Berlin (AFP) The transfer of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal will delight Premier League fans, but he left a trail of unrest in his wake at Borussia Dortmund. Arsenal finally met Dortmund’s asking price for the Bundesliga’s top scorer last season, when Aubameyang netted 31 goals in 32 German league games. The Gunners confirmed Aubameyang had joined for a new club record, reportedly £56 million ($79.2m, 63.7m euros). However, despite clinical finishing and lethal pace, Aubameyang’s Dortmund legacy — 141 goals in 213 matches in all competitions — is tainted byRead More
Berlin (AFP) Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has backed the decision by Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund to drop star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang amid reports he is chasing a move to Arsenal. Aubameyang was again omitted from the Dortmund squad for Friday’s German league clash at Hertha Berlin having also been suspended by Borussia head coach Peter Stoeger for last Sunday’s goalless draw at home to Wolfsburg. The 28-year-old has hit 13 goals in 15 league games this season, scoring 21 times in 23 matches in all competitions. However, he wasRead More
Berlin (AFP) Ivory Coast veteran Salomon Kalou rescued Hertha Berlin with a penalty at the second attempt in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Freiburg in the Bundesliga. Hosts Freiburg took the lead on 52 minutes when the video assistant referee (VAR) confirmed Christian Guenter had been fouled in the penalty area and Janik Haberer drilled home from the spot. At the other end, Kalou fired his first penalty effort over the bar on 77 minutes after Berlin midfielder Arne Maier was brought down in the area. However just four minutes later,Read More
Berlin (AFP) Kenya’s Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge underlined his status as the world’s best current long-distance runner by winning the Berlin men’s marathon on Sunday, but missed the world record. Kipchoge clocked an official time of two hours, three minutes 32 seconds after holding off the challenge of Ethiopia’s Guye Adola, who finished 14 seconds back on his debut at the distance (42.195km, 26.219 mi). Ethiopia’s Mosinet Geremew finished third, clocking 2:06:12. “The conditions were not easy, because of the rain, but fortunately there was not too much wind,” saidRead More
Berlin (AFP) South Africa’s Caster Semenya brought her glittering season to an end Sunday by smashing the world record in the rarely-run 600 metres. The 26-year-old, Olympic gold medallist and three times world champion over 800m, clocked a stunning 1min 21.77sec over the unusual distance at the ISTAF meet in the German capital. She took 0.86sec off the previous best set by Cuba’s Ana Fidelia Quirot in 1997. Semenya has been dogged by gender accusations since shooting to fame at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium when she won the 800m title asRead More
Berlin (AFP) Eintracht Frankfurt have confirmed they are interested in signing Ghana international midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng following his hasty exit from Spanish side Las Palmas. “I can confirm we are busy with the name Kevin-Prince Boateng and are working on it,” said Frankfurt coach Niko Kovac, 45, who played alongside Boateng at Hertha Berlin more than 10 years ago. Frankfurt are hunting for a replacement for Mexican attacking midfielder Marco Fabian, who is out for two months with a back injury. “We have lost Fabian and we’re looking what isRead More
Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said on Sunday that he was the subject of a big-money offer from China, but his club Borussia Dortmund insist he will not leave this season. Aubameyang, who is under contract until 2020, confirms in Sunday’s edition of Die Welt that there was an offer from an unnamed Chinese club, but Dortmund have said he will not leave in 2017/18. The 28-year-old had been linked to China’s Tianjin Quanjin, who last month signed French striker Anthony Modeste from Dortmund’s rivals Cologne in a deal reportedlyRead More
Berlin (AFP) Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz has confirmed RB Leipzig have rejected an offer of 75 million euros (£66m, $86.4m) for Liverpool-target Naby Keita and insists the Guinea midfielder is not for sale. On their first season in Germany’s top flight, RB Leipzig finished second to Bayern Munich in 2016/17 and have qualified directly for the Champions League, but are eager to keep their playmaker Keita. The 22-year-old has three years left on his Leipzig contract, but Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp is eager to lure him to Merseyside. HoweverRead More