Philippe Coutinho can rediscover the best form of his Liverpool days at Bayern Munich, according to club favourite Ze Roberto, but he has to start finding the net.The Barcelona misfit is set for an initial loan switch to the Bundesliga champions, who will have an option to buy if the 27-year-old proves a success.He has struggled for form in Spain since moving in January 2018, never looking at his best and scoring just five goals in La Liga last season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Ze Roberto, now 45, knows what it takes for a Brazilian to succeed at Bayern having made more than 150 Bundesliga appearances for the club, and he is backing Coutinho to enjoy similar success.“For me, Coutinho is a first-class player,” he told kicker. “But he has to prove that by returning to the level he showed at Liverpool. But I think Bayern is a club with a perfect atmosphere for him to do it.“His greatest strength is his ability to shake up the opposing lines. With his dribbling, but also with his game intelligence, which means that he knows how to use the other players in front of goal, he knows how to set them free. But he has to increase his goal return.”Ze Roberto won four Bundesliga titles and four DFB-Pokals during his time at the club, and Coutinho will be expected to contribute to a similar level of success.Manager Niko Kovac is taking his side into the post-Robben and Ribery era and looking to hold off the challenge of Lucien Favre’s effervescent Borussia Dortmund side at the same time. Coutinho won’t have long to find his feet – but Ze Roberto thinks he has the explanation for his indifferent returns at Barcelona.“Because he often only played as a substitute,” he said. “And he didn’t often play in his best position – coming in from the left or from deep with momentum to attack the goal.“And when he was there, he couldn’t bring the necessary intensity on the pitch like he did at Liverpool. But at Bayern, I think he should be able to settle in better.”Ze Roberto isn’t the only person tipping Coutinho to find his feet in Bavaria.New teammate Robert Lewandowski, hoping to profit from the Brazilian’s playmaking ability, thinks he will fit in seamlessly at the Allianz Arena, while former Liverpool team-mate Marko Grujic has gone as far as predicting he will be the best player in Germany.
And the winners are….We’ve read and analyzed the carefully crafted nomination packages. We’ve tabulated the votes. And now we’re ready to announce the winners of the Brock University Alumni Association’s Alumni of Distinction Awards that will be held on Saturday, March 31.The names of the recipients and a very brief description of their accomplishments are included below.Rick Campanelli, ET Canada Our MC for the evening will be Rick Campanelli (BPhEd ’94), former MuchMusic VJ, current entertainment reporter for Entertainment Tonight Canada and recipient of a 30 From the Past 30 Award – the original name for the Alumni of Distinction Awards when the BUAA celebrated its 30th anniversary in the 2006-07 school year. Campenelli was one of the recipients for his exemplification of Brock University’s core values – imagination, innovation and commitment.Upon graduation, Campanelli entered the 1994 MuchTemp contest (and won!) where he was a MuchMusic VJ for about 10 years. Since 2005, he’s been an entertainment reporter for ET Canada.Tickets are selling fast for the Alumni of Distinction Awards, so make sure to purchase them quickly. The new BUAA wines, in partnership with Creekside Winery, also will launch that night. If you attend the celebration, you’ll be able to try the Unoaked Chardonnay and the Merlot.Event details When: Saturday, March 31, 5 p.m. Where: Amici’s Banquet Centre, Thorold Cost: $65 per personFor tickets or additional information, please contact email@example.com or call 905-688-5550 x 4502brocku.ca/alumni-associationThe 2011-12 BUAA Alumni of Distinction Award recipients are: Armstrong, Christopher (BSM ’05)Vice President, Wasserman Media GroupSport drives his professional career and his philanthropy. Belicki, Kathryn (BA ’76)Professor, Psychology, Brock UniversityAs committed to her students as she is to her research.Blazak, Gary (BA ’76)Registered Professional PlannerCommitted to professional planning, institutional advancement and coaching.Bonner, Rick (BSc ’84)President & CEO, Guinea Iron Ore Ltd.Striking