Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac has stressed that the team are not overly concerned by the recent departure of Arturo Vidal. The Chile international made the surprise switch to Barcelona earlier in the month and there has since been the talk of Bayern pursuing a suitable replacement in the transfer market.
However, speaking to Bild, Kovac appeared to refute those claims and suggested that the club have sufficient quality within their midfield despite the departure of the Chilean, he said: “At Bayern, we have 22 world-class players — 21 after Arturo’s departure. He’s a great player. But if, as a South American, you get an offer from a Spanish club, it’s normal you consider it.We decided that we would enable him to make the switch. But also, after Arturo’s transfer, we still have a lot of quality in midfield. No one needs to worry.”
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Michael Ballack has been an active figure in providing insights about the different team performances as well as predicting probable wins and losses in the recently concluded World Cup. As he had been a former captain of Germany, he questioned the decision of the current team when they handed a new contract to the head coach Joachim Low before the World Cup began.
South Korea defeated the reigning champions, which came as a shock; it also led to Germany exiting early from the finals. They finished bottom in the Group F games and their performances in three matches were below par. This is the second time that Germany had lost in the first round, the previous instance being in 1938. Ballack had been a glittering performer of the team and had collected 98 caps during his stint with the team. He admitted that he was surprised with the way Germany played against Russia. Ballack had given a total of 42 goals during the time that he played for Germany. He stated that the critical voices were being noticed more now since Germany football is in ruins. If a team that has been a legend in football can fall so below the ranks, he was surprised that the head coach had his contract extended at the same time.
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Germany international Leroy Sane has been named the PFA Young Player of the Year following his efforts for Manchester City over the course of the 2017/18 season. The left-sided winger has contributed nine goals and a further 12 assists for the Citizens, who claimed the Premier League crown earlier in the month.
Sane could not attend the awards ceremony due to his commitments with Manchester City, but he left a message via video link saying: “I am really honoured to win this award. I have to say also, thank you to all the fans, to my team-mates, to the coaches, to Man City.And also congratulations to all the players who were voted with me to this award because they deserved to win this trophy too because they played a really good season for their clubs.” Continue reading “Leroy Sane Picks Up PFA Young Player Of The Year Award”
Michael Ballack believes that former Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele should have shown his former club a lot of respect before making the switch to Barcelona.
The Frenchman became the second most expensive player in the world after making the £ 135 million switch to Barcelona. Incredibly, he had moved to Dortmund only a year ago for 10% of this transfer fee. The possibility of the Frenchman being a Barcelona target has been rumoured for a long time, but the Catalan outfit significantly stepped up their interest in the player once it became apparent that the possibility of getting Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho was very low.
Dembele had to force in the move to Spain, as Dortmund were not prepared to sell the player. He refused to train with the club in order to set the wheels in motion for a transfer. Ultimately, Dortmund did not have much option but to sell him. Even though they received a handsome transfer fee and a mammoth transfer profit over the winger, former Germany captain Michael Ballack says that Dembele should have treated Dortmund with a lot of respect. Continue reading “Michael Ballack Says Ousmane Dembele Should Have Respected Borussia Dortmund”
Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has claimed that Diego Costa has been a great player for the club, but he now needs to calm down in order to be able to secure a move away from Stamford Bridge.
Costa came to Chelsea in the summer of 2014 four £ 34 million and he has been an instant hit at West London. The Brazil born Spanish international has been able to come up with 52 goals in just 89 league appearances for Chelsea. He has been responsible for two Premier League titles in the last three years. Yet, he was told by manager Antonio Conte towards the end of last season that he was not in the plans for this season.
Costa has been at loggerheads with Chelsea since then. He has not reported to training and has been subsequently fined his two weeks wages by the club. Costa has been coming out with angry comments about Chelsea and Conte in the last few days. Continue reading “Michael Ballack Says Diego Costa Not Helping His Own Situation”
On May 20 of 2017, Philip Lahm made his final appearance in a competitive match as a player of Bayern Munich as the German performer decided to retire.
After the 33 year old footballer decided to hang up his boots, he has been receiving praise from just about any player and manager in the world of football.
