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Gerd Muller dies aged 75, Bayern Munich confirm

Former Bayern Munich striker Gerd Muller has passed away aged 75, the club have confirmed.

During 15 years in the Bavarian capital, Muller netted a record 365 goals in 427 Bundesliga games and 66 goals in 74 European matches.

Up until earlier this year, he held the record for the most goals scored in a single Bundesliga campaign (40). Robert Lewandowski eclipsed that figure with 41 goals last season.

At international level, the striker scored 68 goals in 62 appearances for West Germany, including the winning goal in the 1974 World Cup final against Holland.

He is widely regarded as one of the greatest marksmen of all time.

Bayern said on Twitter: “FC Bayern are mourning the passing of Gerd Müller. The FC Bayern world is standing still today.

“The club and all its fans are mourning the death of Gerd Müller, who passed away on Sunday morning at the age of 75.”

Herbert Hainer, the Bayern president, said of Muller’s passing: “Today is a sad, dark day for FC Bayern and all its fans. Gerd Müller was the greatest striker there’s ever been, and a fine person and character of world football.

“We’re all united in deep mourning with his wife Uschi as well as his family. FC Bayern wouldn’t be the club we all love today without Gerd Müller. His name and memory will live on forever.”

CEO Oliver Kahn added: “The news of Gerd Müller’s death deeply saddens us all. He’s one of the greatest legends in the history of FC Bayern, his achievements are unrivalled to this day and will forever be a part of the great history of FC Bayern and all of German football.

“As a player and a person, Gerd Müller stands for FC Bayern and its development into one of the biggest clubs in the world like no other. Gerd will forever be in our hearts.”

Muller joined Bayern in 1964 and went on to win the Intercontinental Cup, three European Cups and a European Cup Winners’ Cup. He also won the Bundesliga and DFB Cup four times each.

The final two years of Muller’s career were spent at Fort Lauderdale Strikers, the former American side.




Alabama vs. Florida live score, updates, highlights from Week 3 SEC football game

No. 11 Florida coach Dan Mullen is attempting to take down No. 1 Alabama for the first time in 10 meetings.

Alabama coach Nick Saban is making the trip down to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, popularly known as “The Swamp,” for the first time since 2011. The Crimson Tide will be looking to extend their 30-game winning streak against SEC opponents, including an undefeated 6-0 record in SEC championship games.

Bryce Young is an electric leader for the Crimson Tide, completing 46 of 65 passes for 571 with seven touchdowns through two games, and is expected to tear up the Gators’ defense. Anthony Richardson and Emory Jones are currently alternating in the quarterback position for Florida, but Jones is expected to make the start on Saturday. Through the Gators’ first couple of matchups, Jones completed 31 of 49 passes with two touchdowns and four interceptions.

Although Mullen is currently 5-6 against ranked teams with the Gators, he faces the familiar challenge of defeating Saban and the Crimson Tide. Florida previously faced Alabama in the 2020 SEC Championship game, but they allowed the Crimson Tide to escape with a 52-46 win and continue their journey towards becoming consecutive national champions.

Here’s all the information you need to follow along the Week 3 SEC football game.

Alabama vs. Florida score


Alabama vs. Florida live updates, highlights

Updates will be added around kickoff time, 3:30 p.m. ET.

Third Quarter: Alabama 28, Florida 23

6:10: TOUCHDOWN FLORIDA. Finishing off a 99-yard drive against the Crimson Tide defense, Emory Jones rushes past the endzone for five yards to give the Gators a touchdown with just under 30 seconds remining in the third quarter. Florida cut the Alabama lead 28-23.

6:09: Emory Jones completes a pass to Henderson to put the Gators inside the 10.

6:06: Nay’Quan Wright is driving the ball down the field for the Gators with gains of 18, 30 and 16 yards.

6:00: Florida gets our of their own endzone as Jones completes an 18-yard pass to Nay’Quan Wright to give the Gators a first down.

5:58: The Gators are forced to start at their own one-yard line because of an error from returner Ja’Markis Weston.

5:55: TOUCHDOWN ALABAMA. Brian Robinson takes the direct snap and walks into the endzone for a three-yard touchdown. Kicker Will Reichard makes the extra point to extend the Crimson Tide lead 28-16.

5:53: Bryce Young escapes a sack from Cox and completes a pass to McClellan, and ruled a first down. After official review, the ruling is reversed to leave the Crimson Tide at fourth and inches.

5:50: Cameron Latu extends his arm out with the ball as he gets his knee down at the marker to give Alabama the first down at the Gators’ 12. The play went under review, and the ruling was confirmed.

5:48: Bryce Young throws consecutive incompletions to force a third down for Alabama.

5:43: Brian Robinson allows the Crimson Tide to move the chains for the first time since the first quarter.

5:42: Alabama gets called for a false start, pushing them back another five yards for second down. Bryce Young completes to Metchie for 12 yards.

5:40: Alabama returns the ball in the endzone to start the drive at their own 25.

