SUNDAY 19 – TUESDAY 21 JANUARY 2014: RTFM has been offline since the weekend, so here’s a round-up of our real-time daily FM13 save since Sunday…
The U23/Reserves side beat VfL Wolfsburg 4-1 in a friendly at Stadion Rote Erde on Sunday afternoon, hours after the first team were held to a 2-2 draw against Wolfsburg’s senior side.
With Robert Lewandowski making his long-awaited comeback from injury, playing the second half in full, it was 15 year-old Josef Bungert who stole the show with a first-half hat-trick, despite the visitors taking the lead after five minutes through Danko Boskovic. Tomas Capecchi scored BVB’s fourth late on. Taye Taiwo, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Moritz Leitner, and Viktor Fischer all started for Dortmund.
Dortmund are strongly rumoured to be chasing Feyenoord’s 21 year-old centre-back Stefan de Vrij, according to German Football Review. Dortmund recently had £6m and £7.5m bids for Wolfsburg’s Naldo rejected and de Vrij would make a good second-choice, writes the newspaper.
Mitchell Langerak has rocked the club by handing in an official transfer request. The 25 year-old Australian goalkeeper stated that Surman’s broken promise about starting more first-team matches was the sole reason behind the request. He has started 8 of 21 this season.
Having put in the hours to understand the role, Ivan Perisic is now very much prepared to be an effective influence through the middle of the pitch.
Teenage striker Said Benkarit has agreed to a loan move to second-flight Union Berlin until the end of the season. He’ll link-up with Dortmund team-mate Mustafa Amini at the 2-Bundsliga side. Speaking of whom…
Australia’s youngsters are out of the AFC U22 Championship in Oman following a 1-2 defeat by Iran in the Quarter-Finals. Mustafa Amini set-up Tommy Oar’s opener for the Socceroos, but Iran struck back with goals from Radi and Heydari to seal their place in the final four.
BVB’s Head of Youth Development Volker Kersting has tabled a six-figure bid for youngster Benjamin Bella. We’ll have more updates on this if a deal is completed.
Eddie Howe has resigned as manager of Premier League bottom-side Burnley to take over at West Bromwich Albion, who sit just five points above them in the table. Pat Fenlon has resigned at Hibernian, while Landry Chauvin has left Stade Brestois to take over at AS Nancy.