FRIDAY 03 JANUARY 2014: Firstly, a happy new year to our readers! Secondly, it’s good to be back online. Here’s a collated post of the news from the past three days:
The monthly board review has taken place at Signal Iduna Park, and to summarise, the Borussia Dortmund board are pleased with Gray Surman’s management of the team. This has been underlined by the fans’ delight at the convincing 4-1 win over Bayern Munich.
Despite recording a loss of -£5.03m last month, the club are in a very healthy financial position at present, and Surman has been given an extra £11m to invest in transfer funds or wage budget for the rest of the season.
Monthly Turnover: £ 5.03m Previous Month: £ 9.58m Main Income: £ 1.36m (Merchandising) Monthly Expenditure: £10.06m Previous Month: £12.13m Main Expenditure: £ 4.37m (Player Wages)
There are buyout fees available for the following transfer clauses:
- Shinji Kagawa: BVB will be due £2m after another 24 league appearances at Manchester United. (Buyout fee: £1.59m).
- Christopher Nöthe: 20% of the profit made on his next transfer (£85k+) from St Pauli will go to BVB. (Buyout fee: £41,220).
JANUARY 2014 KEY DATES Wed 01: Start of transfer window Sat 04: VfL Rhede v. Borussia Dortmund (Friendly) Sun 05: BVB U19s v. St Pauli U19s Wed 08: Energie Cottbus v. Borussia Dortmund (Friendly) Sat 11: Sportfreunde Lotte v. Borussia Dortmund (Friendly) Sun 12: Schalke U19s v. BVB U19s Sat 18: Borussia Dortmund v. VfL Wolfsburg (Bundesliga) Wed 22: Werder Bremen v. Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga) Sat 25: SpVgg Greuther-Fürth v. Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga) Sun 26: BVB U19s v. Osnabrück U19s Fri 31: End of transfer window
Assistant Manager Zeljko Buvac has provided some feedback on how the players have been training over the past month. Among the senior players, Sven Bender (ball control), Dennis Praet (defending) and Josef Bungert (fitness) have been impressing the coaching staff, though there have been concerns over the fitness of Felipe Santana and Daniel Ginczek.
Buvac reminded Surman that a promise was made to Mitchell Langerak that he would be starting more games. Roman Weidenfeller has kept goal for the last four matches. Langerak will keep goal tomorrow at Rhede.
Buvac also wanted to point out that Ilkay Gündogan has been showing remarkable improvements during recent training sessions, and feels that it’s due to his exposure to more first-team football this season.
Coach Peter Krawietz feels that Kevin Großkreutz’s game would improve if he was encouraged to get forward whenever possible. A new training programme has been designed for the winger.
Michael Kraft has been particularly impressed with the development of 15 year-old striker Josef Odenthal recently, feeling that he has improved remarkably of late, crediting the individual training focus.
Julian Koch has signed the contract that was offered to him last week. The 23 year-old right-back only has six months remaining on his current deal, and stated that his love of the club inspired him to accept the new 3-year deal.
18 year-old central midfielder Jeremy Dudziak has signed a new contract with the club, taking him through to the summer of 2016. Head of Youth Development Volker Kersting handled the negotiations.
Go Ahead Eagles have unveiled Dutch footballing legend Marco van Basten as their new manager.
After successive 0-3 away defeats at both Barcelona and Real Madrid, Málaga have fired manager Manuel Pellegrino after over three years in charge. The club sit 9th in La Liga and are through to the last eight of the Copa del Rey.