Bordeaux winner of the Challenge Emiliano Sala against Caen, Nantes loses again / Friendly / Bordeaux-Caen (2-1) / July 18, 2021 /

Finally a new title for the Girondins!

In Orleans for the weekend on the occasion of the Emiliano Sala Challenge with a four-team table, Bordeaux – winner of Niort on penalties on Friday – returned Caen to the “final” of this event (2-1) and finished in the first place. The Girondins were surprised by a goal from Russian defender Vladislav Molchan (20, not yet competing with the Caen pros) upon receiving a corner from the second minute. But they logically equalized from the start with a sharpened Rémi Oudin from afar (47e), then went ahead thanks to the famous Sékou Mara, who came into play a few minutes earlier and on the lookout at the penalty spot at the end of the match (84e)

Earlier in the afternoon for the “small final” of the tournament, the Chamois Niortais (18it is Ligue 2 in 2020-2021) won against FC Nantes (1-0) despite an overall domination of the yellow and green. Unable to conclude, the Canaries gave in on a free kick from Mathis Ansar badly returned by Alban Lafont (81e) and left Loiret with two defeats against training from the anteroom (after the 1-0 defeat against Caen on Saturday).

But hey, a fourth place (out of four) remains a fourth place …

JB, at the Source stadium


Olympic France defeats South Korea (2-1) in preparation / Olympic Games / France /

Three imaginary points before Tokyo.

The victory against South Korea (2-1), this Friday afternoon, however, took a long time to take shape, especially since it was the Koreans who opened the scoring through Kwon at the 63e minute, on a penalty) caused by Modibo Sagnan.

Scrambled, battered, but enterprising, especially after the opener, France returned to the match after a great collective movement. At the 83e minute, a cross from Téji Savanier – his favorite weapon this afternoon – finds Melvin Bard in the area, then Anthony Caci behind. His shot off target is well picked up by Randal Kolo Muani and allows the Blues to return to the game. But things do not end there: the Rémois Nathanaël Mbuku – well helped by the Korean goalkeeper – gives the victory to his team with a vicious strike in the 88e. Six players came into play during the match, including the two scorers, on the French side.

100% success for France in preparation!


1. FC Köln: Niko Kovac brings Ismail Jakobs to AS Monaco – transfer to Häßler

Olympic participation canceled

The first version of this article appeared on July 12th at 7:51 pm and has been updated afterwards.

Now it’s perfect: Winger Ismail Jakobs is leaving his youth club 1.FC Cologne and moving to AS Monaco in the French Ligue 1 and to coach Niko Kovac. Both clubs officially announced the transfer, which had been emerging for days, on Monday evening. Jakobs has signed a contract in Monaco that will run until 2026.

The information on the fee vary. Initially, there was talk of a fixed 8 million euros for the 21-year-old national youth player, but the French media reported 6.5 million at the weekend. The “Kicker” wrote 7.5 months and a further 1.5 million euros in bonuses, which flow in a certain number of stakes, while the club-related “Geissblog” reported a market value of 7 million euros with bonuses of over 2 million more. With the latter sum, Jakobs would rank among the ten most expensive sales in FC history and just behind Thomas Häßler, who switched to Juventus in 1990 for the equivalent of 7.8 million euros. According to TM information, the transfer fee is between 6.5 and 6.8 million euros and can increase by 1.5 million euros through bonuses.

With Bittencourt and Podolski: 1. FC Köln’s most expensive sales

19 – Birger Verstraete | 2021/22 for 2 million euros to Antwerp

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Stand: 12. July 2021

18 – Pascal Ojigwe | 2000/01 for 2.1 million euros to Bayer Leverkusen

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17 – Sunday Oliseh | 1997/98 for 2.3 million euros to Ajax Amsterdam

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16 – Youssef Mohamad | 2011/12 for 2.53 million euros to Al-Ahli

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15 – Christian Clemens | 2013/14 for 2.8 million euros to FC Schalke

