run, but the defender is now set to return to Germany and sign for Schalke 04. He will be reunited with Sead Kolasinac, who left the Emirates on a six-month loan deal. Schalke will bring Mustafi in as a replacement for Liverpool-bound Ozan Kabak. The 28-year-old has not started a single league fixture for Arsenal this season. Gunners boss, Mikel Arteta, currently has five centre-halves at the club; Gabriel, David Luiz, Pablo Mari, Rob Holding and Calum Chambers. Mustafi is not in Arteta’s plans, as shown by his team selection in previous games.
Bayern Munich 8-0 Schalke: Gnabry hits hat-trick as champions start defence in ominous fashion
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Bayern Munich 8-0 Schalke: Gnabry hits hat-trick as champions start defence in ominous fashion

There was no Champions League hangover for Bayern Munich as they blew away Schalke 8-0 on the opening day of the Bundesliga season. Bayern Munich started the defence of their Bundesliga title in ominous fashion as a Serge Gnabry hat-trick helped them to a stunning 8-0 win over Schalke at the Allianz Arena on Friday. A mere 26 days after winning the Champions League, Hansi Flick's side showed no signs of tiredness and powered into a fourth-minute lead thanks to Gnabry's superb strike. That was added to by Leon Goretzka after 19 minutes before Robert Lewandowski swept home a third from the penalty spot shortly after the half-hour mark.
I planned to use Goretzka as a right-back, reveals Germany coach Low
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I planned to use Goretzka as a right-back, reveals Germany coach Low

In form in an attacking sense in recent weeks, the national team boss admits that he has had very different plans for the 25-year-old Germany boss Joachim Low has revealed that he planned to use Bayern Munich star Leon Goretzka as a right-back. The 25-year-old has been in eye-catching form with the Bundesliga leaders since the resumption of play following the coronavirus crisis by scoring two goals and laying on three more as FCB have extended their advantage over second-placed Borussia Dortmund to seven points. While the former Schalke man has been impressing with his acumen in the final third, Low admits that he has toyed with using the midfielder at the opposite end of the field.
Injury Robs Reyna of First Borussia Dortmund Start as United States Starlet Misses Schalke Derby
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Injury Robs Reyna of First Borussia Dortmund Start as United States Starlet Misses Schalke Derby

The teenager had made a starting XI under Lucien Favre for the first time as Bundesliga action resumes, but an untimely knock has laid him low Giovanni Reyna has seen an unfortunate injury rob him of a first start for Borussia Dortmund, with the 17-year-old picking up a knock in the warm-up prior to a derby date with Schalke. The highly-rated youngster was due to be included from the off in a crunch clash between two arch-rivals at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday. With Bundesliga action back on the agenda amid the coronavirus pandemic, Reyna appeared set to mark his return in style.
Ferdinand backs Man Utd to move for ‘playground footballer’ Sancho
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Ferdinand backs Man Utd to move for ‘playground footballer’ Sancho

The former Old Trafford centre-back has sung the praises of the 20-year-old forward and wants to see him in red next term Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has given his backing to the club to move for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho. The young English attacker, who came through the youth ranks across the town at Manchester City, has been in the viewfinder of the Red Devils for several months after critically acclaimed displays in the Bundesliga. The return of top-flight football in Germany on Saturday is set to see Sancho thrust into the spotlight further, particularly as his BVB side kick off with a derby encounter against Schalke as they seek to chase down league leaders Bayern Munich.
Dortmund Tackle Schalke, Leipzig host Freiburg as German Bundesliga Returns
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Dortmund Tackle Schalke, Leipzig host Freiburg as German Bundesliga Returns

German Football Association has announced the return of top-flight football suspended because of the Coronavirus pandemic. The Bundesliga will return next weekend, May 16, The league was put on hold on March 13, in the wake of COVID-19. In a press conference on Thursday, DFL CEO Christian Seifert confirmed that the plan for the Bundesliga is to resume playing on May 16th. However, the games will be played behind-closed-doors. He said clubs have been duly notified of the progress and can begin to ramp up training in preparation. Here are fixtures for next weekend: Dortmund vs. Schalke Leipzig vs. Freiburg Hoffenheim vs. Hertha BSC Fortuna vs. Paderborn Augsburg vs. Wolfsburg Eintracht vs. Gladbach Sunday fixtures: Köln vs. Mainz
‘Sensitive’ Sane warned against making Bayern move by former team mate Aogo
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‘Sensitive’ Sane warned against making Bayern move by former team mate Aogo

