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New Zealand have brought in Anthony Hudson has the new permanent manager to replace Ricki Herbert, who was relieved of his duties several months ago. New Zealand football Association has been considering offers from several managers across the world for their vacant managerial position. It has so far been taken care of by former assistant boss Neil Emblen. However, it was revealed a few months ago that Neil Emblen would not become a permanent manager despite having been one of those to register an official interest.
This decision appears to have been taken because of the poor results that the national team has had under Neil Emblen as the interim coach. Hudson was previously linked with the vacant managerial position at Bahrain, but he has chosen to join New Zealand. The All Whites are ranked 105 in the world, but they are one of the few teams with this ranking that can dream of a World Cup spot. The lack of much competition from the oceanic region means that New Zealand could be seen at the World Cup 2018.
They have qualified for the 1982 and 2010 World Cup. They will be keen on repeating the feat once again and the World Cup qualifiers will begin shortly.
“I want to go to the World Cup. I want to make history with the All Whites by going further than we’ve ever gone, and I want to do it in a certain way. We need to be showing up to training and how we work every day with one thing on our mind, and that’s to make history; to improve football in the country and make people happy,” said Hudson after taking in charge. Since the 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia in September 2013, New Zealand are without a victory in all competitions.
Poland international Robert Lewandowski completed his much awaited transfer from Borussia Dortmund networks rivals Bayern Munich. At his unveiling, he stated that his main ambition is to win a lot of titles at his new club. Bayern will certainly provide a lot of opportunities to do so especially since they have won at least two trophies every season in the last few years. Lewandowski will be replacing Mario Mandzukic, who has joined Atletico Madrid for an undisclosed transfer fee. Lewandowski will be one of the highest earners in this Bayern Munich team.
Since he was available on a free transfer, he is thought to have agreed a $75 million/five-year contract that makes him one of the best paid players in the world. At 26 years of age, he has a lot to offer for the Bayern Munich team. He scored more than 100 goals during his four-year spell at Dortmund. He joined Dortmund for a fee believed to be in the region of €4.5 million. He comes into the Bayern Munich team as one of the top strikers in two world. He would also fit well into the Bayern Munich’s passing system, which was seen as one of the reasons for Mandzukic leaving the club.
“It was time to take the next step. I knew that Bayern Munich are of the level where I can be an even better player and win even more titles. I feel really good. I have had a great break and I am certainly raring to go. I am starting a new chapter,” said Lewandowski. Bayern started the new campaign is overwhelming favourites to once again win the league title. After a few years of domination from Dortmund, Bayern have now won back-to-back league titles. Guardiola will also be looking to challenge for the Champions League.
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