- Ribery delighted with Ancelotti appointment.
- Sokratis craves title win with Dortmund.
- Bender honoured to be part of Olympics.
Bundesliga Daily rounds up all you need to know from Germany's 18 top-flight clubs. On 25 July, FC Bayern München winger Franck Ribery divulges his grazing habits, Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos reveals what is missing from his life and BVB's Sven Bender talks Olympic pride.
Ribery: 'Ancelotti a fantastic coach'
FC Bayern München winger Franck Ribery has been speaking to leading German sports specialist magazine kicker about new coach Carlo Ancelotti. "We can achieve something big under Ancelotti," the 33-year-old Frenchman said. "He's a real boon for the club. He's a fantastic coach. I feel like he has faith in me. I need people like him. I'd eat grass for the coach."
Caption contest! What is King Franck saying here? 😄 pic.twitter.com/P0WN8fSZ2U— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) 22 July 2016
Sokratis targets silverware
Bayern's nearest challengers last season, Dortmund, are long overdue a title win according to defensive stalwart Sokratis Papastathopoulos. "I'm going in to my sixth season here and, other than the Supercup, I haven't won anything. That bugs me," the Greece international told kicker. "But for Bayern - a sporting monster in a positive sense - we'd have won the league or DFB Cup by now. It's time to win a title."
Bender a proud Olympian
Dortmund midfielder Sven Bender says it will be an honour to represent Germany at this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "It's the latest highlight in my career, and I don't know how many more of those I have left," the 27-year-old admitted. "As a footballer, if I'd have said I didn't want to go that would have been unfair on all the other athletes who have fought long and hard all their lives to be a part of it. It's an amazing thing."
Darmstadt sign Colak
SV Darmstadt 98 have completed the signing of Antonio Colak from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. The 22-year-old forward, who scored five goals in 22 Bundesliga appearances whilst on loan at 1. FC Kaiserslautern last term, has flown straight out to Austria to link up with his new teammates for pre-season training.
*"Now the best thing is to be with the team at the training camp."
In other news, Darmstadt are offering fans a rather novel way of getting to Cologne for the Lilies' season opener against 1. FC Köln - by boat: