Schuerrle suffers KO on BVB start

Germany winger Andre Schuerrle has revealed how he was first poleaxed, then needed stitches for a chin wound having scored on his first competitive start for Borussia Dortmund.

Schuerrle, whose cross saw Mario Goetze score the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final, started his first game for Borussia on Monday in a 3-0 German Cup first-round win at Eintracht Trier, following his €30 million transfer from Wolfsburg.

After Japan winger Shinji Kagawa netted twice at Trier, Schuerrle volleyed home Borussia’s third goal against the fourth-division minnows, only to be later floored by a collision with Trier’s goalkeeper Chris Keilmann in the 53rd minute. Naijabet

Dortmund’s medical staff used oxygen to revive him and he had four metal tacks inserted for a chin wound, while still on the pitch, before being taken off.

“It’s a cut, I was tacked four times. I was a bit dizzy, so it was also good that I was taken off,” Schuerrle told German broadcaster ARD.

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Flamini and Adebayor to reunite

Former Arsenal team-mates Mathieu Flamini and Emmanuel Adebayor look set to be reunited at Turkish club Caykur Rizespor.

Both players are free agents after their respective contracts with Arsenal and Crystal Palace were not renewed at the end of last season.

It appears as though they are now poised to head to the same club in Turkey.

“We reached an agreement in principle with both players,” Caykur Rizespor coach Hikmet Karaman told Anadolu Agency. “They’ll come to Rize within a few days and the last step of negotiations are going to be done.

“This is down to everyone devotedly working to finish the deals, so I have to thank the board of directors and our president.”
Flamini made 242 appearances across two spells with Arsenal while Adebayor spent three years at the club from 2006-2009.

Caykur Rizespor, who have former Liverpool goalkeeper Charles Itandje in their squad, started their Turkish Super Lig season with a 1-1 draw against Konyaspor on Saturday.

Celtic fans raise money for Palestinian charities

Celtic fans have tripled their initial target of raising £15,000 for Palestinian charities in a bid to match an impending UEFA fine for their club.

UEFA last week launched disciplinary proceedings against Celtic after a number of fans displayed Palestinian flags during their 5-2 Champions League victory against Israel’s Hapoel Be’er Sheva in Glasgow.

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Kagawa leads BVB to a wonderful win

Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa scored twice as Borussia Dortmund eased into the second round of the German Cup with a 3-0 victory away to fourth-division Eintract Trier on Monday.

Kagawa struck with just eight minutes gone before adding a second on the half hour, with close-season signing Andre Schuerrle netting his first goal since arriving from Wolfsburg on the stroke of halftime.

Croatia midfielder Alen Halilovic, who joined from Barcelona last month, grabbed the winning goal for Hamburg as they laboured to a 1-0 win at third-tier Zwickau. Naijabet

Werder Bremen and newly-promoted RB Leipzig were the only two Bundesliga casualties from the opening round, with defending champions Bayern Munich cruising to a 5-0 demolition of Carl Zeiss Jena on Friday courtesy of a Robert Lewandowski hat-trick.

The draw for the next round of the competition will be made on Friday following the opening game of the Bundesliga season between Bayern and Werder at the Allianz Arena.

Simeone unhappy with opening day draw

Diego Simeone said he was left with a “bad taste” in his mouth after Atletico Madrid were denied victory in a dramatic ending to their clash with Alaves.

Atletico looked set to secure all three points in their LaLiga opener on Sunday, with new signing Kevin Gameiro scoring a 93rd-minute penalty to break the deadlock.

However, newly-promoted Alaves had other ideas, scoring deep into stoppage time through Manu Garcia to salvage a 1-1 draw at the Vicente Calderon.

“At the start of the game we went all out because the team looked very strong, with enthusiasm and a lot of energy,” Simeone said on the performance

“We tried by all means to win the game, and I am left with a bad taste in my mouth because we had it won.

“The team had a good intensity to win the game. We lacked a bit of tranquility to finalise the plays. We’re left with very little for what we offered.”

On Alaves, Simeone said: “They tried to defend, and even suffered an injury to [Zouhair] Feddal.

“Their goalkeeper played great. This is football, and you win by scoring goals, but we couldn’t convert.

Gullit to join Netherlands coaching staff

Ruud Gullit has agreed to join the coaching staff of the Dutch national team after being asked to play a role by head coach Danny Blind, local media reported on Monday.

Gullit, who won 66 caps for the Netherlands and was part of their 1988 European Championship winning team, was expected to sign a contract through the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Dutch media added.

He replaces Dick Advocaat, who unexpectedly quit last week to take over at Turkish side Fenerbahce. Naija and Bet

“Blind asked me if I was interested and gave me the feeling that I can add value to the staff and the team,” Gullit told Dutch media.

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Gonzalo Higuain taunts critics

Some may believe the former Napoli striker is carrying some extra pounds, but he insists he is in good shape and is spurred on by the insults

Gonzalo Higuain has hit back at suggestions he is out of shape after scoring on his Serie A debut for Juventus.

The Argentina striker finally made the switch from Napoli in late July after intense speculation last season’s top Serie A goalscorer would join the reigning champions.

Juve splashed out a reported €90million to prise Higuain away from the Stadio San Paolo and the 28-year-old began to pay back some of that fee with the winning goal in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Fiorentina.

However, his performance was overshadowed by criticism of his physique, with some media outlets suggesting he was carrying a few extra pounds, something he refutes and says gives him motivation to prove others wrong.

“It is better if you keep saying I’m fat, [as] I will continue to score goals,” he is quoted as saying by Tuttosport. “Come on, I’m fine, I have trained for 20 days and I honestly do not understand all this interest on my condition.”


Scoring on his home debut was a “dream” for the former Real Madrid striker, who was delighted to convert the winning goal from a tight angle.

“You always dream of nights like this, but they do not always come true,” he added.

“This time everything went like a dream. The goal? From the outside it might look easy, but I guarantee you that it was very difficult.”