The Germany international has long been linked with a move back to the Bundesliga, however a former Schalke colleague has raised doubts Leroy Sane is too "sensitive" to move to Bayern Munich and could struggle with the weight of expectation at Germany's biggest club, according to his former teammate Dennis Aogo. Manchester City forward Sane has long been linked with a return to Bundesliga and his agent recently confirmed that he has been in transfer talks with Bayern. It would be the first time Sane has played in German league football since he moved from Schalke to Manchester City for £45 million ($56m) in August 2016. Full-back Aogo was a teammate of Sane's at Schalke between 2013 and his departure for the Premier League, and says that while he admires the Germany international as...
Hertha defender Torunarigha sent off after receiving racist abuse
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Hertha defender Torunarigha sent off after receiving racist abuse

Hertha Berlin defender Jordan Torunarigha was sent off for an emotional reaction in the DFB-Pokal defeat at Schalke on Tuesday only minutes after club officials informed the referee of racial slurs against the 22-year-old. Schalke bounced back from a two-goal deficit to reach the German cup quarterfinals in extra time with a 3-2 win against Hertha. But the victory was overshadowed by a racist incident in the stands of the Veltins Arena. In the second half, Hertha defender Torunarigha was reportedly subjected to monkey chants from the Schalke supporters. Although the incident has yet to be confirmed, pictures show the 22-year-old visibly affected and comforted by his teammates. Torunarigha was shown a second yellow card by referee Harm Osmers 10 minutes into extra-time when he wa...
Bayern Munich vs Liverpool: Guardiola Reveals Club He Will Support
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Bayern Munich vs Liverpool: Guardiola Reveals Club He Will Support

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, is hoping that his former club, Bayern Munich will beat Liverpool and join them in the Champions League quarter-finals. The Premier League champions are through to the last eight, after hammering Schalke 7-0 on Tuesday, to qualify with a 10-2 aggregate. City’s progression means there will be at least three English teams in the quarter-final of a Champions League campaign, for the first time since 2010/11. Liverpool will look to make that four by navigating Wednesday’s last-16 second leg at the Allianz Arena, but Guardiola hopes City’s title rivals stumble at his old club. “I’m sorry for the English people but I want Bayern to go through. “I am part of this club. I love Munich. I love Bayern. I have a lot of friends there,”...
Man City Thrash Schalke 7-0 to Reach Champions League Quarter-finals
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Man City Thrash Schalke 7-0 to Reach Champions League Quarter-finals

Manchester City thrashed Schalke 7-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday to romp into the Champions League quarter-finals and keep their quadruple bid alive. Pep Guardiola’s men held a 3-2 lead from the first leg, and equalled the record winning margin in a Champions League knockout-stage game as winger Leroy Sane scored once and assisted three other goals against his former club.
Ronaldo’s Hat-trick Dumps Atletico Madrid Out, Man City Crush Schalke
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Ronaldo’s Hat-trick Dumps Atletico Madrid Out, Man City Crush Schalke

Cristiano Ronaldo netted a stunning hat-trick, as Juventus defeated Atletico Madrid 3-0 and qualified for the quarter-final of the Champions League. The Serie A champions came into the tie trailing 2-0 from the first leg at the Wanda Metropolitano. However, Ronaldo opened scoring with a header in the first half, to calm the nerves of the host. The former Real Madrid star made it 2-0 in the second half, before drilling home a penalty late in the game, to seal their passage into the next round. In the other game, Manchester City hammered Schalke 04 7-0 to qualify 10-2 on aggregate.
Latest Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg Results
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Latest Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg Results

