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Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has called for the players to give their fans some festive cheer by performing well in the last few matches of 2014.
Dortmund will be going into a winter break after the league match against Werder Bremen. After having taken only for victories through to the first half of the season, Dortmund find themselves in the relegation zone. Incredibly, the club were in the Champions League final only a couple of years ago and they have had a huge fall from grace. Despite this,Klopp does not appear to be under immediate threat.
Klopp has recognised that the players have not provided enough enjoyment of the fans this season, but he says that they have a great chance to do so in the last few matches of 2014. After having struggled for form in the league throughout this campaign, Dortmund are not the favourites going into tough matches against Wolfsburg and Werder Bremen. The only good aspect has been the impressive form in European competitions. They managed to top the Champions League group ahead of Arsenal and will now be facing Italian outfit Juventus in the last 16 of the competition.
Kevin Grosskreutz is likely to be recalled to the team for the trip to face Wolfsburg.”The last two games of 2014 must be a gift to this awesome club and its fans.The most positive news is that the game (Wednesday`s against Wolfsburg) takes place at our Signal Iduna Park stadium. We must throw everything we have into the game against Juventus, it`s not the easiest opponent, but it could have been worse. He [Grosskreutz] can show on Wednesday that the break has done him some good,” said the Dortmund manager. Klopp has been at Dortmund since 2008 and has guided them to 2 league titles.12.26.14
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The German League seems to be getting less and less competitive as each year and season passes by. Out of the last 13 league titles, Bayern Munich has won it 8 times and in the previous season it was won in record breaking time.
After selling Robert Lewandowski to Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund has taken a downhill spiral for the worst with the German club located in the bottom spots of the Bundesliga meanwhile Bayern Munich is at the top which doesn’t come as a surprise.
Buying top players from their rivals is turning into a routine for Bayern Munich and a few clubs around Europe including Manchester City as they have signed a number of world class players from Arsenal.
Signing a number of players from their rivals can bring forth a consequence that is certainly not good for fans of the German League as the dominance of Bayern Munich can turn the Bundesliga into a less entertaining place to watch football.
Fans want to be surprised, entertained and thrilled to watch different clubs battling against each other with either one of them having almost the same chance on actually winning the league but Bayern Munich is years ahead of everyone else in the Bundesliga.
The dominance is edging towards being even a bigger factor within the next few years as Bayern Munich has a number of players which are on their radar and could sign from different clubs around Europe including their rivals Borussia Dortmund with Marco Reus being a top target.
The Premier League was dominated by Manchester United since the English League was created in 1992 but after Sir. Alex Ferguson decided to retire from his illustrious career, Manchester United started falling apart and this has allowed other clubs on stepping up. This might be what needs to happen in the Bundesliga before it completely turns into a one club league where the outcome of a match is decided even before the match starts.11.28.14
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Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has had to fend off questions about losing his passion for getting the club to the top of the table. This is after poor results left the club languishing closer to the relegation zone rather than near the top of the table. It was only a few seasons ago that Dortmund managed to win consecutive Bundesliga titles and also reach in the Champions League final. However, the team has undergone vast changes in the last two seasons with key players like Robert Lewandowski departing.
The club has tried to reinvest in the team by spending more than € 50 million on several players, but the new players are yet to make a huge impact. There has been speculation of Klopp moving on, as some may feel that he has taken the club as far as he could. The 47-year-old is easily the most successful manager in recent history of the club. Apart from winning the Champions League title, he has won every major trophy. He has been at Dortmund since 2008, but speculation consistently linked him with big clubs in the last few years.
Dortmund are already 10 points behind Bayern Munich and they face the prospect of missing out on a Champions League place next season. “If I lost the faith, which I have not, then it would be relatively difficult to deal with this situation. I have lost no fire. This is a phase for a coach, that is it, we have to work hard, it’s as simple as that. We are moving closer together and will get out of this situation, we are all agreed on that. It’s all there to turn now, we can only move forwards. It may indeed end up to be an extremely positive story,” said the Dortmund manager.10.3.14
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Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that his former Manchester United compatriot Sir Alex Ferguson accepted to him that he had not got the best out of Shinji Kagawa. The Japanese international moved to Manchester United for around £ 16 million in 2012. After failing to hold down a first-team squad under three different managers – Ferguson, David Moyes, and Louis van Gaal – Kagawa returned to Dortmund this summer for a fraction of the fee. The 25-year-old played some of the best football of his career at Dortmund and he was expected to be a hit at United.
Ferguson reportedly met Klopp at an event in Nyon where the Scot accepted that United have not got the best out of Kagawa. The 25-year-old had spent only two seasons at Dortmund during which time he became famed for playing just behind Robert Lewandowski in an attacking formation. He scored 17 goals in 43 appearances in his final season at Dortmund. However, in the three years at Manchester United, he managed only six goals in 57 appearances. Most of those appearance came as a substitute, while Kagawa was often utilised in several positions across the pitch. Due to the presence of several number 10s, United were not able to give Kagawa his favoured no 10 place.
“I met Sir Alex in Nyon and he’s still in love with Shinji. He told me, ‘Shame we didn’t manage this well so that it worked out for him. We were satisfied in the first year’. And in the second year you usually make the next step but he didn’t manage to do it. But Sir Alex was saying ‘Shame we should have made this work’,” said Klopp. The return of Kagawa to Dortmund makes the German club extremely strong ahead of the Champions League campaign where they will face the likes of Arsenal in the group stages.09.4.14
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Germany went right past every obstacle they faced in the 2014 World Cup with dominating victories against Portugal, USA, France, Algeria, Brazil and Argentina. That was the road that Germany had to go through before being claimed as the best in the world.
There are some tournaments where the crown is being tightly contested between 2 or more top squads but this latest edition of the World Cup had Germany being relentless and not showing any signs of slowing down despite the opponent that came in their way.
The German attacker Miroslav Klose marked his name in the history books of World Cups by becoming the all-time top scorer in World Cups which was a record previously held by the Brazilian Ronaldo who managed to score 15 goals but now the German Klose surpassed him by scoring 16.
Brazil were the favorites of winning the 2014 World Cup but a shocking defeat against the Germans destroyed their dreams of lifting the prestigious silverware in their home turf. Argentina had one of the most impressive and powerful attacking combinations at their disposal with the likes of: Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria being the attacking players for Argentina, there was no doubt at all why they were one of the favorites of winning.
Unfortunately for Argentina, it just never happened as Lionel Messi lacked the spark that he has when he plays with his club Barcelona. Messi was the main man to make it happen for his country but his performance was mediocre compared to some of his displays where he is the main force for Barcelona.
There were some flashes of brilliance on some occasions but it didn’t last long enough for Argentina to defeat Germany. The players of Joachim Low dominated the finals of the World Cup by having 64% of possession and more than double the amount of passes, they were comfortable with the ball all around the pitch while Argentina seemed to struggle just keeping it under their control for a large period of time.
The future is bright for Germany as the national squad has players with plenty of years left to play at a high level and their leader; Joachim Low has a contract with the team that will see him remaining in charge of the squad at least until 2016.