Colombia Star James Rodríguez Linked With Premier League Move Amid Rumours of Bayern Munich Exit

?Colombia star James Rodríguez could reportedly be playing in the ?Premier League next season, with ?Arsenal and ?Chelsea both tipped as possible destinations for the highly talented midfielder and winger.

According to a report in ?Diario Gol, Rodríguez is unlikely to move to ?Bayern Munich on a permanent basis, having spent last season on loan from ?Real Madrid at the Allianz Arena. The report claims that the Colombian does not have a good rapport with Bayern’s new coach Niko Kova?.


If this is indeed the case, it could be regarded as a setback for Bayern, who – according to ?Sky Sports Germany – were extremely keen to retain Rodríguez’s services. The Bayern hierarchy were reportedly willing to pay as much as €55m (including the loan fee) for the 26-year-old, who scored seven goals in 23 league appearances for the Bundesliga champions last season.

However, according to the Diario Gol report, Bayern could potentially exercise their purchase option, pay Los Blancos €42m and then sell Rodríguez for a higher fee.

It would arguably be a tremendous coup for either Chelsea or Arsenal to sign the Colombia star, who won the Golden Boot at the last ?FIFA World Cup in Brazil in 2014 and has also impressed at this year’s edition in Russia. Both Premier League sides are looking to rebuild after disappointing seasons.

Diario Gol also lists Serie A giants Juventus as potential suitors for Rodríguez. La Vecchia Signora once again fell short in the ?UEFA Champions League last season, and the Colombian could potentially provide them with an extra creative spark.


However, there is another twist – Rodríguez was injured in ?Colombia’s 1-0 win over Senegal in their final Group H clash. This could be favourable news for England – Colombia’s opponents in the round of 16 – but not such good news for Arsenal or Chelsea.


8 Weeks And Counting: Fixture List Released Ahead of 2018/19 Bundesliga Season

?The ?Bundesliga fixture list has been released over in Germany ahead of the 2018/19 season, and the season kicks off with a Friday night encounter whereby champions ?Bayern Munich host Julian Nagelsmann’s Hoffenheim.

As the weeks until kick off count down around Europe, the German top flight will begin on Friday August 24, and some huge games in the opening week will begin the season with some serious competition.

Karlsruher SC v Erzgebirge Aue - 2. Bundesliga Playoff Leg 1

Available to view on the league’s official website, the first Saturday will see Borussia Dortmund welcome RB Leipzig to Signal Iduna Park, with Borussia Monchengladbach hosting Bayer Leverkusen at the same time, and Schalke 04 visit Wolfsburg.

The first edition of the hugely exciting Revierderby between Dortmund and Schalke will take place on matchday 14 (at some point between December 7 and 9 depending on TV scheduling), and Der Klassiker will be settled over matchdays 11 and 28.

Germany’s usual winter break will begin around the 21st and 23 of December, and the Bundesliga will resume – with players nicely refreshed – on January 18.

The final gameweek will take place on May 18, and the second tier of German football will also conclude the following day.

Only eight weeks are left before the Bundesliga finally returns, and while that may still seem like a long two months of waiting, it gives teams plenty of time to strengthen before the season starts again.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga

Will Bayern make it a seventh successive Bundesliga triumph? Will Hoffenheim continue to improve as they have done in recent years? How successful will Lucien Favre be at Dortmund? So many questions are waiting to be answered.


James Rodríguez Forced Off With Injury Just 30 Minutes Into Colombia’s Crucial World Cup Decider

?James Rodríguez has been forced off the field during Colombia’s World Cup group game with Senegal due to a suspected injury. 

The 2014 World Cup Golden Boot winner went to ground early in the first half before abjectly walking off the field and down the tunnel on the half hour mark; a potentially massive blow to Colombia’s hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages. 

Rodríguez had suffered a calf injury in training in the build-up to the South American side’s opening game in Russia which resulted in a substitute appearance against Japan, before he started the win victory over Poland. 

