DEL: Berlin loses in the relegation battle – Munich marches

For the German ice hockey champions Eisbären Berlin, the air in the relegation battle of the German Ice Hockey League (DEL) is slowly getting thinner after another defeat. The Eisbären lost to the Straubing Tigers 1:2 (0:0, 1:1, 0:1), but the competition in the table basement scored at least partially.

Table leaders Red Bull Munich initially extended their clear lead over pursuers Adler Mannheim. With a 4-1 (1-0, 2-1, 1-0) win over the Nuremberg Ice Tigers, Bayern won their eighth league win in a row. In the duel between Mannheim’s pursuers, ERC Ingolstadt beat Fischtown Pinguins Bremerhaven 3-0 (0-0, 1-0, 2-0) and advanced to third place.

Schwenningen beat the Augsburg Panthers, who were in the penultimate place in the table, 1-0 (0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 1-0) after extra time and thus increased the lead over the Eisbären, Augsburg still got a point.

Tylor Spink made the decision in overtime after 50 seconds. Tail light Bietigheim Steelers lost 1: 3 (0: 2, 1: 0, 0: 1) at the Grizzlys Wolfsburg and remains a distant last.

Travis St. Denis (23rd) gave Straubing the lead with the polar bears, a little later Kevin Clark (28th) equalized. In the final section it was Parker Tuomie (45th) who made the decision.

Bierhoff rules out resignation

Oliver Bierhoff will not throw in the towel after the World Cup debacle. “I’m ruling that out right now,” said the DFB managing director after the preliminary round at the World Cup in Qatar.

National coach Hansi Flick had previously signaled that he would like to fulfill his contract by the home European Championship in 2024.

After 2018 and the European Championship last year, Bierhoff has to answer for the third tournament disappointment in a row. “I also know that the mechanism is starting now, that the discussion is taking place. You have to face it. I will take my responsibility,” said Bierhoff. According to an analysis, it’s not up to him whether it goes on or not: “Other people have to decide that.”

The 1996 European champion admitted that the claim “is different, even for me”. You are not there “where we actually want to be”.

Cologne athletes set up a community of interest

Together for more visibility and support: 20 Cologne athletes from Olympic and Paralympic sports have joined forces to “secure top sporting level”.

The “colourful and diverse bunch” around national hockey player Timur Oruz is emulating the teams from Düsseldorf and Hamburg, who also rely on the support of the cities and business partners.

“In order to be able to achieve top sporting performance in the long term, we need the best possible framework conditions in all areas,” said Oruz, bronze medalist in Rio in 2016 and chairman of the Cologne Athletes Association (VKA): “We want to enable our members to optimally prepare for top sporting events further support and financial resources are needed.”

In addition to Oruz, the club includes: Leonie Fiebig (bobsleigh), Jasmin Grabowski (judo), Mats Grambusch (hockey), Johannes Große (hockey), Joshua Hartmann (athletics), Valeska Knoblauch (para-badminton), Nike Lorenz (hockey), Pia Maertens (hockey), Andreas Mies (tennis), Christopher Ruhr (hockey), Lukas Schiwy (sitting volleyball), Julia Sonntag (hockey), Felix Streng (para athletics), Matyas Szabo (fencing), Nelvie Tiafack (boxing), Martyna Trajdos (Judo), Sarah Voss (gymnastics), Anna-Maria Wagner (Judo) and Alexander Wieczerzak (Judo).

World Cup 2022: England star with anniversary goal

England international Marcus Rashford has scored the 100th goal of the current World Cup in Qatar.

The striker scored the 3-0 win over Wales in the 68th minute of the last Group B preliminary round match in Ar-Rayyan.

At the 2018 World Cup, Argentinian prodigy Lionel Messi also scored the 100th goal of the tournament against Nigeria on the third day of group play.

Handball: Weinhold shock in Kiel

Weinhold-Schock bei Kiel

Severe setback for THW Kiel: The German handball record champion has to do without veteran Steffen Weinhold for several months.

The 36-year-old backcourt player suffered a partial tear of the rear cruciate ligament in his left knee during the Bundesliga game against VfL Gummersbach (31:28) on Saturday.

The ex-national player, European champion with the German team in 2016, does not have to be operated on, but according to THW information, he will be absent for around three months even if the healing process goes well.

Weinhold has been playing for Kiel since 2014, he has been German champion three times with the club and won the Champions League once.

World Cup 2022: Germany makes an important draw against Spain

Germany didn’t have the hoped-for victory against Spain, but after the draw against the Iberians they got a point that could still be very important in the end. A joker gives the DFB team hope.

Germany was able to get its first World Cup point at the World Cup in Qatar. With a much improved performance compared to the defeat against Japan, the team of national coach Hansi Flick made an important draw against Spain with a 1-1 draw. Alvaro Morata scored the goal for the Spaniards in the 62nd minute, while substitute Niclas Füllkrug scored the all-important equalizer for the German national team in the 83rd minute.