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13 – Kevin Vogt | 2016/17 for 3 million euros to Hoffenheim

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13 – Dominique Heintz | 2018/19 for 3 million euros to SC Freiburg

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11 – Anthony Ujah | 2015/16 for 4.5 million euros to Werder Bremen

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11 – Yuya Osako | 2018/19 for 4.5 million euros to Werder Bremen

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8 – Serhou Guirassy | 2019/20 for 6 million euros to Amiens SC

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8 – Leonardo Bittencourt | 2018/19 for 6 million euros to Hoffenheim

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8 – Kevin Wimmer | 2015/16 for 6 million euros to Tottenham

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7 – Ismail Jakobs | 2021/22 for 6.5 million euros to AS Monaco

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6 – Thomas Häßler | 1990/91 for 7.8 million euros to Juventus

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5 – Lukas Podolski | 2006/07 for 10 million euros to FC Bayern

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4 – Yannick Gerhardt | 2016/17 for 13 million euros to VfL Wolfsburg

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3 – Jhon Córdoba | 2020/21 for 15 million euros to Hertha BSC

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2 – Lukas Podolski | 2012/13 for 15 million euros to Arsenal

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1 – Anthony Modeste | 2018/19 for 29 million euros to TJ Tianhai

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A loan fee of EUR 5.7 million had already been transferred beforehand

Commenting on his departure from FC, Jakobs said: “I’m incredibly grateful to FC. I grew up here and made the leap to the pros here. FC will always be my home club. At the same time, I’m very happy that the club made it possible for me to go to Monaco now. That was my wish in order to develop myself on a new level and at a top club in Europe. I wish my team-mates at FC, Steffen Baumgart and the FC fans all the best for the season. I would like to thank everyone responsible, the employees at Geißbockheim and our fans who have accompanied me on this journey. “

Because of the move to AS Monaco: Ismail Jakobs does not take part in the Olympic Games

After the transfer announcement, the German Football Association announced that Jakobs would not be traveling to the Olympic Games in Japan because of the club change. The German team is leaving for the Far East with 18 players left. In Wakayama City, the team of trainer Stefan Kuntz will move to a training camp in preparation, during which they will play a friendly game against Honduras on July 17th (10:00 a.m. CEST). The first group game will be played by Team D Football on July 22nd (1.30pm CEST / ARD and Eurosport) in Yokohama against Brazil.

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The most expensive sales of 1. FC KölnTo the record deals
Jakobs was firmly integrated into the Cologne professional squad from the youth in 2019. Since then, the U21 European champion has played 47 competitive games in which he scored four goals and four assists. FC Managing Director Alexander Wehrle praised Jakob’s development: “He stands for our way of relying on our own offspring and enjoys great sympathy among our fans. On the other hand, Iso’s wish was to switch. He communicated that to us personally again last week. He wants to take the next step and establish himself on an international level with the chance of participating in the Champions League. That is understandable, even if you don’t like to let a homegrown like Iso grow. “

In addition to Kovac, Jakobs will meet the Germans Alexander Nübel (24; loan from FC Bayern) and Kevin Volland (28) in Monaco.

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Bukayo Saka, the surprise of the chef Southgate / Euro 2020 / Final / Italy-England /

Holder three times since the start of the Euro in an England team full of attacking talents, Bukayo Saka is undoubtedly the biggest surprise concocted by Gareth Southgate since the start of the tournament. And it’s not over, since the young prodigy, one of the few players able to sketch a smile on the faces of Arsenal fans in recent months, has every chance of making his debut against Italy again. this Sunday evening in the final (9 p.m.). Watch out, thrill player.

With almost every publication of the scoresheet since the match against Czechia, the same astonishment on the faces of the English supporters: Bukayo Saka is the holder. Launched in the third group match against Souček and his friends, the kid from London Colney, the Arsenal training center, was able to be decisive to be renewed against Germany and Denmark. In the meantime, he let Jadon Sancho take a little light during the demonstration against Ukraine, just to treat a small pain in his ankle. Again decisive in the semi-finals, here he is hoping to play the detonators for the first final of his country in a major tournament for 55 years.

