Dortmund Sign Andre Schurrle

andreGerman side, Borussia Dortmund have signed German Forward, Andre Schurrle from VfL Wolfsburg.

This is According to Borussia Dortmund Sporting Director, Micheal Zorc.

“André Schürrle is a Germany international with outstanding attacking potential who is also a very good passer of the ball and consistently contributes neatly to his team’s defensive play.

“Though still just 25 years old, he has already amassed considerable international experience.

“His quality will be of great value for our team,” Michael Zorc, told Borussia Dortmund official website.

Meanwhile, the former Chelsea forward, has also expressed his desire to achieve great success with is new club.

“Borussia Dortmund is one of Europe’s top clubs and they have a strong and extremely exciting squad.

“I know from my own experience how much strength BVB can harness through its interaction with its fans and I am now very much looking forward to experiencing that as part of the Black and Yellows for the first time rather than as a marveling opponent.

“In the coming years I want to achieve success with Borussia Dortmund and can hardly wait to start training and to convince everyone that the club has made the right choice in signing me.”

UCL: Man City Draw Away As Wolfsburg Shock Madrid

Real MadridKevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho both scored to hand Manchester City a 2-2 first-leg draw at Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.

The two away goals give the English side the edge in their Champions League quarter-final tie.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic had his penalty saved by City goalkeeper Joe Hart as the Premier League side twice punished defensive mistakes by their hosts to get the two goals.

De Bruyne put City ahead on 38 minutes, only for Ibrahimovic to level after an embarrassing mix-up in the visitors’ defence soon after.

Adrien Rabiot then put PSG ahead just before the hour, but Fernandinho made it 2-2 on 72 minutes and ensured the French giants will be chasing the tie in next Tuesday’s second leg.

In Germany, Ricardo Rodriguez and Maximilian Arnold were the goal scorers as German side Wolfsburg dealt a 2-0 blow to Real Madrid’s hopes of taking the Champions League crown this season.

Playing in their first quarterfinal in the competition, Wolfsburg bullied the Spanish giant to earn a good chance of making the last four.

Ricardo Rodriguez had converted a penalty in the 18th minute after Casemiro was adjudged to have fouled Andre Schurrle inside the area.

Arnold then added the second in the 25th minute as the home side used counterattacks to devastating effect at the Volkswagen Arena.

Madrid created a number of chances to pull one back, with Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo all threatening, but they were unable to beat goalkeeper Diego Benaglio for an important away goal.

An injury to Karim Benzema added to a poor night for the visitors who came into the match following a 2-1 win over Barcelona in the Spanish league “clasico”.

Ironically, Wolfsburg have been struggling in the Bundesliga.

Both sides meet again at the Santiago Bernabeu on April 12 for the second leg of their Champions League quarterfinal.

Fernando Torres Tops UEFA’s Best January Signings Poll

Fernando TorresAtletico Madrid striker, Fernando Torres has been considered by fans as the best January transfer signing by clubs in a poll conducted by Europe’s football governing body UEFA on their website.

UEFA.com finished transfer deadline day by asking more than 50 million social media followers to name who they thought had been the best signings of the winter window.

Fans of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League on Facebook, as well as followers of @ChampionsLeague and @EuropaLeague, were invited to make their suggestions using #WinterTransferTop5.

UEFA said that 50 million fans voted before the results were released on Wednesday.

The former Chelsea target-man beat close competitions from Ivorian strikers Wilfried Bony and Seydou Doumbia, who placed 2nd and 3rd. They both joined Manchester City and AS Roma.

Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland and Germany’s André Schurrle, made the last two of January’s top five signings according to the fans. They joined Inter Milan and VfL Wolfsburg respectively.

Torres, 30, left the boyhood club Atletico for English club Liverpool seven and a half years earlier and later joined Chelsea.

Torres has thus far scored three goals for Atletico since his return with two against cross-city rivals, Real Madrid and one against FC Barcelona.

We Knew Fabregas Was An Important Player – Mourinho

MourinhoJose Mourinho has praised the impact made by Cesc Fabregas early on in the Spanish midfielder’s Chelsea career.

The former Barcelona man only joined up with his new team-mates in July, as the team headed for their European training camp, but already his quality seems apparent.

Two goals during pre-season, a stunning free-kick against Vitesse Arnhem, followed by a wonderful individual effort against Ferencvaros, preceded a man-of-the-match performance during Monday’s 3-1 win at Burnley, which was capped by the disguised pass to tee up Andre Schurrle for Chelsea’s second goal on the night.

