Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 20th 2015 Contents A52
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, October 20, 2015
LONDON---If Arsenal is to turn
around its miserable Champions
League campaign, Arsene Wenger s
side will have to do it in style---by
beating five-time champion Bayern
Consecutive defeats to Dinamo
Zagreb and Olympiakos have backed
Arsenal into a corner of its own mak-
ing. The only glimmer of hope is
that the north Londoners will at
least have home advantage at Emi-
However, the odds will still be
stacked in favour of Pep Guardiola s
With Dinamo hosting Olympiakos,
and both sides on three points, the
opportunity is there for one to lay
claim to the runners-up slot, halfway
through the group stage.
Here are some things to know
about today s matches:
Arsene Wenger has put the
emphasis on scoring first---and early
---in what could be a cagey encounter
when his team hosts group leader
and clear favorite Bayern Munich.
"We want to defend well, attack
well, score the first goal," Wenger
said yesterday. "That is massively
important in the big games. You can
never promise you will score three
goals in 20 minutes, because that
would be absolutely crazy. What we
can do is start in a strong way and
that is what we will try to do."
His team s form in Europe has
been a sharp contrast to its success
so far this season in the Premier
League, where it lies second in the
One explanation is that Arsenal
players have simply underestimated
the quality of their opponents in
their earlier Group F matches.
Wenger all but acknowledged that,
saying: "We maybe could be a little
suspected of not taking the first two
games at the level of not taking the
opponent seriously enough."
It will need to be different today.
Bayern wants top slot
Bayern head into the game looking
for its 13th consecutive win, one that
would go a long way toward securing
top slot in the group.
"This is what we want: first place
in the group. And to achieve that
we need to win the matches in Lon-
don and Munich," club chairman
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.
Afraid of traffic delays in London,
Bayern traveled Sunday night, with
winger Douglas Costa in the party.
Costa missed the weekend win at
Werder Bremen, along with four
other players who can play on the
flanks --- Franck Ribery, Arjen
Robben, Mario Goetze and Kingsley
Coman is also available again, but
the other three are missing the
Bayern had trouble penetrating
Bremen s defense on Saturday with-
out real wingers, despite coming
away with a 1-0 win.
Despite recent results, Bayern
players are certain that Arsenal will
be a tougher opponent than its posi-
tion in the group would suggest.
On paper, the meeting between
Dinamo and Olympiakos looks even-
ly balanced. Both have beaten Arsenal
and lost to Bayern without scoring
---with the Croatians being ham-
mered 5-0 and the Greeks going
However, the stats point to
Dinamo coming away with all three
Not only will it have home advan-
tage in Zagreb, but Dinamo has only
lost one of its last 48 matches in all
League rout in Munich.
In reply, Olympiakos is the only
team in the Greek league to have
won every match this season.
But that s after just seven games.
Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey, centre, celebrates with teammates Olivier Giroud, right, and Hector Bellerin after scoring
their third goal during their English Premier League football match against Watford at Vicarage Road, Watford,
MADRID---Real Madrid s injuries
keep piling up after Gareth Bale
injured a muscle in his left leg two
days before the Spanish side s
match at Paris Saint-Germain in
the Champions League.
The 10-time European champi-
ons say Bale s availability for tomor-
row s match will depend on the
speed of his recovery.
Bale was substituted at halftime
of Saturday s 3-0 win over Levante
that lifted Madrid to the top of the
Spanish league table.
Madrid may get Luka Modric
back from injury after the mid-
fielder returned to training on Mon-
Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos
and Pepe are also doubtful, while
James Rodriguez and Dani Carvajal
have been ruled out due to injury.
Madrid and PSG share the Group
A lead with six points each. (AP)
ZURICH---Carli Lloyd is among
the 10 players on the shortlist for
the 2015 Ballon D Or award for the
women s world player of the year
after the American scored a hat
trick in the World Cup final.
Lloyd, whose club team is the
Houston Dash of the NWSL, was
one of three US players on the list,
the most of any country. She s joined
by Seattle Reign teammates Hope
Solo and Megan Rapinoe.
Lloyd was awarded the Golden
Ball as player of the tournament
after she scored six times in the
Americans last four World Cup
Canada s Kadeisha Buchanan,
who plays for West Virginia Uni-
versity, is also in the running for the
Ballon D Or, along with Germany s
Nadine Angerer, who won the award
in 2013 and is on the roster of the
Japan, which lost 5-2 to the US
in the World Cup final May 5, has
one representative --- Aya Miyama
--- while Germany and France have
two players each.
Brazil s Marta, who won the award
every year from 2006 to 2010 and
was the runner-up last year, did not
make the shortlist.
FIFA also listed 10 names for the
women s team coach of the year
Fright night for Arsenal as Bayern comes to town
Today's other matches
BATE Borisov vs Barcelona
Bayer Leverkusen vs Roma
Dynamo Kyiv vs Chelsea
FC Porto vs Maccabi Tel Aviv
Valencia vs Gent
Zenit St. Petersburg vs Lyon
FRANKFURT---The German foot-
ball federation president denied
again yesterday that German bid-
ders used a slush fund to buy
votes to secure the 2006 World
Cup, while acknowledging that it
remains unexplained what the
money was used for.
German weekly Der Spiegel
reported Friday that a slush fund
of 10.3 million Swiss francs (about
$6 million at that time) was set up
to buy the votes of four Asian rep-
resentatives on the FIFA executive
"There were no slush funds,"
German federation president Wolf-
gang Niersbach said yesterday.
"There was no vote-buying."
"But the question must be asked
why was this transfer made," Niers-
Meanwhile, German prosecutors
are examining whether there are
grounds to open an investigation
into the allegations.
Nadja Niesen, a spokeswoman
for Frankfurt prosecutors, said
fraud, breach of trust or corruption
were possible offenses that might
be investigated, news agency dpa
reported Monday. Niesen couldn t
say when the examination of
whether there is a case will be con-
Bid committee leader Franz
Beckenbauer says he never had
money given to anyone to buy
Niersbach, who was also a senior
member of the German bid com-
mittee, said that Germany ran an
"We conducted the bid with
honest means, and ultimately
decided (the contest) with honest
means for us, for Germany, for
German football on July 6, 2000
in Zurich," Niersbach said at an
event at the German Football
Museum in Dortmund.
A federation panel is investigat-
ing the case, as well as an "inter-
nationally respected" law firm, but
Niersbach could not say how long
the probe would last.
"We would all prefer that it
would be concluded as quickly as
possible," he said.
"But the main allegation ... the
slush fund, we deny categorically.
It s wrong," Niersbach said.
German Interior Minister
Thomas de Maiziere, who is also
responsible for sports, said he was
counting on the DFB leadership to
clear up what happened quickly.
German football chief:
There were no slush funds
Madrid's Bale injured
before PSG visit in CL
Americans lead women's shortlist
for FIFA best player awardNadine Angerer
Thorns) Ramona Bachmann
(Canada/West Virginia University)
Eugenie Le Sommer
Carli Lloyd (US/Houston Dash)
Aya Miyama (Japan/Okayama
Megan Rapinoe (US/Seattle
Celia Sasic (Germany/1FFC
Hope Solo (US/Seattle Reign)
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