News Peter Crouch finishes active professional career at age 38

Peter Crouch finishes active professional career at age 38


From "A" like American football over "F" like football to "Z" like decathlon: the world of sport is diverse. Every day, somewhere on the globe, more or less significant events take place which, due to the dominance of fewer sports, are quickly drowned out and receive no real attention.

July 12: Peter Crouch finishes career after 21 years of professional football

Former England international and former Liverpool star Peter Crouch has officially ended his career as a professional footballer. That gave the 38-year-old striker, who last was under contract at Burnley, on social media on Friday. "After much thought this summer, I decided to retire from football," Crouch wrote on Twitter. "Our wonderful game has given me everything, I'm so thankful to everyone who helped me get there and stay there for so long." Crouch was 21 years as a professional active. In 468 Premier League appearances he played among others for Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City. The 2.01-meter Schlaks scored 108 goals. His "robot dance" goal celebrations became a cult in England. Crouch's contract in Burnley expired in June.

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July 11: HSV abolishes club anthem "Hamburg, my pearl"

Hamburger SV breaks with its traditions. In the new season of the 2nd Bundesliga the HSV anthem "Hamburg, my pearl" will not sound anymore. "We came to the conclusion that the song that has accompanied us for many years, in the current situation no longer fits the HSV and our attitude," said the CEO Bernd Hoffmann on Thursday.

So far, the song was sung before every home game by Lotto King Karl. "We know about Lotto King's extraordinary merit for HSV, and I would like to thank Lotto for performing at our home games," said Hoffmann. There will be no recurring live performances in the future.

In the next few days, the stadium clock will be dismantled. This had indicated the duration of the Bundesliga affiliation until the descent of Hamburg 2018, then the period of club existence of the club founded in 1887. "Now is the time when we want a change in content and personnel," said Hoffmann. The stadium show is to be revised.

July 11: Beer bet between Hoeneß and Mateschitz

Runner-up was RB Leipzig once before. If the Saxons get the title for the first time in the next three years, FC Bayern President Ulli Hoeneß Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz has to spend a beer. If RB goes blank in the next three seasons, Mateschitz pays the cool blonde. This revealed the 75-year-old Austrian in an interview with the federal newspaper of the Alpine Republic. Further details on the unusual beer bet between the two club bosses were not discussed. RB Leipzig plays only since 2016 in the 1st Bundesliga. After finishing second in the debut season, the team of new coach Julian Nagelsmann also qualified for the Champions League in the past season.

July 10: Eclat test: Bochum's osei tutu allegedly offended racist

A presumptive racist insult of Bochum professional Jordi Osei-Tutu in the test of the football second division on Tuesday against FC St. Gallen (0-3) has led to a dispute between the two clubs. According to Bochumer, the Osei-Tutu loaned by England's first division club Arsenal was "racially insulted in an unacceptable way" by his opponent. Therefore, "VfL Bochum 1848, Jordi Osei-Tutu and his home club, Arsenal FC, stand in close coordination to deal with this incident".

After the alleged insult, Osei-Tutu had left the field in tears and had been comforted by his teammates. "Nobody should ever be discriminated against, and it's hard to understand how a professional footballer can behave disrespectfully in this way." VfL Bochum gave me great support and I hope we can finally demonstrate that racism has no place in football, "commented Osei-Tutu. St. Gallen denies the alleged incident and reacted with a denial. "Our players maintain a respectful relationship with each other, regardless of their origin, skin color or religion." The player in question plausibly assured in a clarifying conversation with those responsible that he had also adhered to this club policy in the match against VfL Bochum yesterday " the Swiss first division with.

July 10: Referee Ittrich complains of "mobbing" by players

Bundesliga referee Patrick Ittrich has complained about the handling of the players with the referees. "The approach of the referee, the Fifa says to Mobbing of the Referee," is thereby the biggest problem. In an interview with the internet portals "Spox" and "Goal", the 40-year-old police officer from Hamburg said: "If five or six men arrive after completely clear decisions and want to tell you something, that bothers me."

He has no problem discussing and discussing with the captain, "but it can not be that you are constantly harassing five or six men, and I can defend myself too, but there we have to work out how we handle it "Ittrich said. He also demanded consequences for the behavior of the coaches on the sideline, this had to be partially reconsidered. "The subject matter could help us to show coaches and all official cards from the new season, so that the coach's behavior will be more in focus."

