Ozil named the Best German

29th Jan 2016
Ozil named the Best German

Arsenal play maker Mesut Ozil has been named the Best German Abroad by influential magazine Kicker  (Photo:Creative Commons)


Athletics

    Great Edinburgh Cross Country (Jan 9):

Mo Farah’s surprise defeat at the Great Edinburgh XCountry on January 9 has made him “very angry” and determined to train even harder when he begins his camp in Ethiopia.

Farah said he was mulling over a crack at the world indoor 3,000m record when he returns to race in Glasgow in February after five weeks in Ethiopia. “We’ll see how training goes. I’m going to definitely get some good training behind me,” he said.

“Last year I went to Ethiopia and it worked quite well for me. It’s a lot higher then Kenya, where I used to go,” added Farah. “It’s 10,000ft and there is a lot of grass. It’s different but I kind of prefer Ethiopia now. It’s a new track. Kenya is 8,000ft; it makes a little bit of difference.”

Football

    January Transfers:

Mohamed Elneny has set his sights high after completing his reported £5m move to Arsenal from FC Basel. “I am hoping that we win the Premier League and cup this season, and the Champions League, ” said the 23 year old midfielder.

The Egyptian international played in Basel’s win over Chelsea in the 2013-14 Champions League and is eligible to play in this season’s competition.

Derby County have signed Guinea international Abdoul Camara from French Ligue 1 side Angers for a fee which is believed to be £1.25m. The 25-year-old can play on the left wing or up front and has agreed a three-and-a-half-year contract.

Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was named African Footballer of the Year on January 7, narrowly edging out Yaya Toure at the Confederation of African Football award ceremony.

The prolific Borussia Dortmund forward, who received 143 votes to four-time winner Toure’s 136, is the first player from the central African country to win the award.

His accolade comes despite a year without trophy success. He was captain of the Gabon team eliminated in the first round of the African Nations Cup finals in Equatorial Guinea at the start of 2015 and his club finished seventh in the Bundesliga last season.

The African Footballer of the Year is decided by a vote of coaches or technical directors of all Africa’s national teams. Toure had won the award for an unprecedented four years in succession from 2011-2015 and was the favourite for a fifth after captaining Ivory Coast to the African Nations Cup title

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has been named the Best German Abroad by influential magazine Kicker. The Kicker Ranking Of German Football is published on a biannual basis, and ranks players in all positions. It divides them into four categories: world class, international class, players of note and players in focus.

Ozil is the only German abroad to be called up into the international class following his impressive displays for the Gunners in 2015-16. All other German players in foreign leagues — including World Cup winners Toni Kroos, Sami Khedira, and Bastian Schweinsteiger — were only in third or fourth categories.

“The midfield star just missed out on the world class category due to his weak start to the season,” the magazine said of Ozil, who only needs four more assists to equal Thierry Henry’s record of setting up 20 goals in one season.

    La Liga Spain

– Real Madrid’s newly appointed coach Zinedine Zidane is reportedly “shocked” with the physical condition of the squad he’s inherited from predecessor Rafa Benitez and holds reservations about the stamina of a particular trio of players.

According to Fernando Baquero of Spanish newspaper Sport, the Frenchman believes the players should be a lot fitter for this stage of the season, and he’s formed “a work plan that will allow the team to recover.”

Tennis

    Brisbane International, Queensland Tennis Centre (Jan 3- 10):

Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis started the New Year on a brilliant note by clinching the women’s doubles title of the $1 million Brisbane International at the Queensland Tennis Centre.

The top seeded pair took just an hour and 10 minutes to beat German wild card pair of Angelique Kerber, who lost the women’s singles final earlier in the day to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, and Andrea Petkovic 7-5, 6-1 at the Pat Rafter Arena.

This is the Indo-Swiss pair’s six titles on the trot — the longest winning streak in the category since the 1994 season when Gigi Fernandez and Natasha Zvereva were on a 28 match-winning streak.

Also, this is the 29-year-old Mirza’s second victory here after partnering American Bethanie Mattek-Sands all the way to the title in 2013 while Martina was the defending champion, having sealed the crown with German Sabine Lisicki last year.

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