5:38: TOUCHDOWN FLORIDA. On fourth and one, Flordia runningback Dameon Pierce rushes into the endzone for three yards to cut the Alabama lead. The Crimson Tide are ahead 21-16.

5:36: Malik Davis drives the ball down the field on consecutive plays for the Gators, third down inside the 10.

5:30: The Gators start with the ball at the 25 to open the second half. Alabama’s Josh Jobe gets his second pass interference penalty of the game, and gives Florida the first down at their own 40.

First Half: Alabama 21, Florida 9

5:00: Drew Sanders makes a big hit on Gamble to force the Gators back to third down and a long 23-yards. Florida can’t complete for the first down and punts to give Alabama the ball just inside the 10.

4:58: Jones completes to wide receiver Rick Wells for a completion and 26-yard run to put the Gators at midfield.

4:55: Gators’ Bretton Cox sacks Bryce Young to push the Crimson Tide back to third down and 12. The Gators’ defense makes another stop to force Alabama to punt again at the 31.

4:52: TOUCHDOWN FLORIDA. Runningback Malik Davis stumbles into the endzone with defenders cluching his feet to give the Gators their first touchdown with 6:34 remaining in the half. Alabama leads 21-9.

4:48: Emory Jones rushes the ball down the middle, but can’t complete the first down. The Gators are going for it on fourth down at the Alabama 41.

4:45: Gators’ CB Kaiir Elam went down and is apparently limping off of the field after blocking a pass intended to Alabama reciever John Metchie. The Crimson Tide punts following the play.

4:40: Gators are forced to punt, giving Alabama possession at their own 30 with just under 10 minutes remaining in the half.

4:35: Young attempts to get rid of the ball and is called for intentional grounding. Alabama punter James Burnip executes a 48-yard punt that lands the ball on the Gators’ 21.

4:33: Dan Mullen calls a timeout for the Gators ahead of fourth down. Jones’ pass is tipped and falls to force a turnover on downs at their own 37.

First Quarter: Alabama 21, Florida 3

4:22: TOUCHDOWN ALABAMA. Young completes a pass to Brian Robinson to run into the endzone for a seven-yard touchdown. The extra kick gives the Crimson Tide a comfortable lead 21-3.

4:20: Young finds Jameson Williams to pick up a small gain, and puts Alabama at the seven.

4:16: Drew Sanders rushes Emory Jones as he releases the throw, and Jalyn Armour-Davis intercepts the attempted pass. Alabama takes over at the Gators’ 38.

4:12: Florida returns the kickoff in the endzone to start the drive at their own 25 with just over three minutes remaining in the first quarter.

4:10: TOUCHDOWN ALABAMA. Young completes a 26-yard pass to Jahleel Billingsley, getting him out of the doghouse for a touchdown. Following the extra point, Alabama extends their lead 14-3.

4:08: Bryce Young makes consecutive completions to McClellan, giving the Crimson Tide another first down at the Florida 39.

4:05: Gators’ Jeremiah Moon executes a tackle for loss to push the Crimson Tide to third and seven. A pass interference call against Florida on the following play gives the Crimson Tide another first down.

4:02: Jameson Williams returns the kickoff in the endzone for the Crimson Tide, allowing Alabama to start their drive at their own 25.

4:00: FIELD GOAL FLORIDA. Florida kicker Chris Howard completes a 25-yard field goal to put the Gators on the board, but Alabama holds the lead 7-3.

3:58: Dan Mullen calls a timeout for the Gators at the Alabama eight-yard line, attempting to score on fourth down and six with just over seven minutes remaining in the first quarter.

3:54: Emory Jones throws to Kemore Gamble for a 21-yard completion, then takes off on a spin move for another gain of six. Alabama pass rushers are struggling to halt the offensive momentum.

3:50: Florida returns the kick to put Emory Jones and the Gators’ offense at their own 27 to start their opening drive.

3:43: TOUCHDOWN ALABAMA. Gators’ Tre’Vez Johnson missed a critical tackled that allowed Jase McClellan to dive into the end zone for a touchdown. Alabama ends their opening drive with an early lead 7-0.

3:40: Delay of game is called against Alabama on third down, forcing a five-yard penalty. Young completes a pass to Anderson Williams to make the first down for the Crimson Tide.

3:36: Following a pass interference call against the Gators, the Crimson Tide continues their drive at the 40.

3:34: Bryce Young leads the Alabama offense to start at first down on their own 25.

3:32: Florida wins the coin toss and defers, Alabama is starting with possesion.

3:30: Florida’s backup quaterback Anthony Richardson is shown doing backflips during warmups ahead of kickoff.

Alabama vs. Florida start time

  • Date: Saturday, Sept. 18
  • Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET

Alabama vs. Florida is slated to kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 18. The Gators will host the Crimson Tide at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, popularly known as “The Swamp.”

