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German keeper remains out of action after firecracker attack

Hamburg  - Rapid Vienna goalkeeper Georg Koch continues to be sidelined after a fire-cracker attack, his club said Monday.

"He is not worse, but not really any better either. He can't think of training at this time," a Rapid official said after the 36-year- old underwent further medical examinations.

The German goalkeeper is still suffering from nausea and balance- problems and earlier did not rule out ending his career.

Only South Africa can host 2010 World Cup now, says Jordaan

Hamburg - The head of South Africa's World Cup organizing committee has dismissed speculation that the event could be moved elsewhere by football's world governing body FIFA.

World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) chief executive Danny Jordaan told Germany's Die Welt newspaper to appear Monday it was "nonsense" to talk of an alternative host.

Ireland start with win; Scotland downed; Poland held

Ireland start with win; Scotland downed; Poland held Hamburg  - Ireland got their World Cup qualifying campaign off to a winning start in Giovanni Trapattoni's first competitive match in charge on Saturday.

Euro 2008 semi-finalist Turkey, Wales, Slovakia, Latvia and Macedonia also enjoyed wins in the day's early qualifying matches.

Scotland slip to defeat in Macedonia; Wales grab late win

Scotland slip to defeat in Macedonia; Wales grab late win Hamburg  - Macedonia downed Scotland while Wales earned a late win over Azerbaijan in World Cup qualifying matches on Saturday.

Scotland went down 1-0 to Macedonia in a Group 9 encounter in Skopje in manager George Burley's first competitive match in charge, with Ilcho Naumoski hitting the winner in the fifth minute.

Blatter against more teams at Euro finals

Blatter against more teams at Euro finals Hamburg - FIFA president Joseph Blatter has come out against any moves to increase the number of teams at the European Championships.

Author: "I did not say games were manipulated"

Author: "I did not say games were manipulated"Hamburg  - While Germany might be reeling in another football bribery scandal, the Canadian author whose book sparked off the scandal has said he was misquoted.

Declan Hill said Monday that he never claimed that Bundesliga matches or World Cup games had been manipulated.

Schalke go top as Hoffenheim slip to first defeat

Schalke go top as Hoffenheim slip to first defeat Hamburg  - Schalke moved to the top of the Bundesliga on goal difference after promoted Hoffenheim slid to their first defeat of the season on Saturday.

A Heiko Westermann header in the first half gave Schalke a 1-0 win over VfL Bochum as the Blues bounced back from a 4-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League's last qualifying stage on Wednesday.

Hamburg swoop for Jansen, Silva

Hamburg  - SV Hamburg Wednesday signed Germany defender Marcell Jansen from Bayern Munich and Brazilian Alex Silva from Sao Paulo in a double transfer swoop.

Jansen leaves Bayern after only one season in a move which comes as a surprise.

The 22-year-old left back will be officially presented at the club on Thursday and could make his debut on Saturday against Arminia Bielefeld.

Both Jansen and Silva join on five-year contracts. No details of the transfer sum for Jansen was initially revealed.

Van Bommel sent off as Bayern scrape draw; Hoffenheim go top

Van Bommel sent off as Bayern scrape draw; Hoffenheim go topHamburg  - Bayern Munich captain Mark van Bommel was sent off as champions Bayern Munich came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

The result leaves Bayern still looking for a first league win under new coach Juergen Klinsmann following a 2-2 draw at home to SV Hamburg in the opening game of the season.

Premier League players lead charge for UEFA awards

Hamburg UEFA CUP - England-based players dominate a list of 20 candidates for the UEFA club footballer of the year awards nominated by Europe's governing body for the sport on Friday.

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