Dortmund Diary: Reus Injury, Season Tickets

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Daily Dortmund Diary, Monday 29 June 2015:

Marco Reus will miss BVB’s opening friendlies after twisting his left knee in a training session. The club’s medical team have indicated that he’ll be sidelined for a fortnight, sitting-out the matches on 08 and 11 July at Wuppertal and Bielefeld respectively.

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The club have announced that they have sold 22,002 season tickets so far since sales began. The marketing team said that they expect to sell another 31,100 as the season approaches taking the total to around 53,100 of Signal Iduna Park’s 80,720 capacity.

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Club News: Sunderland Set For Friendly Visit

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Sunderland AFC will be the first visitors to Signal Iduna Park this summer after the club accepted their proposal to meet on Saturday 18 July as part of their pre-season tour of Germany. The friendly will be BVB’s third of the summer after trips to Wuppertal and Bielefeld, and takes place a week before the DFL-Supercup against Schalke.

The club also revealed that they had to reject a proposal from recently promoted French top-flight side Le Mans for the same day. Dortmund’s U19 side will travel to TSV Großbadorf on 04 July for a friendly, after their first fixture was confirmed today.

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Benjamin Bella and Emiliano Mancinelli have been called-up by the German and Italian squads respectively for the UEFA U19 Championship taking place in Greece next month.

In South Korea, Mustafa Amini scored his second goal of the AFC U22 Championship for Australia as they beat Iraq 4-1 in their second group game. They play Vietnam to seal qualification for the final four tomorrow.

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Swansea City have taken their summer spending to the £29m mark with the £11.5m capture of Vincent Aboubakar from PSV Eindhoven. The 23 year-old striker, capped 23 times (11 goals) by Cameroon, scored 14 times in Eredivisie last season.

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Racing Santander manager Fabri has left the club by mutual consent after the club were relegated to the Spanish second-tier last season. They won just six of their forty competitive matches last season.

Daily Dortmund Diary: Sunday 21 June 2015

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The players have reported back to Brackel after their four weeks off, with a number of players being promoted through the club’s squads. Erik Durm has been promoted to the first team after his return from Braunschweig where he scored 13 times in 32 appearances for the 2.Bundesliga side last season.

Hervé Matthys, Samy Bourard, Hendrik Brauer, Nils Lennard Dietz, Ogün Gümüstas, and Jeremy Dudziak are now all ineligible for the U19 squad next season and have joined Dortmund II. The club have announced that the club won’t play in 3.Liga again next season, and players will be sent on loan should they not break into the senior squad.

Viktor Fischer and Stevan Jovetic have both been granted an extra fortnight’s holiday after looking very tired in training. Both featured heavily in recent long-distance Euro 2016 Qualifiers for Denmark and Montenegro respectively.

Coach José Segura has started on his Continental Pro License, with the club paying the fee.

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Alex Sandro has become the biggest signing of the summer so far, with a £21.5m move from Porto to Manchester City. The 24 year-old Brazilian international left-back was at Porto for four years (winning two titles) since his £8m move from Santos in 2011.

Colombian wing-back Juan Guillermo Cuadrado has left Chelsea after one season, where he only made 10 appearances following his £8.5m move from Udinese. The 27 year-old recently spoke out about his anger at not being included in Colombia’s Copa America squad, and has joined Marseille for £8.5m.

17 June: Transfer News, and Copa Libertadores

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Four large deals have gone through in the last 48 hours, with Swansea City recouping all of the potential £14m fee they spent on Son Heung-Min on Monday with the sale of 23 year-old Argentinian international midfielder Ezequiel Cirigliano to Tottenham Hotspur for £16.25m, one year after his free move from River Plate.

25 year old Polish international striker Artur Sobiech has joined Wolves from Hannover in a £15.25m move, having scored 23  goals in 1.Bundesliga over the last four seasons for the club, relegated this term.

Giuseppe Bellusci has moved from Juventus to PSG in a £9.25m deal, and Wigan Athletic have landed the signature of Cheikhou Kouyaté from local rivals Blackburn for £6.75m.

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Fred scored a late equaliser for Fluminense in the Copa Libertadores Final First Leg at São Paulo tonight. The 31 year-old international, with 6 goals in 17 caps for Brazil, drilled home in injury-time after Maycon put the hosts in front ten minutes after the break.

The Final Second Leg will be held on 24 June at the Maracanã.

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Relegated La Liga side Valladolid have announced their new manager is former Oviedo and Betis player Oli. It’s the 43 year-old’s first managerial role after obtaining his pro license in April.

Sunday 24 May: Juvé Do Double, and Other News

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Daily Diary, Sunday 24th May 2015:

Juventus have done the domestic double with a 4-1 win over Inter Milan in the Coppa Italia Final this evening, four weeks after retaining their Serie A title.

Inter could have easily found themselves five-down come the interval, but Juvé were happy for their two-goal advantage at the break with Fabio Quagliarella and Manolo Gabbiadini firing home early on, before Quagliarella hit the wood work three times before half-time.

Sebastian Giovinco extended the lead midway through the second-half, but Inter pulled a goal back through a fine Samuele Longo header almost immediately. Inside the final five minutes, Giovinco sealed the win with a lovely 25-yarder past Samir Handanovic.


Borussia Dortmund have been paid an extra £30,000 as part of the transfer that took 20 year-old striker Said Benkarit to Hansa Rostock last summer, after his tenth goal of the season (in the 2.Liga Playoff) triggered a clause in the deal. The Second Leg against Offenbach takes place tomorrow, Hansa have a 3-0 lead.


A number of managers now find themselves out of work after the conclusion of domestic top-flight seasons across Europe:

  • Amandio Barreiras, Boavista
  • Frank Dauwen, Westerlo
  • Pascal Dupraz, Evian TG
  • Thierry Lauery, AC Arles-Avignon
  • Andreas Möller, Leiria
  • Eric Sikora, RC Lens

Diary, 20 May: Keegan Stops Loving It, Retires

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Daily Diary, Wednesday 20 May:

70-kevin-keeganKevin Keegan has announced his retirement from football management after 23 years in which he won three divisional titles and finished as runners-up in the Premier League with Newcastle United in 1996 and 1997, and took England to Euro 2000 after beating Scotland over two legs.

The 64 year-old’s playing career spanned fifteen years and saw him score 21 goals for England as well as over 200 goals for his five clubs – Scunthorpe, Liverpool, Hamburg, Southampton, and Newcastle.

Keegan leaves Fulham after two-and-a-half years back at Craven Cottage, when he succeeded Martin Jol in December 2012 after previously managing the club in the late 90’s. Fulham finished the Premier League season in 11th place, just two points off a top-half finish.


Both Wigan Athletic and Southampton have parted company with their managers after disappointing seasons in the English top flight. Wigan slumped to 16th place after losing their last six games and the board decided that Brian McDermott wasn’t the man to lead them next season.

Southampton were relegated after a dismal campaign which saw them win just twice at home, finishing fifteen points from safety in 19th place. Tony Mowbray failed to win any of the club’s final nine games and drop back down one season after he guided them to promotion with a second-place finish in the FL Championship in 2014.

Empoli have also fired their manager after the final day of the season saw them lose 0-1 at home to AC Milan, and relegated back to Serie B after a single season in the Italian top-flight. Maurizio Sarri had been at the club for three seasons.


_bvb70jpgBVB coach Francesco Salucci has completed his UEFA ‘A’ Licence, the final step before obtaining a ‘Pro’ Licence which would allow him to manage a top-flight club in Europe. The 43 year-old Italian works with the club’s successful U19 team.