Neuer: I’ll retire when I’m no longer needed

first_imgManuel Neuer says he will retire from football when he feels he is no longer needed by Bayern Munich and Germany.The 33-year-old has struggled with injuries and faced long spells on the sidelines in recent years, but he remains the first choice goalkeeper for club and country and captains both sides.Neuer, who has 89 Germany caps and has made over 340 appearances for Bayern since joining in 2011, says he is still enjoying playing for the Bavarian side and his national team, insisting he still has an important part to play. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream However, the former Schalke star knows what it will take for him to call time on his career, telling Welt am Sonntag: “When you are no longer needed and you feel it, it is difficult to get up and motivate each day.”When your experience is needed and your players need you, that drives you on.”I have the feeling that I am very much needed here in the national team and that everyone is happy that I’m here. It’s clear that I have to show it in my performance.He added: “[My longevity] is a result of my love for this sport. It excites me a lot when I’m on the pitch training or playing. It’s a great fulfilment for me. I’m 33 years old bu when I’m on the pitch I always feel that I can improve on my goalkeeping. “I’m still as annoyed with things that don’t work out as they did nine or 10 years ago and I’m still happy about things that work out.”These are signs that mean something to me. Namely, how ambitious I am still. [I want to] play as long as my body can do it, I’m having fun and I’m needed.”Neuer, who will be 35 years old when his current contract with Bayern comes to an end, has noticed his body is changing with age, but he has adapted his training style to help stay on top of his game. “At a young age you don’t have to do so much to keep fit,” he added. “It’s changing. I’ve already noticed that, so I pay close attention to what I do and how I approach things.”last_img read more

President sacks Justice Minister on request made by UNP

President Maithripala Sirisena has removed Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe following a request made by the United National Party (UNP).Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said he accepted the decision of the President and UNP leadership. UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim said in a statement yesterday that Rajapakshe was given time till Monday by the UNP leadership to rectify a statement he had made against a cabinet decision. The UNP had officially informed the President to remove Rajapakshe from his post over comments he had made against a cabinet decision. Rajapakshe had made statements critical of the cabinet decision on the Hambantota port agreement with China. (Colombo Gazette) However Rajapakshe had failed to do so and as a result the party has now decided he must be removed from his cabinet post.Hashim also said that Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe continued to make statements critical of the UNP and Government decisions. read more

16th Asian Championship Bahrain and Korea close to the semis

asiaAsia Handballasian handballBahrain handball ← Previous Story Pick Szeged advance to quarter-final of Hungarian Cup Next Story → Konrad Wilczynski finished his NT career After three rounds of matches at 16th Men’s Asian Championship in Bahrain, home team and South Korea are on the way to the semi-finals. The most interesting clash, decisive for the TOP 2 place at Group A will be between Bahrain and Iran. Qatar and Kuwait are the only teams with 100% after two matches in Group B.GROUP A:1 Bahrain 3 3 0 0 101 58 43 62 South Korea 3 2 1 0 84 60 24 53 Iran 3 1 2 0 80 73 7 44 Saudi Arabia 3 1 1 1 79 65 14 35 China 3 0 0 3 66 94 -28 06 Uzbekistan 3 0 0 3 62 122 -60 0Group B# Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts1 Qatar 2 2 0 0 71 25 46 42 Kuwait 2 2 0 0 68 57 11 43 Japan 2 1 0 1 61 54 7 24 Oman 2 1 0 1 64 64 0 25 UAE 2 0 0 2 40 66 -26 06 Iraq 2 0 0 2 35 73 -38 0PHOTO: http://www.asia16.com/ read more