Bayern possibly serious about signing Eriksen (Sport1)
Even Sport1’s angle is that the signing “makes sense,” which is a far cry from “is certain.” But Sport1 insists that Bayern Munich is seriously considering Eriksen. He can play any midfield position, they say. But his strength is the attacking midfield, and that is where Bayern’s roster is most in flux. Maybe Bayern will activate their purchase option for Coutinho (€120m) or maybe they will negotiate a smaller fee with Barca. Maybe they won’t but instead will spend €100m or more on Kai Havertz. Or perhaps Havertz will go elsewhere... He supposedly a Barca fan after all. And in that case, perhaps Bayern just might find Eriksen very attractive, especially if he’s free at the end of the season. Schau ma mal...
Neymar out four weeks for PSG (PSG.fr)
PSG released its medical update concerning its many injured players, including Julian Draxler, Colin Dagba, Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappé, Thilo Kehrer, and, of course, Neymar Jr. Draxler and Dagba will return to team training this week. Cavani will continue team training. Kehrer is contiuing his rehab on grass. Mbappé is making positive progress...
...and Neymar is out presumably for four weeks. He’ll be reevaluated in eight days.
Diego Demme joins RB Leipzig’s eSports team
Diego Demme got game! The RB Leipzig midfielder is officially joining his club’s eSports team to compete in the Virtual Bundesliga season 2019/20. That’s pretty cool.
Gigi Buffon thinks Neymar rivals Messi and Ronaldo (Goal)
They spent a season together at PSG before Buffon returned to Juventus. Buffon was candid about his estimation of Neymar:
Buffon on Neymar: “I often spoke with him. I said: ‘It's incredible, you're 26 years old and you have not won the Ballon d’Or yet.— Goal (@goal) October 14, 2019
"You should have won it even though there is Messi and Ronaldo. You do not have to wait until they stop because you're as strong as they are.'" pic.twitter.com/IE2I8QYpqH
In another amusing story, Buffon recounted how he asked Ronaldo how old he was after the latter scored against him with a spectacular bicycle kick (Legit.com):
After about 25 seconds of normal frustration over the goal I conceded, I thought about what he had done to me, something really great. I asked him, “Cristiano, how old are you?” and he told me, “not bad for a 33-year-old, right?” In the end we both laughed.
Neuer and Lewandowski (but not Lahm?!) in Goal’s team of the decade (Goal)
OK, besides the obvious Barca-Real love fest, Dani Alves above Philipp Lahm? Seriously? And you thought he was underrated in Germany!
Our World Team of the Decade— Goal (@goal) October 14, 2019
Based on club and international performances
What would you change? pic.twitter.com/VZvrbkHL57
Kerem Demirbay recounts how he turned down Jürgen Klopp (Bayer04.de)
Kerem Demirbay made his Bundesliga breakthrough with Julian Nagelsmann’s Hoffenheim before transferring to Bayer Leverkusen this past summer. But even for his 26 years, he has a long history of clubs in his past. As a youth player, he moved from Schalke to Dortmund to Wattenscheid and Dortmund again, but he turned down a three-year contract from BVB and transferred Hamburg:
And they put a three-year contract there in front of me. Jürgen Klopp was the coach for BVB then. I still remember how he called me in to talk and said, “Come on, we want you.” With my mental strength today, I would have stayed and tried to fight and tough it out. But at the time I was overwhelmed and just not yet so far along as to face the tough competition. So I made the next step toward Hamburg, and the rest of the story is well-known.
Racist calls and neo-Nazi salutes mar Euro qualifier between Bulgaria and England
It is sad that this still happens in Europe.