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.
Neil Emblen, who is in charge of the New Zealand national team on an interim basis, has revealed that he wants to become the permanent manager of the national team. New Zealand football Association recently revealed that it had started looking at various options for the permanent managerial position. The FA also revealed that it had received an overwhelming response through applications for this position. Emblen is also thought to be one of the managers considered for this position, but his record in the last few months has certainly not helped his case.
The team has not managed a single victory since September 2013. They have only managed two 0-0 draws as the only positive results during this period. Even those results came against Trinidad and Tobago and South Africa. This poor run of form may result in the FA considering other options, but Emblen has confirmed for the first time that he wants to remain in charge of the national team. The FA are unlikely to take any risks with the next appointment, as it could seriously hamper their chances of reaching the World Cup 2018. The qualification for the tournament begins in September.
Emblen says that his experience of working with the team for several years – including as an assistant manager – will hold him in good stead.
“I actually haven’t put a CV in to them [NZF] yet. I think it closes midnight Friday, so maybe we’ll see after about 10 o’clock that night, after the South Africa game. The organisation pretty much knows how I feel about the whole thing. I’m happy to retain the role I was in. If they go for a local candidate, then maybe there’s more of a chance. If it’s someone from overseas that’s wanting to do it, and within budget . . . I’m just dictated by what the organisation is thinking,” said Emblen.
New Zealand have decided to make a permanent appointment for the managerial role, which has been currently occupied by Neil Emblen on an interim basis. The court was appointed as the manager of the team following the exit of Ricki Herbert, who managed to lead the team to immense success over the last five years. Their most crowning achievement certainly has to be the 2010 FIFA World Cup. New Zealand not only qualified for this tournament against all expectations, but they also did exceedingly well even against the world champions Spain.
Since then, New Zealand has been unable to hit the heights in terms of international football. This has led to the exit of Herbert and then the arrival of Neil Emblen. However, it is understood that in New Zealand football Association are not too happy with the work done by Emblen. They recently advertised an opening for the comment managerial job. New Zealand FA chairman Andy Martin has revealed that the response for this advertisement has been overwhelming, as he has already received 50 proposals from managers around the world.
Until the permanent appointment is made, Emblen will be leading the team for the upcoming matches and this includes the friendly against South Africa. New Zealand have failed to win any of the last five matches, but they did go on a three match winning run prior to this.
“The key decision is how we put the team together. In an ideal world we’re looking at a coach that’s fulltime, that can deliver on the high stakes. If that proves to be difficult or we’re not able to do that, then we have to look at how we blend the team together,” said Martin. The South Africa friendly is the final friendly match for the team before they prepare for the next World Cup qualifying.
There is a lot of frustration amongst the South African fans after their team recently lost 5-0 at the hands of Brazil. Even though they were taking on the five-time world champions, South Africa were not expected to receive such a hiding in front of the home supporters. They have a chance to redeem themselves when they take on New Zealand in a friendly that was only recently announced by New Zealand national team coach Neil Emblen. Emblen, who has been appointed as the interim manager until a permanent solution is found, will once again be leading the players for this match.
Emblen has been in charge of national team after he succeeded Ricki Herbert, who was the star of the World Cup 2010, following the national team’s failure to qualify for the World Cup 2014. The friendly match will be taking place just a few days before the start of the World Cup. This will be a great preparation for New Zealand, as they target to make an appearance in the World Cup for the 2018 season. The qualification round begins on September and Emblen has already laid down his target.
Emblen has been trying to revolutionise the national team during his unexpected short spell in charge of the team. He has been naming very youthful looking squads for the recent friendly matches.
“Given the nature of our situation with players now based all over the globe, it’s imperative we take every opportunity to bring the group together. A game in Auckland against strong opposition in South Africa – a country with which we enjoy a strong and competitive sporting relationship – ticks a number of important boxes for us on and off the field,” said the coach of New Zealand, whose team are without a win in the last six matches.