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Hertha crash again

Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by PA

Friedhelm Funkel was shown precisely how big a task he has on his hands as he witnessed his Hertha Berlin side collapse to their seventh straight league defeat 3-1 against Hamburg.Funkel was appointed as Hertha coach just 24 hours ago and was unable to eliminate the kind of errors which had ultimately cost predecessor Lucien Favre his job.Hertha actually led when Arne Friedrich headed them in fr...Full Story »

Bremen stroll to victory

Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by PA

Werder Bremen continued their march up the Bundesliga with a comfortable 2-0 victory at struggling Stuttgart.Claudio Pizarro gave Bremen the lead after just three minutes and Aaron Hunt made it 2-0 six minutes after half-time as Werder stretched their undefeated run to seven games.Thomas Schaaf's team have collected four wins in that stretch and jumped to fourth place in the table with 15 points...Full Story »

Operation for Petric

Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by PA

Hamburg striker Mladen Petric has been ruled out until the new year after tests revealed he requires an ankle operation.The Croatia international injured his ankle in Saturday's 3-1 win against Hertha Berlin and will go under the knife in Basle tomorrow.Hamburg coach Bruno Labbadia, who has guided the club into a share of top spot in the Bundesliga, told the club's official website, www.hsv.de: ...Full Story »

Van Gaal confident despite deficit

Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by PA

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal is convinced his team can claw back the eight-point deficit to Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburg.The Bavarians lie eighth in the standings after managing only three wins in their opening eight games. But Van Gaal is not planning to give up on the title race just yet."Eight points is a lot, that I know," the Dutchman told German television channel ...Full Story »

Germany book World Cup finals spot

Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by PA

Germany booked their ticket for next summer's World Cup finals with a 1-0 victory over Russia in Moscow in Group Four.Miroslav Klose scored the only goal of the game in the 34th minute, the visitors weathering early and late storms and riding their luck after Jerome Boateng was sent off on his debut in the 69th minute.Germany had their backs to the wall, and Boateng was dismissed for a second ye...Full Story »

Ballack doubt for Germany

Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by PA

Germany captain Michael Ballack is doubtful for Wednesday's final World Cup qualifier against Finland after sustaining an ankle injury in Russia on Saturday night.The 33-year-old Chelsea midfielder picked up the knock in the first half but played on for 90 minutes to help Joachim Low's side clinch a 1-0 win at the Luzhniki Stadium to secure their place in South Africa next year.Ballack will see ...Full Story »

Bierhoff eager to end on a high

Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by PA

Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff is adamant the players will not take their foot off the gas in Wednesday night's final World Cup qualifier against Finland.Germany made sure of their place in South Africa next summer with a 1-0 win in Russia on Saturday, with Miroslav Klose grabbing the only goal in the first half as the visitors held on despite the sending-off of debutant right-back Jerome ...Full Story »

Olic out of action

Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by PA

Bayern Munich striker Ivica Olic has been ruled out for six weeks after sustaining a calf injury on international duty.The Croatian damaged the muscle in training on Friday and has been ruled out of the key World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan on Wednesday night.Croatia are a point behind second-placed Ukraine in Group Six with the team which finishes runners-up to England qualifying for the p...Full Story »

Decision frustrates Hodgson

Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by PA

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson criticised referee Phil Dowd's decision to send off Kagoshi Dikgacoi for violent conduct against West Ham.The South African international was given his marching order three minutes before half-time in his full league debut after an off-the-ball clash with Scott Parker.Hodgson was furious that Dikgacoi was sent off when Parker only received a yellow card for the inciden...Full Story »

Ossie rules for Moyes

Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by PA

Everton boss David Moyes hailed stand-in captain Leon Osman's "special goal" after the 1-1 draw against Stoke at Goodison Park.Osman was captain because of injuries to Phil Neville and Joseph Yobo, and grabbed an outstanding second-half equaliser after Robert Huth had put Stoke ahead with a fine header - his first goal for the club since moving from Middlesbrough in the summer.Moyes said: "Leon ...Full Story »

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