Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick is raking in the awards now as kicker just honored the 55-year-old with its “Personality of the Year.”
“Flick achieved this outstanding success firstly through his teamwork born of conviction and secondly with a grounded modesty that does a lot of good to football in the middle of his culture crisis,” was in the commendation for the award that has been presented every year since 1990. The 55-year-old is the eighth member of FC Bayern to win the award following on from Erich Ribbeck (1992), Thomas Helmer (1996), Lothar Matthäus (1999), Oliver Kahn (2001), Michael Ballack (2002), Franck Ribéry (2008, 2013) and Bastian Schweinsteiger (2010).
FC Bayern particularly value Flick’s open manner. “He is fundamentally a good person,” wrote assistant coach Herrman Gerland in his congratulatory message about Flick in the kicker. “He takes us all with him as an absolute team player. If he thinks it’s right then he takes advice from his colleagues and follows it if he can then achieve improvements. He doesn’t think he knows it all.”
Miroslav Klose praises the fact the head coach has a clear plan. “He resolutely pushes through things he values,” said the assistant coach who is particularly pleased that Flick listens and “allows himself to be brought round.” According to Klose, the team comes first: “Everybody can feel the confidence and everybody can express themselves.”
Just give Flick all of the awards...he deserves them.
There are still numerous transfer rumors floating around about Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic and the latest whispers indicate at least one Bundesliga club is interested. However, it is not the player’s former home, Eintracht Frankfurt:
Already tracked by Manchester United, as well as by former club of his Eintracht Frankfurt, Serbian international striker Luka Jovic (23), according to latest German news, has been targeted by Hertha Berlin as well. German club are ready to approach him as long as Krzysztof Piatek bids them goodbye.
Piatek is drawing interest from clubs in Italy, where he achieved his greatest successes. A move back to the Bundesliga would seemingly be good for Jovic, who has been unable to establish himself in Spain.
RB Leipzig sporting director Markus Krösche knows other clubs has been lurking around Marcel Sabitzer, but he said that he plans on discussing the Austrian’s contract in the spring.
“His development has been super. It’s clear that other clubs have noticed this,” Krosche told Bild. “Both sides (Sabitzer and Leipzig) will deal with the issue more intensively in the spring.”
Tottenham Hotspur is the highest-profile club rumored to have interest in Sabitzer, but a player with his skill-set could draw more and more interest over the course of this season.
Things are not quite working out any longer at Atletico Madrid for Diego Costa and it looks like the striker is set to move on in January:
Diego Costa has asked Atletico Madrid to terminate his contract in January, Goal can confirm.— Goal (@goal) December 28, 2020
Costa's deal expires in the summer but he has been given permission to miss training and could be allowed to leave for free.
Who should sign him? pic.twitter.com/KYSmM1INm3
Per a report, Juventus turned down the opportunity to bring in Mesut Özil on a loan deal. The rejection is a strong blow to both Arsenal and Özil alike.
The Arsenal-Özil debacle is one of the dumbest stories in all of sports. It is astounding that no one can figure out a way to end this nonsense.