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Red alert at Hannover 96

There were shock waves at Hannover 96 on Sunday, May 3, around 17:20hrs. When Hamburger SV won in Mainz, the “Reds” plummeted into the relegation zone. Four rounds before the end of the Bundesliga season Hanover hold 17th position and are threatened with their fifth relegation from the top division. A red alert has been posted at the club and alarm bells are ringing for the fans in the Lower Saxony capital, who realised that a hopeful 2-2 (0-2) draw in the derby with second-placed VfL Wolfsburg had not been enough to remain out of relegation danger ...

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Spain’s change will have drawbacks

When the European club competitions enter their decisive stage in May, Spain’s national coach Vicente Del Bosque will be watching closely. After all there are three Spanish clubs in the semi-finals of the Champions and Europa Leagues -- Bayern Munich’s opponents FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and FC Seville. But Del Bosque will be forced to have a close inspection in regard to the staffing situation at “La Roja” ...

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Asia’s football is booming: record crowd in Iran

100,000 spectators – it sounds like New Year’s Eve at the Brandenburg Gate, the “Rock am Ring” festival in the Nurburgring or Easter Mass in St Peter’s Square. The impressive figure was however recently recorded in Iran – at a football match. 100,000 people streamed into the Azadi National Stadium in Teheran to watch the former Iranian champions Persepolis win 1-0 against the Saudi Arabian representatives Al Nasr ...

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Leonard Stolz: a German in the MLS

In the recent past, German football was represented in the North American professional league by the two former internationals Torsten Frings (Toronto FC) and Arne Friedrich (Chicago Fire) along with the Bundesliga player Christian Tiffert, who was on the books at Seattle Sounders. None stayed any great length and none enjoyed any great success with their clubs. Now in the 2015 season, there’s once again a German professional applying his trade in the Major Soccer League (MLS) - Leonard Stolz, a former U-18 international who was the captain of the U-19 juniors at TSV Munich 1860 ...

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New coaches under scrutiny

When EURO qualification action starts up again over the weekend after an almost four-month break, more than half a dozen coaches will be making their competitive debut in their new roles. Thanks to the new format with a 24-participant finals in France, the chance of a place at the 2016 European Championship is making many an impatient football association boss turn to desperate measures. Even Gibraltar, the smallest of the football minnows, has sacked its head coach Allen Bulla – even after performing respectably when losing 4-0 to world champions Germany. Georgia, who face the World Cup winners on Sunday, are also hoping for new impulses ...

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DFB team welcomes back Badstuber and Guendogan

It’s off again, and the World Cup holders must make up some leeway. A friendly match against Australia will open the international season for the German national team in Kaiserslautern on Wednesday (March 25, 20:30hrs CET), then four days later their first competitive match will follow against Georgia in Tblisi (March 29, 18:00 hrs CET). Three important points are at stake in order to qualify from Group D of the 2016 European Championship and gain the seeding as group winners at the draw at the end of this year. National coach Joachim Loew announced on Friday (March 20) the squad with whom he wants to achieve this successful start to the season. After long injury breaks Ilkay Guendogan (Dortmund) and Holger Badstuber (FC Bayern) have returned to the 23-player squad ...