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    Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus hopes to hit full fitness in 2018

    Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus is determined to recover his full fitness in 2018 as he sets his sights on the World Cup. Germany international Reus, 28, has suffered with a succession of injuries in recent years and is currently recovering from knee surgery after sustaining a partial tear of the anterior cruciate ligament during the DFB Pokal final in May. He is set to miss a significant period at the start of the season but hopes to be at his best when the Bundesliga resumes after the winter break. Reus, who has missed every major international tournament since Euro 2012 through injury, said in Bild: "We have big plans with our new [Dortmund] coach Peter Bosz and the national team at the

  • Bayern to name new sporting director soon
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    Bayern to name new sporting director soon

    Finally! It seems like every former Bayern Munich player has been linked recently to the club’s vacant sporting director position. When asked about if it’s going to be a former player, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge didn’t go into specifics but said a choice has been made. He declined, however, to reveal who the new sporting director would be prior to board approval. Amid all the rumors, Rummenigge explained what the club is looking for in a sporting director: There was never any doubt that we would eventually bring a new sporting director. It’s important that we have someone in place who provides a link between the coach, the team, club and board. The plan is that the sporting director

  • Klose: Rudiger will improve under Conte
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    Klose: Rudiger will improve under Conte

    Paul Murphy SINGAPORE -- Miroslav Klose believes that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte will get the best out of Antonio Rudiger as Germany build towards the 2018 World Cup. Klose says that Rudiger, signed from Roma this summer, can only benefit from playing under a head coach who knows how to organise a defence. "One thing that's good for Rudiger at Chelsea is that he is playing under Antonio Conte, who is a phenomenal coach," former Germany striker Klose told ESPN FC. "This will definitely help his development. "It's huge for the national team as well because he's got talent, and he's got all the skills. He just maybe needs a bit of time to make the next step but he can be very valuable for the German