Dortmund Can ‘Close the Distance’ on Bayern Claims Goalkeeper Roman Burki

Swiss keeper Roman Burki believes Borussia Dortmund can challenge Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title ?this season, providing they adapt to new coach Peter Bosz’s methods.

Last season Dortmund were 18 points adrift of Bayern and three points behind RB Leipzig. However in this current transfer window Dortmund have managed to keep their team together (unlike previous seasons where they have lost the likes of Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan) and added the talents of Maximilian Philipp, Omer Toprak and Mahmoud Dahoud.

As well as a host of new signings Dortmund also have a new manager. According to ?FourFourTwo, Burki believes the appointment of Bosz, who has replaced Thomas Tuchel as head coach, means Dortmund are well placed to rival Bayern for the Bundesliga title.

“Simply playing in a new system makes it important that we’ve all stayed together,” said the keeper. “The new players have gelled with us straight away.

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“This hasn’t been a problem at all. When a team has been together for some time it means you can freely exchange opinions too. This is very important. I hope we can close the distance on [Bayern]. We’ll have a good idea on August 5 when we play them in the Supercup. We want to be challenging them.

“We’re working hard to be more consistent. If we can avoid injury and every single player knows their role, then we’ll surely have more consistency in our game.”

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The German football season starts on the 18th of August. Dortmund’s first game is away to Wolfsburg on the 19th.


Inter Midfielder Joao Mario Tells Bayern Youngster Renato Sanches to Join Him in Italy

Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario has told his Portuguese teammate that he should join him in Italy by moving to AC Milan.

Sanches joined Bayern Munich from Benfica last summer for an initial fee of £27.5m, but has struggled to establish himself under manager Carlo Ancelotti.

The midfielder is still highly rated across Europe, but it looks like a loan deal is most likely for the youngster.

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Chelsea are also interested in acquiring his services, but it seems that Joao Mario’s strong recommendation about the Serie A could persuade him that AC Milan is the way forward. 

Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport he stated: “We spoke after Thursday’s game (between Inter and Bayern Munich in Singapore)…

“He is young and strong, so I understand that he wants to play consistently and there is a lot of competition for places at Bayern.


“I told him that if he goes to Milan, he’ll find a great club and I’d have another friend in the city.”

Sanches first grabbed the attention of potential suitors at Benfica but it was not until Euro 2016 where the world stood up and noticed the magnitude of his talent. 

He left Lisbon having made 35 appearances, across the 2015/16 season his debut campaign as a professional footballer, registering two goals and creating a further goal.

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His dream move to Bayern, however, has yet to live up to expectations and has seen him play only 25 times under Ancelotti with him only completing the full 90 minutes on two occasions.

He has completely fallen down the pecking order and Bayern CEO Karl Heinz-Rummenigge recently confirmed that if the £43m valuation for him was met they would be prepared to sell him.


Old Boys Ribéry & Robben Missed Their Chance for China Move According to SIPG Sporting Director

Previously described as a “Ferrari” by Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti, Franck Ribéry is now being deemed as too old to play in the Chinese Super League. Ribéry (34) and his Bayern teammate Arjen Robben (33) are both veterans of the game, however, they are too old to make the move to China according to Shanghai SIPG sporting director Mads Davidsen.

The two forwards showed last season that when fit they still have what it takes to perform at the highest level. Despite this, former Guangzhou R&F video analyst Davidsen believes that the importance of signing players like the Bayern duo is a myth of the Chinese Super League, as reported by BILD.

It’s a misconception that makes me really angry when players in Europe believe they can freely choose the time to move to China,” said 34-year-old Davidsen. “This was the situation three or four years ago but those times are over. 

“If Ribery had an offer two or three years ago from China then that was his chance, but an ambitious Chinese team like Shanghai SIPG wouldn’t sign him or Robben now. Why should a Chinese club sign a 33 or 34-year-old when they can get 27-year-old stars like Axel Witsel or Alex Teixeira – or Oscar at 25?”

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Without a doubt two of the most dangerous wingers of all time, Ribéry and Robben will certainly have the opportunity to make Davidsen eat his words next season. Although the possibility of a starting spot in the Bayern Munich side for both players is unlikely, when both are match fit the aptly named partnership of ‘Robbery’ will still cause major problems for the rest of the Bundesliga next season.


Bayern Munich CEO Confirms Antonio Conte Enquiry Over Promising Central Midfielder

?Chelsea have made contact with Bayern Munich over the availability of out-of-favour central midfielder Renato Sanches, according to Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol. 

