Sport compact: Dismissed trainer Funkel writes a letter to Fortuna fans

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From “A” like American football to “F” like football to “Z” like decathlon: the world of sport is diverse. Every day somewhere in the world there are sometimes more and sometimes less important competitions, which due to the dominance of fewer sports are hardly noticed or even go under. Wrongly, we think – and report here and above all about high-class sport away from football.

January 31: Dismissed coach Funkel writes letter to Fortuna fans: “Never seen such encouragement”

Friedhelm Funkel said goodbye to the Düsseldorf fans with emotional words. “It is a great need for me and it is very important to me to thank you personally,” wrote the soccer teacher released by Fortuna on Wednesday in a handwritten letter published by “Bild”. In his four-year term, he was also fond of Fortuna because of his followers: “I have never experienced such an encouragement as yours: In the games, in January 2019 and now. I have an incredibly awesome for you and my team Thanks to time. I will always remain one of you and carry Fortuna in my heart, “wrote Funkel.

After two defeats at the start of the second half of the season and the fall to the last place in the table, the Düsseldorf club management had separated from Funkel and presented Uwe Rösler as successor on the same day. For the 66-year-old Sparkle, it was the last job in his long time as a professional and coach. In the Bundesliga, he sat on the coaching bench in over 500 games.

January 31: After Bryant’s death – NBA changes rules for all-star game

The North American professional basketball league NBA changes the format of the all-star game in honor of the fatal accident Kobe Bryant. The NBA announced this on Thursday evening (local time) before announcing the other participants alongside the already established starters of the Eastern and Western Conference.

Accordingly, there will be no timekeeping in the final quarter. Instead, the team that has 24 points more on the points account than the leading team after the third quarter wins. The 24 has been Bryant’s iconic, long-standing jersey number for the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant was nominated to the All-Star team 18 times and voted the best player of the evening four times. The All-Star Game 2020 takes place on February 16 in Chicago.

January 29: Curious dismissal after the penalty parade

A dismissal for a goalkeeper is rather the exception to the rule in football. All the more curious was what was happening on Wednesday evening in the stadium at Bremer Brücke in Osnabrück. When the score was 0-0, Osnabrück’s keeper Kühn got an attacker from SV Sandhausen off his feet. Referee Timo Gerach made the right decision: penalty and yellow card. So far so unspectacular. Seconds later, Kühn parried Paqarada’s penalty and ironed out his mistake again. Anyway, he thought. But an assistant referee had looked closely and noticed that Kühn had left the goal line too early and had gained an advantage. Gerach whipped out yellow again and sent the goalkeeper to shower in the 44th minute. And even if Kühn and Osnabrück’s coach Daniel Thioune no longer understood the football world: Gerach had decided according to the rules. The discussion about the repeated tact was of no avail. The repeat penalty was of course in, Osnabrück lost 1-3 in the end and had to let Sandhausen pass in the table.

First sky high cheering – then sad to death: Because he moved too early from the goal line, Osnabrück’s goalkeeper Phillipp Kühn received the yellow-red card. The 911 held was thus worth nothing.

January 29: Boateng buttons Goretzka after foul

A few days before the away game at FSV Mainz 05, the players of FC Bayern München seem to be nerve-wracked. According to “Bild”, several kickers of the record champions clashed during a non-public training session on Wednesday at Säbener Straße. The trigger was therefore a tough entry from midfielder Leon Goretzka against Jerome Boateng. The former international is said to have angrily challenged the ex-Schalke player and hit his face in the right arm during a scuffle. Robert Lewandowski finally separated the argument, from each other, so “picture”. Thomas Müller is said to have interfered in the argument with angry words. At the request of the German press agency, the club did not want to comment on the incident.

January 29: Thiem beats Nadal – now Zverev is waiting

Alexander Zverev meets the Austrian Dominic Thiem in the first Grand Slam semi-final of his career. The 26-year-old from Vienna fought down the Spanish world number one Rafael Nadal in a high-class and exciting match in Melbourne on Wednesday evening (local time). After Thiem had won sets one and two in the tie break, the Mallorcan bit back into the game and secured the third set 6: 4. In the hard-fought fourth set, it went into overtime for the third time. And again Thiem had the better end for himself. After more than four hours, the Austrian ended the match and threw the previous year’s finalists out of the tournament. On Friday there will be a duel with Zverev in the preliminary round. The Hamburg player had previously defeated the Swiss Stan Wawrinka in four sets. In a direct comparison with Thiem, Zverev is 2: 6 behind.

