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Borussia Dortmund's defence should get boost from returning full-backs

Borussia Dortmund's rough month continued as threw away a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt.
Nevan Subotic feels while Dortmund got out to an early lead, Eintracht Frankfurt were clinical in the second half.

DORTMUND, Germany -- Before any of the journalists could nag Peter Bosz with their questions at Monday's news conference ahead of Tuesday's cup tie against third-tier side FC Magdeburg, press officer Sascha Fligge himself asked the Borussia Dortmund manager about the personnel situation, knowing the 53-year-old had positive news to announce.

"[Lukasz] Piszczek and Omer Toprak are unavailable," Bosz said, following up with: "[Sokratis] Papastathopoulos will return after his suspension, and if things...

Cologne part ways with sporting director Schmadtke after winless start

Steve Nicol can't believe Cologne are seeking a rematch against Dortmund after a questionable VAR ruling in their 5-0 loss.
Aleksey Rios' lone goal was the difference as BATE Borisov condemned Cologne to their third straight defeat in Group H.

COLOGNE, Germany -- Struggling Cologne have parted company with managing director Joerg Schmadtke after the side's winless start to the Bundesliga.

The club say their board of management and Schmadtke came to differences of opinion on their future sporting direction and "for this reason they decided by mutual consent to terminate the contract that was due to run till 2023 with immediate effect."

Cologne president Werner Spinner says the club are grateful to Schmadtke for helping the side return...

Joshua Kimmich 'never' thought about Bayern Munich exit in the summer

Jupp Heynckes identifies several issues with the first half of Bayern's 1-0 win at 10-man Hamburg.

Joshua Kimmich has told ESPN FC that he "never" considered leaving Bayern Munich, despite feeling frustrated about the lack of regular game time under Carlo Ancelotti last season.

Reports in the local media in May suggested that Kimmich had been willing to move to another club in search of a starting berth, but the Germany international has denied that he ever weighed up that option.

His superb form in recent weeks -- three goals and four assists in nine starts -- has been a major factor in Bayern...

Timothy Chandler sidelined 'for the foreseeable future' with knee injury

Nevan Subotic feels while Dortmund got out to an early lead, Eintracht Frankfurt were clinical in the second half.

United States international Timothy Chandler is to undergo surgery and will be out "for the foreseeable future" after suffering a lateral meniscus tear during Eintracht Frankfurt's 2-2 draw with Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

Chandler went down without being touched by an opponent 10 minutes before half-time against Dortmund and had to be replaced by Carlos Salcedo.

Frankfurt announced on Monday that tests have shown the 27-year-old will require surgery "after suffering a lateral meniscus tear in...

Salomon Kalou on Hertha Berlin taking a knee: 'For me racism is like terrorism'

Hertha BSC and Ivory Coast's Salomon Kalou talks to ESPN FC about protesting against racism.
Before their game vs. Schalke, Hertha knelt and locked arms for "tolerance and responsibility."

Salomon Kalou has told ESPN FC that he and his Hertha Berlin teammates took a knee before a match this month to "protest against people who think there is a colour, who think there is a kind of white supremacy" and added that "racism is like terrorism" to him.

Hertha made the gesture before the Oct. 14 Bundesliga match at home against Schlake to support the protests initiated by then San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and "to take a stand against discrimination."

It had been the first...