While Leipzig has lost significant quality in person of Timo Werner (Chelsea) and Patrick Schick (Leverkusen), all hopes remain on Moenchengladbach's shoulders.
"China is the most important market for us internationally," Alexander Jobst told Xinhua in a recent interview. The member of the board for marketing, sales, and organization at the German top tier club said they intend to create a new generation of Royal Blues fans in China over the next years.
Also absent were midfielder Arthur Melo, who joined Juventus from Barcelona in July, Flamengo striker Gabriel Barbosa and Real Madrid left-back Marcelo. Sao Paulo's defender-turned-midfielder Dani Alves is unavailable because of a fractured forearm.
Cologne came out highly motivated after half-time and dominated proceedings, but still the "Billy Goats" squandered a number of chances.
"Our players are highly motivated to beat their opponents on Sunday. We are Esteghlal and can benefit from our previous experience in the competition," he added.
The 37-year-old was among 26 players summoned by head coach Gerardo Martino for the Tricolor's first fixtures of the year, which will be preceded by a five day training camp starting Saturday.
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Asian Americans are experiencing increased racism amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to two reports released Thursday by Los Angeles-based Stop AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) Hate Reporting Center.
Christian Bassogog tapped in a late goal for Jianye but that couldn't alter the outcome.
MADRID, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- Defending La Liga champions Real Madrid kick off their 2020-21 league campaign with a difficult visit to play Real Sociedad on Sunday evening.
Club officials said the number of fans must be manageable.
Having to play every two to three days after only one week of rest "is the biggest challenge all of us have had to face in their career so far." Trying to continue at the highest level requires going beyond physical and mental limits as fan expectations fans are growing.