Arsenal legend Thierry Henry says he is excited with the prospect to lead the Belgian national team as assistant manager. The Sky Sports pundit was named by former Everton manager Roberto Martinez as part of his coaching crew in preparations for the World Cup in Russia.
Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti has thanked the club’s former boss Pep Guardiola for providing him with a fantastic team.
Ancelotti will bring a different approach to management at the Allianz Arena, but the players are almost similar compared to last season. The club has not made massive investments into the squad realising that they already have a fantastic group of players. Even though the club has spent € 70 million on playersRenato Sanches and Mats Hummels, they have been able to recoup much of the fee through the sales of Mario Götze and Sebastian Rode. Ancelotti has confirmed that he does not want to change the style of play too much just because this is a new regime. Instead, he wants to continue with the approach taken by Guardiola but with a few tweaks.
The debate about who coach Joachim Low should pick as the new captain of the team has continued and it even entered a new dimension when DW sport writer Michael Da Silva canvassed support for Jerome Boareng, saying he represents multicultural German and should be picked over others.
Since former captain Bastian Schweinsteiger resigned from international football following the exit from the Euro 2016 where they were favourites to lift the title, the captaincy has been void.
The German national team is at a crossroads at who should be the next person that will lead German soccer. Schweinsteiger is one of the most celebrated players of the Die Nationalmannschaft, he was sterling when he dragged the country beyond regular time at the World Cup final against Argentina in 2014. His performance was impressive that he was handed the captain’s armband. With a generation of German soccer players exiting, Philip Lahm, Miroslav Klose, Per Mertesacker and now Bastian Schweinsteiger, the new captain has a huge task to manage the team as they experience a lot of changes.
Coach Joachim Low has committed himself till the World Cup billed for Russia in 2018, but he needs the right mind in the players’ ranks as they hope to defend their title and stamp a foot in world football as they seem to be waning.
Germany have defeated the French team since 1958 in every competitive game, but the French are getting set to cause an upset on home soil as they both face off in the semi final of the Euro 2016.
The hosts defeated Iceland 5-2 as they matched to the semi final while Germany had to dig deep to see off a resolute and compact Italian side in a penalty shootout, after the match winner couldn’t be decided in regular time.
The French played Germany last year in November at the Stade de France but it wasn’t competitive. Terrorists threatened but the game ended in a 2-0 victory for the French. The terrorists killed one outside the stadium after failing to get inside to wreck more havoc.
When both teams met in a competitive front at the quarter final stage of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Germany emerged victors. France is set to welcome Leicester City’s N’Golo Kante and Adil Rami since the suspended duo would be available after serving their suspension in the Iceland game. Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud were sacrificed early in the game against Iceland as they both had yellow card bookings.
Javier Hernandez was recently pictured meeting future Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti in Canada.
Bayern seemed to have one of the strongest squads in the Champions League this season. However, they were left short in the forward area when Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller both failed to score against Atletico Madrid. This has raised the need for a third option who can be excellent when called upon. Since his move to German football, Hernandez has been on a brilliant run. His 17 goals in 26 games for Bayer Leverkusen has put the club on the verge of qualification to the Champions League. Hernandez has dismissed rumours that he is seeking a move to Bayern Munich and insisted that the meeting with Ancelotti was just a formal greeting. (more…)
Bayern Munich outgoing coach, Pep Guardiola says he didn’t change German football during his time at the club, as some reports mentioned.
The coach has played down suggestions he has changed German football during his time at Bayern Munich. The Spaniard took charge of his final Bundesliga game when Bayern manager hosted Hannover on Saturday. They champions defeated the visitors 3-1 to lift the 12th title in 18 years.
Guardiola, who will join Manchester City in the summer, have won three straight league titles with the Bavarians, but was unwilling to comment on claims his style has altered German football.
“I’m not the right person to say how great my influence on German football was,” he said on Friday.
“I didn’t come here to change German football. I’m arrogant, but not that arrogant.
“I came here to learn, the same reason I’m going to England. (more…)
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is fearing a lengthy spell on the sidelines for defender Glen Johnson, who had to be stretchered off in the game against Bournemouth.
The former Liverpool and Chelsea defender has been one of the reasons behind Stoke’s massive change in philosophy as far as football style is concerned. Under the regime of Tony Pulis, the club were heavily one dimensional and resorted to playing the long ball style of football to get results. Hughes was given the primary objective of making Stoke attractive to watch and he has achieved this target so far while still managing to get decent set of results.
