Today, we check in with a Borussia Dortmund double act on their road to recovery, find out how the German national team can grab themselves a tasty bonus this summer and salute FC Schalke 04 for a wonderful act of generosity to a former head coach.
Borussia Dortmund’s all conquering centre-back partnership has been reunited - albeit in the weights room of BVB’s training ground in Brackel. Die Schwarz-Gelbe’s injured defensive duo proved they are using their time off to great effect by enjoying a bonding session during the first day of their rehabilitation program on Thursday. With Mr. Motivator Mats Hummels (ankle) and Neven Subotic (knee) both nursing ligament issues, crutch wars aren’t out of the question, but both are still some way off making their respective returns.
Having come so close and yet so far from clinching an international title on the last four occasions, pride isn’t the only incentive for the German national team to win the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. On Friday the DFB (German Football Federation) announced that every member of the 23-man squad would receive a €300,000 bonus for the lifting the trophy. That’s roughly 1,250 pairs of adidas mi F50 adizero football boots! “The uncomplicated discussions and the quick agreement are just further proof of the incredible amount of trust between the team and the federation,” said DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach.
"For he’s a jolly good fellow, for he’s a jolly good fellow, for he’s a jolly good fellow, who won the UEFA Cup!" He may have left the club shortly before the winter break last season, but Huub Stevens still has a place in the hearts of the FC Schalke 04 faithful. Voted as the Royal Blues ‘Head Coach of the Century’ in 2004, the Gelsenkirchen club were kind enough to send the veteran head coach a blue and white cake in celebration of his 60th birthday. It was arguably the least they could do having knocked his side out of the UEFA Champions League earlier this season!