From “A” like American football to “F” like football to “Z” like decathlon: the world of sport is diverse. Every day somewhere in the world there are sometimes more and sometimes less important competitions, which due to the dominance of fewer sports are hardly noticed or even go under. Wrongly, we think – and report here and above all about high-class sport away from football.
+++ Corona premiere in Scotland: Women’s Bundesliga live on free TV +++
The German women’s football Bundesliga can be seen live on TV in Scotland, making it a premiere. The match between FC Bayern Munich and TSG Hoffenheim will be shown on Saturday as the first live sports event since the beginning of the corona crisis on free-to-air television in Great Britain. A total of five games are to be shown, as the production company of the Scottish Gaelic BBC broadcaster Alba announced on Wednesday.
The league will resume operations after the Corona break on Friday with the game of league leaders VfL Wolfsburg against 1. FC Köln as Europe’s first women’s professional league. “We are delighted to be able to show our viewers one of the strongest women’s leagues in Europe,” Iseabail Mactaggart, who is responsible for the sports area of the broadcaster, is quoted in the message.
+++ Because of Corona: No master party at Munich’s Marienplatz +++
A championship celebration of FC Bayern Munich on the town hall balcony in the Bavarian capital should be canceled if the title were won this year. “The beloved tradition of the annual championship celebration of FC Bayern on Marienplatz is unfortunately unimaginable this year – not because of the lack of sporting success of the record champions, but of course because of the corona-related restrictions,” said Mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD) of the “Bild” (Thursday).
After the 1-0 win on Tuesday at the fiercest pursuer Borussia Dortmund, Bayern’s eighth successive title in the Bundesliga is almost certain. Before the 29th matchday, Munich have a seven point lead over BVB. With the indication that the title win has not yet been determined, the club said, according to “Bild”, how the celebrations could be celebrated again.
+++ Amazon shows more Bundesliga games this season +++
Amazon has secured TV rights for the Bundesliga again. The German subsidiary of the US retail giant acquired seven top division league matches and four relegation games from the German Football League (DFL) for the rest of the season. Amazon confirmed this on Wednesday of the German Press Agency. Amazon shows these eleven games for its Prime customers, the streaming service DAZN for its subscribers.
Specifically, the provider will broadcast all Friday and Monday games of the Bundesliga as well as the Sunday games scheduled for 1.30 p.m. In the English weeks, the 6.30pm games can be seen on Amazon Prime on Wednesday. That also applies to the game RB Leipzig – Hertha BSC on Wednesday. In addition, the service will also play the relegation games between the Bundesliga 16. and the second division third as well as between the second division 16. and transferred to the third division of the third division.
+++ End of season: Schalke’s Suat Serdar suffers serious knee injury +++
FC Schalke 04 will have to do without national team player Suat Serdar for the rest of the season. The 23-year-old suffered an injury to the left knee in the 0-3 draw against Augsburg on Sunday. “He has a bony ligament tear at the level of the fibula head. Three to four months of downtime,” said Schalke coach David Wagner in a virtual press conference on Tuesday.
After nine games without a win, the Royal Blues are under pressure at the relegation candidate Fortuna Düsseldorf on Wednesday (8.30 p.m. / Sky) and want to turn the corner. Wagner has to change his starting line-up again due to the recent injury shortage. In addition to Serdar, Benjamin Stambouli, Omar Mascarell and Amine Harit are still out. Jean-Clair Todibo and Ozan Kabak are alternatives.
“It’s about finding solutions again in Düsseldorf and eliminating the many individual mistakes. Otherwise, it will be difficult in the future to score or win games,” said the 48-year-old coach.
+++ Hertha manager Preetz: Too early for speculation about Götze transfer +++
Hertha manager Michael Preetz was reluctant to comment on a possible move from Mario Götze to Berlin, but also did not rule out a transfer of the former international player who had been sorted out in Dortmund. “I regard this as the opening of the transfer summer, but I would also like to reply immediately that this is not only coming too soon for Hertha BSC, but for the vast majority of clubs, if not for all, to speculate about what is going on in next summer, “said Preetz at a virtual press conference of the Bundesliga club on Monday.
