KALOU ABSENT AS HERTHA DRAW

Salomon Kalou was notably absent in Borussia Dortmund’s draw at home to Hertha Berlin on Friday last week. A goal from Pierre-EmerickAubameyang in the 80th minute was enough to ensure that Dortmund levelled the scores and came away with a draw.

This came on the heels of a previously missed penalty by Aubameyang. On the other hand, Hertha Berlin’s Valentin Stocker made sure to silence the home crowd after slotting in a sensational back heeled pass sent to his direction from Vedad Ibisevic at close range.

Valentin Stocker was later sent off at the final minutes of the game after a dangerous tackle. The same also happened to Dortmund as Emre Mor was also dismissed for having pushed an opponent.

Thomas Tuchel’s side, who played host to Hertha Berlin, were not able to get a win against their opponents. Dortmund have been recently plagued with injuries which saw almost a dozen of their players absent due to injury related issues.

Notable amongst them is Andre Schurrle who celebrated Aubameyang’s goal on Instagram. This draw means Dortmund have so far gone two consecutive games without a win. Their last game with Bayer Leverkusen ended in a loss just before the start of the international break.

A cut back by Ousmane Dembele came on time to reach the Gabon international who slid at the far post to ensure that the ball found its way well into the back of the net.

“We struggled for a long time against a disciplined and tough defending opponent,” said Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel, who due to injuries plaguing his team, had no other choice than to field a starting 11 with an average age of under 23.
“The equalizer was in the air for some time. It feels as if we should have deserved to win,” he said.

DROGBA: SCORING IS NOT LUCK

Saloman Kalou’s old team-mate at Chelsea Didier Drogba insists it is not just luck that he keeps on to plague the Gunners, after finding the net against the Premier League giants for the MLS All-Stars in the friendly match in July.

The Ex-Chelsea forward, Drogba netted on the stroke of half-time to bring back the All Stars to 1-1 draw level but it was not enough as Chuba Akpom made it 2-1 late in the game to seal an Arsenal victory on Thursday 29th of July.

That happened to be Drogba’s 16th goal in as many appearances against Arsenal, having tormented Arsene Wenger’s men throughout his time at Stamford Bridge, London. If you’re going to have a bet on football, Drogba scoring against Arsenal seems to be a pretty safe one!

When he was questioned if he feels fortunate to constantly find the net against Arsenal, Drogba responded: “I don’t know, I don’t know, I want to say that I’m lucky but when you score 16 goals against a team I don’t think it is luck anymore.”
Meanwhile, the Ivory Coast international was left in disappointment due to the 2-1 loss despite it being only a friendly fixture.

“I want to help my team to win games. And I always say that the goal that I score and then we lose, for me that doesn’t count,” the Montreal Impact striker said. For me it’s for fun because I scored against [former Chelsea, now Arsenal goalkeeper] Petr [Cech], but the result matters more than my goal or my own performance. It’s a bit disappointing to have lost this game in the last minute.

The 38-year old tested former Chelsea team-mate Cech early on, and had another shot blocked before he eventually found the net in the opening period at the Avaya Stadium in San Jose.

“He has always harmed us, and he continues. He’s a winner and I think that he’ll be like that until the end of his life,”

Wenger said about the striker. “At half-time, I was thinking ‘He’s still haunting us, even in the United States!’ Drogba is a typical poacher of a goal. He can do that in the box. When I see him in the box and fighting with young defenders I always think that now there is danger there because you know he will get the upper hand and score you a goal and that’s what he did.”

TROUBLING TIMES FOR SALOMON KALOU

Former Chelsea player Salomon Kalou is undergoing a lot of troubling times as he is reported to have lost two family members within a fortnight, local media say.

The 31-year old Hertha Berlin player would be travelling to meet his family in light of the losses. This means the Ivory Coast international would not be in action when his country plays Sierra Leone in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in September.

Kalou lost his father, Antoine as he suffered from heart attack. While he was nursing this pain, his aunt died two weeks later. The player would be required to plan for the burial of the dead.

“I’m travelling home to support my family. Of course I am unbelievably sad and feel empty. Football is a therapy for me at the moment. It will take a while to get over this,” Kalou told German news outlet Bild.

His brother, who is also a professional footballer Bonaventure Kalou, is also expected to join family members during these trying times. Kalou has two brothers and eight sisters from the same mother. The mother is the parent to the children now, though other family members are on ground as they bury the dead.

Ivory Coast have enough hands to prosecute the game against Sierra Leone, particularly as they require just a point to against their opponents to qualify for the 2017 finals set to be hosted by Gabon. They are the current holders of the title after their win in 2015. Nigerian won the 2013 edition but were couldn’t qualify for the 2015 edition. Going into the next edition, Ivory Coast remains the favourites to retain the title. Kalou would surely be missed, as he is enjoying a decent form. He was the highest goal scorer last term for Hertha with 14 goals in 32 games in the league.

