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Timo Werner, Emil Forsberg et al keep RB Leipzig’s opponents guessing

From moments of sublime skill to explosive counter attacks, Leipzig's front line is one of the Bundesliga’s most feared despite an average age of just 22. The rest of Europe is already taking note as well. As Leipzig's stature in world football has grown, so too has the appreciation of their on-the-pitch exploits and the plethora of smartly sourced talent, especially in their front line. While the club's success has been built on the foundation of a collective effort, talented individuals have produced plenty of must-see moments. Read more: Bayern Munich face double dose of Leipzig Last season, two forwards stood out from the crowd as the city of Leipzig celebrated having a club back at the pinnacle of German football. Timo Werner, the highest-scoring German striker in the Bundesliga and Emil Forsberg, the leading assist provider in the top flight. Forsberg, signed from Malmo while Leipzig were still in the second tier, is almost an elder statesman at the age of 26 compared to his teammates, while Werner is on the way to becoming the finished article since signing from Stuttgart. That's not to mention Marcel Sabitzer and Yussuf Poulsen, two regulars for their respective national teams, whose contributions last season caught less headlines, but were just as important in making Leipzig's debut season one for the history books. Read more: Dortmund and RB Leipzig share both brilliance and flaws Coming into the current campaign though, the key was ensuring that the rate of progression was maintained and the early signs are promising. "Last year we were all new in the league," Sabitzer told German mass-circulation daily Bild. "There were always new situations developing in which we didn't really know what was coming at us or how strong we really were. We’ve matured a lot." Strong across the board In light of their growing reputation and rising expectation levels, Leipzig were big winners in the summer transfer window for two reasons. They managed to add strength in depth ahead of competing on three fronts for the first time in the club's history, but perhaps more importantly, successfully avoided becoming another flash-in-the-pan selling club. Only Naby Keita was sold to Liverpool, but remains at Leipzig for the rest of the season. With several rumors linking Forsberg with a number of different Premier League clubs and Real Madrid supposedly interested in star striker Werner, keeping hold of the irreplaceable duo was essential. By further bolstering their attacking options with two valuable signings in Bruma and Jean-Kevin Augustin, Leipzig were able to add two dynamic players that were in keeping with the club's philosophy both on and off the pitch. "We've made big strides forward in several areas in the last 10 months," club chairman Oliver Mintzlaff told German sports magazine kicker earlier this month. "The team have grown up a little and the level of competition in our squad has been raised by our new signings." That level of competition has not only played its part in Leipzig sitting just behind Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich at the top of the table, but also in Bruma and Augustin hitting the ground running. Sporting director Ralf Rangnick referred to Portuguese winger Bruma as "difficult to stop" following the impressive 3-2 win over Borussia Dortmund, while 20-year-old Augustin feels "me and RB, it works." Signing the two rising stars to support the aforementioned quartet not only helps coach Ralph Hasenhüttl cope with the difficult balancing act of working with a more intense schedule, but also keeps opponents guessing when trying to solve Leipzig's turbo-charged puzzle. The six rising stars have accounted for 20 of Leipzig’s 25 goals in all competitions so far this season and their contributions will be pivotal in the club maintaining their trajectory.

From moments of sublime skill to explosive counter attacks, Leipzig’s front line is one of the Bundesliga’s most feared despite an average age of just 22. The rest of Europe is already taking note as well. As Leipzig’s stature in world football has grown, so too has the appreciation of their on-the-pitch exploits and the plethora of smartly sourced talent, ... Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo the favorite to win FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award

