21 Corona failures in Vladimir Petkovic’s team. No World Cup ski races in Maribor for women, second Super-G in Bormio canceled. And: Difficult situation for Shaqiri near Lyon. The most important sports news at a glance.
Soccer: Ludovic Magnin becomes coach in Austria
Ludovic Magnin will work as Altach’s head coach from the beginning of the second half of the season. The 42-year-old Romand signed a contract with the last player in the Austrian Bundesliga until the end of the 2022/23 season.
For Magnin it is the first job since being dismissed from FC Zurich in October 2020. The team from Altach, the village in Vorarlberg with almost 7,000 inhabitants, has lost all of the last six championship games and is 13 points behind a place in the finals of the best six.
Altach has been in the top division of Austria since the 2014/15 season. In that season Altach was the first club in Vorarlberg to qualify for the Europa League. Urs «Longo» had already been Schönenberger’s trainer in Altach for four months from September 2008.
Soccer: Monaco separates from coach Niko Kovac
(sda / afp) Niko Kovac is no longer the coach of AS Monaco, as the news agency AFP learned. The Monegasque occupy 6th place in the table in Ligue 1. In qualifying for the Champions League, they failed to Shakhtar Donetsk. The 50-year-old Croat took over the office in July 2020, the contract would have run until June 2023. From July 2018 to November 2019, Kovac was a coach at Bayern Munich. With the Munich team he won the double.
Football: The corona cases in the big leagues are increasing – 21 absences in Vladimir Petkovic’s team
(dpa) / (sda) / ipf. The squads of Spanish football clubs are being thinned out by the rampant corona virus. Numerous clubs, including the champions Atlético Madrid and FC Barcelona, reported several more infected professionals on Thursday who have since gone into isolation at home. You will have to watch at least the next league matchday on the weekend and the sixteenth finals in the cup in the middle of next week.
The cases are also increasing in the German Bundesliga and the English Premier League. While in Spain FC Barcelona, Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid have to do without regular players such as Jordi Alba, Antoine Griezmann or Thibaut Courtois, Arsenal FC from London is even missing the coach, Mikel Arteta, on the sidelines. He is the third English Premier League coach currently in isolation.
Hardly a club is spared positive tests when they see each other after Christmas, not even in the Bundesliga – and those who now have to be in isolation cannot stand on the pitch on matchday 18 (January 7th to 9th). “Football is always a game of chance, but that has to be added,” said Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl on Thursday with a view to the difficult planning because of the more contagious Omikron variant. “It will hit everyone in the next few weeks. There will be different luck factors. “
21 Corona failures at Bordeaux
Former Swiss national coach Vladimir Petkovic is also not to be envied at Bordeaux. Despite 21 Corona failures, his team is expected to play the cup game against Brest on Sunday. Gerard Lopez, the club’s president, accused the national football association of “lack of flexibility”.
Alpine skiing: No World Cup races for women in Maribor
The women’s Alpine World Cup races planned for next week in Maribor will not take place, as the FIS announced. The reasons are the snow situation and the unfavorable weather forecast. A giant slalom should have taken place in Maribor on Saturday, January 8th, and a slalom the next day. A possible replacement location should be determined. In Maribor the temperatures are currently unusually high. According to forecasts, this should stay that way for a few more days.
Alpine skiing: Bormio’s second Super-G canceled
The end of the year in the men’s World Cup does not take place. The second Super-G in Bormio had to be canceled due to unsatisfactory slope conditions. The high temperatures and occasional rain also affected the “Stelvio” slope. Under the given circumstances, it was not possible to prepare a race-worthy track. The safety for the drivers could not be guaranteed.
The second Super-G on the “Stelvio” was intended as a replacement for the race that had been canceled in Lake Louise at the end of November. The last chance to catch up is in Kvitfjell. At the beginning of March, the Norwegian station will have a downhill run as well as a Super-G in the program. After that, the men only contest the Super-G at the season finale in Courchevel / Méribel.
Soccer: Olympique Lyon do not rely on Shaqiri
ipf. The French sports newspaper “L’Équipe” described Xherdan Shaqiri as a flop in the first half of the Ligue 1. The Swiss international made only 13 appearances in the current season, yield: 1 goal and 2 assists. That is not enough for Olympique Lyon, the club had dubbed Shaqiri as a transfer of king.
According to “L’Équipe”, the Lyonnais want to remove Shaqiri from the payroll – because he does not meet expectations and because financially the club is not rosy. The whole thing is reminiscent of Shaqiri’s previous positions in Munich, Milan and Liverpool; the star of the Swiss national team does not seem to be able to assert itself with larger clubs.
Ice hockey: NHL shortens quarantine for symptom-free players
(dpa) Like the NFL football league and the NBA basketball league, the North American professional ice hockey league NHL has reduced the quarantine period for players who have tested positive for Corona and who are symptom-free. Affected professionals only have to go into quarantine for five days instead of the previous ten. The NHL announced. It follows the new guidelines of the US health authority CDC. After leaving the quarantine, however, the players will still have to take into account a mask requirement of five days.
However, the situation in the NHL is more complicated than in the NFL and the NBA: In the ice hockey league, seven teams are active in Canada, where stricter quarantine times still apply.
The NHL was also recently affected by many corona cases. The league had therefore canceled many games and put the game on hold over the Christmas holidays. The first teams returned to the ice on Tuesday (local time).
Basketball: Hawks’ fifth loss in six games
The Atlanta Hawks’ bear market in the NBA continues. With a 117: 131 at the Chicago Bulls, the Hawks refer to their fifth loss in their last six games. The Geneva center Clint Capela had eight points and the second most rebounds (16) credited, but he could not avert the renewed defeat either. With almost the same score (118: 130), Atlanta also lost a home game against the Bulls two days earlier.
Ice hockey: Predators lose without Josi, NJ Devils win again
Without the quarantined Captain Roman Josi, the Nashville Predators lose in the NHL for the first time after seven wins. They are defeated by the Washington Capitals 3: 5 away. After the postponements caused by the pandemic, it was the first game of the Predators since December 17th – and the first defeat in almost a month.
With a 4-3 at the Buffalo Sabers, the New Jersey Devils ended a series of six defeats. It was the first game of the Devils since December 20th. Nico Hischier gave an assist to make the Devils 1-0 in the 5th minute. At the beginning of the second period they had to accept the equalizer after a 2-0 lead before they struck again in the last section.