January 29: Fortuna Düsseldorf ends the sparkle era

After slipping to the last place in the table, Bundesliga soccer team Fortuna Düsseldorf apparently reacted and fired coaching legend Friedhelm Funkel. With an official announcement, Fortuna sports director Lutz Pfannenstiel confirmed corresponding media reports. “It was of course very difficult for us to take this step and we deliberately gave ourselves a few days of analysis. Fortuna Düsseldorf owes a lot to Friedhelm Funkel,” said Pfannenstiel. The now 66-year-old coach came to Fortuna in 2016, saved the traditional club from falling into the 3rd league at the time, later promoted to the 1st league with the Rhinelanders and sensationally reached 10th place last season. If Sparkle remains with his earlier statement, his career ends with the end at Fortuna. He had repeatedly emphasized several times: “Fortuna is definitely my last stop”. According to information from the German Press Agency, former Bundesliga professional Uwe Rösler is becoming the new head coach of the Fortunes.

January 28: Federer fends off seven match balls and moves on to the semi-finals

After defending seven match balls, Roger Federer trembled into the semi-finals at the Australian Open of tennis professionals. The record-breaking Grand Slam tournament winner from Switzerland wrestled the American Tennys Sandgren 6: 3, 2: 6, 2: 6, 7: 6 (10: 8), 6: 3 in Melbourne. In the fourth set, the 38-year-old had match balls against him, in the tie-break even three in a row.

At the latest at the beginning of the third sentence, it was already clear that this quarter-final would not be an ordinary working day for Federer. When he had conceded the next loss of serve in the third set to 0: 2 in the third set and allowed himself to make unusual mistakes even with his own break chances, the otherwise level-headed Federer cursed loudly.

The 38-year-old received a warning from referee Marijana Veljovic and continued the discussion when he switched sides before he left the Rod Laver Arena accompanied by a physiotherapist for a break from treatment. He also received treatment before set five. A curious scene in the tie-break: When Sandgren changed sides, a ball child accidentally ran against his right calf.

In the fifth movement Federer looked fresher again. At 3: 2, he made the decisive break with a strong forehand.

Number three in the tennis world had also had problems in the previous two rounds and was only two points away in the third round against Australian John Millman. His semi-final opponent is the Serb Novak Djokovic or the Canadian Milos Raonic.

January 27: Zverev is in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, Kerber is out

Thanks to a class appearance, Alexander Zverev makes his quarterfinal premiere at the Australian Open, Angelique Kerber has to say goodbye after a big fight. After the round of 16, the two German tennis hopes in Melbourne parted ways. The winner of 2016 no longer had enough to counter Russian Anastassija Pavlyuchenkova in the third set on Monday. With the 7: 6 (7: 5), 6: 7 (4: 7), 2: 6, their hopes for the first Grand Slam quarter-finals since their Wimbledon triumph in 2018 were not fulfilled.

Zverev, on the other hand, impressed in parallel against the Russian Andrei Rublev, won 6: 4, 6: 4, 6: 4 and moved into the top eight for the first time at the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.

“Incredible. I played great matches against great opponents,” said the Hamburg interviewer on the pitch. “I’m happy with how I’m playing,” added the seventh in the world rankings, recalling the uncertainty after his weak start to the season with three losses at the ATP Cup.

Zverev is now challenging Stan Wawrinka and fighting to get into his first Grand Slam semi-final. “I’m now playing against a previous champion. It will be very difficult. But I’m ready,” said the 22-year-old. The result: 2: 0 for the young Hamburg. But the Swiss veteran won the title in Melbourne in 2014 and took the Russian US Open finalist Daniil Medvedev out of the tournament in five sets on Monday in the round of 16.

Kerber made up 2-5 in the first set in her first Grand Slam round of 16 in a year, but ended up shouldering her bag as a loser and with a short wave left the court. Pavlyuchenkova, number 13 in the world in 2011, turned out to be from the beginning as an opponent in the other class than Kerber’s previous three opponents, none of which is listed in the top 100. The Russian dictated the events and occasionally shooed the Schleswig-Holsteiner across the square.

In the Margaret-Court-Arena, the left-hander from Kiel could only look behind many a ball without a chance. Your new trainer Dieter Kindlmann may well have set you up for the exam. After all, the 37-year-old Bavarian knows the Russian well from a short time together. But that didn’t help either.

