In big news, unexpectedly Bert van Marwijk has just got sacked from Hamburg SV. After 143 days he is fired from his job and is no longer at a club. After losing all his last 8 matches, 3-0 or more, espcially 5-0 against Bayern Munich at home, then losing to the struggling Eintracht Braunschweiger 4-2 when Eintracht is at the bottom of the table. When they have only won four matches out of twenty one and lost thriteen and drawn the rest. The 61 year old ex-Holland boss won’t be happy with this decision and I’m not sure what he wants to do next but hopefully get into the Eredivisie in Holland. The problem was he was going to take over, Mirko Slomka when he got sacked in December, at Hannover 96. Hamburg leaked 51 goals in 21 matches, more than Bayern Leverkusen and Schalke 04 have even scored. Hamburg has had a massive step down after finishing 7th last year and is 17th at the moment in the Bundesliga. After managing Borussia Dortmund for two years and Holland for 4 years he no longer manages a club anymore. I wonder what Bert will do next and who will be Hamburg’s new coach.
As you Borussia Dortmund have been having some trouble lately, with Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski leaving for Bayern Munich. Also Ivan Perisic left for Wolfsburg and Felipe Santana went off to Schalke 04. But they’ve managed to buy some cover for their replacements. Manuel Friedirch and Erik Durm for free which is brilliant. Then the three big signings Henrikh Mkhitaryan for $27.5m, then Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for $13m, so it leaves Sokratis Papastathopoulas for $9.5m.
This has been a Brilliant two years for Bayern Munich with winning The Bundesliga, The Super Cup and DFB Pokal in Germany then UEFA Champions League, Fifa Club World Cup and then this year the UEFA Super Cup. With all the money they got of winning all those they went wild and bought some big signings like Mario Gotze for $37m, Thiago Alcantara for $25m. But then on the other hand they’ve also sold some big names like “the emerging” Emre Can for $5m, Luiz Gustavo for $17.5m, Mario Gomez for $15.5m and were lucky enough to snatch Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund for free!
The next team who have had some ups and downs are Bayern Leverkusen over the years their the team that also comes 3rd and 4th with Schalke 04 and never won anything really. With getting Can of Bayern Munich, Heung-Min Son for $10m, Giulio Donati for $3m. Then they sold Sidney Sam for $2.5m, Daniel Cavajal for $6.5m and Andre Schurrle to Chelsea for $22m.
The finally big signing team is Schalke 04 they manly bought players then sell some. The big signing our Kevin-Prince Boateng for $12m, Felipe Santana for only $1m, Leon s for $3.3m and Sidney Sam.
I hope you liked all the transfers from 2013/2014 there are some disappointments but then there are some brilliant transfers. The top teams are the ones with all the big signings and the money from good results and winning cups so its pretty tough for the teams that get knocked out from the first round or get relegated.
I’ve got all the stars from different leagues around europe into one squad. Its got a mixture of experienced players mixed with young talents which will develop into a brilliant team. Some players are stars in England, Spain, Italy and mostly the German Bundesliga. The problem last World Cup was they didn’t have the flow of young players coming in to give other players a rest. But I ashore this world cup Germany will blow your mind, with Schweinsteiger, Muller, Podolski and Captain Lahm. This is the amazing squad.
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer, Rene Alder, Roman Weidenfeller and Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Bernd Leno
Defenders: Per Mertesacker, Marcell Jansen, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Heiko Westermann, Benedikt Howedes, Marcel Schmelzer, Philipp Lahm, Dennis Aogo, Philipp Wollscheid, Andreas Beck
Midfielders: Toni Kroos, Mario Gotze, Marco Reus, Lars Bender, Julian Draxler, Sven Dender, Sidney Sam, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira, llkay Gundogan, Aaron Hunt, Stefan Reidartz, Nicolai Muller, Roman Neustadter, Patrick Herrmann
Forwards: Thomas Muller, Andre Schurrle, Max Kruse, Lucas Podolski, Mario Gomez, Miroslav Klose, Stefan KieBling, Pierre-Micheal Lassoga, Julian Schieber
This is where I’ve built up a team all, 25 ‘s and younger from all the different teams of the bundesliga into one ultimate team. Some players you may know and some you may not. You may find players that come from not only Germany but Korea, Holland, Spain, Argentina and from lots of other countries around the world.
