The pre-season friendly against Juventus has been moved to Saturday 10 August from the midweek to prevent a clash with a round of World Cup Qualifiers. Subsequently, the club has cancelled its planned friendly at non-league side VfL Rhede which was set to take place on that date. Dortmund-Juventus is a repeat of the 1997 Champions League final.
Mario Götze played all 90 minutes for Germany in their 1-3 defeat by France at the Under-21s European Championship, earning a 6.90 rating. Ilkay Gündogen came on as a 51st minute substitute (6.70 rating) but picked up a bruised rib which may see him miss Sunday’s final group game against Sweden.
- Dortmund will receive £9.56m for Bundesliga TV rights over the forthcoming season.
- Manager GS has told the BVB board that he believes the squad can challenge for the title and as a result, the transfer budget has been set at £15.04m and the wage budget at £827k p/w. The club is currently spending £751,383 per week on wages.
Croatia have now joined the European Union. This change will allow Croatian players more freedom in moving to other nations in the group, and will open up the foreign rules for clubs in Croatia.
FIFA Confederations Cup:
Spain booked their place alongside Brazil and Italy in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup with a 2-1 win over Uruguay in Group B. Mexico beat Zambia 4-0 to eliminate the African champions and ensured their destiny is in their own hands going into Sunday’s final group match with Uruguay, knowing a win will put them through.
Spain 2-1 Uruguay (Spain qualify for Semi-Finals) Mexico 4-0 Zambia
UEFA U-21 Championship:
France hit Germany with two goals inside a minute from Andy Delort en route to a surprise 3-1 win. Germany pulled one back before the break but had their hard work undone when Lewis Holtby was shown a straight red card in first-half stoppage time for a two-footed lunge on Sebastien Corchia. France will qualify for the semi-finals with a draw on Sunday against Russia, but Germany will need to beat Sweden to ensure their place in the last four.
Sweden 0-2 Russia Germany 1-3 France