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The subject of the future Germany captain has been debated a lot in recent weeks. Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm, who is also the captain for the German national team, decided to step down after the World Cup 2014. He was one of high profile players to announce retirement after the World Cup. As a result, Joachim Loew has a tough job on his hands and the captaincy to a player who has enough experience and leadership qualities. It is easier said than done because this was a very young German team.
It was heavily speculated that Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer maybe the next captain. He will follow in the footsteps of Oliver Kahn if he is named as the next captain, but the 27-year-old refused to entertain such speculation by saying that it is up to the manager. Germany will be one of the favourites to win the upcoming Euro 2016. Qualifiers for this tournament will begin with Germany taking on Scotland. Neuer says that he is expecting tough match against the Scots given that they will regard this to be the ‘match of the year’.
Germany come into the encounter on the back of a disappointing defeat at the hands of Argentina in a friendly match, which once again raised questions about the defence. “We have a lot of players that have already been captain. A few of them have been on the team council but there are also players like Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sami Khedira or myself. We now have the experience of winning the World Cup. So there are more players coming to the fore to take responsibility and replace Lahm and Miroslav Klose. The manager must decide if a goalkeeper is the right player to be captain,” said the Bayern goalkeeper, who is regarded as one of the best in the world.
Liverpool’s woeful start to the Premier League has brought some of the senior players of the team under the microscope.
The player whom everyone has started having a go at is Steven Gerrard, the skipper of the side. Many journalists believe that the playmaker should be benched for the next few matches as it would help him have a look at his game. Read more »
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers appears to believe that he can get the best out of Italian international Mario Balotelli. Several managers have struggled and failed to get the best out of the 23-year-old. Balotelli is regarded as a supremely talented striker, but his focus has not been always from the game. Even Jose Mourinho, who is known for creating great players out of average individuals, conceded defeat in trying to get the best out of Balotelli by selling him to Manchester City for £ 25 million.
The former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini attempted different tactics in order to get the best out of the Italian striker, but even that did not pay off dividends. He has since returned to AC Milan and has shown good form in the last 18 months. After having scored more than a goal every other game, Rodgers has the reasons to be keen on the striker. Liverpool recently sold Fabio Borini to Sunderland for around £ 14 million. This has left him with just Ricki Lambert and Daniel Sturridge as the options up front. Last season, Liverpool had three strikers capable of doing the job. Considering that the team will be competing in the Champions League, an additional striker is a necessity rather than a luxury.
“Balotelli is a big talent. I saw that in his time at Inter Milan as a young player and obviously going to Manchester City when we had a real close eye on him there. He’s got all the qualities. He’s 6ft 3ins, he’s quick, his touch is terrific and he can score goals. He went back to Italy to play and he’s still so young. If his focus is right, his concentration is right and he leads the lifestyle of a top player then he can play for any team in the world,” said Rodgers.
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New Manchester United signing Ander Herrera says that Louis van Gaal is one of the best coaches around and that it would be a pleasure to play for him. Ander Herrera was one of the high profile transfer mistakes committed by United last season. Keen to rectify their error, they have went out and brought to the 24-year-old to Old Trafford this summer. United wasted no time in concluding the deal after activating his release clause of £ 28 million. After losing out on Cesc Fabregas and Toni Kroos, Herrera will be the player to strengthen the midfield of United.
Louis van Gaal is thought to have a major say in his signing after the Dutchman was appointed as the new manager of the club a few weeks ago. He is yet to take charge of the club, as he is involved with the national team at the World Cup 2014. Herrera has agreed a four-year contract, while United will have the option to extend it by an additional year depending upon his performances. United’s midfield was heavily criticised last season, as they failed to invigorate the team like they had done in the past. They are expected to be significantly improved following the arrival of Herrera.
The midfielder will be joining along with the likes of David de Gea and Juan Mata as the Spaniards who had played for United.
“Louis van Gaal is one of the best managers in the world. I want to learn a lot of things and I can’t wait to play for Manchester United,” said the midfielder told the club’s in-house television channel. Herrera is expected to be the first of several new signings made by the club in the next few weeks. They are closing in on a deal to secure Luke Shaw from Southampton.
Manchester United did not see the best of Robin van Persie last season. In the previous campaign, he was a major reason towards the club winning the league title. It was a stop and start season for van Persie, while there were even claims that he did not enjoy playing under David Moyes. The Dutch striker, though, has confirmed that he struggled with the injury problems last season and it was the reason behind his poor form. This does not come as a major surprise since van Persie used to be an injury prone player a few years ago.
However, his best run of form also coincided with a period where he suffered almost no injuries. The striker played in 95 consecutive Premier league matches. He says that after having enjoyed this spectacular run, the number of hamstring and muscular injuries that he suffered last season proved to be very depressing indeed. Van Persie is once again expected to be back fit and ready for the upcoming campaign. Further, he will also play for Louis van Gaal, who is his favourite manager. There have also been suggestions that the 30-year-old could be made as the new Manchester United captain.
Van Persie is currently with the Dutch national team at the World Cup 2014.
“I’ve been playing in pain for the last five or six years; every single game. I can’t really think of one game where I didn’t have a niggle or pain somewhere. I’m used to that. I know, together with the team and with the medical staff, how to deal with that. I’m the one who looks at that and manages it,” said the striker. It seems that his injury problems have not been fully put behind after he was taken off in the 2-0 win over Wales.