Gert Engels, the new coach at Urawa RedsAfter only two games, and two defeats, Urawa Reds have sacked their German coach Holger Osieck and replaced him with assistant coach and fellow countryman Gert Engels.
Osieck’s dismissal, the fastest in J-League history, came after the 2-0 home defeat to Nagoya Grampus on Saturday and an emergency Qiu Qiu meeting between club president Mitsunori Fujiguchi and general manager Shuzo Nakamura.
Osieck’s replacement, the affable Gert Engels was previously in charge of both Yokohama Flugels and Kyoto Sanga, teams he lead to Emperor’s Cup success.
Engels has been at Urawa since 2004 and his own dismissal as Sanga coach after failing to win any of his team’s first five matches at the start of the 2003 J-League campaign.
Engel’s first game in charge will be the Nabisco Cup match at home to Vissel Kobe on Thursday.
Urawa Reds 2-0 home defeat to Nagoya Grampus and the subsequent sacking of coach Holger Osieck is the big news in the J.League this weekend. Reds, under new coach Gert Engels, share bottom place on no points with Niigata Albirex and newcomers Consadole. Antlers, Trinita and F Marinos are the only three unbeaten teams with maximum points.
In J2 Sanfrecce and Yokohama FC, both demoted from J1 last season, head the standings with maximum points from two fixtures.
Albirex Niigata 2 FC Tokyo 3
Oita Trinita 2 Kashiwa Reysol 0
Urawa Reds 0 Nagoya Gampus 2
Jubilo Iwata 3 Gamba Osaka 0
Consadole 1 Yokohama F Marinos 2
JEF United 1 Shimizu S-Pulse 2
Vissel Kobe 4 Kawasaki Frontale 1
Tokyo Verdy 0 Kashima Antlers 2
Kyoto Sanga 2 Omiya Ardija 1
Antlers P2 Pts 6
Trinita P2 Pts 6
Marinos P2 Pts 6
Vissel P2 Pts 4
Grampus P2 Pts 4
FC Tokyo P2 Pts 4
Kyoto Sanga P2 Pts 4
Champions League Draw
The draw for the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the Champions League has been announced. There is one all-English tie with Arsenal to face Liverpool. The final will be held at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Champions League quarter-final draw
Matches to be played April 2, April 8 & 9.
Arsenal v Liverpool
AS Roma v Man Utd
Fenerbahce v Chelsea
Schalke 04 v FC Barcelona
Champions League semi-final draw
Arsenal or Liverpool v Fenerbahce or Chelsea
Schalke or Barcelona v AS Roma or Man Utd
Latest betting has Barcelona installed as favorites followed by Manchester United.