Negotiations for Salif Sané’s move to Cologne reach an impasse.

Salif Sane
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Hannover96 is gradually re-building the core players to play in the second division. Already, some players have exited the relegated side from the Bundesliga. However the fate of the defensive midfielder, Salif Sané is uncertain, after talks reached an impasse over his move from Hannover to Cologne.

At the core of the negotiations is the asking price for Sané. Based on the latest statements from Christian Möckel,right-hand man of manager,Martin Bader, in Express, “president Martin Kind has said yes, to the fact that Sané stays.Except, somebody offers 10 million Euros.If not, he stays. That is it.”

Cologne have already agreed terms with Sané for 3,5 million Euros, but Hannover wants more.Will Cologne back out ? According to Jörg Schmadtke, Cologne’s manager,”we have not taken the topic out of the table. There comes a time, when we need to look at it closely.”

Cologne are looking for alternatives to Sané at the moment with some days remaining to the start of the training season. While Hannover is hoping that Sané stays and bring them back to the Bundesliga.

Lukas Podolski relieved of captain arm band.

It is official. After weeks of speculation,the new coach of 1.FC Cologne,Stale Solbakken, has named Pedro Geromel, as the new captain of the team. Geromel, takes over from Lukas Podolski.

The coach based his reason for the change as purely a move to distribute responsibilities. He said in a statement,”i can understand the reaction of fans on my decision. At the same time, let me appeal to the fans for understanding. Because the decision is for the whole team. Our goal is to achieve success in sports and distributing responsibilities on many shoulders.”

Poldoski was appointed captain by the former coach of Cologne, Frank Schaefer, last winter.

It is unclear, what will be the reaction of Podolski to the latest development. Because he clearly loved his leading position in the team as captain.

Update: Lukas Podolski expressed his disappointment through his Facebook posting to fans about the way he was demoted. He promised to respect the decision and be professional about it. He added,”I have a responsibility for the team, the fans and the city.”

Fax machine hinders Eric-Maxime Choupo-Moting transfer.

A defective fax machine scuttled the ambition of Eric-Maxime Choupo-Moting transfer from Hamburg to FC Cologne. According to Kölner express the clubs and player reached an agreement shortly before the 18.00 deadline yesterday. A fax was sent to the German football league,DFL,containing the contract. Unfortunately it arrived at 18:12.

The DFL informed the parties that the transfer did not come to fruition because of the late arrival of the contract. Well, Eric-Maxime Choupo-Moting will have to stay in Hamburg.

Faryd Mondragon call a spade a spade.

Faryd Mondragon, the goalkeeper of 1.FC Cologne, has reacted to media reports about indiscipline at the club. In his frank manner, he addressed the issues in a six minute monologue.


FC Cologne stars in PR gaffe.

FC Cologne, a club with tradition is struggling with different problems on so many fronts. The team lack chemistry on the field. Also, some stars on the team as reported here, refuse to drive Ford, the official car. The players are expected to drive the car during training and official appointment.

On Teusday, Maniche, came to training in his Lamborghini, Manasseh Ishiaku drove Audi R8 and Petit, Aston Martin.

Ford, supplied FC Cologne management and players this season(2009/2010) a total of 32 cars ranging from Kuga, Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy.

Ford has been official car sponsor of FC Cologne since 1995.