Cristiano Ronaldo is the clear favorite to be named the world's top men's football player of 2017. The Portuguese superstar is the holder of the award, which was handed out for the first time in 2016. Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, 32, will be up against strong competition in the form of Barcelona rival Lionel Messi and Neymar, who became the world's most expensive player when Paris Saint-Germain spent €222 million ($260 million) last summer to trigger his release clause at Barca. However, the general consensus ahead of Monday evening's awards ceremony in London was that Ronaldo has the clear edge. Over the past year, the Portuguese superstar fired Real to glory in La Liga and scored 12 goals as they won the Champions League for a third time in four seasons. "In the end, Ronaldo is ahead of the others," former Italy and Roma star Francesco Totti told FIFA's website. "He had an amazing season and also accomplished all of his goals with the most prestigious of teams." World-class peers There's also an argument to be made for the 30-year-old Messi, who scored a total of 54 goals in all competitions last season, and helped Barcelona to a Copa del Rey title. The Argentina superstar is off to a great start to the current season, having scored 15 goals so far. He also earned his country a place at next year's World Cup with a hat trick against Ecuador. "We all know who is the player in the world," Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. "The truth is, the handing out of a trophy isn't something that worries me too much." At 25, Brazilian star Neymar is the youngest of the three. He was part of the Barcelona side that lifted the Copa del Rey and helped Brazil become the first team aside from hosts Russia to qualify for next year's World Cup. Zidane the favorite to win coaching honor Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is expected to be named "The Best" men's coach for 2017 after becoming the first man to lead his team to a successful defense of the European Cup in the Champions League era. The former France star is up against Chelsea's Antonio Conte and Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri. "To be sincere, if they give it to me, I'll take it with pleasure," Zidane said. "But if the question is, 'Am I the best coach in the world?' No, and I'm sure of it." Neuer up for top goalkeeper Manuel Neuer of Bayern Munich and Germany is one of the three candidates to the top goalkeeper of 2017. The 31-year-old is joined on the shortlist by veteran Italy and Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon, 39, and Real Madrid's Costa Rican shot stopper, Keylor Navas. The shortlist for the best women's player includes Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos, American star Carli Lloyd and Dutchwoman Lieke Martens. Fan award Borussia Dortmund's supporters, who won the inaugural award last season, have been nominated again as one of the three finalists for the ward in the fan category. They are up against the supporters of Celtic and FC Copenhagen. The awards were voted on by national team captains, national team coaches, selected members of the media and fans.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the clear favorite to be named the world’s top men’s football player of 2017. The Portuguese superstar is the holder of the award, which was handed out for the first time in 2016. Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, 32, will be up against strong competition in the form of Barcelona rival Lionel Messi and Neymar, who became the ... Read More »

Formula One: What has to happen for Lewis Hamilton to win the title in Austin

Lewis Hamilton can win a fourth driver's title on Sunday, which would draw him level with Sebastian Vettel and Alain Prost. Vettel can still stop Hamilton, but the Briton holds a lead of 59 points. Lewis Hamilton stands on the verge of a fourth world title with four races to go in the Formula One season. All eyes will be on the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on Sunday, with only Sebastian Vettel being the only driver with a realistic chance of halting the Mercedes driver's charge towards glory. In order for Hamilton, who leads Vettel by 59 points, to clinch the championship this weekend he must outscore the German by 16 points and teammate Valtteri Bottas by just three points. Hamilton will become the drivers' champion if he wins the race and Vettel finishes sixth or lower. If the Briton finishes second, he will need to rely on Vettel finishing ninth or lower and Bottas failing to win. If Hamilton finishes third, he cannot win the title in America and will be forced to wait at least another week, with the Mexico Grand Prix to be held on October 29. In the constructors' championship, Ferrari must outscore Mercedes by 17 points if they are to maintain their slim hopes of winning. Mercedes currently have a commanding 145-point lead over Ferrari, meaning a Mercedes win in Texas would secure victory. Hamilton coy on 'take a knee' In the lead up to Sunday's race, there has been some media speculation about whether Lewis Hamilton could go down to one knee in support of the ongoing protests by National Football League players against racial injustice. However, he has refused to confirm whether or not he intended to 'take a knee' in sympathy in Texas. The Briton, the only black driver to have won the Formula One championship, has said that he was focused on winning the race rather than the widespread protests in the United States. "I don't plan to let all the BS pull me down," Hamilton said. "I've worked hard to be here today and I have feelings about the whole situation, but at the moment I have no plans to do anything." He added: "I know a lot of people in America so I get to speak to a lot of black and white people that live here. I get quite a good view of what's happening here and I get opinions from the Americans about the movement, which I think is pretty huge. "You've seen I've posted about it because I respect it highly and I find the movement that Colin Kaepernick started awesome. I'm very much in support of it. "But I'm here to win. That's really at the top of my priorities at the moment so I'm not really focused on anything else."

