Good Morning Fear the Wall!
The big news this morning is the news that many German football fans have been waiting for: Joachim Löw has announced that he will step down as head coach of the German national team. Löw plans to step down as Germany coach after this summer’s European Championships, which are Euro 2020 but are scheduled to happen in 2021, because everything is going very well and life is totally normal.
Löw has experienced incredible highs as Germany coach, finishing as runners up in the European Championships in 2008 and winning the World Cup in 2014. But since 2014 things have been less positive. Germany did reasonably well in Euro 2016, losing to France in the semi finals, but they failed to get out of the group stages in the World Cup in 2018. The gradual decline on the pitch has been coupled by some high profile issues with key players, culminating with Löw dropping Thomas Müller, Mats Hummels, and Jerome Boateng in an attempt to integrate the next generation of German nationals and freshen up Die Mannschaft.
It’s unclear who will replace Löw, but Jurgen Klopp and Hansi Flick are sure to be in the running. As to what Löw will do next, there are rumors that he is going to join Celtic FC, who lost the league title to Rangers this season, the first time they have failed to win their national title in 1,000,000 years.
Joachim #Löw will step down as @DFB_Team national team head coach after @EURO2020 speculation that he is leaving to take over an exciting new project at @CelticFC in Scotland. Keen to dethrone Steven Gerrard pic.twitter.com/nkYjyyUKMc— Goal (@Goal__uk) March 9, 2021
Borussia Dortmund Interested in Stade Brest Midfielder
Reports coming out of France list Borussia Dortmund as one of a number of clubs interested in Stade Brestois 29’s 22-year-old midfielder Romain Faivre. BVB are monitoring Faivre’s progress this season, along with Bayer Leverkusen, Leeds, and Olympique Lyonnais.
The young Stade Brest midfielder is having a breakout season after joining from AS Monaco for ~€350k in the summer. He is one of a number of exciting young players in a really fun Brest side that seems to treat defense as optional (almost half their Ligue 1 games have finished with at least one team scoring three goals). Faivre is primarily an attacking central midfielder, but he is also comfortable playing out wide. He’s a really well rounded player that puts in a good shift defensively while being excellent in terms of ball progression (especially ball-carrying) and creating chances in the final third, all while being relatively safe in possession. So far this season he has put up 0.33 G+A/90 while leading the team in shot-creating actions per 90 (5.11), and progressive carries per 90 (7.65).
Faivre won’t be cheap, as it is thought that Brest will ask ~€20m for him, and there will be plenty of competition for his signature, but I think he would be a really promising move.
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