So in the goal I’ve picked these three outstanding players who I think will be stars later on in their lives. In the starting position is Marc-Andre ter Stegen, then his understudies is Bernd Leno and Sven Ulreich to protect that goal and not let a cleen sheet go past.
To help to protect that goal and shut down the strikers, I’ve put in David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, Holger Badstuber and Mats Hummels for my starting four in the defense. On the bench I have Omer toprak, Erik Durm and Benedikt Howedes.
In the midfield to spice up the team, and help those forwards to so those goals I have Mario Gotze, Marco Reus, IIkay Gundogan and Julian Draxler to start. Then in the substitutes I have put Thiago Alcantara, Toni Kroos and Xherden Shaqiri.
Up in front to score those fabulous goals, I’ve got Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski. In their backup I’ve got Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Heung-Min Son and Luuk de Jong.
I ashore you these players will be the next big thing in the Bundesiga if they stay. This team will be amazing with fresh new talent. This team has a mixture of players around the world and from all different clubs.
Manchester United are struggling in the Barclays Premier League with coming 7th and getting knocked-out of the Capitol League Cup in penalty shot-outs. Also their key players in the midfield are striking the 30’s and some are very close to. So hopeful David Moyes can “Turn this train around” and buy a new young player to spice up the mid.
During the transfer season David went out on the search for his first player that caught his eye was Juan Mata during their game recently. Then he decided to look at the rest of europe, and so he found Claudio Marchisio from Juventus, he also found the German IIkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund. Moyes was very keen on IIkay but Jurgen Klopp wouldn’t let him go after he lost Mario Gotze to Bayern Munich. Gundogan had it all with being in one of the top clubs in the Bundsliga and being 23 years old so he was perfect for Manchester United. Claudio Marchisio wasn’t what David Moyes wanted being 28 years old and Juventus weren’t so keen on letting him go ether. So that just left Juan Mata at the age of 25 and a incredible game mind. David Moyes was happy with him, but he would still like a younger player. So Juan got the knob at $37 million pounds, but Juan will be missed at Chelsea but I’m sure he won’t make much of a difference when he leaves Chelsea. They still have Hazard, Lampard, Essien, Ramires, Obi Mikel and Oscar.
After the transfer season, we come to the Champions league knock-out stages, where the best european clubs come together to play in one huge league. To get there you have to come in the top three places of the English premier league, the Spanish Primera Division or the German Bundesliga. The top two teams from the French Ligue 1 or the italian Serie A and you have to come first in the Netherlands Eredivisie, the Turkish Super Lig, the Russian Premier League, the Portuguese Primeira Liga, the Greece Super league or the Scottish Premiership to Qualify.
The first game in the round of 16 is between the “Unstoppable” Manchester City vs the “Ultimate” Barcelona. Manchester City will be ready for a challenge with the goal-scorers Negredo, Dzeko and Arguero. Also the big-boot Yaya Toure, and Vincent Kompany and Micah Richards who won’t let a thing get passed them. But the 100 scoring team will have troubles against with the brilliance of Messi and new-comer Neymar up in front, with Xavi and Iniesta to assist them. In defense they have Alves, Pique and Puyol.
The next match in the knock-out stages is the “Crucial” PSG vs the “Demanding” Bayer Leverkusen. PSG are a threat to most teams with the “Amazing” Ibrahimovic, Cavani, Lavezzi up in front. Also in midfield they have the young Lucas and Menez, obviously they have the “Wall” Thiago Silva in the defense. Bayer Leverkusen I think are up for a test, but I think they can handle it. With Kiebling and Heung-Min Son in the forwards and and the four talents all from Germany Hegeler, Sam, Rolfes and the young talent Can. Also in defense are Toprak and Wollscheid.
The third game in round of 16 is the “Touchy” AC Milan” vs” the Decisive” Atletico Madrid. Milan has new signing Balotelli and “Young Gun” El Shaarawy up in front. Balotelli’s new mate Kaka and De Jong in the mid. Back in defense it is Rami and Mexes. Atletico Madrid have former Barcelona striker David Villa up in front and Garcia and Gabi in the Midfield. In goal they have the 21 year old star Courtois.