Lewis Hamilton can win a fourth driver’s title on Sunday, which would draw him level with Sebastian Vettel and Alain Prost. Vettel can still stop Hamilton, but the Briton holds a lead of 59 points. Lewis Hamilton stands on the verge of a fourth world title with four races to go in the Formula One season. All eyes will be ... Read More »

Gold-medal-winning gymnast Tatiana Gutsu adds voice to #MeToo campaign

Tatiana Gutsu, who won gymnastics gold at the 1992 Olympics, has joined the growing number of women sharing their stories of sexual assault and harassment on social media. A former USA gymnast has also spoken out. The now 41-year-old Gutsu, who was the all-around champion at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, used a post on her Facebook account on Tuesday to accuse a former teammate and fellow gold medalist of raping her when she was 15 years old. In the post, Gutsu (pictured above in 1992) alleges that Vitaly Scherbo raped her in 1991 during a competition in Stuttgart. She described Scherbo as a "monster who kept me in my own prison to be afraid for so many years." The claim comes amid thousands of similar ones from women all over the globe who have used the Twitter hashtag #MeToo to report experiences of sexual harassment or assault. The hashtag is thought to have been started by American actress Alyssa Milano. Fellow former Soviet competitors Rustam Sharipov, a 1996 Olympic gold medalist, and Tatyana Toropova also drew criticism from Gutsu in the post for a perceived lack of support. 17 Oct Gutsu and Scherbo competed for the Unified Team at the 1992 Games. The team drew athletes from a wide pool in the former Soviet Union's Olympic program, which produced more than a thousand Olympic medalists between 1952 and 1991. Gutsu retired soon after her win in Barcelona and moved to the United States. She now works as the head coach of the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team. Scherbo also lives in the United States and operates a gymnastics school in Las Vegas. Maroney comes forward Meanwhile, McKayla Maroney, a two-time medalist at the 2012 Olympics in London, has said she was molested for years by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor. In a statement posted via her Twitter account, Maroney, 21, said that the abuse had begun in her early teens and continued for the rest of her competitive career. The doctor Maroney accused, Larry Nassar spent three decades working with athletes at USA Gymnastics but now is in jail in Michigan awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. Nassar is also awaiting trial on separate criminal sexual conduct charges and has been sued by more than 125 women alleging abuse. He has pleaded not guilty to the assault charges, and the dozens of civil suits filed in Michigan are currently in mediation.

Tatiana Gutsu, who won gymnastics gold at the 1992 Olympics, has joined the growing number of women sharing their stories of sexual assault and harassment on social media. A former USA gymnast has also spoken out. The now 41-year-old Gutsu, who was the all-around champion at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, used a post on her Facebook account on ... Read More »

Champions League: Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig in search of maiden wins