July 8: Liverpool FC should have made Klopp mega offer

Football coach Jürgen Klopp is aiming for further titles after winning the Champions League with Liverpool. The triumph and the festivities in downtown Liverpool had him on the taste, said Klopp in an interview for the club website. "We played the final, we won the final, we came back to town, saw the city and the people," said the 52-year-old. "It's something you can become addicted to, you want to experience that more often."

That's what the club's management of Liverpool want. As reported by the British tabloid The Sun, Liverpool Klopp has launched a new six-year deal that would allow him to earn £ 10 million (equivalent to approximately € 11.1 million) per annum instead of seven million. According to the newspaper, this should also put a stop to the interest of other clubs. In addition, it is feared that Klopp, like in Mainz and Dortmund, could change clubs after seven years or take a break from the stressful coaching job. Klopp's current contract in Liverpool runs until 2022. He would be there for seven years.

July 7th: Beach volleyball players Thole / Wickler miss World Championship gold

The young German beach volleyball national team Julius Thole and Clemens Wickler narrowly missed the sensation at the home World Cup in Hamburg. The duo lost the final on Sunday 1: 2 (21:19, 17:21, 11:15) against the Russians Vyacheslav Krasilnikov and Oleg Stoyanovsky. Nevertheless, silver means the seventh World Championship medal for Germany's sand volleyball player.

Barely two years after their involuntary sports compilation, the duo showed a strong performance in the final in front of 12 000 spectators at Rothenbaum in Hamburg, which did not reach the big coup after the first set won in the end. The Russians decided the second and third round quite confidently and could not be disturbed. Unlike in the previous games, Thole / Wickler made too many mistakes, they rarely got through their attacks. When 4: 4 in the crucial passage Blocker Thole had to be treated on the neck, even the intermediate compensation a little later in the tie-break did not help the Germans.

After Wickler's national championship title with Tim Holler in 2017, the German Volleyball Federation (DVV) had forced him to associate with Talent Thole. World Champion Russia also secured the first starting place for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

July 7: German triathletes win World Championship silver

The mixed team of the German Triathlon Union (DTU) has taken a big step towards the 2020 Olympics. At the World Championships in Triathlon Mixed Relay (4 x 300 meters swimming, 7 kilometers cycling, 1.5 kilometers running) won Laura Lindemann (Potsdam), Valentin Wernz (Saarbrücken), Nina Eim (Itzehoe) and Justus Nieschlag (Lehrte) on Sunday in Hamburg the silver medal. This gives the DTU team a good chance to be in Tokyo next year. Lindemann had brought the team of head coach Faris Al-Sultan first in the lead, Wernz and Eim then claimed in the lead group. Nieschlag took off in a thrilling final with Frenchman Vincent Luis. He fired 700 meters before the finish on the Rathausmarkt the turbo and secured France for the second time in a row the world title. Nieschlag secured the silver medal sovereign against Australia. It was the first mixed relay medal for the DTU since 2016.

The quartet from France celebrates in Hamburg the world title in triathlon mixed relay

Title defense succeeded. Team France is again world champion in triathlon mixed relay. After a tough fight, the quartet of the German Triathlon Union brings silver.

July 6: Wimbledon game interrupted by Struff due to emergency

Due to an incident in the spectator area, the third round match of Jan-Lennard Struff in Wimbledon has been suspended for about an hour. In the fourth set of the tennis game on the 12th floor, the bleachers were cleared due to emergency medical care. The players first waited in the square before disappearing into the catacombs. The 29-year-old Sauerländer Struff was back with 1: 2 sets against the Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin. In his view, it was at the time of the break 3: 6, 6: 7 (5: 7), 6: 4, 2: 2. Currently the game is running again.

July 6: Teunissen wins opening stage of the Tour de France

Professional cyclist Mike Teunissen has won the first leg of the 106th Tour de France and thus also taken the yellow jersey. The 26-year-old Dutchman from Team Jumbo-Visma won on Saturday after 194.5 kilometers around Brussels gossamer before Peter Sagan from Slovakia and the Australian Caleb Ewan. As expected, German riders played no part in the decision. Already on Sunday, the overall ranking in the 27.6-kilometer team time trial in Brussels is likely to change again. Then it comes to the first determination of location of the favored rider to the Welsh title holder Geraint Thomas.

