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Daily Schmankerl: Niko Kovac to Everton? Bayern off to Qatar, racist heckling in Manchester Derby, Heung-min Son’s amazing goal and more!

Former Bayern coach Niko Kovac was spotted in Everton’s VIP section just two days after their coach was fired, Bayern prepares to travel to Qatar, and Tottenham star Heung-min Son scored an amazing solo goal.

Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley FC - Premier League
Burnley’s new owner, Heung-min Son, in action.
Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Niko Kovac spotted at Everton-Chelsea days after Marco Silva sacked (Express)

Niko Kovac was spotted at Everton’s game against FC Chelsea today in the Everton directors’ box and may have even greeted Everton owner Farhad Moshiri himself. It just so happens that Everton fired their head coach, Marco Silva, just two days before. Obviously, the fans’ first thought was that Kovac might take the Everton job, but that is not the case.

But Kovac was only there on a “fact finding” expedition to observe the beautiful game in the Premier League. After watching Everton bounce back to beat Chelsea 3-1, Kovac was off to Etihad Stadium to see Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City fall 2-1 to Manchester United. From there, he’ll watch West Brom host Swansea City.

‘Tis the season for “optimal training conditions” (

Bayern Munich announced the dates of annual winter training camp in Doha, Qatar. Both the men’s and women’s teams will stay at the Aspire Academy for approximately a week. The men’s team will stay in Doha from January 4 to 10, to prepare for the Rückrunde. The team will moreover play a friendly against 1. FC Nürnberg on January 11.

The Bayern Frauen will stay in Qatar from January 20 to 27. Their Rückrunde begins in mid-February.

Share South Korea’s joy over Heung-Min Son’s amazing solo goal

Yeah, I like Heung-min Son, and we at BFW are in agreement that we miss him in the Bundesliga. It is wild to think he played at now relegated Hamburg (!) and Leverkusen before turning into a delightful monster at Tottenham.

I absolutely wanted to share the tweets that embedded the South Korean broadcast of this game, but, alas, they keep getting taken down on Twitter. If you manage to find it, give it a listen. Even without understanding the language, you can appreciate the broadcasters’ excitement equal to the goal.

Oh, and there’s this:

José Mourinho’s son calls Son “Sonaldo Nazario”

Racist heckling mars Manchester Derby (Daily Mail)

Manchester City v Manchester United - Premier League Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images

Italy obviously is not the only country with racist soccer fans. According to the Mail,

More than one Manchester United player reported that they were racially abused after a Manchester City fan appeared to make monkey noises and gestures in the direction of midfielder Fred in Saturday’s derby.

Fred in particular was struck on the back of the neck by a water bottle thrown from the stands as he prepared to take a corner kick. A Manchester City fan seated directly next to the corner was filmed making monkey gestures and abusing Fred. Even Kevin de Bruyne intervened to calm the crowd down. The police are investigating.

Fred and teammates were obviously glad they kicked City’s ass.

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