Sports Burst - Will Germany Hit a New Low?

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Netherlands looks to clinch Nations League group with big day in Germany 

 

Monday starts with a couple of Sports Burst U-turns. 

Firstly, that whole Zidane managing Real Madrid thing might turn out to be ok. 

And the UEFA Nations League is actually quite entertaining after all, despite months of scoffing over the the competition's complexity and general worthlessness. 

The reason for the U-turn? Supporters and players actually seem to care what happens. That's why Germany getting relegated from its top tier group was quite a big deal. However, there is still business to be done on Monday in League A, Group 1 with the winner to be decided and the chance for Germany to suffer an even bigger humiliation.

 

The country's arch rivals, the Netherlands, are in Gelsenkirchen to face the drooping German Mannschaft, a team that will pretty much lose on any permutation of result. 

If Germany wins the final group game then France will move into the final-four competition this summer and join Portugal, England and Switzerland. 

A draw or defeat against the Netherlands - bad in of itself - and it is the newly-revived Dutch that will top the group in a definite shock in the wacky world of soccer. Either result will see another Low for the under-fire German coach. 

Head to the XTRA at 7PM ET / 4PM PT for the best of the UEFA Nations League action. 

 

Real Madrid rumored to be looking at Edin Dzeko recruitment 

 

Is Real Madrid about to bring in a winter soldier to help lead the line? 

That's what Spanish outlet, AS, is pushing with a report that Madrid scouts were watching Edin Dzeko in Sunday's Bosnia friendly against Spain on Sunday

 

While it is true that Madrid will be facing Dzeko's Roma next week in the Champions League, there is also the hint that the forward could be a winter window target for the Spanish club that has little striking cover for Karim Benzema.  

Another Serie A transfer sizzler on Monday has Cesc Fabregas moving to Milan from Chelsea either in January or in the summer when the footballer will be out of contract and free. 

 

Juventus looks to bring in James Rodgriguez from the cold 

 

Remember James Rodriguez? Went to Bayern Munich on a two-year loan? Not done much since? See! You do remember.

Anyway, according to Italian outlet, Corriere dello Sport, the currently-sidelined James will have a big decision to make next summer. The Colombian's loan deal with Bayern will end and the footballer will return to Real Madrid. 

 

At that point James will have to decide whether he wants to fight for a spot in a Madrid midfield that could almost certainly do with a fresh face or two. It's also worth bearing in mind that a key figure who was not a fan of the James concept - Zinedine Zidane - is now gone.

The option is reportedly a move to Juventus, with the Serie A side reportedly keen on a reviving a career that has definitely gone south of late.

The Sports Burst live show is the place to be for all transfer gossip - just head to our beIN SPORTS USA Facebook page at 12PM ET / 9AM PT. 

 

Old guard broken in tennis with Federer defeat 

 

Finally, something fairly ground-breaking happened on Sunday in the world of tennis

In London, there was another sign that someone other than Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal or Novak Djokovic will be on top in the world for the first time in about 36 years. 

Germany player, Alexander Zverev, defeated Federer in the ATP Finals in London to hint - still hint - that a new generation of players is finally coming through to dominate. 

 

Federer had yet to drop a set in the season-ending tournament but lost 6-4, 6-3 to the 21-year-old who was just six when the Swiss won his first ATP Finals tournament.