Bayern Munich’s manager Jupp Heynckes has announced his retirement from the game at the age of 68, leading to a host of names being linked with the vacancy at the Allianz Arena. Heynckes was at Bayern for two seasons, and after finishing runner-up in the Bundesliga and the Champions League in 2012, went one better in both competitions last season to win the double – the third in the club’s history, and first since 2001.
Heynckes also won the 1998 Champions League with Real Madrid.
Former Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola has immediately been installed as the bookies’ favourite for the job. Tottenham’s double-winning manager André Villas-Boas, Monaco manager Claudio Ranieri, and Swansea’s Michael Laudrup are other names in the mix.
Italy have beaten Spain 2-1 in the Third Place Playoff at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Sao Paulo. Bilbao’s Ander Herrera got Spain off to a flyer, converting a 6th-minute penalty after David Villa was bundled over in the box by Davide Astori.
Stephen El Shaarawy then scored his first international goal within a minute of the second half starting, before adding what proved to be a decisive second shortly before the hour mark with a typical poacher’s finish.
Brazil face Uruguay tonight in the final.
llkay Gündogan, Mario Götze, and Moritz Leitner (left) have reported for training after traveling back from the UEFA U21 Championship.