From “A” like American football over “F” like football to “Z” like decathlon: the world of sport is diverse. Every day, somewhere on the globe, more or less important events take place, which due to the dominance of fewer sports can quickly perish and receive no real attention.
+++ April 15: Thomas Tuchel upset: “We have no players”
Thomas Tuchel can sometimes be very emotional if something does not suit him. This proved the German coach of Paris Saint-Germain after the bitter 1: 5 (1-1) of his team in second-placed Lille OSC. After the final whistle, he almost burst out of it: agitated he complained that his squad was too small: “We have no players, it's obvious, but nobody talks about it, because we win, but everyone needs to know at 14 or It's not possible for 15 players every week, “said the 45-year-old after late Ligue 1's late game on late Sunday night.
PSG are 17 points ahead of Lille in the French championship and only need one more victory from the remaining seven games to claim the title. But the former BVB coach did not care in the face of new injuries from captain Thiago Silva and Thomas Meunier and the red card by Juan Bernat in Lille.
“We have been missing Cavani and Neymar for weeks, and Di Maria and Marquinhos are still injured, we play with sick or under-trained players,” Tuchel said furiously and complained that he had to substitute German international Thilo Kehrer despite his illness.
The PSG coach announced an analysis of the personal situation with sporting director Antero Henrique: “We have to reflect everything because it's way too much, we have to be honest with each other and get the real reasons.” The next chance for the premature league title has the injury-plagued star ensemble on Wednesday in the catch-up at FC Nantes. It would be the overall eighth championship for PSG and the first for Tuchel.
+++ 14th April: Manuel Neuer injured again +++
Manuel Neuer threatens the next injury break. The 33-year-old was injured in Bayern's 4-1 (2-0) win at Fortuna Dusseldorf on Sunday without interference from his opponent and had to be replaced in the 53rd minute. The Blessur pulled the national goalkeeper in a lunge to, then he hobbled, head down from the field.
“It's the same calf that caused him problems two weeks ago,” coach Niko Kovac said after the match: “We'll have to wait for the MRI scan on Monday, and if he's injured, it'll hit us.” In the second half of the Bundesliga Neuer had already missed two games because of a thumb injury and one because of calf problems. Last season, he came due to a metatarsal failure only on three league inserts.
+++ April 14: Stuttgart's Ascacibar causes excitement with a spit attack +++
In injury time, Stuttgart's Santiago Ascacibar made the big upset of the previous matchday in the 0: 1 VfB against Bayer Leverkusen. His spit attack in the direction of the goal scorer Kai Havertz punished referee Tobias Stieler with the red card. “You do not need such people in the Bundesliga”, Leverkusen's Kevin Volland complained about the Argentine. VfB coach Markus Weinzierl also criticized his midfielder: “He has done a disservice to the team, something like this must not happen, you have to keep your emotions under control, the red card will hurt us in the relegation battle.”
With the fifth winless series in the series Stuttgart is not progressing on the relegation place, the 1. FC Nuremberg is after the 1: 1 against FC Schalke 04 now only three points behind.
+++ 13th April: Dortmund at least one night leader +++
Borussia Dortmund has returned to the top of the Bundesliga table for at least 21 hours with a dither win. One week after the 0: 5 defeat in the summit at Bayern Munich beat BVB on Saturday FSV Mainz 05 led by the towering teenager Jadon Sancho with 2: 1 (2: 0), but convinced only one half. Thus, the Dortmund are initially again two points ahead of Munich, the first on Sunday (15.30 clock / Sky) must compete at Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Sancho's second-league double (18/24 minutes) provided relief after a week of frustration with the championship contender. Not only the Mainz goal by Robin Quaison (83) left the team of coach Lucien Favre in the closing stages but still tremble. Goalkeeper Roman Bürki saved the victory with several strong saves. BVB have now scored at least two goals in each of the 15 home games of the season and are unbeaten in their own stadium since the 1: 2 against Mainz almost a year ago.
+++ April 11: Supertalent Joao Felix shocks decimated Eintracht – 2: 4 at Benfica +++
The impressive success of Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League has come to a bitter end. After ten sometimes furious games without defeat in the competition lost the long-decimated DFB Cup winner on Thursday in the quarter-final first leg at the Portuguese champions Benfica Lisbon 2: 4 (1: 2) and threatens to retire.
Benfica's outstanding youngster Joao Felix with a three-pack (21st / penalties, 43rd, 53rd minute) and Ruben Dias (50th) took advantage of the home crowd after Frankfurt defender Evan Ndicka saw the red card after 20 minutes because of an emergency brake would have. But hope remains: Luka Jovic (40) and Goncalo Paciencia (72) scored in front of 54 175 spectators important away goals for the first defeated in the 16th competitive match of the season Bundesliga. So the progression in the return leg in a week in front of home scenery is still quite possible.
