Sane Replaces Injured Mueller For Germany Against Hungary

Germany’s forward Leroy Sane puts on his exercise jersey during an MD-1 training session at the team’s base at the Adi Dassler stadium in Herzogenaurach, Germany, on June 22, 2021, on the eve of their UEFA EURO 2020 Group F football match against Hungary. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP)



Leroy Sane will start for Germany in Wednesday’s crunch Euro 2020 match against Hungary in Munich, replacing Thomas Mueller who is sidelined by a knee injury.

A draw in Munich would secure Germany a place in the last 16 while Hungary, who are bottom of the group, need a win to avoid elimination.

Mueller was hurt late in Saturday’s 4-2 win over holders Portugal, which put Germany’s European Championship campaign back on track.

Joachim Loew’s men sit second in the Group F table behind France.

Sane is the only change to the German line-up as the 25-year-old makes his first start of the tournament.

Loew had been expected to name midfielder Leon Goretzka for Mueller, but instead opted for Sane’s pace on the wing.

Left-back Robin Gosens, the man-of-the-match against Portugal with a goal and two assists, as well as centre-back Mats Hummels and midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, have all recovered from knocks.

Hungary coach Marco Rossi has named the same starting line-up which earned a 1-1 draw with world champions France last Saturday in Budapest.

Tensions are running high off the pitch after the city of Munich was refused permission by UEFA to light the Allianz Arena in rainbow colours in solidarity with Hungary’s LGBTIQ community.


Germany’s forward Thomas Mueller reacts on the pitch during the UEFA EURO 2020 Group F football match between Portugal and Germany at Allianz Arena in Munich on June 19, 2021. (Photo by Matthias Schrader / POOL / AFP)


UEFA and the government of Hungary have both came under a hail of criticism after Budapest’s new anti-LGBTIQ law and the football body’s refusal to light the Munich stadium.

UEFA defended its decision but added the rainbow to its logo, while Budapest praised the governing body for taking a stance against what it sees as political “provocation”.

Germany skipper Manuel Neuer will wear a rainbow-coloured captain’s armband.

Starting line-ups:

Germany (3-4-3)

Manuel Neuer (capt); Matthias Ginter, Mats Hummels, Antonio Ruediger; Joshua Kimmich, Ilkay Gundogan, Toni Kroos, Robin Gosens; Kai Havertz, Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane

Coach: Joachim Loew (GER)

Hungary (3-5-2)

Peter Gulacsi; Attila Szalai, Willi Orban, Endre Botka; Attila Fiola, Andras Schafer, Adam Nagy, Laszlo Kleinheisler, Loic Nego; Roland Sallai, Adam Szalai (capt)

Coach: Marco Rossi (ITA)

Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)

Bayern Munich Sign Leroy Sane From Man City

Manchester City’s German midfielder Leroy Sane celebrates after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on January 3, 2019.



Bayern Munich have signed German international winger Leroy Sane from Manchester City for at least five years, the German club said Friday.

“The 24-year-old has put his name to a five-year contract until 30 June 2025 and will start preparing for the upcoming season in Munich next week,” Bayern Munich said in a statement.

The multiple Bundesliga winners did not give a transfer price.



Sane Wants To Leave City – Guardiola

Manchester City’s German midfielder Leroy Sane celebrates after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northwest England, on January 3, 2019.


Leroy Sane is heading for the Manchester City exit door after rejecting a new deal, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday.

The Germany international has 12 months left on his contract and has been heavily linked with Bayern Munich, with the City boss acknowledging it is only a matter of time before Sane leaves.

“Leroy said he does not want to extend the contract next season so it means he wants to leave and it is going to happen this summer or at the end of the contract,” Guardiola said on a videoconference with reporters on Friday.

“The club told me they offered two or three times to extend his contract, he rejected, so he wants to play in another club.

“I think everybody knows if at the end of this season there is an agreement of both clubs, he is going to leave.”

Winger Sane, 24, has won the Premier League title twice at City since joining from Schalke in 2016.

However, he has not played for the first team since suffering a torn knee ligament in the Community Shield match against Liverpool in August.

“When we make an offer to a player it’s because we want him,” Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference.

“He has special quality. We want players who want to play with the club to achieve targets. He is a nice guy and I love him so much. I have nothing against — but he wants another adventure.”

Guardiola said that David Silva and Claudio Bravo would stay at the club until the end of the extended season, having initially been due to leave at the end of June.

City, second in the Premier League, face Burnley on Monday.

