Friendly Match Preview: Arsenal v. Enfield Town

Enfield Town will make the short trip to the Emirates on Sunday in a hastily-arranged friendly giving fans a chance to see the side on home soil before the new season begins.

New signing Jack Robinson is fit to face the seventh-tier side and, aside from goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, manager Gray Surman can pick from a fully-fit squad. However, AFC Reserves are set to play at Barnet on Saturday, and Surman has told Second XI manager Simon Ireland that Carlos Álvarez and Hensley Siberie are free for the match.

Enfield Town, of the Isthmian Premier Division, are bringing their first team while Arsenal will give run-outs to as many players as possible. The match is free, with the club today announcing that season ticket sales have now reached 33,240 of the forecast of 43,000.

Premier League referee Mike Jones is set to officiate on Sunday, his first trip to Arsenal since March when he oversaw the 2-1 win over WBA.  Weather is looking drizzly, 17°C.

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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.

BVB Board Announce 2015 – 2016 Budget

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The board of directors at Borussia Dortmund have made announcements this morning regarding the club’s finances ahead of the transfer window opening on Monday as preparations begin for the 2015-16 season.

First Team Manager Gray Surman has been given an initial transfer fund of £15.85m, and the wage budget is set at £1.33m per week (current spends £1.2m p/w). 100% of any fees raised will be made available, and should the current wage total remain constant, then a £20.2m transfer kitty can be spent excluding any fees received.

The club made a total loss of £13.2m last season, but prize money has now been paid by UEFA and DFL meaning that the club has made a profit of £28m in June alone. The club’s current balance is £79.26m, with £1.04m being raised through the club’s membership scheme, a similar amount as last season.

The board announced that dividends totalling £13m will be paid to shareholders, with the turnover for the last financial year being approximately £228m.

The 1.Bundesliga fixture list will be released on 20 June. The opening day of the season will take place on 22 August, with the DFL-Supercup at Schalke scheduled for 25 July.

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The double-winning U19 side have arranged their first pre-season friendlies. They will travel to SC Freiburg on 01 August, before playing at Hamburger SV four days later. Freiburg finished 7th in Group 4 last season, while Hamburg were 3rd in Group 2.

The Bundesliga Review: Final Day Drama

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On the final day of 1.Bundesliga, goals were hard to come by in the first-half, until a flurry of activity in the final forty-five minutes of the season. Ultimately, nothing changed from the beginning of the day as only Stuttgart and Gladbach changed places, with Schalke sealing the final Champions League spot and Augsburg unable to avoid the drop.

The champions rounded-off their campaign with a 3-1 win at Hoffenheim, while game of the day was in Mainz as Hamburg sealed second-place in a seven goal thriller courtesy of a Son Heung-Min hat-trick.

Hannover bowed out of the league with a goalless draw at Freiburg who will take the third Europa League place as DFB-Pokal finalists Schalke and Dortmund both will play Champions League football next season alongside Hamburg and third-place Leverkusen.

Augsburg won an admirable point at home to Leverkusen, but despite Hertha losing at home to Nürnberg they drop back to 2.Bundesliga after a single season in the top-flight as they would have needed another two goals today to finish 17th. Hertha’s Playoff opponents will be Cottbus after they were held at Ingolstadt and slipped to third.

Elsewhere, Sebastian Rode was sent-off in the final minute for Frankfurt who then conceded an injury time winner at home to Stuttgart; Düsseldorf and Wolfsburg shared four goals and the points; Bayern beat Gladbach at home with two second-half goals, and Schalke beat Werder Bremen.

Dortmund’s title win earns them £27m from DFL.

 BUNDESLIGA, MATCHDAY 34/34:
  
  Sunday 17 May

                   AUGSBURG  2-2  BAYER LEVERKUSEN
              Eyjólfsson 14       Pedro León 22
                     Edu 80       Kießling 41

              BAYERN MUNICH  2-0  BORUSSIA MÖNCHENGLADBACH
                  Giroud 52
                   Gómez 83

         FORTUNA DÜSSELDORF  2-2  VFL WOLFSBURG
                  Duarte 79       Djuricic 76
                Wagner 90+2       Dost 86

        EINTRACHT FRANKFURT  0-1  VFB STUTTGART
              (Rode s/o 89)       Ibisevic 90+2

                SC FREIBURG  0-0  HANNOVER

              HERTHA BERLIN  1-2  FC NÜRNBERG
                 Lasogga 35       Hlousek 75
                                  Bangura 88

             TSG HOFFENHEIM  1-3  BORUSSIA DORTMUND
                  Moritz 30       Reus 9
                                  Jovetic pen 72
                                  Santana 79

                  FSV MAINZ  3-4  HAMBURGER SV
                  Müller 37       Van der Vaart 32
                    Soto 48       Heung-Min 39, 62, 80
                  Marica 75
              (Soto s/o 74)

                    SCHALKE  1-0  WERDER BREMEN
               Huntelaar 73

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Monthly BVB Boardroom Review: March 2015

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The monthly board review has taken place at Signal Iduna Park, and to summarise, the Borussia Dortmund board continue to be pleased with Gray Surman’s management of the team. This has been underlined by the fans’ belief that he is getting the best out of Robert Lewandowski.