On Saturday, BVB sports director Michael Zorc confirmed that Götze will no longer play for Dortmund in the future. Record international Lothar Matthäus then recommended the 27-year-old to Hertha BSC on Sunday. In the winter, Hertha coach Jürgen Klinsmann was said to have considered Götze’s commitment.
+++ Borussia Dortmund and Mario Götze split +++
Mario Götze will definitely leave the Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund after this season. BVB sports director Michael Zorc confirmed this on Saturday before the game at VfL Wolfsburg on TV channel Sky. “We will end our cooperation with Mario Götze in the summer. It is a joint decision after a clean conversation. Mario is a really good boy. “
“We have agreed that we will not continue to work together after the season,” said Zorc. The winning scorer in the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina played no longer in coach Lucien Favre’s plans. The decision was “also in his spirit,” said Zorc about Götze. Where the 27-year-old midfielder is going to is still unclear.
+++ Bundesliga: Hertha produces Union in the Berlin derby +++
Hertha BSC clearly won the capital derby against 1. FC Union Berlin and thus repaid the 1-0 defeat in the first leg. Six days after the 3-0 win at 1899 Hoffenheim, the team of the new coach Bruno Labbadia won the ghost game in the Olympic Stadium against the promoted team with 4-0 (0-0). Vedad Ibisevic (51 minutes), Dodi Lukebakio (52.), Matheus Cunha (61.) and Dedryck Boyata (77.) scored all goals for Hertha in the second half at the start of the 27th matchday of the Bundesliga. With 34 points, Herthan initially improved to tenth place. The “Iron” are currently in twelfth place with 30 counters strong for the newcomer.
+++ 2.Bundesliga: Heidenheim on top, “Club” deep in the basement +++
1. FC Heidenheim has protected its chances of advancement in the 2. Bundesliga. The team of coach Frank Schmidt won in front of almost empty ranks with 1: 0 (0: 0) against SV Wehen Wiesbaden and thus moved up to third place. The Hessians not only missed the third win in a row, but also the hoped-for leap from the relegation zone for months. Substitute Tobias Mohr (70th minute) took the direct goal with a direct free kick. Törles Knöll’s possible equalizer (80th) did not count after a decision by the video referee because of an offside position.
Bundesliga relegated team 1. FC Nürnberg, however, missed a liberating home win in the relegation battle. At their ghost game premiere at the Max Morlock Stadium against Erzgebirge Aue, the Franks did not go beyond a 1: 1 (0: 0). The guests scored both goals: Dimitrij Nazarov hit his head (51st minute). Defender Sören Gonther (63.) deflected into an attempt to clear his own goal. The “club” must continue to fear with 30 points.
+++ Hip surgery: Uwe Seeler after falling in hospital +++
Worries about Uwe Seeler: The football idol of Hamburger SV was brought to a hospital after a fall in his house in Norderstedt. According to information from the German Press Agency, the 83-year-old HSV legend broke her hip in the accident and was due to be operated on Friday. In recent years, the DFB honorary captain has repeatedly suffered health setbacks. Since a car accident in 2010, the former goalscorer has been deaf in the right ear and complains about balance problems. He also received a pacemaker and had to have a tumor removed from his shoulder.
+++ Erzgebirge Aue: team bus on the way to Nuremberg involved in accident +++
The team bus of second division soccer team FC Erzgebirge Aue was involved in an accident on the way to the away game at 1. FC Nürnberg. The confirmed club president Helge Leonhardt of the German press agency. The “Free Press” first reported on Thursday.
According to this, the bus on the driveway to Autobahn 72 near Hartenstein was hit by vehicle parts of an accident and had been damaged in the front area. The two occupants of the car were slightly injured, reports the “Freie Presse”, referring to the police department in Zwickau. “Fortunately, nobody was injured on the bus. The players and coaches continued the journey to Nuremberg in several minibuses and private vehicles,” said Leonhardt. “Bild” had also reported on the accident.
The Auer start at 1. FC Nürnberg on Friday and can break the 40 point mark with a win.
