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August 5, 2018

FC Barcelona signs Chilean footballer Arturo Vidal from Bayern

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On Friday, via a press release, FC Bayern Munich announced reaching an agreement with Spanish football club FC Barcelona for the transfer of Arturo Vidal. The Chilean midfielder was to sign a three-year contract with Barcelona after his medical examination.

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31-year-old Vidal joined the German giants FC Bayern in 2015 from Italian side Juventus FC. Since joining Bayern, Vidal has scored 22 goals, in 124 matches in all competitions. He also provided eighteen assists. During his tenure at Allianz Arena, Vidal has won three consecutive German Bundesliga titles, two DFL Super Cups as well as one DFB-Pokal. Prior to moving to Bayern, Vidal won four consecutive Italian Serie A titles with Juventus. Internationally, Vidal has won the Copa América in 2015 as well as 2016’s Copa América Centenario.

Speaking about the transfer, Bayern Munich’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said, “On behalf of FC Bayern, I wish to thank Arturo with all my heart for three fantastic years […] Arturo made a significant contribution to the great successes we enjoyed in this time. He always led from the front in important matches, and we could always rely on him.” ((de))German language: ‍Ich möchte mich im Namen des FC Bayern bei Arturo für drei tolle Jahre herzlich bedanken […] wir haben in dieser Zeit große Erfolge gefeiert, daran hatte Arturo maßgeblichen Anteil. Er ist auch in wichtigen Spielen immer vorangegangen, auf ihn konnten wir uns immer verlassen. Vidal still had one year left in his contract with Bayern.

Barcelona’s manager Ernesto Valvarde said, “Vidal is someone we hope can add energy in midfield […] We know he has a lot of experience. The amount of games he’s played for his previous teams is very good. He has a big presence and he doesn’t disappear on the pitch.”

Before signing Vidal, Barcelona signed Arthur Melo, Clément Lenglet and Malcom this season.



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July 25, 2018

German footballer Mesut Özil announces retirement from international football

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On Sunday, German footballer Mesut Özil announced retiring from international football via his official Twitter handle. The 29-year-old gave racism as the reason for his retirement.

Özil and his international teammate İlkay Gündoğan, who are of Turkish origin, met the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in London in May. The two players took a photo with Erdoğan, after which, many Germans reportedly booed the players prior to this year’s FIFA Football World Cup in Russia. Özil said that he received hate mail and threats after meeting the Turkish president.

In his tweets, Özil said, “It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect. I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don’t. I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten.”

Speaking about his meeting with the Turkish president, Özil said, “Like many people, my ancestry traces back to more than one country. Whilst I grew up in Germany, my family background has its roots firmly based in Turkey […] For me, having a picture with President Erdoğan wasn’t about politics or elections, it was about me respecting the highest office of my family’s country”. Referring to the German football association’s president, Reinhard Grindel, Özil said, “In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win but I am an immigrant when we lose.”

Özil made his international debut on August 12, 2009, playing against Azerbaijan. Since then, he has featured in 92 matches for Germany, scoring 23 goals. Özil was part of 2014’s World Cup winning squad.

“He [Mesut Özil] played a key role in Germany lifting the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 and so the DFB is and always will be incredibly grateful for his outstanding performances in Germany colours” ((de))German language: ‍Er hatte entscheidenden Anteil daran, dass Deutschland 2014 in Brasilien Weltmeister geworden ist. Deshalb ist und bleibt der DFB Mesut Özil für seine herausragenden Leistungen im Trikot der deutschen Nationalmannschaften sehr dankbar., the German football association Deutscher Fußball-Bund said in a statement. It also said, “The DFB regrets Mesut Özil’s decision to step down from the national team.” ((de))German language: ‍Der DFB bedauert den Abschied von Mesut Özil aus der Nationalmannschaft.

Özil’s last match for Germany was against South Korea in this year’s FIFA World Cup, which ended in a 2–0 defeat for Germany, as the 2014 winners failed to qualify for the knockout phase.



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German footballer Mesut Özil announces retirement from international football over ‘racism’

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On Sunday, German footballer Mesut Özil announced retiring from international football via his official Twitter handle. The 29-year-old gave racism as the reason for his retirement.

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Özil and his international teammate İlkay Gündoğan, who are of Turkish origin, met the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in London in May. The two players took a photo with Erdoğan, after which, many Germans reportedly booed the players prior to this year’s FIFA Football World Cup in Russia. Özil said that he received hate mail and threats after meeting the Turkish president.

