Amsterdam, Oct 14 (AP/UNB) — Coach Joachim Loew made history twice on Saturday night — he led Germany for a record 168th time before his team lost to the Netherlands by a three-goal margin for the first-ever time.
The historic 3-0 defeat — even if the score slightly flattered the Dutch — will pile more pressure on Loew, who opted to stay in the job after the 2014 world champion crashed out of the summer's World Cup in Russia at the group stage.
While the Dutch rediscovered their scoring touch at the Johan Cruyff Arena, the Germans have lost their way in front of goal, squandering chances that might have changed the course of what was a close match until the closing 10 minutes.
Loew's team is now goalless in its last three competitive matches.
"We are lacking confidence," said Loew. "We are not in form and we were missing a number of injured players."
Stars including Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan were unfit for the match in Amsterdam.
But, Loew said, "our biggest problem is that we are not taking our chances. If we had scored 1-0 it would have given the team confidence."
Germany's woes were personified by Loew's decision to play Mark Uth as a lone striker despite the 27-year-old Schalke striker not scoring a goal yet this season. Uth rarely threatened and was substituted in the second half.
"He converted a lot of chances in training," Loew said to explain his decision to play Uth. "But he had a difficult match here."
Loew brought on Leroy Sane in the second half and the Manchester City forward looked dangerous attacking the Dutch on the left, but he also missed a clear chance to equalize in the 64th minute, firing wide when he had only goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen to beat.
"The young players were a breath of fresh air, but they missed a couple of good chances maybe because of their inexperience," Loew said.
Ronald Koeman's young Dutch team lost 2-1 to France in its opening Nations League match thanks to a goal by Kylian Mbappe and a stunning winner by Olivier Giroud. The Netherlands is second in the three-team group behind France, which drew 0-0 with Germany.
"Of course I'm proud," Koeman said. "This is a fantastic result that we've been waiting for for a long time."
Koeman is rebuilding the Netherlands after it failed to qualify for the last World Cup and European Championship. The country's only major trophy is the 1988 European Championship. The Dutch have reached three World Cup finals and lost them all.
So Koeman was still keen to improve even after Saturday's victory.
"We have to look at the moments that we can do better," said Koeman, who started with two debutants and brought on a third as a substitute during the match.
Captain Virgil van Dijk scored only his second international goal on the half hour and anchored a solid Dutch defense that held out Germany, while Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum struck late to achieve the historic win.
The comprehensive defeat left Germany at the bottom of Group 1 in the new competition's top-tier League A days before it heads to Paris to take on group leader and World Cup champion France.
A corner from the right by Depay exposed German defensive frailties. Babel rose between Jonas Hector and Mats Hummels to head against the underside of the bar and the ball bounced up invitingly for unmarked Van Dijk to head in the opening goal.
Depay doubled the lead in the 87th, calmly finishing after a quick break down the right by substitute Quincy Promes. The Olympique Lyon striker then hit the crossbar in extra time before Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum made it 3-0 with virtually the last kick of the match as Germany crumbled.
Van Dijk's opening goal came after the Netherlands had withstood strong pressure from Germany early on. Timo Werner and Jonas Hector on the right repeatedly caused problems for the Dutch defense.
After initially struggling against Werner, debutant left back Denzel Dumfries showed his attacking qualities by twice swinging in dangerous crosses from the right, first for Ryan Babel who just failed to get a touch at the far post and then in the last minute of the first half for Depay whose glancing header went just wide of Manuel Neuer's right hand post.
The performance by the young Dutch team should give fans hope for the future, Koeman said.
"Take a look in five years," he said. "I think you will see a much better team."
Dhaka, Oct 13 (UNB)– Bashundhara Kings, the newcomers in the Premier Division Football League, came to limelight in their first appearance, recruiting eight promising booters of the current national football team that played in the just concluded Bangabandhu Gold Cup International Football tournament 2018.
Big budgeted Bashundhara Kings, which qualified for the Premier Division Football League as the champions of the last years Bangladesh Championship League, is likely make their debut in the country’s top level with Federation Cup Football, scheduled for later this month.
On completion of players registration formalities, the Spanish coach of the Bashundhara Kings, Oscar said, “We formed a good and balance team to win all the major soccer trophies of the country as well as to qualify for the AFC Cup”
The national footballers, who joined the Bashundhara Kings are: custodian Anisur Rahman Zico, defender Sushanto Tripura, medio Masuk Miah Zony, Emon Mahmud Babu, Mohammad Ibrahim, forwards Mahbubur Rahman Sufil, Towhudur Alam Sabuz and Motin Miah.
Besides, the Kings also confirmed the services of national coloured defender Nasiruddin Chowhury and medio Hemonto Vinsent Biswaj.
Three high profile foreign players – last World Cup playing Daniel Colinder Solera of Costa Rica, Jorge Gotor Blas of Spain and Marcos De Costa Soares of Brazil –are in the final list of 32 players that joined the Bashundahra Kings on Saturday.
Earlier, the Bashundhara Kings appeared the BFF office in Motijheel Saturday afternoon with bus, microbus, motorcycle and horse cars, escorted by a good number of supporters wearing red T-shit and carrying flag, poster and festoon.
Paris, Oct 13 (AP/UNB) — Thierry Henry is back where it all started.