July 6: FC Bayern is not yet competitive for Neuer-Berater

For Manuel Neuers adviser Thomas Kroth the team of FC Bayern Munich is currently not competitive in the international concert of the very big. My impression is that the gap to the four English top teams is already serious and the Munich squad is currently not yet – so competitive – set up to seriously tackle the goals of Manuel, "said Kroth the "Süddeutsche Zeitung".

The 33-year-old goalkeeper Neuer, who missed in the past second half because of injuries eleven competitive matches of Bayern, is still in the Munich until 30 June 2021 under contract. A contract extension and a career end in Munich for the German national team captain "of course the obvious model, but not the only," said the 59-year-old Kroth. New wool to continue after 2021. "Now is the phase in which he has to decide: how will things progress in the future?" Explained Neuers consultant. "If he realizes that FC Bayern are running low then he will really blossom again." Neuer, world champion of 2014, still has clear goals: "He wants to win the European Championship, and he wants to win the Champions League again."

July 5: Report – Robert Lewandowski extended at Bayern

Bayern Munich gives its top scorer Robert Lewandowski after Sky information a pension contract. The 30-year-old Pole is the double winner last season to extend his current contract until June 2021 by two years until 2023, the TV station reported on Friday evening. There was no official confirmation from FC Bayern. However, the contract extension had been signed for some time.

The master has already negotiated with Lewandowski's advisor Pini Zahavi everything, both parties agree. The signature is still pending, because Lewandowski is currently still on vacation. Training start at the Munich is on Monday. Last summer Lewandowski wanted to leave Bayern.

The Pole came in the summer of 2014 from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern. For the Munich he completed so far 242 competitive matches and scored 191 goals. Lewandowski has since become the undisputed number one in the attack of the record champions – because of the constant load he had recently wished for an adequate backup striker. "If you have the option of a second striker, that's better – for the team and for me," said the Polish international in mid-June the "kicker".

After the departure of Sandro Wagner in the previous winter break Bayern have no trained center forward behind Lewandowski more. Thomas Müller or Serge Gnabry were rather emergency solutions. Jann-Fiete Arp joins the team in the summer as another pro for the attack – although the 19-year-old will only have to prove himself to the star team of Bayern after his time at Hamburger SV.

4th July: Title defender Kerber is eliminated surprisingly in Wimbledon

Reigning champion Angelique Kerber surprisingly failed in the second round of Wimbledon after a disappointing performance. The 31-year-old tennis player from Kiel lost in London 6: 2, 2: 6, 1: 6 against the world ranking 95. Lauren Davis from the USA. Jan-Lennard Struff and Julia Görges previously made the leap into the third round of the Grand Slam classic. In the men's category, the great German hopefuls Alexander Zverev had already failed in the first round.

July 4: Ex-Bayern star Robben finishes football career +++

Former Bayern star Arjen Robben ends his football career. This explained the 35-year-old Dutchman in a personal message. Robben played a total of ten years for the German record champions, his contract with the record champions had expired in June. Robben writes: "At the moment I'm fit and healthy and as a fan of many other sports I want to keep it that way in the future."

On the left, a young man with six-pack and swimming trunks climbs out of the sea onto a boat, on the right a man is running on a treadmill

July 3: Netherlands reach Sweden against the World Cup final

The Dutch women's footballers have reached a FIFA World Cup finals for the first time and will meet reigning champions USA on Sunday (17.00) in Lyon. The team of Sarina Wiegmann prevailed on Wednesday evening in the semi-finals just 1: 0 (0: 0) after extra time against Germany defeated Sweden by. The winner for the European champions scored in front of 48.452 spectators Jackie Groenen from Bundesliga side 1. FFC Frankfurt in the 99th minute. In the match for third place the Swedes meet on Saturday (17.00 clock) in Nice on England.

July 3: Atlético Madrid brings João Félix for more than 120 million euros

Atlético Madrid caused a sensation on the transfer market on Wednesday. The Spanish first division club bought young striker João Félix from Lisbon for a club record of an estimated 126 million euros and also brought two players from Portugal. At the same time, the club announced that Manchester City had paid the committed transfer fee for Rodrigo Hernández.

Atlético provided the most expensive transfer of the summer with the signing of Portugal international Félix. The 19-year-old Portuguese from Benfica Lisbon should have cost according to media reports 126 million euros. At Atlético Félix to replace the French world champion Antoine Griezmann. He wants Atlético leave after five years and will probably change to the champion FC Barcelona.

An offer above the fixed transfer fee of 120 million euros would be examined, Benfica had communicated a week ago. Félix has passed the medical check and signed a seven-year contract, Atlético said Wednesday.

