Bundesliga, 1. FC Cologne: 1. FC Köln can play its home match against Borussia Dortmund in front of a full audience. As announced by the Bundesliga club, Thursday, it was agreed to hold the match with the runner-up of the center on Sunday (7.30 pm), with the attendance of 50 thousand visitors. After already selling 37,500 tickets to season ticket holders and football club members in the first pre-sale phase, the federation began selling an additional 12,500 tickets to members on Thursday. Cards will be given to people who have been fully vaccinated or who have recovered (2G-Plus Rule).
Formula 1, Vettel: Former world champion Sebastian Vettel has tested positive for Corona, and therefore he will miss the opening match of the Formula 1 season on Sunday in Bahrain. Nico Hulkenberg takes the wheel of the Aston Martin cockpit for the first race of the year (Sunday, 4:00pm CET/sky). The race team announced this on Thursday. Aston Martin initially did not provide any information about Vettel’s performance.
Starting Friday, Hulkenberg will prepare for his first race since October 2020 in practice. At the time, Emmericher replaced Lance Stroll on the Nürburgring at Aston Martin – which also failed due to Corona. It was Hulkenberg’s third assignment as reserve driver at the time, after the 34-year-old replaced Sergio Perez on the weekends to race at Silverstone at Racing Point.
German Bundesliga, Bochum: VfL Bochum and Borussia Mönchengladbach will have to lay off their coaches in charge of the match on Friday (8.30pm / DAZN). Adi Hütter from Gladbach still has corona – Thomas Reese from Bochum has also tested positive. This was announced by VfL on Thursday. Reese will be represented by his assistant, Marcus Gellhouse.
Players Christian Gamboa, Milos Pantovic and Robert Tisch have previously withdrawn from the match after positive results in the PCR test. “There are a few players missing, but we still have enough quality,” Gilhouse said. Hutter missed the second match after the match against Hertha Berlin (2-0) and was replaced in Bochum by assistant coach Christian Bentinger. In addition, defender Nico Elvedi was discharged after a positive test.
German Bundesliga, Bayern Munich: Bayern Munich must finish the season in the Bundesliga “for the time being” without central defender Niklas Sole. As the German record champion announced on Thursday, the national player tore a muscle fiber in the back of his right thigh during training on Wednesday. In the return leg against 1. FC Union Berlin on Saturday night, coach Julian Nagelsmann will now have to reschedule his defense. Bayern have been able to count one hundred percent on Süle recently. Since announcing his free transfer to rivals Borussia Dortmund, the 26-year-old has been the embodiment of the stable head of defence.
Bayern Munich chiefs are more comfortable with extending the contracts of Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer. CEO Oliver Kahn said: “We know exactly what we want in the sporting field. Our goal is to be able to win the Champions League every season. This includes both additional target reinforcements to our squad and contract talks with our players.” Munich Mercury / tz: “We do not allow ourselves to be pressured from the outside.” It also appeased President Herbert Hainer. “Our sports department is in constant contact with our players and contract negotiations are underway at the appropriate times,” Hainer told Kicker. Bayern Munich “is satisfied with the talks with the three players, whose contracts expire in the summer of 2023. There is still enough time and our players know that.”
On the sporting front, the “hot phase of the season” has now begun, Kahn explained before the Champions League quarter-final draw on Friday (12 noon / DAZN): “Now only the tenth title in a row and the ‘number of leagues’ champions.” The world class significance of this stage, after all, record champions are known for “being there when it counts.”
Alpine skiing, Scheffen: Figure skater Mikaela Shiffrin has won the World Cup for the fourth time in her career. The two-time Olympic champion finished second in the Super G season final on Thursday to finally defeat stalker Petra Valova of Slovakia. Norway’s Ragnhild Moenkel won the World Cup in Courchevel. The third was Michel Geisine from Switzerland. Germany’s only star Kira Weddell took the 20th place in the weakest speed assistant. Italian Federica Brignoni, who finished 19th on Thursday, had already owned a tiny crystal ball in the Super G ahead of the World Cup final.
DFB, cook: Failed senior employee Rainer Koch has yet to nibble at the decision to rescind his candidacy for the presidency of the German Football Association (DFB). New Senior Vice President Ronnie Zimmermann of Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung said: “He has been better than before. Football is his life. He has incredible experience, he was committed, but sometimes he didn’t look really good.” The controversial chef, who has served three times as interim president of the German Football Association, did not reach the presidency of the Bundestag last week. The 63-year-old has been on the board for 15 years. Koch’s future on the UEFA Executive Committee remains open.