+++ April 11: FC Zurich surprised Malouda with “consensual” sacking +++
The former French Vice World Champion Florent Malouda has responded surprised on Twitter to his leave as assistant coach at FC Zurich. “Really, I did not know that .. ??”, the 38-year-old wrote in response to a message from the Swiss first division football team. He had previously stated that “by mutual agreement” it had been decided to “end the recently started cooperation”. It has “turned out that the various projects in which Florent Malouda remains committed are not compatible in time with the tasks foreseen by the FCZ,” it said.
Malouda had won the Champions League in 2012 with Chelsea FC and lost in 2006 with France's national team, the World Cup final against Italy. Since February, Malouda has been supporting the coaching staff in Zurich in talent and striker training.
+++ 11th April: VfB Stuttgart gets Sven Mislintat as Sport Director
VfB Stuttgart have signed Sven Mislintat as Sport Director. The former chief scout of Borussia Dortmund signed in the relegation-threatening table-16. a contract until June 30, 2021. This confirmed the VfB on Thursday after appropriate media reports. “Sven Mislintat has built a high reputation in his long career, and with his knowledge, his network and his way of thinking about football, he fits us perfectly,” said VfB Sports Director Thomas Hitzlsperger.
Mislintat, whose contract is also to apply for the second league, earned a good reputation in Dortmund as a discoverer of top talents like Ousmane Dembelé or Jadon Sancho. After his time at BVB, Mislintat was Head of Recruitment at Premier League club Arsenal from late 2017 to early February this year. In Stuttgart, the 46-year-old from now on, together with Hitzlsperger be responsible for the squad planning, also Mislintat is to improve the scouting of the Swabians again.
+++ April 11: Nowitzki's NBA career ended after 21 years +++
That's it. The glorious NBA career of basketball superstar Dirk Nowitzki has come to an end after 21 years with a highly emotional end to long-time rival San Antonio Spurs. A nearly two-minute video of the hosts under the motto “Thank you, Dirk” touched the 40-year-old professional Dallas Mavericks before the start of his last game to tears. The 94: 105 (37:57) defeat became almost incidental, while each of Nowitzki's 20 total points was celebrated extensively by both fan camps.
One day after the emotional farewell gala in front of a home crowd (120: 109 against Phoenix Suns), the last hurray after over two decades, of all things, was to take place at the permanent rivals from Texas. “If it fits anywhere, it's San Antonio, they've always been a bit of our big brother and role model, and we've had a lot of experiences with them,” Nowitzki commented before his last match in the North American professional league. His family and “the complete Mavs Association” therefore traveled with the Mavericks to the last season game.
He wanted to “roll down a few threes” again, Nowitzki affirmed, after NBA legends Larry Bird and Scottie Pippen had come at his last home game in Dallas to say goodbye to the Germans. With the Spurs to her for many years very successful star trio Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker Nowitzki had delivered hot duels in the playoffs again and again. When the Mavericks star celebrated its 21st season yet again, none of its rivals were there: Duncan and Ginobili have already resigned, and Frenchman Parker ends his career with the Charlotte Hornets.
Spurs coach Greg Popovych had praised Nowitzki in the highest terms before the match. “Dirk is a great leader, he had a unique career, he always hated to lose,” said Popovych. Even in his last game, the outgoing superstar would have liked to win again, but his team was already after a quarter with 16:30 back. Nowitzki scored eight of his 21 throws and also took ten rebounds. 46.8 seconds before the end he was replaced last time, which is why the audience rose completely from his seats and applauded for Nowitzki. The dazzling sports career is over.
+++ April 10: “Tragic emergency in the immediate vicinity of the team” at 1. FC Cologne +++
The thrilling 4: 4 (2: 1) in the second division West duel between MSV Duisburg and 1. FC Köln moved quickly after the game in the background. Because in the immediate vicinity of the second division leaders from Cologne, it came on Wednesday to a tragic emergency. This became known immediately after the catch-up game. For this reason, both clubs renounced on player and coach interviews, as the respective press spokesman said.
The FC initially did not want to give any details about the incident. “We ask for your understanding that we are not communicating any details for the time being,” the club said on Twitter. According to information of the “Bild” newspaper, the father of Cologne coach Markus Anfang is said to have suffered a heart attack.
There had been no signs in this highly entertaining game. The Cologne looked like the sure winner, but Kevin Wolze save the MSV Duisburg with a late free-kick goal (81st minute) after all, a point in the fight for the class whereabouts. For the people of Cologne it still remains a comfortable situation. The league leaders, who will meet Hamburger SV next Monday in the big game, has ten points ahead of the season's end, ten points ahead of the third.
