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DORTMUND Germany (Xinhua) -- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund seen in action this season against Hoffenheim [left], Werder Bremen [center] and Tottenham Hotspur [right] at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund, Germany. XINHUA PHOTOS - JOACHIM BYWALETZ

Borussia Dortmund suspend striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

By Oliver Trust BERLIN Germany (Xinhua) -- Not for the first time Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s behavior is an insoluble mystery to his club Borussia Dortmund.

Despite many favors offered by the 2012 German Champion the series of provocations by the Gabon rooted forward don’t seem to end.

After the third suspension due to disciplinary reasons within 18 months and under three different coaches the future of the 28-year-old striker seems uncertain.

Several pundits assume the striker is trying to blackmail his side to soon depart despite his until 2021 valid contract.

Clubs in Europe and China are rumored to be interested.

According to the Berlin-based newspaper Bild Premier League side, FC Arsenal is about to make an offer for Aubameyang talking about a quick deal until the end of January 2018.

Many in Dortmund feel reminded of the behavior of Ousmane Dembele who affronted the Blacks and Yellow’s until his move to Spanish giant FC Barcelona was secured.

The French striker skipped training and left the country not informing Dortmund about his destination.

Last Saturday Aubameyang missed a team meeting insisting he forgot about it as he left right after the last training session in advance of the game against VfL Wolfsburg.

Before, the forward had traveled abroad for shopping and party reasons without permission.

Teammates reported he was repeatedly late for practice.

"We have reached the point we can’t tolerate his behavior anymore.

"He is a mystery to us; I don’t know what is in his mind," Dortmund’s sports director Michael Zorc commented.

"For years things went well, now, since about a year, he changed his attitude.

"He could not tell us why," Zorc stressed.

Zorc announced Aubameyang would be fined by the club and no more extras will be accepted.

Recently Aubameyang was allowed to attend the ceremony for Africa’s Footballer of The Year and join the team’s training camp three days late.

The striker turned up in time but accompanied by his father and two brothers.

The trio checked in on the team’s hotel without the club’s approval.

Current Dortmund coach Peter Stoeger said Aubameyang is offered the last chance now to return to the team.

"We don’t believe his comments he forgot about the team meeting.

"It was an important meeting, the entire squad was around as it was the meeting in advance of the second half of the season," the Austrian coach emphasized.

"My impression was he is not fully focused on our challenges. I don’t know about the reasons," Stoeger said.

Stoeger said Aubameyang’s behavior endangers the team spirit.

Before, many team members talked about being annoyed by the striker’s antics.

Recently team captain Marcel Schmelzer said the squad wouldn’t tolerate anyone offending the team’s hygiene.

Several German media now assume Aubameyang could leave as early as in January 2018 as the transfer window in Germany is open until the end of the month.

Others predict the striker will leave next summer as Dortmund depends on his goals to secure the qualification for the 2018/2019 Champions League campaign.

So far rumours talked about up to 70 million euro’s transfer fee.

Aubameyang scored 13 league goals in 15 games, four in six Champions League matches and three goals in one German Cup game.

"The question is when to react?" Zorc asked.

"After all, he is involved in 50 percent of all our goals."

While the star striker is causing ongoing trouble, the Blacks and Yellow are announced to sign Swiss international Manuel Akanji soon. Borussia is said to pay 18 million euro for the 22-year-old defender from FC Basel.

"We are optimistic to announce the deal soon as only details need to be solved. He is a deal for this season and the next years," Zorc stressed.

Top goal scorers of German Bundesliga

BERLIN Germany (Xinhua) -- Following are the leading goal scorers in German Bundesliga after Wednesday’s matches:

15 - Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

12 - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund)

9 - Kebin Volland (Bayern Leverkusen)

8 - Alfred Finnbogason (FC Augsburg), Michael Gregoritsch (FC Augsburg), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig) , Mark Uth (TSG Hoffenheim)

7 - Guido Burgstaller (Schalke 04)

6 - Maximilian Philipp (Borussia Dortmund), Martin Harnik (Hannover 96), Nils Petersen (Freiburg) , Salomon Kalou (Hertha Berlin)

5 - Sebastian Haller (Eintracht Frankfurt), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Daniel Didavi (Wolfsburg) , Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich).


German Bundesliga to kick off second half

By Oliver Trust BERLIN Germany (Xinhua) -- Bayern Munich top the Bundesliga table 11 points clear of their nearest rival. In the same time, bottom of the table FC Cologne has only managed to score six points. These are the extremes that kick off the second half of the 2017/2018 Bundesliga season.