In his tweets, Özil said, “It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect. I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don’t. I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten.”

Speaking about his meeting with the Turkish president, Özil said, “Like many people, my ancestry traces back to more than one country. Whilst I grew up in Germany, my family background has its roots firmly based in Turkey […] For me, having a picture with President Erdoğan wasn’t about politics or elections, it was about me respecting the highest office of my family’s country”. Referring to the German football association’s president, Reinhard Grindel, Özil said, “In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win but I am an immigrant when we lose.”

Özil made his international debut on August 12, 2009, playing against Azerbaijan. Since then, he has featured in 92 matches for Germany, scoring 23 goals. Özil was part of 2014’s World Cup winning squad.

“He [Mesut Özil] played a key role in Germany lifting the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 and so the DFB is and always will be incredibly grateful for his outstanding performances in Germany colours” ((de))German language: ‍Er hatte entscheidenden Anteil daran, dass Deutschland 2014 in Brasilien Weltmeister geworden ist. Deshalb ist und bleibt der DFB Mesut Özil für seine herausragenden Leistungen im Trikot der deutschen Nationalmannschaften sehr dankbar., the German football association Deutscher Fußball-Bund said in a statement. It also said, “The DFB regrets Mesut Özil’s decision to step down from the national team.” ((de))German language: ‍Der DFB bedauert den Abschied von Mesut Özil aus der Nationalmannschaft.

Özil’s last match for Germany was against South Korea in this year’s FIFA World Cup, which ended in a 2–0 defeat for Germany, as the 2014 winners failed to qualify for the knockout phase.



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August 28, 2016

FC Barcelona signs Jasper Cillessen

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On Thursday, Spanish football club FC Barcelona announced signing of Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen from Dutch capital football club AFC Ajax for €13 million on a five-year deal. Per the agreement, Barça is obliged to pay add-ons of €2 million.

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27-year-old Cillessen made his professional debut for his boyhood club N.E.C in 2010. A year later, he joined Ajax for €3.2 million. Spending five years at the Amsterdam ArenA, Cillessen has won three Eredivisie titles in a row and one Dutch Super Cup in 2014.

Cillessen made his last appearance for Ajax on Wendsday, losing 4–1 (5–2 on aggregate) against Russian club FC Rostov in the UEFA Champions League’s qualifying round. Cillessen underwent his medical tests on Thursday. Afterwards, he posted on Instagram saying, “Dreams do come true!”((es)) Cillessen was to be presented at Camp Nou on Friday.

Shortly after Cillessen’s signing, Barcelona announced their previous goalkeeper and Chile’s captain Claudio Bravo joined Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.


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August 16, 2016

Podolski announces retirement from international fotball

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Yesterday, Poland-born German football player and Galatasaray S.K. forward Lukas Podolski announced retirement from international football.

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Debuting internationally in 2004, Podolski has won 129 international caps, Germany’s third all time most capped player after Lothar Matthäus and Miroslav Klose. 31-year-old Lukas Podolski is the third top-scorer for Germany, netting 48 goals.

Four years ago, Podolski became the youngest player to make 100 international appearances for Germany aged 27 years 13 days. He was part of the German squad for the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament in France making his final appearance for Germany against Slovakia which was his seventh major tournament.

Podolski won the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Podolski was awarded Best Young Player in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, hosted in Germany. Podolski said, “I feel like my focus has shifted […] My time is over […] I arrived in Germany as a two-year-old boy with basically only a football under my arm and am now a world champion. That is more than I could ever have dreamt of.”

German football manager Joachim Löw said, “Just like Basti Bastian Schweinsteiger, Lukas was always a constant for me. We have always relied on him and still do to this day. He is a role model in terms of his professionalism and attitude, and he always puts the team’s success ahead of anything else.”((de)).

Podolski was the fifth player to retire from Germany’s 2014 World Cup squad. Last month, German captain Bastian Schweinsteiger announced retirement from international football. Other players who left the German national squad after winning the World Cup are Philipp Lahm, Miroslav Klose, and Per Mertesacker.


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August 1, 2016

Schweinsteiger announces retirement from international football

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On Friday, German football captain and Manchester United F.C. midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger announced retirement from international football.