In the 40th minute, the DFB team was able to celebrate for a brief moment when Antonio Rüdiger headed in a free kick from Joshua Kimmich to put them 1-0 up, but the goal was ruled out because the German central defender was narrowly ruled offside.

Joker Füllkrug still sees “room for improvement”
Fought bravely, won an important point, which Thomas Müller also sees on ZDF: “We played against very good Spaniards, put everything on the line. It wasn’t the cleanest blade from us in terms of play. We’re still in the situation that we can make it to the round of 16. We played 1-1 against one of the top favourites. We can’t get more than everything out of it.”

There was also extra praise for goal scorer Füllkrug from Müller: “Geil came in. That’s what he’s in for. He has great self-confidence and a hammer in his right foot. He’s an incredibly cool guy.”

A compliment that the German match winner gladly accepts, but the team does not yet see at 100 percent. “We really wanted to draw this game. It’s important that we got this point. We still have room for improvement,” said the Bremen striker on ZDF after his important equalizer, which gives Germany more hope.

Thanks to Costa Rica: Germany still has a chance of reaching the round of 16
Since Costa Rica surprisingly won 1-0 against Japan in the second game of the group on Sunday morning, the German national team still has a chance of reaching the round of 16, but it is not in their own hands.

Even if they win against the Central Americans on December 1 (8 p.m.), the team of national coach Hansi Flick must hope for a victory for the Iberians in the parallel game between Spain and Japan. In this constellation, the Spaniards would be group winners with seven points, Germany would be group runners-up with four points, Japan and Costa Rica would have to start their journey home with three points each.

British fans deliver violent beating scenes

There have been fights between British football fans on the Spanish holiday island of Tenerife for the past two nights.

Supporters from both countries clashed in the entertainment district of Las Veronicas in Playa de las Americas ahead of Tuesday’s World Cup match between England and Wales.

Videos on social networks show violent beatings between people, some of whom are dressed in English and Welsh shirts. Among other things, bar stools from the adjacent establishments are used as combat tools.

As the news website El Espanol reports, around 2,000 Welsh people are currently vacationing on the Canary Island as part of a fan initiative to watch the World Cup there. Tenerife is also a popular holiday destination for English holidaymakers.

England, as leaders in Group B, go into Tuesday’s game against their British neighbors. With one point, Wales have little chance of reaching the round of 16.

US coach Berhalter before Iran game: “It’s not about politics”

Before the explosive group final against Iran, US national coach Gregg Berhalter warned against giving the game any political significance. “We are football players. We will fight, they will fight, that’s all. It’s not about politics,” said the former professional from Energie Cottbus, looking at the game on Tuesday (8 p.m. / MagentaTV).

USA must win to reach the round of 16. “I played in three different countries, was a coach in Sweden. In football you meet so many people from all over the world and they are all united by football.

What matters on Tuesday is that both of them want to get through to the next round. Nothing more,” says Berhalter.

There have been no diplomatic relations between the USA and Iran since 1980, and the drone attack on Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in January 2020 made the situation even worse.

Iran had already met the “Great Satan” at the 1998 World Cup, and the game became known as the “mother of all games”. But it was fair, both teams exchanged flowers and posed for a photo together. “We’ve done more in 90 minutes than politicians have in 20 years,” said US defender Jeff Agoos at the time, and FIFA even awarded the fair play prize. Iran won 2-1 on the pitch.

Bergischer HC sign Danish Andersen

Handball Bundesliga club Bergischer HC has signed the former Danish junior international Mads Kjeldgaard Andersen for the 2023/24 season. The 25-year-old backcourt player comes from Bjerringbro-Silkeborg from Denmark’s elite class.

The BHC had previously signed backcourt all-rounder Eloy Morante Maldonado from TUSEM Essen for the coming season.

Möller complains about Gündogan’s substitution

Andreas Möller sees the substitution of Ilkay Gündogan as the main reason for the 2-1 defeat of the German national soccer team at the World Cup in Qatar against Japan. “The heart of every team is a compact midfield. Gündogan and Kimmich stood for more than an hour. We refused this heart the oxygen supply after an hour,” wrote the former world and European champion in kicker.

The substitutions of Gündogan and Thomas Müller (67th each) “became a boomerang for Germany,” said Möller. In addition, the DFB-Elf lacked the gall: “Up front when exploiting good chances, at the back in the decisive duel situations, where we missed the previously praised ‘German virtues’! That’s not possible at a World Cup, and certainly not at the first appearance. (…) In this respect we are too soft.”

For the now decisive game against Spain on Sunday, “you can’t knock everything over. But something has to happen in the defensive area, in the compactness”. The problems are not new, but the fact that the DFB selection is so vulnerable “exceeded my imagination,” wrote Möller.

“Fight, bite, don’t lose an inch is the motto against Spain, without these virtues we will have to say goodbye to the tournament,” the 55-year-old concluded his analysis.