However, the European failure is disappointing, but the board remain positive about the potential to retain both domestic trophies this season.  The club recorded a loss of -£1.43m last month, though remains in a very healthy financial position.

Monthly Turnover:     £12.38m
Previous Month:       £8.4m
Main Income:          £3.62m (Gate Receipts)

Monthly Expenditure:  £13.81m
Previous Month:       £12.03m
Main Expenditure:     £6m (Player Wages)

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Assistant manager Zeljko Buvac has provided his regular feedback on how the players have been training over the past month. Among the senior players Marco Reus (tactics) and Jos Verniers (fitness) have impressed the coaching staff with their progress, but slight concerns have been noted about Robert Lewandowski during attacking drills.

The same can be said of the youth players, with Josef Odenthal and Emiliano Mancinelli (both fitness), and especially Saeid Hosaini (tactics) have all shown great improvement during the past month. Three players have had new individual programmes devised for them: Emiliano Mancinelli (heading), Robert Lewandowski (placing shots), and Wout Devriendt (positioning).

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The international break is over, and it’s time for the business end of the domestic season. Dortmund have just ten matches left this season, including the DFB-Pokal Final on 23 May against Schalke. BVB sit a point clear at the top of the table over Leverkusen, but have two games in hand over the rest of the top four. Euro 2016 qualification resumes in June.

 IMPORTANT DATES - APRIL 2015:
  WED 01  BUNDESLIGA    AWAY v. VfB Stuttgart
  SAT 04  BUNDESLIGA    AWAY v. Eintracht Frankfurt
  SUN 05  U19 LEAGUE    HOME v. Fortuna Düsseldorf U19
  WED 08  BUNDESLIGA    HOME v. VfL Wolfsburg
  SAT 11  BUNDESLIGA    HOME v. SC Freiburg

  SAT 18  BUNDESLIGA    AWAY v. Hertha Berlin SC
  SUN 19  U19 LEAGUE    AWAY v. MSV Duisburg U19

  SAT 25  BUNDESLIGA    HOME v. FC Augsburg
  SUN 26  U19 LEAGUE    AWAY v. Rot-Weis Essen U19

  MON 27  BIRTHDAY      Lars Bender (26)
  MON 27  BIRTHDAY      Sven Bender (26)

Monthly Dortmund Boardroom Update

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The monthly board review has taken place at Signal Iduna Park, and to summarise, the Borussia Dortmund board continue to be pleased with Gray Surman’s management of the team. Fans are highly impressed by Lars Bender’s performances, and are excited about the capture of Stevan Jovetic after his first goals for the club.

However, yesterday’s defeat at Standard Liège was deeply disappointing, and dissatisfaction about the nature of the loss has been voiced by fans and club management, though all remain positive about the chances of progressing from the group. Surman held a team meeting this morning, and the squad were enthusiastic about the next game.

The club recorded a loss of -£361,000 last month, though they club are in a very healthy financial position and the board are very content with the wage bill which comes in £200,000 under budget allowing for a £5m outlay on new personnel.

Dortmund have signed a new kit sponsorship deal, worth £475,000 to the club over each of the next three seasons.

Monthly Turnover:     £12.1m
Previous Month:       £21.3m
Main Income:          £3.77m (Gate Receipts)

Monthly Expenditure:  £12.5m
Previous Month:       £54.6m
Main Expenditure:     £4.76m (Player Wages)

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Assistant manager Zeljko Buvac has provided his regular feedback on how the players have been training over the past month. Among the senior players Mario Götze (tactics) and Hervé Matthys (fitness) have impressed the coaching staff with their progress, but slight concerns have been noted about André Schürrle and Lars Bender in fitness sessions.

The same can be said of the youth players, with Marwin Kwerstiens and Ibro Beslija (both fitness), and especially Olaf Moritz (ball control) have all shown great improvement during September.

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After the weekend, another international break is upon us with players due to be called up by their national squads in the next day or two ahead of Euro 2016 qualifiers and friendlies. The club play the Revierderby against fiercest rivals Schalke at Signal Iduna Park on Sunday 26th as the potential highlight of the month.

IMPORTANT DATES - OCTOBER 2014:
 SAT 04  BUNDESLIGA    HOME v. VfB Stuttgart
 WED 08  INTERNATIONAL FIXTURES BEGIN
 
 SUN 12  U19 LEAGUE    HOME v. TSV Alemannia Aachen
 TUE 14  INTERNATIONAL FIXTURES END
 WED 15  BIRTHDAY      Daniel Schmadtke (16)
 THU 16  BIRTHDAY      Kristof Müller (16)
 
 SAT 18  BUNDESLIGA    AWAY v. VfL Wolfsburg
 SUN 19  U19 LEAGUE    AWAY v. VfL Bochum
 TUE 21  CHP LEAGUE    AWAY v. Legia Warsaw
 THU 23  BIRTHDAY      Scott Tanser (20)
 
 SUN 26  BUNDESLIGA    HOME v. Schalke
 SUN 26  U19 CUP R2    AWAY v. VfB Lübeck
 MON 27  U19 CUP R3    DRAW (Last 32)
 WED 29  BUNDESLIGA    AWAY v. Hamburger SV
 THU 30  BIRTHDAY      Dominik Baron (16)
 FRI 31  DFBPOKAL R3   DRAW (Last 16)