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Bundesliga, Franck Ribery: Christian Streich demanded it – and Franck Ribery delivered: Jonathan Schmid from SC Freiburg received congratulations from a prominent place after his record game. “Hello Monsieur Streich and hello Jonathan,” said Ribery in a greeting message from SC Freiburg in the social networks: “273 Bundesliga games. Crazy. Only the best can do that. Greetings to Freiburg.” Schmid caught up with the former Bayern professional on Saturday with his 273rd appearance in Germany’s elite league. Together with Ribery, he is now the Frenchman with the most appearances in the Bundesliga.
“In any case, it makes you happy when you get a message from such a player,” said the Freiburg player after the 3-0 defeat against RB Leipzig Sky: “I’ll look at that and then maybe answer later.” Streich had already joked in his usual way before the game, “Franck should send a nice greeting”. And he promptly put it into practice. “I’m not surprised that Franck does that,” said Streich: “He’s such a nice guy. It was clear to me that he was congratulating Johnny. I’m happy.”
Football, DFB-Elf: Thomas Müller is open to a return to the German national soccer team and would be happy to participate in the European Championship this summer. “I look confidently into the next few weeks and months and of course concentrate fully on the performance here at FC Bayern. I’m certainly open to what comes next,” said the Bayern Munich attacker in the “current sports studio” of the ZDF. He confirmed what he had said before after the 4-2 win against Borussia Dortmund at Sky and emphasized his “great desire to fight for the title if I may”.
National coach Joachim Löw had previously stated that he wanted to make a decision in May as planned. The EM is “its own competition, and of course it is our job to bring the best players out there and the best team in order to guarantee the greatest possible success”. Löw retired 2014 world champions Müller (31), Mats Hummels (32) and Jérôme Boateng (32) from the national team in spring 2019. “Now we have addressed it from both sides that everything is possible. Accordingly, we can also make a hook behind it,” said Müller on ZDF late on Saturday evening.
Borussia Dortmund, failures: BVB has to do without attacker Jadon Sancho for several weeks. The Englishman is missing on Tuesday in the second leg of the Champions League second leg against Sevilla FC. “It is not an easy muscle injury,” said sports director Michael Zorc on Sunday, but did not want to give any further details. The 20-year-old Sancho had already missed the 2: 4 on Saturday evening at Bayern Munich, after he went into the cup quarter-finals last Tuesday at Borussia Mönchengladbach and was substituted after his 1-0 winning goal.
There should be no problems against Sevilla with an Erling Haaland mission. The striker who was twice successful in Munich was replaced early on Saturday. The missions of Giovanni Reyna and Raphael Guerreiro, who were also missing in Munich, are very unlikely. Left-back Guerreiro quickly broke off a running session on Sunday due to calf problems. At least dosed, Reyna was able to run again after an injury from the Gladbach game. The final training for the game against Sevilla will take place on Monday morning. BVB won the first leg 3-2.
Biathlon, Sprint: Biathlon Olympic champion Arnd Peiffer took the momentum from his first relay win in more than four years, but missed his second win of the season by a very thin margin. In the sprint over 10 km in Nove Mesto, Peiffer only had to admit defeat to Frenchman Simon Desthieux (0) and Sebastian Samuelsson (0 / + 2.4) from Sweden after a faultless shooting performance in third place. For Desthieux it was the first World Cup victory, Peiffer was 4.4 seconds back. “Of course I’m happy, a podium is always a nice thing,” said Peiffer on ZDF: “Of course you’re so ambitious that you want to reach the few seconds at the very front.” For the 33-year-old, it was the fifth podium this winter.
Benedikt Doll also convinced as sixth (1 / + 14.5) with the third-best running time. “I’m very satisfied. The material was good,” said Doll, only the error in standing shooting was “a bit annoying”. Erik Lesser (1 / + 50.7), who was only 66th in the World Cup sprint in Pokljuka, reported back with a top 15 placement. On Friday, the German men’s relay team around Lesser, Doll, Peiffer and Philipp Nawrath celebrated their first victory in 1504 days after a convincing performance. On Sunday, the pursuit of women (12 p.m.) and men (4 p.m. / both ZDF and Eurosport) will conclude the first of two World Cup weekends in Nove Mesto in the Czech Republic.