Man City’s Sane To Undergo Surgery Over Crucial Ligament Tear

Manchester City’s German midfielder Leroy Sane (C) is consoled by Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp (R) as he goes off with an injury  in north London on August 4, 2019. Ian KINGTON / AFP


Manchester City winger and Bayern Munich transfer target Leroy Sane faces surgery and a long spell on the sidelines after suffering a cruciate ligament tear, German media reported on Thursday.

Sane, 23, was taken off clutching his knee during City’s Community Shield win over Liverpool last Sunday, and there has since been uncertainty as to the severity of the injury.

On Thursday, both Kicker magazine and Bild newspaper reported that the German international had torn his cruciate ligament, casting fresh doubt over his impending move to Bundesliga champions Bayern.

Both reports claimed that Sane would be ruled out for several months, and suggested that Bayern may now pull back from making a bid for Sane.

Bayern had identified Sane as the primary target in their search for a long-term replacement for departing club icons Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.

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Having been slow to move in the transfer window this year, the German giants are under pressure to make a high-profile signing. Earlier this week, star striker Robert Lewandowski publicly called on the club to sign three new players.

The Sane transfer had looked close to completion, with Kicker reporting last week that terms had been agreed on a 100-million-euro ($112m) deal.

“The transfer will now have to be reassessed,” the magazine wrote on Thursday.


Man City Beat Cardiff To Leapfrog Liverpool In League Summit

Manchester City’s Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (C) celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Cardiff City at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north-west England, on April 3, 2019.


Manchester City beat Cardiff 2-0 on Wednesday to return to the top of the Premier League, one point ahead of Liverpool.

Kevin De Bruyne gave City the lead in the sixth minute, firing in from a tight angle, and Leroy Sane doubled the advantage for the defending champions with a sharp finish just before half-time.

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In other English Premier League results;

Chelsea 3-0 Brighton (Giroud 38, Hazard 60, Loftus-Cheek 63)

Tottenham 2-0 Crystal Palace (Son 55, Eriksen 80)

Sane ‘Sorry’ For Stunning Free-Kick Against Ex-Club Schalke

Schalke’s German goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann can’t stop a goal by Manchester City’s German midfielder Leroy Sane during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Schalke 04 and Manchester City on February 20, 2019 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Odd ANDERSEN / AFP


Leroy Sane admits feeling ‘sorry’ for his stunning free-kick against ex-club Schalke which helped 10-man Manchester City seal a dramatic 3-2 away win in the Champions League.

Premier League leaders City were in trouble at 2-1 down in the last 16, first-leg tie, playing with 10 men after Nicolas Otamendi was sent off on 68 minutes, before Sane struck.

The Germany winger, a product of Schalke’s academy who left for City in 2016, came off the bench and smashed home a free-kick to equalise on 85 minutes in Gelsenkirchen.

Raheem Sterling then tapped home City’s superb winner on 90 minutes, after a brilliant long-range pass from goalkeeper Ederson, to seal the victory with the return leg in Manchester on March 12.

“Yeah, I was a bit,” Sane told reporters when asked if he was sorry to score against Schalke on Wednesday.

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“I couldn’t really celebrate, of course, I was pleased for my team, but to score a goal like that against my ‘former love’…”

Having waited 78 minutes to come off the bench, Sane was delighted to finally run out at the Veltins Arena.

“It was very emotional for me to be back in my home town,” said Sane.

“It was great to be able to play in this great atmosphere in front of these fans.

“In the first half, I had goosebumps, the way the Schalke fans urged their team on.”

City top the Premier League on goal difference while struggling Schalke are down near the relegation places in the Bundesliga.

Yet the Germans gave Pep Guardiola’s City a scare as Nabil Bentaleb netted two first-half penalties, both awarded after the video assistant referee intervened, to cancel out Sergio Aguero’s early goal.

Sane was full of praise for his former club.

“They played very, very well and the way they defended made it hard for us,” said the 23-year-old.

“I was a little bit sad for Schalke because the atmosphere was amazing like it always is.

“At the end we did it, we scored three goals away – that was the most important thing.”


Sane Double Secures Champions League Top Spot For Man City

Manchester City’s Leroy Sane (C) celebrates with teammate Gabriel Jesus (R) after scoring their first goal against Hoffenheim at the Etihad stadium in Manchester… on December 12, 2018.


Manchester City survived a sloppy start to secure top spot in Champions League Group F by coming from behind to beat Hoffenheim 2-1 thanks to Leroy Sane’s double on Wednesday.

