Welcome to The Corner, our weekly program about the world of football. Let’s start Borussia Dortmund’s crisis which appears to get worse each week.
Last season’s Bundesliga runners-up, are currently bottom of the table We also take a look at the Turin derby which was decided in the final seconds.
Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has been left walking the managerial tightrope after his team suffered their eighth league defeat in 13 games.
Their latest conquerors being Einttracht Frankfurt – who had Alexander Meier to thank for their fourth minute opener – the players tally toping eighth goal of the season.
Frankfurt’s second summed up Dortmund’s misery this term.
A disastrous defensive mix-up between keeper Roman Weidenfeller and Matthias Ginter allowed Haris Seferovic to put the game to bed for Frankfurt – a result that has left Dortmund bottom of the pile.
Over in Italy Juventus won the Turin bragging rights beating Torino 2-1 to maintain a three point lead over Roma at the top of the table.
Arturo Vidal’s opener from the spot was cancelled out by a stunning Bruno Peres long-range effort.
But Juventus veteran Andrea Pirlo struck with practically the last kick of the game which settled an enthralling contest between the ctiy rivals.
Up and Down
Real Madrid reached another milestone last week. The Spanish champions are definitely on the positive side of our Up and down. Contrasting fortunes for Atletico and Prandelli?
La Liga leaders Real Madrid secured a club record 16th consecutive victory by beating Malaga on Saturday.
Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale sealed the deal to help their club beat the previous longest winning streak of 15 matches set in the 2011-2012
On the down list this week are Real’s city rivals Atletico or more specifically the fans.
Ahead of Atleti’s game with Deportivo La Coruna clashes broke out between fans resulting in the death of a 42 year old la Coruna supporter.
21 fans were arrested.
Also down this week is Cesare Prandelli who was sacked by Galtasaray after just five months in charge.
He was dismissed after a string of poor results that ended with defeat to Anderlecht in the Champions league and their exit from European competition.
On this day
On this day five years ago, Barcelona and Argentina playmaker Lionel Messi won – for the first time – the most prestigious individual accolade a player can be honoured with.
On 1 December 2009, Lionel Messi capped an amazing year by winning the Ballon d’Or as the world’s best footballer. And he did by a record margin of votes.
The award came on the heels of Messi’s incredible run with Barcelona in 2008-09 in which the Catalan club won a staggering total of six trophies—La Liga, the Copa del Rey, the Supercopa de España, the UEFA Super Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup, and the UEFA Champions League.
The second-place finisher was Cristiano Ronaldo, who had won the award over Messi in 2008. In 2009, Messi finished with 473 out of a possible 480 first-place votes, more than doubling Ronaldo’s total that year of 233 votes and setting a record separation of 240 votes between first and second place.
The previous record was 167, set in 2007 when voting expanded to accommodate the award’s new global scope. Cristiano Ronaldo had finished second that year to future Real Madrid teammate Kaká.
We might be wrong
Here you have our predictions, for some selected matches next weekend. How will they end? As you know we are good at this so we will tell you. Send us your predictions, on the social networks, using #TheCornerScores.
Southampton 1-2 Manchester United
Barcelona 0-3 Espanyol
Bayern Munich 3-1 Bayer Leverkusen
This week, in Bloopers, we see how good certain football players are behind the wheel much to the amusement of their teammates. Don’t forget to send us the funny videos you come across using #TheCornerBloopers.
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