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The Daily Bee (September 6th, 2019): Matchday - Energie Cottbus vs Borussia Dortmund

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BVB play a friendly against the 3rd league side

Energie Cottbus v FC Bayern Muenchen - DFB Cup Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images
  • Energie Cottbus vs Borussia Dortmund

BVB will play a friendly today against Energie Cottbus with the remaining players that didn’t get a nomination for their national team. The game will be played in Cottbus at 17.00h CEST and will be available on Facebook (English commentary), YouTube and BVB-TV.

The friendly is a good way to get playing time for some players. In addition Energie Cottbus, a former Bundesliga side, is currently in financial trouble and a friendly against a side like Borussia Dortmund can at least help them a little bit.

Energie Cottbus has been criticized for their right-wing ties over the years. In order to fight discrimination of any kind BVB want to send a message and will play with their special jersey with “Borussia Verbindet - Gemeinsam gegen Rassismus” (Borussia Unites - Together against racism).

  • International games

Four BVB-players were on international duty yesterday and most of them were quite successful.

Two Dortmund players were able to score for their teams, Paco Alcacer started for Spain and scored the winner in their narrow win against Romania and Thomas Delaney scored in Denmark’s 6:0 thrashing of Gibraltar. Manuel Akanji was not able to get a win with Switzerland against Ireland, the game ended 1:1. In addition, Dan-Axel Zagadou won 4:0 with France’s U21 against Albania.

According to a report from El Pais, Lionel Messi has a rather unusual clause in his contract. At the end of every season Messi can decide to leave Barcelona on a free transfer. Messi has definitely deserved a special status in Barcelona for his accomplishments over the years but this is still unheard of in modern football. Even though Messi is already 32, Barcelona would still likely get a transfer fee over 100€ million for him. Losing him for free would be devastating for Barca. On the other hand it seems unlikely that he’ll actually use his clause, unless Michael Zorc works his magic.