Bierhoff demanded successful games to strengthen team spirit and fan identification. The 1996 European Champion said a real lift in mood is needed to travel down the road to the 2021 European Championship. Enditem
In eight games played in front of the empty stands of the Reale Arena, 'La Real' has suffered four defeats and its only win was against relegated Espanyol. Down the road in Bilbao, Athletic Club - another side that is usually tough to beat at home - has lost its last four home games. It certainly looks as if the teams with the most passionate home fans are the ones who are missing them most.
Despite the Azzurri's request to postpone the game, the Serie A league enforced the rule that as long as a team has 13 players available including a goalkeeper, the game can go ahead.
All 12 Shanghai players in the match list made the scoreboard, with Zhang Zhiting and Li Yingyun scoring 15 and 10 points respectively.
Her amazing shooting performance was highlighted by six 3-pointers from nine attempts, and her teammate Wang Haimei got 13 points. Shen Yi got a team-high 13 points for Dongguan and Hu Ke added 10.
That performance has put Athletic coach Gaizka Garitano under pressure and both he and Machin need wins to assure they are still in their jobs after the international break.
Shanxi had a 10-3 dash in the midway of the last quarter, bringing the game beyond Hebei's reach.
XI'AN, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- During the "National Day" golden week, China's first ice rink, transformed from a basketball and volleyball court, was unveiled at the Xi'an Olympic Sports Center stadium, which will be one of the main venues for next year's 14th National Games in Shaanxi Province.
The attacking-minded player, who began his career with Osasuna, joins Athletic Bilbao after 72 appearances in Serie A in which he scored eight goals and provided seven assists.
"Archery is not as popular as basketball and football, but it is still a sport worth a shot," said Liu Lu, a 21-year-old fitness enthusiast who came with her boyfriend and spent a whole afternoon shooting arrows. "Doing physical exercise has been a hit among the youth."
"He is now playing more regularly and doesn't have any injury concerns which bodes well for us."