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Dortmund calm over Utd target Hummels


Hummels unsure over future


Borussia Dortmund calm over Man United target Mats Hummels

Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels tried to calm down upset fans after his team's latest defeat.
Mats Hummels signed for Dortmund from Bayern Munich.

Borussia Dortmund are "completely relaxed" about Mats Hummels' future despite reports linking him with a move to Manchester United.

Hummels told kicker on Monday that he is considering his Dortmund future and sources have told ESPN FC that the club are bracing themselves for offers and could be willing to sell.

However, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told Bild: "Mats held talks with me and [sporting director] Michael Zorc 14 days ago, and informed us that he is mulling over his...

Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer: I am orchestrator of our defence

United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann explains why he thinks Manuel Neuer is the best goalkeeper in world today.
USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann believes countryman Manuel Neuer should have won the 2014 Ballon d'Or, but paid tribute to eventual winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has said he shares duties with coach Pep Guardiola, explaining: "He orchestrates our attacks, and I our defence."

Neuer, 29, told FAZ his role under Guardiola was different to that under predecessor Jupp Heynckes, meaning that "we as a team no longer understand it as 10 plus one but as 11 players in the buildup play."

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Lionel Messi ranks top in 2015, Cristiano Ronaldo 29th - CIES study

Argentine football star Lionel Messi and his teammates were spotted today at the Pacers vs Wizards NBA game.
Lionel Messi and the Argentina national squad train at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. ahead of the friendly internationals against El Salvador and Ecuador.
Cristiano Ronaldo has some work to do to catch up.

Lionel Messi has been the best performing forward in Europe's elite leagues in 2015, according to a CIES Football Observatory study, while it ranked Cristiano Ronaldo only 29th among forwards.

The CIES study assessed players in La Liga, the Premier League, the Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Serie A according to six Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) -- shooting, chance creation, take-ons, distribution, recovery and rigour.


1. Lionel Messi - 75 (94 games) - Barcelona
1. Cristiano Ronaldo - 75 (111) - Man Utd, Real Madrid
3. Raul - 71 (142) - Real Madrid, Schalke 04
4. Ruud van Nistelrooy - 56 (73) - PSV, Man Utd, Real Madrid
5. Thierry Henry - 50 (112) - Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona

Barcelona star Messi, who has scored 17 goals in La Liga since Jan. 1, rated as...

Rafael van der Vaart: Hamburg decision to let me go is not a problem

Peter Knabel was unveiled as German Bundesliga strugglers SV Hamburg's interim head coach until the end of the current season.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley believes that first-team games are key for Julian Green's growth, while Shaka Hislop adds that the pressure on the teenager to perform continues to build.

Rafael van der Vaart said he understood Hamburg's decision not to extend his stay as he was again linked with a move to MLS club Sporting Kansas City.

Midfielder Van der Vaart will not be offered a new contract when his current deal with the Bundesliga strugglers expires at the end of the season.

The 32-year-old former Spurs midfielder told Bild: "It's not a problem and also no surprise.

"Maybe it's better for both sides. There is a time to come and a time to go."

Earlier this month, Sporting Kansas...

Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery may not be back for Dortmund clash

Bayern Munich players talk about life as professional footballer at one of the world's biggest clubs in Europe.
Real Madrid and France legend Zinedine Zidane paid tribute to 2013 European champions Bayern Munich, describing them as one of the top five clubs in the world.
The ESPN FC panel discuss the recent reports of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho becoming the highest paid manager in the world of football, and whether or not Pep Guardiola should be ranked higher.

Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has said he is facing a race against time to be fit for Saturday's visit to Borussia Dortmund.

Ribery suffered an ankle injury in Bayern's 7-0 Champions League victory over Shakthar Donetsk earlier this month.

The 31-year-old has struggled with injuries throughout the campaign, starting only nine Bundesliga games, and remains unsure whether he will return in time for the match at the Westfalenstadion.

"It's a bit of a pain," Ribery told Bayern's official website....