According to Italian reporter Gianluca di Marzio, Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino is in talks with Tottenham to become the next manager at White Hart Lane.
For a long while it was assumed that Ajax manager Frank de Boer would take the reigns, as the Dutchman was very outspoken in his jockeying for the Spurs job.
However, with Tim Sherwood still officially in charge, reports flew that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was angry with de Boer’s public revelations of the club’s pursuit of his services.
Likely receiving news of these developments and making an attempt not to burn bridges at home, de Boer stated today that he “wants to stay at Ajax” and is looking to “aim higher next season.”
According to di Marzio, Pochettino “reflects the ideal profile sought by Spurs” and that the club is impressed by the Argentine’s “quality of play and management of relationships.” In addition, a bonus to landing Pochettino could be a leg up on the race for many of Southampton’s young players like Luke Shaw or Adam Lallana.
It has been rumored that those youngsters could be pursuing European play, and with Spurs in the Europa League, they could be persuaded to follow their former manager to his next club.
Spurs have to get this one right, considering they have failed miserably to secure any kind of consistency at the managerial position ever since the departure of Harry Redknapp. Villas Boas lasted a year and a half, but never truly won over the fans or got the full backing of management, and Tim Sherwood never had a real shot at the permanent job.
No Spurs manager has lasted longer than Redknapp’s three-and-a-half years since Keith Burkinshaw’s tenure from 1976-1984.
Bayern Munich has confirmed that legendary goalscorer Gerd Muller is suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Muller’s 70th birthday is in November, and the club published a statement that no celebrations would be held due to his ongoing treatment.
One of the greatest strikers to ever play the game, Muller scored 525 goals during his 15-years with Bayern, the most in club history. Karl Heinze-Rummenigge is Bayern’s second leading goalscorer with 218 goals.
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Rummenigge currently serves as the club’s director, and spoke about Muller’s legacy.
Gerd Müller is one of the all-time greats of world football. Without his goals, Bayern Munich and German football would not be what it is today.
There will probably never be another goalscorer like Gerd, yet despite all his successes, he was always very humble and reserved, which particularly impressed me.
He was a fantastic team-mate and is a friend. Gerd will always enjoy a place in the Bayern family.
After he ended his playing career, he brought his experience as a coach of youngsters to the club, helping define the likes of world champions Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Müller, and we are also grateful to him for this.
Muller won the Golden Boot at the 1970 World Cup with ten goals, helping West Germany to a third-place finish. That same year he won the Ballon d’Or as the best player in the world, and helped the West German team capture the European Championship in 1972 and the World Cup in 1974.
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He is one of the top scorers in German national team history with 68 goals, second only to Miroslav Klose’s 71. However, Muller reached 68 goals in just 62 caps, while it took Klose 137 appearances to reach his mark. His 14 World Cup goals are third all-time to Klose (16) and Ronaldo (14).
The United States U-23 team has gotten off to a great start in Olympic qualifying, winning their opening two matches by a combined score of 9-2.
Already into the semifinals, the U.S. faces Panama tonight in Colorado for a chance to stay perfect in Group A play. The U.S. needs a draw or a win to lock up the top spot in the group.
UPDATE: Due to Canada’s 2-2 draw against Cuba, the U.S. has clinched first place in Group A.
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One of the keys to the United States’ success has been balance, as the team has nine goals from seven different players. Andreas Herzog’s side has also gotten off to quick starts in both matches, as Jordan Morris scored in the opening minute of play in a 3-1 win over Canada. Against Cuba, the U.S. had a 3-0 lead heading into halftime.
You can watch the match live on NBC Universo, or online by clicking the link below.
Group A — USA vs. Panama
When: 9:30 p.m. ET
Where: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colorado
Live Stream: Telemundo