The DFB handed down Schalke DM Jermaine Jones an 8 week suspension, enraging his club. Jones was red-carded for trying to intentionally kick Gladbach’s Marco Reus. Schalke says that they took the verdict with “gritted teeth” and complained about the severity. However, they decided not to appeal. The whole incident just goes to show that Jones’ thug act is getting tired. The US international is actually quite talented, but he seems to have anger management issues and often prefers dirty fouls to skilled play. That’s too bad, because he could be a real top DM. So perhaps it’s good that the DFB is throwing the book at him. Maybe that will set him straight, but it is a tough one for Schalke.
In transfer news, VfL Wolfsburg continues. Felix Magath has promised big changes for the crap VWs, and if nothing else, he is making changes. Danish Thomas Kahlenberg wasn’t producing, so he’s been shipped off to French side Evian. In further acquisitions, the VWs plunked down 1.5 million for forward Ibrahim Sissoko (24) from Portuguese side Academica Coimbra. Also acquired for 2.5 million was Brazilian defender Felipe Lopes (20) from Nacional Funchal.
1.FC Nürnberg has obtained US international Omar Gonzalez (23) from MLS champions Los Angeles Galaxy on loan. Borussia M’Gladbach acquired Finnish international MF Alexander Ring (20) from HJK Helsinki on loan. Included is an buy option, which would probably be around 600,000 euros.