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Daily Schmankerl: Griezmann talks Neuer and Germany; Sanches might be stuck in Munich; and MORE!

This could have just been a 1,200 word rant on Sanches, but #BesiktasGingerCat deserves at least another 15 minutes of fame.

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Antoine Griezmann breaksdown Manuel Neuer and Die Mannschaft (

Antoine Griezmann is a supremely talented player and will be one the stars of the French World Cup squad this summer. Despite being a part of an insanely loaded Les Bleus roster, Griezmann is still wary of Germany, especially Manuel Neuer.

He was exceptional at the 2014 World Cup and is Germany’s key man. He’s also a leader and is very important for the inner workings of the team.

Griezmann and his French mates should be considered one of the primary favorites with Germany, Brazil, and Spain, but Griezmann knows that the road to a World Cup likely runs through Germany.

Once again, Germany have a strong team. They’ll almost certainly go as far as the semifinals, from there it’s the small details that determine whether you progress. They’re certainly among the favourites.

Diogo Dalot signed with Manchester (

Diogo Dalot, who was linked several times to Bayern Munich in recent months, ultimately has made the move to Manchester United. Back on May 30th, it was becoming apparent that Dalot had made up his mind.

Manchester United have made their second signing of the summer with the capture of Portugal under-21 defender Diogo Dalot, the club have confirmed. The 19-year-old full-back has signed a five-year deal at Old Trafford after United agreed a fee with Porto that sources have told ESPN FC is worth around £19 million. Dalot, who can play at right-back and left-back, arrived in England at the weekend before having a medical at Carrington on Tuesday.

Bayern can’t close transfer deal for Renato Sanches...yet (Kicker)

Depending on your perspective, this is a good thing or a bad thing. I fall in line with the latter.

Despite a request from his ex-club Benfica Lisbon regarding a free loan, the still only 20-year-old midfielder (contract until 2021), will spend 2018/19 in the jersey of Munich to possibly flourish again.

The central midfield is already too crowded and adding another body - especially one that has had two straight years of inconsistent and shoddy play - doesn’t make sense. I know, I know, “HE’S ONLY 20!”...but that can quickly become “HE’S ONLY 22!”....”HE’S ONLY 25!”....etc.

Samsung makes awkward Die Mannschaft ad (@LovellLowdown)

Sometimes it does not pay to pre-produce ads featuring a World Cup team prior to cut down day.

UEFA’s bias against #BesiktasGingerCat must not be tolerated (BBC Sport)

UEFA has levied a big fine on Besiktas, driven by a curious cat, who just wanted to be in on the action.

Besiktas have been fined 34,000 euros (£29,880) by Uefa after a cat wandered on to the pitch during their Champions League last-16 defeat by Bayern Munich in March. English referee Michael Oliver stopped play in the second half at Vodafone Park until the cat left the pitch. The Turkish club have been charged with “insufficient organisation”, and have also been penalised for fans throwing objects and blocking stairways.

To stand with our brother (or sister) at Besiktas, we have included what we consider his (hers?) greatest hits as captured by Bayern’s social media:

#FCBayernSelfie #MiaSanMeow #MiauSanMiau #CatContent

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Bastian Schweinsteiger sent his wife a nice note via Twitter (@BSchweinsteiger)

As many of you know, former Bayern Munich man and Chicago Fire stalwart Bastian Schweinsteiger is only one half of a super athletic couple. His wife, former tennis star Ana Ivanovic, won the French Open 10 years ago today and Schweinsteiger wanted to give her a little social media love to remember that moment.

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