?Bayern Munich CEO Reveals Portuguese Star Could Leave on Loan But Dismisses Links With AC Milan

?Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has claimed teenage sensation Renato Sanches could leave the club on loan this summer, but is unlikely to move to Milan. 

The Italian side have been consistently linked with the European Championship winner following a frustrating first season in the Bundesliga. 


Milan has enjoyed a positive summer after a takeover from a Chinese consortium earlier this year. They have spent over £170m, but have expressed their desire to bring Sanches in on loan.

Sanches completed a £32m switch to the German champions last summer, and his performances in the Euros suggested he would be a big player for Ancelotti’s side. However, the Portuguese wonderkid only made 25 appearances across all competitions, failing to register a single goal or assist. 

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Despite his shortcomings, many top European clubs have expressed an interested in signing the 19-year-old – but Milan look an unlikely destination according to Rummenigge 

?Calciomercato.com claim that Rummenigge has distanced Sanches from moving to Italy, but admits they may look to loan him for the season ahead.

He said: “Sanches is a good player, still young and therefore needs time. We continue to believe in his qualities, so we do not want to sell him outright. 

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“We would loan him, to play with continuity and there are many other clubs interested beyond Milan, so I do not think it will go to Italy.”

The midfielder will be hoping to record as many appearances as possible to remain the national side ahead of next summer’s World Cup. 

But whether he breaks through at Bayern or plays his football elsewhere remains to be seen. 



Zlatan, Hazard, Kante & Kane Join Ronaldo & Messi on 24-Man Shortlist for Best FIFA Men’s Player

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante and Harry Kane ?are among those who join usual suspects Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the 24-man shortlist for the Best FIFA Men’s Player ahead of the world football governing body’s annual gala that will be held in London on 23rd October.

Ronaldo took home the last prize after his 2015/16 season for club and country and remains the favourite once more after La Liga and Champions League honours in 2016/17.


Messi ended last season by winning the European Golden Shoe for a record equalling fourth time after his 40 league goals were a continental high.

Both Hazard and Kante inspired Chelsea to Premier League glory in 2016/17, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in all competitions for Manchester United and Harry Kane captured a second successive Premier League Golden Boot.

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Real Madrid players, including Keylor Navas, unsurprisingly dominate the list of nominees.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (GAB – Borussia Dortmund)

Leonardo Bonucci (ITA – Juventus/AC Milan)

Gianluigi Buffon (ITA – Juventus)
?Daniel Carvajal (ESP – Real Madrid)

Cristiano Ronaldo (POR – Real Madrid)

Paulo Dybala (ARG – Juventus)

Antoine Griezmann (FRA – Atletico Madrid)

Eden Hazard (BEL – Chelsea)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (SWE – Manchester United)

Andres Iniesta (ESP – Barcelona)

Harry Kane (ENG – Tottenham Hotspur)

N’Golo Kante (FRA – Chelsea)

Toni Kroos (GER – Real Madrid)

Robert Lewandowski (POL – Bayern Munich)

Marcelo (BRA – Real Madrid)
?Lionel Messi (ARG – Barcelona)

Luka Modric (CRO – Real Madrid)

Keylor Navas (COS – Real Madrid)

Manuel Neuer (GER – Bayern Munich)

Neymar (BRA – Barcelona/PSG)

Sergio Ramos (ESP – Real Madrid)

Alexis Sanchez (CHI – Arsenal)

Luis Suarez (URU – Barcelona)

Arturo Vidal (CHI – Bayern Munich)


The shortlist for Best FIFA Women’s Player has also been revealed, featuring England pair Lucy Bronze and Jodie Taylor, award holder Carli Lloyd and Euro 2017 winning pair Lieke Martens and Vivianne Miedema:

Lucy Bronze (ENG – Manchester City Women) pictured

Deyna Castellanos (VEN – Santa Clarita Blue Heat)

Pernille Harder (DEN – Linkopings / VfL Wolfsburg (Women)

Sam Kerr (AUS – Perth Glory / Sky Blue FC)

Carli Lloyd (USA – Houston Dash / Manchester City Women)

Dzsenifer Marozsan (GER – Olympique Lyonnais Feminin)

Lieke Martens (NED – FC Barcelona Femeni)

Vivianne Miedema (NED – FC Bayern Munich Frauen)

Wendie Renard (FRA – Olympique Lyonnais Feminin)

Jodie Taylor (ENG – Arsenal Women)

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The October ceremony will also see awards handed out for the premier Best FIFA Women’s Player and Best FIFA Men’s Player, as well as the FIFA Fair Play Award, the FIFA Puskás Award, the FIFA Fan Award, the FIFA FIFPro World11 and the new FIFA Goalkeeper Award.




Mats Hummels Joins Juan Mata in 1% Pledge as Second Player to Support Common Goal Project

?Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels has become the second player to support the Common Goal project, joining Manchester United fan favourite Juan Mata in pledging 1% of his wages to positively impact the lives of people around the world through football charities.

Mata was the first to sign up to the initiative earlier this month, with the project ultimately aiming to see 1% of global football’s annual revenue – conservatively valued at $30bn – go towards funding charitable organisations and driving social change for communities through football.


Mata and Hummels play for different clubs in different countries and didn’t previously personally know each other, but the Common Goal project – common-goal.org – has brought two influential individuals together under the collective ambition of making lives better for millions of people.