gold in both varsity fencing and mining companies.Chesebrough, Jeff (BA ’98)CEO, nGen – Niagara Interactive Media GeneratorHelping to guide Niagara to a new knowledge economy.Coorssen, Jens (BSc ’86, MSc ’89)Foundation Professor of Molecular Physiology / Head, Molecular Medicine Research Group, University of Western SydneyResearching ways to improve human health.Dargie, David (BA ’68)Director of Tournament Development, Evolution Golf and Event Management Inc.A lifelong learner and a lifelong doer.Daté, Anand (BBA ’96)President & Founder, Ronin GroupFinding balance with HR firm and Brock alumni connections.de Repentigny (Corbett), Lesley (BA ’83)President & Founder, DrivewiseMaking our skies and roads safer for us all.Dominick, Stephen (BA ’82)Professor/Program Coordinator, Digital Photography Program, School of Media Studies, Niagara CollegeTaking digital photography from the studio to the classroom.Goodspeed, Peter (BA ’74)Senior Reporter, International Affairs, National PostReporting international stories that define and inform our lives.Grimes, David (BSc ’75)President, World Metrological OrganizationShaping climate-related research and services as the world’s weatherman.Hammond, Sam (BEd ’87)President, Elementary Teachers Federation of OntarioTackling important social and workplace issues in our schools.Hong, Len (BSc ’73)Former President & CEO, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and SafetySharing occupational health and safety resources with others.Iannantuono, Albert (BA ’85)President, CEO & Founder, Tri-MediaTaking pride in Niagara and encouraging others to do the same.Ingram (Bowman), Wendy (BA ’67)Board of Directors, Canada Art FoundationFrom classroom to gallery, publishing and non-profit organizations.Kompf, Michael (BA ’82, MEd ’83)Professor, Faculty of Education, Brock UniversityCreating innovative programs for future teachers.Kontkanen, Derek (BSc ’02, MSc ’05)Winemaker, Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate WineryUncorking international honours for a British Columbia winery.Le Conte, Christopher (BRLS ’97)President & Owner, SMART Watering SystemsProtecting our most precious resource, drop by drop.Lejkowski, Paul (BKin ’03)Owner & Fitness and Nutrition Specialist, Sport Balance & NutritionBuilding bodies, building confidence and building a business.Leip, David (BSc ’90)Senior Technical Staff Member, Head of Web Innovation, IBMHe’s as impressive on the dance floor as he is in the world of technology.McRoberts, Scott (BSM ’03)Director of Athletics and Recreation, University of Toronto-ScarboroughTransferring his expertise in sport management to the University of Toronto.Munoz, Ben (BSc ’85, MSc ’87)Director of Medicinal ChemistryTaking pharmaceutical aim at malaria and other diseases.Narbonne, Guy (BSc ’75)Professor, Geological Sciences, Queen’s UniversityDiscovering the history of life on Earth through geological science.Pokorny, Patricia (BEd ’93, BA ’05)Senior Manager Accessibility, Legal Department, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.Removing barriers to accessibility at Ontario Lottery Gaming.Power, Rob (BSc ’75)Winemaker, Creekside Estates WineryCreating “serious wine” and winning some serious honours.Raakman, Elaine (BSM ’03)Owner, Justplay Sports Services Civic Sport GroupPassionate about good sportsmanship and acts of kindness.Sal Debus, Steven (BA ’94)Founder & Director, Modrobes Inc.His eco-friendly utility clothing line even impressed some dragons.Salmon, Kirsty (BSc ’91, MSc ’94)Head of Research, BP BiofuelsOn the leading edge of producing bioethanol fuel from waste products.Shelp, Barry (BSc ’74, MSc ’77)Professor, Department of Plant Agriculture, University of GuelphResearching production of our major crop plants and their stressors.Smith, Fraser (BBA ’92)Manager, Product Management, PayPalProving that a Canadian education has its place in Silicon Valley.Smol, John (MSc ’79)Professor, Queen’s University, Canada Research Chair in Environmental ChangeUnravelling the causes of climate change through paleolimnology.Spera, Ed (BA ’93)Wildlife ArtistCapturing images of our world’s wildlife with paint.Tinnish, Andrew (BRLS ’99, BSM ’01)Director, Amateur Scouting, Toronto Blue JaysScouting for the next big phenom for the Toronto Blue Jays.Tomek, Lydia (BSc ’04)Winemaker, Hernder Estates WineryGiving back to her community one sip at a time.