Leipzig out to stretch Dortmund as Bundesliga resumes

first_imgPulisic will still feature for Dortmund until the end of the season (Photo by Agency)Red Bull Leipzig versus Borussia Dortmund is the stand out fixture when Bundesliga action resumes after a three week winter break.Ralf Ragnick’s fast and furious side from the former East Germany navigated through the first half of the season unbeaten in front of their fans.Visitors Dortmund are aware they need to play their A game if they are to maintain a six point advantage atop the league standings.Lucien Favre’s Black and Yellows sold US international Christian Pulisic to London club Chelsea but kept him for the remainder of the season. Pulisic has fully recuperated from the injury which limited his action earlier this campaign but it is difficult to see Favre fielding the American ahead of the highly successful attacking trident of Marco Reus, Paco Alcacer and Jadon Sancho. Germany star Timo Werner is the lead Leipzig’s hunt for goals.Action in Germany’s top flight begins on Friday night with Julian Nagelsman’s exciting Hoffenheim outfit testing defending champions Bayern Munich.Robert Kovac’s Bavarian giants topped the reverse fixture 2-1 on the opening day of this season. However, they will be wary of a Hoffenheim side that has taken points off them in each of the last two seasons.As they prepare for life after Arjen Robben, Bayern Munich have had a £35m bid for England under 21 winger Callum Hudson-Odoi rejected Chelsea.Kovac can nevertheless count on a full cast as youthful wide man Kingsley Coman, Corentin Tolisso and creative dynamo Thiago Alcantara are available following a spell on the sidelines.Another fascinating duel to look forward to takes place at the Bay Arena where Heikko Herrlich’s rejuvenated Bayer Leverkusen confront Klaus Dieter Herking’s high flying Borussia Moenchengladbach.Goals galore are expected in this tie as in Thorgan Hazard, Alassane Plea,  Kevin Volland and Leon Bailey the two sides boast some of the division’s leading lights.Friday: -Hoffenheim v Bayern Munich @10:30pmSaturday:-Bayer Leverkusen v Borussia Moenchengladbach @5pm-Stuttgart v Mainz @5pm-Augsburg v Fortuna Dusseldorf @5pm-Eintracht Frankfurt v Freiburg @5pm-Hannover v Werder Bremen @5pm-RB Leipzig v Borussia Dortmund @8:30pmSunday:-Nuremberg v Hertha Berlin @5:30pm-Schalke v Wolfsburg @8pmComments Tags: German Bundesligatoplast_img read more

Englishman Stephen Constantine prepares Indian football team for Busan Asian Games

first_imgKick off: Stephen Constantine is Indian soccer’s hopeIs he a guus hiddink come to rescue Indian football from obscurity? Englishman Stephen Constantine, the new coach of the national football team, is preparing the country’s Under-23s for the Busan Asian Games in September.Those familiar with the soccer scene in India would,Kick off: Stephen Constantine is Indian soccer’s hopeIs he a guus hiddink come to rescue Indian football from obscurity? Englishman Stephen Constantine, the new coach of the national football team, is preparing the country’s Under-23s for the Busan Asian Games in September.Those familiar with the soccer scene in India would call it a thankless task. But the All India Football Federation (AIFF), which gave Constantine the top football job, is expecting the 39-year-old to up India’s rank from 23 out of 40 soccer-playing nations in Asia, and get a team sitting idle since the pre-World Cup qualifiers up and running for a string of major matches.Next month, Constantine’s boys will be in a six-nation tournament in Vietnam; then Busan, the 2003 Asian Cup and the Olympics the year after. “The team hasn’t played for a long time, so fitness is a concern,” says the new coach. “I will also be giving our players new ideas.”One of only two FIFA instructors in England, Constantine has coached teams in England, Cyprus, US and, more recently, Nepal.”He doesn’t have an exceptional CV,” says AIFF Honorary Secretary Alberto Colaco. “But he has an amazing will to succeed.”Just what the team needs.last_img read more

Rain or Shine makes semis, rolls past NorthPort

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “Before the game started, i told the players the only thing I’m worried about is the first quarter because we haven’t played for at least three weeks,” said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia.“I told them at any given time, you just have to step up.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGarcia’s worries came true after Rain or Shine got off to a slow start but it didn’t last long with Nambatac sparking a strong second-quarter showing.Nambatac scored six of his 14 points in the second period while Daquioag and Mocon finished the game with 15 and eight points, respectively. As Final Four nears, La Salle sets sight on No. 2, twice-to-beat View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRain or Shine got a lift from its bench to breeze past NorthPort, 91-85, Sunday and book the first ticket to the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals at Mall of Asia Arena.Ed Daquioag, Rey Nambatac and Javee Mocon came off the bench and combined for 37 points as the Elasto Painters took a double-digit lead in the second quarter and never looked back.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more