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Daily Schmankerl: Europa League results, Barcelona scouting Havertz, Haaland’s price skyrockets, and more!

Bayer Leverkusen secured a dramatic victory over Atletico Madrid to keep their Europa League campaign alive. Barcelona representatives were present, as the club intensifies its pursuit of Kai Havertz.

Bayer Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid: Group D - UEFA Champions League Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images

Europa League: Thuram rescues Gladbach, Wolfsburg loses at home

Following a super successful week in the Champions League for Bundesliga clubs, Thursday’s Europa League matchups were a mixed bag for Germany’s top flight.

Borussia Monchengladbach received a last minute goal from Marcus Thuram to topple Roma 2-1. The win moves Gladbach the second in the group, when a draw would’ve had them sitting at the bottom of the group. The group is extremely tight with Istanbul Basaksehir in first place with 7 points, followed by Gladbach and Roma with 5 points, and Wolfsberger AC in fourth with 4 points. Anyone can win this group.

Elsewhere, Wolfsburg scored first but were absolutely routed by Gent in the second half, losing 3-1. Gent moves top of the group on 8 points with Wolfsburg in second with 5 points. The other match featured Frankfurt losing 2-1 on the road against Standard Liege. Frankfurt are still in second place in the group, tied with Standard, behind Arsenal.

Two matches between German clubs and Belgian clubs, and the Belgian clubs topped them in both.

Barcelona getting serious about Kai Havertz (Sport)

According to the Barcelona based paper Sport, Barça is getting serious about its pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen’s midfield star. They have sent scouts to most of his recent games and were on hand on Wednesday when Leverkusen crucially beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 to keep their Champions League campaign alive.

Unsurprisingly, the anticipated opening price for Havertz is €100m. Bayern Munich and Manchester United are also closely monitoring Havertz.

Jürgen Klinsmann joins supervisory board of BSC Hertha (Bild)

Jürgen Klinsmann is back in the Bundesliga. Klinsmann has joined the nine-member supervisory board of Hertha Berlin, which is in the midst of a revolution after Lars Windhorst has now acquired 49% of the club’s shares. Klinsmann has received one of the four board positions that Windhorst’s Tennor Holding group controls. The two apparently met in Berlin some time ago and plan to make their first appearance together at Hertha’s coming game against Leipzig.

Die Ugly Christmas Sweater der Bundesligisten (FUMS)

Bayern’s is pretty bad, but man, Dortmund...

RB Salzburgs Haaland's market value jumps €18m in half a season (Transfermarkt)

Erling Haaland has been so productive to start the season with RB Salzburg, that his value has climbed higher than any player has ever in one update through Transfermarkt’s valuation system. So far, thanks to an absolute blistering start in the Austrian Bundesliga and Champions League campaigns, Haaland has increased his value from €12 million to €30 million.

He currently leads all scorers in the Champions League with seven goals scored in the first four games, one ahead of Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski.

If Salzburg fail to make it out of the group stage, it’s hard to see Salzburg not cashing in on him this winter with some of Europe’s elite clubs sniffing around him.

Ntcham trolls Nazio Roma

After Lazio fans marched through Glasgow giving Nazi salutes, Ntcham celebrated Celtic’s goal with an impression of toppled dictator Benito Mussolini:

DFB Frauen visit a convent of the Poor Clares

The Frauen have a massive fixture ahead of them this weekend: they are playing a friendly against England at Wembley Stadium. It’s no ordinary friendly: the venue has been sold out. The Frauen are preparing themselves to play in the deafening noise of 90,000 spectators.

Lol, Kyle Walker

New DFB-President stands up for women’s rights in first proposal

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