What is in a Name ?

There is nothing that irks most foreign players in the Bundesliga other than the wrong pronunciation of their names.  Some people regard foreign names as jaw breaking.

Energie Cottbus, a second division team, developed a novel idea to help members of the Media and the public, pronounce the names of their players correctly. On Monday, the club sent pronunciation rules to the names of their professional players for the Press.

The Chinese player, Jiayi Shao is pronouced as (Dscha-ie Scha-o), Leonard Kweuke from Cameroun (Leonard Quej-ke) and Savo Pavicevic from Montenegro (Sawo Pa-wie-tsche-witsch)

The Press spokesman of Energie Cottbus, Ronny Gersch, is quoted in a sid report  as saying, “We have always done it before the start of the season. It is particularly important, before the first live broadcast on TV.”

Energie Cottbus has a tradition of employing foreign players in the Bundesliga. In 2007/2008 season, the club had the highest percentage(61%) of foreign players in the league.

When it comes to pronouncing names that might be jaw breaking, Brazilian players are very inventful with catchy nicknames. Who remembers that Real Madrid’s Kaka , real name is Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite  or the new signing for Hamburg, Ze Roberto is actually called José Roberto da Silva Júnior ?

I welcome Energie Cottbus proactive steps to prevent conflict in name pronunciation.

Can Gerald Asamoah make the cut at Schalke 04 with Felix Magath ?

The career of a soccer player is subject to variation. Sometimes, it is like a Roller-coaster. Gerald Asamoah is a veteran of so many battles. Most times, he survived the battles unscathed. But this time, can he survive the tough scrutiny of Felix Magath, popularly known as qualix ?

FC Schalke 04, participated in T-Home-Cup, last weekend with dismal results. They lost to FC Bayern and VFB Stuttgart. Conspicuously missing in the line up for Schalke 04 was Gerald Asamoah.

Magath,justified his absence with the excuse that he had some shortfalls. He also said in Der Westen, “If Asa  is not so good in an area, then he must work extra hard.” Is it a prelude for more things to come ?

Asamoah has a contract till 2011. He is the oldest serving player at Schalke. Presently, he has to contend for a place in the team with 4 other strikers.

No matter the outcome of his present battle, Asamoah’s service for Schalke through the years, is no mediocre attribute.

Goodbye Lucio

Lucio, the versatile captain of the Brazilian national team has left Bayern Munich for Inter Milan. Uli Hoeness, general manager of Bayern Munich, announced details of the move today. He will sign a three year deal with Inter. According to Kicker, Bayern Munich received €8 Million for the transfer.

Lucio had a contract till 30 June 2010 but under Louis Van Gaal, he was surplus to requirements. Bayern Munich have Martin Demichelis,Holger Badstuber,Breno, Edson Braafheid and Daniel van Buyten vying for two places in the team.

He is a defender par excellence. In his five year stint with Munich, he played 144 times and scored 7 goals. He won the league and DFB Cup in 2005,2006 and 2008. His trademark is his astute judgement in defence and offensive orientation in attack.

Bundesliga will miss the God fearing defender for his demeanour on the field. Goodbye Lucio.

Demba Ba needs to reinvent himself at Hoffenheim.

Demba Ba recently, faced a transfer saga that might hunt his football career at his present club, Hoffenheim. The drama began after Demba Ba through his agent, Karim Akilil, went to the Press to force his  transfer from Hoffenheim to VFB Stuttgart. A deal was almost struck until VFB Stuttgart decided to look else where for a striker that will suit their requirement. During the negotiation, there was a war of words between Demba Ba and Hoffenheim management. The fall out from the crisis, put Demba in a bad light.Hoffenheim fans are angry at Demba’s conduct.

Demba Ba scored 14 goals last season and he was one of the favourite players at Hoffenheim. Presently, he has a lot of work to do, to win the trust and support of his fellow team mates and fans. Already, he has apologized for his actions in the club’s official web site.

He needs to reinvent himself by scoring goals this coming season to silence critics and foes alike. I wish him the best.


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