News : Bundesliga – Jovic returns to Eintracht – sport
Football, Frankfurt: The return of striker Luka Jovic to Eintracht is perfect. As the Bundesliga team announced on Thursday, the 23-year-old Serb will be loaned from Real Madrid until the end of the season. “Luka has not had an easy time in Madrid recently. It is important for him to get back on track. It was his great desire to return to Eintracht,” said Frankfurt sports director Fredi Bobic. He had already announced the surprising transfer coup on Tuesday before the DFB Cup game at Bayer Leverkusen. Jovic should get the number nine on his back in Frankfurt.
For a transfer fee of around 60 million euros, Jovic moved from Hessen to the Spanish top club Real Madrid in 2019, but never played a major role for coach Zinedine Zidane. Eintracht needed an attacker after Bas Dost left during the winter break for Club Bruges, as currently only the Portuguese André Silva is available as a striker. In the 2018/19 season, Jovic formed the so-called “buffalo herd” of the Frankfurt team together with his team-mates Sébastien Haller and Ante Rebić. Jovic scored 17 Bundesliga goals in that season.
Biathlon, Oberhof: The German biathletes have to wait for their first podium in the new year. At the home World Cup in Oberhof, Franziska Preuss took sixth place in the sprint after a shooting error and was 33.5 seconds behind the faultless winner Tiril Eckhoff. While the Norwegian won for the sixth time this winter, the 26-year-old from Bavaria was almost 21 seconds off third on Thursday. Second after 7.5 kilometers in the Thuringian Forest was the Italian Dorothea Wierer, ahead of the Austrian Lisa Theresa Hauser. One day after Arnd Peiffer finished third in the men’s sprint, Janina Hettich (0 errors) was the second best German in 13th place. Former world champion Denise Herrmann had to go into the penalty loop three times and finished the race in 15th place. Maren Hammerschmidt made it to 17th place without a shooting error.
Football, Schalke: After signing Sead Kolasinac, FC Schalke 04 are reportedly planning another spectacular return campaign. As picture and Kicker reported on Thursday, the relegation-threatened Bundesliga club wants to bring his former striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar back from Ajax Amsterdam and thus fill the gap in attack. The former world-class striker, who scored 126 goals for the Revierclub in seven years up to 2017, is now 37 years old. The Dutchman announced months ago that he would end his career at Ajax next summer. The table penultimate is still looking for a reinforcement for the offensive after the deal with the 36-year-old striker Vedad Ibisevic proved to be a mistake and Goncalo Paciencia is out even longer. Most recently, 19-year-old Matthew Hoppe impressed with three goals in the 4-0 win against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and recommended himself for further appearances.
Soccer, Wolfsburg: Central defender Marin Pongracic (23) from Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg could be available again for the table sixth after his massive breathing problems last against RB Leipzig on Saturday (3.30 p.m. / Sky). “He was checked from the toenails to the hair,” said Glasner, who is about to play his 50th game as Bundesliga coach: “Marin has got the green light from the doctors and can train again.” Pongracic had to be replaced at Union Berlin (2-2) at half time. The Croat, who had already been infected with the corona virus during the season and suffered from glandular fever, had “major problems with the air”, as Glasner said after the game. “From a medical point of view”, however, “everything is okay,” said the Austrian on Thursday.
Third division: Third division soccer club KFC Uerdingen has not yet found what it is looking for after President Mikhail Ponomarew’s announced withdrawal from the market. At an information event for members on Tuesday evening, the club officials painted a gloomy picture in the event that no new donor was found. “Then the KFC will no longer play in the third division in the coming season, but in the regional league,” said Ponomarew.
According to Ponomarew, a team fighting to stay in the league costs four to five million euros per season. “If you want to move up, you need eight to nine million euros. There are one million euros from television, and I am currently paying the rest. But I will only be there until the summer,” explained the 46-year-old. “Who wants to pay that? Nobody.” That is why the KFC must consider playing in the regional league and creating healthy structures there.
The license for the 3rd division must be applied for by March 1st. If no investor has been found by then, the Uerdinger will probably have to compete one class lower. There is even a possible bankruptcy of the former Bundesliga club. “The situation has worsened considerably in the past few weeks,” complained supervisory board chairman Andreas Galland.