« Little chili » spiced up

“It started with Auba [Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang]. He said it in French. We were doing a finishing drill in training, and he kept saying it, and I kept scoring, I was shooting so hard and he was calling me “little chili”. » A nickname that has remained attached to the young nugget of north London, as he himself recently explained to the press. It must be said that the young man of 19 years has applied to raise somewhat the taste of the season of Gunners farther and farther from the score. This exercise confirmed in passing the promises made since his first appearance in red and white, one evening in November 2018 against Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League. Since then, Saka is quite simply Arsenal’s best passer over the period, with 21 caviars delivered from his right wing.

To the point that Emirates Stadium fans sometimes name their team Bukayo Saka FC as a mockery of the poor performance of several executives. The beautiful story of little Bukayo begins on the grounds of his club Greenford Celtic, where he was spotted at the age of seven. “I had invitations from Tottenham, Chelsea, Fulham and Watford, but my only choice was Arsenal, remembers the boy. I liked the way they played, so the choice was easy for me. I trained in Hale End (the training center for Gunners, Editor’s note) and I signed at the age of nine. ”

And very quickly, everyone is under the spell. Even Thierry Henry, who came to train within the academy between 2015 and 2016. “He always wanted the ball and he was brave, declared the French striker to Goal. It was too early to say how good he would be, but when I saw him win in the first team after I left, I thought to myself: “Wow, this is amazing.” I always liked the kid’s attitude and his commitment. What I like about him is that he cares about his club and will do anything to make the team win. You have to respect that. ”

English cream

His tenure against Denmark on Wednesday night allowed him, at 19 years, 10 months and 2 days, to become the youngest English player to start a match of such magnitude under the liquette of the Three Lions. Not so anecdotal when we know the precocity of the one who should celebrate his eighth cape this Sunday evening for what is already one of the most significant matches of his career. It was on October 8, during a friendly against Wales, that Gareth Southgate decided to put it to the test. Verdict: 90 minutes which call 232 on the three meetings of the following gathering, in November.

The rise of steps four to four continues in early June. In the list of 26, Saka scores his first goal in preparation against Austria and gives himself the right to savor: “This is probably the biggest moment of my career so far. To mark for his country, we dream of it when we are children. It’s an incredible feeling and I hope I can experience that feeling many more times. ” And why not from the final against Italy? The opportunity should in any case be given to him, once again.

In any case, seeing his name once again written among the eleven holders on the scoresheet would no longer be a surprise for José Mourinho. “I played an 18-year-old in a Champions League final (Carlos Alberto) and he is still the youngest player to score at this level. No problemexclaimed the Portuguese in the talkSPORT podcast. Southgate had no problem doing this, not only with Saka but also with other players giving them chances to play. The kid proves my theory, which is that experience has nothing to do with age. ” Here is another who would see himself crowned with his country from his 19 years. And why not complete the success of his family with a remote-controlled strike from the entrance to the surface?

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    In the Vosges, an outbreak of Delta variant detected in supporters returning from … / Euro 2020 / Portugal /

    Let the “festivities” begin.

    As reported by AFP on Thursday, the prefecture of the Vosges detected a cluster of the Delta variant on its land. Six of the nine positive cases would be young inhabitants of Thillot, the other three residing in Fresse-sur-Moselle. All are from the same family and of Portuguese ancestry, according to the mayor of Thillot, Michel Mourot.

    At the origin of their contamination by the Indian variant, a trip by minibus in June, to Hungary, to attend a match in Portugal at Euro 2020. Remember that the Puskás Aréna was the only stadium of the tournament with a spectator gauge set at 100% and that the wearing of a mask was completely optional. In response, the Grand-Est Regional Health Agency (ARS) launched a major call for vaccination as well as a free screening operation, jointly with the prefecture, to prevent the spread of the variant in the department.

    Not sure that the number of R9 remains there so far.

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