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.

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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

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

23 International Call-Ups, Loanees Scouted

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DAILY DIARY, Saturday 30 August:

Twenty-three players have been selected for international duty next week, including nine senior players in Joachim Löw’s German squad to play world champions Brazil in a friendly in Dortmund, before opening their Euro 2016 Qualifying campaign at home to Denmark.

In Löw’s squad are Lars and Sven Bender, Andreas Beck, Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer, Mario Götze, Marco Reus, Julian Schieber, and André Schürrle. The only surprise is Ilkay Gündogan’s inclusion ahead of an in-form Sami Khedira, despite the Manchester United midfielder not enjoying the best of spells at his new club.

fischerViktor Fischer (left)Stevan Jovetic, Robert Lewandowski, Heinz Lindner, Ivan Perisic, and Neven Subotic have been called-up by their respective countries for the senior squad(s), all of whom are in action on both Friday 5th and Tuesday 9th September.

Dennis Praet and Hervé Matthys have been selected for Belgium U21 and u19 respectively. Mustafa Amini (on loan at Sandhausen) and Koray Günter (at St. Pauli) have received nods for Australia and Turkey U21s respectively. Amongst the club’s youth team, Ibro Beslija (Bosnia) and Emiliano Mancinelli (Italy) are set for U21 action.

04/09: U19 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY
  Luxembourg v. BELGIUM

05/09: SENIOR INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY
     Belarus v. DENMARK
     CROATIA v. Qatar
     GERMANY v. Brazil
     Hungary v. POLAND
  MONTENEGRO v. AUSTRIA
      SERBIA v. Argentina

05/09: UEFA U21 CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING
      France v. BELGIUM
     GERMANY v. Northern Ireland
     Hungary v. BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA
      Israel v. ITALY
     Ukraine v. TURKEY

08/09: UEFA U21 CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING
     Andorra v. GERMANY
     BELGIUM v. United Arab Emirates
      BOSNIA v. South Korea
       ITALY v. Spain
      TURKEY v. Liechtenstein

08/09: U21 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY
     England v. AUSTRALIA

08/09: U19 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY
     GERMANY v. Australia
       Spain v. BELGIUM

09/09: UEFA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING
     AUSTRIA v. Armenia
     CROATIA v. SERBIA
     GERMANY v. DENMARK
   Lithuania v. MONTENEGRO
 Netherlands v. POLAND

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Erik Durm and Florian Hübner both played for their loan club Eintracht Braunschweig last night in their 0-1 defeat at Fürth in the German second-tier. Hübner (7.7) had a very good game in the back four, while Durm (6.1) came on as an early substitute but wasn’t able to make his mark on the game.

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UEFA have paid the club £2.6m for the Super Cup win yesterday.

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Belgian top-flight side Sporting Lokeren are on the verge of a takeover, writes their local media, with local businessman Dimitri Goossens set to make a bid for the club’s chairman position, wiping out the club’s debts in the process.

Bundesliga Team of the Weekend (22-24 Aug)

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BVB are represented by four players in the weekend’s Bundesliga Dream Team after the 3-0 win over Werder Bremen on Friday night, with both goalscorers – Mario Götze and Marco Reus – selected, alongside full-backs Andreas Beck and Marcel Schmelzer.

Player of the Week went to TSG Hoffenheim defender Timothy Derijck who captained his side to an opening day win over Nürnberg, with the late match-winner Stephan Fürstner also making the XI.

The XI is completed by Manuel Neuer and Thomas Müller from Bayern Munich, Augsburg’s two-goal hero Edu, Freiburg striker Sebastian Freis, and Mainz defender Jan Kirchoff.

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Götze and Reus Seal Win; Eleven in Action

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Mario Götze and Marco Reus scored second-half goals to seal Germany’s 2-1 turnaround win over Argentina on familiar soil in today’s international friendly in Dortmund.

After an uninspiring first forty-five, despite Di María and Kroos going close in the dying minutes of the first-half, the game finally came alive with Angel Di María’s goal four minutes after the break.

Gonzalo Higuaín played a ball down the left flank for Di María, and he beat Philipp Lahm for pace before cutting inside and blasting into the top corner past Manuel Neuer.

Germany were level thirteen minutes later when Mario Götze (7.5) met Toni Kroos’s corner at the near post and lashed home from close range. Marco Reus and Julian Schieber (7.0) came on shortly afterwards, and a goal made in Dortmund won the game.

As we approached the final five minutes, Schieber got away from his marker, hit the goal line and crossed into the six-yard box for Marco Reus (7.3) to head past sub ‘keeper Willy Caballero who’d been on the pitch less than ninety seconds.

Lars Bender (7.0) and Mats Hummels (7.0) played the full game, with the former picking up a second-half yellow card. Marcel Schmelzer (6.6) played 55 minutes, André Schurrle (7.0) played the first hour, while Sven Bender and Ilkay Gündogan were unused substitutes. Andreas Beck didn’t make the matchday squad.

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Neven Subotic came out on top in the match against Viktor Fischer as Serbia beat Denmark 3-1 in Belgrade tonight. Subotic (7.6) played the full match and made nine interceptions at centre-back. Fischer (6.6) came off after 78 minutes after a slightly disappointing performance where he created little.

Ivan Perisic (7.6) scored the opening goal for Croatia in their friendly in Iceland, but couldn’t prevent the World Cup third-place side slipping to a 2-1 defeat. Ajax striker Kolbeinn Sigþorsson had the hosts level within sixty seconds before a late Pálmi Pálmason winner.

Heinz Lindner (7.0) won his second senior cap in goal for Austria as they won 4-2 in Lviv against Ukraine. The sides shared four goals before the break, but second-half strikes from Deni Alar and Patrick Farkas won it for the visitors.

Poland were beaten 4-0 at home by Belgium, with Robert Lewandowski (6.5) looking isolated up-top and unable to test Thibaut Cortois in the visiting net. Anthony VandenBorre had chance to add a late fifth, but had his penalty saved by Wojciech Szczesny.

You can view the day’s full results on the RTFM Vidiprinter.