Kerber increased, celebrated the win of the first set with a loud “come on” and his fist. But in the second sentence it was not enough that the world rankings-18. Defeated set balls at 4: 5 and 5: 6. After the lost tie-break, the game turned in favor of the Russian, who in the third round also beat the Czech world number two Karolina Pliskova.

January 27: Spain again European handball champion

After one of the poorest games in the entire tournament, Spain has put on the European handball crown again. In an exciting final, the Iberians defeated Croatia in Stockholm with 22:20. Two outstanding defensive lines did not allow much in the high-class game. Spain led by 17:11 at halftime in front of 17,800 after the Croatians had been three goals in the meantime. Even after the change, the game swayed back and forth. Six minutes before the final whistle, Croatia was once again ahead and the hand on the first ever European triumph. Ultimately, the team around Gonzalo Perez de Vargas, the best goalkeeper of the tournament, was a bit smarter and defended the European Championship title, which it had won for the first time in Croatia in 2018. Bronze previously secured co-host Norway, which swept the chances of Slovenia with 28:20 from the floor.

January 26: Leverkusen beats Düsseldorf 3-0

Football Bundesliga club Fortuna Dusseldorf suffered another setback in the struggle for remaining in the class in the Rhineland neighborhood duel with Bayer Leverkusen. After the 0: 3 (0: 1) defeat, the team of coach Friedhelm Funkel is in last place. In front of 26,250 spectators, Kai Havertz (40th), Lars Bender (79th) and Lucas Alario (89th / foul penalty) scored the goals on Sunday.

Fortuna has lost five of the last six games. Due to the renewed defeat, Funkel comes under pressure with his Fortuna. The hosts, who were superior over long distances, improved their chances in the fight for participation in the Champions League and moved up to fifth place.

January 26: Victory against Croatia – Spain is European handball champion

Spain is European handball champion again. The defending champion won 22:20 (12:11) in the Stockholm final against Croatia on Sunday. In front of 17,800 spectators, Aleix Gomez was the best launcher with five goals. For Croatia, Domagoj Duvnjak from German record champions THW Kiel was also successful five times. Both teams had prevailed against the German team in the course of the tournament. The DHB selection ended the finals in fifth.

January 26: Bremen suffers in the relegation battle

The blatant weakness at home makes the situation for Werder Bremen in the relegation battle increasingly threatening. Against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, the North Germans lost 0: 3 (0: 0) in the Bundesliga on Sunday and thus already suffered their sixth defeat of the season in the Weser Stadium. So far, the team of coach Florian Kohfeldt has only won a game at home. In front of 40,000 spectators, an own goal by Davy Klaassen (65th minute), a heel goal by Christoph Baumgartner (79th) and a goal by Sargis Adamyan (83rd) sealed the next severe setback for the Bremen team, who after the 1-0 in Düsseldorf had hoped for a turnaround at the start of the second round a week ago. So the situation for the green-whites remains extremely precarious.

January 25: Victory against Portugal – German handball players are fifth in the European Championship

National coach Christian Prokop showed the winning fist seconds before the end, his protégés formed a cheering circle with relief shortly afterwards. With a 29:27 (14:13) against Portugal, the German handball players passed the first endurance test for the Olympic qualification and brought the EM to a conciliatory conclusion with fifth place. The DHB selection won the meaningless placement game against Portugal with 29:27 (14:13) in front of around 6000 spectators in Stockholm on Saturday. The best thrower for the team of national coach Christian Prokop, who is returning from a major tournament for the fourth consecutive Sunday without the hoped-for medal, was Julius Kühn with six goals. He was also voted “Man of the Match”.

“It is always better to get out of a tournament with a win than with a defeat. We invested a lot and the team did a good job over long distances. We made life a little difficult with mistakes and mistakes,” said the national coach Christian Prokop at ARD One.

January 25: Austrian Matthias Mayer wins on the Streif – Thomas Dreßen risks too much

Austrian Matthias Mayer won the legendary downhill race on the Streif. It is the first victory for an Austrian in six years. Mayer collects a record prize money of 100,000 euros. From a German perspective, the most important World Cup race did not go so well. The two former German Kitzbühel winners Thomas Dreßen and Josef Ferstl did not play a leading role. Dreßen risked too much after an early mistake and ended up 26th right behind his teammate Ferstl. On Mayern they both missed 1.9 seconds. The fastest German on the Hahnenkamm was newcomer Romed Baumann in seventh place, Andreas Sander was eleventh. There were no falls with serious injuries this year despite the less than optimal visibility in cloudy skies at the spectacle attended by numerous celebrities in Tyrol.

