Thursday’s soccer news roundup starts with a Borussia defender looking to the defense after an unlikely draw in the Bundesliga. Then there’s the issue with how Financial Fair Play works for clubs that haven’t been playing in Europe. Finally, will they or won’t they? FIFA faces pressure to release their ethics report.
Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels had an easy answer for why his club struggled in a 2-2 draw with VfB Stuttgart. Borussia Dortmund need to defend better. Is it really that simple? Maybe.
Borussia Dortmund made the Bundesliga look like the best league in the world after a dismantling of Premier League club Manchester City in the Champions League last week. The not quite Bundesliga champions had no issues with the reigning Premier League title holders. It helped that Borussia Dortmund’s home support provides one of the best atmospheres in European soccer.
Then there’s mighty VfB Stuttgart, the kind of club that shouldn’t cause Borussia Dortmund many problems. Instead, just like Bayern Munich’s inability to beat Paderborn the day before, the better team struggled for a draw.
“We need more stability in defence. We’ve already conceded nine goals in five matches, which isn’t just a poor record, but a very poor record. We need to defend better as a team – all eleven players have to play their part. Only then can you be successful.” Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels.
If this is Bundesliga parity, it should make for an interesting season. Then again, a draw on a Wednesday only a few rounds into the season might just be a mediocre night from a very good team. After all, Borussia Dortmund did get that point after trailing 2-0.
- Is it time to panic for the Seattle Sounders after losing three MLS games in a row?
- UEFA doesn’t pay Bursaspor, CFR 1907 Cluj, FC Astra Giurgiu – formerly FC Astra Ploiești, FK Budućnost Podgorica, and FK Ekranas their European prize money over Financial Fair Play issues.
- UEFA is also looking into the finances of teams who didn’t play in Europe lase season like Inter Milan and Liverpool.
- The New York Red Bulls can’t beat FAS but MLS still wins with Montreal advancing out of that CONCACAF Champions League group.
- Leon also exits the 2014-15 Champions League in a group stage shock.
24 Under 24, presented by adidas: Seattle Sounders’ DeAndre Yedlin tops final rankings – from MLSsoccer.com: It’s a Who’s Who of young talent in MLS over the past five years.
Defoe ‘happy to be back’ with Toronto FC – from Goal.com’s Rudi Schuller: “The QPR thing, that’s out of my control,” Defoe said.
Report: Club America interested in Fabian Castillo – from SB Nation’s Drew Epperley: FC Dallas will almost certainly make sure the deal is good for Castillo, meaning they’ll say this over and over again until they get the best deal possible on the transfer end.
Teams new to Europe this year could find tournament payouts held for FFP – from ESPN FC’s Gabriele Marcotti: Now, the screws are turning on those clubs who were not monitored last spring for the simple reason that they were not involved in UEFA competitions.
Marcelo Bielsa restless but Marseille are early Ligue 1 pacesetters – from The Guardian’s Jonathan Wilson: For an hour Marseille were relentless, remorseless, sweeping forwards in grey wave after grey wave, enveloping Reims like a malevolent fog.
Champagne maintains push for FIFA’s presidency as Blatter officially declares – from Inside World Football’s Andrew Warshaw: Former FIFA deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne has already confirmed in writing, as per the electoral regulations, that he intends to be a contender.
Fifa: Michel Platini breaks ranks over report into alleged corruption – from BBC Sport: Platini is the latest senior Fifa figure to break ranks after Garcia called for greater transparency.
World Cup scandal report must be thrown open, says the man who wants Blatter’s job – from Keir Radnedge: Champagne is among supporters of Garcia on this issue.
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