When a single goal could decide a Bundesliga clash as big as Saturday’s Revierderby, all eyes will be on Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland on Saturday.
Having only arrived in the January transfer window, Haaland has taken no time at all to settle into his new surroundings and the impact he has made at Signal Iduna Park has been much publicised.
Still only 19, the Norwegian joined from Red Bull Salzburg with a remarkable record of 28 goals in 22 matches in the first half of the 2019/20 campaign.
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Although he was made to wait for his first appearance, having started against Augsburg on the bench, he was introduced in the 56th minute with his team trailing 3-1 and it took him just three minutes to open his account before adding two more for a debut hat-trick as BVB turned the game around to win 5-3.
He followed that up with two goals against Cologne – again off the bench – and currently boasts nine goals in eight Bundesliga appearances.
It has not just been on the domestic front where Haaland has caught the eye.
In the first leg of Dortmund’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie, the 1.94-metre target man scored a double to inspire his team to a 2-1 upset over Paris Saint-Germain, which included a stunning 20-yard piledriver that almost tore a hole in the net.
For all the attacking threat that BVB possess through the likes of Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus, Julian Brandt and Thorgan Hazard, a genuine focal point in attack has been something they have lacked.
Paco Alcacer – who has since left for Villarreal – did perform that role to the best of his abilities but he seemed to excel more as an impact player coming off the bench.
While he did boast a healthy strike rate of 26 goals in 46 matches in all competition for Dortmund, they were happy to let him leave in January such was the confidence they had in their incoming teenage sensation.
Despite his tender years, Haaland is already built like a seasoned campaigner while possessing a sharp turn of pace, which allows him to join in on many of BVB’s blistering counterattacks.
When they do look to build up play, his intelligence and ability to hold up the ball also makes him a useful pivot in and around the 18-yard box.
Nonetheless, his greatest attribute is undeniably his remarkably deadly finishing ability which sees him capable of finding the back of the net from almost any angle or distance.
After all, this was the player that finished as the top scorer at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup with nine goals despite Norway being eliminated after three group-stage games with all those coming in a single match – a 12-0 thrashing of Honduras.
For so long now, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski – coincidentally a former Dortmund marksman – has been the leading No. 9 in the Bundesliga, but his status could soon be under threat by a new hero of the Signal Iduna Park faithful.
And Haaland has no better opportunity to prove he is the man for the big occasion than on Saturday, where he has the chance to lead Dortmund to victory against bitter rivals Schalke in his Revierderby debut.
Bundesliga: Leroy Sane Returns Home And Signs A 5 Years Deal With Bayern Munich
By Elvis Kang Sports Writer, Cameroon
The German international Leroy Sane returns home and signed 5 years deal with the Bundesliga giant Bayern Munich this Friday 3 July 2020 after a contract talks between him and the management of Manchester city failed to push through
According to Sky Sports and the BBC, the Bundesliga champions did not give the transfer fee, Bayern and City agreed on a fee of £54.8 million. But German daily Bild claim the fee is around 50 million euros.
The 24-year-old spent four years at City, winning two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, two League Cups, and two Community Shields, but European success eluded him.
His transfer became an open secret as Guardiola revealed earlier this week that Sane was likely to leave after rejecting a new contract offer with a year left on his existing deal at City.
Sane scored 39 goals in 135 appearances in all competitions for City after joining from Bundesliga club Schalke in 2016.
His arrival on Wednesday in Bavaria was much hyped with reporters at Munich airport using smartphones to film the landing of a private jet from England before Sane was whisked away for his medical.
Leroy Sane now targeted Champions League glory with Bayern Munich after joining the Bundesliga giants from Manchester City
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) July 3, 2020
It should be noted that He is not eligible to feature in this Saturday’s German Cup final against Bayer Leverkusen in Berlin but will start preparing for the 2020/21 season next week, the club has said.
Sane has 21 caps and five goals for Germany but was a shock omission from the squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia when the holders bowed out in the group stage.
Sane is Bayern’s third new signing for next season alongside French teenage defender Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi from Paris Saint-Germain and goalkeeper Alexander Nuebel from Schalke, both of which were free transfers.
Bundesliga: substitutes no longer required to wear a mask
Jonathan Tah (Leverkusen) can drop the mask off the edge of the field. (Ulrich Hufna / Eibner-Pressefoto / EXPA / Presse Sports)
The German League and Federation have announced a relaxation of certain rules adopted against the coronavirus.
Substitutes, staff members as well as members of the club delegations in the stands are no longer required to wear the mask, “on condition of respecting a distance of 1.5 meters between people” .
The new rules come into force this weekend and concern the Bundesliga, the Second and the Third Division as well as the Women’s Championship and the German Cup finals.
The Germany Football Board has Cancelled the Yellow Card that Sanctioned Jadon Sancho for Paying Tributes to George Floyd.
The Germany Football Board announced they will remove the yellow card that Sanctioned Jadon Sancho for Paying Tributes to George Floyd. They further declared, they will not punish any player who stands against racism in football.
This comes after FIFA President Gianni Infantino Says Players protesting over George Floyd’s death deserves applause, and not to be punished.
The FIFA boss also emphasized on the fact that leagues should use “common sense” when considering rules prohibiting political slogans, statement or images in games.
Also the European football governing body and the English FA also declared that, they will allow mister Floyd’s tributes when their competitions resume.
Mr. Floyd is a black man and former community college basketball player who died after a white police officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and stopped pleading for air.
His death has sparked nationwide protest in the United States and other countries as many call for justice for George Floyd.
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