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Arsenal back on track, City fails


With Mesut Özil, FC Arsenal has returned to success in the Premier League. Liverpool are extending their lead at the top of the standings with Manchester City surprisingly failing Crystal Palace. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes his debut at Manchester United.

After had speculated during the week about Özil’s early departure during the winter break, Arsenal coach Unai Emery ordered the playmaker back into the starting eleven for the first time in 41 days. Özil, who even made his comeback as captain, played a major part in the Gunners’ 3-1 win over FC Burnley on Saturday (22.12.2018).

Aubameyang with double pack for Arsenal

The German playmaker introduced the early lead for Arsenal with a nice pass to Sead Kolasinac, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang used the template (14th minute). Curious: For the first time this season, Arsenal went into the half-time break with a lead.

Aubameyang increased to 2:0 shortly after the restart after a counterattack. Ashley Barnes brought Burnley back up with the following goal (63rd). But in injury time, substitute Alex Iwobi, once again on Özil’s side, made the decision. The “Gunners” returned to the successful track after two defeats in the last two games and at the same time caught up with FC Chelsea. The Blues conceded a 1-0 defeat at home to Leicester City.

Home bankruptcy for Manchester City

Manchester City, Liverpool’s first chaser, suffered a bitter setback in the title race. Coach Pep Guardiola’s side lost 3-2 to Crystal Palace in their own stadium.

German international Ilkay Gündogan (27) took the hosts into the lead in the 27th minute, but Jeffrey Schlupp (33), Andros Townsend (35) – with a dream volley from almost 30 metres away – and Luka Milivojevic (51 / penalty) turned the game around in favour of the guests from the south of London. City playmaker Kevin de Bruyne’s follow-up five minutes from time came too late. The surprising bankruptcy increased the gap to Liverpool to four points.

Liverpool continue without defeat

Liverpool had already defended the top of the table on Friday evening with a 2-0 (1-0) victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers. The still undefeated “Reds” are thus close to the perfect end of the first round. The club with coach Jürgen Klopp is only one game away from the first half of the season without losing their Premier League history.
Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk rejoices after his goal to 2-0

On Friday evening (21.12.2018), the upcoming Bayern Munich Champions League opponent celebrated his 15th victory of the season with the rising star on the 18th matchday – an almost flawless result that is reflected in an excellent mood among the Liverpool fans.

Salah with season goal number eleven

The goals for the superior “Reds” in the previous surprise team of the season scored offensive star Mohamed Salah (18 th minute) and defender Virgil van Dijk (68 th). Salah once again underlined his status as Liverpool’s life insurance company and used it for the eleventh time this season. The online bookmakers increased their odds.


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The WSG Wattens not only thinks of the winter crown


WSG Wattens is in the best of spirits before the second division autumn final and the home match against FC Liefering.

Wattens – The WSG is undefeated since the second round over ten games and as a leader of the 2nd league the best way to the Bundesliga. And yet it’s surprisingly quiet. “Imagine Wattens rising to the top and nobody notices it in the Holy Land,” coach Thomas Silberberger.“I’m good with our role. We work in peace, Wattens is known for that.”

Three rounds – after the home delivery game it’s on to Lustenau and finally Horn – are still missing for the winter crown, which Silberberger wants to secure with a cushion of points: “The winter crown is an absolutely worthwhile goal, because it makes everything easier and the pressure shifts elsewhere. Voices have already been heard that title competitor BW Linz (two points behind) does not want to license, the next team (Ried) is three points behind.

In Wattens “there’s no other topic than the license”: “Otherwise we wouldn’t have put up such a squad in summer”. The “change of mentality” seems to have succeeded with many established forces, although two newcomers (Ione Cabrera and Clemens Walch) also confirm their injury history. “We knew about a certain risk at certain points. But Cabrera has proved in his appearances that he is probably the best central defender in the league. And we will welcome Walch as a transfer bomb in winter.”

Ione CabreraHonors 

  • Erste Liga (1): 2012-13

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While FC Wacker is struggling to keep their class in the Bundesliga, Wattens is looking up. Many scenarios as to how things could continue in the coming season are possible: “For Wacker it would of course be the worst case if they relegated and we moved up. The whole of Tyrol has noticed over the past two years that there is still one club that is working very well with limited resources.”

The WSG would need a liga-compatible roof over its head for a promotion, which the Gernot Lange Stadium cannot (yet) offer: “This stadium question is justified and will arise even if we don’t become champions this year. We will certainly have to adapt and get a problem with the time span. I’m assuming that if we make it to the top, we’ll have to play the first half of the year in Tivoli.”

What is certain is that the number of professionals (currently 22) for the license application will have to be increased to 25 by the beginning of March. “This is a formal act. We’ll take our time to look at it,” notes WSG sports manager Stefan Köck, and is already playing through some sensible options: “The table leadership makes us more attractie.” Lucky247 has a welcome package that is consist of three bonuses.

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Wacker’s balance sheet full of visions: Dreaming will still be allowed


Between training center and loss figures: The future of FC Wacker Innsbruck is to be put on track with new sponsors.

Innsbruck – When FC Wacker Innsbruck invited background talks in the past, there was always a little sobriety. Motto: We work hard, but the budget doesn’t allow for long jumps. Yesterday the situation was a little different, when entrepreneurial spirit mixed into the modest stocktaking. “In the previous season we had a plus of 70,000 euros, we can be proud”, President Gerhard Stocker opened, to mention in the same breath: “We still have to reduce our losses by 465,000 euros”. To accomplish this is a “giant challenge“.

But Stocker and his General Manager Alfred Hörtnagl prefer to look ahead: for example to the training centre project in Mieming, which is in the area dedication phase. The narrow-gauge version (€ 8.1 million) appears as a realistic basis, the deluxe version (with a skater’s place for the community etc./€ 15.6 million) as a thought model.

Alfred Hörtnagl Honours 

  • Austrian Football Bundesliga (5):
    • 1989, 1990, 2000, 2001, 2002
  • Austrian Cup (3):
    • 1989, 1993, 1996

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Only with three of 20 steps

Now it is about financing (grants, equity, crowdfunding, sponsors, investors) and a schedule: eight months planning, 12 to 14 months construction time. “We are only at three of 20 steps,” explains Peter Margreiter, who is responsible for the project.

Wacker’s future is also to be put on track in the near future. The already announced marketing cooperation with the renowned Swiss company Infront is intended to give the association the opportunity to establish contacts in the international sponsorship landscape. Freaky Aces is a new bright and colourful online casino and has a nice welcome bonus where on the first deposit new players can receive a 200% up to €200.

“It’s the next step to find partners outside Tyrol,” said Gerhard Stocker at yesterday’s presentation. In future, three to four people in Innsbruck will be looking for VIP and hospitality in addition to sponsors, and a 70-page contract will regulate the details of the cooperation, which will begin at the beginning of November.

The previously expressed concern that the association would have to fear for its identity in view of the marketing of all the commercial rights of the association, President Gerhard Stocker yesterday dispelled: “Everything is regulated in the association’s statutes, and we also have a right of veto with every possible conclusion.”

Stefan Krauß, Managing Director of Infront Austria, is quoted in an anointing speech: “I am delighted that we can now also count Austria among our extensive football portfolio”. They want to help establish FC Wacker as a permanent fixture in the Bundesliga.

Infront was already in contact with us in the past, when cooperation failed due to contract details. FC Wacker will not have to pay any commission on existing sponsorship agreements concluded before 1 September. The hope of urgently needed donors is alive.

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