Ralf Rangnick

Bundesliga Weekly vol.16: Ralf Rangnick back to Schalke?

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In this Bundesliga Weekly, Ralf Rangnick highly favored to make a third comeback to Schalke, VfB Stuttgart fined 300,000€ for privacy breach, Union Berlin can plan for the Bundesliga next season.

Ralf Rangnick is in the news this week for various reasons. Because the talented coach popularly nicknamed, “professor” from his days at SSV Ulm is jobless. It is rare for a gem like Rangnick to stay jobless. Curious minds are interested to know about his next move.

Rangnick’s name appeared as a viable candidate for the soon to be vacant post as German national team coach. Also, Schalke is considering him as Chief sports officer.

German paper, Bild, reported that there is already preliminary agreement in principle between Schalke and Rangnick. However, the supervisory board released a statement to the effect that there is no preliminary agreement and they will not issue any statement on candidates. But regard Rangnick as a professional and ex Schalker. On second thought, it looks like an indirect endorsement.

Ralf Rangnick has worked at Schalke twice. Rangnick knows the terrain and the huge expectations of Schalke fans. If the talks come to fruition, Rangnick could speed up the fortunes of Schalke from stagnation to growth in his third stint.

VfB Stuttgart fined 300,000€ over privacy affair

Stuttgart fined 300,000€ for the privacy scandal. The data protection officer of the state of Baden-Württemberg, Stefan Brink, justified the fine based on, “negligent breach of accountability under data protection law”.

Stuttgart accepts the fine and does not plan to seek an appeal.

Union Berlin has arrived in the Bundesliga

It amazes me how clubs with little financial clout like Freiburg, or Augsburg survive the rigours of the Bundesliga. Union Berlin has joined the ranks, too. They sit in a comfortable position at the league table.

An article in Tagesspiegel wrote that Union’s manager, Oliver Ruhnert, has lots of work to do. The contracts of eleven players will expire soon. Ruhnert will also seek a solution to the reported interest of Bayer Leverkusen for Marvin Friedrich. I hope it pans out.