Lucas Leiva happens to be the longest-serving player in Liverpool history, following his ten-year stay having joined since 2007 from Brazilian side Gremio. He featured in 345 games for The Reds, out of which 247 were English Premier League games. “Liverpool is no doubt, one of the greatest clubs in the world, and my intention had always been to use the rest of my football career here,” the 30-year old Brazilian said.
Lucas has been a direct replacement for the Argentine midfielder Lucas Biglia, who has joined AC Milan. Lazio ended their last season campaign fifth in Serie A last season and will compete in the Europa League under manager Simone Inzaghi this season. The Brazilian’s versatility equates as he was also used as a centre-back, a wing he found himself in many times during his 31 appearances last season when he was with the Reds. Continue reading Lucas Leiva Joins Lazio
Germany international striker Mario Gomez has made the move to Stuttgart from Wolfsburg. The player will be returning to the club where he started his career before leaving for Bayern Munich in 2009.
The striker said that he is happy to be back at home and that he feels that he has done the right thing to come back to the club where he has started his career. He said that he had taken his time to reflect on his decision and he feels that it was the right time to come back to Stuttgart.
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Timo Werner is set to be the next best thing to happen to German football as the world class striker takes charge in the national team setup.
While he remains unpopular with a section of the German fans, he has been banging in the goals for the European soccer giant. The classic striker scored two times as Germany humbled Norway in the World Cup qualifier.
The player was booed and jeered when German played in Prague but he was hailed after his brace in Stuttgart. The 21-year old Stuttgart born said he was pleased with the standing ovation in the game played at his hometown.
Werner said he was happy with the attitude of the fans as it was better compared to the Czech Rep fixture. He claimed the team took the game very serious from the first minute against Norway. Continue reading TIMO WERNER TO PLAY KEY ROLE IN GERMAN NT
Wolfsburg captain Mario Gomez believes that his club can have a good season this year and that the players are excited for the start of the season.
He said that it had been a difficult season last term, but he feels that this time around things might be different. He said that he has never finished fourth or fifth in the league in his career and that it was a nightmare finishing 16th in the Bundesliga.
However, he feels that the club has strengthened during the transfer window and that the club might be more competitive with the arrival of the new players.
He said that they already had a good team last season, but they were just underperforming. He thinks that the arrival of the new players will bring a new atmosphere around the club and help them fight for a place at the top of the league. Continue reading Gomez on new season
Former Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez would remain at Wolfsburg despite an underwhelming season for the Bundesliga side.
The club won a relegation playoff to remain in the top flight so they want to retain their best legs to be able to compete.
Last term was quite horrible for Wolfsburg and for Gomez. The 31-year old scored 16 goals in the league in his debut season for Wolfsburg but he could not help the club as they slumped to the 16th spot in the 2016/17 season. The team had to beat second division side EintrachtBraunschweig in the play off to retain their spot.
Gomez admitted that the season was “difficult,” adding that the team missed targets. He says he has “full trust” in the club so he would remain next season as he targets the World Cup with the German national team.
The club is grateful for the player’s contributions, especially in the second half of the season which helped them from relegation. The sport director Olaf Rebbe said the player’s goals proved that aside being a top striker, Gomez took over a lot of responsibility in the team. He adds that along with the coach AndriesJonker the team is hoping for a better return next term. Continue reading MARIO GOMEZ TO REMAIN AT WOLFSBURG
Mario Gomez is hands down the most influential player of Wolfsburg as the 31 year old German forward has scored 12 goals in 26 appearances which is way more than any other player of the relegation threatened club.
YunusMalli is 2nd
top goal-scorer of Wolfsburg with 6 goals scored so far.
There is a clear difference between Mario Gomez’s goal-scoring contributions and the rest of his teammates in this current season and for a club that is battling just to stay alive and survive for another year in the Bundesliga.
August 17 of 2016 was the date that Mario Gomez joined Wolfsburg as he penned a contract which extends until 2019 but the German player is believed to be interested in wanting to compete in either the Europa League or the Champions League and this is something that is clearly not going to be occurring with Wolfsburg in this season as they are just barely staying alive in the top tier German League.