How to watch Alabama vs. Florida

  • TV channel (national): CBS
  • Live stream: CBS Sports, fuboTV

Brad Nessler (play-by-play) and Gary Danielson (analyst) will call the game from the booth, with Jamie Erdahl acting as the sideline reporter.

Alabama football schedule 2021

Sept. 4Alabama 44, Miami 13
Sept. 11Alabama 48, Mercer 14
Sept. 18at Florida3:30 p.m.
Sept. 25vs. Southern Miss7:30 p.m.
Oct. 2vs. Ole MissTBD
Oct. 9at Texas A&MTBD
Oct. 16at Mississippi StateTBD
Oct. 23vs. TennesseeTBD
Oct. 30ByeN/A
Nov. 6vs. LSUTBD
Nov. 13vs. New Mexico StateTBD
Nov. 20vs. ArkansasTBD
Nov. 27at AuburnTBD

Florida football schedule 2021

Sept. 4Florida 35, FAU 14
Sept. 11Florida 42, USF 20
Sept. 18vs. Alabama3:30 p.m.
Sept. 25vs. Tennessee7 p.m.
Oct. 2at KentuckyTBD
Oct. 9vs. VanderbiltTBD
Oct. 16at LSUTBD
Oct. 23ByeN/A
Oct. 30vs. GeorgiaTBD
Nov. 6at South CarolinaTBD
Nov. 13vs. SamfordTBD
Nov. 20at MissouriTBD
Nov. 27vs. Florida StateTBD

Source: Sportingnews

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Ronaldo slammed by Juventus legends after return to Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo has come under huge scrutiny from Juventus legends after departing the Italian club for Manchester United last week.

The 36-year-old brought his three-year stay in Turin to an end by sealing a return to United in a deal worth £19.4million.

But Ronaldo has now been heavily criticised by former Juventus stars Sergio Brio and Alessio Tacchinardi, who said that the fans ‘deserved something better’ and ‘Juventus deserve more respect’.

The Portugal international was heavily linked with a move to rivals Manchester City just hours before his return to Old Trafford was announced and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer later admitted that he was surprised that Ronaldo was available to leave Juventus.

Tacchinardi told Tuttosport: ‘Ronaldo should have left in a different way, not on his private jet while Allegri was talking to the team before the game against Empoli.

‘I expected a press conference to say goodbye to the fans. They deserved something different.

‘There are no more legends such as [Alessandro] Del Piero, [Francesco] Totti, [Paolo] Maldini or [Javier] Zanetti, but it wasn’t nice to hear from Ronaldo that he was going back to a place he feels like home.

‘He put Juventus in a difficult situation, leaving a few days before the end of the transfer window, it is impossible to replace a goal machine like him.’

Four-time Serie A winner Brio added: ‘Juventus deserve more respect, I didn’t expect Ronaldo to snub the club like this. It was not nice of him.

‘I always speak highly of the three clubs where I played: Juventus, Lecce and Pistoiese because they signed me and believed in me. Cristiano is a great professional, but his farewell should have been different.

‘Perhaps they didn’t break up gracefully, but I am convinced it was the right thing for the player and the club. If a player is forced to stay, he could cause damage to his teammates and the club.’

Ronaldo broke another record on Wednesday night – becoming the all-time leading scorer in men’s international football with 111 goals after his brace against Republic of Ireland.

He was later released from international duty after receiving his second caution of the World Cup qualifying campaign during that game and could be in line to make his second debut for the club next weekend when the Red Devils take on Newcastle at Old Trafford.

During his first spell at United, he won nine honours – including three consecutive league titles as well as the Champions League in 2008.

Source: Dailymail

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Why Jesse Lingard didn’t join West Ham in the summer transfer window

West Ham United did not make a late push for Jesse Lingard in the transfer window after the player made it clear to the club that he did not want to return to the London Stadium, 90min can reveal.

Lingard spent the second half of last season on loan with the Hammers, and he impressed hugely with nine goals in 16 games.

It was expected that West Ham would try and take him back for this campaign, either on a permanent deal or on another loan, but their plans altered following Lingard’s decision – which he communicated to joint chairman David Sullivan personally. The club did make an approach but changed their plans after learning the deal wouldn’t be happening.

West Ham proved with the signing of Croatian midfielder Nikola Vlasic that they had the finances to bring Lingard in, as the Croatian cost over £25m and was handed a contract in excess of £100,000-a-week.

28-year-old Lingard is now back involved at United, but his chances to hold down a regular place look limited with Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo arriving in the transfer window.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stated that Lingard is a player he is planning to use and could be an important part of his squad, although so far this season after three Premier League games, he has been a substitute twice – coming on just once for four minutes at Southampton.

Lingard, who also attracted interest from abroad during the summer window with Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan showing interest, has less than 12 months left on his current deal but he is now looking to battle and earn a new contact at Old Trafford.

We have been told by sources close to the club that Lingard will revisit his situation in January, by which point it will be clear just where does stand at United, and particularly with Solskjaer.

Source: 90min

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