Hello there, a lengthy and quite frankly boring international break is slowly coming to an end. Thankfully for all of us we'll get a little treat at the end of it when the Bundesliga resumes with Der Klassiker next Saturday. Until then let's see what me missed this weekend.
- Sadly we have to start with tragic news. Alfred "Aki" Schmidt lost the battle against a severe illness, passing away at the age of 81 last Friday.
He was a part of one of the black and yellows most successful eras in the late 50s and early 60s. "Aki" won two German championships in 1957 and 1963, a DFB-Cup in 1965 and was one of the "Heroes of 66", when Borussia Dortmund became the first German team to win an international Cup, winning the European Cup Winners' Cup against Liverpool.
The article on bvb.de that is linked in the tweet details Schmidt's career and all his achievements on and off the field, it is a fantastic read that I recommend to every BVB-fan.
We sadly say goodbye to a BVB icon.
- Usain Bolt will participate in a BVB-training session in the future.
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been nominated for African footballer of the year.
Auba was able to win this award last year, hopefully the Gabon striker will repeat. His toughest competition will probably be Riyad Mahrez who was able to finish off a fairy-tale season with Leicester City on top of the Premier League.
- Here's a fun one: BILD claim that Dortmund will bid Nuri Sahin + €15 mil. for Gladbach's Mahmoud Dahoud.
The 20-year old prodigy is one of Germany's biggest midfield talents and could be seen as a possible Gündogan replacement. Dahoud is rumored to have a buy-out clause next summer for €10 mil., getting him at that price would be a bargain. While it is possible that Gladbach will sell him in the winter to maximize the transfer-fee it seems highly unlikely that this trade will be enough to get him.
What do you guys think? The usual international break nonsense or a real offer?
- Happy Birthday to Roman Bürki! Our number 1 turns 26 today.
Daily Buzz: One of our readers had a fun theory over in the fanposts-section. It is about Mkhitaryan and a possible return in January. So here's my question, do you want him back and more importantly do you guys think we need him back?