Jordan Torunarigha declines to play for Nigeria Super Eagles in Russia

Jordan Torunarigha

Jordan Torunarigha is a highly talented German-Nigerian with a stark left foot. He has graduated through the ranks from Hertha’s youth team and he is revered for his astuteness in defence.

It is the reason why Nigeria’s Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, and the Nigeria football federation(NFF) have been trying to convince him to play for Nigeria.

Nigeria’s pitch was that he could play an important role for the Super Eagles in Russia if he rejects Germany for Nigeria. Continue Reading “Jordan Torunarigha declines to play for Nigeria Super Eagles in Russia”

Salomon Kalou is still important for Hertha Berlin.

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Hertha Berlin is trying to reinvent itself with the mix of young and old players, and a pivotal player in the program is Salomon Kalou. The Ivory Coast international player has been dynamic in changing the fortunes of the club in the first half of this season. Continue Reading “Salomon Kalou is still important for Hertha Berlin.”

Dieter Hecking criticizes Bas Dost.

Wolfsburg defeated Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga 2-0 with the goals scored by Bas Dost of Wolfsburg.However, the game was over-shadowed by criticism from Wolfsburg coach, Dieter Hecking,against Bas Dost.

Bas Dost was alleged to have been irked over his substitution in the champions league match against ZSKA Moscow during the week. Later, Bas Dost was accused of training without motivation during the week and disturbing team chemistry.

Hecking:”He should think about it,if he thinks it was correct,then he is in a wrong place. When one walks around as if his toys have been taking away from him, it does not work.”

Hecking rotated players in three positions against Hertha.Luiz Gustavo and Ricardo Rodriguez were replaced by Marcel Schäfer and Josuha Guilavogui.While,Nicklas Bendtner, started instead of Dost in 4-1-4-1 system.

The two goals by Dost was a delight to watch.

Bitter for Hertha Berlin over the injury of goal keeper, Kraft, in the first half.

It is too early to access the differences between Hecking and Dost.But, i hope both parties will settle in the interest of the team.

Salomon Kalou is ready to shine in the Bundesliga.

Salomon Kalou

Hertha BSC of Berlin started this Bundesliga season with a lone goal against FC Augsburg in WWK arena in Augsburg. The goal scorer was Salomon Kalou through a penalty.He was fouled in the penalty area and he decided to take the penalty kick which he converted.

Salomon Kalou has been subject of criticism for his sub-par performance last season.A player of his caliber was only able to score 6 goals last season. He said,”the Bundesliga is a tough league. The intensity is very high as compared to the premier league. I am trying to do my best to learn better and work hard.”

Kalou adduced that the reason for his poor goals last season was because, “i went to the African cup and played the qualifications.I came in the middle of the season with lots of pressure. My mentality is to improve myself”

Therefore, he is still weighing the options of playing or resigning from the national team. He added,”i have won one Africa cup and played in two world cups.I just turn 30 years old and sometimes, one has to think about the pressure of playing for the national team or focus solely on club football.”

This season, Kalou has started on a high note, with two goals in two competitive matches. He scored, against second tier Arminia Bielefeld in German FA cup last week.

The team supports him and he has the full confidence of the coach. In fact, the coach, Pal Dardai, prophesied that Kalou will score in Augsburg, and he delivered.

Co-incidentally, Kalou has fond memories of playing in Augsburg. He scored in Augsburg last season against goalkeeper, Marwin Hitz, of FC Augsburg.

Kalou also said the team plays with more confidence and create lots of scoring chances compared to last season.

He has promised,”at least to score 15 goals in the season.”

Salomon Kalou has finally arrived in Berlin and through hard work and self-confidence, he wants to make history with Hertha.

Dieter Hoeness strikes in familiar territory.

Dieter Hoeness, the current general manager of Bundesliga champions, VFL Wolfsburg, is on a mission to recruit the best brains to assist him in Wolfsburg. He did not look too far for capable hands. He is recruiting staff from his former club, Hertha BSC. His recruitment drive makes Hertha supporters wonder if it is revenge in disguise.

Hoeness, was unceremoniously relieved of his duties at Hertha BSC, last summer after a bitter fallout with Hertha president,Werner Gegenbauer and Lucien Favre,the former manager.

Hertha chief scout,Rudi Wojtowicz, is highly rumored to be heading to Wolfsburg. Wojtowicz, is credited to be the brain behind the signing of Andrey Voronin, Gojko Kacar,Joe Simunic and Marko Pantelic to Hertha.

Jochen Sauer, a former lawyer for Hertha might also join Hoeness in Wolfsburg.

Since Hoeness’s exit, Hertha is struggling to remain relevant in Bundesliga.

If Hertha is relegated to the second division, Hoeness is already contemplating the services of Gojko Kacar and Arne Friedrich for Wolfsburg.