Andrej Kramaric’s penalty put the Germans deservedly in front on 16 minutes as another much-changed City side struggled to get up to speed.

However, Pep Guardiola’s men found their feet as the first half wore on and were level just before the break courtesy of a brilliant Sane free-kick.

Guardiola was frustrated by his side’s wastefulness in front of goal in the second period, but Sane did at least secure victory by converting Raheem Sterling’s pass on the hour mark.

City made life difficult for themselves with a flat performance in losing at home to Lyon in their opening group game and were similarly caught cold having already secured their place in the last 16.

Kramaric had fired a warning shot inches over before Ederson in the City goal showed he wasn’t to be outdone by Brazilian international team-mate Alisson Becker’s heroics to secure Liverpool’s place in the knockout stages against Napoli on Tuesday by producing an incredible finger-tip stop to turn another curling effort from the Croatian behind.

However, Kramaric’s luck was in third time round from the penalty spot after Aymeric Laporte was punished for hauling down Benjamin Hubner.

All of City’s best efforts before the break came from set-pieces as Gabriel Jesus headed Sane’s corner off the post before Oliver Baumann got down well to deny John Stones.

Nicolas Otamendi sent another wicked dead-ball delivery from Ilkay Gundogan off the crossbar, but the hosts were finally level in spectacular fashion when Sane curled home a free-kick into the top corner from 30 yards out.

Hoffenheim needed to win just to have a chance of qualifying for the Europa League knockout stages in third, but in their desperation to chase a winner left themselves hopelessly exposed to the pace of Sane and Sterling after the break.

Sane was guilty of overplaying as City incredibly spurned a three-against-one when Sterling fed the German, who tried to tee up the surprised Bernardo Silva rather than going for goal himself and Baumann saved the Portuguese’s shot.

Sterling has been in the news for bravely speaking out about the alleged racist abuse he suffered in defeat at Chelsea on Saturday and news coverage he has received in the past.

However, the England international showed little sign of letting it disrupt his fine form on the pitch as he teed up Sane to round Baumann and slot home the winner.

Pep Guardiola handed Phil Foden his first Champions League start of the season and the 18-year-old was only denied a spectacular first goal in the competition by a fine save by Baumann to turn his dipping volley over.

However, it mattered little as the competition favourites march into Monday’s last 16 draw where they can face Atletico Madrid, Schalke, Ajax or Roma.


Sane Salutes ‘Unbelievable’ Sterling

Manchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola (L) taps Manchester City’s English midfielder Raheem Sterling on the head as he leaves the pitch after being substituted off during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on October 7, 2018. Paul ELLIS / AFP


Leroy Sane hailed Raheem Sterling as “unbelievable” on Saturday after the England winger inspired Manchester City to a 4-0 rout of West Ham.

Sterling was unstoppable at the London Stadium as Premier League leaders City racked up their eighth successive win in all competitions.

He set up the opening goal for David Silva and tapped in the second himself with a cool finish from Sane’s cross.

Germany international Sane netted after being set up by another Sterling assist as City raced into a 3-0 lead before half-time.

It was a ruthless display from the champions and all the more impressive coming off the back of a two-week international break.

Sane, who scored his second in stoppage time, admitted Sterling was the key to the latest swaggering show from Pep Guardiola’s side.

“We are all happy that we won here, especially away and after an international break,” Sane told CityTV.

“Before my first goal we did a lot of passes. Raheem had an eye for me in the middle.

“Raheem is unbelievable. A great guy, how he has played this season he has improved a lot. It’s really exciting to play with him.

“He has the hunger to score more goals. I’m really happy for him. Everyone can see we are really motivated to win the games.”


Sane Shines As Slick City Crush West Ham

Manchester City’s German midfielder Leroy Sane (C) runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Manchester City at The London Stadium, in east London on November 24, 2018. Glyn KIRK / AFP


Manchester City stormed to their eighth successive victory in all competitions as Leroy Sane’s brace capped a ruthless 4-0 demolition of West Ham on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s side were in clinical form in east London as the champions maintained their unbeaten start after 13 games of the Premier League season.

David Silva and Raheem Sterling struck in the first 19 minutes to put City in complete control.

Germany winger Sane netted before the interval and again in the closing stages to ensure leaders City remain two points clear of second-placed Liverpool.

City have scored 19 goals in their last four games in all competitions, with their latest blitz serving as the perfect preparation for next week’s Champions League clash at Lyon.

