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Meet the Mia San Mia Nepal Fan Group (Bavarian Football Works)

As part of a weekly series that we will keep running as long as we have submissions (so keep them coming!), we are doing a brief profile of Bayern Munich fan groups globally. This week our subject is Mia San Mia Nepal, which is checking in from Kathmandu, Nepal!

The club is fun and active group that knows how to host a Bayern-related event. Currently, the group gathers together to play futsal tournaments and watch live streaming of Bayern’s matches. The club is planning to introduce a one-year membership, as well as a lifetime offer as well.

If you are in the Kathmandu area or ever visiting during the season, make sure to look this crew up!

Name of the group: Mia San Mia Nepal

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal

Year Founded: 2017

Meeting place: White Horse Futsal

Contact person: Manoj Dhodari (Member)

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We want to be able to feature a different fan group every week this season. Maybe we can do it, maybe not...but only YOU can help decide the fate of this idea. Send your info to: barrelsportsblog@gmail.com

Ajax increases price on Matthijs de Ligt (The Daily Mail)

There was already some major competition for Ajax center back Matthijs de Ligt, but now the price has gotten a bit steeper as well.

Ajax has increased the asking price for in-demand defender Matthijs de Ligt from £44million to £52million amid interest from Juventus and Barcelona. The highly-rated 19-year-old center-half, who has been a regular in the Ajax side for two years, is being monitored by a number of European heavyweights. It is expected Ajax will let De Ligt leave in the summer but, according to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, they won’t let him leave cheaply.

The original price for de Ligt was quoted as £44m, but that has now been stepped up by £8m after Ajax became aware of the widespread and high-profile interest in him. Juventus and Barcelona are leading the chase, but Manchester City and Bayern Munich have also expressed an interest in the Holland international. de Ligt is a graduate of Ajax’s prestigious academy and made his first-team breakthrough in 2016. He has since played 80 times in all competition for the Amsterdam club, scoring eight goals and contributing four assists.

Manchester United wants James Rodriguez (The Express)

When rumors started to surface about James Rodriguez maybe (*possibly * conceivably*) being available, you just knew that a certain Premier League team was going to be involved.

Manchester United’s stance on Bayern Munich star James Rodriguez has been revealed amid claims he could replace Alexis Sanchez. Manchester United have emerged as suitors for Bayern Munich playmaker Rodriguez, whose long-term future at the Allianz Arena is in doubt.

The Colombia international is currently in his second season at the club having joined on loan from Real Madrid back in the summer of 2017. Rodriguez has, though, endured a turbulent time of things over in the Bundesliga under new boss Niko Kovac. Kovac’s combative methods have not sat well with some players at the club with Bayern languishing behind Borussia Dortmund in the title race.

Real Salt Lake’s Damir Kreilach hits Crane Kick goal (@FOXSoccer)

Real Salt Lake outlasted Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC), 3-2, last night in the MLS playoffs. Croatian Damir Kreilach was excellent for RSL and had a brace to support the winning effort. It was Kreilach’s his 58th minute Crane Kick goal, however, that stole the show.

We can think of one guy who was probably not impressed...

Looking for some weekly Bundesliga predictions? I’ve got you covered (The Barrel)

If you are looking to kill some time this morning and want a brief preview on each Bundesliga match (along with some predictions that will most likely go up in flames quickly), I’ve got you covered here.