Nordic combined, World Cup: The German combined duo Eric Frenzel and Fabian Rießle won the bronze medal at the end of the World Cup competitions in Oberstdorf. The two defending champions made it on Saturday after the large hill jump and 2×7.5 kilometers in the cross-country ski run in the last lap, past Japan in third place. Gold went to Austria with individual world champions Johannes Lamparter and Lukas Greiderer ahead of Norwegians Jarl Magnus Riiber and Espen Andersen.
A team sprint has been held at the Nordic World Ski Championships since 2013. The German duo, to which record world champion Frenzel belonged in all editions, was always on the podium. Frenzel and Rießle had won the world championship title in this discipline in Seefeld in Tirol in 2019.
Biathlon, Sprint: The German biathletes Franziska Preuß and Denise Herrmann just missed a podium at the World Cup in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic. After the debacle with the relay, Preuss finished eighth on Saturday in the 7.5 km sprint after a penalty loop. Herrmann (1), who celebrated her comeback after surviving an infection, was tenth.
The first individual race after the World Cup in Pokljuka was won by the sprint world champion Tiril Eckhoff (1), who once again excelled in the cross-country ski trail, in 18: 48.4 minutes. For the Norwegian it was the fifth sprint victory in a row. Second was Julija Dschyma (0 / + 9.3 seconds) from the Ukraine, ahead of the Italian Lisa Vittozzi (0 / + 15.0). “I am satisfied. I managed to shoot a solid rhythm,” said Preuss on ZDF. Looking at the result, it was “of course annoying” that “the one mistake went away”. Preuss (+25.1) was 10.1 seconds off the podium, Herrmann was four more seconds behind. “On the final lap I had a little fall at my trainer’s feet,” said Herrmann angrily.
This means that the two hopefuls of the German Ski Association (DSV) have a good starting position for the pursuit on Sunday (12.00 p.m. / ZDF and Eurosport). Maren Hammerschmidt (0 / + 59.0) in 20th, Vanessa Hinz (1 / + 1: 07.5 minutes) in 23rd and Janina Hettich (1 / + 1: 16.9) in 29th rounded off a good team result from. The 23-year-old Vanessa Voigt (1/2: 05.6) missed qualifying for the hunting race in her World Cup debut in 64th place. At the start in the Czech Republic, the season around Preuss, Hettich, Hinz and Hammerschmidt had a historic disappointment with twelfth place.
Alpine skiing, descent: The German ski racers have not been able to confirm their outstanding performance at the World Championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo for the time being. At the penultimate descent of the season in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria, Vice World Champion Andreas Sander did not make it into the top 20 with a 2.04-second deficit in the victory of double world champion Vincent Kriechmayr from Austria. was twelfth in the intermediate ranking (+1.51 seconds) and was the best starter of the German Ski Association (DSV).
As in the World Championship downhill, which he won with a 0.01 second lead over Sander, double world champion Kriechmayr managed the best run with start number one. Second was Beat Feuz from Switzerland (+0.17 seconds), who thus extended his lead in the Downhill World Cup over the third-placed Olympic champion Matthias Mayer from (Austria / + 0.27) to 68 points. Dominik Paris (Italy), leader when the first descent was canceled on Friday, was fourth (+, 042)
Feuz is thus facing his fourth successive victory in the World Cup ranking of downhill skiers at the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide / Switzerland (March 17th to 21st) – so far only Austrian Franz Klammer (1975 to 1978) has achieved this. Marco Odermatt (Switzerland) with a strong fifth place shortened his deficit in the overall World Cup to Alexis Pinturault (France) to 168 points. Including the Super-G on Sunday in Saalbach-Hinterglemm (11.00 a.m. / Eurosport), there are still seven races left this season.
Soccer, Spain: In poker for a contract extension, the Spanish soccer record champions Real Madrid has apparently given his captain and defense chief Sergio Ramos an ultimatum. As the club-related sports newspaper Marca reported on Saturday, the Royal are offering the 34-year-old ten million euros net for another year. The offer is valid until March 31, after which it will be irrevocably withdrawn.
Ramos, who has been with the club since 2005 and won the Champions League four times with Real, is said to claim two years with a net salary of 15 million euros per annum. David Alaba (28) should be one of the club’s leverage. The defender is leaving the Champions League defending champion Bayern Munich at the end of the season on a free transfer. The Austrian’s move to Real is not yet official, but is very likely.