In this mood, it is hard to imagine who can stop City and their former manager Manuel Pellegrini, now in charge of West Ham, clearly had no answers.

Pellegrini managed City for three seasons between 2013 and 2016, winning the title in 2014, the League Cup twice, and 100 of his 167 games in charge.

The Chilean became the only non-European manager to win the Premier League, and only the second City manager to win two major trophies in one season.

But his City team was nowhere near as potent as the Guardiola model.

And for all West Ham’s shortcomings, City worked as hard as ever to make the most of the openings presented to them.

Sterling, whose previous appearance in a City shirt ended with him being admonished by Guardiola for showboating near the end of the 3-1 victory over Manchester United, was direct and creative, providing the final pass for Silva’s and Sane’s goals.


West Ham had looked tentative and nervy even before City took the lead after 11 minutes, and they were largely spectators as Kyle Walker ran down the right.

He found Sterling, who crossed low for Silva to stroll between the immobile Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena to slip a first-time shot past Lukasz Fabianski from four yards.

West Ham showed little inclination to hit back, and there was so little pressure on the ball that Fabian Delph, although lining up at left back for City, was able to move into the central midfield position and launch a series of attacks.

It was 2-0 to City after 19 minutes as Sane stepped past former City defender Pablo Zabaleta on the left and hit a low pass across goal for Sterling to stroke home.

West Ham briefly spluttered into life when Michail Antonio robbed Aymeric Laporte and set up Marko Arnautovic, but the Austrian’s shot was saved by goalkeeper Ederson.

Then Arnautovic found Antonio cutting in from the right but his well-hit shot rebounded off Ederson’s chest.

But City sealed the victory when Fernandinho passed out to Sterling on the right, he volleyed back into the centre, and the unmarked Sane controlled the ball, sidestepped Balbuena’s attempt to recover, and rolled in the third.

Fabianski denied both Sterling and Sane in the opening minute of the second half and West Ham’s best chance disappeared when Antonio ran clear of defenders only to hit his shot against the outside of the post.

Sane showed how it was done in stoppage-time, collecting Gabriel Jesus’s cross and shooting across Fabianski, the ball going in off Aaron Cresswell.


Leroy Sane To Use World Cup Disappointment To Impress Loew

Germany’s midfielder Leroy Sane attends a press conference on October 10, 2018 in Berlin ahead of a Nations League match against the Netherlands to take place on October 13, 2018, in Amsterdam. Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP


Manchester City winger Leroy Sane said on Wednesday that he plans to use his World Cup disappointment as motivation and seize his chance to impress Germany coach Joachim Loew in the upcoming Nations League clashes against the Netherlands and France.

After being voted the Premier League’s Young Player of the Year last season, Sane, 22, was a surprise omission from the Germany squad that then crashed at the World Cup group stage.

After playing just seven minutes off the bench in Germany’s goalless Nations League draw against France in Munich last month, Sane, a left winger, missed the 2-1 friendly win over Peru in Sinsheim for the birth of his daughter.

Now, with Germany’s first-choice left winger, Marco Reus, out with a knee injury, Sane could well have his chance to prove himself against Holland in Amsterdam on Saturday, then France in Paris next Tuesday.

“I’ve been thinking a lot about the summer and trying to improve my game so that the next time ‘Jogi’ (Loew) will not be able to leave me out,” Sane told a press conference in Berlin on Wednesday.

“Of course, I was disappointed not to have been at the World Cup, it just makes me more motivated. I want to improve every day.

“I’m working on being a better fit for the team, also in terms of tactics.”

Sane, who made his international debut in 2015, has been in Germany’s matchday squad 19 times and collected 13 caps, starting six games and coming off the bench seven times.

Loew implied Sane‘s lack of defensive work in his pre-World Cup appearances for Germany was why he missed the chance to play at Russia 2018 and assistant coach Marcus Sorg expanded on the theme.

Leroy has always been committed, one way or another, it may not have always been how we wanted it, but we have to remember that he’s a young person, he has coped well and he’s where he needs to be,” said Sorg.

Sane says the birth of his daughter has matured him, “now I have to also bear some responsibility away from the pitch. I am always pleased to see her when I come home”.

After the double blows of the woeful World Cup performance and Mesut Ozil’s scathing retirement from the Germany set-up, making accusations of racism and disrespect, the German FA (DFB) has launched a charm offensive.

Loew’s squad held an open training session in Berlin on Tuesday, giving school children the chance to watch their heroes, but Sorg says a good performance against the Dutch is just as important.

