Kingsley Coman France Jersey

Après son match nul inaugural face au Hertha Berlin, le Bayern Munich s’est nettement repris et a signé une victoire nette ce samedi sur le terrain de Schalke 04 (3-0). Un succès qui porte la griffe de Robert Lewandowski, auteur d’un triplé. Quatre Français étaient titulaires côté bavarois, Philippe Coutinho a fait ses débuts.

Le champion se rebiffe. Huit jours après avoir dû cravacher pour obtenir le point du nul à domicile contre le Hertha Berlin (2-2), le Bayern Munich a montré un visage bien différent samedi pour la deuxième journée du championnat d’Allemagne. Et c’est Schalke 04, dans la Veltins-Arena de Gelsenkirchen, qui en a fait les frais. Les Bavarois s’y sont imposés avec autorité (3-0).

Lewandowski carbure déjà à plein régime

Sur un penalty obtenu par Kingsley Coman, Robert Lewandowski a ouvert le bal (20e). Puis, d’un coup franc direct, le Polonais a doublé la mise en seconde période (50e). Et après un service d’un excellent Coman, le buteur du Bayern a inscrit un triplé (75e). Robert Lewandowski compte déjà cinq buts en deux rencontres de Bundesliga cette saison.

Il y avait une touche française dans ce match. Certes, les Allemands étaient majoritaires au coup d’envoi puisqu’ils étaient cinq (Manuel Neuer, Niklas Süle, Thomas Müller, Joshua Kimmich et Serge Gnabry). Mais les Français étaient quand même quatre à débuter : Lucas Hernandez pour son premier match avec le Bayern, Benjamin Pavard, Corentin Tolisso et Kingsley Coman. Michaël Cuisance, lui, était sur le banc mais n’est pas entré en jeu. L’entraîneur Niko Kovac a, par contre, donné à Philippe Coutinho ses premières minutes en tant que Bavarois. Le Brésilien, prêté par le Barça, est entré en jeu à la 57e à la place de Müller.

Youth Karim Benzema Jersey

Dubai is a top destination for sports figures and athletes. Real Madrid and France national football team player Karim Benzema arrived in the emirate for a vacation. He shared a picture on his Instagram account.

After a season without Cristiano Ronaldo and his goals, Real Madrid took a step toward filling that hole on Tuesday by signing Serbia forward Luka Jovic.

Jovic will compete with French forward Karim Benzema at Madrid, which also has forwards Gareth Bale, Lucas Vazquez, Mariano Diaz and Vinicius Junior.

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Arsenal are being linked with a move for 18-year-old defender William Saliba. He is dubbed as the ‘next Raphael Varane’, which sounds quite alright to me.

We really are beginning to hit the silly season. The summer transfer window is looming, the gaze of fans and media alike has shifted towards the assembling of teams, and the rumours are starting to flow in. Predictably, Arsenal are at the centre of it all, as they so often are.
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The latest name to be linked with a move to north London is Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba — his full name is actually William Alain Andre Gabriel Saliba, for those so inclined to know.

I know nothing about Saliba other than what a quick Google search can tell you. And I am not going to try and pretend that I do, as I am sure plenty of other fans and ‘analysts’ might. There is a nice rundown from football.london, which you can check out here, and that does give plenty of the basic details, as well as some interesting quotes from some rather significant figures regarding his qualities, including one Jose Mourinho, who stated that he has all the tools to succeed at the top level.

One thing that seems consistent with a description of Saliba is that he has regularly been labelled as the ‘next Raphael Varane’. Labelling an 18-year-old as the next version of arguably the best centre-half in world football is bold, to say the least. But as someone who has never seen him kick a football, that sounds quite alright to me.

I have previously expressed slight hesitation with Arsenal investing in the centre-back position. It is a need and I understand that improving the position, at some point during the Unai Emery rebuild, is essential, but I feel that there are other positions that should be prioritised this summer, which is especially true given the limited budget.

That said, if they are to sign a player who they believe could develop into one of the best central defenders in the world, which is seemingly the case with Saliba, I am all for it. Positional value is important. Spending £35 million on another centre-forward would not make all that much sense. But at some point, the value of the signing comes purely from the quality of the player, and not the position that they play.

I have no idea if Saliba is as good as advertised. And even if I had watched him play, there are plenty of smarter people than me who would be able to give you a more accurate assessment of his qualities and potential. But if Emery and Arsenal believe him to be ‘special’, they should be looking to sign him.

Special talents do not come around all that often. Sometimes, you just have to pull the trigger. If Saliba is really special, then, and the ‘next Varane’ as many claim him to be, Arsenal should be chasing him. Hard.