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What now for Jupp Heynckes?

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It’s not entirely over for Jupp Heynckes yet.  He still has one more match left at the helm of Bayern Munich, the final of the German league cup the DFB-Pokal.

With the Champions League title secure and a potential dynasty built at the club he loves, Heynckes is off to ride into the sunset.

But will the horse really go all the way over the horizon and into full blown retirement? Or will his horse eventually turn around, yearning for another go, another challenge?

It’s a question the likes of Real Madrid, PSG, Manchester City, and other high profile clubs with vacancies would like to answer.

Is that what Heynckes would really want? Wouldn’t he be happy to ride off into the success he’s had all over Europe?

The question then begs, is he really retiring? Or is he just “retiring” to make room for Pep Guardiola? If he’s indeed retiring (like he said multiple times before), then why would he come back?

Heynckes has won a huge number of awards during his career.  He’s only the fourth manager in history to win the Champions League with two different clubs.  He’s won seven Bundesliga championships between his player and managerial career.  The German even has a World Cup to his name, as a player with West Germany in 1974.  Overall, Heynckes has managed a whopping 10 clubs: 4 in the Bundesliga, 3 in the Spanish Primera Division, Benfica, and a club from the Canary Islands.

Then again, Heynckes has been the recipient of a ridiculous number of seriously raw deals over the course of his tenures.  Despite winning the Champions League with Real Madrid in 1997-1998 to end a 31 year drought, he was forced out due to a poor domestic season (they finished 4th).  His first stint with Bayern Munich in the early 90’s, his contract was terminated due to a major player selloff after two straight Bundesliga titles, something the then chairman Uli Hoeness described as his “worst mistake ever.”

And now, if he is “retiring” (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) rather than retiring, it would be nothing new to Heynckes, and he could most likely be lured to what he would consider a new and significant challenge.  I’m sure a number of high profile clubs would be very, very interested. After all, he’s not only accomplished one of the greatest seasons European soccer has seen, but also has set that club up perfectly for future success.

I’m sure he’d love to finish now, and not face any more scrutiny, something that’s gotten the best of his job security over the years.

But sometimes, the fire just burns.

Whatever happens, what we do know for certain is Heynckes has set the bar really, really high for Guardiola.

On the up, off the pitch: Manchester United’s revenue continues to rise

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Manchester United have announced that revenue levels for the three months leading up to December 31 rose by 26.6 percent.

The Red Devils released the figures on Thursday which show revenue of $192.4 million, with commercial revenue up a massive 42.5 percent but matchday revenue was down 1.6 percent.

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The overall profit for the quarter was $26.7 million and over that period club debt fell by 6 percent but still stands at an eye-watering $463.6 million. That said, in a recent review of the finances of the top clubs on the planet Deloitte believes United will top the rich-list next season.

Despite Louis Van Gaal‘s future being questioned, United being knocked out of the UEFA Champions League at the group stage in December and being six points off the top four with just 13 games of the current Premier League season to go, the strength of their results off the pitch continue to show just how successful a business they’ve become.

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward told investors that: “Our solid results off the pitch help contribute to what remains our number one priority – success on the pitch.”

Woodward has also vowed to continue United’s “strong commitment to investing in our squad, youth academy.”

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Van Gaal, 64, will need a strong finish to the season on the pitch to help United to success and in turn improve those financial figures for next season. Failure to finish in the PL’s top four and qualify for the UCL will substantially impact United’s financial results next season, and the pressure remains on him and his players to claw back the deficit.

With speculation mounting that Jose Mourinho could be appointed as United’s new boss there also seems to be a surplus of cash which Rob Harris from the Associated Press speculates could be used for a new manager…

Morgan, USWNT cruise past Costa Rica 5-0 behind early flurry of goals

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The U.S. Women got off to a flying start in Olympic qualification Group A play by torching Costa Rica 5-0, including goals from Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, and Crystal Dunn.

Morgan led the way with a double, including one in the opening 12 seconds – only six passes off the opening kick – that set the record for quickest goal in U.S. Soccer history. Lloyd and Dunn both struck in the opening 15 minutes to make it 3-0 before Costa Rica even had time to blink. Lloyd’s came on a penalty after Dunn was felled for the captain’s 83rd international goal, and then the latter bagged one of her own minutes later on a rebound off a shot by Morgan.

[ VIDEO: Alex Morgan caps off a 12-second, six-pass goal ]

The visitors were able to make it Morgan scored her second after the hour mark to cap the goal tally. Jill Ellis completed her trio of substitutions after the fourth goal and the U.S. saw the game out easily.

The fifth came late on a cross from Tobin Heath that fell to Christen Press in the box. With her back to the goal, the 27-year-old produced a simply stunning first touch, back-heeling the ball down before whipping around the opposite direction to lose her defender and firing home the fifth goal.

With the final whistle, the United States improved their record against Costa Rica to a perfect 13-0. The U.S. will play Mexico next on Saturday before finishing out Group A play against Puerto Rico on Monday, February 15.

VIDEO: Alex Morgan scores goal against Costa Rica in 12 seconds

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The United States got off to a historically roaring start in Olympic qualifying. Taking on Costa Rica in Frisco, Texas to begin Group A play, Alex Morgan opened the scoring in just 12 seconds, taking just six passes to complete the masterpiece.

According to the USWNT twitter account, the goal is the fastest in U.S. Soccer history.

According to CONCACAF, the goal is also the quickest in CONCACAF Olympic qualifying, breaking Abby Wambach’s of 35 seconds in a 14-0 domination of the Dominican Republic in 2012.

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The United States scored three goals in the first 15 minutes against Costa Rica tonight. They will take on Mexico and Puerto Rico across the next five days.

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SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 23:  (L-R) Carli Lloyd #10 of the United States is congratulated by teammate Alex Morgan #13 after a goal against Ireland at Qualcomm Stadium on January 23, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
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The United States women are set to begin Group A play in Olympic qualification, taking on 36th ranked Costa Rica at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas at 8:30 a.m. ET.

The game takes place after a 17-day camp at the national training camp in Carson, California.

[ WATCH LIVE: USWNT vs Costa Rica live online on NBC Sports Live Extra ]

Other teams in the group include Mexico and Puerto Rico. The Mexicans dominated Puerto Rico 6-0 in the first game.

LINEUP

United States: Solo; Krieger, Johnston, Sauerbrunn, Klingenberg; Brian, Horan, Dunn, Lloyd, Heath; Morgan.