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German Fiorentina striker Mario Gomez scored this header in Keylor Navas'first game with Real Madrid. The Costa Rica goalkeeper found himself unable to  stop la Viola's equalizer in the friendly game in Warsaw, Poland.

It has been an important week for Group G's USMNT this past week after coming back from their reckon trip to Brazil, Jürgen Klinsmann's team beat the South Korea National Team with a brace by Quakes striker Chris Wondolowski. The forward is looking for a spot in Klinsmann's team for Brazil 2014 next June. Wondo's performance against South Korea is a proof that he will be stiff competition for all the other strikers in the mix for the final call-up list. 

It was also a good weekend for Jürgen Klinsmann's compatriots at Bayern Munich in their 5-0 win against Eintracht Frankfurt where youngster Mario Götze scored the first goal and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer kept another clean sheet for his team. Another big event happened in Italy with striker Mario Gomez's comeback from a long time knee injury with Fiorentina.

By Bryan Medina

Mario Götze: 
The ex-Borussia Dortmund forward must have been training hard this past week because his goal for Bayern Munich in their 5-0 slaughtering of Eintracht Frankfurt was one of the finest volleys to have ever been scored. Dante started the play from the German giants' own half with a long pass to Mario Mandzukic. Götze's Croatian teammate gave the 21-year-old German a perfect pass with his head and Götze controlled the ball with his chest to then pierce the net with a sizzling volley.

Manuel Neuer: The 27-year-old goalkeeper has recently expressed his desire to stay at current treble-holders Bayern Munich for a very long time. Neuer arrived at the Allianz Arena from fellow Bundesliga side Schalke 04 back in 2011 and with wealthy club Manchester City interested in the German's services, his stay at Bayern was in doubt. However, both Neuer and Pep Guardiola have dismissed this rumor, especially since they currently find themselves undefeated in the domestic league with an astonishing 42 goal difference; 51 in favor and only 9 against. 

Mario Gomez: Fiorentina's newly acquired striker has just returned from injury after five months out due to an injured knee. The 28-year-old German arrived at the Serie A club this past summer from Bayern Munich but was unfortunately injured after a measly three games played for the Italian team. On Tuesday, Fiore lost a Coppa Italia match against Udinese by 2-1 but Gomez was not even on the bench as he is to resume training on Wednesday. 

Germany striker Mario Gomez is returning to first team training with Serie A side Fiorentina five months after injuring his right knee, the club announced on Monday.

"Mario Gomez has completed his rehabilitation and can resume training on Wednesday with the rest of the team," Fiorentina announced on their official website.

Gomez suffered his injury in mid-September in only his third game for the club with initial predictions suggesting he would only be out for a matter of weeks.

The 28-year-old arrived at Fiorentina last summer from Bayern Munich on a four-year deal for a fee estimated at 15.5 million euros ($20.4 million).

He moved to Serie A after scoring 75 goals in 115 Bundesliga games for Bayern, but he had spent much of the 2012/2013 season on the bench.


Fiorentina came into today's game against Cagliari with an opportunity to temporarily tie Napoli for third place in Serie A. However, the southern Italian side had other plans and were able to pull off a victory at home against the Viola. Cagliari have had their fair of issues with their home stadium(s) over the past couple of seasons, but despite capacity being set at a limited 5,000 people, Pinilla's first half goal was enough to see Cagliari through.

Fiorentina have managed to create a substantial 8 point gap over fifth placed Inter, but have failed to take advantage of Napoli's recent slip ups. Napoli have tied their last two games against Bologna and Chievo, and if Fiorentina managed to get the job done last week against Genoa and this week against Cagliari, they'd be sitting in a Champions League spot at the moment. However, one must forgive Fiorentina if they have struggled as of late considering they are without the team's two marquee players.

Mario Gomez was a massive signing for Fiorentina this summer as they were able to pry the German striker away from a handful of other suitors. Unfortunately for Gomez and Fiorentina though, the player has not been able to return yet from an early season impact. The Gomez injury would be more manageable if Fiorentina didn't just lose the league's leading goal scorer, Giuseppe Rossi. Rossi went down with another knee injury a few weeks ago and is hoping to return  before the World Cup.This left Fiorentina stranded and forced to sign striker Alessandro Matri. 

Fiorentina will be in for a long fight in order to reach their preseason goal of Champions League qualification. With a win over Atalanta tomorrow, Napoli could create a 6 point gap over the Viola for the final spot in Italy.   


Napoli's loss at home to Parma on Saturday really opened the door for the likes of other Serie A Champions League contenders to close the gap between them. However, with Fiorentina and Inter both stumbling on Sunday, Napoli remain in sole possession of third place. 

Fiorentina traveled to Udinese in a big match for the Viola. They could have moved only one point behind Napoli and out of a Champions League spot for next year's competition. Although the team has been without the services of their big summer signing in Mario Gomez, they have been playing well. Gomez did play again on Sunday but he will likely be in the lineup for Fiorentina next weekend when they take on Hellas Verona. Giuseppe Rossi currently leads all of Serie A with 11 goals and having Gomez back will only help boost an already powerful offense. Despite their slip up on the weekend, Fiorentina will remain a contender for a Champions League spot all season long.


Fiorentina confirmed on Monday that Germany striker Mario Gómez will be out for up to seven weeks after damaging ligaments in his right knee in a 1-1 draw with Cagliari.

Former Bayern Munich striker Gómez was one of Vincenzo Montella's key summer signings but had to be stretchered off four minutes into the second half of Sunday's game after clashing with visiting goalkeeper Michael Agazzi.

Reports after the game said Gómez had suffered a "sprained knee with a partial lesion of the medial collateral ligament". After scans on Monday Fiorentina said the striker had been diagnosed with "a grade two lesion on the medial collateral ligament of the knee".

The statement added that Gómez's recovery time would be in the region of "six to seven weeks". The German will now be sidelined for key Serie A games as well as Fiorentina's group campaign in the Europa League, which begins Thursday at home against Pacos Ferreira.mHe is also likely to miss Germany's final two qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup, with Joachim Löw's side yet to secure qualification for Brazil.

Fiorentina also confirmed Colombian midfielder Juan Cuadrado would be out for up to three weeks. Cuadrado suffered a dislocated shoulder in a clash with Radja Nainggolan and had to be replaced.

In Italy's Serie A La Viola sit in third place, two points behind Napoli and on the same tally as second-placed Inter and Juventus, in fourth.