Real Madrid v Borussia Dormund
Real Madrid v Borussia Dormund
With a squad depleted by injury, transfers and card suspensions, Borussia Dortmund’s lineup is a far cry from what it was last year during the UEFA Champions League:
One player available, though? Kevin Grosskreutz, the jack-of-all-trades for BVB. But it’s a shame he can’t play every position against Real Madrid … or can he?
This video isn’t particularly new, but it’s certainly relevant. What would Dortmund look like with Grosskreutz between the sticks, leading the line, and everywhere in between?
Thanks to the internet, now we know. And we also know Grosskreutz falls like a total klutz after getting beaned with a ball.
What a lovely sunset!
Similarly, the sun will most likely set on Zenit’s Champions League hopes as they visit Borussia Dortmund today (3:30p ET on FOX Sports 2)
Photo via Twitter/@SanBorussia
According to the Daily Star on Sunday, Manchester United are convinced they have won the £25 million race for Borussia Dortmund’s midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. If true, this would be the first piece of business in a busy summer of transfers for the Red Devils. The central midfield position has been a long-term target for United and they’ll be happy to get it sorted early doors.
For this rumor and the rest of Sunday’s transfer gossip, click here.
Borussia Dortmund remained fairly quiet during the January transfer window, only picking up young Serbian international Milos Jojic from Partizan Belgrad. Maybe that’s all they needed.
Jojic scored on his first touch in his first appearance for BVB, taking just 17 seconds after coming off the bench to open his account in a 4-0 win over Frankfurt. Now that’s a debut!
Okay, so it wasn’t the most spectacular goal in the world, but it was historic: Jojic broke the Bundesliga records for fastest goal by a substitute, and fastest debut goal. The 21-year-old also stirred up glorious memories for Dortmund fans.
In the 1997 Champions League final, Lars Ricken (also 21 at the time) needed just 16 seconds after coming off the pine to score a screamer against Juventus on his first touch. The goal was the fastest by a substitute in Champions League history and was voted Dortmund’s “Goal of the Century” by fans:
We’ve all had a case of the Mondays, but Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski had a particularly bad morning today.
— Mark Lomas (@marklomasESPN)February 10, 2014
The Polish star, who will be headed to Bundesliga rival Bayern Munich after this season, was apparently the victim of a theft — or possibly a prank by bitter BVB fans. The latter wouldn’t be surprising, especially considering the way former Dortmund star Mario Götze was treated when he made the swap to Bayern last year.
Lewandowski probably can’t wait to fix up his Porsche Cayenne and drive to Munich.
(Images courtesy of Getty, story via @uersfeld)
Manchester United continue to be linked with all the world-class midfielders in world soccer. The latest name to be linked with a move to Old Trafford is Borussia Dortmund star Ilkay Gundogan. One newspaper says that the Red Devils will have to pay £24 million to prise the player away from Germany. David Moyes is desperate for midfield reinforcements and this rumor might not be too far wide of the mark.
Elsewhere, Arsenal full-back is a target for Turkish giants Galatasaray and AC Milan eye up a move for Chelsea wantaway midfielder Michael Essien.
For more rumors and the rest of Saturday’s transfer gossip, click here.
Only six days to go before the transfer market opens and one of Europe’s heavyweights has been linked with a move. Rejuvenated Manchester United have been told by Borussia Dortmund that they must pay £40 million ($66 million) for Germany midfielder Marco Reus. We’ve also got the latest on Jackson Martinez and a potential move to the Premier League. Just click here.
The road to Lisbon just got a lot harder for two Premier League giants.
Manchester City have been drawn against Barcelona, while Arsenal will face Bayern Munich following the draw for the Champions League round of 16 on Monday.
Arsenal, the Premier League leaders despite their heavy defeat to Manchester City over the weekend, were beaten by Bayern Munich at the same stage last year, paying the price for their group stage defeat at Napoli which relegated them to runners-up in their group.
Here’s the full draw:
Visit FOXSoccer.com for more news and updates regarding Monday’s Champions League draw.
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