The next match is between the “Gunners” Arsenal vs “Table toping” Bayern Munich. Arsenal will struggle against the table topping giants but they have a strong team. With Podolski, Walcott and young shot Oxlade-Chamberlain in the forwards. In the middle they have Ozil, Wilshere, Arteta. Then back in defense they have Sagna, Mertesacker and Vermaelen. But the gunners will have trouble against the German giants who are arguable the best club in the world. This side has Muller and Mandzukic in the forwards, to help them up in front they have Ribery, Robben, Kroos, Schweinstieger and young talent Gotze it will be hard to pick out of these guys. Back to protect the goal they have Lahm, Boateng and young shot Alaba, with Neuer in the goal.
The fifth match is between the “Tricky” Zenit vs the “Dicey” Borussia Dortmund. Zenit are one of the most unexpected teams with the “Brilliant” Hulk up in front. Then the Aresenal great Arshavin, Witsel and Danny in midfield. Then they have Neto and Nombaerts in Defense. Dortmund have Lewandowski and Aubameyang up in front, then to support the forwards they have Bender, Gundagon and the “Brilliant” Reus in the mid. Back in defense is Hummels, Subotic and “Young talent” Durm.
This match is between the “Stunning” Olympiakos Piraeus vs the “Red devils” Manchester United. Piraeus are up to play the mighty Red Devils with Saviola and the “Young Talent” Campell as the strikers. In midfield they have Weiss and Samaris. In the defense their is Bong and Manolas. United are struggling because their 7th on the premier league but they have a brilliant side with Rooney, Van Persie, Kagawa, Welbeck, Hernandez and it have to be really hard to pick out of these talents. Then they have Nani, Young, Carrick and the “Young Great” Januzaj. Back in defense they have Vidic, Evra and “Young Star” Jones.
The second-to-last match is the “Unbelievable” Galatasarary vs the “Mights Blues” Chelsea. Galatasarary are pretty lucky to have former legend for Chelsea Drogba as their striker. In the Mid they have Holland star Sneijder, Inan and Melo. In the Defense are Eboue and Chedjou. While on the other their is Cameroon Legend Eto’o, Torres and Mata, then in the middle of the field is Hazard, Lampard, Ramires and “Young Talent” Oscar. To protect the goal they have Terry, Luiz, Cole and Ivanovic, then in goal they obviously have Cech.
The Final match is between the “Shocking” Schalke 04 vs the “Incredible” Real Madrid. Schalke are going to play their best side to win against, which probably is Huntelaar and Szalai up in front, then in the midfield Boateng, Farfan and “Young Talents” Draxler and Meyer. Back in the defense is Matip, Howedes and Santana. Real Madrid are one of the best sides in the world with arguably the best player in the world Ronaldo and Benzema in the forwards. To support the forwards they have di Maria, Bale, Alonso and khedira in the middle of the pitch. Back in the defense are Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo and “Young Talent” Varane. Then the Spanish captain Casillas in the goal.
De Bruyne found there was no room for him in Chelsea’s plans 18 months ago, after he signed from Genk and was swiftly loaned out to Werder Bremen for the 2012-13 campaign. Despite Jose Mourinho affording him the chance to win him over this season, De Bruyne has been an unimportant figure around the first-team squad. Chelsea said in a statement: “Kevin De Bruyne has completed a move to Wolfsburg. ”The Belgian joins the Bundesliga club having made five starts for Chelsea, with a further four appearances as a substitute.” De Bruyne, 22, scored 10 goals in 34 appearances for Bremen last season, earning himself a strong reputation in the Bundesliga. Wolfsburg announced he has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract after passing a medical. De Bruyne said: “For me it was clear from the start that Wolfsburg would be the first people to talk to when Chelsea said I could go. ”I am very pleased that my transfer has come about. ”I want to play my part in ensuring we continue to be successful and return to international business (in European competitions).” Wolfsburg stand fifth in the German top flight, three points adrift of Borussia Monchengladbach in third place, the final Champions League position. The arrival of Nemanja Matic at Chelsea from Benfica effectively ended any hope De Bruyne had of winning over Mourinho, who also has the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Frank Lampard, John Obi Mikel, Willian, Juan Mata and Ramires as midfield options. German reports have suggested Wolfsburg are paying around 20million euros (£16.7million) for De Bruyne, although neither club has confirmed the price involved. Mourinho recently said Chelsea would look to sell for “a very positive amount”. De Bruyne moved to Stamford Bridge for a fee of around £7million. Wolfsburg head coach Dieter Hecking said: “Kevin is a player with outstanding qualities. I am very happy he has chosen Wolfsburg. From our first talks, I had a good feeling. Kevin is convinced by our plan.”
