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April 18, 2021

German Bundesliga

Dortmund Europe’s best club for young players; Spurs, Inter among worst

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Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham are all first-team players. INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images Borussia Dortmund have emerged as the best club in Europe for young players to earn their stripes, according to the latest study from the CIES Football Observatory. The CIES has formulated its data......

Klinsmann: Transfer risk factors for Haaland and others

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Jurgen Klinsmann won the World Cup and European Championship with Germany during a glittering career in which he played for Inter, Tottenham and Bayern, among others. As a coach, he led Germany to a third-place finish at the 2006 World Cup and managed the U.S. men’s national team from 2011-16.......

Sources: Haaland deal ‘very difficult’ for Barca

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6:09 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Barcelona will continue to pursue the signing of Erling Haaland after meeting with his representatives last week but several sources at the club have told ESPN it will be “very difficult” to do a deal for the Borussia Dortmund striker. New Barca president......

Can Dortmund keep their young stars this summer?

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Borussia Dortmund have some of the best young players in European football, but for how much longer? The next few weeks will be crucial in their quest to hold on to the likes of Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho and Gio Reyna as failure to secure Champions League football for next......

Barcelona begin Haaland transfer talks

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Erling Haaland‘s father Alf-Inge and agent Mino Raiola held talks in Barcelona on Thursday with Barca president Joan Laporta over a possible transfer for the superstar forward. Sources told ESPN that the two-and-a-half-hour meeting — attended by Raiola, Haaland Sr., Laporta and Barca’s incoming director of football Mateu Alemany —......

Dortmund set Haaland fee at €180m; TikTok torment at Barcelona

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Borussia Dortmund have set their fee for Erling Haaland, while TikTok is proving a nuisance at Barcelona. ESPN’s Insider Notebook has the latest. Jump to: TikTok torment at Barcelona | La Liga’s battle with drones | Bale future unclear despite Madrid claims | Bailly’s fears over Man United defender search......

Can Barca afford to sign Haaland? Probably not, but they can’t afford not to

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Let’s imagine for the sake of argument that while Erling Haaland is not on the transfer market, his contract is definitely available. He has a queue of suitors and Borussia Dortmund stand to triple their investment a year ahead of the Norway forward’s reported €75 million release clause kicking in,......

RB Leipzig’s failure vs. Frankfurt means Bundesliga is Bayern’s to lose again

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ESPN’s lead Bundesliga commentator Derek Rae says RB Leipzig‘s failure to put a dagger through Eintracht Frankfurt makes Bayern Munich firm favourites in an engaging Bundesliga title race. When all is said and done this season, it’s hard not to wonder if RB Leipzig will reflect on a huge opportunity......

Coach ‘ordered’ to train women as punishment

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Heiko Vogel was ordered to coach a women’s team after ‘unsporting behaviour’ towards a referee. TF-Images/Getty Images Borussia Monchengladbach‘s under-23 coach Heiko Vogel was ordered to train the women’s team as punishment for “unsporting behaviour” towards a referee during a match, the West German FA (WDFV) confirmed to ESPN. Vogel, a......

What’s left to play for in the Bundesliga: Bayern and Leipzig fight for title, Dortmund battle for Europe

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With 10 games remaining for each team, ESPN’s lead Bundesliga commentator Derek Rae runs the rule over all 18 clubs and their targets for the rest of the season. 1. Bayern Munich | 55 points: What a strange season this has been for the Rekordmeister as they shoot for nine......

Klinsmann: Lewandowski, Haaland show why scoring is such fun

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Jurgen Klinsmann won the World Cup and European Championship with Germany during a glittering career in which he played for Inter, Tottenham and Bayern, among others. As a coach, he led Germany to a third-place finish at the 2006 World Cup and managed the U.S. men’s national team from 2011-16.......

Lewandowski reminds Haaland of the Bundesliga pecking order

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ESPN’s lead Bundesliga commentator Derek Rae hopes a thrilling Bayern Munich–Borussia Dortmund tussle, which he called for U.S. viewers on ABC and ESPN+ (U.S. fans can stream the replay of the match HERE), will open new eyes to German football. Here’s his instant reaction column. In the build up to......

Bundesliga’s all-time best and worst kits: Bayern, Dortmund on both lists

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When Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund square off in another instalment of “Der Klassiker,” on Saturday (LIVE at 12:30 p.m. ET on ABC/ESPN+ in the U.S.), the two Bundesliga giants will do so wearing their respective signature red and yellow-and-black kits. 2 Related Both clubs’ uniforms this season are suitably......

Bayern Munich’s Kimmich is their ‘mentality monster,’ ready for rivals Dortmund

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8:55 AM ET Tom Hamilton Close Senior Writer • Joined ESPN in 2011• Covered two Olympics, a pair of Rugby World Cups and two British & Irish Lions tours• Previously rugby editor, and became senior writer in 2018 Stephan Uersfeld Der Klassiker is the biggest match in the Bundesliga. Bayern Munich are one......

Juve sign McKennie from Schalke permanently

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Juventus announced they have taken up the option to sign midfielder Weston McKennie from Schalke 04 on a permanent deal on Wednesday. The USMNT international joined on loan at the beginning of the season and has impressed with five goals across all competitions as Juve fight for the Serie A......

Who is your club’s top U19 prospect to breakout in 2021?

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With the COVID-19 pandemic hitting football clubs’ finances around the world, Europe’s top teams are looking to their youth teams rather than to transfers for ways to freshen up. Already this season we’ve seen teenagers like Borussia Dortmund‘s Giovanni Reyna, Arsenal‘s Bukayo Saka and Manchester United‘s Mason Greenwood make their......

Angelino: Guardiola ‘killed’ my confidence at City

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RB Leipzig defender Angelino said Pep Guardiola “killed” his confidence during their time together at Manchester City. Angelino has become an important member of Julian Nagelsmann’s side as Leipzig look to win their first-ever Bundesliga title. – Bundesliga on ESPN+: Stream LIVE games and replays (U.S. only) The 24-year-old recently......

Milan vs. Inter, Liverpool vs. Everton, Schalke vs. Dortmund: What to expect from weekend’s big derbies

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Inter Milan and AC Milan have a real shot of ending Juve’s run of Serie A titles. Whoever wins this weekend will move into pole position. Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images While the return of the Champions League is, for very obvious reasons, the top story of the week, the European soccer weekend......

What Bayern will get from Upamecano after beating Europe’s elite to sign him

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With several top clubs in Europe looking to strengthen the heart of their defence, RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano was the one that many wanted. Liverpool, Manchester United and Bayern Munich were all heavily linked with a move for the 22-year-old, who recently made his full senior debut for France.......

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