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Bayern Munich boss angry that Bundesliga clubs won’t postpone season

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Germany’s World Cup run has some ‘club or country’ repercussions for Bayern Munich, and chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is none-too-pleased that his Bundesliga peers aren’t helping him out.

The Bundesliga is set to launch its next season on Aug. 22, and Rummenigge had asked the other clubs to postpone the start of the season in order to give more rest to players involved in the World Cup’s final matches.

They said no. And Rummenigge is ticked off.

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Bayern had 15 players on World Cup rosters, including six on Germany (seven if you count Toni Kroos, who just left for Real Madrid). And Rummenigge thought a little rest and respect was in order for his men, who served their country up a world title.

From the Associated Press:

Rummenigge tells Bild, “That was rejected on the grounds it was the only chance to give Bayern problems.”

Bayern had nine players involved on the final weekend of the World Cup – seven on the victorious German side, as well as Dante and Arjen Robben for Brazil and Netherlands, respectively, in the third-place playoff.

Rummenigge says “I miss the solidarity among the clubs that send many players to the World Cup.”

But how much solidarity should’ve been expected by the reigning champions? The Bundesliga had loads of players on World Cup rosters, and Bayern weren’t alone.

They do dominate the list of Bundesliga teams with players playing in the tournament, knockout rounds and final weekend, but should the domestic league bow to poor Bayern because they have the fiscal power to keep such power on a roster?

After all, how many of the players who share the honor of a roster spot on both teams were developed by Bayern?

Manuel Neuer? No, bought from Schalke. Jerome Boateng was purchased from Manchester City and Mario Goetze was a high-profile pull from Borussia Dortmund last season.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm and Thomas Mueller were all brought up by Bayern.

Here’s a very quick (and perhaps inexact due to the ongoing transfer window) run we took through the World Cup rosters to get a feel for how much more representation Bayern had than the other Bundesliga clubs.

Representatives at World Cup (total players/# in knockout rounds/playing final weekend)
Bayern Munich (13/11/8)
Borussia Dortmund (8/6/5)
Schalke (7/3/3)
Wolfsburg (7/4/1)
Hannover (3/1/1)
FC Augsburg (2/1/1)
Borussia Monchengladbach (2/2/1)
Mainz (5/1/0)
Stuttgart (4/0/0)
SC Freiberg (3/2/0)
Eintracht Frankfurt (3/2/0)
Bayer Leverkusen (3/1/0)
Hamburg (2/1/0)
1899 Hoffenheim (2/1/0)
Hertha Berlin (1/1/0)

Does Rummenigge have a gripe? What say you?

US women will host Switzerland twice in October

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12:  Alex Morgan #13 of United States celebrates her goal to tie the game with teammates Mallory Pugh #2, Crystal Dunn #16 and Carli Lloyd #10 in the second half against Sweden during the Women's Football Quarterfinal match at Mane Garrincha Stadium on Day 7 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 12, 2016 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Celso Junior/Getty Images)
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CHICAGO (AP) The U.S. women’s national team will host Switzerland for two matches this October in Minneapolis and Utah.

The matches for the defending World Cup champions are set for Oct. 19 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, and at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Oct. 23.

The U.S. team has played Switzerland just twice before, with the Americans winning both matches.

The United States is also facing Thailand on Sept. 15 in Columbus, Ohio, before playing the Netherlands in Atlanta on Sept. 18.

The team will be without goalkeeper Hope Solo, who was suspended from the team for six months following comments she made at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The United States was ousted by Sweden in the quarterfinals for the team’s earliest-ever exit at the Olympics.

Report: Florentin Pogba could join brother in Premier League

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Just incase you were unaware, there’s another Pogba. And he too could be playing in the Premier League very soon.

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While it was Paul Pogba that stole the spotlight when he returned to Manchester United for a world-record transfer fee, Florentin — his 26-year-old brother — is drawing interest from England’s top flight.

According to the Sun, David Moyes and Sunderland are launching an $8.5 million bid for the St Etienne defender as a potential replacement for Lamine Kone. The Black Cats still anticipate that Kone will exit the Stadium of Light this season after handing in a transfer request earlier this month.

Pogba has played with the Ligue 1 club since 2012 after joining from lower-division club Sedan. Additionally, the centerback has made 13 appearances for Guinea at the international level.

Transfer rumor roundup: Luiz to return to Chelsea? Spurs interesting in Isco

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In a shocking twist, Chelsea could be prepared to bring back a former defender.

The Blues are reportedly lining up a bid for Brazilian central defender David Luiz, who exited the club two years ago to head to Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1. According to Daily Mail, Chelsea would pay up to roughly $41 million for the PSG centerback.

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Back in 2014, Chelsea received an astounding $65 million for Luiz from the French champions, but he has quickly grown out of favor with the club.

New manager Antonio Conte is looking to sure up the backline before end of the transfer window, and Luiz appears to be a final effort to do that after missing out on several defenders, including Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.


AS is reporting that Tottenham could be in for Real Madrid midfielder Isco.

While Spurs currently boast one of the youngest and most promising teams in the Premier League, Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly keen on adding another playmaker into the fold as Isco’s future in Madrid is unknown.

Isco would leave on a loan deal, and while Spurs are seen as a contender for the Spaniard, Malaga is said to be interested in the player as well.


Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala could be on his way to Porto after joining the English side two years ago.

According to the Guardian, the 25-year-old would likely return to the Portuguese side on loan after disappointing for the Citizens since his arrival in 2014.

With the addition of John Stones this summer, Mangala has fallen further down the pecking order with new manager Pep Guardiola.

Calum Chambers joins Middlesbrough on loan

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 30: Calum Chambers of Arsenal and Scott Arfield of Burnley compete for the ball  during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Arsenal and Burnley at Emirates Stadium on January 30, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Middlesbrough has impressed at times during its return to the Premier League this season, and now the club looks to bolster its backline as the transfer window closes.

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The club announced the loan signing of Arsenal defender Calum Chambers on Tuesday, providing the Boro with a promising young player to contribute in the back.

Chambers, 21, has made 58 appearances in the PL with both the Gunners and Southampton, while also earning three caps for England.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka revaled his excitement over the signing, while also stating that the player addresses a big need on the backline.

“I’m really pleased,” said Karanka. “It’s a position where we’ve been working towards bringing the right player in. We haven’t been in a hurry because Calum was the player we were waiting for, and he’s going to help us a lot.”