Bayern launch cup defence amid scandals in German football

first_imgBayern Munich are looking to defend their league and cup titles in 2019/20Berlin, Germany | AFP | Niko Kovac’s Bayern Munich launch their 2019/20 season as German Cup title holders in the first round this weekend, but the traditional season curtain-raiser will be overshadowed this year by a string of scandals rocking football in Germany.While coaching prodigies Julian Nagelsmann and David Wagner make their dugout debuts for RB Leipzig and Schalke respectively, other clubs such as Chemnitzer and Hamburg are reeling from scandals involving neo-Nazis and alleged identity fraud.Borussia Dortmund kick off proceedings with a visit to third-division side KFC Uerdingen on Friday.The match reunites 2014 World Cup winner and former Dortmund fan favourite Kevin Grosskreutz with his old club while providing coach Lucien Favre with another opportunity to test new signings Mats Hummels, Nico Schulz and Thorgan Hazard.Favre’s spruced-up squad beat Bayern Munich 2-0 in the German Supercup last weekend to pile the pressure on last season’s league and cup winners.Bayern have been less active than Dortmund in the transfer market, and the lack of high-profile new signings prompted criticism from star striker Robert Lewandowski as the club chases Manchester City winger Leroy Sane.Ahead of Bayern’s trip to fourth-tier side Energie Cottbus on Monday, the heat is already on perennially under-fire coach Kovac.Nagelsmann’s RB Leipzig travel to Osnabrueck on Sunday after Wagner’s Schalke visit Drochtersen/Assel on Saturday.– Crisis-hit Schalke –Former Huddersfield Town manager Wagner is hoping to breathe new life into crisis-stricken Schalke, but his preparations have been overshadowed by a racism scandal involving club chairman Clemens Toennies.Toennies, 63, stepped down for three months on Tuesday following widespread outrage over comments he made about Africa during a speech last week.Schalke are not the only German club to have been hit by a racism scandal recently. On Monday, third-tier side Chemnitzer sacked first-team captain Daniel Frahn over his alleged association with far-right fan groups.Frahn’s dismissal was the latest episode in a long-running controversy over neo-Nazis in the Chemnitzer fanbase, and according to Bild newspaper, police fear that far-right fans may stage protests during Sunday’s cup clash with Hamburg. Second-division Hamburg are themselves engulfed in a media scandal after doubts were raised over the identity of their Gambian midfielder Bakery Jatta.Bild newspaper claimed Jatta, who reportedly came to Germany as a refugee in 2015, entered the country under a false identity, changing his name and claiming to be two-and-a-half years younger than he really was so that he could register as a minor.Selected German Cup first-round fixtures (kick-off times 1330 GMT unless stated):FridayKFC Uerdingen v Borussia Dortmund, Sandhausen v Borussia Moenchengladbach (both 1845)SaturdayKaiserslautern v Mainz, Alemannia Aachen v Bayer Leverkusen, Magdeburg v Freiburg, Drochtersen/Assel v Schalke, Atlas Delmenhorst v Werder Bremen (1845)SundayWaldhof Mannheim v Eintracht Frankfurt, VfL Osnabrueck v RB Leipzig, Germania Halberstadt v Union Berlin, VfB Eichstatt v Hertha Berlin, Chemnitzer FC v Hamburg (1630)MondayEnergie Cottbus v Bayern Munich (1845)Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Nelson’s Bruno Campese switches gears on coaching career, takes OHA job

first_imgIt didn’t take Nelson’s Bruno Campese long to find a new job in hockey.The Nelson Minor Hockey grad, who spent the past eight seasons at coach and GM of the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League, has agreed to be head coach of the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton.The announcement was recently made on the Okanagan Hockey School website.“We are very excited to have Bruno Campese join our organization,” said OHA vice-president Dixon Ward. “We have prided ourselves on the quality and expertise of our hockey staff and the addition of Bruno only increases that level. With his wealth of playing, coaching, and management experience at the Junior A and Major Junior level, Bruno will be able to provide our young athletes with the knowledge and experience that they will need to move to the next levels.”Prior to joining the Raiders, Campese spent three seasons as the head coach and director of hockey operations for the Penticton Vees (BCHL).From 2002-2004, he was an assistant coach with the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) after spending two seasons as the head coach with the Trail Smoke Eaters (BCHL) as well as a brief time as coach and GM of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Nelson Leafs.“I am excited to join Okanagan Hockey and be part of its operation in Penticton,” Campese, who also has a Master’s Degree in Education from Eastern Washington University, said on the OHA website.“The Okanagan Hockey program and facilities are second to none and I look forward working with an excellent staff.” During his playing days, Campese was selected in the 12th round, 249th overall, by the Boston Bruins at the 1982 NHL Draft.He spent two seasons as a goaltender with the Penticton Knights (BCHL) before playing one season with Northern Michigan University (NCAA).Campese also played two seasons in the Western Hockey League, ultimately winning the Memorial Cup in 1983 with the Portland Winterhawks.After his junior career, he spent 14 years playing professionally in Europe, including eight seasons with the Italian National Team, where he represented his country on multiple occasions at the World Championships and also at the 1994 Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.During his time with the Raiders, Prince Albert had their struggles on the ice, making the playoffs in three of Campese’s eight seasons.However, Prince Albert did qualify for post-season action the past two seasons prior to the 2014-15 campaign.And this season the Raiders deserved better.After going 35-32-5 in 2013-14 and suffering a second-straight first-round exit, the Raiders, Campese and their fans looked forward to this season, knowing they would have two of the WHL’s premier players — defenceman Josh Morrissey and forward Leon Draisaitl — on their roster.But Draisaitl, the third-overall pick in the NHL’s 2014 draft, opened the season with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers.And the Oilers didn’t want their draft pick to return to the Raiders, instead saying Draisaitl should play for the Kelowna Rockets.Instead of fighting a losing battle, Campese traded Morrissey and Draisaitl to the Rockets.Kelowna won the WHL championship before losing 2-1 to Oshawa in overtime in the Memorial Cup final Sunday.Campese decided to move on in hockey and take wife Maria and son Matthew to Penticton to work with the Okanagan Hockey Group.last_img read more