January 25: Zverev without loss of set in the round of 16 of the Australian Open

Like Angelique Kerber, Alexander Zverev is in the round of 16 of the Australian Open. The 22-year-old from Hamburg came on Saturday in Melbourne thanks to a 6: 2, 6: 2, 6: 4 against Spaniard Fernando Verdasco. Against the Russian Andrei Rublev, the seventh in the world rankings has the chance of reaching the quarter-finals on Monday. The 32-year-old Kerber from Kiel then plays against the Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

January 25: HSV boss Hoffmann blackmailed with stolen laptop – police found two perpetrators

According to a report by the “Bild” newspaper, HSV CEO Bernd Hoffmann has been the victim of theft and attempted extortion. “Bernd Hoffmann has been the victim of a crime. He turned to the police very quickly and with confidence. That is why we were able to identify the perpetrators so quickly,” police spokesman Timo Zill told the newspaper. Hamburger SV also confirmed the events on request, but did not want to comment otherwise.

According to this, the boss of the second division football team had been stolen from the ICE last week in which, among other things, his laptop and his wallet were. The alleged perpetrator was identified and arrested with the help of images from video cameras at Hamburg Central Station. When his apartment was searched, the bag and wallet were found, but not the laptop.

A few days later, Hoffmann was emailed to buy his computer back. The 57-year-old responded to the bill. He called in the police who arrested the second suspect. Hoffmann got his laptop back.

January 24: biathlete Denise Herrmann wins individual race at the World Cup in Pokljuka

Denise Herrmann won the individual race over 15 kilometers at the World Cup in Pokljuka in Slovenia and gave the German biathletes their first win of the season. The 31-year-old shot four clean mistakes on Friday for the first time in her career, securing her first win in the longest and most difficult of all biathlon competitions. Second place went to Sweden’s Hanna Öberg, almost one minute behind, Anais Bescond from France finished third. For the former cross-country skier Herrmann, it was the fifth World Cup success three weeks before the start of the World Cup in Antholz (Italy).

January 24: Görges and Williams fail, Wozniacki cries goodbye

Three prominent professionals failed at the Australian Open that night and missed the round of 16. The end of superstar Serena Williams was particularly surprising. The American lost to outsider Wang Qiang from China in three sets and has to wait for her 24th Grand Slam title. Round three also ended for Julia Görges. The 31-year-old lost after a big fight and a playing time of 2:16 hours with 6: 1, 6: 7 and 2: 6 against the American Alison Riske. Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki said goodbye to her fans in Australia. The Danish had announced the end of her professional career before the tournament. After her surprising defeat against the Tunisian Ons Jebeur, Wozniacki stunned a few tears on the pitch – and finally, overwhelmed and accompanied by the Neil Diamond classic “Sweet Caroline”, left the tennis court for the last time as a professional player.

January 23: Official – Podolski changes to Antalyaspor

Lukas Podolski changes to the Turkish first division club Antalyaspor. On Thursday the club tweeted a short welcome with the words “Welcome Podolski”. According to reports from the state-run Turkish news agency Anadolu, Podolski should sign a contract by the end of the coming season. Pictures of the tabloid “Hürriyet” had already shown the 34-year-old, who won the DFB selection in Brazil in 2014, on Sunday when he arrived at the airport of the seaside resort Antalya amidst enthusiastic fans.

Podolski played for Galatasaray Istanbul in the Turkish league from 2015 to 2017. In Germany, fans of 1. FC Köln had hopes of a return of the crowd favorite until the very end. According to the “Express”, Podolski has offered the Bundesliga club to be available as a standby professional for the next year and a half. The Cologne would have decided against it because of the already large number of attackers in the squad.

However, according to the Bundesliga team, the former world champion is returning to his heart’s club in a function that has not yet been clarified. It was agreed that “both a short-term collaboration and the integration of Lukas into the club should be tackled after his active career,” it said.

On Saturday, the Japanese first division club Vissel Kobe announced that the contract with Podolski, which expired at the end of January, was not to be extended. The striker had played for the cup winner in the past three years.

January 23: Australian Open – Kerber and Zverev continue

Alexander Zverev followed Angelique Kerber into the third round at the Australian Open of tennis professionals. The world ranked seventh prevailed on Thursday (local time) in Melbourne against Belarusian Yegor Gerassimov 7: 6 (7: 5), 6: 4, 7: 5. Already on Saturday, the 22-year-old from Hamburg against Nikolos Bassilaschwili from Georgia or Spaniard Fernando Verdasco has the chance to advance to the second round. Previously, Kerber from Kiel had won her second round task with a 6: 3, 6: 2 against Australian outsider Priscilla Hon.

January 22: Flick “wish” fulfilled – FC Bayern borrows defender Odriozola

FC Bayern Munich has fulfilled coach Hansi Flick’s wish for a right-back. As the German soccer champions announced, the 24-year-old defender Álvaro Odriozola will be loaned out by Real Madrid until the end of the season. Odriozola started training with the new colleagues on Wednesday. With the winter transfer, a bottleneck in the defense should be removed. Flick therefore wanted reinforcements.

January 22: Julia Görges is one round ahead, Kohlschreiber has to give up

Julia Görges has moved into the third round at the Australian Open of tennis professionals. The 31-year-old from Bad Oldesloe fought on Wednesday in her second round game after losing her first set against Croatian Petra Martic to a 4: 6, 6: 3, 7: 5 victory. “I still believed that I could turn it,” said the German number two. For Philipp Kohlschreiber, however, the Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne ended because of an injury. Even before his second round match against the Greek semi-finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas last year, the Augsburg player withdrew due to a tear in the abdominal muscle. “It’s nothing super-dramatic. But it’s there and painful with every movement,” said the 36-year-old. The decision not to compete was made after the warm-up.

Görges will play Alison Riske for the knockout round on Friday and could set her best result in Melbourne. In direct comparison with the number 19 in the world, the Wimbledon semi-finalist of 2018 leads with 2-1 victories. “She is a very strong competitor. For me it is again about getting my game through,” said the Fed Cup player.

On windy Wednesday, Görges bit Martic despite losing the first set and a high error rate after 2:06 hours and jerked his arms up and down cheering. For the first time since 2015, she is back in the third round of Melbourne. In the third set, the world rankings-39. already with a break, then 4: 5 behind and finally decided the third comparison with the currently higher Croatian. Martic was number 13 on the seed list, Görges is unset.

January 22: Cruciate ligament tear – top favorite Paris fails for Kitzbühel

Dominik Paris has won the legendary downhill race in Kitzbühel three times. And this weekend, too, the victory on the “Streif” would have only gone over the South Tyrolean. But now nothing comes of it. The 30-year-old crashed on Tuesday at Super-G training in Kirchberg (Tyrol). The devastating diagnosis: cruciate ligament tear. “My season is over,” said Paris. As the Italian association announced, the fibula head was injured in the fall. In 2013, 2017 and 2019, Paris won the classic Kitzbühel. And in the current season, the Italian was also in the front in the Downhill World Cup after two victories on the Bormio Stelvio. Now the Hahnenkamm race (Saturday, from 10.30 a.m.) takes place without Paris. “Get well soon Domme!” Tweeted the World Ski Association FIS on Tuesday evening.

January 22: Telekom “does not want to hide” games of the European Football Championship

Football fans in Germany may be able to watch more games of the 2024 home European Championship live than previously thought. Telekom has announced important new details after the surprising purchase of TV rights for the European Football Championship in Germany. “We do not want to hide the EM and will broadcast more than the prescribed games free to receive,” said Telekom manager Henning Stiegenroth of the German press agency: “You want to” work with partners “.

Stiegenroth said: “The major free TV channels are available: ARD, ZDF, RTL, ProSiebenSat1. We are in talks.” But part of the home EM will only be seen on the Internet. “We also want games just for us,” said the Telekom manager: “There should be more than the necessary games to watch freely, but some are exclusively for us.” Telekom operates the “Magenta TV” internet platform.

According to the Interstate Broadcasting Treaty, all games of the DFB team as well as the opening game, the two semi-finals and the final must be broadcast on free-to-air television. So far, ARD and ZDF had accompanied the EM tournaments. In October 2019, Deutsche Telekom surprisingly secured the exclusive rights to the 2024 European Football Championship in Germany.


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