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Daily Schmankerl: Chelsea wants Alaba, Nübel’s parents harassed

One pundit thinks Chelsea FC has a chance at landing Bayern’s David Alaba.

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Chelsea wants David Alaba, unicorns (The Sun)

“CHELSEA are said to be interested in versatile Bayern Munich star David Alaba,” says The Sun. Passive voice strikes again. “Who says?” you might wonder.

The answer: “...according to reporter Guillem Balague, Chelsea have also set their sights on 27-year-old full-back Alaba — who has played in Bayern’s midfield as well as at centre-back.”

He was talking about Alaba on his Youtube channel: “There’s another player that if available, if not wanted by others, if he doesn’t go anywhere else, Chelsea would like. And that’s Alaba. He’s been approached by other clubs, yes, but Chelsea will be interested in Alaba and I think that his versatility will really work in favour of Frank Lampard.”

So, you know, all Lampard has to do is say, “Hey, David, come on over!”

Nübel’s parents threatened

Schalke fans hatred for things Bayern Munich had seemed to cool off after years of being stoked following the transfer of Manuel Neuer to the Bavarians, but if this report is accurate, a few Schalke fans have taking things to another, unhealthy level.

Nubel’s parents were reportedly threatened following the young goalkeeper’s decision to join Bayern beginning in the summer. Obviously, this is completely inexcusable behavior, and makes you realize that sometimes people need a reminder that at the end of the day this is just a sport.

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Savor Chelsea’s history of failure (The Athletic)

Katja Koroleva helping the fight against COVID-19 in a hospital emergency room (

Katja Koroleva spends part of the soccer season in the United States on the pitch as a referee in the NWSL and USL and in the booth as a VAR official in MLS. The other part of the time, she’s working her day-job as a Physician’s Assistant at a hospital in California. With the professional sport leagues on hold, Koroleva is working full-time in an emergency room helping the fight against COVID-19:

“The biggest thing is that no two days are alike in my world. In the ER, I never know what patients I will see and what the circumstances will be. No matter how much I can prepare and how much my graduate school training can prepare me, every situation and every patient is different.”

Read the full interview over at

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