The second legs of the Champions League round of 16, will continue this midweek. Juventus host Atletico Madrid in Turin, hoping to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg. Schalke travel to face Manchester City, who beat them 3-2 in Germany with 10 men. Both games kick off 9pm West African time. Tuesday, March 12 21:00 Juventus vs Atletico Madrid 21:00 Manchester City vs Schalke 04
Man City’s Squad to Tackle Schalke 04 Revealed
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Man City’s Squad to Tackle Schalke 04 Revealed

Manchester City have released their line-up that will tackle Schalke 04 on Tuesday night in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second-leg clash at the Etihad Stadium. Manchester Evening News reports that Man City manager, Pep Guardiola released a list of 20 players. Guardiola’s men head to the game following a 3-2 victory over Schalke 04 in the first leg encounter last month. Below is the Man City squad against Schalke 04: Ederson, Muric, Grimshaw, Walker, Garcia, Danilo, Stones, Humphreys, Laporte, Danilo, Delph, Zinchenko, Gundogan, Bernardo, Silva, Sterling, Foden, Sane, Jesus, Aguero. The kick-off time for the match is 9:00pm.
Champions League: Manchester City Are Teenagers – Guardiola
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Champions League: Manchester City Are Teenagers – Guardiola

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has said that his side are “teenagers” in the Champions League. Guardiola stated this ahead of Manchester City’s Champions League second-leg round of 16 clash with Schalke 04 on Tuesday night at Etihad. Guardiola’s side head to the game following a 3-2 victory over Schalke 04 in the first-leg encounter last month. “We could make another step in the Champions League this season, but you need 20, 30 years… we cannot deny, if we arrive in last stages of this competition, we make another step forward, but I think to compare with other teams, one success doesn’t change it,” Guardiola was quoted by Man City’s official website as saying on Monday. “We are teenagers in this competition. That’s how I feel. We push ourselves. Will not be happy i...
Top 10 Highest Goal Scorers in Champions League This Season
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Top 10 Highest Goal Scorers in Champions League This Season

Ahead of the conclusion of the Champions League round of 16 second-leg ties next week Tuesday and Wednesday, where Manchester City will tackle Schalke 04, Juventus will clash with Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich will face Liverpool and Barcelona will tackle Lyon, below are the current highest goal scorers, chasing the Golden Boot in the Europe top-flight league: Tottenham’s Harry Kane scored the only goal in his side’s 1-0 victory over Dortmund on Tuesday night to move eight positions on the goal chart with 5 goals. See top-ten of Champions League highest goal scorers below: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – 8 goals Dusan Tadic (Ajax) – 6 goals Moussa Marega (FC Porto) – 6 goals Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 6 goals Edin Dzeko (Roma) – 5 goals Neymar (PSG) – 5 go...
Atletico, Man City Survive VAR to Secure Win over Juventus, Schalke
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Atletico, Man City Survive VAR to Secure Win over Juventus, Schalke

Atletico Madrid claimed a big victory over Juventus in the Champions League last 16 first leg thanks to two goals from their centre-backs at set-pieces in Madrid. While in Germany, visiting Manchester City also survived VAR decision to claim a vital 3-2 away win against Schalke 04 with late strike off Raheem Sterling. In Madrid, Diego Simeone’s side were denied a penalty and an Alvaro Morata goal by the video assistant referee before they opened the scoring. Jose Maria Gimenez pounced from eight yards after Morata’s header was blocked by Mario Mandzukic. Striker Costa and midfielder Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid and Juve left-back Alex Sandro will all miss the second leg on Tuesday, 12 March after picking up their third bookings of the tournament. Ronaldo – who is aim...
Neuer Back From Injury Ahead of Liverpool Clash
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Neuer Back From Injury Ahead of Liverpool Clash