2017 Bundesliga Champion Bayern Munich is in a relatively comfortable position ahead of its curtain-raiser against Bayer Leverkusen on Friday evening.

At this point, the fifth consecutive national title seems to be just a formality for the Bavarians.

Down at the bottom of the table, lowly FC Cologne needs a miracle to avoid relegation.

The future of Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes is still under discussion at the Allianz.

Club leaders Uli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge are optimistic that they’ll be able to convince the 72-year-old Heynckes to stay for another year, as the Bavarians have not been able to find a suitable replacement.

On top of this, the futures of stars Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, and Arturo Vidal are uncertain.

German international Jerome Boateng has warned his side to stay focused despite the 11 point lead.

"A bad start, a difficult second game and you get under pressure. In the first half we were eight points behind Dortmund, now we are 11 points away.

"Things can quickly change," the 29-year-old said.

Bayern striker Thomas Mueller demanded a better performance in the second half of the season.

"There have been too many games we just narrowly won.

"There has been too much cheating through in the last games, what we need is more dominance," the German international said.

Against Bayer Leverkusen, Heynckes will have to replace Robert Lewandowski due to a knee injury. Sandro Wagner will replace the Pole and lead the line for Bayern.

Cologne striker and former Bayern Munich professional Claudio Pizarro is hoping for a possible miracle as several established clubs are in danger of relegation.

In 2013, FC Augsburg turned things around with only nine points at the halfway mark of the season, but Cologne will need to better that performance if they want to stay in the Bundesliga.

There is plenty of action elsewhere as FC Schalke 04, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, RB Leipzig, Borussia Moenchengladbach all battle for Champions League qualification while VfL Wolfsburg, SC Freiburg, VfB Stuttgart, FSV Mainz, Werder Bremen and Hamburger SV try to cement their positions in top flight German football.

Things are tight this year, as second placed Schalke is only four points clear of Eintracht Frankfurt in eighth.

Schalke faces Leipzig on Saturday evening and fans are eager to see if Schalke’s ongoing renaissance will continue.

New manager Domenico Tedesco will have to prove that his side has the staying power to continue its impressive performances from first half of the season.

Schalke has been known to be inconsistent in the past, but they have attracted attention with their excellent team spirit and pragmatic style.

The progress of Borussia Dortmund is also one of the big stories coming out of the Bundesliga, as the team battles to rekindle its team spirit and try to be less reliant on their talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gabon international raised quite a few eyebrows at the club when he turned up to the club’s winter training camp in a private Learjet.

Lately Aubameyang’s behavior has been causing headaches for manager Peter Stoeger, and there are rumors that this might be the striker’s last season at the club.

Aubameyang was the top scorer in the Bundesliga last season with 31 goals, so it’s more than likely that Stoeger will need his top striker to contribute if he wants his side to secure Champions League qualification.

Meanwhile, the situation could not be worse for Bundesliga heavyweights Werder Bremen (16th) and Hamburg (17th).

In 2014/2015 Hamburg successfully fought off relegation but since then, things have not really improved at the club due to drama behind the scenes.


Egypt’s Mohamed Salah Salah voted African Player of the Year

ACCRA Ghana (Xinhua) -- Egyptian International and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah was Thursday night named the 2017 African Player of the Year.

The announcement was made at the 26th edition of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) awards gala held in Accra.

Borussia Dortmund FC suspend Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang | Coastweek   Salah, 25, beat Senegal and fellow club-mate Sadio Mane and Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to win the prestigious prize to honor African men and women who have excelled and contributed to the development of football in and outside the continent.

The annual event also aims to encourage and enhance the performances of sports persons to maintain the high standard and quality of football administration and management in Africa.

Salah played a key role in Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign last year, where the North Africans reached the finals and lost to Cameroon.

He also guided Egypt to book a place at this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, scoring a 94th minute penalty against Congo to win the match and send the Pharaohs to Russia.

Since joining Liverpool last summer from Roma, Salah has bagged 22 goals for the Reds in just 29 appearances, five of them coming in the UEFA Champions League and 17 in the English Premier League.

ACCRA Ghana (Xinhua) -- Mohamed Salah [center] of Egypt, Sadio Mane [left] of Senegal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon [right] attend the Confederation of African Football awards ceremony in Accra, Ghana, Jaanuary 04, 2018. Salah received the African Player of the Year award. XINHUA PHOTO - SHI SONG

Salah dedicated the award to the children of Africa and Egypt, urging them to follow their dreams and belief.

Nigerian forward Asisat Oshoala, who plays for Chinese side Dalian Quanjian, was named Women’s Player of the Year.


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