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Leipzig relishing Champions League debut

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Leipzig (Germany) (AFP) – Just eight years after starting life in the local leagues, RB Leipzig will enhance their rags to riches tale on Wednesday by hosting Monaco on the German club’s Champions League debut.

Backed by energy drinks giant Red Bull, who bought the licence of a fifth-division club, Leipzig began climbing Germany’s football pyramid in 2009.

Leipzig relishing Champions League debut

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Leipzig (Germany) (AFP) – Just eight years after starting life in the local leagues, RB Leipzig will enhance their rags to riches tale on Wednesday by hosting Monaco on the German club’s Champions League debut.

Backed by energy drinks giant Red Bull, who bought the licence of a fifth-division club, Leipzig began climbing Germany’s football pyramid in 2009.

How German minnows Mainz are topping the Bundesliga

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Seven wins out of seven, 18 goals scored, three points clear at the top. Mainz have a one hundred per cent start equalling a Bundesliga record orchestrated by a bright, young manager with 20 something starlets setting the league alight. Where it is all going so right for the O-Fives?

Scan over the league tables abroad in Europe right now and you would be pleasantly surprised to see some of the less fancied sides setting the pace and making the European heavyweights play catch-up.

European Soccer

Thursday Kickoff: La Liga rejects Neymar payment, Kylian Mbappe wants to leave Monaco and more

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The Neymar transfer saga continued on Thursday with a new development and a medical test.

La Liga has refused to accept the transfer sum offered for Paris Saint-Germain's transfer of Neymar as the league doesn't believe the payment is in accordance with Financial Fair Play. (REPORT)

Neymar reportedly passed his medical with PSG on Thursday.

Thursday Kickoff: Barca confident in Neymar stay; Mourinho hints at Ibrahimovic return and more

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Neymar headlines Thursday's news while Jose Mourinho hinted a major star could return to Manchester United.

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde insists Neymar is happy with the club despite continues links to Paris Saint-Germain. (REPORT)

In addition, Neymar and his father were clearedcriminal charges in a tax evasion case in Brazil.

Mid-Day Ticker: Monterrey takes first leg, Man United's injury crisis and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Sergio Santana's goal in the 57th minute was the difference, as Monterrey held serve at home and defeated Cruz Azul, 2-1, in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal Wednesday night.

Monterrey's Neri Cardozo opened the scoring in the ninth minute, but Cruz Azul's Adrian Cortes answered off a free kick just minutes into the second half to give his side a crucial away goal.

Bundesliga

RB Leipzig Director Ralf Rangnick Issues Semi-Apology After Saying Iffy Things About Liverpool Target Naby Keita And His ‘Village’

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One of the more tedious transfer yarns of the summer has taken a turn for the sour, after RB Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick let some very dubious comments about Liverpool target Naby Keita slip yesterday.

Discussing Leipzig's reluctance to part with Keita, Rangnick claimed that the club were not only fending off pressure from Liverpool, but also from "a whole village in Guinea" who are, at least in Rangnick's mind, attempting to coerce Keita into chasing the money.

‘Sexy’ Leipzig to flaunt Bundesliga future

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Berlin (AFP) Ralf Rangnick says the Bundesliga will flaunt its future on Saturday when his "sexy" second-placed RB Leipzig face unbeaten Hoffenheim with both aiming to chase down leaders Bayern Munich.

"We are proud, modern and attractive, sexy even," Leipzig's director of sport, who has taken the Red Bull-backed upstarts from the fourth division to Germany's top tier, told daily FussballBild.

‘Sexy’ Leipzig to flaunt Bundesliga future

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Berlin (AFP) Ralf Rangnick says the Bundesliga will flaunt its future on Saturday when his "sexy" second-placed RB Leipzig face unbeaten Hoffenheim with both aiming to chase down leaders Bayern Munich.

"We are proud, modern and attractive, sexy even," Leipzig's director of sport, who has taken the Red Bull-backed upstarts from the fourth division to Germany's top tier, told daily FussballBild.

Champions League Semifinal Preview: Manchester United - Schalke

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Schalke, the surprise team of the season, look to continue
their magical run against Manchester United.For soccer fans, the end of April can be a melancholy time. Domestic leagues around Europe are winding down, and the transfer window doesn't open until July 1. But, one thing that makes the end of April exciting is the culmination of the season long UEFA Champions League.