It has been a tough start to European football this season for the Bundesliga clubs. Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig know the time to get their first wins are running out as they face crucial tests on Tuesday. After all the excitement surrounding Peter Bosz's start at Borussia Dortmund, the club's head coach faces question marks whether his side can get it right against bigger teams. In Europe, Bosz and Dortmund have the chance to get their confidence back with a trip to Cyprus, but is pushing for a top-two spot in their group the best plan? "We want to win both games against APOEL," captain Marcel Schmelzer said, who flew with the squad and hopes to return to action after five weeks out. Clearly, Dortmund want to win all the games they play and six points from these two outings will put them back into a competitive spot in their group. But given Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid's strength, Dortmund face the dilemma of whether to push for progression or focus on the Bundesliga where they lead Bayern Munich by two points. "There is no reason to stick our heads in the sand," said Nuri Sahin. "We were defensively very poor. That was not Borussia Dortmund standard," said Bosz after the Leipzig game. Given how poorly German clubs have performed so far in Europe this season, the pressure will be on both Dortmund and RB Leipzig (who are also in action on Tuesday night) to pick up much-needed victories. "If we still want to have a chance of advancing, then we have to win in Nicosia," said BVB sporting director Michael Zorc. "We go there as favorites and must show why." If Dortmund fail to do so, then not only will their European dreams be in tatters but so will their confidence ahead of their trip to Frankfurt next Saturday. Leipzig looking for lift-off RB Leipzig are hoping to get their Champions League campaign off the ground when they host two-time winners Porto. Ralph Hasenhüttl's side has yet to light up the Champions League in the way they have the Bundesliga and are still looking for their first win following a home draw with last season's semi-finalists Monaco and a deflating defeat by Besiktas last time out. Leipzig are coming off the back of a morale-boosting 3-2 win at Bundesliga leaders Dortmundon Saturday - and managed to do it without star men Timo Werner and Emil Forsberg. Hasenhüttl is expected to call upon Forsberg and Naby Keita, but Werner could remain on the bench as he continues to recover from injury. However, the coach said in Monday's pre-match press conference that he believes Jeffrey Bruma can provide the attacking edge Leipzig otherwise lack in Werner's absence. "We're going to have to see how things go with Timo Werner before deciding whether he starts or comes from the bench. But the impetus Bruma provides up front is great and he brings important qualities to the table," Hasenhüttl said. The Leipzig coach has called on his team to maintain the level of performance they showed in Dortmund. "The key for us is ensuring that the team maintain optimum levels of performance. Our added depth has helped. This is a game that will be decided by the smallest of details, but we're confident we can get our first Champions League win," Hasenhüttl said. Now it's time for RB Leipzig's actions to speak louder than the words of their head coach.

It has been a tough start to European football this season for the Bundesliga clubs. Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig know the time to get their first wins are running out as they face crucial tests on Tuesday. After all the excitement surrounding Peter Bosz’s start at Borussia Dortmund, the club’s head coach faces question marks whether his side can ... Read More »

Jupp Heynckes insists ‘age is just a number’ as he begins fourth Bayern Munich spell

Jupp Heynckes has begun his fourth spell in charge of Bayern Munich by insisting that "age is just a number." Meanwhile, Uli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge have pledged to work more harmoniously together. Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes says he is confident of turning the club's season around, insisting at his unveiling on Monday morning that "age is just a number." Heynckes, 72, was presented as the German champions' new head coach at a press conference in Munich after agreeing to come out of retirement to take over from Carlo Ancelotti until the end of the season. The Italian had been relieved of his duties following a 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League and with Bayern sitting five points behind Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund. "After leaving Bayern in 2013, I didn't think I would coach a club again. I thought that was it," Heynckes revealed. "Critics say I've been out the game for four years but football's not been re-invented. I've followed very closely." 'Age is just a number' Bayern had faced criticism for appointing a coach who has been in retirement for four years since ending his third spell in charge of the Bavarian club after winning the treble in 2013. Heynckes will be joined in Munich by his former assistants Hermann Gerland, 63, and Peter Hermann, 65 - giving Bayern's new coaching staff a combined age of over 200. "Age is a number and nothing more," insisted Heynckes. "Some feel old at 45 but I've not changed. I still love music and sport. I feel young." Heynckes' first challenge will be to repair a series of rifts which have emerged in the Bayern Munich dressing room – ostensibly between the northern European contingent around Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Thomas Müller and a Hispanic fraction centered on Thiago Alcantara and Arturo Vidal. Heynckes, who speaks fluent Spanish following spells at Teneriffe, Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid, believes he has the experience to deal with that but insisted that there is a need to "restore a hierarchy." "I will not shy away from conflict," he said. "I want to form a team where everyone works for the other, with respect and togetherness in the forefront. Our team has class and potential. It's my job to entice that class out again. I know exactly where I need to start." On the pitch, Heynckes' Bayern find themselves playing catch-up in a Bundesliga which is increasingly dominated by a new generation of coaches who play, in Heynckes' words, "a very systematic style of football" – and the veteran coach admitted that "it will be difficult to catch Borussia Dortmund – I'm realistic." Power struggle Heynckes' appointment - strictly until the end of the season – has been interpreted as a victory for club president Uli Hoeness in his power struggle with chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. While the latter is said to have preferred former Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel, Hoeness favored a temporary solution before making a move for Hoffenheim's Julian Nagelsmann in the summer. Both men refused to comment on Heynckes' eventual successor, Rummenigge stating that "we won't say in 2017 what will happen in 2018" while Hoeness said Bayern "have bought ourselves time." The pair also admitted that they have had disagreements over the direction of the club in recent years which have been played out too publically and pledged to work together more harmoniously in future – beginning by unanimously welcoming Heynckes. I'm personally very happy that my best friend is back at the club," said Hoeness while Rummenigge added: "Jupp is an absolute champion. He knows Bayern inside out and I'm convinced that he's the ideal man for the job." Talisman Thomas Müller, who had been critical of the intensity of training sessions under Ancelotti, also welcomed the appointment. "We'll have proper coaching again," he said after Germany's 5-1 win over Azerbaijan in Kaiserslautern. "Heynckes will give the team a new impulse to work hard and suffer for the team." Is experience enough? Others are less convinced. Speaking to tabloid BILD, former Germany coach Berti Vogts highlighted Bayern's reliance on veteran wingers Robben and Ribery, saying: "Experience is important and Jupp and his coaches did everything right back in 2013, but unfortunately on the playing side, experience isn't everything, especially in attack. The likes of Robben and Ribery don't go into the challenges like they used to, especially away from home." German national team coach Joachim Löw also urged caution. "On most levels, experience is worth it's weight in gold in football, but not on all counts," he said after guiding Germany to ten wins from ten to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. "But you also need to keep things fresh and dynamic to be competitive at the top." Löw's name has also been tentatively connected with Bayern Munich but national team manager Oliver Bierhoff appeared to dismiss such rumours. "Firstly, Jogi has a contract until 2020," he said. "Secondly, if Bayern came poking their head around the corner, I would put a stop to it."

