The German U17 soccer players started with a win in the European Championship in Israel. The team of coach Marc-Patrick Meister prevailed 3-2 (2-1) in the opening game in NES Ziona against Italy.
Tom Bischoff put the youth selection of the German Football Association in the 24th minute before Paul Werner (27th) added only three minutes later. But shortly before the break by Kevin Bruno (44th) and immediately after the restart by Alessandro Bolzan (48th), the Italians equalized before Dzenan Pejcinovic (56.) scored the winning goal for the German team.
Other opponents in the preliminary round are Luxembourg (4:30 p.m.) on Thursday and host Israel on Sunday (7:00 p.m.). The two best teams in the four groups of four reach the quarter -finals. The final will take place on June 1st in Netany.
The tournaments 2020 and 2021 in this age group were most recently canceled because of the corona pandemic. In 2018 and 2019, the German selection was eliminated in the European Championship preliminary round. The last German U17 title so far existed in 2009.
Carlos Alcaraz is the player of the hour in tennis! The 19-year-old seems to be unstopable and now also won the title at the Masters tournament in Madrid. Is it the top favorite for the French Open in Paris?
Rafael Nadal beaten, Novak Djokovic beat in an absolutely incredible match – and in the final short process with the physically struck Alexander Zverev: Carlos Alcaraz is on fire!
For Zverev, the 19-year-old is currently “the best player in the world”. Alcaraz withdrew on Sunday evening for the Masters tournament in Rome this week in order to concentrate fully on the French Open, which starts on May 22nd.
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Frankfurt, trade fair grounds. 1240 players sit at hundred meter -length tables. It is surprisingly quiet. The concentration can be felt. The Pokémon “International Championships” or European Championships take place here. There are participants from 40 countries and it is one of four major international tournaments in a Pokémon season. The cards, the video game, Pokémon Tekken and Go are played here. Only unite is missing.
It is the first time in many years that a large Pokémon tournament comes to Germany and, according to the participants, also the first offline tournament in two years. International eSport has accepted Nintendo’s invitation: in 2018 we already titled “The underestimated eSport” and take the opportunity to look at Pokémon at the highest level. How does the event work, what is different from FIFA?
It was about these trophies in Frankfurt. Nintendo
participants from 8 to 60 years
The first thing that strikes: Hardly any other fantasy -based competitive competition brings together so many different people. The hall is full of players from 8 to 60 years, women and men, different nations, but here in Frankfurt clearly with a focus on Europe. And it is integrative. Only the skill counts, even the 10-year-olds loosen adults. Nowhere is there a bad word, as competitively as the players are during their games, they are so warm before and after and congratulating good actions.
Actually only a hall with tables: the international championships. Nintendo
A visit to the international championship is actually sobering. There are no much more than a exhibition hall with endlessly long tables and a stage for the stream here – two shops, the opportunity to take part in Side Events, and a few food trucks in the yard.
Match around match is followed by each other. Nintendo
But you could also say: Everything that is necessary is there, after all, the focus is on the fights. And they have it all: Pokémon is highly complex in every version. Even the youngest know every card, know about every Pokémon attack. In the video game, the opponents have to plan several trains as in the chess and only have chances if they can counter the opponent’s strategy.
“Otherwise the chaos would be too big,” says world champion Schulz
With the cards, the cards must always be selected from countless possibilities that offers your own deck. The difference to other collecting card games: at Pokémon the players draw a lot and search their deck. In this way, complex strategies can also be implemented as long as the opponent does not interfere.
As in the video game, the opponents have a Pokémon in combat, and the rest of the team on the bench. International eSport
And Pokémon is no different from other collecting card games: there is a handful of meta decks that are particularly strong. In contrast, strategies must be conceived and included in your own compilation. And beforehand, because a rule at Pokémon is: You shouldn’t change your deck during the tournament.
“Otherwise that would be too big,” says world champion Robin Schulz in our interview. Some decks can be countered with just one card, if you could pack them in, the tournament would end immediately for many players.
In 2018 the student won his trophy, but this time left early and underlines the two points: cover construction and preparation are essential. To win a tournament, you have to “invest time, find the right deck and practice a lot.” For two weeks he wants to meet friends in front of the upcoming World Championships and practice several hours every day – he is already qualified. In Frankfurt, on the other hand, Schulz was “honestly not really well prepared.”
Pokémon is special
Pokémon makes the positive energy and the sense of community that I experience on the tournament weekend. All players I speak to emphasize how happy they are to meet their friends and acquaintances.
The referees discuss. International eSport
This is where relationships are sometimes formed for a life: Baris Akcos, for example, is a referee, or in the German Pokémon language: Professor. He is engaged to one of the caster of the tournament and knows Markus Stadter, who has repeatedly been an expert in International eSports, from events around the world for a long time. “You get around a lot,” he says.
Baris Akcos is “Head Judge” in Frankfurt. He has been a referee for many years and was a player before.
All arbitration organizations are on a voluntary basis, observe the games, pay attention to rules, are open to questions. The further the participants come, the more “professors” watch the games. The temptation to trick is also greater with increasing prize money. “It’s about more money, more prestige, more World Cup points, every decision counts.”
If you do a good job, you will be invited again, including other countries, because there are many international players at the tournaments. For Akcos it is a home game this time, he lives in Frankfurt.
everyone can participate – however, the level is high
Everyone I talk to see as part of a big family and the feeling spill through the whole hall again in the finals. There are fewer spectators than an ESL One or Katowitz here, but they are no less loud or invested. The atmosphere once again gives the fights on stage a very special charm.
The level is high. At the international championships there is the highest prize money after the World Cup. Nintendo
The number of participants is still limited due to pandemic, AKCOS reveals. But already here you can feel the big festival around the little monsters of Nintendo. In principle, everyone can participate, but only really good players at international championships. However, this does not stop the many parents from playing somewhere in any discipline. This rarely exists with other escorts.
It is played in Frankfurt for three days, and on the first the opponents have to fight nine fights. Then it continues in the knockout system with best-of-thread. In terms of competitions, Pokémon is at a level with FIFA, LOL and Co.
The winners of the video and card game, each in three different age groups. International eSport
So Pokémon is not only an underestimated eSport of strong complexity, the entry hurdles are also extremely low and toxicity cannot be observed. So if you are still looking for an integrative, international, yet highly competitive eSport, you should be in good hands in the world of pocket monsters.
After seven years with the amateurs of FC Bayern, Nicolas Feldhahn, who can look back on 40 second and 273 third division games. The team captain’s contract expires, instead of a new adventure, the 35-year-old is retiring. “After seven seasons, the time came when I will end my career at Bayern. I had a wonderful year here and stayed much longer than I initially suspected.”
I had wonderful years here.
Feldhahn himself thinks that he is now at an age to take this step and hang up the football shoes. Bayern Campus director Jochen Sauer says about the leader of the leading player: “He preceded as a personality and captain, was an important conversation partner for us on all topics and a role model for discipline and ambition for the young players.”
twice champions with the Bayern
Feldhahn played in his long career for SpVgg Unterhaching and Erzgebirge Aue in the 2nd Bundesliga, after which he was for Werder Bremen II, careers Offenbach and VfL Osnabrück in the 3rd league on the ball. /19 The regional league championship, the following year he became a third division champion. Feldhahn scored 14 goals in 187 games for Bayern Munich II. After the end of the career, he wants to devote himself more intensively.
Sebastian Kehl, who finally takes over from Michael Zorc in summer, has long since drawn the strings in the background and is driving the upheaval at Borussia Dortmund early. In order to finance further newcomers in addition to the two central defenders Niklas Süle and Nico Schlotterbeck, some players will also have to leave BVB.
There is a lot of speculation. Manuel Akanji, Raphael Guerreiro or Julian Brandt are not uncommon. The black and yellow will probably not leave two professionals, although their contracts expire in 2023: Marco Reus and Mats Hummels.
As the “Ruhr Nachrichten” report, both the captain and the central defender will end their careers in Dortmund. Only it was not yet clear when this could be the case. Kehl has no time pressure in these talks, as Managing Director Hans-Joachim Watzke confirmed at “19:09-The Schwarzgelbe Talk”. The BVB has not yet promoted no hurry and the conversations with Reus and Hummels.
BVB talks with Reus and Hummels-Watzke: “Do not have a hurry”
“Why should we extend with both 18 months before the end of the contract if it could then turn out that they can no longer call up their performance?” Watzke clarified. Reus will be 33 and Hummels at the end of May 34. While Reus is still an important factor and can hardly be replaced on the offensive, also due to the thin personnel situation, Hummels will be exposed to great competition in the coming season.
The “Ruhr Nachrichten” speculate that the two deserved players have to adapt their ideas to the “Hummelsing realities” in possible extensions. That should certainly also affect the salary of the two actors. Reus and Hummels are currently among the top earners in Dortmund.
