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Former Chelsea forward announces his retirement from the game

Andre Schurrle has announced his shock decision to retire from football at the age of 29.

The German forward had a year left on his contract with Borussia Dortmund but the two parties agreed to cancel it.

He told German newspaper Der Speigel: 

“The depths became deeper and the highlights less and less. Only performance on the field counts, in which vulnerability and weakness must never exist.”

That very much sounds like a player who is constantly expected to perform and has come to the conclusion that the pressure of football has caught up with him.

Schurrle played for Chelsea for two seasons and won a Premier League winners medal in 2015 despite leaving the club part way through the season for German side Wolfsburg.

He also represented the German nation side for seven years between 2010 to 2017. Schurrle was a member of the German side that won the World Cup in 2014. During extra time in the 2014 final he provided the assist for Mario Gotze’s winning goal against Argentina.

The forward started his career at Mainz in 2009 where he made 66 appearances and scored 20 goals in his two seasons at the club.

Bayern Leverkuson were aware of his talent and signed him for £6.5 million in 2011, where he went on to make 65 appearances and hit the net 18 times.

In 2013 he fancied a chance to showcase his talents in the English Premiership when Chelsea secured his services after paying £18 million. He featured 44 times for the London club and scored 11 goals before joining German side Wolfsburg in 2015.

Schurrle had just a single season with Wolfsburg after signing for them for a reported fee of £22 million in 2015, winning the DFL Supercup.

Dortmund signed him in 2016, where his four-year stint was rewarded by 33 appearances.

In between his time at Dortmund, he was sent out on loan to Fulham for one season and also Russian side Spartak Moscow.

Earlier on this month his loan expired and was not extended as he had not made any appearances for Spartak this season due to an injury.

Undoubtedly his finest moment in a fine career came in the 2014 World Cup after helping Germany win the World Cup with three goals in Brazil, including a brace in their famous 7-1 thrashing of Brazil in the semi-final.

Bayern Munich agree fee for Manchester City winger

Manchester City have agreed a £54.8 million fee for Leroy Sane to complete a move to Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich. Sane will reportedly sign a four-year deal worth around £385,000 a week.

The German international turned down a new contract with City, who had been willing to pay only around half the wages Bayern have agreed.  The Citizens ultimately decided to sell him rather than risk losing him for free next year when his contract expired.

Sane will now fly out to Munich to complete the move and will stay in Germany for the rest of the season, rather than return for City’s Champions League campaign.

A move to the German giants was on the cards last summer, only for Sane to suffer a serious knee injury during the community shield which ruled him out of action for ten months.

Despite City valuing him at an astonishing £140 million a year ago, getting almost £55 million for the 24-year-old would appear to be some exceptionally good business done by Pep Guardiola.

However, this move would be a disappointing end to Sane’s City career that appeared at one time to be heading for great things at the Etihad after he was crowned PFA Young Player of the Year in 2018.

Sane, was understood to be shocked to be left out of Joachim Low’s German World Cup squad- at the time a move that was quiet baffling- after his magnificent contribution of 10 goals and 15 assists to the record breaking City side, who became the first to break the 100 points barrier in an English top flight season.

In his total appearances of 90 games for City in the Premiership, he has scored 25 goals with 28 assists in a side that has won 68 times, with only nine defeats.

Sane, certainly looks likely to become one of the key components of Hans Flick’s German machine. Not only will the German Champions have the likes of Thiago, Javi Martinez and Alphonso Davies in midfield, they will be now able to throw Sane into the mix as well.  Ultimately, City’s loss looks to be Bayern’s gain, with the German champions squad for next season enhanced by the signing of Leroy Sane.

Already this season Bayern’s strength in depth of their squad is frightening. Enough already to secure the Bundesliga title and the possibility of the Champions League, which is still up for grabs. Adding Sane into this quality squad will only see Der FCB continue to dominate German football for the foreseeable future.

 

Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich Preview – Title Decider?

Borussia Dortmund host their bitter rivals Bayern Munich on Tuesday in a showdown that could decide who will go on and be crowned Bundesliga champions.

Both sides will go into Tuesday’s encounter on the back of victories at the weekend. Dortmund travelled to Wolfsburg on Saturday and completed a 2-0 victory, thanks to goals from Raphael Guerreiro and Achraf Hakimi, to keep the pressure on leaders Bayern, who responded later in the day with a 5-2 victory at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.

In a pulsating game, Bayern took a two-goal half time lead thanks to goals from Leon Goretzka and Thomas Muller. Shortly after the break Robert Lewandowski made it 3-0, before Frankfurt staged a fightback, scoring twice in three minutes through defender Martin Hinteregger, the first a volley and the second a header from a corner.

However, any hopes the visitors had of completing a stunning comeback were thwarted when Alphonso Davies made it 4-2 before Hinteregger scored at the wrong end to give Bayern a four-point lead at the top of the table going into Tuesday’s crunch game.

Bayern Munich will go into Tuesday’s game having won 16 of their last 17 games in all competitions. Dortmund, since the return of German top-flight football have completed back to back victories over Schalke and Wolfsburg.

Dortmund will be looking for revenge on Tuesday evening after slumping to a 4-0 defeat against Bayern in the reverse fixture back in November. Both these giant German sides have not played out a goalless draw in the league since March 2016.

It will be no surprise to anybody to tell you that Lewandowski, has been a thorn in Dortmund’s side, scoring 10 goals in his last seven appearances in all competitions against his former club.

Bayern, should they win at Dortmund, would surely be on course for their eighth straight Bundesliga title, so the pressure to snatch victory falls on the shoulders of the hosts.

Normally the match would have The Yellow Wall supporting BVB, but with the now familiar sight of the stands empty, there will be no significant advantage for Dortmund.

Key players to watch

Lewandowski and Erling Haaland will certainly be two of the main players to watch out for on Tuesday. Haaland, has already netted 41 goals in total this season, with 13 coming from 12 appearances in a Dortmund shirt since moving from Red Bull Salzberg in the winter. Guerreiro is in prolific form for the hosts along with Eden Hazard’s brother Thorgan.

Aside from Lewandowski, Bayern have winners on the pitch in the shape of Muller and Ivan Perisic alongside former Arsenal youngster Gnabry who is excelling in a Bayern shirt this season, having already banged in 11 goals.

All eyes on Tuesday will be on Jadon Sancho, who has recently been struggling with a groin strain, starting the last two matches on the bench. Sancho, came on to set up Dortmund’s second goal on Saturday and certainly has strong claims to start on Tuesday.

The hosts may have to be without the services of defender Matts Hummels who left the field on Saturday at half-time with a heel problem. If he does miss out, this will be a big blow to Dortmund as Hummels is a player who holds this fine Dortmund side together.

Prediction

Don’t expect a classic on Tuesday, as this could well be a cagy affair. Our prediction, for what it is worth would be a narrow Bayern Munich win.

How to view

Fans in the UK can watch this game live on BT Sport on Tuesday with a 5.30 pm kick-off time.

Article written by Peter Moore

Friendly International: England vs Germany

Match Preview – Kick-Off 5:30pm Wembley

England’s women are aiming to put their recent poor form behind them by securing a first win on home soil against the two-time World Champions, Germany.

Saturday’s friendly at Wembley Stadium could see a record attendance for a women’s match in the UK with the 90,000 stadium expecting to be a sell out.

The FA will also use this fixture as an opportunity to honour former England women footballers at England’s home of football, where they never got a chance to play on. These players are expected to include former England Captain and current Manchester United Manager, Casey Stoney.

Previous Meetings

The Germans have largely dominated the rivalry between these two sides.  There have been 25 meetings in total and the Lionesses have lost 20 of them.

In the past four years however there has certainly been cause for optimism as England defeated Germany for the first time in a World Cup Third place playoff match 1-0 in Canada.

Phil Neville’s team have also achieved two draws in the past four years against Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s side including a 2-2 draw in the SheBelieves Cup back in March 2018.

Form of both teams

Post the World Cup England’s form has dipped.  Since their Third-place playoff defeat to Sweden Phil Neville’s side drew with Belgium 3-3, having at one point been 2-0 ahead mid way through the first half.  England subsequently lost back-to-back matches 2-1 to both Norway and Brazil.    They did however return to winning ways against Portugal last time out, on October 8th, thanks to a goal from Arsenal’s Beth Mead.

The German’s form by contrast has been formidable, since their World Cup Quarter-final loss to Sweden.   They have scored 31 goals already in their four European Qualifying games including a 10-0 win against Montenegro at the end of August.

Team News and Players to watch

England welcome back star forward Ellen White – who shared the golden boot with Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan, scoring six goals.  They will however be without Chelsea’s playmaker Fran Kirby and centre back Millie Bright through injury.  Other key players such as Jill Scott, Toni Duggan and Georgia Stanway will also be unavailable due to various injury problems.

The Lionesses will have to keep an eye on Freiburg’s Klara Buhl. The young forward has scored 6 goals in four matches in Germany’s Euro campaign, including a hat trick against Ukraine back in October.

Lyon’s Dzsenifer Marozsan is also regarded as an important player for this German side.  Marozsan has scored 32 goals in 96 appearances for the national team and has consistently proved to be one of the best playmakers in the women’s game over the past few years.

Key Stats

  • The first match between the two sides was played in 1984
  • England achieved their first draw with Germany in January 2007 – a goalless draw played in China.
  • Germany won the last match at Wembley 3-0 against England back in November 2014 in front of a then record crowd of 45,619.
  • Germany has won eight European Championships – six of those titles were achieved between 1995-2013 before World Cup runners-up, The Netherlands broke that dominance by winning the title in 2017.

Prediction

England 1-3 Germany

Can see a similar result to that of 2014 – the Lionesses still have a few important players missing and Germany’s form particularly in the past few months has been exceptional.

 

 

Hazard Hands in Transfer Request!

Well, there has been speculation for weeks as to whether he will sign a new contract or take up a new challenge elsewhere and today the news has been confirmed, that

Hazard has handed in a transfer request! ~ Yes it is official

Only things are not quite as they may seem, because the Hazard in question is

Thorgan Hazard, Edens younger, but equally highly rated younger brother

Currently he plies his trade as a number of players his age do, in the German Bundesliga, with Borussia Munchengladbach, however they have confirmed today that instead of taking up the option to extend his contract with them, he is keen to pursue as Gladbach put it

“Other Challenges”

So this throws the debate wide open again, and poses some interesting questions

As Gladbachs”s sporting director admitted, he doesn’t know where Hazard will go, Gladbach themselves lie 5th in the Bundesliga, and there have been links with another Bundelsiga side in Borussia Dortmund, who it is known Hazard Favours a move to

Equally, it is also known that Liverpool are interested in Hazard, as they are managed by former Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp, who is a known admirer and, having managed previously in the league has and still retains a strong interest in suitable players,  it is reported, though unsubstantiated, that they had made a 40,000,000 euro offer to take Hazard to Liverpool this summer

Should Thorgan move to the Premier league, it would make a mouth watering prospect of him playing against Eden, when Liverpool take on Chelsea.

Either way its an interesting space to watch