Jupp Heynckes has begun his fourth spell in charge of Bayern Munich by insisting that “age is just a number.” Meanwhile, Uli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge have pledged to work more harmoniously together. Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes says he is confident of turning the club’s season around, insisting at his unveiling on Monday morning that “age is just ... Read More »

Germany’s Confederations Cup stars take step towards World Cup berth

Many Germany players who won the Confederations Cup in July have continued to get playing time. In their final World Cup qualifier, those players made the difference as Germany completed a perfect qualification. Nine of the 11 players who started for Germany against Azerbaijan on Sunday were part of the Confed Cup squad – the exceptions were Thomas Müller and Leroy Sané. Additionally, all the players who scored in their 5-1 victory in the Fritz Walter Stadium in Kaiserslautern were Germany's Confederations Cup stars. Some of the casual Germany fans may not know many of these players' names yet, but in 2017 they really made a name for themselves. "It's nice to be part of the team. We have a lot of great young players, great old players. We have about 40 or 50 players in the national team,” forward Julian Brandt told DW after the game. "We had a good Confederations Cup and a good qualification." But it's not just the amount of talent Germany has that got the job done, but also the way in which they got on with each other. Emre Can made just his fourth career international start in midfield, and yet he was controlling the play in front of Germany's defense. Bundesliga veteran Lars Stindl earned his first Germany cap in June, and he was often directing traffic, pointing to where the ball should go. Germany coach Joachim Löw rarely left the bench during the game, even when Germany was struggling early. Since the players have already had success together, they knew what they had to do to complete Germany's perfect qualifying record – 10 wins in 10 games. A new camaraderie With several Germany stars from the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 European Championship still injured, Löw has continued to rely on the Confed Cup players in World Cup qualification. Against Azerbaijan, having players familiar with each other was key to turning the game around. "It helped a little bit that it wasn't the first time that we played together,” midfielder Leon Goretzka told DW. Germany lost two of their defenders – Niklas Süle and Shkodran Mustafi – to injury in the first half and were tied with Azerbaijan going into the break. But the players really took hold of the game in the second half, breaking open Azerbaijan's conservative defense with combinations and coordinated runs. "We know each other. We had a lot of fun at the Confed Cup and we had success there,” Joshua Kimmich told DW. "We knew that we could play well together. We didn't play very well in the first half but the second half was much better.” Competition for World Cup spots In the two World Cup qualifiers Germany played in October, Löw used 21 of the 22 players in his squad – only Kevin Trapp, the third string goalkeeper, did not see the field. Löw also has several other World Cup and Euro 2016 stars – some because of injuries but several others because of the team's squad depth. That makes for a lot of competition for spots in Löw's World Cup squad, which only has 23 spots. Not all of these Confederation Cup performers are going to return to Russia in June, but Kimmich said he hoped many of them come along. "We had a lot of success together, but I know that we have a lot of good players who won the World Cup," Kimmich told DW. "But I hope we have a lot of players from the Confed Cup because we played good football – a good style of football – and I hope we can continue like this."