“As soon as I heard of Common Goal I knew this was a chance for football to improve our world, and I wanted to be part of it,” Hummels explained.

“I feel we could be doing more to connect the increasing revenues in football to some kind of deeper purpose. This is what struck me about Common Goal. Through the 1% pledge, we’re building a bridge between football and its social impact around the world.”

Common Goal

And, just as Mata did when he signed up after a trip to Mumbai in India over the summer, Hummels is urging his fellow pros to follow suit.

“I believe that Common Goal can make a real and lasting impact. I’m putting the call out to all my fellow footballers: join Juan and me and help to take the game to the next level,” he said.

On being joined by one of the world’s leading players, Mata said, “I don’t actually know Mats personally, so I was pleasantly surprised when he contacted me to talk Common Goal.

Mata - Common Goal

“He really gets what we’re trying to achieve and is the perfect teammate to have on-board at this early stage. The fact that a World Cup holder – at the peak of his career with one of the biggest clubs on the planet – has chosen to make the pledge shows the power and magic of what we’re doing.

“The reception to Common Goal has been amazing so far and I have no doubt Mats’ involvement will inspire more players to join.”

Common Goal is the work of streetworldfootball, an NGO that has helped develop and support a global network of 120 local football charities over the last 15 years – working to positively affect the lives of some 2.3m disadvantaged young people at community level in as many as 80 countries worldwide, from India, to Colombia, to Germany and many more.

Mata - Common Goal

“What we have here is two star players from different leagues and different countries joining forces in the name of social change,” said streetfootballworld CEO Jürgen Griesbeck. “It’s an unlikely alliance that highlights the appeal and potential of what we’re doing.”

Learn more at www.streetfootballworld.org.


3 Key Battles Which Could Decide the Bundesliga Fixture Between Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen

The opening Bundesliga fixture is almost upon us as Bayern Munich welcome Bayer Leverkusen to the Allianz Arena on Friday.

Bayern are undoubtedly favourites going into the tie and Leverkusen will have to be at the very top of their game if they are to take something away from Munich.

Here are three key battles which could decide the outcome between the two sides…

1. Robert Lewandowski vs Jonathan Tah

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Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski is seemingly never short of form. The Polish striker has scored 77 goals in 88 league appearances for Bayern since his move from Borussia Dortmund.

The 28-year-old has scored three goals in two pre-season games leading up to the weekend clash with Leverkusen and will look to continue his good form by finding the net again.

The man handed the job to try and stop Lewandowski is Leverkusen centre-back Jonathan Tah. The German has strength and power on his side alongside height, which will certainly help in during the aerial duels but the 21-year-old will find the game difficult if Lewandowski hits the ground running from pre-season.

2. Arjen Robben vs Wendell

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Arjen Robben is well known for his pace down the right wing and his inevitable cut in onto his favoured left foot. He has been renowned for this through his entire playing career. 

However, it’s worked well for the Dutchman over the years and defenders have found it more than difficult to stop him – even if they definitively know what he plans to do..

Leverkusen’s Brazilian left-back Wendell will come face-to-face with Robben at the weekend and will be trying to stop the 33-year-old cutting in to open up for a shot at goal. 

Wendell has pace on his side and youth to boot. The 24-year-old has faced Robben previously and should know exactly what to expect for the 90 minutes.

3. Mats Hummels vs Kevin Volland

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Leverkusen front man Kevin Volland is the man with the difficult task of breaking through the Bayern Munich defensive line. The former Hoffenheim forward joined Leverkusen last year and has since managed to score six goals in 23 games for the club.

The 25-year-old has pace and the ability to receive the ball at his feet, holding up the play for his side. He’ll be looking to cause trouble for Bayern Munich and he’ll hope he can get on the score sheet to open his account for the season.

Bayern Munich centre-back Mats Hummels will be keeping a close eye on Volland as he attempts to prevent forward making any kind of impact on the game. The former Borussia Dortmund man has experience and good reading of the game in his locker – attributes that could prove vital in the battle between the two players.


Ghana Youngster Sulley Ibrahim Heads to Germany in Order to Start 2 Week Trial With Bayern Munich

?Ghana U17 international Sulley Ibrahim has travelled to Germany to link up with Bayern Munich coaches as he begins a two week trial at the club.

Ibrahim was a stand out player for Ghana during the African U17 Championship in Gabon earlier this year and according to ?Ghana Soccer Net, his performances attracted the attention of German giants Bayern Munich as they bring him in for a two week trial.

Ghana U17 coach Paa Kwesi Fabin told Accra-based Oman FM that Ibrahim has travelled to Germany to begin his trials and will meet up with the team again in Europe as they continue to train as a team.

Paa Kwesi Fabin said: “Sulley Ibrahim will also join us in Europe when we arrive there. He has gone to Germany for trials with Bayern Munich.”


He added: “We will go to Denmark and train there before we heading to Spain to wrap things up there.”

Ibrahim will be hoping to impress the Bayern Munich coaches over the course of his two week trial in an attempt sign a contract with the club and play amongst their youth side before possibly breaking into the reserves and the first team.

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He will return back to Black Starlets’ squad following his trial and await the verdict from the Bayern Munich officials.