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first_img0Shares0000Since Jupp Heynckes replaced Carlo Ancelotti as Bayern Munich’s head coach at the start of October 2017, the team have won 22 of 23 matches © AFP/File / Gunter SCHIFFMANNBERLIN, Germany, Feb 19 – Bayern Munich host Besiktas in the last 16, first leg of the Champions League riding a 13-match winning streak under Jupp Heynckes, the architect behind the revival of his 2013 treble-winning heroes.Since Heynckes replaced Carlo Ancelotti as head coach at the start of October, Bayern have won 22 of 23 matches going into Tuesday’s clash at Munich’s Allianz Arena. Bayern were five points adrift of then-leaders Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga when the 72-year-old Heynckes returned for his fourth stint at the club.A 3-0 thrashing at Paris Saint-Germain in late September was Ancelotti’s final game before Bayern turned to Heynckes to fix the leaks.It was a gamble.Tending the garden and walking his dog Cando had been Heynckes’s main tasks since steering Bayern to a treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup titles five years ago.“My wife and my daughter said I should do it,” said Heynckes when Bayern came calling again.“My dog also barked twice, so that meant I should do it.”Training started an hour earlier, sessions were tougher and discipline was tightened under Heynckes.Thomas Mueller, a player Ancelotti never figured out where best to position, was moved in from the wing and deployed to roam just behind striker Robert Lewandowski.Javi Martinez was pushed forward from centre-back into defensive midfield, where he played in the 2013 campaign, and the impact was instant.– Fine tuning –Bayern won 5-0 at Freiburg in Heynckes’s first game back.“No one could have known what four years away from football had done to Jupp,” said Martinez.“Now I know: he’s stayed the same. He still has his personality – he always knows exactly when to tighten the reins.”Bayern were back in business and won their next nine games on the trot.A 2-1 defeat at Borussia Moenchengladbach in November remains their only reverse following Heynckes’s return.They reached the German Cup semi-finals the hard way after winning at RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund in the early rounds.Then in December, the humiliating defeat in Paris was avenged when Bayern beat PSG 3-1 in Munich – although it wasn’t enough to prevent them finishing second in their Champions League group.The Bavarians have regained their unyielding grip on first place in Germany, with their 2-1 come-from-behind win at Wolfsburg leaving them 19 points clear at the summit © AFP/File / Ronny HartmannThe Bavarians have also regained their unyielding grip on first place in Germany, with Saturday’s 2-1 come-from-behind win at Wolfsburg leaving them 19 points clear at the summit.Resting several stars, Bayern fell behind after eight minutes, but their drive and determination was rewarded as Lewandowski came off the bench to net a last-gasp penalty for his 20th league goal this season.“This will to win matches, even if it’s not so exciting at the top (of the table), just makes it fun,” said Bayern captain Mueller. “This team is simply awesome.”– Feel-good factor –Just like Mueller and Martinez, the other leading protagonists from the great 2012-13 side credit Heynckes for the club’s rejuvenation.Robben helped create both goals at Wolfsburg, whipping in a cross for Sandro Wagner and then winning the penalty which Lewandowski converted.“You could see the turnaround from the first day,” said Robben, who scored the winning goal in the 2013 Champions League final.Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez has blossomed under Heynckes, a fluent Spanish speaker © DPA/AFP/File / Torsten SilzFranck Ribery’s recovery from a knee injury has also helped, with the Frenchman on target in wins over Bayer Leverkusen and Mainz since the turn of the year.“We’re playing as a team again – with Jupp’s return, a good feeling and the faith came flooding back,” Ribery said in January.It’s not just the holdovers from the previous Heynckes era who have profited.Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez has blossomed under Heynckes, a fluent Spanish speaker and the man who led Real Madrid to Champions League glory in 1998.“This team won’t let up, regardless of what competition it is,” Heynckes warned.But whether he is in charge beyond the end of this season remains doubtful, as Heynckes insists he will walk away despite efforts to persuade him to stay.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgThe winner of the Nationals will earn a ticket to fly the Kenyan flag in the global showpiece to be staged in Brazil after the 2018 FIFA World Cup with superstar Neymar Jr set to grace the showdown.Capital FM’s Kristian Malumbe happy moments. Photo/MARYANN NJAMBI“The players showed a character of a champion and I really thank my team-mates for the effort they have put. Being a tough tournament, we upped our game when we reached the knock-out stage and we executed it well,” captain of the day Kristian Malumbe said after the match.Pooled in Group D, Capital FM outsmart the rest of the teams to emerge the top after winning 8 and drawing 2 in the 10 matches they played out of 42 teams that registered.The team that was skippered by Malumbe opened their campaign with a bang, demolishing MIK FC from Kibera 5-0 where Malumbe led by example by netting a brace to set the stage for Vincent Otieno, Shuyaib Shabir and Kaysha Shakava who scored a goal piece.Capital FM’s talisman Solomon Okeyo with Jeff Ooko and Vincent Otieno. Photo/MARYANN NJAMBIThe second match against Junior Kings ended in a 1-1 draw despite Capital FM taking an early lead through goal wizard Solomon Okeyo after the opponents restored parity.However, the Best Mix of Music recovered swiftly to thrash German Team A 3-0 thanks to goals from Malumbe, Otieno and talisman Solomon Okeyo.Capital FM won the fourth match 1-0 courtesy of Okeyo’s breath taking goal that he scored from a tight corner-kick before the team was held to a goalless draw in their final preliminary match against Cabin Crew.-Knock-out round-Capital FM’s Jeff Ooko shooting towards goal. Photo/MARYANN NJAMBIIn the round of 16, Capital FM braved a tough match to eliminate Kakamega FC on sudden death with credit going to Ooko who scored with just one touch in one-on-one to reach quarters.In the quarters, they romped into a 4-0 victory against Young Boys from Kibera, with Okeyo netting a brace while Ooko and Shabir netting once each to complete the rout and storm into the semi finals.In the last four, Capital re-enegized their tempo to outdo Kibera based The Reds 2-0 with Ooko converting a penalty before Okeyo found the second with a clinical finish after leaving a defender for dead before calmly smashing the ball into the net.The decider against Liberty was not easy either as Capital FM had to fight it out despite scoring an early goal from Okeyo’s head flick. This is after Liberty found their footing following a lapse of concentration from Capital FM’s Shakava who miscued a long ball that went straight into the net.Capital FM’s Solomon Okeyo anticipating for the ball. Photo/MARYANN NJAMBIBoth sides fluffed chances that could have killed the game before the regular time but none could find the target forcing the match to head into sudden death.Just as he did in the round of 16, Ooko stepped up and he did not disappoint as he took the Liberty player one-on-one that lasted for two minutes when he turned to head towards goal for the winner.The tournament is of different format compared to other five-asides where at the Neymar Jr’s tournament it comprises of five players but with no goalkeeper and for every goal scored, the opposing team loses a player. The game is 10 minutes long.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Capital FM’s Jeff Ooko (right) taking on a player from Liberty Academy. Photo/MARYANN NJAMBINAIROBI, Kenya, May 18 – The Capital FM Football team inched closer to lifting the Neymar Jr’s tournament after mercurial Jeff Ooko produced a man of the match performance to see the Best Mix of Music edge out Liberty Academy on sudden death in one of the Nairobi finals hosted at the University of Nairobi Ground on Friday.Capital FM, the Kenyan masters of the 5-aside football, will now face the winner of the second Nairobi final set to be played on Saturday at the Camp Toyoyo Ground, with the victor in this clash earning a ticket to represent Nairobi in the grand National Finale scheduled to be hosted at KICC on May 26.last_img read more

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