Lucien Favre has made it clear Mario Gotze faces a fight for first-team football at Borussia Dortmund this season.The Germany international was taken off after 64 minutes of the 2-1 DFB-Pokal win at Greuther Furth last month and then failed to get off the bench in his side’s opening two Bundesliga games of the season.Favre used a 4-3-3 system in those matches, a 0-0 draw at Hannover and a 4-1 win over RB Leipzig, with Mahmoud Dahoud, Axel Witsel and Thomas Delaney preferred in midfield. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And the Dortmund head coach admits it is difficult to fit Gotze into his side given his other options for the central roles.”I think it depends on our system,” he told a news conference. “I said that it would take time for us to find our best team and our best system. There are a lot of tactical decisions to be made.”We have to tell the truth. Mario can play in a central position. He can play in our 4-3-3 system. You have to play athletically and with a lot of dedication.”Against Leipzig and Hannover, we played with three players in central midfield. Mario can play in one of those positions, but we have many players that can play there.”We have eight or nine players there, and we have [Shinji] Kagawa and Marco Reus and Mario. There are many players. It’s a fact.”Gotze has struggled for regular first-team football since his return to Dortmund from Bayern in 2016, with fitness problems partly behind him making only 28 league starts in the last two seasons.Dortmund host Eintracht Frankfurt in their next Bundesliga match on Friday.
VANCOUVER – A British Columbia woman has hit a dead end in her quest for compensation from the Canadian government, whom she accuses of falsely branding her a terrorist and an arms dealer to American authorities.The United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal from Perienne de Jaray, upholding a Washington state district court’s ruling that says she can’t sue Canada for malicious prosecution or abuse of process.The lower court wrote in its decision earlier this year that American law grants immunity to foreign states.De Jaray is a former co-owner and executive of Apex USA, once a multimillion-dollar subsidiary of electronics maker Apex Canada, which her father founded.She alleges she suffered years of baseless investigation on both sides of the border after the Canadian government told the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2009 that it had intercepted a shipment of illegal, weapons-grade electronics from Apex — a claim later revealed to be false.The Canadian government ordered all criminal charges against de Jaray and her father stayed in 2011, and the charges were eventually dismissed.De Jaray and her lawyer could not be reached for comment.
The United Nations Security Council has nominated António Guterres as the next UN Secretary-General to succeed current UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon starting on January 1, 2017.The UN General Assembly will next need to approve the recommendation. Ted Turner, Founder and Chairman of the United Nations Foundation, released the following statement.“António Guterres is well-positioned to be a great United Nations Secretary-General – one of the most important jobs in the world. He has the experience we need: He has been the leader of one of the world’s foremost humanitarian agencies, and he would be the first Secretary-General to have also previously served as a head of government. He understands what it takes to lead, and he knows how to get things done. He’s an impatient humanitarian who will be a tireless diplomat for the hopes of people everywhere for a better future.“Creating the UN Foundation to support the UN was the best investment that I have ever made. I’m proud of my work with the UN, and I am proud to step up now to support the next Secretary-General however I can. We can’t turn away from today’s global problems, and I believe the UN is the place where we can all come together to make change happen.”