It’s hard to argue against the fact that Philip Lahm has been one of the best players to have performed for Germany and Bayern Munich in recent times. He has not only captained at club level with Munich but also at the international stage with Germany.
Lahm has lifted the 2014 edition of the FIFA World Cup as well as the Bundesliga silverware on 8 occasions as well as many other trophies.
Despite all of these accomplishments and even though Philip Lahm has earned wide acclaim from many football figures, the former Germany international Michael Ballack does not have a healthy relationship with the recent retiree.
During the 2010 edition of the FIFA World Cup, Michael Ballack had to give away his captaincy armband due to an injury and Philip Lahm was the player who took over as the captain but when Ballack recovered from his injury, it’s believed that Lahm did not want return the captain armband to Michael Ballack.
‘’ I got to know Lahm’s other face. I didn’t know that a player who takes on the role of captain doesn’t have to give it back afterwards. That was a frontal attack. I never made the step back to the national team after that incident. I had no chance to do anything against it. The way it took place was absolutely not okay’’ Michael Ballack said.
Michael Ballack feels that Philip Lahm is not a true captain due to his decision of not returning the armband after Ballack was healthy and fit. In spite of all the recognition that Philip Lahm has been receiving recently, Michael Ballack stated that he got to see the other face of the Bayern Munich icon.
Germany legend Michael Ballack launched a scathing attack on Bayern Munich’s Philipp Lahm following his final appearance in the Bavarian shirt.
The right-back called time on his professional career at the age of 33 in order to leave on a high after having won five consecutive Bundesliga titles.
While the footballing fraternity was celebrating Lahm’s achievements in the beautiful game, Ballack brought up an incident during the 2010 World Cup which seemingly did not well with him. The former Chelsea man had been tipped to takeover the captain’s armband for the showpiece event in South Africa, but an ankle injury ruled him out of the tournament.
Lahm therein took over the leadership for Germany who got knocked out in the semi-final stage, but he was no position to give up his post following their World Cup exit. Ballack never played for Die Mannschaft again after the incident, and he feels he was left down by Lahm, who showed his true personality. Continue reading “Michael Ballack Slams Bayern Legend over Captaincy Controversy”
Michael Ballack would be leading a team of ex German internationals to the proposed Star Sixes tournament this summer.
The tournament involves twelve nations and is set to hold at The O2, London. Former Kaiserslautern, Crystal Palace and Derby County player Marco Reich was unveiled among the stars to rep the World Cup champions alongside David Odonkor and Simon Rolfes.
Germany have been drawn in the ‘Group of Death’ as they are to face France, Portugal and Denmark in Group C. England led by Steven Gerrard, Brazil, Italy and Spain are competing teams as well.
Reich is hoping that Germany would live up to its reputation by winning the competition even though he admitted that they would face a lot of good sides.
“Yes, the name of the group is probably true, but there are plenty of other good sides at Star Sixes and we have to be prepared to take them on,” Reich responded to the tag of the group.
I’ve played against the Portuguese side recently and they are very, very good. “But I ope we can win Star Sixes. With Germany, we are always in with a chance in the big tournaments because we know how to win – make sure you don’t concede goals and then win on penalties,” he added. Continue reading “MICHAEL BALLACK TO APPEAR IN STAR SIXES”
Serge Gnabry has given hints on the possibility of his return to Arsenal or even a move to Chelsea after an impressive six months at Werder Bremen.
The 21 year old German winger spent five years at Arsenal before joining Werder Bremen for £ 5 million in the final days of last summer transfer to return to the Bundesliga with the hope of getting regular first team football.
Gnabry has 7 goals in 15 appearance for the club earning in a call-up to the German full squad and that form has not gone unnoticed by Europe’s biggest sides.
Rumours persists in the German media that Beyern Munich are interested in signing him but Gnabry is only interested in moving to a club where regular playtime is guaranteed. When asked about a possible move away from Bremen, Gnabry hinted that a return to England cannot be ruled out but he insisted he was not thinking about a move from the Die Mannshaft in the near future.
“For my future, I’ve decided to focus on how I play now and today”, he said. That’s why I’m trying to concentrate on the now. Continue reading “EX-ARSENAL MIDFIELDER, GNABRY HINTS AT PREMEIR LEAGUE RETURN”