BAILLY SET TO BECOME SUPERSTAR AT OLD TRAFFORD

Old Trafford New signing Eric Bailly is expected to go on to become a superstar at the Premier League giant after Coach Jose Mourinho spoke highly of him at his maiden press conference.

The player was brought in from Villarreal to increase the defensive options of the team after his performances in Spain. The player is a hard tackler. He has a huge frame and is fast. He is set to partner with Chris Smalling as they enter the new season full of challenges and increased competition.

The Ivory Coast defender has five other countrymen that have made real exploits at the top flight of English football.

There’s the popular name Didier Drogba. The two time former Chelsea forward arrived at Stamford Bridge far back 2004 from Marseille. He was signed by Jose Mourinho and the player sure did leave a mark on the Premier League. He went on to score 164 times earning 384 caps in his nine year stay at the club. He would ever be remembered for the final penalty spot he converted that earned Chelsea their first and only UEFA Champions League title in 2012.

There’s also Yaya Toure who was with Barcelona before joining Manchester City where he has since made his mark. The player who is over 6 feet tall played a crucial role when City won the Premier League the second year he joined, scoring 24 goals in 49 games.

There’s also his elder brother Kolo Toure. Kolo has played for the top clubs in the Premier League. From Arsenal in 2002 helping them win the League in 2003/2004 and playing for seven years, he joined City winning the Premier League then moved to Liverpool as his performance begun to dip.

There’s Salomon Kalou who made exploits at Chelsea, alongside Drogba. He made serious impact and was part of the Champions League winning team of 2012. Finally, there’s Wilfried Bony. Bony played impressive football in Belgium where he scored 37 times in 36 matches before making the switch to Swansea City. He scored 25 goals for Swansea in his debut season and is now with Manchester City. Bailly surely has enough mentors in the League and there is hope that he would go on to make his mark as well.

Salomon Kalou said that he might consider international retirement

Former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou has stated that he might consider ending his international career and focus on his club football.

He said that he is now 30-years old and that he must take care of his body. He stated that it is difficult to play for both club and country and that he will make to take a decision sooner or later.

So far Salomon Kalou has made 83 appearances for his country Ivory Coast and has managed to score 28 goals during the process. He said that although at the moment he feels great he knows that he will not be able to maintain this rhythm for a long time and that he will have to choose between his club or his country.

He said that he has played in two World Cups so far in his career and that he has already won the Africa Cup of Nations. He believes that it is time for him to take a break from international football and give the opportunity to younger players to shine. This will allow him time to concentrate on his club football.

Salomon Kalou currently plays for Hertha Berlin in Germany and said that he wants to give his best in order to help his club win trophies. He has joined the Bundesliga side in 2014 from Chelsea and so far has played 65 matches for them. He has scored 23 goals in the process.

He admitted that he had a hard time adapting to life in the Bundesliga where he only managed to score 6 goals in 29 appearances. However things have improved for him, and he has found his scoring touch again. Indeed he has managed 17 goals this season and wants to improve this tally next season.

Salomon Kalou’s Ivory Coast earn draws in Hungary

Ivory Coast managed to earn a draw in Hungary in a friendly match on Friday.

Hungary, who are preparing themselves for their first appearance in a major tournament after 30 years, managed to have a few chances to score, but the players either made the wrong decision or were denied by the goalkeeper.

The first chance came in the 20th minute on a free-kick. The ball was struck with some power by Adam Gyurcso, but the Ivory Coast keeper managed to divert the ball in the corner.

13 minutes later, Hungary will have another glorious opportunity to open the score, but again they will be denied by the keeper. Adam Gyurcso will find himself one-on-one with the keeper Sylvain Gbohouo, but the latter will manage to make the save. The rebound will fall at the feet of Adam Szalai, but LamineKone will manage to make a great interception to prevent Hungary from taking the lead.

Hungary coach Bernd Storck was pleased with his team performance, especially in the first half. He stated that his players kept the ball well and created numerous occasions against a top side. They were unfortunate to have not score.

On the other hand, Ivory Coast coach Michel Dussuyer stated that he was disappointed with the way his team played especially in the first half. They did not manage to keep control of the ball and instead found themselves being dominated.

Indeed, Ivory Coast who was without Yaya Toure and Gervinho fail to make their presence count in the middle of the park. Their only occasion came when Salomon Kalou missed the target with a great header.

Salomon Kalou was left isolated in attack at times and could not have his usual performance with the absence of Toure and Gervinho.

Salomon Kalou rescues his side with a late goal

Former Chelsea player, Salomon Kalou has helped salvage a draw for his side Hertha Berlin in a match against Hannover.

In a game that Hertha Berlin was considered as favorite, they found themselves trailing at home 2-1. And with 18 minutes left to play, it is Salomon Kalou who helped rescue an important point for his team.

It all started well for Hertha Berlin though when Ibisevic opened the scoring for them in the 3rd minute after a good cross from Marvin Plattenhardt. But Hannover did not want to lose this game without a fight. Under their new manager, Daniel Stendel, Hannover produced an energetic performance to come back into the game.