Manuel Neuer says he is fit to return for Bayern Munich ahead of their last-16 Champions League first leg away to Liverpool. The Germany goalkeeper has been out of action with a thumb injury but is available to face Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Friday. Bayern lost 3-1 at Bayer Leverkusen in Neuer’s absence and needed extra time to beat Hertha Berlin in the DFB-Pokal, although they won 3-1 against Schalke in their last match. Sven Ulreich has been deputising for Neuer, as he did throughout the 32-year-old’s lengthy absence due to a foot injury last season. But Bayern captain Neuer says he is ready and available for the trip to Augsburg, as well as the Anfield clash with Liverpool on Tuesday. “Yesterday went well. Today went well,” he told Bayern’s website. “I’ve joined in wi...
Schalke Fans Boo And Jeer Their Team Into Last 16 In Europe
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Schalke Fans Boo And Jeer Their Team Into Last 16 In Europe

Schalke have reached the last 16 of the Champions League, but their progress to the knock-out stages did not stop travelling fans booing their team’s dismal 3-1 defeat at Porto. Schalke’s Argelian midfielder Nabil Bentaleb (2ndR) and teammates react at the end of the UEFA Champions League group D football match between Porto and Schalke 04 at the Dragao stadium in Porto on November 28, 2018. (Photo by FRANCISCO LEONG / AFP) German fans celebrated before kick-off in the Portuguese city on Wednesday when Lokomotiv Moscow’s 2-0 win over Galatasary meant both Schalke and Porto were through to the last 16 from Group D. However, the mood soured after Schalke were well beaten by Porto as the Germans only had a late Nabil Bentaleb penalty to show and their fans voiced their disappoint...
German Bundesliga Result
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German Bundesliga Result

German Bundesliga result on Sunday: Hertha Berlin 1 (Duda 7) Freiburg 1 (Koch 36) Playing later Borussia M’gladbach v Mainz 05 (1600 GMT) Played Saturday Bayer Leverkusen 2 (L. Bender 34, Bellarabi 90+4) Hanover 2 (Muslija 25, Felipe 54) VfB Stuttgart 0 Borussia Dortmund 4 (Sancho 3, Reus 23, Alcacer 25, Philipp 85) FC Augsburg 0 RB Leipzig 0 VfL Wolfsburg 1 (Weghorst 63)Bayern Munich 3 (Lewandowski 30, 48, Rodriguez 72) Nuremberg 1 (Behrens 18-pen) Hoffenheim 3 (Nelson 50, 57, Szalai 67) Schalke 04 0 Werder Bremen 2 (M. Eggestein 43, 66) Played Friday Eintracht Frankfurt 7 (Haller 20-pen, 50, Jovic 26, 34, 55, 69, 72) Fortuna Dusseldorf 1 (Lukebakio 53)  
Bayern Star Goretzka Nursing Knock After Left-Back Debut
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Bayern Star Goretzka Nursing Knock After Left-Back Debut

Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka faces a race to be fit to face Hertha Berlin on Friday after twisting his ankle playing out of position at left-back. Goretzka The 23-year-old Germany international, normally a central midfielder, replaced David Alaba at left-back for Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at home to Augsburg, but twisted his ankle while fouling Andre Hahn after only 13 minutes and was replaced by eventually Alaba at the break. READ ALSO: Lampard’s Derby knock Man Utd out of League Cup, City ease into last 16 “I hope it’s not too serious,” Goretzka told reporters. An Arjen Robben goal for the hosts at Munich’s Allianz Arena was cancelled out when Augsburg substitute Felix Goetze, the younger brother of fallen Germany star Mario, scored four minutes from time against his...
Bayern’s Thiago Fit For Schalke Match
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Bayern’s Thiago Fit For Schalke Match

Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara will be fit for Saturday’s Bundesliga match at Schalke 04 after overcoming a toe injury that ruled him out of their mid-week Champions League win at Benfica, coach Niko Kovac said on Friday.   Bayern Munich’s Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara (2nd L) scores the 4-1 goal with Bayern Munich’s Polish forward Robert Lewandowski during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen football match between FC Bayern Munich and Arsenal in Munich, southern Germany, on February 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO Midfielder Thiago’s replacement Renato Sanches made the most of his rare start in their 2-0 win at Benfica on Wednesday, scoring one goal and helping set up the other. “All players who played in Lisbon are fit. Thiago will also complete our final training,” Ko...
Another Man Publicly Masturbates
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Another Man Publicly Masturbates

