Daily Diary: Sunday 22.12.13

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SUNDAY 22 DECEMBER 2013: It was a tale of two goalkeeping errors as Hamburg and Dortmund’s Under-19 sides drew 1-1 in their Group 3 League match this morning. Dominik Masek was gifted the chance to put Hamburg in front after quarter of an hour when Dennis Langensteiner came – and failed – to clear a long-ball, and he duly took the opportunity.

After an even match throughout, parity was restored with just three minutes to go when the home ‘keeper Giancarlo Lenze fumbled a cross into his own net to ensure the points were shared. After 12 matches played, Dortmund are 4th on 20 points.

  1. Schalke, 29 points, +20 GD
  2. Duisburg, 23 points, +5 GD, 19-14
  3. Hamburg, 23 points, +5 GD, 16-11
  4. Dortmund, 20 points, +8 GD

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Eredivisie side VVV-Venlo have fired Ton Lokhoff and replaced him with Go Ahead Eagles boss Eric ten Hag after consecutive 1-2 defeats which sees them slide into the bottom two in the league, and out of cup. Go Ahead are the only team below VVV in the league, and ten Hag faces a tough challenge in his first match as they host reigning champions PSV Eindhoven after the winter break.

Valenciennes have appointed Jean Fernandez, who has been out of work for 13 months following his dismissal by AS Nancy Lorraine in November of last year. Valenciennes are rock-bottom of the French top-flight, seven points from safety.

Former Barcelona and Real Madrid player Luis Enrique has taken the reins at struggling Fürth. Enrique had been at SC Heerenveen for a year, but was dismissed six weeks ago.

Werder Bremen have announced the appointment of 71 year-old Leo Beenhakker as their new man in charge. The former Director of Football at both Ajax and Feyenoord left Hoffenheim two months ago, with the side in the top three of the German second division.

Juande Ramos has been dismissed by the board at Atletico Madrid with the side in 10th place in La Liga following a 0-1 defeat at Getafe today.

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Dortmund are among the clubs said to be chasing Regensburg’s promising winger Karsten Keller. According to Football Daily, the highly-rated 15 year-old would command a fee close to £500k in compensation to release him from his 5-year trainee contract at the club. No one was available at BVB to comment.

The club’s 16 year-old right-back Osman Varol has parted company with his agent Tobias Stock, who also represents Eric Durm. Coincidentally, Varol stubbed a toe in a training session today and will be out for a week or so.

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