Say what? The Sun attributes a rather amusing “swoop” to Juventus:
JUVENTUS are reportedly plotting a January swoop for Paul Pogba where they will offer Manchester United Mario Mandzukic and Emre Can in exchange for the midfielder.
Sounds like a fair trade to me. United certainly don’t need Paul Pogba anymore, given their newfound commitment to mediocrity. Going by Transfermarkt’s valuations, Pogba is worth €100 million, which more than covers Mandzukic’s €10 million and Can’s €33 million. And they’re already used to not playing in the Champions League. They’ll fit right in at Manchester.
RB Leipzig negotiating extension with Lukas Klostermann (Bild)
RB Leipzig’s sporting director Markus Krösche revealed in a detailed interview about the life of a sporting director that Leipzig wants to commit the German international to a contract extension. He said,
We said, after all, that we would like very much to extend Lukas Klostermann. We’re in touch about it. But we are not under any pressure. For me, it’s important to talk to the boys early enough so they have time to think things over.
Of course, it always is also about money, just as it would be with any other person, too. But with Lukas, for example, it also is about making a fundamental decision: can he take the next step with us? Can he reach his goals with us? I think that we will find a solution.
Rummenigge reveals he cried when he fired Carlo Ancelotti (Bild)
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recalled at an event in Italy some details of the moment when he dismissed Carlo Ancelotti after Bayern’s 3-0 loss to PSG. Rummenigge said,
I remember that I almost cried when I had to tell him that his time in Munich was over. He understood, stood up from his chair, hugged me, and said, “That’s fine. You’re no longer my boss, but you stay my friend. After that I had to cry, because I hadn’t expected that. I thought that he’d be a little angry that he had to go. But he showed me that he also is a great personality.
Rummenigge said that, although the front office was satisfied with Ancelotti on a personal level, “The results were not what the club had expected. But Carlo is a good person. He is still a friend of mine today.”
Woo-Yeong Jeong dazzles in 3-1 win for South Korea u22s (Teddy Son)
Ex-Bayern player Wooyeong Jeong played for the South Korea u22 team in a friendly against Uzbekistan’s u23, and assisted once. He was the standout performer in the game.
Kahn and Klinsmann enshrined in the German Football Hall of Fame (FCBayern.com)
Oliver Kahn and Jürgen Klinsmann were inducted in the Hall of Fame of German Football in Dortmund on Friday together with other distinguished players. They join fellow Bayern legends Sepp Maier, Franz Beckenbauer, Paul Breitner, Andreas Brehme, Lothar Matthäus, and Gerd Müller.
Kahn played for Bayern from 1994 to 2008 and is likewise in Bayern Munich’s own Hall of Fame. Klinsmann played for Bayern from 1995 to 1997 and briefly (and disastrously) coached Bayern in the 2008/09 season.
Norwich City interested in Kwasi “Otschi” Wriedt (Sport Bild)
Bayern II’s veteran striker, German-born Ghanaian Kwasi Wriedt continues to attract international interest. According to Sky Sport, recently promoted (and soon-to-be-relegated?) Norwich City, currently languishing in 9th place in the Premier League, is very interested in signing the 25-year-old.
Norwich City has a German coach, Daniel Farke, and tried to win Wriedt’s signature this past summer. Wriedt is a crucial part of Bayern II, having scored eight goals already this season. Clubs in the 2. Bundesliga and a club from the Dutch Eredivisie are also reportedly interested in Wriedt. His contract runs out at the end of the season.
Coutinho and Pavard in Whoscored.com’s top performing summer signings in Europe (Whoscored.com)
Whoscored had kind words for Philippe Coutinho and Benjamin Pavard. Coutinho currently enjoys a rating of 7.53 at Whoscored after several strong performances.
Coutinho has wasted no time becoming an integral player for Bayern, so much so that Thomas Muller wants to leave the club when the transfer window opens in January. Coutinho picked up back-to-back WhoScored Man of the Match awards Koeln and Paderborn at the end of last month.
Pavard meanwhile sports an overall rating of 7.14.
Pavard has showed his verstatility already for Bayern by playing in every position in defence this season. The 23-year-old is one of three Bayern players to have featured in every minute of league action this season and has already scored his first goal and registered his first assist for the club.
Okay, so maybe not literally to FC Dallas, but pretty close! FC Dallas’s Zdenek Ondrasek scored the decisive 2-1:
Zdenek Ondrasek came off the bench to score the first international goal of his career, breaking a 1-1 draw and giving the Czech Republic a surprise 2-1 win over the Three Lions in Euro 2020 qualifying on Friday.
Ondrasek moved into a heavily vacated space in the England box before receiving a cross from Luka Masopust in the 85th minute. He finished from close range to give the Czechs all three points, pulling even on points with England atop Group A–though England has a game in hand.
It is the first qualifying match England has lost in ten years. For the 30-year-old Ondrasek, it will be a match he will never forget.