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.

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Monday 22 June: Amini On Target at AFC U22

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Mustafa Amini scored for Australia today in a 3-1 win over Hong Kong in their opening match at the AFC U22 Championship in South Korea. Amini, who scored the third, spent last season on loan at 3.Liga winners Sandhausen but is set for release by Dortmund this summer.

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UEFA have made the draws for the opening two qualifying rounds of the Champions League and Europa League in a lengthy ceremony at their Nyon headquarters.

The CL First Qualifying Phase of the former contains just four clubs – the champions of Andorra, Armenia, Faroe Islands, and San Marino. Those ties take place on 01 and 08 July, with the winners joining 32 other clubs in the Second Qualifying Phase.

74 clubs feature in the Europa League First Qualifying Round, which features an all-Ireland tie between Crusaders and Sligo Rovers. Fortuna Düsseldorf are the highest-ranked club at this stage, and have been drawn against Andorran side Unió Esportiva Sant Julià. Ties take place 02 and 09 July.

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Serdar Tasçi has joined Paris Saint-Germain in a £12.25m deal, after spending his entire career at VfB Stuttgart. The 28 year-old centre-back has been capped 14 times by Germany, and won the Bundesliga title in 2007.

Euro 2016 Qualifiers: Jovetic Ends Drought

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Dortmund’s record signing Stevan Jovetic ended his two-year goal drought for Montenegro with a brace in their 4-2 Euro 2016 Qualifier win over Lithuania in Podgorica tonight. The 25 year-old, who hadn’t scored for his country since March 2013 fired home either side of the break to put Montenegro second in Group E.

Group E is topped by Germany who drew 1-1 in Denmark, a match in which six Dortmund players featured. Viktor Fischer performed well on the left for the hosts, who were held by a German side including André Schürrle (who set up Mesut Özil’s opener), Mats Hummels, Lars Bender, Mario Götze, and Marcel Schmelzer who was carried off early on with a knee ligament injury.

Another Dortmund striker on the scoresheet tonight is Robert Lewandowski who put Poland in front at home to the Netherlands in their Group I clash, but ended up on the losing side after an Arjen Robben brace sealed a 3-2 win for the visitors after former-BVB right-back Lukasz Piszczek and free-scoring Klaas-Jan Huntelaar exchanged goals.

Neven Subotic put in a solid performance for Serbia who snatched a late draw at home to Croatia in their Group B tie, while Ivan Perisic lined-up against him but was unable to create any significant chances.

Heinz Lindner helped seal Austria’s third qualifying win with a good performance that saw them win 2-1 in Armenia in their Group C tie.

Youth News: Matthys Injured with Belgium

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Hervé Matthys was injured on international duty with Belgium U19 this afternoon, being carried off with a gashed leg in the closing stages of their Friendly win over Denmark in Viborg. Stéfano Vandebosch scored the only goal of the game shortly before the incident.

Staying with Belgium, Wout Devriendt and Samy Bourard both featured in the U21’s 1-0 win over Switzerland. Björn Hillewaere scored the only goal of the game in the 66th minute in their Friendly in Tessenderlo.

Also playing U21 football tonight were Benjamin Bella (Germany, 1-1 v. South Korea), Koray Günter and Ogün Gümüstas (both Turkey, 1-0 v. Cyprus), and Ivan Shapovalov (Ukraine, 1-1 v. Israel). Elsewhere, Jeremy Dudziak played the full match for Tunisia U20 in their 0-1 defeat at home to Mexico.

Euro Qualifiers: Götze Goal, Verniers Début

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Mario Götze was the best player on the park for Germany tonight in their 5-2 Euro 2016 Qualifying win in Liechtenstein, scoring the third and setting up the fifth. Mario Gómez scored twice in the first seven minutes, with the opener coming after just 103 seconds.

Benjamin Kunz pulled a goal back for the hosts on the half-hour when Holger Badstuber slipped at the back, but Götze restored the two-goal lead when he controlled and slotted home at the far post from a deep Diego Contento cross.

Ten minutes after the break, Sandro Wieser headed a second for Liechtenstein before Mesut Özil tapped home a loose ball for 4-2 after Gómez was denied a hat-trick on the line. In the final minute, Götze played in substitute Lukas Podolski to make it five.

Mats Hummels (7.1), Lars Bender (7.1) and Mario Götze (8.8) played all ninety minutes in the match, with André Schürrle  (7.1) being replaced after 68 minutes by Ilkay Gündogan. Marcel Schmelzer came on as a late sub, while Marco Reus and Julian Schieber were unused.

The win leaves Germany top of Group E on ten points, three ahead of Denmark, with Lithuania and Montenegro a further point behind. Lithuania sit bottom of the group with four straight defeats.


Jos Verniers made his senior international début, coming on for the last twenty minutes for Belgium in their qualifier in Scotland. Ten-man Belgium had just taken a 2-1 lead through an Axel Witsel penalty, but the hosts fought back to draw 2-2 in their Group D tie.

Ivan Perisic scored his fifth goal for Croatia to equalise in their Group B game at home to Belarus, and was voted man-of-the-match, but it was the visitors that won it late on through a Sergey Kornilenko goal. Neven Subotic was also on the losing side in Group B action when Serbia went down to an early Heinrich Schmidtgal goal at home to Kazahstan. Croatia still top the group, a point clear of Kazakhstan and Serbia.

Viktor Fischer played the full 90 minutes for Denmark in their five-goal thriller at home to Lithuania in Group E. The two sides shared four goals in a crazy ten-minute first-half spell, before Nicklas Helenius scored the eventual winner right on the stroke of half-time.

Heinz Lindner kept a clean sheet for Austria as they won 1-0 in Hungary to move ahead of their opponents into second place in Group C. Stuttgart forward Martin Harnik scored the only goal of the game three minutes after the interval.

Finally, Stevan Jovetic played the full game upfront for Montenegro in their Friendly in Slovenia, but despite creating three chances he wasn’t able to beat Samir Handanovic in the home goal and sadly extends his international goal drought past the two year mark.

Youth International Friendlies: Nine in Action

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Jeremy Dudziak and Ogün Gümüstas both scored for their countries in tonight’s youth international friendlies. Dudziak, on loan at Ingolstadt, put Tunisia U20s ahead early on in Benin before they ran out eventual 2-0 winners.

Gümüstas (on loan at Cottbus) and Koray Günter (at St Pauli) both appeared for Turkey U21 who won in Iceland, with Gümüstas scoring a last-minute penalty to wrap-up the scoreline at 3-0.

Also in U21 action were Wout Devriendt and Samy Bourard (both Belgium) who beat Montenegro 4-0, Ivan Shapovalov (Ukraine) whose side beat Andorra 3-0, Benjamin Bella (Germany) who lost 2-3 at home to Croatia, and Emiliano Mancinelli (Italy) who drew 2-2 with Australia.

Hervé Matthys came on for the last twenty minutes for Belgium shortly after they went 5-0 up against Bulgaria, and that’s how it stayed in their U19 friendly in Wavre.