Upon appointing Babbel, Wanderers chairman Paul Lederer remarked how the board was swayed by the German’s confident vision for the club. But there’s nothing tangible in a vision, nor confidence – and there’s no surprise that a player who rubbed shoulders with the game’s very elite should be abounding in the latter – you don’t multiple Uefa Cup finals without self-belief. Simply put: they bought the hype. … [Read more...] about A third A-League coaching casualty looms – but is the coach or the club to blame?
The decision is as much a mystery as it is the obvious course of action. Kurz’s record falls into the latter category, with four wins, three draws and six losses – Victory’s most defeats to date, just halfway through a season. The club’s 15 points is equal to their lowest tally in history after 13 outings, alongside 2007-08 (a middling season between two championships under Ernie Merrick) and 2011-12 (the transition period under Mehmet Durakovic, caretaker Kevin Muscat and then Jim Magilton). They are not results befitting the expectations of four-time A-League champions. … [Read more...] about Melbourne Victory’s decision to sack Kurz a mystery as much as it was obvious
19-year-old Erling Haaland scored a scarcely believable 20-minute hat-trick to rescue Borussia Dortmund on a fairy tale first appearance for the club. The Black and Yellows found themselves 2-0 and then 3-1 down away at Augsburg after the hosts exploited some typically poor defending with some impressive football of their own - Marco Richter with a long-range screamer in between two neat moves finished off by Florian Niederlechner. But after Julian Brandt had kept Dortmund in the game, second half substitute Haaland single-handedly turned the tie on its head, his three goals complementing a Jadon Sancho strike as Dortmund ran out 5-3 winners. What a game. What a signing. What a debut. What a player. … [Read more...] about Bundesliga Bulletin: Hat-trick hero Haaland saves Dortmund, RB Leipzig extend lead