Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool, EPL) For the first time in his tenure at Liverpool, former Mainz and BvB coach Jurgen Klopp was on the losing end of a scoreline, as Crystal Palace defeated LFC at Anfield 2-1. Klopp had brought Liverpool three wins and three draws since joining the legendary club, but an 82nd minute goal from Scott Dann was the game-winner after Philippe Coutinho had knotted the score for LFC. As usual, former Bayern and Leverkusen man Emre Can was a starter for the Reds, while ex-Hoffenheim man Roberto Firmino came in as a sub for Klopp’s side.
Mario Gomez (Beşiktaş, Turkish Super Lig) The prolific German striker celebrated his return to the German national team Sunday with a win as Beşiktaş secured a 1-0 win over Bursaspor. Gomez has scored eight goals for the Istanbul side in 11 matches this season, prompting his call-up for friendlies against France and the Netherlands. Gomez has scored 25 times for Germany while earning 60 caps. The 30 year-old has also scored 138 Bundesliga goals in his six seasons at Stuttgart and four with Bayern Munich. Fellow German Andreas Beck, who spent seven seasons with Hoffenheim, was also a starter for Beşiktaş on Sunday. Beck and Gomez were also starters in Beşiktaş’ 1-1 Europa League draw with Lokomotiv Moscow on Thursday.
Edin Džeko (AS Roma, Serie A) Džeko scored the opening goal from the spot in the 10th minute to give Roma a 2-0 derby win over Lazio Sunday. Džeko played for Wolfsburg and in 3 and 1/2 seasons there scored 66 league goals in 111 matches, while also winning the Wolves only Bundesliga title. He moved to Manchester City during the winter transfer window of the 2010/2011 season and scored 50 EPL goals while featuring on two champion clubs. Džeko was also a member of the first Bosnia-Herzegovina squad to qualify for the FIFA World Cup tournament, and has scored 44 international goals. Džeko originally went on loan to Roma in August, but the club activated clauses in the loan deal to make the Bosnian a permanent member of their squad in October.
Marcus Berg (Panathinaikos, Greek Super League) The former HSV striker scored the winning goal in the 84th minute Saturday for Panathinaikos in their 2-1 win over Atromitos FC Athens. The Swedish international was with HSV for four seasons beginning in 2009, featuring in 54 Bundesliga matches while scoring five goals, though he spent the entire 2010/2011 season on loan to PSV before returning to the red-shorts. Berg joined Athens-based Panathinaikos for the 2013/2014 campaign and has scored 50 goals for the Greens in all competitions. Also in the Panathinaikos starting lineup Saturday was former Bayern midfielder Danijel Pranjić, 34 while Mladen Petrić, who featured for HSV and Borussia Dortmund and scored 52 BuLi goals between 2007-2012, was on Panathinaikos bench.
Cristian Molinaro (Torino, Serie A) Molinaro was a starter for Torino in their narrow 102 home loss to Inter Milan Sunday. The 32 year-old defender played four-plus seasons for VfB Stuttgart following his transfer from Juventus, featuring in 150 matches in all competitions but never scoring a goal in Germany. Molinaro has started nine matches for Torino this season after joining the club in June, 2014. Inter Milan’s Ivan Perišić , the former BvB and Wolfsburg attacker, came on as a substitute for the Nerrazuri. The Croatian has appeared in 11 Serie A matches for Inter, starting nine while scoring two goals.
Luuk de Jong (PSV Eindhoven, Eredivisie) De Jong completed a fine week for PSV by scoring a 72′ goal Sunday to complete a 3-1 win over FC Utrecht, although the striker did earlier miss on a PK attempt. The former Borussia Monchengladbach man had even a better day in midweek, when PSV dispatched VfL Wolfsburg 2-0, with de Jong assisting on Jurgen Locadia’s 55th minute goal before adding an insurance tally in the 86th minute. De Jong, PSV’s captain, has scored 10 league goals in 11 appearances for PSV this season. With die Fohlen, the Swiss-born striker only scored eight goals in 45 matches in all competitions. Former HSV back Jeffrey Bruma, along with Leverkusen loanee Andres Guardado, also were starters in both PSV wins.
Raul (NY Cosmos, NASL) The legendary Spanish striker announced his retirement recently, but still had contributions to make as he scored Saturday for the Cosmos in their NASL Championship semifinal against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Raul, who turned 38 in June, won six La Liga titles and three Champions League crowns in his long tenure with Real Madrid. He played at Schalke for two years, scoring 28 Bundesliga goals and helping the Royal Blues to a DFB Pokal championship. Now he has the chance for one more crown, as the Cosmos will face the Ottawa Fury for the NASL Championship next Sunday.
Lukas Podolski (Galatasary, Turkish Super Lig) Prinz Poldi scored a goal for Galatasaray, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a 4-3 loss to Çaykur Rizespor in Turkish football action Saturday. It was the fifth goal of the season for the former Bayern and Koln German international in 11 league matches. Rizespor’s starting XI included Koray Altinay, a forward who featured for Jahn Regensburg in Bundesliga 2 during the 2011/2012 season along with midfielder Robin Yalcin, who featured in three matches for VfB Stuttgart during the 2013/2014 campaign. Cedric Makiadi, 31, was an unused substitute for the home side. He had a long stint with SC Freiburg, and also featured for VfL Wolfsburg, MSV Duisburg and Werder Bremen.
Robert Mak (PAOK, Greek Super League) Mak scored a late goal Thursday for PAOK in their 1-2 Europa League loss to Krasnador. The Slovakian international played for four seasons with 1.FC Nürnberg between 2010 and 2014, featuring in over 80 games while scoring eight goals. Mak joined PAOK at the beginning of the 2014/2015 season and knocked in seven goals in 30 Greek Super League fixtures.
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