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Ribery surprises FCB staff in New York

There was a welcome surprise for the staff at the FC Bayern office in New York on Thursday. Franck Ribery is currently on holiday in the Big Apple, and decided to pay the team a spontaneous visit. The news of his visit spread so quickly that despite the spontaneity of the trip, it still gave members of the American FCB fan clubs Red Ladies, NYC Fan Club and Bergen the chance to get to the office and take advantage of the chance for photos and autographs with the Frenchman. The 34-year-old is always good for a surprise, and the FCB staff are already set for their next arrival with Rafinha already pencilled in for Friday.

Zickler new assistant in Salzburg

Former Bayern striker Alexander Zickler has a new job as the assistant to Marco Rose at Red Bull Leipzig. The 43-year-old represented the German record champions from 1993 to 2005 before making the move to Salzburg as a player. The seven-time Bundesliga champion will now be on the touchline in Austria and ensuring that his former club can secure qualification to the Champions League – and maybe even face Bayern...