And whilst it remains unclear if it is a recurrence of the same injury, Rodríguez’s dejected body language indicated that his future participation in the tournament is in serious jeopardy; should Colombia qualify for the last 16. 

He was consoled by both his teammates and the opposition as he made his way to the touchline, before being replaced by Luis Muriel.

The 26-year-old, who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Real Madrid, has been directly involved in 10 of Colombia’s last 14 World Cup goals and Colombia face an uphill battle without him, after managing just one shot on target in the opening half.

Senegal v Colombia: Group H - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Colombia started the day in third position in Group H, requiring a win over Senegal to secure their passage to the knockout rounds. 


Manuel Neuer Brands Germany Squad ‘Pathetic’ After World Cup Group Stage Humiliation

?Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has hit out at his squad and branded his side’s performances in the World Cup as ‘pathetic’ after Die Mannschaft were eliminated from the tournament in the group stages.

The holders only needed a victory against South Korea in order to progress as Mexico were beaten 3-0 by Sweden in the other Group F finale, but missed a host of excellent chances en route to a shock 2-0 defeat to go crashing out of the competition.

Korea Republic v Germany: Group F - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Neuer was personally at fault for South Korea’s second goal as he was caught in possession on the edge of the Koreans’ penalty box deep into injury time, allowing Ju Se-jong to play a long ball up field for Son Heung-min to tap into an empty net.

The ?Bayern Munich stopper pulled no punches in his post-match comments (via the ?Daily Mail), saying: “We deserved to be eliminated. We didn’t convince in any game. This was not the Germany we know. It was pathetic.

“We lacked commitment. Even if we had gone through, in the next round or the round afterwards, we’d have been knocked out.”

Germany’s abysmal performance in the World Cup saw them lose two of their group stage games – a far cry from their triumph at the 2014 tournament which saw them thrash Brazil 7-1 on their way to the final.

Joachim Loew, manager of the national side since 2006, echoed Neuer’s sentiments after the match. 

“The disappointment of being eliminated is just huge,” said the coach. “I’m shocked. It is historic. I am sure this will create some public uproar in Germany.

Korea Republic v Germany: Group F - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

We were missing our ease of play, our classiness, our dynamism was not there. So we deserved to be eliminated.”

Germany are now the fourth team in the last five World Cups to go out at the group stage after winning the previous tournament.


Mats Hummels Says Germany Haven’t Played Well Since October After World Cup Humiliation

Mats Hummels admitted that Germany’s rot set in over eight months ago after they crashed out of the World Cup with ?defeat to South Korea on Wednesday.

Two late goals saw Germany eliminated at the group stage of a World Cup for the first time ever as they finished bottom of the group, with Sweden and Mexico progressing to the last 16.

Hummels lamented that Germany’s opening defeat to Mexico had left them on the back foot.

?“We see in this World Cup that it is easy for any team [to be eliminated], except for Belgium and England. We put ourselves in this situation by losing against Mexico,” said Hummels, quoted by ?L’Equipe.

“There are some things we need to correct, but I will not talk about it publicly. The last time we had a good game, convincing was in October 2017.”

Hummels missed Germany’s best opportunity to break the deadlock when the game was goalless, with the ball flying wide off his shoulder rather than his head.

After the defeat to Mexico, Germany had restored calm by coming from behind to win against Sweden thanks to a last-minute goal from Toni Kroos.

They were expected to win at a canter against South Korea, who joined them in elimination due to Sweden’s ?3-0 win over Mexico, but an even game was settled by late goals from Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min.

In six previous major tournaments, Germany manager Joachim Low has never failed to reach a semi-final, until now. Under his guidance, Die Mannschaft have won the 2014 World Cup and the 2017 Confederations Cup.

Korea Republic v Germany: Group F - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

But he will face serious questions about his future, particularly after several questionable selection decisions including the exclusion of Manchester City winger Leroy Sane from the squad.