Links 07.04.11

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  • The Independent proves prophetic qualities in its' pre-CL profile of attack minded Schalke coach Ralf Rangnick. (The Independent)
  • Leander Schaerlaeckens is less prophetic but all the more impressed by Ralf Rangnick's attack minded Schalke. (ESPN)
  • Zonal Marking is not too impressed by all the ludicrous defending going on between Inter and Schalke.

Hoffenheim: Rangnick quit over sale

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HOFFENHEIM, Germany Hoffenheim owner Dietmar Hopp has confirmed the sale of Luiz Gustavo was one of the main reasons for Ralf Rangnick's departure from the club. Rangnick and Hoffenheim parted company after four and a half years together by mutual consent after the Brazilian midfielder was sold to Bayern Munich behind the coach's back.

Managerial Rumours, Player Rumours, and Other Headaches

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I've got a splitting headache that's either down to not having a drink since New Year's or Roy Hodgson's continued employment, so it being January and all we might as well dive right into the further headache of rumours rumours rumours...

* Add another name to the pile alongside Klopp and Villas-Boas and Deschamps, as Ralf Rangnick comes out of nowhere to top the betting sites all looking to make you fabulously wealthy by betting on who the next manager of Liverpool Football Club will be.

Die immerfrohen Nimmermüden

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Spätestens seit dem 4:0 in Hannover und der Niederlage der Mainzer in Freiburg ist der BVB die einsame Spitze der Liga. Einen vergleichbar überlegenen Fußball spielte zuletzt die TSG Hoffenheim in ihrer ersten Bundesliga-Hinrunde 2008. Damals gelangen dem Team von Ralf Rangnick sogar vier Tore mehr als dem BVB heute, sie kassierten jedoch auch neun Gegentreffer mehr.

Pre-Season Preview: TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

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Hoffenheim Could Struggle To Stay Up This Season After Failing To Invest In New Players.

Head coach Ralf Rangnick has so far done a splendid job with Hoffenheim, who will be entering their second consecutive Bundesliga season. In the 2008–2009 season, Hoffenheim were promoted to the Bundesliga and immediately shot to the top of the table.

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AVB Not Happy Levy Talking To Others

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André Villas-Boas is reporting threatening to pull out of talks about replacing Harry Redknapp at Tottenham Hotspur after discovering that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is still talking to other candidates.

According to The Guardian, AVB is unhappy about what he perceives as mixed signals from White Hart Lane.

Poll: Who should be the next Liverpool Manager?

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Top 15 Photos: Assorted Champions League Training

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By Chris Wright

Pies pick of the 15 most 'caption-tastic' photos from pre-Champions League training sessions across the continent(ish)...

"Just give that a sniff Danny, does it smell of broccoli to you?"

Bayern Munich's David Alaba is house-trained, though sadly not training pitch-trained

'The Chosen One' walks among the Ajax squad

"Oh right!

Photo: Summarizing Inter vs Schalke

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Well, that and comedy defending.

1899 Hoffenheim

Ralf Rangnick will mehr Kommunikation

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Wir haben einen Kreis von acht Spielern, mit denen ich mich ein-, zweimal in der Woche treffe und austausche. Diese Spieler sollen mir immer wieder signalisieren, wie Dinge bei der Mannschaft ankommen und wie die Stimmung aussieht.

Ralf Rangnick, Trainer von 1899 Hoffenheim, erklärt im Radio Regenbogen seine Pläne für die kommende Saison.

German Bundesliga 2009-10 Managers list

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Hamburg HSV: Bruno Labbadia (Germany) Bayern Leverkusen: Jupp Heynckes (Germany) Werder Bremen: Thomas Schaaf (Germany) FC Schalke 04: Felix Magath (Germany) Borussia Mönchengladbach: Michael Frontzeck (Germany) Eintracht Frankfurt: Michael Skibbe (Germany) VfL Wolfsburg: Armin Veh (Germany) FC Bayern München: Louis van Gaal (Holland) VfB Stuttgart: Markus Babbel (Germany) 1899 Hoffenheim: Ralf Rangnick (Germany) FSV Mainz 05: Jörn Andersen (Norway) Borussia Dortmund: Jürgen Klopp (Germany) Hannover 96: Dieter [.

New Year Dose 01.01.09

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A must read interview with Ralf Rangnick. Together with the other must read interview with Dietmar Hopp you'll get a very good insight into the Hoffenheim project, going far beyond fairytales, miracles and unicorns. (Spiegel Online) The Bundesliga's best XI of the Hinrunde according to... (Deutsche Welle) The Bundesliga's worst XI of the Hinrunde according to.

