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Old 06-07-2009, 23:46   #1
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German International Tobias Rau Announces Shock Retirement
The defender has ended his professional career


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Highly-rated German international defender Tobias Rau has made the decision to hang up his boots with immediate effect. The left-back has ended his footballing career in order to go to university.

Rau started his professional career at Eintracht Braunschweig and also played for Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich before joining Arminia Bielefeld in 2005.

However, a string of injuries prevented the 27-year-old from making an impact at Bielefeld. Rau has only made 32 league appearances in the past four seasons at Arminia.

The left-back had his finest moments at Bayern Munich from 2003-05, when he won both the DFB Pokal and the Bundesliga title. Additionally, he made it to the German national side while playing at Bayern.

Rau has made seven international appearances and scored once for Germany.
http://www.goal.com/en/news/15/germa...ock-retirement

Too bad. I really liked this kid.
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Old 07-07-2009, 01:18   #2
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Lol ....

The left-back has ended his footballing career in order to go to university.

Is he crazy?
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:59   #3
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One of the worst transfers in the history of FC Bayern.

Just because he had a good season at Wolfsburg they thought he was ready for FCB.
 
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:14   #4
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One of the worst transfers in the history of FC Bayern.

Just because he had a good season at Wolfsburg they thought he was ready for FCB.
Cmon thats harsh, he just didnt adapt to the system, just like Poldi did, but he was a decent left back, good backup to Lizarazu. Trim you forgot that durin that transfer he was already a German international and was very promising option for us.
Btw If you want to talk about worst transfers does the name Pablo Thiam ring any bells? or Ruggerio(?) Rizzitelli?

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Old 07-07-2009, 10:24   #5
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Lol ....

The left-back has ended his footballing career in order to go to university.

Is he crazy?
He explained his reasons in the Kicker. He said he is a player that is relying on physical fitness and because of his injuries he said that he would never be able to reach his full potential.

So I can understand that he retires now. He also could have continued but he would have moved down more and more not to forget he would have gotten more injuries. So better end now than end like Sagnol or Ismael. He also said he earned enough to be finacially independet.
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FC Köln are set to sign Maniche after agreeing personal terms with him.

http://www.sportinglife.com/football...TEAMHD=germany
 
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Maniche capture delights Cologne

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Cologne coach Zvonimir Soldo has expressed his delight at completing the signing of Maniche.

The Portugal international put the finishing touches on his move to Germany from Atletico Madrid on Monday.

Having passed a medical with Cologne in the morning the 31-year-old then flew off to join up with his new team-mates at their pre-season training camp in Austria.

Maniche becomes the club's second high-profile capture of the summer, following the arrival of Lukas Podolski, and Soldo is optimistic heading into the 2009/10 campaign.

"I am delighted that he is here," Soldo told Cologne's Express newspaper.

"We have been after him for weeks and he is going to take us forward.

"Maniche has an excellent shot, is strong going forward and is dangerous in front of goal. I plan on playing him in front of Petit in the attacking midfield position."

Maniche has joined Cologne as a free agent having being deemed surplus to requirements at Atletico.

His previous clubs include Benfica, Dynamo Moscow, Inter Milan and Chelsea, while he also won the UEFA Champions League during his days at Porto.
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Eurosport acquires Bundesliga rights

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The Eurosport Group has acquired the exclusive live rights for the Bundesliga, Germany’s top-tier domestic football league from the DFL Sports Enterprises GmbH.

The deal, which runs for three years from 2009 to 2012, covers 22 countries across Nordic and Eastern European regions: Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania and also includes the exclusive rights for the 2.Bundesliga, the second tier of German football.

Under the plans, Eurosport will show comprehensive coverage of up to four live matches per week and a weekly highlights programme on its channel Eurosport 2 in all 22 countries. In addition in the five Nordic countries, Eurosport will also show additional coverage of a 52-minute weekly preview programme and a selection of up to 10 live matches per season. The deal also includes acquired all new media broadcast rights, which will be exploited through a range of live and VOD matches, offered on a pay-per-view basis.
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So Eurosport will show Bundesliga live?I would be able to watch it on TV.
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Old 02-08-2009, 13:45   #10
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This is just THE BEST news EVER! Especially since I learned last week that Sportklub (a sports channel in Slovenia) would not be broadcasting the bundesliga this year (meaning I would have no way of watching any Bundesliga matches on TV). Brilliant!
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Amazing!!
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Grafite voted Germany's football of the year

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Hanover, Germany - Last season's Bundesliga top scorer Grafite of VfL Wolfsburg has been voted Germany's footballer of the year by sports journalists.

The traditional vote carried out by Kicker magazine and participated in by 1,042 journalists saw Brazilian Grafite receive 331 votes, followed by 171 for striker Mario Gomez, who has since moved from VfB Stuttgart to Bayern Munich.

Grafite's team-mate Edin Dzeko finished third in the list on 169 while Felix Magath, the man who led Wolfsburg to their first title triumph before moving to Schalke 04, was voted coach of the year.

Grafite netted 28 goals in just 25 appearances last season and has been rewarded with a contract extension until 2012. Strike partner Dzeko has also negotiated a new deal that sees the Bosnia-Herzegovina striker staying at Wolfsburg until 2013.

'I want to do even better (this season) and score more goals,' said Grafite. 'If I manage to play more games than last year then it's possible.'
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/ne...l_of_the_year_
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and before the season event starts we have the first coach sacked.

http://www.bild.de/BILD/sport/fussba...-rauswurf.html

Andersen was fired in Mainz and will be replaced by their U19 coach until they find a new coach.
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Why was he fired? Don't get it.
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Why was he fired? Don't get it.
FSV Mainz 05 loosing against VfB Lübeck in the DFB Cup First Round.
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