- A suspect arrested for bus bombing
The German Police announced early Friday morning that a suspect was arrested regarding the BVB-bus bombing. The BKA announced a press release for 12.30 local time, we will keep you posted about any further developments about this.
- Bobby Wood to Dortmund?
Here's an odd one, the Hamburger Abendblatt reports that Borussia Dortmund are interested to bring in Bobby Wood in the summer. You can read all about it here.
This rumor is quite the surprise, Wood is a serviceable striker but I'm not exactly sure he possesses the quality for a club like Dortmund even if it's just as a back-up. The 24-year-old scored 9 goals in 27 matches for HSV and it would probably be best for his development if he stays in Hamburg or goes to a club where he could play regularly. This transfer would come out of left field and since he is currently in negotiations with Hamburg for a new contract this just seems like a well-placed rumor by an agent to improve his position during those negotiations but hey you never know.
- No German team in Europe anymore
Schalke was the last German team eliminated from European competitions. After Bayern and Dortmund failed to advance to the semifinals of the Champions League, Schalke lost their duel with Ajax Amsterdam in the Europa League. It will be the first time since 2005 that no German team will be represented in a European semifinal.
The "royal blues" lost in the most Schalke-way possible. Their performance in the first leg was atrocious and they lost it 2-0 in Amsterdam which left them with a mountain to climb in the return leg and they actually did it, kind of. They did not play particularly well but they still got the 2-0 after 90 minutes which sent them to overtime. Momentum was on Schalke's side especially after Veltman got sent off with his second yellow card which gave the Germans a one-man advantage. Caligiuri gave them the 3-0 lead which would have been enough to send Schalke to the semifinals but Ajax somehow managed to come back or rather Schalke somehow managed to screw it up. A 10-men Ajax team somehow was able to score the 3-1 off of a throw in when Viergever was wide open in the box. Weinzierl's team tried to turn things around once again but they failed to do so and Younes even scored the 2-3 for Ajax on a counter attack to close out the game.
Joining Ajax in the semis are Celta Vigo after they beat KRC Genk, Olympique Lyon who beat Besiktas Istanbul 7-6 in a penalty shoot-out and Manchester United who surprisingly had to go to overtime against RSC Anderlecht in their 2-1 victory.
Daily Buzz: Who are your favorites to win the Champions League and Europa League now and which match-ups would you want to see in the semis?