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On this day in 1948, German Bundesliga club FC Koln were formed.
But the foundation of Koln was successful after the merger of different clubs. In 1901, a group of young men dissatisfied with a gymnastics club called FC Borussia Koln decided to form a football club and named it Kolner BC. They played professionally in the Zehnerliga West prior to the start of the First World and even won the Westdeutsche Championship in 1912.
In 1907, Spielvereinigung 1907 Koln-Sulz was established as Sulzer Sportverein and merged with Fußball Club 1908 Hertha Sulz to form SpVgg in 1919. This club won the Westdeutsche Championship in 1928. Five years later, the Third Reich oversaw the establishment of 16 divisional league competitions as part of a major reshuffle of German football. FC Koln’s predecessors played in the Gauliga Mittelrhein, one of the 16 leagues.
FC Koln was established in 1948 after a merger of these clubs and won their first divisional championship in 1954. They also reached the final of the DFB Pokal that season but lost 1-0 to Stuttgart. In 1963, they were one of the original 16 teams to play in the newly formed German Bundesliga. Koln were also the inaugural champions in the 1963-64 season by finishing six points above second placed Meidericher SV.
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Tottenham forward Fernando Llorente has revealed that he misses playing for Juventus and that he would love to return to Turin.
The Spaniard has struggled to hold down a first team place at Spurs and he was linked with a move to Chelsea in January. However, the Blues opted to sign Olivier Giroud instead.
Meanwhile, Llorente’s comments will certainly fuel speculations surrounding his future at the London club now.
The former Juventus striker said that the Bianconeri are a big family and he misses the atmosphere at the Italian club. Llorente also revealed how emotional he was when he had to leave the club.
He said: “Juve is a difficult place to leave. I left the Vinovo training ground crying. It’s also true what David Trezeguet said: ‘It’s only when you leave Juventus that you realise what you had’. I miss it like crazy and would love to return. It’s a special club because, despite being an enormous club, it’s like a family inside. There is a fine image of Juventus here and I raise it even more: I always speak very highly of the Bianconeri and give them a good rep.”
Considering the fact that Llorente has failed to make a positive impact at Spurs, his departure is unlikely to make any difference to Pochettino’s side. The Londoners could use a younger and more mobile back up forward anyway.
It will be interesting to see whether the Spaniard decides to move on in the summer. Juventus already have Dybala and Higuain at their disposal and therefore a return to Turin seems unlikely at this stage.
Danny Ings is happy Jurgen Klopp decided to keep him in January.
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The last two weeks would seem to demand another advance of the Fascism Watch. After all, we saw Trump and Nunes collaborate on a work of fantasy that was purpose-built to damage the justice system of the United States. Despite objections from both the FBI and the Department of Justice, Trump unclassified it in full and pushed the document back to the House where it was published without a single letter being redacted.
The White House then “considered” a memo drafted by Democratic members of Congress that pointed out the eras in the Nunes memo and debunked the central theme concerning Republican efforts to demean the FBI and halt Robert Mueller’s investigation. After waiting all week, on Saturday, White House counsel Don McGahn emerged to say that Trump would not be releasing the Democratic memo. His excuse — the FBI and DOJ asked that the memo not be released.
In fact, the exact same people appeared before Trump with concerns about both memos. When it came to the memo Trump wanted to release, he was completely deaf to those concerns. When it came to the memo showing that everything Trump had supported was less substantial than hot hair, suddenly those concerns from the DOJ became concerns.
The absolutely asymmetrical, partisan approach to documents on a matter of genuine national import would seem worth at least another minute of movement toward fascism midnight — especially as Trump continued to make false statements about the FBI in general and FBI leadership in particular.
Really, the only thing that stops the Fascism Watch from advancing is … incompetence. The last two weeks were a showcase of incompetence on the Republican side, from Nunes to Trump to Porter to Kelly to … everything. Trump has certainly demonstrated often enough that it’s possible to be both ridiculous and ridiculously destructive, but this past week has also made it clear that even a direct assault on democracy can be so poorly executed that it simply … fails. This week, these jackasses were simply too bad at everything to fear.
I’ll probably regret that when everyone is forced to take part in the All Americans Must Attend, two thousand mile, Pledge Allegiance to Trump Parade, at the end of which Trump will press his giant button while sitting on his golden throne.
But for now, let’s go read pundits.
The signing of Alexis Sanchez broke footballing records, Manchester United Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward has revealed.
Revealing the club’s quarterly figures, Woodward spoke about the January transfer window’s biggest move in a conference call with investors.
