Acting the goat: Beckenbauer takes interest in Köln goings
“Wolfgang Overath has left, Volker Finke is gone, Lukas Podolski will most likely leave. I ask myself: ‘Is the billy goat still there?’ ” Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer worries aloud about the extent of the clearout at Bundesliga rivals Köln. “He said football was stolen from England and that a gang has done this. We are not a gang at Uefa and the English are so generous they have given football to the entire planet.” Michel Platini (right) on Premier League chairman Dave Richards’ charge that Uefa and Fifa had nicked the beautiful game. “I will not be moving there [Chelsea]. But I do think it is cool I am being named in the same breath as Mourinho and Guardiola. That is enough for me – that is already a personal triumph, but I am not available, sorry.” Jürgen Klopp of Borussia Dortmund is flattered but no fool.