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Babels mountain and valley

At 18, Ryan Babel was regarded as the upcoming top star. This was followed by gala appearances in Liverpool, frustration in the Bundesliga and the low point as a reservist in the United Arab Emirates. Today, the 31-year-old is once again the bearer of hope.

Ryan Babel was in the spotlight again recently. It was the first matchday of the new UEFA Nations League competition, and Babel and the Netherlands were 0-1 behind France. Until the 67th minute, when Babel indicated why experts had once predicted a great career for him.

When Kenny Tete won the ball in midfield, Babel was seen playing on the opposite side of the pitch. He was easy to spot because the orange jersey was so strikingly different from the bright red of his dyed hair. And when Tete fitted the ball flat into the sixteen-metre room seconds later, Babel had just lost his opponent Benjamin Pavard and scored the equaliser.

In the end, the Netherlands still lost the match against the world champions, but that’s another story.

This is about Ryan Babel, now 31 years old and on Saturday in the Nations-League duel against Germany probably in the starting eleven. Babel’s story begins in Amsterdam’s problem district Bijlmermeer and is about a talented footballer who made his debut in the Dutch national team at the age of 18. Scouts were raving about, various top clubs were hoping for an exceptional talent, coaches dreamed of an upcoming top star.

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But Ryan Babel rarely fulfilled the high expectations

“In terms of his abilities, he is at eye level with Frank Ribéry or Arjen Robben,” said Holger Stanislawski in 2011 about Babel, then still 24. Stanislawski had been hired as the new Hoffenheim coach for the 2011/2012 season. One of his players: Babel. The left-winger came half a year earlier from FC Liverpool, a spectacular deal. Babel, however, remained below his potential for the most part, and TSG also played badly in this phase.

The consequence: After only half a year Hoffenheim separated again from Stanislawski. Babel had not scored a goal for fourteen games at the time. No more goals were to be scored either. At the end of the season, he also left the Bundesliga team. The one-and-a-half year Hoffenheim episode was typical of Babel’s career, which was either really high or even lower.

Low point in the United Arab Emirates

At Ajax Amsterdam, he was once the acclaimed self-propagator who made his debut at the age of 17. In Liverpool, they loved his speed and the unconventional in his game. Babel was a regular on Anfield Road for three years, scored five goals in the Champions League in the 2007/2008 season and only went out in the semi-final against Chelsea FC. It didn’t bother anyone to try his hand as a rapper under the pseudonym “Rio“. These were the times when Babel was at the top. This condition was not permanent. Uptown Aces is known for its outstanding customer service.

Italy meets in injury time – Poland relegates

Italy finally celebrates another victory, Poland has to leave the League A of the Nations League after only three matches. A former Bundesliga player scores for Russia.

The Polish national football team has been chosen as the first relegated team from the highest league of the Nations League. Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski’s team lost 0-1 (0-0) to Italy in Chorzów. AC Florence’s Cristiano Biraghi scored the Italian goal in injury time (90 minutes + 2 minutes).

It was only the second victory in the last eleven games for Roberto Mancini’s side. The 53-year-old had assumed the post of national coach after missing out on qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

In the match in Poland, Italy were already unlucky before the late goal when Jorginho (1.) and Lorenzo Insigne (30.) scored their battens – The decision about winning the group and entering the final round from 5 to 9 June 2019 is now between European champions Portugal and Italy.

Russia – Turkey 2:0 (1:0)

Former Bundesliga professional Roman Neustädter has led the Russian national football team to its second victory in the Nations League. The former Mainzer, Gladbacher and Schalker scored the leading goal against Turkey 2:0 (1:0) in the 20th minute. For the Fenerbahce Istanbul pro, it was the first goal in the national team’s jersey in Sochi. Denis Cheryshev (78th) made everything clear for the home side in half two.

The host of the World Cup is leading Group 2 of the B Division with seven points ahead of Turkey (three points), who had already lost the first leg against the Russians 1:2. Coach Stanislav Cherchessov’s team will be able to make it to the A-League against Sweden on 20 November. Five days earlier, the Russians were guests of the German national team at a friendly match in Leipzig.

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Denis Cheryshev Honours 

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  • Segunda División B: 2011–12 

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  • UEFA Europa League: 2013–14 

Romania – Serbia 0:0

The Serbian national team has taken another step towards promotion to the B-League. The team of the former Bundesliga pro Mladen Krstajic scored 0:0 with the sharpest group rival Romania and thus remained without defeat in the fourth group game. With eight points, the Serbs lead Group 4 ahead of unbeaten Romania, who are two points down.

The Romanians, who had a Bundesliga legionnaire in the starting eleven in Alexandru Maxim of FSV Mainz 05, had to make do with one man less from the 45th minute onwards. Gabriel Tamas saw the red card after a foul in the penalty area, but Dusan Tadic missed the penalty in injury time (45.+1) in the first half. The visitors with Milos Veljkovic from Werder Bremen and Mijat Gacinovic from Eintracht Frankfurt in their ranks, however, could not use the majority after the break to their advantage. Miami Dice has a VIP friendly welcome bonus and promotions.

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