Just when we are yet to get over a man who mastubated on a flight, another man has done same, lol. A German football fan has been arrested after he was allegedly caught 'masturbating in the stands' while watching a Bundesliga clash. The unknown Hertha Berlin supporter was snapped on video midway through the lewd act - and it was quickly uploaded to social media for all to see. The images of the man sprawled across the terraces with his jeans around his ankles unsurprisingly went viral, with many struggling to understand why someone would choose a football stadium to partake in such an act. He was seen being accosted by Schalke stewards before being ejected from the arena during their 1-0 victory over Hertha.
All Eyes On Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang As Arsenal Hover
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All Eyes On Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang As Arsenal Hover

All eyes will be on whether Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will return to Borussia Dortmund’s starting line-up at Hertha Berlin on Friday, with the star striker reportedly chasing a move to Arsenal. Dortmund coach Peter Stoeger has told magazine Sport Bild he “assumes” Aubameyang, who has scored 21 goals in 23 matches this season, will stay, but “if he leaves, it will be hard to replace him with that goal quota”. German media reports claim the Gabon hot-shot is chasing a transfer to Arsenal after being disciplined on Sunday, with Dortmund wanting 70 million euros ($85.6m) for last season’s Bundesliga top scorer. “He has trained with the team and is in our plans,” Stoeger said firmly of Aubameyang with one eye on Berlin. The 28-year-old, who hit 31 league goals last season, was dropp...
Sanchez, Can, Goretzka, Ghoulam, Wilshere On Guardiola Radar
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Sanchez, Can, Goretzka, Ghoulam, Wilshere On Guardiola Radar

City spent heavily in the summer and may now be looking for a bargain with a number of highly rated players out of contract at the end of the season. Guardiola could opt to move for them at a reduced price when the transfer window opens in January or wait until the summer and pick them up for free. Here are five of the best players that Catalan could be considering ... Alexis Sanchez The Arsenal forward was close to joining City during the summer transfer window with a deal agreed until the Gunners pulled the plug in the final hours when they couldn't find a replacement. Sources have told ESPN FC City will consider returning for the Chilean in January with Guardiola concerned about his attacking options. The City boss is short of width on the left side following the serious knee inj...
VAR System Under Pressure In Germany After Complaints Of Bias
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VAR System Under Pressure In Germany After Complaints Of Bias

The VAR system is being trialled this season in Italy and Germany, generating much debate in both countries with fans complaining it slows games down. FIFA have yet to confirm whether the VAR will be used at next year's World Cup in Russia, but the fledgling system has had a bad start in Germany. There has been furious debate over when the VAR should intervene and how long it takes for decisions to be reviewed. "We need a new start in the structure. The pilot phase of the video assistant has relentlessly revealed problems, which have long been there, and must be solved," said Reinhard Rauball, president of the German Football League (DFL) in a statement released on Tuesday. Fans have unfurled banners at grounds around Germany demanding the end of the VAR experiment, but things took a t...
Howedes could Reportedly Be Given His Juventus Debut Against Benevento
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Howedes could Reportedly Be Given His Juventus Debut Against Benevento

According to Tuttosport, Howedes could be given “a taste of the pitch” for the first time as a Juve player after finally overcoming a thigh injury. The Germany defender has yet to make his Bianconeri debut since arriving on loan from Schalke over the summer. His stay will be made permanent once he plays 25 games, but a recent report suggested the Old Lady growing tired of his constant fitness problems.
Ivorian Kalou Buoyed By Hertha’s Anti-Racism Protest
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Ivorian Kalou Buoyed By Hertha’s Anti-Racism Protest

Hertha Berlin’s Ivorian forward Salomon Kalou compared racism to terrorism as he explained why his Bundesliga side “took the knee” on Saturday. Before the game against Schalke, Hertha staff copied the protests started by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick against treatment of black Americans. “It’s like terrorism – either you’re against it or for it,” said Kalou, 32. “If you don’t do anything against it, don’t criticise people who do, or have any type of judgement towards them.” Former Chelsea player Kalou denied Hertha’s protest, which the German club said stood for “tolerance and responsibility”, was a publicity stunt. “That’s not right,” replied the Ivory Coast international, who has also played for Feyenoord and Lille. “Racism is a bad thing and terrorism is a bad thing...
Barcelona Will Not Be Pursuing A Move For Schalke Midfielder Leon Goretzka
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Barcelona Will Not Be Pursuing A Move For Schalke Midfielder Leon Goretzka

