“There are no contracts yet,” Hoeneß confirmed at the New Year's reception of the DFL. He added, “The chances are good. If he comes to us, that'd be good. Also for him.” But he cautioned, “As stated: Nothing is set in stone. Nothing has been signed. Not until the doctor says 'yes' at the end is a transfer complete.” Schalke's Christian Heidel, who was literally standing across the room, told the reporter, “That corresponds to what we've been told.” So there.
The DFB has announced the schedule of the quarterfinals of the DFB Pokal. Bayern's game against Paderborn will take place on Feb. 6, at 6:30 PM local time (12:30 EST). Because the match in Paderborn must kick off so early (a successful lawsuit by the residents forces the stadium to close by 10:00 PM), ARD will not be able to broadcast it on free television in Germany. We will see how the match is broadcast elsewhere closer to the date.
The Leverkusen player added, “You see there his extraordinary class. It's incredible, of course.” Even James has said the goal was one of the best he's ever scored (Bundesliga.com).
A thing of beauty from James Rodriguez! https://t.co/BB0LH6bjvT— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) January 12, 2018
His long bomb against RB Leipzig from the edge of the center circle is worth seeing again.
OH MY, WHAT A GOAL!!!— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 2, 2017
Serge Gnabry with one of the goals of the season scoring from near the halfway line.
"A stroke of footballing genius." pic.twitter.com/wZPskGFtFE
Franck Evina, at just 17 years old, has continued to impress since dazzling fans in Bayern's preseason matches. Now the club has moved the young striker up from the U19 junior team to Bayern II in the Bavarian regional league, where they are chasing runaway leaders 1860 Munich (i.e. 1860's relegated first team).
And in other news
The lols just keep coming from Borussia Dortmund's naughty star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. After making the remark quoted above to English teammate Jadon Sancho, the English press has exploded with speculation of a move to Arsenal. Auba was suspended from Dortmund's match against Wolfsburg (0:0) for disciplinary reasons. According to some tweets, Bild apparently also claim in their print edition that he faked a concussion before Dortmund's DFB Pokal match against Bayern, after BVB's management refused a transfer request.
Spiegel have obtained copies of Lionel Messi's latest contract with FC Barcelona from the Football Leaks. Apparently terrified at the prospect of losing Messi on a free transfer (lol!), Barça's bosses found a way to give him the ultimate wedding present.
And in social media
Lewandowski is blonde no more!
Rafinha stays caffeinated at all times
I hope you all have a great day! I love coffee and I drink a few times per day, and you? pic.twitter.com/4usJwyEjyi— Rafinha Official (@R13_official) January 16, 2018