“It’s no longer the case that we can expect to win games 5-0 or 6-0,” said Sorg.

“We have to return to our old strengths and that is part of a process.”

Sparkling Sane Inspires Man City In Palace Rout

Manchester City’s Brazilian defender Danilo (L) and Manchester City’s German midfielder Leroy Sane celebrate winning the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on September 23, 2017.

Leroy Sane was the difference as Premier League leaders Manchester City claimed a comprehensive 5-0 win over bottom club Crystal Palace on Saturday to extend their unbeaten start.

“Shall we score a goal for you?” the home fans chanted, and well they might, with Pep Guardiola’s side having now scored 16 goals in three Premier League games.

By contrast, Palace are still yet to score in the league and have now lost six games in succession.

Sane and Raheem Sterling, who scored twice, did the damage, while Sergio Aguero and Fabian Delph added gloss to the scoreline at the Etihad Stadium.

The win keeps City on top of the table, edging in front of rivals Manchester United on goal difference.

It was frustrating for City until they were able to edge in front just before the break.

Palace defender Mamadou Sakho flicked Kevin De Bruyne’s cross onto his own post and Sane fired over after skipping through several challenges.

But for all of City’s early possession, it was Palace who had the better chances in the opening stages.

The south London side, playing under Roy Hodgson for the second time in the league, looked well drilled and could have stung the hosts on the break.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek had an effort deflect off Nicolas Otamendi and onto the post, having beaten England centre-back John Stones twice to get into a shooting position on 19 minutes.

Loftus-Cheek went close again, sliding a shot wide when it seemed easier to score after Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s low cross nicked off Fernandinho.

City’s disjointed start to game was not helped as the home side lost Benjamin Mendy to injury mid-way through the first half.

The France left-back clashed knees with Andros Townsend, giving away a tactical foul as the winger skipped past, and was replaced by Danilo.

– Aguero closes on Brook –

City had to work to forge chances, but the pressure was eased on the stroke of half-time.

Quick interplay between Sane, De Bruyne and David Silva allowed the Spaniard to lift a pass to Sane on the left.

He flicked it over the head of Scott Dann and slid a shot through the legs of Wayne Hennessey.

The goal opened the visitors up. Six minutes into the second half, a quick break saw City double their lead.

Again Sane was key. His break down the left flank was picked out by De Bruyne and a perfect low cross into the path of Sterling meant the England winger could not miss.

Presented with what seemed an even easier opportunity a minute later after Hennessey’s touch on De Bruyne’s cross presented him with an open goal, Sterling side-footed wide.

Aguero was now on the hunt for the goals to take the club’s scoring record.

Having found space on the edge of the box, he skipped past three challenges to go one-on-one, but fired his left-foot strike straight at Hennessey.

It was one-way traffic. Sterling doubled his tally and took City’s to three after De Bruyne’s ball to the back post was touched into the winger’s path as he arrived late into the six-yard box.

All eyes were now on Aguero, who began the day needing two goals to join Eric Brook as City’s all-time leading scorer.

The Argentina striker netted with 11 minutes to play, heading in Sane’s searching cross to close to within one goal of Brook’s haul of 177 goals.

Palace were begging for full-time by the time Fabian Delph made it 5-0, the substitute curling a sublime effort into the top corner with his weaker right foot.


Iheanacho, Iwobi Nominated For Golden Boy Award

iheanacho, Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Arsenal, Alex Iwobi, Arsene Wenger, Golden BoyNigeria internationals Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi have been shortlisted for the 2016 edition of the Golden Boy Award.

Iheanacho who recently became the first Nigerian to score in the Manchester derby made the list having scored 10 goals in the 2015/2016 season and has three so far in the ongoing 2016/17 season.

Iwobi got into the Arsenal first team last season, scoring two goals and has become a regular for the Gunners this season.

The Golden Boy Award is meant for the best player under the age of 21 who play in a European nation’s top division.

Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford also made the cut.

The 18-year-old talent has enjoyed a stellar 2016 since making his Manchester United debut in February, including becoming an England international.

Tottenham also have a representative in England international Dele Alli. The 20-year-old scored 11 goals last season as Spurs finished third in the Premier League.

There are three representatives from Chelsea (Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Andreas Christensen and Nathan), while Manchester City have two (Kelechi Iheanacho and Leroy Sane).

Leicester City’s Demarai Gray and Liverpool’s Marko Grujic complete the list of 10 Premier League-based players on the 40-man shortlist.