Barcelona will not be pursuing a move for Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka, who has also been linked with Manchester United. The 22-year-old has made over 120 appearances for the Bundesliga side, and is widely regarded as one of the most promising prospects in Germany. Club scout Ariedo Braida has watched Goreztka in action, but he does not feel that he yet fits the elite requirements needed to play at Camp Nou. "He is certainly a great player, but for Barcelona it is too soon," said Braida. "I travel around the world in search of great talent, but our demands are extremely high." Goretzka has won 10 caps for Germany, scoring one goal, and has also been linked with Bayern Munich.
Ancelotti: James Needs To Improve Physical Condition
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Ancelotti: James Needs To Improve Physical Condition

Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti was pleased with James Rodriguez's display in his team's 3-0 win at Schalke, but said the attacker was not yet at full fitness. James, 26, marked his first Bundesliga start with a goal and an assist as Bayern moved top of the table. Ancelotti praised the Colombia international, who is on loan from Real Madrid, for his display, but added the attacker was still working his way back to fitness after a thigh injury. "He did well, he had a good performance. He played with the team, for the team, together with the others, with a good combination," Ancelotti said. "I think he has to improve his physical condition because he is not 100 per cent, but what he did today was really good." Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring for Bayern from the penalty spot be...
Stimulated Schalke Ready For Midweek Bayern Munich Test
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Stimulated Schalke Ready For Midweek Bayern Munich Test

Spring forward to the current day and the Gelsenkirchen giants are level on points with reigning champions Bayern Munich ahead of the teams’ Matchday 5 meeting at the VELTINS Arena. Under the guise of recently appointed coach Domenico Tedesco, Schalke have won three of their four games to date with an opening week triumph against RB Leipzig providing a spectacular springboard to the current campaign. A setback against Hannover followed on Matchday 2, but Die Knappen quickly recovered to record maximum returns against VfB Stuttgart and Werder Bremen and now mirror the nine points total currently held by Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern side. Bringing a fresh, enthusiastic stimulus to training sessions while testing out several players in new positions has piqued the interest of this Schalke team,...
Howedes’ Agent Says: ‘Arsenal, Roma Wanted Howedes’
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Howedes’ Agent Says: ‘Arsenal, Roma Wanted Howedes’

The centre-back joined the Bianconeri the day before the transfer deadline last month, on loan from Schalke 04 with an option to buy next summer. “When this new situation came up we had direct contact with [Juve sporting director Fabio] Paratici,” Volker Struth explained. “Of course we were also in contact with other clubs. We held talks with Roma, Leicester and also Arsenal because we’d heard that Inter wanted [Shkodran] Mustafi. “However, it soon became clear that Juve’s interest was concrete and from the start they were Benni’s first choice. “With all due respect for Schalke, when a top club like Juve comes in you have to go there. Juve are the top.”  
Juventus Sign Schalke Defender Howedes On A One-Year Loan Deal
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Juventus Sign Schalke Defender Howedes On A One-Year Loan Deal

Howedes started playing football for his hometown club TuS Haltern in 1994. In 2001, he was transferred to the youth teams of FC Schalke 04. In 2003, he became captain of Schalke's under-19 team and as a member of that team he won the Under 19 Bundesliga in 2006.In September 2007, the German Football Association honoured Howedes with the Fritz Walter Medal as the best player of his age-group for the 2006–07 season.In January 2007, he signed a professional contract with Schalke, which ran until 30 June 2010, he then joined Schalke's Bundesliga squad in July. Until October 2007, however, he only played for Schalke's second team in the Oberliga (fourth division).Howedes' first professional match was in the Champions League on 3 October 2007. Later, on 10 December 2008, Howedes extended his co...
Kevin-Prince Boateng Signs Three-Year Eintracht Deal
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Kevin-Prince Boateng Signs Three-Year Eintracht Deal

Ghana ‘bad-boy’ midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng could feature for Eintracht Frankfurt in this weekend’s German league match at Freiburg after signing a three-year deal with the Bundesliga club on Friday. Berlin-born Boateng is back in the Bundesliga after stints at Hertha Berlin, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke, plus spells abroad with Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth, AC Milan and Las Palmas, who he only quit on Wednesday. “I have missed Germany,” said the 30-year-old. “I’m looking forward to an exciting fight this season. “The fact that Eintracht allows me to come back home with my family means a great deal to me. “I can’t wait to meet my new colleagues and to fight for points with them with the eagle on our chests.” Boateng has played nearly 100 Bundesliga matches in a tota...
Arsenal Fear Missing Out On Signing Monaco’s Lemar
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Arsenal Fear Missing Out On Signing Monaco’s Lemar

Arsenal believe they could miss out on the signing of key target Thomas Lemar from Monaco. The Gunners are still trying to land the 21-year-old France international but the French champions may not be keen to let another player leave. The Monaco exit of Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea and the likely departure of Benjamin Mendy mean a deal for Lemar is looking increasingly difficult. Meanwhile, Arsenal’s intention remains to keep Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean is going into the final year of his contract with the club and is reportedly keen to leave, but the Gunners want to hold on to last season’s top scorer. Monaco sold midfielder Bakayoko to Chelsea in a reported £40m deal, while left-back Mendy has been heavily linked with a switch to Manchester City. There is also speculatio...
Sanches Deserves Another Year To Prove Himself At Bayern – Hoeness
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Sanches Deserves Another Year To Prove Himself At Bayern – Hoeness

Renato Sanches should be given another year to achieve a breakthrough at Bayern Munich, according to club president Uli Hoeness. Sanches, 19, winner of the 2016 Golden Boy award and voted best young player at Euro 2016, has struggled to meet expectations at Bayern since his move last summer from Benfica. The Portugal international only started six Bundesliga games last season, failing to score or provide an assist in 25 appearances in all competitions, while completing 90 minutes on just a single occasion. After a disappointing opening campaign, Sanches was declared “one of the flops of the season” by Bayern legend Lothar Matthaus. However, Bayern president Hoeness says there were mitigating circumstances behind Sanches’ difficult start to his career in Germany. “He couldn’t...
Arsenal’s Bellerin Hints Move To Barcelona Is Not Imminent
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Arsenal’s Bellerin Hints Move To Barcelona Is Not Imminent

Hector Bellerin posted a cryptic message on Twitter on Thursday afternoon which suggests he is not about to quit Arsenal. The 22-year-old has been consistently linked with a move back to boyhood club Barcelona, while Manchester City have also reportedly shown an interest in the Spain full-back. But after several newspapers reported a potential return to Catalonia may be on the cards, Bellin wrote on Twitter: “Don’t believe everything you read…” Bellerin, who penned a new deal at the Emirates Stadium last November, saw his relationship with Arsenal fans fluctuate last season. He has always been highly rated at Arsenal but he felt the wrath of a number of angry supporters during the 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in April. Manager Arsene Wenger defended the player but Bellerin then...
Arsenal Confirms Kolasinac Will Join The Club
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Arsenal Confirms Kolasinac Will Join The Club

Arsene Wenger’s first activity in the transfer market since signing a new contract last week is to secure the services of Bosnian international defender Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer. Kolasinac — who turns 24 later this month — joins the FA Cup winners from Bundesliga side Schalke 04 and will compete with Nacho Monreal for the first choice berth. “Sead Kolasinac will join us this summer on a long-term contract,” read a short statement on the club website Tuesday. “Subject to the completion of all regulatory processes, the defender will start pre-season training in July.” Kolasinac, born in Germany but to Bosnian parents, made 94 Bundesliga appearances for Schalke and played over 20 Europa League and Champions League matches for the ‘Royal Blues’. He played for Bosnia in ...

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