“We knew Fabregas was an important player from the moment we tried to buy him,” said Mourinho.

“Our team already had a structure and a way of playing on the pitch, but we knew we clearly needed that kind of midfield player and a striker who could play with his back to the goal, hold the ball and associate with the different attacking players. That would make us a different team, not just in terms of results but especially in relation to the style of play.

“Cesc has been important for us, everybody knows how good he is, he was already good as a kid, he disappeared from us for three years but he’s back at a fantastic age so I think we enjoy him and he enjoys playing in the Premier League.”

Mourinho also addressed the mood of another new signing, Diego Costa, after the striker was booked for simulation at Turf Moor when replays showed he had been brought down by goalkeeper, Tom Heaton, during the first half.

“Diego is upset because he’s been behaving extremely well,” explained the Portuguese. “He thought it was going to be a penalty and a red card for the keeper, then suddenly it’s a free-kick and a yellow card for him, so he was disappointed.

“But, I know Michael Oliver and the linesman know it was an unfair decision, so let’s move on.”

Meanwhile, the manager hasn’t given Petr Cech a personal explanation for his decision to start Thibaut Courtois in goal ahead the more experienced Cech, but insisted the overall needs of the team have to take priority.

“If I speak with him then I have to speak with everybody, I never did this in my career,” he said. “I don’t feel I have to speak with them [the players] about my decisions. The club is not under my control but the team is, and everything I do is for the best of the team.

“What I always tell them is that they know where my office is, they know where I am and if they need an explanation I never close the door. Petr didn’t come to see me, he’s worked fantastically well as always. He’s with his mates, he’s been polite, professional and that’s what we need.

“Obviously I have no problem playing him in any match, it doesn’t matter when or in which competition, I’m so confident in him. If I decide to rotate when we have an accumulation of matches it’s probably the easiest position to do it. As I said, we have two of the three best goalkeepers in the world.

“Sometimes people say a player is experienced or not experienced because of his age, but you can be 22 and still have a lot of experience,” explained the Blues boss.

“Courtois has played in the biggest matches you can play in; the World Cup, Champions League final and semi-final, UEFA Cup final and semi-final, big matches against Barcelona and Real Madrid, local derbies, Super Cup.

“Obviously he knows he has to perform but I think he can cope with that because he’s very experienced,” Mourinho told chelseafc.com.

2014 FIFA World Cup: Germany Are Champions Of The World

Germany-2Germany have emerged as the Champions of the FIFA World Cup, Brazil 2014, after a hard fought 120 minute battle with Argentina at the Maracana, the first time the country is winning the trophy as a united country.

Former Borussia Dortmund player, Mario Gotze, became the hero for the Germans with a superb finish via an assist by Chelsea’s Andre Schürrle in the 113th minute.

The two substitutes combined to devastating effect for Germany. Schurrle made inroads down the left hand side, and lofted in a neat cross towards the near post. Gotze took it excellently on his chest and with time and space to move, stabbed it into the back of the net.

With seven minutes left on the clock, the South American threw in all they had left and Messi had a freekick in the final seconds of the game to save the game but ballooned the ball into the stands to add to the Argentine misery, a moment which summed up Messi’s night.

It had been a long and impressive road for both final competitors and Germany and Argentina provided a match that had all the elements of a World Cup classic.

The Germans were looking to finish something that they have started since 2010 whereas the Argentines were determined to return to the top by avenging an embarrassing 4-0 thrashing by the same opponents, which happened four years ago.

The Germans, with their fourth title, have now made history as the first ever European World Cup champion to emerge on South American soil.

German Goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, won the Golden Gloves Award for the Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament, while Argentina magician, Lionel Messi, won the Golden Ball for the Best Player of the Tournament.

James Rodriguez of Columbia, though absent at the presentation, won the Golden Boot having scored the highest number of goals. The Monaco attacking midfielder scored six goals in Brazil, one more than Germany’s Thomas Muller, who won the trophy in South Africa in 2010.

The night’s German hero, Mario Gotze, also made history as the first ever substitute to score the winning goal in a World Cup final.

Germany are now a win behind Brazil, who have lifted the trophy on five occasions. Germany won the competition in 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014.

