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.

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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.

Twenty-Five International Call-Ups For Dortmund

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Eight players from Borussia Dortmund have been selected by Joachim Löw for Germany’s Euro 2016 Qualifiers in Leichtenstein and Denmark early next month, while seven other senior players received nods, as did ten members of the BVB academy.

In the German squad for the games on 05 and 09 June are Andreas Beck, Lars Bender, Mario Götze, Mats Hummels, Marco Reus, Julian Schieber, Marcel Schmelzer, and André Schürrle. Sven Bender misses out with a broken collarbone.

Jos Verniers has received his first senior international call-up as he joins Dennis Praet in the Belgian squad for their qualifiers in Scotland and Malta. Praet won his first call-up for the senior side back in November, but didn’t feature in their friendly against Turkey.

Heinz Lindner will win his seventh cap if he starts in goal for Austria in either of their games in Hungary or Albania, Ivan Perisic is in the Croatian squad, Viktor Fischer has been selected by Denmark (who play Germany), Neven Subotic has been called-up by Serbia, and Stevan Jovetic will join the Montenegro squad next week.

 THU 04 JUNE, INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES (YOUTH)

  * Benjamin BELLA       Germany U21    H v Croatia
  * Samy BOURARD         Belgium U21    H v Montenegro
  * Wout DEVRIENDT       Belgium U21    H v Montenegro
  * Jeremy DUDZIAK       Tunisia U20    A v Benin
  * Koray GÜNTER         Turkey U21     A v Iceland
  * Ogün GÜMÜSTAS        Turkey U21     A v Iceland
  * Ledian JUSUFI        Albania U21    H v Greece
  * Emiliano MANCINELLI  Italy U21      H v Australia
  * Herve MATTHYS        Belgium U19    H v Bulgaria
  * Ivan SHAPOVALOV      Ukraine U21    H v Andorra

 FRI 05 JUNE, UEFA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 QUALIFIERS

  * Andreas BECK         Germany        A v Liechtenstein
  * Lars BENDER          Germany        A v Liechtenstein
  * Viktor FISCHER       Denmark        H v Lithuania
  * Mario GÖTZE          Germany        A v Liechtenstein
  * Mats HUMMELS         Germany        A v Liechtenstein
  * Heinz LINDNER        Austria        A v Hungary
  * Ivan PERISIC         Croatia        H v Belarus
  * Dennis PRAET         Belgium        A v Scotland
  * Neven SUBOTIC        Serbia         H v Kazakhstan
  * Marco REUS           Germany        A v Liechtenstein
  * Julian SCHIEBER      Germany        A v Liechtenstein
  * Marcel SCHMELZER     Germany        A v Liechtenstein
  * André SCHÜRRLE       Germany        A v Liechtenstein
  * Jos VERNIERS         Belgium        A v Scotland

 FRI 05 JUNE, INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY (SENIOR)

  * Stevan JOVETIC       Montenegro     A v Slovenia

 MON 08 JUNE, INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES (YOUTH)

  * Benjamin BELLA       Germany U21    H v South Korea
  * Samy BOURARD         Belgium U21    H v Switzerland
  * Wout DEVRIENDT       Belgium U21    H v Switzerland
  * Jeremy DUDZIAK       Tunisia U20    H v Mexico
  * Koray GÜNTER         Turkey U21     A v Cyprus
  * Ogün GÜMÜSTAS        Turkey U21     A v Cyprus
  * Ledian JUSUFI        Albania U21    A v Romania
  * Herve MATTHYS        Belgium U19    A v Denmark
  * Ivan SHAPOVALOV      Ukraine U21    A v Israel

 TUE 09 JUNE, UEFA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 QUALIFIERS

  * Andreas BECK         Germany        A v Denmark
  * Lars BENDER          Germany        A v Denmark
  * Viktor FISCHER       Denmark        H v Germany
  * Mario GÖTZE          Germany        A v Denmark
  * Mats HUMMELS         Germany        A v Denmark
  * Stevan JOVETIC       Montenegro     H v Lithuania
  * Heinz LINDNER        Austria        A v Armenia
  * Ivan PERISIC         Croatia        A v Serbia
  * Dennis PRAET         Belgium        A v Malta
  * Marco REUS           Germany        A v Denmark
  * Julian SCHIEBER      Germany        A v Denmark
  * Marcel SCHMELZER     Germany        A v Denmark
  * André SCHÜRRLE       Germany        A v Denmark
  * Neven SUBOTIC        Serbia         H v Croatia
  * Jos VERNIERS         Belgium        A v Malta

BREAKING NEWS: Roman Wants To Stay

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Three months after submitting a written transfer request to the BVB management, goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller has asked to be removed from the transfer list. The 34 year-old made his Dortmund début in December 2003 and has been the club’s number one since.

