Football: Lewandowski shoots into Bundesliga’s top 10

Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Bayern Munich vs FC Cologne - Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany - December 13, 2017 Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring their first goal. (REUTERS)
Updated 14 December 2017
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Football: Lewandowski shoots into Bundesliga’s top 10

BERLIN: Robert Lewandowski has fired his way into 10th place in the list of the Bundesliga’s all-time top scorers as the Polish striker just keeps on hitting the net.
Lewandowski rescued Bayern with a second-half winner in Wednesday’s 1-0 victory over bottom side Cologne as the league leaders struggled to break down a determined defense at the sold-out Allianz Arena.
“It is unbelievable that he is in the top 10 — he is simply a goal hunter,” Arturo Vidal said of his team-mate as Bayern went nine points clear at the top of the table.
The Poland international has now scored 21 goals in 24 games in all competitions this season, plus five more in World Cup qualifiers to help book Poland’s place in Russia.
Lewandowski’s goal against Cologne was his 166th since 2010 in Germany’s top flight — a tally achieved with Bayern and former club Borussia Dortmund.
He is in good company as Bayern head coach Jupp Heynckes is third on the list with 220 goals scored for Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hanover 96 between 1963 and 1978.
But Lewandowski is a distance off the record 365 goals scored by Bayern and West Germany legend Gerd Mueller.​​
The 72-year-old former World Cup winner, nicknamed ‘Der Bomber’, netted the phenomenal tally between 1964 and 1979 — and Lewandowski is not even halfway to that mark.
The 29-year-old Poland forward is also 25 goals short of becoming the highest-scoring active player in Germany.
Veteran Peru striker Claudio Pizarro, 39, now at Cologne, has scored 191 goals over multiple stints at Bayern and Werder Bremen.
Lewandowski has twice lifted the ‘Golden Cannon’ trophy, awarded to the Bundesliga’s top scorer, and narrowly missed out to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last season despite a return of 30 goals in 33 league games.


Iran suspended from world judo over Israel boycott policy

Updated 18 September 2019

Iran suspended from world judo over Israel boycott policy

  • Iran’s judo federation is accused of discriminating against Israeli athletes
  • Mollaei has said he was repeatedly ordered by Iranian officials to lose matches or withdraw from competitions

LAUSANNE, Switzerland: Iran has been suspended from international judo competitions because it boycotts bouts with Israeli athletes.
Less than a month after world champion Saeid Mollaei walked off the Iranian team in protest at the boycott policy, the International Judo Federation said Wednesday that Iran is suspended ahead of a full hearing.
Iran’s judo federation is accused of discriminating against Israeli athletes and breaking rules over manipulating competition results.
“The IJF Executive Committee considered that such a conduct is intolerable,” the federation said.
Mollaei has said he was repeatedly ordered by Iranian officials to lose matches or withdraw from competitions, including last month’s world championships, so as not to face Israelis. He is currently in hiding in Germany.
Iran does not recognize Israel as a country, and Iranian sports teams have for several decades had a policy of not competing against Israelis.
It’s not yet clear if the IJF will seek to stop Iran competing in the 2020 Olympic judo events. Meanwhile, the IJF is exploring ways to allow Mollaei to compete on the International Olympic Committee’s team of refugees.
The IOC has signaled a harder line on boycotts in recent years.
In June, IOC president Thomas Bach criticized governments who “clearly abuse sport for their political purposes,” noting a case in May of a Tunisian court blocking four Israelis from competing at the taekwondo junior world championships.