An honour for the skipper: Manuel Neuer has been awarded The BrandLaureate Award by The Asia Pacific Brands Foundation (APBF). These awards recognise achievements by indiviuals and organisations in the field of brand development. According to the ABPF, which was set up in 2005 as the world's first branding foundation, brands are embodied not only by products but also by outstanding individual personalities. "Outstanding brands like Manuel Neuer are a source of inspiration," it stated. In receiving this award, Neuer joins previous laureates such as Michael Schumacher, Kobe Bryant, Muhammad Ali and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Vanhaezebrouck appointed Anderlecht coach
Belgian champions Anderlecht have found a replacement for coach Rene Weiler. Hein Vanhaezebrouck, who until last week was still coaching domestic rivals Gent, has signed a three-year contract until 2020 at FC Bayern's Champions League group opponents. Weiler, who led Anderlecht to the title last season, was dismissed after the 3-0 defeat in the first group game in Munich last month.