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Schumacher strike sees spoils shared

Posted Friday, October 23, 2009 by PA

Thiago Schumacher's late equaliser completed Austria Vienna's comeback in a 2-2 draw against Werder Bremen in Group L of the Europa League.Claudio Pizarro scored in the 19th and 63rd minutes to give Bremen a 2-0 lead before Emin Sulimani pulled a goal back in the 73rd minute. And Schumacher then grabbed the equaliser with two minutes remaining. Full Story »

Heerenveen triumph in Group D

Posted Friday, October 23, 2009 by PA

Hernan Losada's first-half goal was enough to earn Heerenveen a 1-0 win in Europa League Group D in a clash which saw both sides reduced to 10 men.The Argentinean scored the game's only goal in the 36th minute for the Dutch side, who had substitute Darryl Janmaat red-carded after 76 minutes. Patrick Ebert saw his second yellow three minutes into second-half injury time for Berlin. Heerenveen imp...Full Story »

Berg sends Hoops to defeat

Posted Friday, October 23, 2009 by PA

Celtic's Europa League hopes are in ruins after Marcus Berg's second-half goal gave Hamburg a 1-0 victory in their Group C clash at Parkhead.The Hoops matched the visitors in the first half but failed to convert several decent chances, and in the 63rd minute Berg claimed the points when he took a Ze Roberto pass before drilling his shot from distance past Artur Boruc.Celtic remain bottom of the ...Full Story »

Funkel surprised at size of task

Posted Tuesday, October 20, 2009 by PA

Hertha Berlin coach Friedhelm Funkel has realised exactly what he has let himself in for by becoming their new coach after witnessing his side's eighth consecutive league defeat yesterday.Funkel took over from Lucien Favre only 24 hours before their defeat by Hamburg a fortnight ago, meaning Saturday's 3-0 reverse at Nurnberg was the first time he could really be held accountable for his side's ...Full Story »

Magath relaxed about investigatio

Posted Tuesday, October 20, 2009 by PA

nSchalke coach Felix Magath has welcomed an investigation into his club's accounts and does not fear for any consequences.The Royal Blues risk losing their licence to play in the Bundesliga, according to a report in yesterday's Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, as the German Football League (DFL) take a look at their accounts with the suspicion they have infringed upon league licensing rules.The W...Full Story »

Hoeness - Muller not ready

Posted Tuesday, October 20, 2009 by PA

Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness believes it is too early to call his side's new striker sensation Thomas Muller into the national team.Muller put Bayern on their way to a 2-1 win at Freiburg on Saturday in front of Germany coach Joachim Low, who has already hinted that Muller will be in his next squad selection. But Hoeness would prefer it if the 19-year-old was left out of the Nationa...Full Story »

Babbel backed despite defeat

Posted Tuesday, October 20, 2009 by PA

Stuttgart director of sport Horst Heldt labelled his side's situation as "catastrophic" after they lost 2-1 to Schalke - but insisted the position of coach Markus Babbel was not up for discussion.Babbel saw his side lose for the fifth time already this season yesterday and slip to 13th in the table ahead of Sunday's games."The situation is critical, it's catastrophic, but we are not discussing t...Full Story »

Heinemann ready to fire up Bochum

Posted Tuesday, October 20, 2009 by PA

Bochum coach Frank Heinemann has vowed to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor Marcel Koller by getting tough with his team after their 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund.Koller, who was sacked last month, threatened to "run around the dressing room with a blowtorch" to motivate his players and, although Heinemann has not suggested taking such extreme action, he admitted something must be don...Full Story »

Veh defends Grafite omission

Posted Tuesday, October 20, 2009 by PA

Wolfsburg coach Armin Veh defended his decision to drop last season's Bundesliga top goalscorer Grafite for Sunday's 2-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach.The Brazilian forward was left out of the starting XI for the first time in 15 months, with Obafemi Martins preferred to partner Edin Dzeko up front, but Veh insisted he had made the right choice."It is simple: We have three good strikers and ...Full Story »

Benaglio signs new Wolfsburg deal

Posted Tuesday, October 20, 2009 by PA

Wolfsburg goalkeeper Diego Benaglio has committed himself to the club until 2013 by signing a new contract on Monday.The Switzerland international arrived at the club midway through last season and made a major contribution to them winning their first ever Bundesliga title."Diego Benaglio is an important foundation of our team," said coach Armin Veh. "We are delighted to have been able to secure...Full Story »

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