Many Germany players who won the Confederations Cup in July have continued to get playing time. In their final World Cup qualifier, those players made the difference as Germany completed a perfect qualification. Nine of the 11 players who started for Germany against Azerbaijan on Sunday were part of the Confed Cup squad – the exceptions were Thomas Müller and ... Read More »

‘Enough is enough’ – Julian Nagelsmann annoyed by Bayern speculation

As Bayern Munich's search for a new head coach continues, one of the favorites for the role, Julian Nagelsmann, has declined to comment on press speculation. But doubts persist over the young coach's record in Europe. Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann reacted frustratedly on Sunday to questions from journalists asking him about the vacant Bayern Munich coaching position. The 30-year-old is the youngest coach in Bundesliga history and was crowned Coach of the Year last season after guiding Hoffenheim into Europe for the first time in the club's history. And following the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti following Bayern Munich's 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last week, Nagelsmann is one of the names linked with the job in Munich. "Every couple of days, I'm getting about 14 press enquiries," he said after his team's 2-3 defeat to Freiburg on Sunday. "Enough is enough." Asked by broadcaster Eurosport how he was dealing with the subject, he said: "I'm not dealing with it at all. There are so many experts having their say on the search for a new coach, they don't need to hear my opinion as well." Nagelsmann's contract in Sinsheim runs until 2021 and, according to news agency SID, Bayern are yet to make any contact with Hoffenheim. But sporting director Hansi Flick is resigned to seeing Nagelsmann leave eventually. "We've already said that we don't expect him to retire here," he said. "He's an exceptional coach and he's doing a great job of taking our team to the next level." Inexperience in Europe Nevertheless, Nagelsmann's reputation may have taken a knock in recent weeks, especially when it comes to his credentials on the international stage. After finishing fourth last season, Hoffenheim lost both legs of their Champions League qualifier against Liverpool (1-2 at home and 2-4 at Anfield) before starting their Europa League campaign with 1-2 defeats to both Braga and Ludogorets. In Nagelsmann's defense, Hoffenheim have already played 12 competitive games this season with a weakened squad after the departures of Niklas Süle and Sebastian Rudy to Bayern Munich and Jeremy Toljan to Borussia Dortmund in the summer. In Freiburg on Sunday, Sandro Wagner was forced to play on despite an injury after Nagelsmann used all three substitutes. In Munich, Bayern's players focusing on themselves rather than the identity of their next coach. "We have complete trust in the club," said Thomas Müller, "but we need to make sure that every single one of us performs better, regardless of the coach." Another candidate for the vacant post is Thomas Tuchel but Mats Hummels, who worked under Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund, refused to comment, saying only that "the most important thing is to find a good solution." Interim coach Willy Sagnol meanwhile appeared to rule himself out of a long-term appointment. "I was just supposed to take charge of the game in Berlin," he said. "We've not discussed anything else. That's up to the board."