The club ended a run of five straight defeats in all competitions with the 3-1 victory over relegation threatened Bournemouth. This victory was of massive importance since the club was starting to slip down the table. The club’s last league victory came in the middle of January. The barren run was ended but it came at a major cost to the club. Hughes fears that Johnson may be out for around 10 weeks after damaging his knee ligaments. The injury comes at a time when the club’s starting to think about a potential Europa league place, which is still within the reach. (more…)
Joachim Low is not very happy with how Kevin Grosskreutz has gone about his business in the recent times and he has already ruled the 27-year old out of contention for the upcoming Euros.
According to Low, Grosskreutz has not had enough playing time in the last 18 months for him to be considered for selection in the squad for a big tournament.
Grosskreutz has switched clubs frequently of late.
He left Borussia Durtmund and moved to Galatasaray in September 2015, but, he didn’t get to play any game there in Turkey for the first three months of his tenure because of some registration issues.
However, he was allowed to play from the start of the New Year, but, he decided not to persist there and make his way back to Bundesliga
The defender is currently at VfB Stuttgart.
When asked about Grosskreutz, if he is there in the reckoning or not for Euros, Low replied in negative straightaway.
“No, I don’t think so”, said the Germany boss.
“Kevin’s not been playing on a regular basis.” (more…)
Salomon Kalou has said that the tough words of the manager of Hertha Berlin motivated him and helped him get the old touch back in his game.
Kalou had joined Berlin in the summer of 2014 with a big reputation.
But, playing a total of 27 games the previous season, he only managed to shake the net 6 times which did not please Pal Dardai, the man in charge at the Olympic Stadium.
The boss was critical about his veteran forward in public saying that he did not show as much firepower as he was expecting off him.
But, according to Kalou, whatever came off Pal, he took it in a positive way.
Speaking to a TV presenter recently, Kalou said, “If somebody is telling the truth on my face, that’s honesty and I like it.”
“Pal is that kind of individual. If he sees that you are lacking something in your game, he would not hesitate in letting you know and that’s how, I believe, a coach should operate.”
“As manager, Pal was entitled to say whatever he said and I took a lot of motivation from that.” (more…)
The German champions Bayern Munich have secured the services of the Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal as he made his way from Juventus over to the Allianz Arena for a transfer fee of €37 million.
Bayern Munich won the 2014-15 season of the Bundesliga in stellar form as Pep Guardiola and his players gathered a total of 79 points meanwhile their nearest rivals were Wolfsburg and they could only muster to seal 69 points. A 10 point difference in any league is a huge difference as Bayern Munich didn’t even had to play all their respective domestic league matches but they were still crowned as the champions of Germany.
Arturo Vidal is one of the standout players of the previous Serie A season and many clubs were interested in signing the Chilean midfielder as he is a versatile midfielder who can perform in different positions in any team.
Bayern Munich has been winning the Bundesliga title for the past 3 seasons and it doesn’t seem like there is any other club that is capable of competing against Pep Guardiola and his army of world class players.
Wolfsburg is the club in the Bundesliga which has shown most progress recently. Dieter Hecking is the manager of Wolfsburg and he took charge of the club back in December of 2012. In that time, Wolfsburg was positioned in the middle section of the German league but Hecking has been able to guide them into the top 2 spots of the Bundesliga.
Kevin De Bruyne and Ricardo Rodriguez are the main stars of Wolfsburg as those are the players in the team of Dieter Hecking which have the potential of winning matches with their individual skills but it seems doubtful if it will be enough to cope against the platoon of Pep Guardiola. (more…)
Former Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne endured a disappointing few years at West London, but he was sold for an impressive transfer fee to Wolfsburg.
Since his return back to the German league, De Bruyne has gone from strength to strength and is regarded as one of the world’s best players now. The 23-year-old managed an astonishing 28 assists in all competitions for the German club, who finished second largely because of his exploits. Aside from those direct involvements in goals, De Bruyne also managed to come up with 15 for his own account.
These good performances have led to a shock link with Chelsea, who are believed to be preparing a € 40 million offer for him in the summer transfer window. However, De Bruyne has ended any speculation about a return to Stamford Bridge for the time being by saying that he will not return as long as Mourinho remains in charge. A number of former players have fallen mode with the Portuguese boss due to his reluctance to explain the reasons for being dropped. In the case of De Bruyne, he rarely featured in the first-team and made only three appearances in the Premier League before being sold to Wolfsburg. (more…)