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Daily Schmankerl: Boateng supports blood drive, Valverde finally fired, Lahm and Robben back together, Aguero preaches Pep

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As an ambassador for the Bavarian Red Cross, Jerome Boateng helped draw attention to the need for blood donations.

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Jerome Boateng serves as blood donation ambassador (Bild)

Bayern Munich’s center-back Jerome Boateng is acting as an ambassador for the blood service of the Bavarian Red Cross, surprising young patient Miriam, who relies on blood transfusions every three weeks.

Boateng said, “A blood donation does not cost a lot for an individual, but it can save a person’s life. We are all called on to help Miriam and many other people who rely on donated blood.”

Farewell, Ernesto Valverde

First place in La Liga ain’t good enough. News spread fast yesterday of Ernesto Valverde’s imminent sacking at Barcelona.

Valverde’s departure seemed unavoidable after it leaked that Barca’s sporting director had discussed with Xavi Hernandez whether he might succeed Valverde.

A few hours after the news broke, Barca made it official. “Thank you and good luck” indeed. Now leave!

He has been replaced by former Real Betis coach Quique Setien.

Hoffenheim sends off “Ruppi” with style

TSG Hoffenheim’s English account sent off Lukas Rupp on his transfer to Norwich City FC with the following tweet:

Sergio Aguero as the prophet of Pep (The Athletic)

The Athletic’s Manchester City correspondent Sam Lee wrote a full-length story about Sergio Kun Aguero and his transformation into an unstoppable force for Pep Guardiola. He included this gem of an anecdote:

Robben and Lahm meet up

Reunited in amateur football! Instead of going to the Allianz Arena with @FCBayern, we went on the weekend to Haar to an indoor tournament to support the youth. It was great to see you again, @ArjenRobben!

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