As Bayern Munich’s search for a new head coach continues, one of the favorites for the role, Julian Nagelsmann, has declined to comment on press speculation. But doubts persist over the young coach’s record in Europe. Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann reacted frustratedly on Sunday to questions from journalists asking him about the vacant Bayern Munich coaching position. The 30-year-old is ... Read More »

Champions League: ‘A perfect time to write history’ – Hoffenheim confident of historic Anfield result against Liverpool

No German team has ever beaten Liverpool at Anfield. However, that is precisely what Hoffenheim will have to do if they are to qualify for the group stage of the Champions League for the first time. Liverpool came away from the first leg in Sinsheim last Tuesday with a 2-1 win thanks to a Trent Alexander-Arnold free kick and a Havard Nordtveit own-goal. Mark Uth's late strike gave Hoffenheim hope going into the second leg, but the German side will still have to score at least twice on Merseyside if they are to advance to the group stage of the Champions League for the first time in their short history. "We'll certainly put on a good show - I can promise you that," coach Julian Nagelsmann said. "The plan is to win 2-0. But we'd take a 3-0 win as well.” Jürgen Klopp's side are known for their aggressive pressing and attacking potency but the Reds' defense has been leaky of late, particularly from set pieces - a weakness Hoffenheim will be looking to exploit. "We're definitely capable of scoring two goals, that goes without question,” defender Kevin Vogt told Germany's mass-circulation newspaper "Bild." "We're going to throw everything at them. We know we can do it.” Nagelsmann's team certainly had their chances in the first leg. Andre Kramaric missed from the penalty spot, Sandro Wagner struck the outside of the post and Benjamin Hübner headed over the bar unmarked, but midfielder Kerem Demirbay looked at the positives. "We clearly play the better football," he said. "Whether that's enough to see us through in the end, we will see. We know we're not Liverpool but we can travel there with confidence." Anfield - not a happy hunting ground for German teams More illustrious names than Hoffenheim have come undone in Liverpool over the years, with the Reds having won 14 of 17 matches against German opposition at Anfield. 1860 Munich, Eintracht Frankfurt, Hamburg, Dynamo Dresden and Borussia Mönchengladbach have all suffered heavy defeats in England's northwest. Two years ago, Borussia Dortmund squandered a 4-2 aggregate lead in the final 30 minutes as Liverpool produced a stunning comeback to progress to the Europa League semifinal. So it would be a historic night if Hoffenheim were to reverse that trend and secure a money-spinning place in Europe's premier club competition. The financial difference between participation in the Champions League group stage and the Europa League is approximately 15 million euros ($17.6 million). "It's a perfect time to write history," Demirbay said.

No German team has ever beaten Liverpool at Anfield. However, that is precisely what Hoffenheim will have to do if they are to qualify for the group stage of the Champions League for the first time. Liverpool came away from the first leg in Sinsheim last Tuesday with a 2-1 win thanks to a Trent Alexander-Arnold free kick and a ... Read More »

Tiger Woods had five substances in his system when he was arrested

A toxicology report has revealed that Tiger Woods had five substances in his system when he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Police had found him asleep in his car on the side of a road. The report, released by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office on Monday, showed that Tiger Woods (41) had the powerful painkiller hydromorphone along with four other drugs in his system when he was arrested by police on May 29. A urine test also revealed the presence of anxiety drug alprazolam, sleep drug zolpidem, and THC, a chemical component of marijuana. Police took him into custody after having found him asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes on the side of a road in Jupiter, Florida, not far from his home. Woods, who at the time of his arrest was unable to tell officers where he was, stumbled through a field sobriety test, however he denied drinking and driving. Instead, he told officers that he had been taking Vicodin and Xanax to deal with pain due to a back operation he had had several weeks earlier. He later released a statement saying that his condition was the result of a reaction to mixing several prescription drugs. He pleaded guilty to reckless driving and agreed to enter a diversion program that will allow the 14-time major championship winning golfer to clear his record if he completes the program. Woods has 79 career PGA Tour victories but isn't currently playing after his fourth back surgery. He has won 14 majors, but the last one was in 2008 when he won the US Open at Torrey Pines.

A toxicology report has revealed that Tiger Woods had five substances in his system when he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Police had found him asleep in his car on the side of a road. The report, released by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, showed that Tiger Woods (41) had the powerful painkiller ... Read More »

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