The Duisburg pushed forward four places behind the relegation rank in 17th place. Before 25 675 spectators in the Duisburg Arena met previously Jhon Cordoba (24./53.), Louis Schaub (47) and Simon Terodde (54) for Cologne, Moritz Stoppelkamp (2/71.) And Lukas Fröde (29 .) for Duisburg.
April 10: Ex-DFB President Grindel resigns from international offices
Former DFB President Reinhard Grindel has also resigned from his international posts at the associations UEFA and FIFA. He will give up his posts as Vice-President of the European Football Union and in the Council of the World Association, said the former head of the German Football Association.
April 10th: Now it's official – Marco Rose takes over in Gladbach
The personality was long an open secret, now the club has officially confirmed: Marco Rose is expected next season as successor to Dieter Hecking new coach as expected at Borussia Mönchengladbach. This decision was announced by the Bundesliga club and Roses current employer RB Salzburg. Last Tuesday, Borussia announced that the contract with Hecking, which was only extended from November to 2020, will end prematurely on June 30 of this year.
“Marco Rose has done an excellent job in Salzburg over the past six years and we are happy that he will be with us from the coming season,” said Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl. Rose described the move to the Bundesliga as “a difficult decision for me, but a decision that I take with full conviction”.
April 10: Investigations on racist slogans at the international match in Wolfsburg
The prosecution of Braunschweig investigates three men from Wolfsburg and Braunschweig for allegedly insulting national players Ilkay Gündogan and Leroy Sané with racist names during a football international match. They are said to have called the two players as “Bimbo” and “Negro” at the game Germany – Serbia on March 20 in Wolfsburg. In addition, they are said to have also called “Heil Hitler”, according to a witness, reported the “Bild” newspaper.
“It is currently being determined whether the defendants could have made a sedition, a use of features of unconstitutional organizations and an insult sufficiently suspicious,” said spokeswoman for the Braunschweig prosecutor Julia Meyer.
The three would have admitted to have some players as “Negro”, “Bimbo” or “Turk” title. However, this was done without a racist background, it was only annoyed by the performance of the players. They would have denied popular or right-wing populist speeches, the prosecutor said. The affair was set in motion by the journalist André Voigt, who had published a video in which he had reported verbal defeats of some spectators during the match of the German national team against Serbia.
April 10: St. Pauli separates from coach Kauczinksi and sports chief Stöver
The football second division FC St. Pauli has responded to the recent unsatisfactory sports results and exempted coach Markus Kauczinski and sports director Uwe Stöver. As the Hamburg club announced, the Dutchman Jos Luhukay will be the new coach. Stövers tasks takes over until the end of the season, the Commercial Director Andreas Rettig. The Kiez kickers have been without a win for four games. “We did not make that decision easy, precisely because we value Uwe and Markus personally, but in the spirit of FC St. Pauli, we consider this step necessary to end the season in a sporty manner and set the course for the new season “, said club president Oke Göttlich. Jos Luhukay last worked at Sheffield Wednesday in England.
April 9: Liverpool and Tottenham win away games in the Champions League
Liverpool FC and coach Jürgen Klopp have made a good start for the semi-finals of the Champions League. On Tuesday, the former English football champions in the quarter-final first leg beat FC Porto 2-0 (2-0). In front of 52,000 spectators at Anfield, the former Bundesliga players Naby Keita scored in the fifth minute and Roberto Firmino scored the goals for the hosts after 26 minutes.
In the second game, Tottenham Hotspur defeated Premier League rivals Manchester City 1-0 (0-0). At the premier class premiere in the new Tottenham Stadium in London scored the former Leverkusen and Hamburg Heung-Min Son (78) the winner. City striker Sergio Aguero failed with a hand penalty on French international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (13). Tottenham striker Harry Kane had to be replaced injured after 58 minutes. The second legs will take place on 17 April in Porto and Manchester.
April 9: Augsburg fires coach duo Baum and Lehmann
The relegation-threatened FC Augsburg has split from head coach Manuel Baum, assistant coach Jens Lehmann and technical director Stephan Schwarz. The football Bundesliga club announced on Tuesday. Previously, the “Bild” newspaper had reported on the personal details.
April 9: Manager Horst Heldt has to leave Hannover early
Hannover 96 has prematurely split from its manager Horst Heldt. That announced the bottom of the Bundesliga on Tuesday. Reason for the expulsion is that the targeted place in the league midfielder had been missed this season. “The sports management has assured that this goal is achieved with the transfers and the team is competitive.” This assessment has not been confirmed, “said the club. Of eleven rounds of matches, the Niedersachsen have won only one. A new sports director should be committed promptly. “Hannover 96 needs a fresh start,” it said.
