The Bundesliga resumes this weekend with matchday 12, one week later on matchday 13 we will get the first Monday fixture this season when 1.FC Nürnberg take on Bayer Leverkusen on December 3rd. Therefore several fan groups have announced fan protests in the coming weeks and will stop supporting their team in the first half of the upcoming games.
“Our demand on the representatives of the clubs in the DFL is clear: Abolish the Monday games and the kick-off times during the week! [...] “This development may not be accepted by us fans, because only we can counteract this trend with closed and strong protest in the sense of a football for the fans and not one of financial profit. “
- BVB players on international duty
Several Borussia Dortmund players were on international duty, let’s see how they’ve done:
Marco Reus: Had to take a break because of a bruise but still got to play about 30 minutes in Germany’s 2:2 draw against the Netherlands.
Jadon Sancho: The Englishmen was in the starting eleven of the Three Lions for the first time in his career in a 3:0 win against the USA in a friendly. In the far more important Nations League match vs Croatia he came on for the last 20 minutes and helped turn a 0:1 deficit into a 2:1 win.
Christian Pulisic: Started bot friendlies for the USMNT and became the youngest captain in USA-history. Nevertheless the team lost both games, 0:3 vs England and 0:1 vs Italy.
Mo Dahoud: Gave his comeback for Germany’s U21 team in a 2:1 victory against Italy.
Thomas Delaney: Played for Denmark in their 2:1 win against Wales, the idfielder was suspended for Denmark’s second game.
Axel Witsel: He started both games for Belgium. The first was a 2:0 victory over Iceland, he second a shocking 2:5 loss against Switzerland even though the Red Devils led 2:0 in that game.
Dan-Axel Zagadou: won 1:0 with France’s U20 against Norway.
Raphael Guerreiro: Played only a few minutes in a 2:2 for Portugal against Italy.
Achraf Hakimi: Qualified with Morocco for the Africa Cup of Nations after their 2:0 win against Cameroon.
Dzenis Burnic: Appeared in both games for Germany’s U20, 3:3 vs Italy and 0:3 vs England.
Former BVB-star Ousmane Dembélé isn’t having a great time in Barcelona right now. The career of the extremely talented youngster is still marred by various disciplinary problems and new rumors suggest Barcelona would be willing to let him go. Liverpool could be one of the interested clubs.
If Dembélé really leaves Barcelona, Dortmund would profit immensely from the transfer. BVB still have to receive 30€ million in bonus payments from the transfer and would get the entirety if Barcelona would sell him.
Youssoufa Moukoko is currently just 14 years old but he’s already considered Dortmund’s, if not Germany’s biggest talent. The striker has already scored 22 goals in just 12 games for BVB’s U17 team while playing against opponents who are usually 3 years older than him.
Now he has talked for the first time to one of the biggest German outlets, Sport Bild, and he hasn’t exactly held back:
“I want to be honest, it’s my goal to turn pro in Dortmund, win the Champions League with Borussia and get the Ballon d’Or.”
Moukoko also talked about his switch from St.Pauli to Dortmund and the first steps at the club:
“The first stages were hard, when I came from St.Pauli to Dortmund. (To play) for such a big club - as such a young player, that was a huge step. [...] In the U15 we had a coach (Peter Wazinski) who didn’t just praise us. He knew we could do more. Maybe I was a bit lazy then.”