There are always consequences when you tank horribly in a World Cup. For Germany, it was a precipitous drop out of the top 10 in the FIFA rankings.
Admittedly, these rankings don’t necessarily mean anything at this stage, but Germany is now behind the likes of Switzerland, Denmark, Chile, and Colombia. I mean, The Swiss, Danes, and Colombians all have fine squads and performed well in Russia, but this rating is more an indication of how far Germany has fallen in the eyes of the world than anything after that dreadful showing.
After some waffling, it looks like Toni Kroos will be back with Die Mannschaft...at least through 2020.
As we mentioned here yesterday, Tottenham Hotspur center back Toby Alderweireld is on Bayern Munich’s radar. A move for Alderweireld, however, would really only happen if Jerome Boateng opts to leave for Paris Saint-Germain or some other yet-to-be-determined destination. At this stage, PSG would be considered a long shot at best given its recent acquisition of Thilo Kehrer.
Toby Alderweireld could be offered an immediate route out of Tottenham by Bayern Munich. The German giants have the Spurs centre back on their shortlist of potential replacements for Jerome Boateng. Manchester United were interested in Boateng, 29, before the English transfer window shut last week. But they were unable to agree a deal with Bayern who wanted a permanent £50m transfer while United only wanted to take World Cup winner Boateng on loan. However, Paris Saint-Germain remain keen on Boateng which would create a vacancy for a new centre-back at the Allianz Arena. Former Manchester City defender Boateng has already agreed personal terms with PSG.
It is hard to fathom that Boateng is still a serious option for PSG. Barring a serious string of high dollar moves (Edinson Cavani to Real Madrid? Adrien Rabiot to FC Barcelona? Julian Draxler to AC Milan?), Les Parisiens are probably out on Boateng.
Thomas Müller and Sandro Wagner each had a brace in Bayern’s 4-1 friendly win over Hamburger SV yesterday. If you didn’t already see Wagner’s magnificent back-heel goal, you’ve got to give it a look.
This aggression will not stand, man.
THIS IS HAPPENING RIGHT BEFORE THE BUNDESLIGA SEASON?! https://t.co/WgsmfZKiWU— FC Bayern US (@FCBayernUS) August 15, 2018
In an interesting development, La Liga is going to take its regular season games abroad as it signed a 15-year agreement with Relevant, a sports, media, and entertainment firm.
A regular-season La Liga game is set to be played in the United States or Canada for the first time after the league reached an agreement with Relevent, a multinational media, sports and entertainment company, on a 15-year joint venture for promotion in North America. Although the date and location are yet to be determined, it would be the first time the league has decided to play a game outside of Europe.
The venture, called LaLiga North America, will represent the league in the U.S. and Canada in all business and development activities. The organization will support the league’s growth through the establishment of youth academies, development of youth soccer coaches, marketing agreements, consumer activations, and exhibition matches.
Relevant’s chairman is Stephen Ross. The same Stephen Ross, who owns the Miami Dolphins and is part-owner of their venue, Hard Rock Stadium. Ross had this to say:
This extraordinary joint venture is the next giant leap in growing soccer’s popularity in North America. This unique relationship will create new opportunities for millions of North American soccer fans to experience the most passionate, exciting, and highest level of soccer in the world.
With Miami a hotbed for soccer - and with the natural Ross connection already in place - it is not hard to think that city would be in the mix as a host. Teams like FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid are going to draw fans no matter what. But would teams like Huesca or Letafe FC bring out the masses?
It’s a tricky balance, but the games will, no doubt, be strategically matched so that those aforementioned La Liga powers face off against lesser known teams; which also helps ensure the league’s top matches remain in Spain. I don’t think this agreement will yield any marquee match-ups abroad, but still will offer American fans a unique chance to see a live, La Liga game.
Your move Bundesliga.
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