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.

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Sven Bender Set To Miss Schalke Final Clash

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Sven Bender will miss the rest of the season after suffering a broken collarbone in Saturday’s title-clinching win over Mainz on Saurday. The midfielder scored his first of the season to open the scoring, and was awarded the man-of-the-match before he was stretchered off in the final minute.

Bender, 26, was playing in his 150th 1.Bundesliga match for Borussia Dortmund and was highly-praised by his boss for his performances for the season, but will now be out of action for up top two months missing the final league game at Hoffenheim, and the DFB-Pokal Final against Schalke on 23 May.

Julian Koch is also doubtful for those two games after he picked-up a thigh strain in Saturday’s match. He’ll miss the Hoffenheim trip, and was likely to anyway as manager Surman promised rotation, but will battle for fitness ahead of the match in Berlin against Schalke.

Club coach Bernd Dreher is celebrating being awarded his UEFA ‘A’ Licence this week. He was noted for his professionalism during the course, and can now proceed to take his Pro Licence which would allow a permanent top-flight managerial role in Europe.

Daily Dortmund Diary: Thursday 6th November

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Daily Diary, Thursday 06 November 2014:

bender-larsLars Bender has accepted an official warning from BVB management after his dismissal in yesterday’s 3-0 win over Legia Warsaw. With Dortmund leading 1-0 at the time, Bender was cautioned twice inside ninety seconds and will miss the trip to Valencia through suspension.

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Dortmund staff member Piet Hamberg has failed to gain a Continental Pro Licence. The 60 year-old Dutch coach will need to retake the entire course should he wish to gain the qualification to manage at the highest level.

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Four sides have progressed to the penultimate stage in the MLS Playoffs after winning their conference semi-final ties. The Eastern Conference Final will be played between Chicago Fire and Houston Dynamo, with Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas meeting in the Western equivalent. Ties will be played 08 and 15 November.

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AS Monaco fans have called for Claudio Ranieri’s head after the 63 year-old Italian declared his interest in the vacancy at Bayern Munich. The former Chelsea manager has been at the club for two and a half years, winning last season’s French League Cup. Monaco’s 4-4 draw with Rubin Kazan on Wednesday eliminated them.

Peter Bosk has left Heracles for a club four points below them in the Dutch Eredivisie, as he joins Roda JC.

D³: Sven Bender Injury Report, Backroom News

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bvb2015_70_bender-svenSven Bender will miss at least four matches after picking-up a thigh strain in Dortmund’s defeat at Hamburg yesterday. The injury will keep him out of the trip to Düsseldorf at the weekend and the visits of Warsaw, Frankfurt and Braunschweig over the next fortnight.

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Club scout Ivaylo Yordanov has successfully continud his pursuit of professional coaching qualifications by completing his Continental A License in coaching. He can now aim for a Continental Pro License in the future. Yordanov wanted to raise the bar for himself by completing the course and handled it professionally.

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Sochaux have announced that former manager Christophe Galtier is set to return to the club after seven years. He guided the club to Coupe de France success in 2007 before moving to Lyon. Sochaux fired Eric Hély a fortnight ago with the club in the lower reachers of the Ligue 1 table.

[D³] Hummels, Reus, Schürrle in Select XI

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Mats Hummels has become the second Dortmund player this season to win the T-Mobile Spieler des Tages after his four-goal display in Saturday’s 5-0 thrashing of Stuttgart. He’s joined in the Select XI by team mates André Schürrle and Marco Reus.

Hertha Berlin also have three players in the team, with ‘keeper Thomas Kraft, defender Ronny and goalscorer Pierre-Michel Lasogga included after their victory over Freiburg.

Also voted into the Team of the Week are Timm Klose and Umaru Bangura from Nürnberg, Schalke midfielder Kyriakos Papadopoulos, and Hamburg’s Dennis Diekmeier and hat-trick hero Artjoms Rudnevs.

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Leo Bittencourt came off the bench for Ajax on Saturday and scored the fourth goal in their 4-0 win over Den Haag on Sunday afternoon. The 20 year-old midfielder, on loan from Dortmund, has scored twice in 11 appearances for them this season.

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BVB have appointed Spartak Moscow’s Ivaylo Yordanov as a scout, paying the Russian side a £450,000 compensation package. Yordanov enjoyed a playing career in the country, winning 51 caps for Bulgaria before joining the Bulgarian national side ahead of jobs at Sporting Clube (Lisbon) and Spartak.

U19 Bundesliga Grp3: Fortuna Köln 2-4 BVB

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Dortmund U19s kept up their winning start to the season with a 4-2 win in Köln this morning thanks to an unfortunate own-goal, a fine Dirk Bauer brace and a late Saeid Hosaini thunderbolt to kill-off the home side’s comeback.

After a dull first-half, manager David Wagner injected some pace into his side with a double-change at the break, quickly followed by using his third and fourth five minutes later (note: competition permits 4 subs from 7 named).

On the hour, after winning a free-kick with his pace, Dirk Bauer swung the deadball into the box where Köln defender Marian Schröder flicked a leg at the ball to divert it past his own ‘keeper. Five minutes later and Bauer had a goal of his own as he raced onto Samy Bourard’s fine ball forwards before slotting it home.

Rico Lehanka pulled a fortunate goal back for the hosts shortly after when his tame shot from 25 yards deflected off a defender’s heel and wrong-footed Kristof Müller, but Bauer restored a two-goal lead when Karl-Heinz Horn crossed for him to divert home with a delicate header.

Lehanka bagged his second for Köln inside the last fifteen minutes by knocking a square-ball past Müller, but Dortmund’s perseverance in the closing stages paid off when Saeid Hosaini brought down a great Bourard ball over the top with one foot before smashing it into the top corner to seal the win.

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In other club news, senior squad coach Bernd Dreher has started work on a coaching course with the aim of gaining a Continental A License. If successful, he will complete the course after approximately twelve months of study. The club are paying the £3,000 course fee.

The club’s league match at Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday 21 September has been moved forward from a 1730 to a 1530 kick-off for television broadcast, earning Dortmund around £65,000 in TV rights.

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Austria U19s have confirmed an international friendly against Bosnia & Herzegovina on Tuesday 18 November, to be played at the Red Bull Arena in Salzburg. The sides play tomorrow night at home to Malta (in Linz) in Dortmund manager Gray Surman’s second match in charge.