Weidenfeller originally stated that he saw his future elsewhere after adding the FIFA Club World Cup to his haul of trophies won during his time at the club, but no deal could be completed in January. After winning the Bundesliga on Saturday in what was described as his farewell to the Westfalenstadion, it seems he’s changed his mind.

24 year-old Austrian international Heinz Lindner arrived last summer in a £2.5m move from Everton and has shown that he can compete in the Bundesliga, making 21 appearances in all competitions for his new club, keeping eight clean sheets. BVB were rumoured to be keeping tabs on Gladbach’s Marc-André ter Stegen but were put off by his £23m pricetag.

Dortmund have granted Weidenfeller’s request, though it is still expected that Lindner will start on Saturday in the final league game of the season, away at mid-table TSG Hoffenheim as Gray Surman will rotate heavily ahead of the DFB-Pokal Final a week later.

Lindner in Bundesliga Team of the Week

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lindnerHeinz Lindner has been selected in T-Mobile’s Bundesliga Team of the Week, after his excellent performance in goal for Dortmund’s 1-0 win at Werder Bremen yesterday, his fifth clean sheet in 10 competitive games for BVB since his £2.5m move from Everton.

Player of the Week went to Marcus Berg after his hat-trick saw Nürnberg beat Augsburg 3-1 today, and five Schalke players are included after their 6-0 win over Düsseldorf.

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24 Call-Ups: Début Senior Cap for Praet

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Two dozen BVB players have been selected by their countries for next week’s midweek international friendlies. Nine of those have been chosen by Joachim Löw for Germany’s visit of Colombia in Hamburg on Wednesday 19th.

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Samy Bourard and Bernd Kandziora have also received their first nods at any international level having been included in the Belgium U19 and Austria U19 (formerly managed by Gray Surman) set-ups respectively.

While the international midweek is regarded by most club managers as an unnecessary distraction at this time of year, Dortmund management have not requested any restrictions on playing time for any of their players, as per Surman’s player policy.

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Germany v. Colombia (Friendly) Hamburg, 19 November
 * Andreas BECK      * Lars BENDER        * Sven BENDER
 * Mario GÖTZE       * Mats HUMMELS       * Marco REUS
 * Julian SCHIEBER   * Marcel SCHMELZER   * André SCHÜRRLE

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 TUE 18 NOVEMBER, INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES (YOUTH)

  * Mustafa AMINI        Australia U21  A v Liechtenstein
  * Benjamin BELLA       Germany U19    H v Wales
  * Leo BITTENCOURT      Germany U21    H v Iran
  * Samy BOURARD         Belgium U19    H v New Zealand
  * Emiliano MANCINELLI  Italy U21      H v South Korea
  * Hervé MATTHYS        Belgium U19    H v New Zealand
  * Jeremy DUDZIAK       Tunisia U20    A v Colombia
  * Bernd KANDZIORA      Austria U19    H v Bosnia

 WED 19 NOVEMBER, INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES (SENIOR)
 
  * Andreas BECK         Germany        H v Colombia
  * Lars BENDER          Germany        H v Colombia
  * Sven BENDER          Germany        H v Colombia
  * Viktor FISCHER       Denmark        A v Slovakia
  * Mario GÖTZE          Germany        H v Colombia
  * Mats HUMMELS         Germany        H v Colombia
  * Stevan JOVETIC       Montenegro     H v Andorra
  * Robert LEWANDOWSKI   Poland         H v Greece
  * Heinz LINDNER        Austria        H v Peru
  * Ivan PERISIC         Croatia        H v Argentina
  * Dennis PRAET         Belgium        A v Turkey
  * Marco REUS           Germany        H v Colombia
  * Julian SCHIEBER      Germany        H v Colombia
  * Marcel SCHMELZER     Germany        H v Colombia
  * André SCHÜRRLE       Germany        H v Colombia
  * Neven SUBOTIC        Serbia         H v Egypt