The Portuguese youngster made the switch to the Allianz Arena last summer from Benfica. A fee of around £30m saw the then 18-year-old make his way towards the Bundesliga, but it’s been a frustrating time in Bavaria for Sanches since then.

A year later and Carlo Ancelotti is rumoured to be open to letting the European Championships winner leave the club – be it on loan or on a permanent basis. And now, Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol claims that Karl Heinz Rummenigge (CEO of Bayern Munich) has confirmed that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has asked Ancelotti about Sanches.

??Despite being a young player hotly tipped for greatness, the Portuguese international only made 17 appearances in the German top flight last season – not registering a single assist or scoring a goal.

Chelsea have already signed AS Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko this summer, and Nemanja Matic is expected to leave the club before the end of the summer transfer window.

With Cesc Fabregas and N’Golo Kante already on the Chelsea books, the acquisition of Renato Sanches will give the Blues four very good options in the middle of the park.

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Meanwhile, Sanches himself has spoken of his desire to leave the current German champions:

“Personally, I am not satisfied with my first year in Munich,” Sanches told Bild.

“That’s why I would like to change and go to a club that can give me more minutes.

“I am now on the China tour with FC Bayern, but after that we will get together in Munich and hopefully find a solution.”

Bayern’s season kicks off on August 5 in the German Super Cup against Borussia Dortmund. By then, Sanches will be hoping to have moved on from Bavaria.


Bigger Than the Club! 6 Footballers With Far More Twitter Followers Than Their Teams

With social media being increasingly important to football clubs, huge effort goes into maintaining accounts on Facebook, Twitter and other popular platforms.

It sometimes occurs that fans are more interested in specific players and following them over official club accounts, or that a particularly well-known player will sign for a certain club and dwarf their social media following.

Javier Hernandez’s signing for West Ham is once such example – the player himself has over 8m followers on Twitter, while the Hammers boast just 1.2m.

Here are six examples of players who have far more social media followers than their clubs, and often by an extremely large margin.

1. Wayne Rooney – Everton

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Wayne Rooney left Everton as an 18-year-old superstar, and has returned as a player fifteen times bigger than the club if Twitter followers are anything to go by.

Rooney boasts over 15m followers which is unsurprising considering the content he produces, whether it be offering Rio Ferdinand a lift or getting into a huge argument with himself.

Everton’s more professional offerings have gathered just over a million followers on Twitter, leaving Rooney as the comfortable winner.

2. Lukas Podolski – Vissel Kobe

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Lukas Podolski’s entertaining use of social media and excessive hashtags turned him into a bit of a cult hero at Arsenal.

#Poldi has over 3m Twitter followers and just as many on Instagram, meaning he absolutely dwarfs his new club.

Japanese side Vissel Kobe have a measly 40k followers on Twitter and a distinct lack of hashtag extravagance. It remains to be seen whether Podolski can work in such conditions.

3. David Villa – New York City

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After conquering Spain for many years, David Villa moved to America in 2014 to join New York City FC where he has since scored 51 goals in 81 matches.

More importantly than goals or winning matches, Villa is also winning the social media battle as figures show he is a much bigger presence than that club itself.

While he has 8m Twitter followers himself, New York City haven’t been able to muster even 350k. This officially proves David Villa is 22.9 times bigger than the club.

4. James Rodriguez – Bayern Munich

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James Rodriguez made a shock move to Bayern Munich this summer on a two-year loan deal, taking him away from the social media shadow of Real Madrid hanging over him and freeing him into the Bayern limelight.

Rodriguez has just under 13m followers on Twitter, something the official club account can’t compete with as they have 3.8m. Bayern need to up their game rapidly, with the social media department having just two years to close this gap.

5. Oscar – Shanghai SIPG


When Oscar nobly moved to Shanghai SIPG at the end of the 2016 for reasons only to do with his love of Chinese football, and absolutely not his love of money, it seemed a strange fit.

Not only is Oscar far too good to be playing in the Chinese Super League, but Shanghai SIPG’s social media presence is pitiful and the Brazilian should surely have considered this.

Instead, we have a situation where Oscar has around 4m Twitter followers, and his club don’t have an official account in sight.

6. Sergio Aguero – Man City

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Sergio Aguero has certainly made the most of his time in Manchester, immortalising both himself and Martin Tyler with a last-gap winner against QPR to give Manchester City their first Premier League title.

His Twitter followers far exceeds that of his club, with Aguero having 11.7m followers and Man City stuck on just 4.5m.

This perhaps makes sense, as Aguero produces twice the content with the strenuous task of producing each tweet in Spanish and English.