Tuesday 04 June:
With the transfer window due to open in four weeks, Dortmund manager GS has been making enquiries about a number of targets. The Daily Echo reports that Southampton have received an offer of £150k for 17 year-old left back Luke Shaw. The Dortmund staff may not appreciate the leak of the story and expect interest in the teenager to intensity as 01 July approaches.
Ajax have informed Dortmund that they require £8.75m for left winger Viktor Fischer, plus a 20% of profit sell on clause. Transfer-listed Lyon left back Fabian Monzon will command a fee of £8.25m should Dortmund wish to make an offer, a source has confirmed.
- Mitchell Langerak has been called up by Australian manager Holger Osieck for their World Cup Qualifier in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday 11 June.
- Dortmund have confirmed their first friendly of pre-season, a trip on 13 July to play local rival’s DSC Arminia Bielefeld’s U23 team. Further fixtures are expected to be confirmed shortly before the Bundesliga season kicks off on 24 August. Bielefeld are currently in the third tier of German football, having suffered a decline since their 12th placed Bundesliga finish in 2007, suffering relegation in 2009 and 2011.
- Denmark, Germany and Poland have been allocated an extra place in next year’s Europa League for next season due to their performance in the Fair Play Award table. VfL Wolfsburg will benefit from the Bundesliga.
- After their relegation from La Liga and recent board takeover, Deportivo have announced former Real Betis manager Pepe Mel as their new manager.
World Cup Qualifiers:
- Canada 0 – 0 Costa Rica
- Jamaica 1 – 1 Honduras
- United States 1 – 1 Mexico
- Bahrain 0 – 0 Iraq
- Iran 2 – 1 Japan
- South Korea 4 – 0 Jordan
- Uzbekistan 0 – 1 Saudi Arabia
The AFC results confirm that Iran and South Korea have qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the first nations to do so. Japan will join them failing a 15-goal swing in their final match. Australia and Saudi Arabia will compete the last automatic spot, the losers will play either Qatar or Bahrain in a playoff.