Friday's soccer news starts with a bizarre twist to an equally bizarre incident. AP's Frank Jordans reports that the motivation behind the bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund bus prior to their home game in the Champions League last week wasn't terrorism. Instead, it was an attempt by the perpetrator to lower the stock price of the soccer club.
Borussia Dortmund is a publicly traded club, a rarity in German soccer. The perpetrator had taken a put position against the shares, betting on a lower value. To get that, he carried out a bomb attack on the bus carrying the first team.
At this point, we should all be shaking our heads. German security official Ralf Jaeger's described the incident as the perpetrator wanting "to commit murder out of greed". That's a different story than expected, taking nothing away from the horror the players and staff experienced on that bus.
ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle talks to members of the Seattle Sounders about Clint Dempsey's return from a heart issue. FCDallas.com's Carter Baum tells Fernando Clavijo's story. Soccer America's Paul Gardner raises issues with goalkeeping. Goal.com's Ives Galarcep talks to Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio about Javier Hernandez's contributions.
FC Yahoo's Leander Schaerlaeckens explains what Ajax advancing in the Europa League does and doesn't mean. The Independent's Miguel Delaney makes the case for Spurs as the best team in the Premier League. The Daily Mail's Jack Gaughan has Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wanting a better home field advantage.
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