Bayern Munich team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt is stepping down after almost four decades at the club, after the Bayern and German national team doctor’s medical staff was blamed for Bayern’s heavy UEFA Champions League defeat at the hands of Porto on Wednesday.
Mueller-Wohlfahrt, 72, said in a statement on Thursday that he was quitting the club he’s worked for since 1977 after Bayern’s “medical department was made primarily responsible for the defeat for inexplicable reasons,” and that the trust necessary for a successful working relationship has been damaged.
Bayern were without a number of key players — Bastian Schweinsteiger, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and David Alaba — for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Porto. How much of that is Mueller-Wohlfahrt’s “fault” is unclear.
As of Thursday night in Germany, the club seemed to be completely unaware of Mueller-Wohlfahrt’s plans to step down, as a spokesman said, “We have not heard about this press release, so we can’t comment on it.”
In the video below, Bayern manager Pep Guardiola can be seen clapping sarcastically and gesticulating toward someone on the bench — Mueller-Wohlfahrt? — after defender Medhi Benatia suffered an injury against Bayern Leverkusen last week.
Mueller-Wohlfahrt spent nearly 40 years at Bayern, leaving the club only once, for a short time, following a disagreement with then-first-team manager…wait for it…Jurgen Klinsmann, but returned to the job as soon as the current U.S. national team boss left the club. So, maybe Mueller-Wohlfahrt isn’t gone for good after all.
After punching a player, then slapping and kicking another and thus getting a red card, there were talks of Cristiano Ronaldo receiving as much as a 12-match ban. However, it is now being reported that he has been given a 2-match ban and will be able to return just in time for, you guessed it, the clash against Atlético at Vicente Calderón. He will not be able to play against Real Sociedad and Sevilla.
ONTD_FB, has your fave ever been given a multiple-match ban? What is the worst incident you've seen on the pitch (even better if you provide pics/videos!)?
Iker Casillas talked to Cadena Cope about his last period at Real Madrid. He was asked about Mourinho/Ancelotti, Xabi Alonso, his bad moments and his future.
ABOUT XABI ALONSO SAYING NEUER IS THE BEST GK HE'S PLAYED WITH: "I don't care what Xabi Alonso says. [After being asked again:] In the last years our relationship has not been adequate, but it is always like this, you have teammates with whom you can get along well or not. Being part of the club demands from us to perform as a team to win titles and that's what we have done."
ABOUT WHO IS BETTER COACH, MOURINHO OR ANCELOTTI: "Ancelotti is better. Those were hard moments. From the outside they look different than from the inside, it is not the same being in the dressing room or looking at it from the outside. Our position is clear. Everyone can have an opinion, like in the case of Xabi Alonso, but in the end you have to follow your beliefs and that's what I did. In his time here I did not speak of him when he was in my locker room, nor do I think that I have to talk now when he is already managing another team and I'm with my team. It would be a bit self-seeking and little cowardly on my part. [I hope] things go very well for him. In the time that he was at Real Madrid, he won titles and you have to give him thanks. [Asked if he would greet Mourinho:] Without a problem. Maybe last summer when things were fresh each of us looked a different way, but if I cross paths with him tomorrow I am going to extend my hand, then it will be up to him if he shakes it. I think he would do it. We had a relationship of love and dislike."
ABOUT HIS FORM: I want to be considered the best goalkeeper in the world again, I train and compete for that. When you have won it 5 times, the standards are the highest. Now the last year they gave it to Neuer, and he deserves it, but my hope and idea is to compete and become the best again. I had moments when I felt alone, sad, hurt. You suffer. Some days I had to hold back my tears and sometimes I cried. I didn't feel isolated from my teammates, but from the team yes, because when you are injured you only hear crap, you are a scapegoat and you don't defend yourself. I didn't talk because I have to look for the benefit of the club and my teammates. I'm neither a saint nor a mole. I'm Iker Casillas and I only try to be in Real Madrid's goal every weekend to try and win titles and because that is my way to the national team. Yes, of course [I considered leaving Madrid]. You try to find solutions. Let’s just say that I had several meetings with the club ... But in the end I opted to stay. I told them that I must play or go. The only thing is that if you start the season and you’re not playing, you must understand and respect the coach's decision to choose someone else. I want to play, but I’ve never demanded to play. The club have behaved in a very loving way. They have always tried to motivate me during difficult times. I’m not thinking about June, only the next morning. At the end of the day, I’ve received so much [from Madrid]. I’m back focused on enjoying my time here, I feel important again and hope to exploit the opportunities I get. I’ll be 36 by the time my contract ends in 2017. I need to be realistic. At that age, things must slowly be considered. I hope the club tells me that they want me to continue, but I think I should go step by step. We’ll see when the times comes. I hope my head and body are still in terrific shape and that the club offer me the chance to continue for one or two more seasons. [President Florentino Perez] has always been kind to me and encouraged me to stay positive during my low points. I hope [to end my career here].
sources: 1, 2, 3
It was a long interview (over an hour) with quick questions and answers, so the responses and the tone might not get across perfectly with the quotes (I haven't been able to watch it all yet, but it reads much more serious than it sounded). You can watch it here if you understand Spanish. I wasn't aware there were problems before between him and Xabi Alonso?
