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

Mats Hummels: German Footballer of the Year

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hummelsMats Hummels has been named the Deutschlands Fußballer des Jahres after he captained Borussia Dortmund to the domestic double, as well as lifting the FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup over the last ten months.

The 26 year-old centre-back, capped 46 times by Germany, polled ahead of team-mate Neven Subotic in second, while Javi Martínez of Bayern Munich was third. Last season, Dortmund’s Ivan Perisic won the accolade.

klaas-jan-huntelaar-70Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke) scooped the golden boot for finishing as 1.Bundesliga’s top scorer, finding the back of the net 29 times in the league. The Dutch international also scored 12 times in cup competitions and 8 times for his country giving him a total return of 41 in 45.

Hamburg head coach Frank de Boer has won both the Manager of the Year and the Players’ Manager of the Year awards after the 45 year-old guided the club to second-place, their highest finish since 1987. Title-winning Dortmund boss Grayson Surman polled second in both awards, and Freiburg’s Christian Gross came third in both after he clinched them Europa League football next season.

Goal of the year went to Marcel Risse for his 82nd minute strike for Fortuna Düsseldorf in their 3-1 win at home to Bayern Munich in February. He put Düsseldorf back in front with a wonderful 60-yard lob past Manuel Neuer.

Goalkeeper of the Year: David Ospina (Schalke)
2nd: Diego Benaglio (Wolfsburg), 3rd: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)

Defender of the Year: Naldo (Wolfsburg)
2nd: Philipp Wollscheid (Leverkusen), 3rd: Joël Matip (Schalke)

Midfielder of the Year: Mario Götze (Dortmund)
2nd: Lewis Holtby (Schalke), Simon Rolfes (Leverkusen)

Striker of the Year: Stevan Jovetic (Dortmund)
2nd: Ádám Szalai (Mainz), 3rd: Stefan Kießling (Leverkusen)

The Bundesliga Select XI features four Dortmund players: Mats Hummels, Mario Götze, André Schürrle, Stevan Jovetic. They join goalkeeper David Ospina, Lewis Holtby, and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of Schalke; Jerome Boateng and Philip Lahm of Bayern Munich, Wolfsburg defender Naldo, and Hamburg’s Karim Bellarabi.

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Bender, Hummels, and Schürrle in Weekly XI

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Lars Bender, Mats Hummels, and André Schürrle were all selected in this week’s T-Mobile Bundesliga Team of the Week after stand-out performances in Dortmund’s 3-1 win at Mönchengladbach yesterday evening.

bender-larsBender (pictured) returned from injury and put in a man-of-the-match display in the win, with Hummels making his 225th Bundesliga appearance, and Schürrle scoring the equaliser midway through the first-half.

Player of the Week went to Bayern Munich’s Javi Martínez, who scored the opener in their 2-0 win at Hannover.

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Dortmund Stars Guide Germany to 2-0 Win

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Dortmund players had a hand in both of Germany’s goals in their 2-0 friendly win over Colombia in Hamburg tonight. Mario Götze’s mazy run towards goal brought the opener midway through the first-half when keeper David Ospina spilled the ball over the line.

André Schürrle provided the through-ball for Ilkay Gündogan to wrap the game up late on, with the former-BVB midfielder slotting home to double the lead inside the final quarter. Marcel Schmelzer, Mats Hummels, and Lars Bender all started, with Sven Bender and Marco Reus coming on during the second-half.

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fischerViktor Fischer set-up Denmark’s opening goal inside ninety seconds as Nicklas Bendtner put them in front in Slovakia, in a match that Denmark had to come from behind to win 3-2.

Elsewhere, Neven Subotic kept a clean sheet at the back for Serbia in their goalless draw with Egypt, Ivan Perisic impressed for Croatia in their 3-1 win over Argentina, Stevan Jovetic and Robert Lewandowski played for Macedonia and Poland in their respective wins over Andorra and Greece, while Heinz Lindner came on late-on for Austria in their 0-0 with Peru.