Daily Diary, Wednesday 03 September:
Gray Surman has named Florian Madlmayr (left) as the captain for his Austria U19 squad ahead of their five fixtures over the next five weeks. The right-back plays his club football for Fortuna Köln in the German fourth-tier. Kaiserslautern striker Michael Rauth is the new vice-captain.
Rauth (right) has revealed that the Austria squad are very confident that they will win against Moldova in Surman’s first match in charge, and that the players could really give the nation a lift by knocking a hatful of goals past their opponents in Linz tomorrow night.
Surman introduced himself to his squad yesterday as they met up ahead of friendlies against Moldova (tomorrow) and Malta (Tuesday), and reportedly Rauth and Madlmayr expressed their delight at working with the Champions League winner.
Two Borussia Dortmund players will be returning from international duty next week with a new individual training schedule devised for them. Viktor Fischer is set to work on placing his shots, while Stevan Jovetic will be training on the position of deep-lying forward.
Academy player Hendrick Brauer will receive individual tutoring on his positioning.
BVB have offered Roman Weidenfeller a year’s contract extension to his current deal which is due to expire in the summer. The 34 year-old goalkeeper has been at the club for twelve years since a 2002 move from Kaiserslautern. News of any developments will be posted.
Dortmund U19s have arranged a friendly at Stadion Rote Erde on Saturday 13 September against Bayern Munich U19, as both sides have a free weekend by not being in the draw for the First Round of the German U19 Cup.
Real Madrid have a 3-1 lead from the First Leg of the Supercopa de España with victory at Mallorca today. Cristiano Ronaldo’s audacious chip gave them the lead inside four minutes before Marcelo and Andel Di María scored a minute apart from each other midway through the second-half.
Mallorca kept their slim hopes of lifting the trophy for the first time since 1998 through an Emilio Nsué goal thirty seconds from time. The Second Leg is at the Bernabéu next Wednesday.