“Everyone knows what they did. We will take a look at it in peace and speak at some point,” emphasized Watzke and spoke of great trust among themselves.
Nico Schlotterbeck moves to Borussia Dortmund. The 22-year-old receives a five-year contract.
First Niklas Süle, now Nico Schlotterbeck: Borussia Dortmund has caught the next German national football player. The 22-year-old changes from league competitor SC Freiburg to BVB in summer and receives a five-year contract until 2027. With Süle, Schlotterbeck is said to give significantly more stability to the susceptible Dortmund defensive. In view of the new central defender duo, veteran Mats Hummels (33) often threatens a place on the bench.
“Nico has a huge potential. He has by no means selected the economically best offer among many interested clubs, but deliberately chosen the BVB to develop here in sport,” said the future BVB sports director Sebastian Kehl, who was also from 20 years ago Freiburg has switched to the Ruhr area: “I hope that Dortmund will become a new home for me at the time.”
Due to his strong appearances at the SC, Schlotterbeck had sparked the interest of some top clubs. The German record champion Bayern Munich is said to have had him on the note. “We are very pleased that we were able to convince Nico from our way and that he has given a clear commitment to Borussia Dortmund with his signature under a long -term contract,” said Kehl.
Zorc praises Schlotterbeck: “Fits perfectly with BVB”
Before the new adventure begins for Schlotterbeck in summer, he wants to crown his way in Freiburg with the qualification for the Champions League and the DFB Cup victory. “It is important to me to fully focus on the outstanding three games with the SC Freiburg, which we will hopefully play successfully to be able to concentrate. After that, I look forward to the new tasks with the BVB,” said Schlotterbeck after passing the medical check on Monday.
Süle (26) changes free of charge from Bayern to BVB in summer and also signed a long -term contract. Both clubs did not provide any information about the modalities on the transfer of Schlotterbeck. Most recently, however, a transfer fee of around 20 million euros was under discussion.
Marco Rose is happy about the reinforcements. After the bankruptcy in the small district derby against VfL Bochum (3: 4), the BVB coach had sued the defensive behavior of his team. “When I look at the table and see 50 goals, it is clear what the core topic is,” said Rose.
That should change with Süle and Schlotterbeck. “Nico Schlotterbeck is a young German national player who took a great development. His profile fits BVB perfectly,” said outgoing sports director Michael Zorc.
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The two newcomers seem to be clear that central defenders Manuel Akanji and Dan-Axel Zagadou will have no future in Dortmund.
The deal of the deal between Freiburg and the Dortmunders was agreed not to disclose. Of course, it is currently only the contractual period for the new international: June 30, 2027. “Nico Schlotterbeck is a young German international who has taken a great development. His profile fits BVB perfectly,” emphasizes Borussia Dortmund sports director Michael Zorc, who over 20 years of managers will end BVB in a few weeks.
Nico has by no means selected the economically best offer among many interested clubs, but deliberately chosen BVB in order to continue to develop here.
Kehl sees parallels to his Freiburg change 2002
Zorc’s successor Sebastian Kehl knows the way out of the Breisgau into the pot as a player: “Nico’s Weg reminds me of my own, because as a young international my age from Freiburg. I hope that Dortmund was just like back then For me, Kehl becomes a new home for me, about his transfer in summer 2002. Kehl particularly impressed the sporting component of the change. “Nico has by no means selected the economically best offer among many interested clubs, but deliberately chosen the BVB in order to continue to develop here.” In addition, the long-standing BVB professional (2002 to 2015) at SC Freiburg thanked “for the confidential and fair discussions”.
Schlotterbeck wanted “clarity” before the season finale
“In consultation with all the parties involved, I decided to announce my move to Borussia Dortmund today. It is important to me to be able to concentrate fully on the home stretch of the season on the outstanding three games with SC Freiburg. “
Süle comes free of charge, Schlotterbeck costs
After Bavaria’s Niklas Süle, Nico Schlotterbeck is the second central defender, who will newly join the black and yellow from summer. In contrast to Süle, the Dortmunders have to pay a transfer fee for its national team colleague Schlotterbeck, because his contract at SC Freiburg still had a term until June 2023.
since 2017 at the SC, since 2019 with the professionals
Schlotterbeck has been playing for the Freiburger since summer 2017, for which he also celebrated his Bundesliga debut in spring 2019. Real drive took up his career in the 2020/21 season, in which he was awarded to 1. FC Union Berlin. In the second half of the season, he established himself as a regular in the Iron and was in the starting XI 13 times in his 14 missions. He returned to Breisgau at the current season, previously he won the European Championship in the dress of German U 21 (1-0 against Portugal).
