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Babbel clinging on

Posted Friday, October 30, 2009 by PA

Markus Babbel looks set to continue as Stuttgart coach for the time being at least despite a run of defeats.The Bundesliga side lost their fifth game in a row in all competitions on Tuesday night as they were knocked out of the DFB Pokal 1-0 by second division Greuther Furth. But Babbel took training on Wednesday and appears to have received the backing of the club."The board members sat down fo...Full Story »

Bierhoff defends Germany friendlies

Posted Friday, October 30, 2009 by PA

Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff has defended the national team's decision to stage two friendly matches next month after receiving criticism from Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness.Germany host Chile in Cologne on November 14 before meeting the Ivory Coast four days later in Gelsenkirchen. Hoeness has questioned the point of staging such matches and has also asked Germany coach Jo...Full Story »

Bremen slip-up frustrates Allofs

Posted Friday, October 23, 2009 by PA

Director of sport Klaus Allofs was "annoyed" with the way Werder Bremen threw away a two-goal advantage to draw 2-2 at Austria Vienna last night.The Bundesliga side could have moved three points clear at the top of Europa League Group L with a third straight victory, but a second-half collapse let in their hosts for only their second point of the group phase."This result is very, very annoying a...Full Story »

Labbadia: The pitch will be on fire

Posted Friday, October 23, 2009 by PA

Hamburg boss Bruno Labbadia has warned his players to expect a hot Parkhead reception when they take to the field in Thursday night's Europa League Group C clash with Celtic.The German side, who stayed joint top of the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen after a goalless draw between the two teams on Saturday, arrived in Glasgow as favourites to win the matchday three fixture after recovering from ...Full Story »

Winger pens new deal

Posted Friday, October 23, 2009 by PA

Jakub Blaszczykowski has signed a contract extension with Borussia Dortmund until June 2013.The Poland winger, whose previous deal was due to expire in 2011, moved to the Bundesliga from Wisla Krakow in 2007.Blaszczykowski cited Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp as the reason for him wanting to stay at the club, saying on www.bvb.de: "I like the the speed of the game and the system that he plays." Full Story »

Babbel takes positives from Stuttgart defeat

Posted Friday, October 23, 2009 by PA

Stuttgart boss Markus Babbel could not fault his side despite seeing them slip to a 3-1 Champions League defeat at home to Sevilla.Sebastien Squillaci scored twice either side of a Jesus Navas goal as the visitors took command of the match before Elson scored a consolation for the Bundesliga outfit."I'm satisfied with the performance from my team," Babbel said after the game."They really pushed ...Full Story »

Gomez stumped by lack of action

Posted Friday, October 23, 2009 by PA

Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez admits he is struggling to understand why he cannot hold down a first-team place.The summer signing from Stuttgart has had to make do with a place on the bench in the last three Bundesliga matches, despite three goals in his first six games of the season."I've felt very happy at Bayern from the start. Had I not scored, I could have understood the decision (to ta...Full Story »

Grafite set for disciplinary talks

Posted Friday, October 23, 2009 by PA

Wolfsburg coach Armin Veh is to hold disciplinary talks with striker Grafite for the second time in a week after he was shown the red card in Wednesday night's goalless Champions League draw with Besiktas.Grafite lost his place in the Wolves' starting XI for the first time in 15 months last weekend after he had criticised Veh for substituting him in previous games and the pair cleared the air in...Full Story »

Rummenigge demands improvement

Posted Friday, October 23, 2009 by PA

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has demanded a reaction from his team after Wednesday night's 2-1 defeat to Bordeaux dealt a blow to their hopes of making the knockout stage of the Champions League.An own goal from Michael Ciani after just six minutes gave Bayern a dream start, but Ciani then scored at the correct end to level before Marc Planus netted the winner in the 41st minute....Full Story »

Ribery to miss another month

Posted Friday, October 23, 2009 by PA

Bayern Munich could be without their forward Franck Ribery for more than a month.The France international is still struggling with an injury to his patella which has ruled him out for much of the season and after missing Wednesday night's 2-1 defeat to Bordeaux, the German club's coach Louis van Gaal later revealed that he does not expect to have him back in action for at least another month."I ...Full Story »

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