In the 18th minute, Hannover was leveled thanks to a goal from Sobiech. He benefited from good work from Manuel Schmiedebach and Hiroshi Kiyotake. This goal brought the game to life with Hertha Berlin wanting to score the second goal. Hannover was also motivated with the goal and thought they could take something from this game.

The match reached half-time at 1-1 and after the break, it was Hannover who was on the attack again. Schmiedebach, this time, will be the scorer after receiving a good pass from Karaman. Hertha Berlin could not believe the score as they were given as clear favorites to win this game. Indeed, this also jeopardizes their chances of reaching the Champions League.

Fortunately for them, Salomon Kalou will equalize for them in the 72nd minute. He will receive a well-timed pass from Julian Schieber. This equalizer help calms down the nerves of the Hertha Berlin players and they kept pushing on to find a third goal. This was not going to be their day with Hannover’s goalkeeper making some impressive saves one after the other.

Salomon Kalou Instrumental In Hertha Berlin Wins

Every team who has gained a position in the Champions League has been helped by star players. For Hertha Berlin it has been Salomon Kalou who has helped the team to gain a place in the Champions League.

Hertha Berlin might not be in this season, but they have definitely secured a position for themselves in the next season. The home game that was played between them and Ingolstadt led to a winning score of 2-1 for them.

Salomon Kalou and Genki Haraguchi scored the winning goals. As a result, they have been able to move the team to a position ahead of Schalke who is placed fourth. On an Ingolstadt’s side Lukas Hinterseer placed the consolation goal. Not everything was great for the home team, especially when Vedad Ibisevic delivered a header, but it was ruled out as an offside.

Kalou took chances for the team. He went close to the goal post as the first half came to an end. He delivered a header which hit the crossbar on the way over. Hertha’s team, however, took the lead in the second half when Haraguchi came close and volleyed over Marvin Plattenhardt. Kalou meanwhile, made the score 2-0 at the midway of the game. Haraguchi then delivered a goal; it is his 13th goal as an Ivory Coast forward player. Hinterseer tried to bring back the opposing team in the 73rd minute of the game, but his attempt was blocked out successfully.

Even though the guests pushed to get an equalizer result, the home team will remain firm and secured their third place and a chance to get back to Champions League next year. Kalou definitely played an important role in this win and it is expected that he will be focusing on his training to improve his skills further.

Salomon Kalou’s international career might be over

It’s been a little over a year since Ivory Coast won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations as they overcame Ghana in a match that had to be decided with a penalty session.

Salomon Kalou helped out his national team in sealing this silverware as he performed in a number of matches but he was mostly used as a substitute player more than anything else.

Kalou had to settle with a few minutes of playing time in certain games and taking into consideration the role that he is playing with Ivory Coast which isn’t that significant, he is starting to think about retiring from performing at the international stage as Kalou wants to focus the remainder of his career by winning titles and matches with his club Hertha BSC.

“I won the Africa Cup of Nations and played in two World Cups. But you have to think about it if it is the right moment to stop. Last year was a tough year and also I was away at the Africa Cup of Nations but I learned a lot. This season I am aiming to score at least 15 goals.” Salomon Kalou said as the Ivorian player stated that he is starting to think about resting his body and playing fewer games from this point on.

Salomon Kalou has been performing with Hertha BSC since 2004 and he hasn’t lifted any significantly big title with the German club and this is another one of the reasons of why Kalou just wants to completely focus in winning games with his club and help them adding titles to their collection and Kalou wants to avoid getting distracted with anything else other than his club.

The contract of Kalou with Hertha BSC expires in 2017 and he wants to work hard to make an impact with the time that is remaining for him with the German outfit.

Hertha Berlin’s bus got shot but they still won their DFB-Pokal match

Hertha Berlin claimed a 2-0 triumph over the 2nd division team Arminia Bielefeld back in August of 2015. This victory was especially important due a number of different reasons.

The main reason on why this triumph was so special for Hertha Berlin is because of the incident which occurred one before this game had kicked off and it involved some shots being fired at the team bus of Hertha.

At the time when the shots were fired, there were no players in the actual bus and nobody inside of the vehicle was injured. After this incident was over, the team had to be escorted with police on the road until eventually arriving to the stadium.

The manager of Hertha Berlin, Michael Preetz stated that the driver of the bus was going from the hotel to the train station at Bielefeld to collect the team and it was in that moment when the event took place but fortunately for the team, nobody was injured.

Going into the actual match, Hertha Berlin had some early chances to score with Jens Hegeler firing a shot which went wide away from the mark.Arminia Bielefeld attempted to find the back of the net before the first half reached it’s end but both sides had to go to their respective dressing rooms with a goal-less draw after 45 minutes of play.

The opening goal of the match arrived through the likes of Salomon Kalou as he scored with a close range shot and Vladimir Darida secured the win at the 88th minute as his team claimed the victory despite having gone through a terrifying day prior to the kick-off of the game.