File photo of Bastian Schweinsteiger, 2015.
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Debuting in 2004, Schweinsteiger has won 120 international caps, Germany’s fourth all time most capped player. He was part of the German squad for the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament in France and became the first German to play eighteen Euro matches, surpassing the fourteen-match record of Philip Lahm. Schweinsteiger has played in four Euro tournaments — 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016.

Schweinsteiger said, “I have asked the national team coach to not consider me for Germany selection in future, as I would like to step down from the national team. I would like to thank the fans, the team, the DFB, the coaches and the national team’s backroom staff.”((de))

Schweinsteiger won the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. He has featured in three FIFA World Cup tournaments — in 2006, 2010 and 2014. He has played 38 matches in major international tournaments, which is a world record. Schweinsteiger’s last match in Germany’s jersey ended in a 2–0 defeat against France in the Euro 2016 semi-final.

After Schweinsteiger announced his retirement, his former Bayern Munich teammate and German player Thomas Müller tweeted, “Thanks for 120 international caps with the @DFB_Team [German Team] and many great and shared hours with the national team”((de)).



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July 27, 2016

Higuaín leaves Napoli for Juventus

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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Yesterday, Italian football club Juventus F.C. announced signing of Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuaín from their rival club S.S.C. Napoli. 28-year-old Higuaín signed a five-year contract with the Old Lady for a Italian record transfer fee of €90 million.

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Debuting at the age of 17 in 2005, Higuaín has made 329 league appearances and scored 191 goals. He joined Spanish capital club Real Madrid in 2006. Spending six-and-half seasons with Los Blancos, Higuaín has won the La Liga title there.

Higuaín — nicknamed Pipita — joined Napoli in 2013. While there he broke the goal scoring record set by Gunnar Nordahl of the Italian Serie A, netting 36 goals in 35 appearances. He helped Napoli qualify for the UEFA Champions League as the club finished second in the league.

In remarks to Gazetta World following Higuaín’s agreement to the contract, AS Roma captain Francesco Totti said, “Footballers today are a bit like nomads[…] They follow money and not their hearts.” 40-year-old Totti has played 25 years for Roma, signing a one-year contract extention last month.

Napoli’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis said, “Some believe that talking of a betrayal is an exaggeration, but I think differently. In this move there is the full meaning of a betrayal, which includes ingratitude.”((it))

Former Agrentine captain and Napoli legend Diego Maradona said, “This Higuain affair is hurting me because he is going to a direct rival like Juventus. But we cannot blame the player either. A player has a responsibility to himself and it is those fat cats of business that are grinning the most in this case. Nobody thinks of the fan.”((es))

Higuaín has been assigned the number 9 jersey.



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July 24, 2016

Götze to make Dortmund return, Schürrle completes Dortmund offensive lineup

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

On Thursday, German football club Borussia Dortmund (BVB) announced Mario Götze would rejoin the club from their arch rivals Bayern Munich after obligatory medical tests; Götze is to sign a four-year contract. On Friday, BVB announced signing André Schürrle from VfL Wolfsburg.

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Götze to rejoin his boyhood club[]

2014 FIFA World Cup winning goal scorer Götze has spent twelve years with Borussia Dortmund, joining the youth ranks in 2001. The 24-year-old midfielder has scored 44 goals in 156 Bundesliga appearances; 22 goals for each club. In three seasons with Bayern, Götze won three Bundesliga titles, two DFB-Pokal titles, and a UEFA Super Cup. With Dortmund, he won two League titles and a DFB Cup. Making his international debut in November 2010, Götze has played 56 matches and scored seventeen goals.

As both the clubs reached the agreement, Borussia Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said, “Personally, I’m absolutely delighted that Mario has chosen to come back to Borussia Dortmund. Ever since his departure in 2013, I’ve always hoped that he would return to the club one day”((de)).

Götze said, ” If I am now to return to my hometown club, then I want to try to win everyone over – especially those who do not welcome me back with open arms – with my performances.”((de))

Götze would potentially play against Bayern in the DFL-Supercup next month.

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Schürrle to play for fourth Bundesliga club of his career[]

Wolfsburg signed now-25-year-old André Schürrle from Chelsea F.C. in February 2015. Having also played for other two German clubs, Mainz 05 and Bayer Leverkusen, Schürrle has scored 48 goals in 174 Bundesliga appearances, and provided 29 assists. Schürrle has scored 20 goals for Germany in 55 appearances.

Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc said, ” André Schürrle is a Germany international with outstanding attacking potential who is also a very good passer of the ball and consistently contributes neatly to his team’s defensive play.”((de))

Schürrle had three years left in his contact with the Wolves, now signing for a five-year contract with BVB. The clubs did not disclose the transfer sum. Dortmund’s sporting director added, “Our offensive lineup is now complete.”((de))


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July 22, 2016

Götze to make Dortmund return

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On Thursday, German football club Borussia Dortmund announced Mario Götze would rejoin the club from their arch rivals Bayern Munich after obligatory medical tests. Götze is to sign a four-year contract and BVB signed André Schürrle from VfL Wolfsburg on Friday.

Götze to rejoin his boyhood club[]

2014 FIFA World Cup winging goal scorer Götze has spent twelve years with Borussia Dortmund, joining the youth ranks in 2001. The 24-year-old midfielder has scored 44 goals in 156 Bundesliga appearances; 22 goals each for both the clubs. Three seasons with Bayern Götze has won three Bundesliga titles; two DFB-Pokal titles, and a UEFA Super Cup. With Dortmund, he had won two League titles and one DFB Cup. Making his international debut in November 2010, Götze has played 56 matches and scored seventeen goals.

As both the clubs reached to the agreement, Borussia Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said, “Personally, I’m absolutely delighted that Mario has chosen to come back to Borussia Dortmund. Ever since his departure in 2013, I’ve always hoped that he would return to the club one day”((de)).

Götze said in a press conference, ” If I am now to return to my hometown club, then I want to try to win everyone over – especially those who do not welcome me back with open arms – with my performances.”((de))

Götze would potentially play against Bayern in the DFL-Super Cup next month.

Schürrle to play for fourth Bundesliga club of his career[]

Wolfsburg signed 25-year-old Andre Schürrle from Chelsea F.C. in February 2015. Having played for two German clubs previously, Mainz 05 and Bayer Leverkusen, Schürrle has scored 48 goals in 174 Bundesliga appearances, and provided 29 assists. Schürrle has scored 20 goals for Germany in 55 appearances.

Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc said, ” André Schürrle is a Germany international with outstanding attacking potential who is also a very good passer of the ball and consistently contributes neatly to his team’s defensive play.”((de))

Schürrle had three years left in his contact with the Wolves. Signing for a five-year contract with BVB, both the clubs has decided not to disclose the transfer sum. Dortmund’s sporting director added, ” Our offensive lineup is now complete.”((de))


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On Thursday, German football club Borussia Dortmund (BVB) announced Mario Götze would rejoin the club from their arch rivals Bayern Munich after obligatory medical tests; Götze is to sign a four-year contract. On Friday, BVB signed André Schürrle from VfL Wolfsburg.

Götze to rejoin his boyhood club[]

2014 FIFA World Cup winging goal scorer Götze has spent twelve years with Borussia Dortmund, joining the youth ranks in 2001. The 24-year-old midfielder has scored 44 goals in 156 Bundesliga appearances; 22 goals for each club. In three seasons with Bayern, Götze won three Bundesliga titles, two DFB-Pokal titles, and a UEFA Super Cup. With Dortmund, he won two League titles and a DFB Cup. Making his international debut in November 2010, Götze has played 56 matches and scored seventeen goals.

As both the clubs reached the agreement, Borussia Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said, “Personally, I’m absolutely delighted that Mario has chosen to come back to Borussia Dortmund. Ever since his departure in 2013, I’ve always hoped that he would return to the club one day”((de)).

Götze said, ” If I am now to return to my hometown club, then I want to try to win everyone over – especially those who do not welcome me back with open arms – with my performances.”((de))

Götze would potentially play against Bayern in the DFL-Supercup next month.

Schürrle to play for fourth Bundesliga club of his career[]

Wolfsburg signed 25-year-old Andre Schürrle from Chelsea F.C. in February 2015. Having played for two German clubs previously, Mainz 05 and Bayer Leverkusen, Schürrle has scored 48 goals in 174 Bundesliga appearances, and provided 29 assists. Schürrle has scored 20 goals for Germany in 55 appearances.

Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc said, ” André Schürrle is a Germany international with outstanding attacking potential who is also a very good passer of the ball and consistently contributes neatly to his team’s defensive play.”((de))

Schürrle had three years left in his contact with the Wolves. Signing for a five-year contract with BVB, both the clubs has decided not to disclose the transfer sum. Dortmund’s sporting director added, ” Our offensive lineup is now complete.”((de))


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