Ex-Chelsea Star Kalou Leaves Hertha Berlin After Six Years

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Kalou won the AFCON in 2015. Photo: [email protected] Kalou

 

 

Ivory Coast star, Salomon Kalou, has left German side, Hertha Berlin where he spent six years. 

The former Chelsea forward was suspended in May for recording himself breaking the physical distancing rules put in place due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Kalou, 38, took to his Twitter handle on Wednesday to announce that he is leaving the German capital side.

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The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) winner also thanked the team and their fans for making his time at the club memorable.

“Dear Hertha fans, thank you so much,” he tweeted. “Hertha Bsc organization thank you. So many good memories shared. God willing, I will see you guys soon.”

During his time at Hertha, he scored 53 goals in 173 games with 16 assists.

The Ivorian signed for Hertha after three years with French side, Lille who he teamed up with following a six-year stint with Chelsea in England.

Kalou Pushes Hamburg Deeper Into Bundesliga Danger

Coach of Hamburg’s Bundesliga team, Christian Titz addresses a press conference on March 13, 2018, in Hamburg. 
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Salomon Kalou broke Hamburg hearts as he came off the bench to secure a 2-1 reverse victory for Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

Crisis-stricken Hamburg were trying for a fresh start under new coach Christian Titz, but Kalou’s second-half winner stretched their winless run to 14 games, and they remain on course for a first relegation in their history.

Hamburg started brightly and took the lead on 25 minutes after Douglas Santos broke away on the counter-attack. At the other end, several smart saves from Julian Pollersbeck kept the lead intact until half-time.

Hertha finally broke through ten minutes into the second half, Valentino Lazaro turning in Marvin Plattenhardt’s cross to level the scores. Minutes later, Salomon Kalou popped up in the box to stab home the winner for Hertha.

Hamburg’s defeat keeps them second from bottom, seven points behind Mainz, who were outclassed in a 3-0 defeat to local rivals Eintracht Frankfurt.

Frankfurt took the lead six minutes in, Kevin-Prince Boateng’s volley slipping through the fingers of goalkeeper Florian Mueller. Luka Jovic then doubled the lead on 22 minutes, before Ante Rebic made it three just before half-time.

Elsewhere, Werder Bremen moved further away from the bottom three with a clinical 3-1 win over Augsburg, while Matthias Ginter saved a late point for Borussia Moenchengladbach in a six-goal thriller with Hoffenheim.

Two strikes from Ishak Belfodil gave Bremen a two-goal lead at half-time, the Algerian firing in a well-angled opener after five minutes, and adding a second minutes before the break.  Rani Khedira pulled a goal back for Augsburg with a powerful header in the second half, but Max Kruse’s curling strike secured victory for Bremen ten minutes from time.

In Moenchengladbach, Benjamin Huebner headed Hoffenheim in front on 13 minutes, before Josip Drmic levelled the scores before half-time. After Andrej Kramaric had restored the lead from the penalty spot, Gladbach equalised again through Lars Stindl on 72 minutes, only for Fabian Grillitsch to fire in Hoffenheim’s third moments later. With just minutes to play, Ginter swept in a third equaliser to rescue a point for Gladbach.

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Ivory Coast FA Boss Meets With Grant After World Cup Elimination

Ivory-CoastPresident of the Ivory Coast Football Federation, Sidy Diallo, has met with former Chelsea manager, Avram Grant, in Brazil following the departure of Coach Sabril Lamouchi, after the Elephants crashed out of the 2014 World Cup.

Diallo confirmed holding a meeting with the 59-year-old Israeli at a hotel in Fortaleza, where the Ivorian team lost their final Group C match to Greece 2-1 on Tuesday.

The Ivorian FA President also said that the FA was in urgent need to recruit a coach ahead of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers set to begin in two months’ time.

Grant had shown interest in the Ivorian team some time past but no contacts or talks had been established between the concerned parties.

The former Chelsea manager also met with former player, Salomon Kalou, and they both had a long talk at the same hotel.

Lamouchi, a former French international had announced he would not renew his contract with Ivory Coast after failing to achieve set objectives of qualifying the team to a FIFA World Cup knockout stage for the first time.

Grant managed Chelsea between 2007 and 2008 before subsequently handling Portsmouth and West Ham.