France's all-time leading scorer and an Arsenal great landed his first managerial job on Saturday after Monaco hired him as a replacement for Leonardo Jardim, who was dismissed this week.
The 41-year-old Henry started his professional career at the Riviera club and played in the French league with Monaco from 1994-99.
He's signed on as coach for three seasons, to June 2021. He starts on Monday.
"I thank AS Monaco for giving me the opportunity to coach the team of this club which is so special to me," Henry said in a statement on the club website. "I am very happy to come back to AS Monaco and extremely determined to meet the challenges ahead. I cannot wait to meet the players to start working together."
Henry has no experience as a manager but had been working as an assistant to Belgium coach Roberto Martinez since 2016. He was part of the staff that led the team to third place at the World Cup in Russia.
Henry became the latest member of the France squad that won the 1998 World Cup to fully embrace a coaching career, following Laurent Blanc, Didier Deschamps, Patrick Vieira, and Zinedine Zidane among others.
"Thierry is ready to be head coach in a club," Martinez told L'Equipe newspaper in an interview published this week. "He likes what he does, and enjoying it is an essential part of this job."
Henry turned down an offer from Bordeaux this summer and was in the running at Aston Villa.
At Monaco, which is winless in its past 10 games in all competitions, Henry's first task will be to get the team back in contention in the league. A traditional powerhouse in French football, Monaco secured top-three finishes over the past five seasons and won the 2017 league under Jardim but is currently in 18th place in the standings, and in last place in its Champions League group.
"Thierry is both aware of the task ahead and eager to start his new job," Monaco vice president and CEO Vadim Vasilyev said in a statement. "He can count on our trust and all our support to bring a new dynamic to the team and carry out the mission.
"His knowledge of football, his passion for the game, his high standards and his commitment to our colors make his nomination a reality."
Henry's first-class career was launched in 1994 by Monaco coach Arsene Wenger, who also five years later brought him to Arsenal.
Wenger promoted Henry to Monaco's first team after the fast and technically gifted forward scored more than 30 goals with the under-17s in one year. Aged 17, Henry played his first French league game in August 1994. He ended up playing 141 matches in all competitions with Monaco, winning the 1997 league.
At Arsenal, he joined the pantheon of modern greats. He scored at least 20 league goals in six consecutive seasons and became Arsenal's all-time leading goalscorer. He won seven trophies with the Gunners, among them two Premier Leagues, including the unbeaten 2003-04 side.
Henry ended his 20-year playing career four years ago after claiming multiple trophies, including the Champions League and the World Cup. After he retired, he worked as a TV analyst and quit his role as a U.K. Sky Sports pundit in July to focus on his ambition to become a manager.
Henry holds the French record of 51 goals in 123 internationals. He won the 2000 European Championship but finished on a low. In 2009 came the infamous handball in the decisive goal against Ireland in a World Cup playoff. At that World Cup in South Africa, France didn't win a game, and caused a scandal when it refused to train before its final match.
Coach Raymond Domenech arguably played his part in the debacle by dropping the hugely influential Henry from the starting lineup and souring a fragile atmosphere within the squad. It was a sad and humiliating end to Henry's international career when he made his final appearance as a second-half substitute, with his shell-shocked side trailing South Africa 2-0 and heading for the exit gate.
Cairo, Oct 13 (AP/UNB) — Egypt's assistant coach says Mohamed Salah's injury "doesn't look serious" after the Liverpool forward limped off late in an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Swaziland.
Salah scored direct from a corner in Egypt's 4-1 win but went down with what appeared to be a leg injury in the 88th minute of Friday's qualifier. He received treatment and tried to shake off the problem but left the field soon after, in injury time.
Egypt had used all three of its substitutes and played the last moments of the match with 10 men.
Assistant coach Hany Ramzy told Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram he thinks "it is only a muscle strain but he will undergo medical scans to determine the length of the injury."
Salah is expected to sit out an away game in Swaziland on Tuesday. Liverpool's next game is away to Huddersfield in the Premier League next Saturday.
The win put Egypt level with Tunisia at the top of Group J, although Tunisia has a game in hand.
Salah's goal — a left-footed curler — was his 13th in African Cup of Nations qualifying, a new Egyptian record.
Brussels, Oct 13 (AP/UNB) — Romelu Lukaku scored both goals in Belgium's 2-1 win over Switzerland on Friday, putting the Red Devils in the lead of its group in the UEFA Nations League.
The Swiss defended strongly throughout the match, but Lukaku converted two chances of three to give top-ranked Belgium the victory.
The result left Belgium with six points from two games in Group 2 of the top-tier League A, three points more than Switzerland. Iceland lost its two matches.
Already Belgium's all-time goal scorer, Lukaku reached 45 goals in 78 international appearances.
After a smooth move started by Eden Hazard in the 58th minute, the ball ended up with the Manchester United striker and he hit home from about 12 meters (yards).
Switzerland proved resilient after conceding the goal. In the 76th, Xherdan Shaqiri curled a free kick into the box and substitute Mario Gavranovic easily slotted home from close range after the Belgian defense failed to clear.
It came down to Lukaku to break the deadlock with six minutes left. He kept a cool head in the box and finished low through the center for the decider.
"It was tough," Hazard said. "Two great goals."