German fourth-tier clubs against plans for Chinese U20 to play in their league

​A German FA (DFB) plan to grant China’s under-20 team a place in one of Germany’s regional fourth divisions, the Regionalliga, has been described as “a circus” by the president of one of the fourth-tier clubs.
Only 19 teams have qualified for the regional southwest division of Germany’s fourth tier, and to even out the fixture list the DFB has invited China’s U20 team to join.

The move would allow China to prepare for the 2020 Olympics, but Oberhausen’s Hajo Sommers told Reviersport: “The league turns into a circus so Bayern Munich can sell more jerseys in China.”
Christoph Radtke, the office manager at Pirmasens, relegated from the southwest division last term, told Zeit Online: “I am lost for words. We are all gobsmacked here.

“Regionalliga includes the word regional. We are one of the two to three amateur sides, and are thrown of the league.

“Six clubs have been relegated, and now the DFB invites the Chinese national team. We must put up with it, but it’s pure capitalism.”
Rot-Weiss Essen also hit out at the plans, which could be made official during a state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Berlin on July 5.

“There are more pressing issues in the Regionalliga than the development of Chinese youth internationals,” Essen president Michael Welling told Reviersport, calling the plan “outlandish and debatable.”

He added: “I don’t know the details of the deal. But I don’t think the DFB are doing themselves a favour.”

Leipzig sign Bruma from Galatasaray 

RB Leipzig have confirmed the signing of Galatasaray forward Bruma on a five-year deal.

Bruma, 22, joins the Bundesliga runners-up as they prepare for a debut Champions League campaign.
“With his footballing abilities and his physical prowess he perfectly fits our style,” sporting director Ralf Rangnick told the club’s official website.

“He’s pacy, has a strong technique and a superb drive towards goal. We are glad to have purchased a player with auch talent. Bruma will offer more options in our attacking play and give us more flexibility on the no. 10 positions.”
Bruma joins 18-year-old defender Ibrahima Konate, who was signed  from French Ligue 2 side Sochaux-Montbeliard.

Schalke sack Markus Weinzierl, appoint 31 year old Dominico Tedesco 

Schalke sacked coach Markus Weinzierl one season into his three-year deal on Friday and appointed Dominico Tedesco in his place.

Weinzierl, 42, departs after the Bundesliga club failed to reach a European competition for the first time since 2009.

Dominic Tedesco, who arrives from second-division side Erzgebirge Aue, signed a two-year contract

The 31-year-old only joined the then-rock-bottom club from Hoffenheim’s academy in early 2017, but secured them another year of football in the 2. Bundesliga with 20 points from 11 matches. He previously coached the junior ranks at Hoffenheim and Stuttgart.
Tedesco becomes the second-youngest manager in Europe’s top five leagues, after Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsman, who is 29. They are followed by 37-year-olds Manuel Baum of Augsburg and Alexander Nouri of Werder Bremen, giving the Bundesliga the four youngest managers among the top leagues.
“Tedesco does not yet have a lot of experience in the professional field, but he convinced us in the talks about how he wants to shape the sporting future at Schalke. Like many other clubs, we are settling on a very young and very innovative coach,” sporting director Christian Heidel said.
“We examined the whole season to establish the basis for a possible successful coming season for Schalke. The result of our deliberations is that we must make changes to drive the development we want,” said Heidel, who said the decision against Weinzierl was “not easy.”

Former Bayern star Willy Sagnol appointed as Ancelotti’s assistant

Former Bayern Munich right-back Willy Sagnol is Carlo Ancelotti’s new assistant, the Bundesliga champions announced on Friday.

Sagnol, 40, became a firm fans’ favourite during nine years at the club, during which time he won the Bundesliga five times and the DFB Pokal four times as well as the Champions League and the Club World Cup.

The former France international, who left his position as head coach at Bordeaux in March 2016, has signed a two-year deal with Bayern.

Sagnol, who played for the club between 2000 and 2009, said: “I’m pleased to return to Munich with my family. It is a great honour, Carlo Ancelotti, one of the best and most experienced coaches in world football chose me. I’m happy to work alongside him on his team.”

Sagnol speaks excellent German and has a working knowledge of English, Spanish and Italian. Ancelotti’s son, Davide, will continue his duties in an assistant coaching role.
Ancelotti commented on Sagnol’s appointment saying: “After losing two of my assistants, firstly Paul Clement and then Hermann Gerland, from my training staff, I expressed the desire to sign a replacement for the coming season.”

Peter Bosz appointed by Borussia Dortmund  as their  new Manager 

Borussia Dortmund have named Ajax boss Peter Bosz as their new manager on a deal until 2019 following the departure of Thomas Tuchel.

Bosz, 53, led Ajax to last month’s Europa League final, which the Dutch  club lost 2-0 to Manchester United.

Tuchel left Dortmund at the end of May after two years in charge.

He led the club to victory in the German Cup last season and helped them qualify for the Champions League with a third-place finish in the Bundesliga.

Bosz replaced Frank de Boer at Ajax at the start of last season and was under contract with the Amsterdam side until 2019.

“I have mixed feelings about this move,” said Ajax managing director Edwin van der Sar.

“When we brought Peter to Ajax last summer it was not the intention that the partnership would end after one year.

“We have had a great season, especially in the Europa League. As with our players, the coach also attracts the attention of clubs from Europe’s top leagues.”

Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski voted best outfield player of the season 

Bayern Munich attacker Robert Lewandowski has been voted best outfield player this season by his fellow Bundesliga players.

Lewandowski scored 30 goals in 33 appearances (31 starts) for Bayern and 25 percent of the 248 Bundesliga players voting in kicker’s poll rated him the best outfield performer over the course of the season — ahead of RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita.

Lewandowski, 28, secured his third straight Bundesliga title this season (2015, 2016, 2017), adding to successive title wins under Jurgen Klopp at former club Borussia Dortmund in 2011 and 2012.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Dortmund could only finish third, despite being voted the best performer during the first half of the season and outscoring Lewandowski 31-30 to win Kicker’s prestigious Torjagerkanone for finishing Bundesliga top scorer, aided by two goals on the final day of the season, while Lewandowski drew a blank against Freiburg.

DFB Pokal Final – Thomas Tuchel secures his first trophy as Aubameyang’s cheeky penalty earn win for Dortmund

Eintracht Frankfurt 1 – 2 Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund ended a run of three DFB-Pokal final defeats in a row to secured the German Cup for a fourth time, and first in five years,  with a 2-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

Christian Pulisic drew a penalty in the 67th minute and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tucked away the spot kick to secure the victory in what may have been the striker’s final game for the club after he reportedly handed in a transfer request this week.

Ousmane Dembele got Dortmund off to a great start in the eighth minute when he eluded Jesus Vallejo on the right and curled the ball inside the far post.

However, they could not press home their advantage and on the half-hour, Frankfurt, appearing in their first cup final for 11 years, equalised through Ante Rebic.

Dortmund replaced Marco Reus and Marcel Schmelzer with Gonzalo Castro and Christian Pulisic at half-time and it was the latter who won the penalty after he was fouled by Lukas Hradecky, allowing Aubameyang to his 40th in 46 matches this season.

Aubameyang, the Bundesliga top scorer this season with 31 goals, has been the subject of transfer speculation linking him with a big-money move away from Dortmund in the summer.

Frankfurt brought on Alexander Meier for a defender in response but he was unable to get the side out of the jam, giving Dortmund the title at the fourth attempt after losing the previous three finals.