April 8: Gladbach attacker Hazard before changing to Borussia Dortmund
Football Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund is loud “Kicker” before the most expensive transfer of his club's history. As the trade magazine reports, offensive player Thorgan Hazard Borussia Mönchengladbach should have already given the district club his word. The 26-year-old Belgian has a contract in Gladbach until 2020 and should cost about 40 million euros. BVB's previous record holder is André Schürrle, who moved from VfL Wolfsburg to Dortmund in summer 2016 for € 30m.
“We signaled to Thorgan some time ago that we would like to renew with him, but he has not responded to that statement six weeks before the end of the season that is a clear signal that we expect him to leave Borussia after five years would like to take the next step, “said Max Eberl. At BVB, Hazard, who has scored nine goals in this Bundesliga season, would follow Christian Pulisic. The US international will move to Chelsea this summer for a transfer fee of 64 million euros.
April 8: BVB – Schalke can also be seen on free TV
The Revier derby of the Bundesliga between title contender Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 will also be shown live on ARD on 27 April (15.30). Sky and “Das Erste” will broadcast the match of the 31st game day in parallel. That was announced by the TV stations on Monday. In the ARD, the game will be free to receive, with Sky, they will be tracked by subscribers, said a Sky spokesman. It was “a special action of Sky and the ARD for all football fans in Germany,” it said.
Sky begins its coverage at 14.00 clock, for the ARD moderator Alexander Bommes announces from about 15.05 clock from Dortmund. He will be supported by Sky expert Christoph Metzelder, who will be there as an ARD conversation guest. The former international has played both at BVB and at Schalke 04. The game is to be commented by Steffen Simon. In addition to the broadcast in the first, Sky will have the derby as a single game and in the conference in the program.
April 7: Cup semi-final drawn
Bayern Munich must compete in the semi-finals of the DFB Cup at SV Werder Bremen. The second match deny second division Hamburger SV and RB Leipzig. This resulted in the draw on Sunday in the ARD. The semi-final matches will be held on 23 and 24 April at 20.45 each. The final will be kicked off on May 25 at the Berlin Olympic Stadium. All three games will be broadcast live by the TV stations ARD and Sky.
April 7: Rummenigge denies Kovac job guarantee
CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has given Niko Kovac no job guarantee at FC Bayern Munich beyond the season. Everyone has to deliver at Bayern Munich, “said Rummenigge on Sunday in the football talk show” Wontorra “of the TV channel Sky. That is the principle in Bavaria. “There is pressure, but you have to deal with it,” he said. The contract of Kovac is dated until June 30, 2021.
Rummenigge emphasized that they wanted to finish the season in peace and quiet. Thereafter, as in every club analyzed. The CEO acknowledged that there had been “critical weeks” in the fall. When asked if Kovac's job was at risk if he did not become a champion, Rummenigge replied, “We will become champions.” According to well-known predecessors, it is not easy for Kovac, said Rummenigge. One would accompany the 47-year-old “in a positive sense”.
April 6: Drama on Schalke – Video evidence decides in stoppage time on penalty against Royal Blue
VfB Stuttgart has defended the attack of the 1st FC Nuremberg in the relegation battle of the Bundesliga. The Swabians came on Saturday to a 1-1 (1-0) against the club, defending as Table 16. their advantage of four points on the competitors. For taillight Hannover 96, the situation after the 1: 3 (1: 1) at VfL Wolfsburg with seven points behind Stuttgart on the relegation rank after the 28th matchday almost hopeless. Schalke 04 lost to Eintracht Frankfurt 1: 2 (1: 1) by a penalty in the tenth minute of injury time after video evidence and has 14th only five points clear of Stuttgart.
In the battle for a Champions League place succeeded the third in the table RB Leipzig with the 4: 2 (1: 2) at Bayer Leverkusen an important victory. Fortuna Dusseldorf prevailed in the duel of two teams in the middle of the Bundesliga ranking with 2: 1 (1: 1) at Hertha BSC and climbed in front of the Berlin in tenth place. At 6.30 pm the top match between FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund will be kicked off at Munich's Allianz Arena. The guests go with a lead of two points in the top duel.
April 6: Boxing champion Felix Sturm arrested
The former boxing world champion Felix Sturm has apparently been arrested in Cologne at the fitness fair Fibo. The police confirmed, according to a report of the “Bild” newspaper. The prosecutor Cologne had previously obtained a warrant. It should go to the charge of tax evasion. What is the sum of the allegations is not yet known. The 40-year-old boxer from Leverkusen played his last boxing match in 2016.