Berlin (dpa) – Champions League draw, Supercup and promising elections – This brings football week:
SEARCH FOR TRAINER: At FC Schalke 04 they are looking for a new head coach after divorce from David Wagner. Various names are traded, Manuel Baum is said to be a promising candidate. After the players’ strike and the 1: 4 against VfB Stuttgart, it seems possible that FSV Mainz 05 will soon get a coaching position.
SUPERCUP: The Supercup classic is back. On Wednesday FC Bayern will receive Borussia Dortmund. As the newly crowned European Supercup champion, the three-time winner is aiming for the next title. But both teams have to deal with frustrations: Bayern 1: 4 on Sunday in the league at 1899 Hoffenheim, Dortmund 0: 2 in Augsburg the day before. The defending champion is BVB, who won 2-0 in 2019. But that was a home game. Dortmund lost the last three league matches in Munich with 0: 4, 0: 5 and 0: 6.
CUP NEGOTIATIONS: Third division football team Türkgücü Munich avoided Schalke’s DFB Cup match against Schweinfurt with a lawsuit. Türkgücü claims the starting place of Schweinfurt for himself and does not want to accept the message of the Bavarian Football Association. With an order, Türkgücü was initially right. Monday (10.30 am) I will hear the objection of the BFV at the regional court of Munich. A verdict is expected on the day, but the legal loser is likely to take action and appeal to the higher regional court.
DRAW: FC Bayern, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Borussia Mönchengladbach are looking forward to Nyon. The European Football Association will draw the groups for the Champions League on Thursday. Three-time winner Munich is placed in pot one with last season’s champions, BVB is sorted into pot two. Leipzig and Gladbach each get an opponent from these pots. The draw for the Europa League is scheduled for Friday, Bayer Leverkusen, TSG Hoffenheim and perhaps VfL Wolfsburg are part of the Bundesliga. The wolves must first survive qualifying at AEK Athens on Thursday.
EUROPE LEAGUE: To participate in the group stage draw, VfL Wolfsburg must win one more match. At AEK Athens Thursday is all or nothing for Lower Saxony. For VfL it is already the sixth competitive match of the young season. Until now, the team of coach Oliver Glasner is still unbeaten in the DFB Cup, Bundesliga and Europa League. If it stays that way against the traditional Greek club, the Wolfsburg club has already scored their first goal of the season.
AWARD: There is actually no way to get to Bayern. Star striker Robert Lewandowski and national goalkeepers Manuel Neuer and Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City make the top 3 in the polls for Europe’s Footballer of the Year. The results will be announced on Thursday. The coach of the year was definitely born in Germany: Bayern coach Hansi Flick, last year’s winner Jürgen Klopp of Liverpool FC and Julian Nagelsmann of RB Leipzig are on the so-called shortlist.
INTERNATIONAL: After FC Barcelona’s late start to the season with a convincing 4-0 win against Villarreal and Real Madrid’s 3-2 win against Betis Sevilla, the Primera División clubs will have to play twice in the next week. The games of the fourth match day take place from Tuesday to Thursday, on Sunday the Spaniards will play their fifth match day. The ball also rolls on weekdays in Italy: in addition to a regular game on Monday, there are three make-up games from the Serie A on Wednesday – including the game between top clubs Lazio Rome and Atalanta Bergamo with country player Robin Gosens.