German football and newspaper round-up featuring Theo Walcott, Bert van Marwijk and Jurgen Klopp.
Who is the fastest? The German newspaper Bild is discussing a recent report by the FIFA that said Gunner’s Theo Walcott is the fastest football player in the world.
With a maximum speed of 22.2 mph Walcott from Arsenal is ahead of Antonio Valencia from Manchester United FC with 21.9 mph and ahead of the 100 million euro man Gareth Bale who recorded 21.6 mph.
The fastest players of Bundesliga are Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery with equal 19.1 mph.
Borussia Dortmund’s manager Jurgen Klopp knew he was under observation after his outburst in last week’s Champions League match against SSC Napoli. So he kept his cool although during Saturday’s draw against FC Nurnberg he could have easily freaked out again.
The 1-1 equaliser by FC Nurnberg was a handball assist. Before the game Klopp said: “Today the fourth official will have a day off in regards of Jurgen Klopp” and afterwards he added “I know it was a handball. Although some maybe have the impression that I complain to the fourth official for every action – that’s not the case.”
Hamburg SV, one of the Bundesliga’s founding member and never before relegated, are fighting to stay in Germany’s top flight. After a disastrous start they fired their manager Thorsten Fink.
Now the team from the north hope to bring in former Netherlands international manager Bert van Marwijk who also coached Borussia Dortmund and discovered ex-Liverpool’s Nuri Sahin in his time there.
Rafael van der Vaart, who played for Tottenham Hotspur and who is now Hamburg’s midfielder, made a comment about the rumour saying: “Dutchmen are always good.”
What do you think? Is Walcott the fastest player in your mind? And does it even matter on the field?
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