Aussie Goalkeeper Mitch Langerak has
starred for Borussia Dortmund to set up a final fairytale for Jurgen Klopp, in his last
ever German Cup.
Borussia Dortmund has pulled off a remarkable victory
against FC Bayern Munich, winning on penalties in the German Cup semifinal.
Dortmund managed to overcome the struggles of going down to
10 men in extra time to defeat the German giants in the cruellest way possible.
Bayern dominated for three quarters of the game, controlling
large chunks of possession and passing the ball seamlessly from end to end. Despite
“Peps” men playing in a Barca like fashion, there was no hiding their well familiar
game fade in the final moments. Bayern were their own worst enemy allowing Dortmund a way
back into the match.
With only 15 minutes remaining, Pierre- Emerick Aubameyang
sent a riveting far post shot home for Dortmund to take the game to extra time.
Dortmund looked ragged in extra time, after ball chasing for
majority of the game. To make matters worse, Kevin Kampl was sent off after receiving
his second yellow card for the game.
Bayern saw the opportunity and went in for the kill, but it
was Langerak’s time to shine. An amazing 45 yard cross from Jerome Boateng
connected with Schweinsteiger’s head, only to be saved by spider like reactions
Penalties turned into a nightmare for Bayern, as Lahm and
Xabi Alonso both slipped and missed their penalties completely. Was it John
Terry in disguise or just a bad dream for Guardiola’s men?
Langerak continued his sparkling performance saving a shot
from world cup winning goalscorer Mario Gotze.
Perhaps it was meant to be; perhaps this was fate setting up
a perfect end to Jurgen Klopps Dortmund career.
Either way, Klopp grasps the opportunity to celebrate his last ever German Cup
game in perfect fashion. Will we see Klopp lift the trophy just one last time?
A BOURNEMOUTH SENSATION
If you were to flashback six years ago, you would have found
Bournemouth grasping for life in the fourth tier of English League football.
On Monday night they achieved an unheard miracle in this day
and age, guaranteeing their promotion to the Barclays Premier League for the
first time in their 125 year history.
It’s something I thought was only possible in FIFA, but
Bournemouth has undeniably pulled off the unthinkable and will play against
some of the world’s best teams and players.
The clubs home “GOLDSANDS” stadium only holds an attendance
of 11,700. Their manager Eddie Howe is an ex player with only six uneducated years
in the business. Nonetheless, his childhood passion for the club has shone
through and lifted the clubs to unimaginable heights.
Cardiff loaned player Kenwyne Jones described Howe as the
best club manager he has ever worked with after spending only one week at the
club. It’s a testament to the manager’s positive aurora in and around the club.
The “Cherries” have sky-rocketed through the top tiers and
have their chairman and die-hard fans to thank for it. During the clubs darker
days, the fans offered their support to keep the club afloat; contributing any
donation they could into small buckets. It’s no word of a lie, that AFC
Bournemouth is more than just a club for these fans, it’s a family.
Club Chairman Jeff Mostyn is known as a god at Bournemouth.
Mostyn rescued the club from the brink of extinction after writing a $100,000
cheque to keep the club alive.
“For me this is achieving the impossible. For all
football fans, this is the perfect story and hopefully it gives hope for every
club that you can come back from oblivion and get to the Premier League.
The out poor of emotion and pure happiness is apparent as
fans storm the pitch after virtually securing them a promotion place in the
Professional Footballers Association announces A-League team of the decade:
The A-League team of the decade was announced this week,
including eight current players, Socceroos and marquee man Alessandro Del
Franjic, Kevin Muscat ©, Patrick Zwaanswijk, Cassio
McKay, Carlos Hernandez, Thomas Broich.
Thompson, Besart Berisha, Shane Smeltz
Theo (GK), Adama Traore, Mark Milligan, Steve Corica, Alessandro Del Piero.
Do you agree with the PFA’s team of the decade? If not Tweet
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SOCCEROO FRANJIC WALKS
OUT ON RUSSIAN CLUB TORPEDO MOSCOW
Ivan Franjic has left Russian club Torpedo Moscow after they
failed to obligate his contractual terms and conditions. The PFA’s legal team
has assisted in Franjic’s contract terminations, allowing the player to become
a free agent.
It’s been a frustrating eight months for Franjic, who has
been plagued with injuries and lack of game time at the Russian club. Franjic
only appeared three times in the sides starting lineup.
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