His upswing continued in Freiburg, and he has become an integral part of SCF coach Christian Streich’s starting eleven. He played all of his 30 league games from the start, only five times he had to get off the field prematurely. His achievements finally led him to the circle of German elite Nico Wegs: in the 2-0 win of the DFB selection on March 26 in Hoffenheim against Israel, he made his debut in the national jersey. Now he dares to take his career in Dortmund.
With 13 goals, Michael Eberwein from Halleschen FC is one of the most dangerous strikers in the 3rd league. In the coming season, the former talent from FC Bayern will probably work for Borussia Dortmund.
As the “picture” reports, Eberwein joins the BVB reserve team in the summer. In the case of black and yellow, the attacker should sign a long-term contract until 2026.
In addition, Eberwein should be given the opportunity to train with the professionals of coach Marco Rose and possibly recommend a squad square in the Bundesliga team.
Eberwein comes from the youth department of FC Bayern. However, he was denied the breakthrough among the Munich. In 2015 Eberwein followed Borussia Dortmund II.
He scored 28 times for the amateurs of the district club in 84 games. There are also 13 templates. Despite the good rate, his contract was not extended.
Three years later, Eberwein switched to Fortuna Cologne before signing with Holstein Kiel after just one season. Since summer 2020 he has been under contract with Halleschen FC, where his working paper expires at the end of the current season. The BVB would not have to pay a transfer.
Hallescher FC fights for relegation
With Halleschen FC, Eberwein is fighting for relegation in the 3rd division. With a win against Viktoria Köln at the weekend, the HFC could have made it clear to remain the league, but the club did not get beyond a 1-1.
BVB II, on the other hand, recently celebrated a 3-1 win over 1. FC Kaiserslautern and thus jumped to the 8th place in the table.
Eberwein is considered to be strong and physically robust players who have a high game intelligence. The 26-year-old can play both in midfield and in the storm tip. In the current season he was 34 times for Halleschen FC on the pitch, 13 goals and three templates have so far been booked.
The 29-year-old broke out a shoulder blade and two ribs on Sunday at the Mass Carbolage 62 kilometers.
In addition, he moved into a lung injury.
That announced his team Quick Step in the evening.
His condition is stable.
Alaphilipe stay for the time being for the observation in the hospital.
How long he fails was not communicated.
In the accident, Alaphilippes Belgian teammate Ilan Van Wilder was involved.
He broke his pine and is also treated in a clinic as well.
The Victory in the classic was secured by the Belgian Jungstar Remco Evenepoel, who also drives for Quick Step.
Disruption: Marco Kostmann can not stop the negative run of the Arminia at least before. In his debut as an interim coach, Bielefeld had to give up 1: 3 in Cologne.
Nevertheless, the former goalkeeper coach, who was temporarily promoted to the chief coach on Wednesday, drew a positive conclusion: “I was satisfied with the attitude and commitment. We thrown in what we did during the week.” Ultimately, however, it still “hurt because it is only about the points shortly before the end of the season.”
Stefan Ortega Moreno summarized the third defeat in a row and seventh of the last eight games: “We have lost. Ultimately, it’s all about.” It was “balanced game”, Bielefeld had shown a “reasonable performance”. “But in the moments when everything is about, just naive.”
One of these moments offered the only 18-year-old Burak Ince, who had been substituted in the 77th minute to his second Bundesliga mission. Eight minutes later, the youngster had the chance to equalize at the meantime of 1: 2, but Cologne’s Marvin Schwäbe parried. In return, Jan Thielmann decided the game for the 3-1 final score (86th).
“Burak was the second game, we cannot blame it. He is not the guilty for it now,” said Ortega Moreno in front of his teammate. Rather, the result is a reflection of the past few weeks: “We have been doing the shit that we did for a long time,” the German-Spaniard stated. “I could just throw up.”
I’m just not fine. I’m not feeling well for a while.
Stefan Ortega Moreno
The visibly emotional goalkeeper also gave an honest insight into the emotional world of the relegation battle. “I’m just not feeling well. I’m not doing well for a long time. It is a strenuous situation. I think it is so every1. “That’s why I try to collect myself. To come down.”
After that, the view is looking back on the coming matchday. At the moment, the penultimate Bielefeld is separating more three points from 16 and Stuttgart in a game. VfB could expand the distance tomorrow (5:30 p.m.) at Hertha. The Arminia also welcomes the Berliner next Saturday (3:30 p.m.).