T minus 4 days.
We're still awaiting the most important game of the year. While we do that we've got some international friendlies and WC-qualifiers to watch and whaddya know, there are some actually interesting games happening. Costa Rica-USA and Chile-Uruguay are probably the most important games today simply because they actually mean something. In Europe we've got Italy-Germany and England-Spain going which seems amazing until you realize that both are friendlies and some coaches didn't even bother to nominate their best players. Let's hope the games will be good nonetheless.
- Watzke announces talks with Roman Weidenfeller
Talking to German outlet kicker, Watzke said that GM Zorc will talk to Weidenfeller about his plans for the future during the winter break. The contract of the 36-year old goalkeeper is running out at the end of the season.
Watzke did not reveal any more details but it was insinuated that they will let "Weide" decide what to do, either extend with Dortmund or let him leave and play for another club. The only thing that is 100% sure is that once he retires he will stay with the black and yellows in another capacity.
Dortmund has a history of employing retired players in different positions for the club. GM Michael Zorc and youth coordinator Lars Ricken are just two examples. It isn't clear yet what Weidenfeller will do but there are different options available for him, GK-coach, youth coach, management position, etc.
- Ciro Immobile talked yet again about his time in Dortmund (I know, I know)
In an interview with kicker the biggest BVB-bust in recent memory talked about the problems he had in Germany: "Dortmund? I didn’t think my season was bad. There were problems in the dressing room. It wasn’t the Dortmund I knew.".
The "lies": "That I disturbed my neighbors early in the morning and my wife and I refused to learn German are all lies", of the German press.
And why he liked Klopp more than Tuchel: "German is difficult to learn, but with Klopp at least there was a translator. Tuchel froze me out and it was difficult to understand."
It isn't the first time Immobile complained about his BVB-stint and I don't expect it to be the last. On one hand I do understand him, he was in Dortmund during the worst possible time and he was criticized unfairly but on the other hand his performances were sub-par most of the time.
Daily Buzz: Speaking of busts. What are the biggest football busts you can remember and is Immobile actually the worst BVB-transfer ever?