The contract that Mario Gomez signed with Wolfsburg allows him to leave the German club earlier than 2019 but only if they fail to snatch a qualification spot to any European competition and this is what is currently happening. The 31 year old German attacker has a desire to perform in other highly rated tournaments which is not going to happen in this season with Wolfsburg and he has the chance to make an early exit from Wolfsburg and join a club where he can fulfill his objective. Continue reading Wolfsburg can’t afford to let go Mario Gomez
Former Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez decided to take to publishing when he wrote a post on The Players’ Tribune.
He wrote on a broad number of issues from his personal career to his crush growing up, his Champions League experience and football strikers.
The gifted striker spoke about his early passion about the role.
“I was four years old and I didn’t really know what I was doing. All I knew was that I had the ball at my feet and I wanted to score a goal. So I started dribbling up the field and all my teammates began to yell my name.
“Mario! Mario! Mario! I took the ball further up the field,” the player wrote.
He added none of the defenders wanted to take him on, leaving him with “a clear path to the goal.”
Gomez wrote of his personal inclinations to always do things his way and to just put the ball at the back of the net once he got the ball. He wrote about how his parent passionately supported him from when he was young.
“They never told me to stop, nor did they ever put pressure on me to become a professional footballer. They just saw the happiness the game gave me,” the player wrote.
He added that his father encouraged him to aim better as he kept on breaking things when he didn’t hit his target.
Gomez spoke of his respect for Jay Jay Okocha, calling him his childhood “idol.”
He mentioned how his family used to be big Real Madrid fans but he opted to support Barcelona as he wanted to be different. From there he developed admiration for Romario.
He wrote that Stuttgart FC approached his family and after a while he gave in. He developed through the ranks until Coach Giovanni Trapattoni “changed [his] career.” Continue reading GOMEZ WRITES ON HIS FOOTBALL CAREER
Former Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez said that his current club Wolfsburg needs to improve quickly if they want to climb up the table.
The team has had an indifferent season so far, and Mario Gomez said that they are working on that.
Wolfsburg has a good squad at the moment, and many pundits cannot understand why the team is underperforming at the moment. Mario Gomez believes that there is a lack of confidence in the team and that the players are not playing freely on the pitch.
He said that the players need to learn how to play it simple and make sure that they do not overelaborate on the pitch. He said that the best match so far has been the first half of the game against Hertha Berlin where they were leading 2-1 at half time. Unfortunately for them, they will concede two goals in the second half and will end up losing the game 3-2. Continue reading Wolfsburg need to improve
Mario Gomez returned to German football with Wolfsburg in the summer.
Regarded as one of the best German strikers in the last few decades, his return was seen as a major force that would turn Wolfsburg into potential title contenders alongside Bayern Munich. The last time Gomez played in the Bundesliga was back in the 2013 season when he won the title with Bayern. Even though the striker has come back as a 31-year-old, he still was seen as someone who could contribute to Wolfsburg in a big way at least for the next couple of years.
However, few would have expected Gomez to struggle as much as he has in the opening few months of the season. The 31-year-old is still waiting for his first goal for Wolfsburg despite making six appearances in the league. Gomez claims that the lack of goals is not down to the poor performances, but because other factors like luck have come into play. Continue reading Mario Gomez Relaxed about Goal Drought with Wolfsburg
After spending the last few seasons in Italy, Mario Gomez has managed to secure a return to German football after signing for Wolfsburg.
The German international has spent the entirety of his career in German football apart from the three years at Fiorentina. This was seen as a move that would reinvigorate his career after he had lost his place in the Bayern Munich team. It was not long ago that Gomez was the most expensive player in German football after his £ 35 million transfer from Stuttgart in 2009. He went on to make more than 170 appearances for Bayern in all competitions
This period was also highly successful for the player in terms of trophies since he managed to win several league titles and the Champions League medal. Gomez had earlier won only one major honour in his career before his move to Bayern. Since the transfer to Italy, his career has been on a downward spiral. There was even a loan move to Turkish football that came about last season. His interest in scoring record with Besiktas last season is thought to have been one of the main factors in convincing Wolfsburg to pay this transfer fee.
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