Weekly Dose: Hoffenheim Special Edition

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Newly promoted 1899 Hoffenheim have made quite a few headlines in the first few weeks of the new season. More than enough headlines actually for a Weekly Dose edition entirely dedicated to them. A BILD reporter sets out on a journey to Hoffenheim and discovers that Dietmar Hopp's (Hoffenheim's billionaire sugar daddy) birthplace is now home [.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

The Silly Season (€54.5 million! What Recession)

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Armin Veh was announced as Wolfsburg's new manager after their title celebrations. The ex-Stuttgart manager will now try and replicate his 2008 Champions League form. It should be easier with the imminent loss of Dzeko and Misimovic.

Mario Gomez became the most expensive player in Bundesliga history, swapping Stuttgart red for Bayern red.

The Set: Hoffenheim 1-4 Bayer Leverkusen

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Bayer Leverkusen returned to form and dismantled league leaders Hoffenheim in front of 30,000 at the Rhein-Neckar Arena. Scoring two minutes into the match set them up for an inspired first half and scoring again one minute into the second half sealed the three points for die Werkself. Hoffenheim struggled to find defensive [.

Bundesliga Coaches Unanimously Choose Bayern as Preseason Favorites

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The Deutsche Presse Agentur released a poll yesterday about predictions for the upcoming season. Bayern Munich was the unanimous favorite of Bundesliga coaches to repeat as champions. The most common reason given was the quality of Jürgen Klinsmann's squad. What follows is a hasty translation of what each of the 18 gaffers [.

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The Bundesliga Rumor Mill

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It has been an interesting week in rumors.

First the managers!

Hoffenheim will say goodbye to Ralf Rangnick because he wants to spend money this summer. They will then say hello to Jurgen Klinsmann, who is the epitome of frugality. After all, he only forced Bayern to rebuild it's training facility.

Hoffenheim Finds Certain Charm in Second Spot

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Heavily favored Bundesliga teams suffered a weekend of setbacks and embarrassments with Bayern, Dortmund and Hanover all being outplayed by teams most German soccer fans would expect to end up sacrificing three points.
In their match on Sunday, Borussia Dortmund topped the embarrassment of Bayern's 5-2 fall to Bremen with a 4-1 loss to promoted Hoffenheim.

The Rest

Freedom Kicks: MLS and USWNT links for Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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Some strong drink has put us in a nostalgic mood.

I'm writing this after drinking one 5.80% ABV beer followed by 2 9.0% ABV beers. Since the latter beer also has Rasputin in its name, I am in a strange place.

New York Red Bulls' Jesse Marsch wins 2015 MLS Coach of the Year award | MLSsoccer.

Hannover 96 engagiert neuen Trainer

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Diese Entscheidung hat niemanden wirklich überrascht: Hannover 96 hat sich von Trainer Andreas Bergmann getrennt und mit Mirko Slomka einen alten Bekannten verpflichtet. Er hat nun die schwierige Aufgabe, Hannover 96 vor dem Abstieg zu retten. Nach sieben Niederlagen in Folge sahen die Verantwortlichen bei Hannover 96 keinen anderen Weg mehr, als den Trainer zu wechseln.

Ralf Rangnick will seine Spieler entwickeln

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Wir haben diese Jungs im Kader, um sie zu entwickeln, und nicht, um zwölf Deutsche zu haben.

Ralf Rangnick, Trainer der TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, nach dem 0:2 im Auswärtsspiel beim FC Bayern München, bei dem er den erst 19-jährigen Deutschen Andreas Ludwig debütieren ließ.

Der Abstieg eines Herbstmeisters. Oder: Aus der Zauber.

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11 Siege, 2 Unentschieden und 42 erzielte Tore. So las sich nach dem 17. Spieltag der laufenden Saison die Bilanz des Aufsteigers aus Hoffenheim, welcher zuvor den Durchmarsch aus Liga 3 gelang. Resultat dieser außergewöhnlichen Leistung war die Herbstmeisterschaft. Ganz Deutschland schnalzte mit der Zunge, wenn Ibisevic, Ba, Carlos Eduardo und Co sich die Bälle zuspielten.

The Set: 7 Words For Non-German Speakers To Know

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I am going through the process of learning German and while finding the toilet is always nice, it really doesn't help when it comes to the reason I want to learn the language: Fußball. So here are seven random words for you who don't know German to learn. You will come across them [...] Related posts:
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