We’ve all been there, haven’t we? (For the record, I’ve never been there. I don’t smoke.)
A flat tire to start your morning, your usual taco joint was all out of barbacoa, you say through an insufferable lecture from your idiotic boss and to top all of that off, traffic is a nightmare on your way home to basement full of rain water from the night before. You just need a quick cigarette (or three — thanks, traffic!), and you’ll be good.
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny seems to know this feeling all too well. Szczesny, who is apparently at least an occasional smoker, was reportedly caught lighting up in the St. Mary’s Stadium showers following Arsenal’s 2-0 New Year’s Day defeat, which was underlined by the Pole’s poor performance in goal. Here, Szczesny’s pair of blunders can be seen all but gift-wrapping Southampton the three points that afternoon and resigning the Gunners to sixth place for the time being.
According to reports, Szczesny was fined £20,000 for the incident by an enraged Arsene Wenger. From theDaily Mail:
Former Arsenal star John Jensen had claimed on Danish TV that Szczesny, 24, had suffered a bitter fall-out with Wenger and would not play again this season, although Arsenal denied that allegation and said Szczesny remains part of their first-team plans.
Szczesny wasn’t even on the bench for Arsenal’s 2-0 third-round FA Cup victory over Hull City on Sunday. That could, however, have very easily been a predetermined game off for Szczesny who has started 17 of 20 Premier League games this season, as well as all six in the club’s Champions League group.
tsk tsk, what do you have to say for yourself chezza?
smh!! (also i just grabbed a bunch of random tags. delighted to see drogba's, lol)
mrsvixen's post has the players from #100 to #41: HERE
My post has the players from #40 to #11: HERE
( Pictures again. Guess who's #1? )
FIFPro, the World Players' Union, and FIFA today announced the five goalkeepers shortlisted for the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2014 as part of the 55-man shortlist to be revealed on Monday 1 December 2014. Last year's winner and two debutants are among the five nominees.
THE GOALKEEPER SHORTLIST IS
Claudio Bravo (Chile, FC Barcelona)
Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus)
Iker Casillas (Spain, Real Madrid)
Thibaut Courtois (Belgium, Chelsea)
Manuel Neuer (Germany, FC Bayern Munich)
- Manuel Neuer was last year's World XI goalkeeper
- Claudio Bravo and Thibaut Courtois make their debut on the 55-man shortlist
- Iker Casillas was the World XI goalkeeper for five straight years: from 2008 until 2012
- Gianluigi Buffon was the World XI goalkeeper in 2006 and 2007.
- Gianluigi Buffon is the only goalkeeper to appear on all ten World XI shortlists since the introduction of the World XI in 2005.
- Next to Gianluigi Buffon, five players have always been mentioned on the shortlist until last year: Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba, Andrea Pirlo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney.
Petr Cech and Víctor Valdés lost their place on the shortlist to Claudio Bravo and Thibaut Courtois.
- The five goalkeepers on the 2014 shortlist are from the same five clubs as the five goalkeepers on the 2013 shortlist: FC Barcelona, FC Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Juventus and Real Madrid.
Bravo and Courtois have no tag? :(
The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, is confident his country will host the 2022 World Cup. Photograph: Xinhua/Landov/Barcroft Media
The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, believes his country will host the 2022 World Cup despite Fifa’s ongoing investigation into the bidding process and concerns over when the tournament will take place.
Fifa’s ethics chief, Michael Garcia, this week reiterated his call for his report into the 2018 and 2022 bidding processes to be published in full. However in his first interview since succeeding his father, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani last year, the Emir dismissed concerns over corruption. “People should understand that Qatar had the best bid, and Qatar will provide and will do one of the best World Cups in history and I’m sure about that,” he told CNN.
“People don’t want to accept, don’t want to realise that a small country, Arab, Muslim country, can host a big event like that.”
A Guardian investigation earlier this year revealed that hundreds of migrant workers have died in Qatar since construction of the World Cup stadia began, with the International Trade Union Confederation estimating 4,000 could be dead by the time the World Cup begins.
“Yes, it’s true – we had problems,” the Emir said. “We’re solving the problems. We’re enforcing the laws – it’s not acceptable.”
“We changed the laws. They are enforced and there are many laws that have been changed. And I’m telling you because I am personally hurt about the situation.
