Yesterday was exciting, you might say. Just as Germany’s final Euro 2020 qualifier got underway against Northern Ireland in Frankfurt, news broke that Tottenham Hotspur had fired coach Mauricio Pochettino, one of the foremost candidates for Bayern Munich’s coaching vacancy. Suddenly, Bayern could theoretically obtain one of their top targets without having to pay a hefty transfer fee at all! That very interesting, to say the least.
Germany, meanwhile, demolished Northern Ireland behind a Meister-of-the-Match performance by Serge Gnabry (hat trick), a brace by Leon Goretzka, and a dominant game by Joshua Kimmich in midfield.
José Mourinho confirmed as Tottenham’s next manager (Fabrizio Romano)
Or as I like to say: confirmed not to be Bayern Munich’s next manager.
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Mourinho is coming back! ⚪️ José Mourinho has been choosen by Tottenham as new manager. Totally confirmed. His agents are completing the contract agreement with Spurs, then he’ll meet Daniel Levy to sign. The Special One is coming back! ✔️ #Tottenham #Mourinho #JoséMourinho •••••••••••••••••••••• ••••••••••••••••••••• Lo Special One sta tornando! ⚪️ José Mourinho è stato scelto come nuovo manager del Tottenham, tutto confermato! I suoi agenti stanno completando l’intesa contrattuale con la dirigenza degli Spurs, José poi incontrerà Daniel Levy per le firme. Mou sta tornando! ⚪️ #THFC #Spurs #SpecialOne #Pochettino
Bayern courting Tottenham’s Troy Parrott (Daily Mail)
Troy Parrott was on the pitch for Ireland when Bayern Munich’s Sarpreet Singh laced up for New Zealand. Parrott may be seeing a lot more of Singh in the future, if Bayern’s interest is real. According to the Daily Mail,
Tottenham starlet Troy Parrott is the latest Premier League prospect to catch the eye of Bayern Munich.
Bayern are interested in teenage striker Parrott and monitoring his situation having noted his continual progress this season.
The 17-year-old, a prolific scorer at youth level, has made his first-team debut for Tottenham in September and won his first senior cap for Ireland against New Zealand last week, setting up the winner for Mick McCarthy’s side in their 2-1 win.
Parrott is under contract with Tottenham until 2021, making him a potentially attractive target, should the Spurs move to sell before he becomes a free agent.
The Mail also claims that Bayern is monitoring goalkeeper Dean Henderson (22), under contract with Manchester United but currently on loan to Sheffield. They say Bayern views him as a potential long-term successor to Manuel Neuer, but I’m not about to hold my breath on that one.
BVB in talks with Juve’s Emre Can about a January move (Sky Germany)
Emre Can has barely played this season for Juventus Turin, and the writing on the wall was clear as soon as the club omitted him from their Champions League squad. Now Sky Germany reports that Borussia Dortmund is negotiating with Can about a transfer in the winter window. The move would presumably help Dortmund, and it definitely would helm Can, who is probably concerned about maintaining his place on the German national team.
Früchtl and Mai win, while Thiago rests (FCBayern.com)
Bayern Munich youth players Christian Früchtl and Lukas Mai enjoyed success with Germany’s U-20 team as they beat Portugal 2-0 in a friendly away. Both of them played the entirety of the game. Früchtl kept a clean sheet — with a little help from the crossbar (Kicker). It was Lars Lukas Mai’s debut for the DFB Junioren.
Thiago, meanwhile, got to rest his legs as Spain demolished Romania in Madrid 5-0 in their final qualifying match. Thiago had played all 90 minutes of their 7-0 win over Malta on Friday.
Brazzo playing 4D chess all along...
Kerry Hau (of SPOX/GOAL) had a great take on Mauricio Pochettino’s abrupt ouster at Tottenham the very day after Hasan Salihamidzic paid a visit to London...
https://t.co/NjThAeXtmA pic.twitter.com/KtHcS79Axr— Kerry Hau (@kerry_hau) November 19, 2019
Oh, well, unless he was actually there to see about Troy Parrott (see above).
Yay, Phil (sorry, Teddy)
Philippe Coutinho scores for Brazil with a great direct free kick. pic.twitter.com/DITpAjO7DY— Bayern & Die Mannschaft (@eMiaSanMia) November 19, 2019
“Wales, Golf, Madrid in that order”: Gareth Bale is past caring
Bale’s priorities pic.twitter.com/brWCpno4rE— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 20, 2019
Nope: David Abraham is suspended all seven weeks until 2020 (Kicker)
The DFB deliberated for four hours before laughing David Abraham’s appeal of his seven-week suspension out of the disciplinary committee. Abraham was handed a seven-week suspension, effectively ending his Hinrunde as punishment for deliberately colliding with Freiburg’s coach Christian Streich, knocking the latter to the ground. Abraham, a notorious repeat offender, was sent off after a benches-clearing bust-up in which Freiburg’s Vincenzo Grifo (a player who has flourished under Streich for years) also saw a red card for retaliation.
Anyway, Abraham claimed, he was concentrating on the ball when the incident happened, and that “the attack on SC coach Streich was unintentional.”
The president of the disciplinary committee concluded, however, that “what is being told here” was “story time” and “pure nonsense.”
Ajax’s Youth Factory since 1981
Since 16th September 1981, Ajax have played only 21 minutes without an academy player on the pitch— Football Daily (@footballdaily) November 18, 2019
It’s such a shame they were knocked out of the Champions League last season by Tottenham. The last time Ajax went all the way was in 1995.
Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy#FootyFaceSwap pic.twitter.com/4lM1kz2gLW— Footy Face Swap (@FootyFaceSwap) November 19, 2019
“Furz” means “fart” in German. You’re welcome.