Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Injuries Cloud Over Germany's 'Der Klassiker'
Reuters, November 21st, 2013 3:15PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  bayern munich, germany

MOST COMMENTED

Borussia Dortmund hosts Bayern Munich in Saturday’s “Der Klassiker,” Germany’s version of La Liga’s ‘El Clasico,’ in the midst of a huge injury crisis. In fact, the BVB’s entire starting defense that it won the double with in 2012 is missing through injury. Center backs Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic have both been lost to long-term injuries, while Marcel Schmelzer and Lukasz Piszczek are also unavailable. Earlier this week, Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp signed free agent Manuel Friedrich as cover for his ailing defense.

"I have never seen such an extreme situation at Dortmund,” said Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke. “Our entire defense with which we won the double (in 2012) has been obliterated. We should not be talking about the title now. We have to keep on their heels."

Bayern, which recently set a German record with its 37th consecutive Bundesliga game without defeat, is not without its injuries, too. Ballon d’Or contender Franck Ribery will miss the game with a cracked rib, and vice captain Bastian Schweinsteiger is also still a long-term absentee.

Though Dortmund is only four points behind Bayern, the media has labeled Saturday’s clash at Signal Iduna Park a must-win game if the BVB wants to sustain a title challenge against Pep Guardiola’s men.

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Aguirre Named Japan Coach     
Former Mexico coach Javier Aguirre on Thursday was appointed head coach of the Japanese national team, ...
Swans Sign Montero    
Swansea on Thursday signed Ecuadorian winger Jefferson Montero on a four-year deal from Mexican club Morelia. ...
Orlando City Admits Robinho Talks     
Orlando City owner Flavio Augusto da Silva revealed that the MLS club is in advanced talks ...
Piazon Heads to Frankfurt on Loan    
Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday signed Chelsea midfielder Lucas Piazon on a season-long loan. The Brazilian, 20, ...
Man City U21's Racism Claim to be Investigated    
The Croatian soccer federation (HNS) has said it will investigate Manchester City's claim that one of ...
Gareth Bale: La Liga Trumps English Premier League    
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale believes Spain's La Liga is superior to the English Premier League ...
Report: CAS Could Reduce Suarez Ban    
An unnamed source from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) tells Goal.com that Luis Suarez's ...
Spurs Signs Vorm, Davies; Swans Sign Sigurdsson    
Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday signed Dutch international goalkeeper Michel Vorm and Wales defender Ben Davies from ...
Stoke Signs Krkic From Barcelona    
Stoke City on Tuesday completed the signing of Bojan Krkic from Barcelona. Krkic, 23, became the ...
Report: Lampard Completes NYCFC Move     
Former Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has completed a move to new MLS franchise New York City ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives