Bundesliga: Dortmund look to Haaland to help reboot title bid

first_img Dortmund coach Lucien Favre has been correcting defensive flaws in training after neither Manuel Akanji nor centre-back partner Mats Hummels covered themselves in glory in Leverkusen. “It takes time to correct a few things, but it’s coming,” said Favre, who comes under more pressure with each defeat. “I don’t see any other solution apart from work, work, work.” In the four Bundesliga games since the winter break, Dortmund have scored 18 goals but conceded eight. January signing Emre Can urged his teammates to “play dirty – a foul here, defend better there”. Eintracht welcome back Dutch striker Bas Dost after a stomach bug kept him sidelined for last weekend’s 5-0 thumping of Augsburg. Bayern could be without captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer at Cologne on Sunday as the Germany skipper has a virus, with reserve keeper Sven Ulreich on stand-by. The reigning champions are bidding for a seventh win in eight league games, after being held to a goalless draw by Leipzig last Sunday. One to watch: Alexander Nouri Nouri (centre right) has taken over at Hertha after Klinsmann abruptly quit on Tuesday Promoted ContentA Museum To Rihanna’s Glory Could Soon Be OpenedPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee17 Mind-Blowing Makeovers By Makeup Artist Vanessa Davis11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too FarThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared The spotlight falls on Hertha Berlin’s new caretaker coach for Saturday’s league game at bottom side Paderborn after Jurgen Klinsmann’s midweek bombshell, with the former Germany striker quitting after just 10 weeks in charge.Having agreed to coach Hertha for the rest of the season, Klinsmann explained his abrupt decision by hinting at a power struggle with Hertha general manager Michael Preetz.Read Also: Bayern Munich keeper has Premier League offersHowever, Hertha investor Lars Windhorst issued a damning rebuke of Klinsmann’s behaviour.“You can do that in your youth, but not in professional business, where you have to fulfil agreements,” said the wealthy businessman.Nouri, who has been sacked by Bremen and second-division Ingolstadt in recent seasons, has his work cut out rebuilding confidence as last Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at home to Mainz pushed Hertha towards the relegation places.Key stats36 – Number of goals Haaland has scored this season in 27 games for Salzburg and Dortmund.7 – Goals Dortmund have conceded in their last two games.76 – Days that Jurgen Klinsmann spent as head coach of Hertha Berlin.Fixtures (all times 1430 GMT unless stated)FridayBorussia Dortmund v Eintracht Frankfurt (1930)SaturdayRB Leipzig v Werder Bremen, Hoffenheim v VfL Wolfsburg, Augsburg v Freiburg, Paderborn v Hertha Berlin, Union Berlin v Bayer Leverkusen, Fortuna Duesseldorf v Borussia Moenchengladbach (1730)SundayCologne v Bayern Munich, Mainz 05 v Schalke 04 (1700)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Borussia Dortmund must tighten their defence and trust teenage striker Erling Braut Haaland to provide the goals against Bundesliga giant-killers Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday after a “week to forget”. Dortmund conceded two goals inside 82 seconds late on during last Saturday’s 4-3 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen which left senior club bosses fuming. Haaland failed to score at Leverkusen last weekend After eight goals in his four previous games, it was the first time new signing Haaland, 19, had failed to score for Dortmund. Former captain Sebastian Kehl said the Leverkusen defeat capped a “week to forget”, four days after being dumped out of the German Cup with a 3-2 loss at Werder Bremen. “We’re conceding too many goals, which often means we lose the reward for our work as we’re scoring enough,” said sporting director Michael Zorc. The league and cup disappointments leave third-placed Dortmund lagging four points behind leaders Bayern Munich. It will be no easy task to reboot their title challenge at Signal Iduna Park against Frankfurt, while they also have Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 first leg against Paris Saint-Germain looming on the horizon. Dortmund are missing injured forwards Marco Reus and Julian Brandt, while visitors Frankfurt have already claimed two big scalps in the league this season. Bayern suffered a humiliating 5-1 defeat in Frankfurt last November, and second-placed RB Leipzig also went down 2-0 at the Commerzbank Arena in January. Loading… last_img read more

3 Ellsworth Wrestlers Are State Runners-up

first_img Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Latest Posts State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Latest posts by admin (see all) BELFAST — Three Ellsworth wrestlers finished as runners-up Saturday at the annual Pine Tree Wrestling League state championships at the Troy Howard Middle School.A team from Dirigo took top honors in the 22-team middle school level competition with 132.5 points and Mountain Valley was second with 116.5 points. Rounding out the top five were Fryeburg with 116, Troy Howard with 100 and Ellsworth with 77. For Ellsworth, runners-up were Robert Banner the 124-pound weight class, Robert Hall in the 190-pound class and Michael Garland in the 240-pound class. Also placing for Ellsworth were Sam Lounder, who was third in the 145-pound class and Dustin Smelley, who was fourth in the 110-pound class. For complete story, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. admin Bio This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

James looks forward to bright season

first_imgJorginho James looked like a man on a mission when he took to the football field on Sunday night, and he left the field feeling accomplished after giving Harbour View a 1-1 draw with Boys’ Town in their opening match of the 2015/2016 Red Stripe Premier League season.When the 21-year-old entered the field late in the second half, his team, Harbour View, were trailing visitors Boys’ Town 0-1 courtesy of a goal beautifully constructed by Michael Blygen and Peter Keys and finished by the latter. Every move James made showed intent and had observers who had watched him over the years remarking that he looked a different player.His industry and intent paid off in the 83rd minute as his strike from just outside the 18-yard box eclipsed Keys’ in beauty. That strike eased the tension at Harbour View and sent theplayer’s confidence sky high as his face lit up the park.’elated'”I am feeling elated. We were training to kick shots and score from the top of the ‘D’ as I am an attacker, so coach put me out there and gave me the confidence to go out there and get a goal for the team,” the former Wolmer’s and Kingston College Manning Cup representative said at the end of the game.That performance and the strike, James said, meant so much to him, as ever since he scored on his debut for the Reggae Boyz as a 17-year-old in a win against Cuba, he struggled to find footballhappiness.”It has been a long time since I have got back to myself, and I feel it now. I don’t know why, but I had a great preseason. Even though I did not start tonight, I was pretty much pumped up for this game and pumped up for the upcoming season; so, this season, you are going to see a lot more of Jorginho James,” the speedyplayer promised.After his successful debut, James said things threatened to take off for him, but nothing materialised.”I made my Reggae Boyz debut as a 17-year-old, and I have been working on getting back to that place. I have been moving in and out of the season on trials and so forth, trying to get myself up and outside of Jamaica, but I finally decided to settle down and have a full season here and see what happens,” said the man who was named after a famous Brazilian wing back.Among the opportunities James tried to capitalise on was one in Japan.”I was offered a contract in the J-League some months right after I scored for Jamaica on my debut. I have been in the US, I was in Finland a couple months ago.”In fact, I played a couple practice matches for the J-League team, and something went wrong and negotiations failed between the two clubs. I spent four months in the US practising with a club thathas some affiliation with the Philadelphia Union. I trained with some College guys (this was last summer),” he explained.James expressed confidence that with the support of his coaches and encouragement of his team-mates, he will achieve his goals.last_img read more