Mario Gotze Became The Hero For The Germans With A Superb Finish In The 113th Minute To End The Final 1-0

Germany-2Germany have emerged as the Champions of the FIFA World Cup, Brazil 2014, after a hard fought 120 minute battle with Argentina at the Maracana.

The Borussia Dortmund player, Mario Gotze, became the hero for the Germans with a superb finish via an assist by Chelsea’s Andre Schürrle cross in the 113th minute.

The two substitutes combined to devastating effect for Germany. Schurrle made inroads down the left hand side, and lofted in a neat cross towards the near post. Gotze took it excellently on his chest and with time and space to move, and stabbed it into the back of the net.

With seven minutes left on the clock, Messi had a freekick in the final seconds of the game to save the game but ballooned the ball into the stands to add to the Argentine misery, a moment which summed up Messi’s night.

It had been a long and impressive road for both final competitors and Germany and Argentina provided a match that had all the elements of a World Cup classic.

The Germans were looking to finish something that they have started since 2010 whereas the Argentines were determined to return to the top by avenging an embarrassing 4-0 thrashing by the same opponents, which happened four years ago.

The Germans, with their fourth title, have now made history as the first ever European World Cup champion to emerge on South American soil.

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Pele Looks Forward As Brazil Suffer Record Defeat In World Cup Semi

peleBrazil football legend, Pele, has moved on after his country’s 7-1 World Cup disgrace at Germany’s hands on Tuesday, saying the Selecao would deliver in Russia in 2018.

Pele wrote on Twitter, “We’ll get the sixth title in Russia. Congratulations to Germany.

“I always said that football is a box of surprises. Nobody in this world expected this result,” said Pele, who played in three World Cup-winning Brazil teams.

Brazil had been hoping to extend their record of five wins in the competition, but, as with their previous hosting in 1950, they failed to land the trophy on home soil as the Germans annihilated them 7-1 in their Belo Horizonte semi-final.

Two goals for Toni Kroos and Andre Schurrle, plus one each for Thomas Muller, Sami Khedira, and record-breaking 16th World Cup goal for Miroslav Klose saw the visitors delirious, while Brazil begins a period of soul-searching such as never before.

The 7-1 scoreline was the worst defeat in the soccer-crazed nation’s history and many left the arena in tears before halftime, too stunned to watch any more.

34-year-old goalkeeper, Julio Cesar, said after the record defeat, “It is difficult to explain the inexplicable.

“Until now everything had gone very well. We had been very strong. It is so unexpected.

“Now we need to return home and be comforted by our families.”

Defender, David Luiz, who stood in for suspended Thiago Silva as Captain, said, “We had the worst game of our lives and Germany the best of their lives.”

Germany will go into Sunday’s World Cup final at the Maracana to face Argentina or Holland on the highest of highs.

EPL: Chelsea Go 4 Points Clear As Arsenal Slump To Stoke

Andre Schurrle celebrates at Craven Cottage during Chelsea's defeat of Fulham Photo: AP

Arsène Wenger admitted that Arsenal’s loss at Stoke City was a “massive setback” as the Gunners fell four points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Manager Arsene Wenger had Mesut Ozil back in the squad after injury, but he saw his side beaten by a 76th-minute Jonathan Walters penalty after Laurent Koscielny had been penalised for handball.

And Wenger revealed his concern at the manner of the defeat, although he felt his side were “unlucky” to have been beaten.

“It is a big worry not to win a game like that,” said Wenger, whose side will drop to third in the table if Liverpool win at Southampton. “It’s a massive setback.

“We didn’t produce the performance that we wanted. To win a title, you have to perform when you’re expected to.

“It was a good defensive performance and overall I think we were unlucky to lose this game. Offensively we didn’t create enough. Our offensive game was poor considering our standards. At the end of day we didn’t score.

“I don’t assess our title chances at all. We just have to play well in the next game.”

Meanwhile, an Andre Schurrle hat-trick saw Chelsea stretch their lead in the Premier League on Saturday.

Germany international Schurrle scored three times in 17 minutes during the second-half as Chelsea beat Fulham 3-1 to give Jose Mourinho’s side a four-point lead over their London rivals.

The victory extended Chelsea’s lead to six points over Manchester City, who have two games in hand, while Fulham, who pulled a goal back through Jonny Heitinga, remain four points adrift of safety at the foot of the table.

Manchester City tackle Sunderland in Sunday’s League Cup final.