Bundesliga

  • Hoeness confirms summer spending spree f...

    Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has confirmed that the club will be involved in a summer spending spree as they look to refurbish an ageing squad that endured a poor start to the 2018-19 season. September through until November saw the Bundesliga champions struggle for cons...

    Hoeness confirms summer spending spree for Bayern

    Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has confirmed that the club will be involved in a summer spending spree as they look to refurbish an ageing squad that endured a poor start to the 2018-19 season. September through until November saw the Bundesliga champions struggle for consistency, with a number of losses and draws seeing Borussia Dortmund rocket up the table to leave Bayern coach Niko Kovac's future hanging in the balance. The Bavarians have since rescued their form somewhat, now matching Dortmund on points in domestic competition, although a recent 3-1 defeat to Liverpool saw them dumped out of the Champions League at the round of 16. Better performances are required from the German giants if they are to lift another European trophy, but with star players such as Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben entering the final years of their careers, new blood may be needed to reach the desired level. Bayern have wrapped up deals for Alphonso Davies and Benjamin Pavard – who will arrive in the summer – while the likes of Leon Goretzka and Corentin Tolisso still have plenty of time to develop, but club supremo Hoeness says it will not end there. “We are in the process of rejuvenating our team,” he said at a brokerage fair in Munich. “It's the biggest investment programme FC Bayern has ever had.” It remains to be seen whether Colombia star James Rodriguez will make his loan move from Real Madrid permanent, but good form at a domestic level this season could force the hand of the money men in Bavaria. “It all depends on what our coach decides," Hoeness recently told Sport1 of James' potential stay in Germany. “If he [Kovac] says he wants James for next season, we'll pay the €42 million. It is up to us what happens. “We have an option we can either trigger before May or not. If we decide that's what we will do, he will have to stay. But we haven't yet made any decision on the subject." In addition, Bayern have been credited with an €80 million bid for Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, while Atletico Madrid's World Cup winner Lucas Hernandez and Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi are said to remain on the club's transfer wish-list.

  • Schreuder to succeed Nagelsmann as Hoffe...

    Hoffenheim have announced that Alfred Schreuder will take over as head coach from the start of next season. The 46-year-old has agreed a three-year contract with the Bundesliga club, where he was assistant coach from October 2015 until January last year. Schreuder will succeed ...

    Schreuder to succeed Nagelsmann as Hoffenheim coach

    Hoffenheim have announced that Alfred Schreuder will take over as head coach from the start of next season. The 46-year-old has agreed a three-year contract with the Bundesliga club, where he was assistant coach from October 2015 until January last year. Schreuder will succeed Julian Nagelsmann, who will take charge of RB Leipzig after 2018-19. "I'm aware of the great challenge, but that's exactly what I find particularly appealing," Schreuder, who is Ajax assistant, told Hoffenheim's website. "During my first spell, not just the club, but the whole region became very dear to me, and I'm pleased, of course, that my family will join me on my return. "I thank Ajax and, above all, sporting director Marc Overmars for their cooperation, understanding and fulfilment of my request for a change. "I was offered a great opportunity and I coached a young, motivated and highly talented team that has accepted and implemented our ideas." The Dutchman will leave an Ajax side presently locked in a fierce title race with PSV Eindhoven, who sit five points clear at the top of the table, having lost just one league game all season. Ajax are a whopping 15 points ahead of third-placed Feyenoord, however, as the pair have left the rest of the Eredivisie in their wake.  Meanwhile, Hoffenheim sit ninth in the Bundesliga after 26 matches, having finished third last season and qualified for the Champions League this year. They were drawn in a group with Manchester City, Lyon and Shakhtar Donetsk and subsequently finished bottom without winning a game, collecting just three points from three draws. Nagelsmann will link up with a Leipzig side that sit third in the league, albeit 11 points off pace-setters Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in first and second, respectively. 

  • Sterling: Sancho ran rings around me at ...

    Raheem Sterling says he knew Jadon Sancho was destined for the top after seeing the youngster run rings around him in training with Manchester City. That promise had a teenage talent held in high regard by the Blues, but difficulties in seeing a path to the first team led to a m...

    Sterling: Sancho ran rings around me at Man City and is destined for the top

    Raheem Sterling says he knew Jadon Sancho was destined for the top after seeing the youngster run rings around him in training with Manchester City. That promise had a teenage talent held in high regard by the Blues, but difficulties in seeing a path to the first team led to a move being made elsewhere. Sancho took the brave decision to head for Borussia Dortmund in 2017 and has not looked back, becoming a senior star at club level and a regular in the England set-up. Sterling, who is now an international colleague of a player vying for top spot in the Goal NxGn, claims a meteoric rise has come as no surprise to him, while he believes the best career call was made when opting to leave the Etihad Stadium. “First day I’d seen him training with us, I was really happy to see such a talent,” Sterling told Sport360 of an 18-year-old team-mate. “I always knew he’d become the player he has, for sure. From minute one. I was playing right back against him one day in pre-season training and he spun me back and I nearly did my back in. He’s a great talent.” Sterling, who made his own move from QPR to Liverpool while still in his teens, added on Sancho’s switch to Germany: “When he first mentioned to me he was thinking about going abroad, even though he was a City player, I was happy to hear that from him. To see that confidence, it reminded me of myself when I went to Liverpool. “To have a couple of London teams and Liverpool to go to, I chose the further option, to have the time out away from my friends. So, when he said that to me about going, I knew he had a massive chance to go on to do big things. “I wouldn’t say it’s about being scared or frightened in taking a risk, but being mainly content, mainly at ease, and he’s gone on and taken a step forward. “I’m just really happy to see him doing so well. He’s doing massive things and I hope he stays level headed and keeps working and keeps learning.” Sterling will be on hand to help aid Sancho’s development, though he concedes that an exciting performer with such potential will not need a great deal of assistance. “I want to be like him,” added the City winger. “He’s a great talent and I’m just really happy for him. “Off the field he is a top lad, and that’s the one thing I try to correct him on, off the field, because he’s a great person, just try to help him with advice. But on the field, be as arrogant as you want. “On the field you don’t need to be level headed. For me, he just needs to keep doing what he’s doing and think the best of his ability because that ability can take him all the way to the top.”

  • 'He's a classic goalscorer' - Barcelona ...

    Barcelona transfer target Luka Jovic has similar attributes to potential new team-mate Luis Suarez, according to Serbia boss Mladen Krstajic. The 21-year-old striker has been in red hot form for Eintracht Frankfurt this season, scoring 15 goals in 24 Bundesliga appearances. His...

    'He's a classic goalscorer' - Barcelona target Jovic likened to Suarez

    Barcelona transfer target Luka Jovic has similar attributes to potential new team-mate Luis Suarez, according to Serbia boss Mladen Krstajic. The 21-year-old striker has been in red hot form for Eintracht Frankfurt this season, scoring 15 goals in 24 Bundesliga appearances. His recent performances have attracted attention from a number of top European clubs, with Barca thought to be the frontrunners to land his signature during the summer transfer window. The Spanish champions are on the lookout for attacking reinforcements with number one striker Suarez approaching the latter stages of his career at 32, and Jovic is high on their list. Ahead of Serbia's latest round of international fixtures, Krstajic has compared the young forward to the Barca talisman and backed him to reach the highest level of the game. When asked if he could see Jovic playing at the Camp Nou in the near future, Krstajic told T-Online: "All I can say is that of course, I wish him all the best and the greatest possible success, and it is clear that he has enormous potential. He can achieve great things. "I might compare him to Barcelona's Luis Suarez. He is a classic goalscorer, with very good ball handling and a great understanding of the game.  "He is courageous and at any time dangerous because he always lurking for his chance, and he can explout the smallest mistake of his opponent. "Sometimes he seems listless, but that deceives the defenders and makes him even more dangerous." Serbia have an international friendly against Germany to look forward to on Wednesday before their European Championships qualifying campaign begins with a trip to Portugal the following Monday. Jovic will be expected to start both games, as he looks to add to his tally of three caps while also netting his first goal on the international stage. Frankfurt duo Mijat Gacinovic and Filip Kostic were also named in Krstajic's latest squad alongside Jovic, and the 45-year-old coach went on to praise the club colleagues for the understanding they have developed on the pitch. "All three have fitted really well into the system Frankfurt play," he added. "Their individual qualities were, for me, never in question. They are showing there that three footballers from the Balkans can play together in one team. And with Croatia's Ante Rebic there are even four. "Jovic has adapted much faster to the football of the Bundesliga than many expected. But also Gacinovic and Kostic contribute a lot to the team's harmony."

  • 'I am happy here' – James expects Bayern...

    James Rodriguez expects Bayern Munich and Real Madrid to open talks over a permanent transfer after his hat-trick inspired the Bundesliga champions to a 6-0 win over Mainz. Bayern bounced back from their Champions League exit at the hands of Liverpool in style on Sunday, returni...

    'I am happy here' – James expects Bayern Munich and Real Madrid to open transfer talks

    James Rodriguez expects Bayern Munich and Real Madrid to open talks over a permanent transfer after his hat-trick inspired the Bundesliga champions to a 6-0 win over Mainz. Bayern bounced back from their Champions League exit at the hands of Liverpool in style on Sunday, returning to the top of the Bundesliga after Borussia Dortmund had beaten Hertha Berlin a day earlier. With Robert Lewandowski opening the scoring early on, James put Bayern further ahead before rounding off his hat-trick in the second half – Kingsley Coman and Alphonso Davies also getting on the scoresheet for Niko Kovac's side. Reports in Spain had suggested that James – whose two-year loan from Madrid is due to expire at the end of the season – would not be extending his stay in Munich, but the Colombia playmaker revealed his wishes to stay at Bayern. "Nobody knows what the future brings," James told Sport1. "The clubs will hold talks. "I'm very happy and I feel comfortable here. Kovac is a good coach, I am sure we can still win many titles with him." Bayern have now won 13 of their last 14 Bundesliga matches and Kovac was thrilled with his side's spirited response to their Champions League disappointment. "That we are first again, that makes us happy. There was a lot of width today, a lot of spirit, lots of good actions," Kovac told a news conference. "We had a very good start. That's important after the disappointing match on Wednesday, that the team showed such a good reaction. "We could shake the disappointment off together. We can go into the international break calm now, and hope that everyone comes back healthy." The Bavarian giants are level on points with Dortmund at the top, though lead on goal difference, with a crunch clash against their title rivals coming up on April 6.

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