Julian Draxler, at the age of 20 he’s a real talent to the Bundesliga old-hand already, to say nothing of being one of the most crave players in the European game. Julian Draxler has come a very long way in a very short time. The generally gifted no.10 missed out on the Royal Blues’ winter training camp in Doha due to a thigh injury but, once he is up and running again, will be needed to the team’s campaigns on the home and UEFA Champions League fronts has put together a few odds and ends on a local lad made very good… The working-class mindset to the local culture tends to have a certain influence on locally-produced talent, and the Schalke superstar is no exception, while adding that “they rarely have to.” His rise through the ranks continued at a whirlwind pace and on 15 January 2011 the moment had come: seven minutes from the end of the season re-opener against Hamburger SV, he came off the bench to become the youngest Schalke player ever to turn out in the Bundesliga. And if a 1-0 defeat somewhat soured the moment… There was broad benefit just ten days later, as the teen wonder came on in extra time and spectacularly fired the Royal Blues into the last four of the DFB Cup with the 119th-minute winner against 1. FC Nürnberg. His first senior competitive goal capped a memorable week in which he had put pen to paper on a professional contract running through to 2014 before laying on the only goal of the game for Raul against Hannover 96. By that point, he was already a full-blooded Germany international, earning his first senior call-up under Joachim Löw in a 5-3 friendly loss to Switzerland at the end of May, just ahead of Euro 2012. Draxler didn’t make the cut for the finals in Poland/Ukraine, but he has since established himself as a squad regular and has justifiable hopes of playing his part in Germany’s quest for ultimate glory this summer at the FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil. Dynamic, pacy and outstanding one-on-one, Draxler has also been able to progress so rapidly due to a bright match intelligence. As his former coach at Schalke, Felix Magath, put it, “For his age, he’s got a very advanced understanding of the rhythm of the game. He’s very focused and not prone to sloppiness… He’s cheeky and self-confident out on the pitch and he’s always looking to score. All that makes him a very awkward opponent for anybody.”
He was in inspired form for FC Bayern München as they stormed to the top of the German, European and world game in 2013, but Franck Ribery was out of luck when it came to the FIFA Ballon d’Or. The French wing wizard had to be content with third place behind FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and the victorious Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF at the award ceremony in Zurich on Monday evening. It was a close-run contest, with the votes – cast by 184 national team coaches, the same number of national team captains and 173 media representatives – evenly spread between all three hopefuls. In the end, Ronaldo’s fantastic scoring feats for Real over the course of the year earned him the top tally of 1,365 points. Messi, chasing a fifth straight golden ball, finished runner-up on 1,205 points, with Ribery not far behind on 1,127. It was a disappointing outcome for the 30-year-old Bayern star in the wake of a period of unique success for both himself and the club, capped off by December’s Fifa Club World cup triumph in Morocco. The record champions’ chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, for one, put a positive spin on it nonetheless, saying: “After being voted best player in Europe, this third place again recognises his magnificent individual performances and the trophies he won with FC Bayern. He won every major competition he took part in at home, in Europe and on the world stage in 2013.”
Anfield side look to bring in experienced South American to boost attack. Liverpool will look to push on with efforts to sign highly rated Schalke winger Jefferson Farfan according to local news. Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers has taken a keen interest in the 29 year old Peruvian and is willing to make an offer of £11m of the wide-man though his Bundesliga employers are looking for a fee nearer £15m, so seemingly not a massive obstacle to progress in a potential deal to bring the former PSV Eindhoven man to Merseyside. Interest in Farfan could well be due to Liverpool’s unwillingness to use loaned in Chelsea man Victor Moses regularly, with the Nigerian international not impressing when called upon. Farfan is an experienced campaigner who scores regularly from his position out wide, netting 57 goals in 119 Eredivisie appearances and 36 goals in 154 Bundesliga outings with Schalke, indeed he is the club’s top scorer in domestic league action this term. Such is his importance at Schalke it is perhaps surprising that Veltins-Arena boss Jens Keller would be open to even considering a bid for Farfan, who is tied down to a long term deal that runs until 2016. Rodgers may feel that the addition of a proven top class attacker could add further strength in depth in the final third and aid Liverpool’s push for a coveted top four finish.