2 July: USA move into the World Cup final without Rapinoe

The American footballers have reached the final of the Football World Cup for the third time in a row. In a fast-paced game, the team from coach Jil Ellis beat England 2-1 and face European champions Netherlands or Sweden in the final on Sunday (17.00). In front of nearly 60,000 spectators at the Stade de Lyon, Christian Press takes the US girls into the lead in the tenth minute. Ellen White made up for England just nine minutes later. The winner was star striker Alex Morgan. On her 30th birthday she already scored her sixth tournament goal.

In the 84th minute England captain missed the big chance to equalize. US goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher defused her weak penalty without much effort and the USA brought the narrow lead over time. Noteworthy: Megan Rapinoe, who had played a major role in the tournament so far, scoring important goals in the quarter-final 2-1 victory over France, was on the bench for more than 90 minutes. From team circles it became known that she had injured in the final training on the thigh.

July 2: National team moves to Adidas during the European Championship

The choice of national coach Joachim Loew fell on Herzogenaurach. At the headquarters of the DFB sponsor, the German national football team will move into their headquarters at the European Championship 2020. The Löw team will be staying and training in the Adidas campus. "We will open our camp during the EM 2020 in the Adidas World of Sports in Herzogenaurach," said the DFB on Tuesday on the social media.

Numerous football pitches, fitness areas and other sports facilities such as running tracks, trampolines, beach volleyball and tennis courts as well as bouldering and climbing facilities are already integrated in the extensive area at the headquarters of the DFB sponsor. These should be extended for the stay of the DFB team. Just recently, the new corporate headquarters, which was built in 34 months, was completed. It is visually reminiscent of a football stadium and offers space for around 2000 employees on 52,000 square meters.

July 1: German first-round debacle: Also Zverev fails in Wimbledon

Hope-bearer Alexander Zverev broke away at Wimbledon at the start and completed the German first-round debacle at the most famous tennis tournament in the world. The 22-year-old Hamburger surprisingly succumbed to Czech qualifier Jiri Vesely on Monday and thus joined the defeat series. On a frustrating German tennis day at the time-honored facility in southwestern London, the world ranking fifth came out after a 6: 4, 3: 6, 2: 6, 5: 7. Never before had Zverev been eliminated in his four Wimbledon appearances before in the first round, this time Davis Cup team boss Michael Kohlmann had even dared the first jump into the semifinals.

At 17:43 local time it was clear that not one of the seven German starters – five men and two women – reached the second round on the opening day. Philipp Kohlschreiber did not stand a chance against Serbian defending champion Novak Djokovic. The initially 14 player comprehensive squad of the German Tennis Federation reduced by half after the first day. German hopes rest even more on Angelique Kerber. The defending champion attacks like six other German participants on Tuesday for the first time in the game. Against the Swabian Tatjana Maria, the Kieler is facing a tricky task.

July 1: Kohlschreiber misses Wimbledon surprise against Djokovic

Davis Cup player Philipp Kohlschreiber clearly missed a surprise against defending champion Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon. The Augsburg defeated on Monday the Serbian tennis world ranking first in the first game on the Center Court 3: 6, 5: 7, 3: 6. After 2:02 hours Djokovic used his first match ball for the eleventh victory in the 13th comparison with the 35-year-old Kohlschreiber. Boris Becker's former protégé is placed first and aims for his fifth Wimbledon title. For Kohlschreiber his 60th participation in one of the four Grand Slam tournaments ended on the opening day.

July 1: Löw sees Kuntz as successor candidate

Suddenly Joachim Loew speaks for the first time more concrete about a possible successor as national coach – and Stefan Kuntz is one of two candidates. The first business trip after his illness-related break led Löw to the European Championship final of the German U21 team to Italy, where he chatted with coach Kuntz and recommended the 56-year-old equal for higher. An association-internal solution is for the time after his national coach epoch an obvious option, the DFB head coach made clear. "We have two coaches at the DFB, who absolutely have the skills to become national coach: Stefan Kuntz and Marcus Sorg," said Löw the "Bild".

"Both have a lot of empathy, which is important today for the young players to gain access to them and reach them on a personal track – both can do very well," added the coach. Kuntz shows "despite all concentration and discipline always a little lightness, a bit of happiness". Löw's contract will run until after the 2022 World Cup, from Kuntz to the Olympics 2020.


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