“All the media is concentrating on Qatar due to the World Cup. If we have problems I don’t mind talking about the problems. But also we need to talk other – about other things, about those laws that we did.”
The players’ union FifPro and several major European leagues have voiced their concerns at the prospect of the World Cup being played in summer temperatures up to 45C, with Fifa due to decide in February whether to move the tournament to the winter months. However, the Emir insisted that hi-tech air conditioning systems could make it possible to hold the tournament in summer.
He said: “We have this technology for ten years now and it’s working in one of our stadiums. One hundred per cent it will be working.
“Our bid was for it to be in summer. At the end, it’s up to Fifa to decide when is the best time. We’re ready for both.”
An interesting article from Fortune on why the World Cup will be held in Qatar: HERE
Cristiano Ronaldo let James Rodriguez know exactly where he stands in the pecking order at Real Madrid.
It’s pretty standard for most soccer teams to start training off with a little keepaway in groups of seven or eight. Players play five or six against two and are allowed just one touch each time they receive the ball.
It’s a simple game, but no one will ever underestimate the politics again.
When Ronaldo’s group had nine players, the Portuguese star gave Rodriguez the unceremonious boot.
That's cold, Cripsy. All Ha-mez wanted was for senpai to notice him :C
According to El Confidential, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho recently said the following about his former Clasico rival Pep Guardiola:
"When you enjoy what you do, you don't lose your hair, and Guardiola is bald. He doesn't enjoy football."
That might be the most Jose Mourinho line ever, even if he didn't actually say it. But there is reason to believe that he did...besides hilarity.
The two longtime bitter enemies were both in attendance for the UEFA Elite Club Coaches Forum last week and they reportedly bickered about grass length. Yes. GRASS LENGTH.
From the Express:
According to TZ, Guardiola argued that the rules would make the game faster and therefore more beautiful.
Mourinho is said to have responded: "Everyone has his style of play, which should be respected. Football can be spectacular in several ways."
Guardiola reportedly hit back: "The beauty of football depends on the coach. It seems to me that Mourinho prefers the result to the spectacle.
"I know to him that's all that matters."
So given that, Mourinho quipping about Guardiola's lack of hair and football grumpiness seems like an equally childish response.
If you weren't hoping for a Chelsea v Bayern Munich champions league final before, you should start doing so now. [I'm not but I hope they meet in knockout somehow XD]
adventures of JOSE MOURINHO: CARTOON VILLAIN
This is so hilarious it's hard to believe it's true, but it's too absurd to imagine someone making it up
And England squad for Euro qualifiers has been announced!
Forster (Southampton), Foster (West Brom), Hart (Manchester City); Baines (Everton), Cahill (Chelsea), Chambers (Arsenal), Jagielka (Everton), Jones (Manchester United), Rose (Tottenham), Stones (Everton); Colback (Newcastle), Delph (Aston Villa), Henderson (Liverpool), Milner (Manchester City), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Sterling (Liverpool), Townsend (Tottenham), Wilshere (Arsenal); Lambert (Liverpool), Rooney (Manchester United), Sturridge (Liverpool), Welbeck (Manchester United).
Michel Platini will not stand against Sepp Blatter for Fifa presidency.
Read more: HERE
Former Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia to retire after medical reveals heart problem.
Manuel Almunia is expected to announce his retirement after a heart condition that can cause sudden death was detected at a routine medical. The former Arsenal goalkeeper was close to joining Cagliari earlier this month as a free agent having played the past two years at Watford. However, The Serie A club abandoned the signing of the 37-year-old after an examination revealed a heart problem.
Read the rest: HERE
(This is so sad :( )
Chelsea suffer Diego Costa injury scare as striker strains hamstring.
Chelsea suffered an injury scare in training on Wednesday after Diego Costa pulled up with a hamstring injury, though the severity of the strain remains to be determined.
The Spain international, a £32m signing from Atlético Madrid this summer, will undergo further tests at Cobham and while the initial prognosis appeared grim, there are hopes the injury will not prove as severe as first feared.
Tottenham sign Federico Fazio from Sevilla to strengthen defense: HERE
AND THE BIG ONE: FCB 'OPTIMISTIC' ABOUT XABI ALONSO.
(See above post.)
Thiago Motta ended up with a broken nose.
And I thought shit like this only happened to Arsenal c. 2011-12
6 years of an amazing journey #saintsfc DESTROYED in 1 hour !!!— Morgan Schneiderlin (@SchneiderlinMo4) July 29, 2014
I guess he read the piece in Metro that his club won't sell him even though they sold everyone else.
We need a Southampton tag, mods. I realize the club might be gone in a few days and Koeman has no players left and is making blackly humorous jokes on Twitter and all....
But it's all so ~DRAMATIC at the moment!
Wow. Sweet of them.
Link to the sauce.