Woodward, the club’s highest-up public figure who represents the owners, the Glazers, in every way, was delighted with the commercial impact of Sanchez signing.
Sanchez signed a four-and-a-half year deal at the club midway through the month and shirt sales broke records for a mid-season transfer.
“Alexis Sanchez has set a new January signing record in terms of shirt sales – three times that previous record,” Woodward revealed, referring to all clubs, not just United.
In terms of social media, Sanchez’s deal was the biggest ever for the club, and trumped Brazilian star Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain from FC Barcelona last summer, football’s most expensive ever deal.
“This trade [Sanchez’s move to United] generated some interesting social media stats,” Woodward continued.
“It was the biggest United post on Instagram with two million likes and comments, the most shared United Facebook post ever, the most retweeted United post ever and #Alexis7 was the number one trending topic on Twitter worldwide.
“To put all that into context, the announcement posts generated 75 per cent more interaction than the sale of the world’s most expensive player last summer when Neymar moved from Barcelona to PSG.”
Paris Saint-Germain attacker Angel di Maria has confirmed that he was close to joining Barcelona last summer, in an interview conducted with TyC Sports.
The player had been linked with a return back to La Liga, however, after his failed move, his focus remains very much on being successful with both PSG and Argentina.
Di Maria also commented on his future ambitions, claiming that he would be interested in a return back to Argentina.
“Close to joining Barcelona”
Di Maria has admitted that he was close to joining his fellow countryman Lionel Messi at the Nou camp last summer.
However, following his failed move away from Paris, he has been pleased with his level of performances at the start of 2018.
Di Maria said:
“I was really close to joining Barcelona but in the end, it wasn’t to be.
I started 2018 on a good foot, though, and I am really happy.
I like assisting goals more than scoring them.”
The Argentine also commented on his future plans:
“My dream was to come to Europe and now it’s my dream to return to Rosario Central.”
The 29-year-old has proven to be a vital asset for the French league leaders this season, despite the arrival of both Kylian Mbappe and Neymar over the summer.
Di Maria has managed an impressive combined total of 27 goals and assists in 28 appearances in all competitions for the European giants.
This will be a huge boost for Argentina ahead of the World Cup with the player starting to return to heights he hit at Real Madrid.
Ahead of this year’s World Cup in Russia, Di Maria said:
“We’ve reached three finals and due to bad luck we’ve not won them, it’s not to do with a lack of balls.
Against Germany, we were the better side but we didn’t get the rub of the green.
Argentina or on a level with German and Spain in terms of names and for what they have to play for.”
Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has been discussing Marcus Rashford‘s future at the club; a topic hotly contested in the media recently.
The Welshman was once himself a fearless left winger, a position that the young academy product now often finds himself in.
Although naturally a striker, Rashford hasn’t perhaps had as much match time as he’d like there but has still been effective from the flanks.
Critics argue that his pace and finishing aren’t being used to it’s full effect but Marcus hasn’t thrown a fit about things and has instead put his head down and gotten to work.
Many fans expect the Englishman to eventually transition into leading the line for United but Giggs has questioned whether that day would ever come.
Writing in the Super 6 Class of ’92 Diary for Sky Sports, Ryan said: “The main problem for Rashford is his best position is as a striker and it doesn’t look as though he’s going to get in ahead of Lukaku.
“He was very good in that position against Yeovil but ultimately he’s not going to get as many goals over a season as Lukaku.
“However, I can’t see Rashford looking at his future at the moment. He’ll get enough games across the four competitions, but the issues are when he isn’t involved in the big games.
“When I first came into the team there were two places for three players – me, Lee Sharpe and Andrey Kanchelskis. So I was just thinking that when I get minutes I have to prove myself.”
Marcus Rashford‘s future has suddenly been the centre of all discussions amongst fans, pundits and even former players since Alexis Sanchez’s arrival at Old Trafford.
Most fans were absolutely delighted that the Chilean international would be joining the ranks and adding undoubted quality to the Red Devils attack.
However, there have since been concerns of what his arrival means for Rashford in terms of match time, particularly since Sanchez’s preferred position is the left wing.
Although the former Barcelona man is a versatile player capable of playing anywhere in Manchester United’s front four, supporters have so far seen him operate from what was predominantly Marcus’ and Anthony Martial‘s ‘position’.
It seemed fans were initially hoping to see Alexis on the right flank with either one of the academy product or the Frenchman on the left wing, Jesse Lingard in the attacking midfield position and finally Romelu Lukaku leading the line to complete a terrifying attack.