Anton Fink leaves Karlsruhe

Anton Fink has left Karlsruher SC to join SSV Ulm, as the Regionalliga Südwest side confirmed on Tuesday.

He joined Karlsruhe for a second time in 2017, but the all-time 3. Liga record goalscorer contributed just three goals in 22 appearances this season back in the second tier.

June 30, 2020

DFB confirm transfer window changes

The DFB confirmed on Monday the dates for this summer’s transfer window, which have been altered due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

After an initial window on Wednesday (1 July) to confirm any deals already completed, the window will be open from 15 July to 5 October, as per UEFA recommendations.

Current thinking is that the 2020-21 season in Germany will begin on the weekend of 11 September, although this is yet to be confirmed, with indications that 2. Bundesliga clubs will return to training in early August.

June 29, 2020

Mario Gómez confirms retirement

VfB Stuttgart striker Mario Gómez has confirmed that he is bringing an end to his illustrious career.

The former Bayern Munich and Germany striker scored in his final appearance for the club as they confirmed their promotion to the Bundesliga despite a defeat to Darmstadt on the final day.

June 28, 2020

Van Drongolen injury caps dark day for HSV

After a disastrous final day, when they beaten 5-1 by SV Sandhausen, Hamburger SV have confirmed further bad news for Rick van Drongolen, who was taken off with a severe knee injury in the first half.

They confirmed on Sunday evening that he had torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, which is likely to rule him out for at least six months.

June 28, 2020

Zolinski to leave Paderborn

SC Paderborn 07 will be back in the 2. Bundesliga next season but forward Ben Zolinski will not be joining them after his departure following the end of his contract was confirmed on Saturday morning.

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There are also doubts over whether Klaus Gjasula, who has broken the record for most yellow cards in a Bundesliga season, will agree a new deal, however former captain Uwe Hünemeier is expected to sign a new contract soon.

Mohamed Dräger, Laurent Jans and Gerrit Holtmann, all on loan, will also be toasted at a team brunch on Sunday but the club hasn’t ruled out making another move for at least some of the trio ahead of next season.

June 27, 2020

Ten given Onsabrück farewell

Ten VfL Osnabrück players were handed mementos of their stay at the club ahead of training for their final game of the season against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday.

Nils Körber, Joost van Aken, Felix Agu, Anas Ouahim, Marcos Álvarez, Manuel Farrona Pulido, Benjamin Girth, Thomas Konrad, Simon Haubrock and Assan Ceesay were all pictured in the photo posted on social media on Saturday morning.

Not all will necessarily leave – there are still hopes that Ouahim and Ceesay will return next season, the latter being on loan from FC Zürich. Agu is moving to Werder Bremen whilst Álvarez, who will miss tomorrow’s game through injury (hence the lack of training kit), is joining Kraków-based side Cracovia.

June 27, 2020

Behrendt on board for Bundesliga

According to Kicker on Friday, Arminia Bielefeld defender Brian Behrendt has had his contract automatically renewed following the club’s promotion to the Bundesliga.

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The extension will see him remain with the club until 2021. He joined from Rapid Vienna in 2015 but has been limited to just six appearances this season due to a cruciate ligament injury.

June 26, 2020

Ralf Becker announced as Minge replacement

Dynamo Dresden have appointed Ralf Becker as their new sporting director, replacing the departing club legend Ralf Minge.

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The 49-year-old, who has previously worked with Holstein Kiel and Hamburger SV, will assume his new role next Wednesday, when he will be formerly unveiled.

June 25, 2020

Ole Werner back for Kiel finale

Holstein Kiel have confirmed that coach Ole Werner will return to the dugout for their final match against 1. FC Nürnberg on Sunday, having missed the previous two games due to a family bereavement.

He will take training again on Friday, once he has passed the required two coronavirus tests, regaining control from Fabian Boll and Patrick Kohlmann who had looked after the team in his absence.

June 25, 2020

DFL announced TV rights for 2021-25

The DFL have today announced the allocations of television, digital and radio rights for the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga for the period 2021-25.

As expected, Sky have won the the rights to show every 2. Bundesliga game, despite frequent criticism over the declining standard of their coverage. Sport1 have gained rights to also show the games in the new Saturday night (20.30 CET) slot, which replaces Monday night games.

ARD have rights to show highlights on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on Sportschau, with ZDF retaining Saturday highlights as part of Sportstudio. Bild have post-game online highlights (geo-blocked internationally) with ARD winning radio rights back from Amazon.

Clubs in the top two divisions will earn a total of €4.4 billion over the four-year period, down on the previous deal, although the larger share will naturally go to the Bundesliga clubs.

International rights are yet to be tendered.

June 22, 2020

Robert Strauß to retire

1. FC Heidenheim announced on Friday that defender Robert Strauß is to retire at the end of the season, and will become an assistant to the club’s board.

Strauß joined the club from Erzgebirge Aue in 2012 and has made just over 200 overall appearances for the club, but has only played four times this season.

June 20, 2020

Karlsruhe tie down youngster Trivunic

David Trivunic has signed his first professional contract with Karlsruher SC, running until 2022. They 18-year-old has impressed with the U19 side and has been training with the first team since the restart, making the bench for their game against VfL Bochum in May.

“David Trivunic is a very intelligent player who can fill any position in the middle,” said interim coach Christian Eichner. “We will help him to develop his enormous potential as quickly as possible in the next two years. “

June 15, 2020

Three Heidenheim youngsters sign pro terms

Hot on the heels of committing Kevin Müller’s future earlier in the week, 1. FC Heidenheim have handed three U19 players their first professional deals.

