IBRAHIMOVIC STATUE BESMIRCHED
When Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced he was, potentially, returning to Europe after leaving LA Galaxy, few thought it was to invest in the rival club of the team where he started his illustrious career. Yes, the Swede recently announced he had purchased a 25% stake in Hammarby, who happen to be the fierce rivals of Malmo where he starred for two years in the senior team from 1999 to 2001. His reputation with Malmo is such that he had a 3.5-metre-tall statue erected outside the stadium. However, now that he is investing in Hammarby, the statue has been vandalised by disgruntled fans of the 23-time Swedish Allsvenskan champions. They definitely dared to do something to Zlatan.
Malmo ultras have vandalised Zlatan Ibrahimovic's statue and house in Stockholm after he became co-owner of rivals Hammerby pic.twitter.com/erb47StT4U— Goal (@goal) November 28, 2019
INAKI WILLIAMS: MACHINE
Inaki Williams' reputation continues to grow in Spain with Athletic, with several elite clubs reportedly interested in his services. His pace and strength are his main attributes, but his fitness is also outrageous, as he recently broke the club's record for the most consecutive games played, with 133 appearances. Absolutely remarkable.
For a modern forward whose game is based on explosive pace, this is just remarkable. https://t.co/EwUZ5kzQXr— Tom Woods (@woodstome) November 24, 2019
In a bizarre set of circumstances before a fixture between the two teams, Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk launched a scathing verbal attack on former team Birmingham City and former assistant Pep Clotet, who is now in charge of the Blues. Monk accused Clotet of stabbing him in the back in order to secure the head coach role at St.Andrews, to which the latter responded with surprise, saying: "Everything we lived together for me was very positive and I'd hope we'd respect that in front of the media and act professionally and speak about facts".
This came after Monk refused to shake his hand before or after the game itself. Absoute handbags.
HAMBURG AND ST. PAULI - GET YOUR CHEQUEBOOK OUT
Vicious rivals Hamburg and St. Pauli could be set to receive the biggest fines in the history of German football after the pyrotechnics set off during the derby match between the pair at the start of September. Should the DFB carry out their intentions, Hamburg will be fined €250,000 and St. Pauli €180,000, which would be the highest two fines ever. To put this into context in the grand scheme of things, Millwall were fined £10,000 by the English authorities after racist chanting during a FA Cup game earlier this year.
The DFB has proposed handing FC St. Pauli & HSV the two highest fines in German football’s history due to the pyro during September’s 2. Bundesliga Hamburg derby.— Felix Tamsut (@ftamsut) November 27, 2019
HSV’s proposed fine: 250,000€ (all-time record)#FCSP’s: 180,000€ (2nd highest ever)pic.twitter.com/zX5ajljDJw
JUR-GEN, JUR BACK
Hertha Berlin are having a torrid season so far and currently sit 15th in the Bundesliga after taking just 11 points from 12 matches, having lost their last four league matches. In order to stop the rot, they have brought in German hero Jurgen Klinsmann, who last managed the United States national team. He returns to manage in the Bundesliga for the first time in a decade after an ill-fated spell with Bayern Munich which lasted less than a season.
@J_Klinsmann:— Hertha Berlin (@HerthaBSC_EN) November 29, 2019
Right now, the squad and the line-up are a snapshot of the getting-to-know-you process. We cannot overhaul everything immediately. We will analyse things together and adapt if necessary. One thing is clear: points are what matter!"#BSCBVB #hahohe pic.twitter.com/QbZtZVlblF