+++ DFB speaks power word: 3rd league continues on May 30th +++
The German Football Association (DFB) has spoken mercilessly in the dispute over the continuation of the 3rd league. The association set May 30 as the date for the restart and informed the clubs by email late Wednesday evening. Everything was fixed on Thursday by the Presidium resolution. The eleven game days will be played in English weeks, the season should end on July 4th. The relegation should be completed by July 11th.
+++ Sky again shows Bundesliga conference on free TV +++
The conference calls of the 1st and 2nd Bundesliga will be shown again this weekend, but for the last time on free-to-air television. On the remaining game days of the season, the pay TV channel Sky will again show the highlights programs exclusively for its customers behind the payment barrier and not on its free TV channel Sky Sport News HD. Sky confirmed the German press agency.
According to the broadcaster, the broadcaster had decided to launch a special campaign for the first two match days after the restart so that as many fans as possible could enjoy the Bundesliga in the challenging situation of the Corona pandemic. In addition, there are no further plans in this regard, it was said on request.
+++ DAZN shows nine times Bundesliga and the relegation +++
Football fans do not have to fear a TV blackout in the Bundesliga season. The German Football League agreed with the paid streaming service DAZN on the transmission of nine games and the four relegation games to the Bundesliga and the 2nd Bundesliga. The DFL and DAZN announced on Thursday. The Berlin derby between Union and Hertha BSC can be seen at DAZN this Friday (8.30 p.m.), the match between Schalke 04 and FC Augsburg follows on Sunday (1.30 p.m.). It is still open whether DAZN exclusively shows the encounters. According to information from the German Press Agency, the DFL is also negotiating with Amazon. The Internet giant had already shown the game Werder Bremen against Bayer Leverkusen (1: 4) on Amazon Prime last Monday.
+++ soccer goalkeeper Neuer extends at FC Bayern until 2023 +++
After long negotiations, FC Bayern Munich extended the contract with soccer goalkeeper Manuel Neuer by two years until June 30, 2023. The German record champions announced on Wednesday.
+++ Bergamo talent Andrea Rinaldi dies at 19 +++
The only 19-year-old Italian football professional Andrea Rinaldi has died of aneurysm. The midfielder, who was considered a talent in Italy, suddenly collapsed last Friday during home training in his own garden. He finally lost the fight for his young life on Monday morning. Rinaldi most recently played for fourth division AC Legano, to whom he was loaned out by his regular club, Champions League quarter finalist Atalanta Bergamo. Previously, Rinaldi had gone through all the youth stations of the Serie A club. Both clubs reacted with dismay and sadness to the news of the death. His current club in particular found moving words: “Andrea Rinaldi, our warrior, has left us. (…) He had his whole life and his whole career ahead of him, which promised great success. An unimaginable tragedy.” Atalanta President Antonio Percassi sent his “deepest and most sincere condolences” to all of Rinaldi’s relatives via Twitter. The posting ended with a simple “Ciao Andrea”.
+++ Jens Lehmann succeeds Klinsmann on Hertha Supervisory Board +++
Former soccer goalkeeper Jens Lehmann takes over Jürgen Klinsmann’s vacant position on the supervisory board of Bundesliga club Hertha BSC. This was confirmed by a spokesman for investor Lars Windhorst on Sunday of the German press agency. Previously, the “Bild” newspaper reported on the next surprising staff among the Berliners. The 50-year-old Lehmann should take care of sports matters on the Supervisory Board. The consultant Marc Kosicke, whose coaches Jürgen Klopp and Julian Nagelsmann belong to, is also new to the Supervisory Board.
Klinsmann was relieved of his duties as a supervisory board member in February after his spectacular retirement as Hertha coach. He had taken over before he stepped in as chief coach for the Berliners in December. Lehmann played as a professional with Schalke 04, Borussia Dortmund and FC Arsenal. Under national coach Jürgen Klinsmann, he became World Cup goalkeeper in 2006. After his playing career, he was assistant coach at Arsenal and at FC Augsburg. He was also a TV expert at RTL.