Melvin Ramusovic, Julian Stark and Gianni Mollo have signed two-year contracts after impressive with the U19 side and in involvement with the first team in training and friendlies. Ramusovic and Stark had also travelled the Spain with the rest of the squad for their winter training camp in Spain.

In addition, 20-year-old goalkeeper Kevin Ibrahim has also extended his contract for another season. Ibrahim has largely served as fourth-choice keeper this season, behind Müller, Vitus Eicher and Diant Ramaj.

June 11, 2020

Backroom change at Aue

FC Erzgebirge Aue have announced a change to their coaching staff. Fitness coach Frank Steinmetz will leave the club at the end of July for personal reasons, and will be replaced by Marco Kampf, who previously served as assistant coach with the Violas between 2008 and 2013.

Meanwhile, it was reported by Kicker on Wednesday that FC Schalke 04 had foregone a purchase option on striker Florian Krüger. The 21-year-old has scored three goals since the restart and the club are keen to tie him down to a new long-term contract.

June 10, 2020

Hansson and Klitzpera leave Hannover

Hannover 96 have announced two departures on Wednesday. Young winger Emil Hannson, who was signed last summer from Feyenoord, will join Eredivisie side Fortuna Sittard. He had spent the second half of the season with RKC Waalwijk on loan after failing to impress at the HDI-Arena.

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Also leaving the club is Alexander Klitzpera, who had been an assistant and Squad Planner for former sporting director Jan Schlaudraff, who had left his role in January.

June 10, 2020

Müller signs long-term Heidenheim contract

1. FC Heidenheim goalkeeper Kevin Müller has committed his long-term future the club by signing a new five-year deal, with his existing contract having been set to expire at the end of this month.

He joined the club in 2015 and has since emerged as one of the best and most consistent goalkeepers in the league. “I found my footballing and private home at FCH,” he told the club website. “My family and I feel very comfortable here.”

June 9, 2020

Stuttgart lose appeal against Wiesbaden result

As expected, VfB Stuttgart have lost their appeal against the controversial late penalty awarded against them at SV Wehen Wiesbaden three weeks ago. Hamadi Al Ghaddioui had been adjused to have handballed, with the resulting penalty sealing a 2-1 win for Wiesbaden.

Stuttgart felt referee Sascha Stegemann had committed “a violation of the rules” in rewarded a penalty based on the VAR evidence, however the DFB countered by ruling that an it had been an “unassailable factual decision.”

Sttutgart’s CEO Thomas Hitzlsperger says the club will awaited a written verdict and “reserve the right to appeal the judgement.”

June 8, 2020

DFL confirm play-off dates

The DFL have confirmed the dates for this year’s ‘Relegation’ play-offs.

The side finishing third in the 2. Bundesliga will play the 16th-placed team from the Bundesliga on Thrusday 2 July and Monday 6 July.

With the 3. Liga not finishing until the first weekend of July, as things stand, the play-off with the 2. Bundesliga’s third bottom side will take place on Tuesday 7 July and Saturday 11 July.

June 5, 2020

Schleimer signs professional deal

1. FC Nürnberg have handed midfielder Lukas Schleimer his first professional contract, which will run until 2022. The 20-year-old has been a regular for their second team this season, and has been named in a couple of matchday squads for the first team.

“Lukas is a prime example of what can be achieved with diligence and meticulousness,” according to sporting director Robert Palikuca. “In the past six months, he has managed to develop into the professional field of vision. We are convinced that he will now take the next steps.”

June 5, 2020

Burnic out for rest of season

More bad news for Dynamo Dresden following their defeat to Hannover 96 on Wednesday evening. Markus Kauczinski has confirmed that midfielder Dzenis Burnic tore an ankle ligament in the match and will miss the rest of the season.

The midfielder has likely played his last game for the club, with his loan from Borussia Dortmund expiring in the summer.

Dresden had six other players out against Hannover as they try to cope with games every three days as they make up for the matches postponed whilst they were in quarantine.

June 3, 2020

Mario Gomez expected to leave Stuttgart

According to the Stuttgarter Zeitung, Mario Gómez will leave VfB Stuttgart when his contract expires in the summer. He is unlikely to remain in Germany and may choose to move to the MLS, or potentially even retire.

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The former Germany international has scored just six times this season, and has been left as an unused substitute in the past two games, a telling sign that his time is coming to an end.

June 3, 2020

Osnabrück extend with two players

VfL Osnabrück have extended the contracts of Etienne Amenyido and Sebastian Klaas to 2022. The former’s contract had been due to expire this summer, whilst Klass’s would have ran out at the end of this month.

“Etienne Amenyido has developed a lot in the past one-and-a-half years at VfL Osnabrück, along with with the whole team,” said sporting director Benjamin Schmedes.

He also praised Klaas, who has had to contend with injuries amongst his positive development on the pitch, saying he has “neither overestimated the positive experiences for himself nor let the negative ones set him back.”

June 2, 2020

Narey and Ewerton out for season?

According to reports on Monday evening, Hamburger SV will have to do without Ewerton and Khaled Narey for the rest of the season.

Both are struggling with knee ligament injures. Narey sustained his injured ahead of last week’s game against VfB Stuttgart. Ewerton, signed from 1. FC Nürnberg in the summer, has made just four appearances for the club due to persistent knee problems.

There is better news for Dieter Hecking though, with Gideon Jung and Jan Gyamerah back in training after minor issues. They have a week to prepare for next Monday’s meeting with Holstein Kiel.

June 1, 2020

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