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Freiburg defender Matthias Ginter has joined Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund for €10 million on a five-year deal.
Ginter, 20, was an integral part of Freiburg’s team last season and has made 81 appearances for Die , including representing the club at every level.
The defender arrived back from Brazil on Tuesday with a World Cup medal after Germany’s 1-0 win over Argentina in the final.
“The transfer to Borussia Dortmund came after long and difficult negotiations, in which our ideas for a long time were apart,” Freiburg sporting director Jochen Saier. “We had to weigh many questions before we finally decided, we as a society are extremely satisfied and acted responsibly.”
Ginter was born in Freiburg and grew up supporting the club. In 2012 and 2013, the 20-year old was awarded the Fritz Walter Gold Medal.
“The fans here have supported me from the beginning and a large proportion of the successes of the past years,” Ginter told the clubs wesbite.
“I will greatly miss home here, but also I want to make the next step now. I want to thank the entire SC Freiburg staff and fans for the great time.”
Ginter will wear the number 28 for the coming 2014/2015 Bundesliga season.
Bayern Munich have completed the signing of Juan Bernat from Spanish club Valencia CF for €10 million.
The left-back is the third signing for the Bundesliga giants, with Robert Lewandowski and Sebastian Rode both joined the clubs on a free after their deals expired.
Bernat, 21, will sign a five-year contract with the club until 2019 after passing his medical earlier this morning.
The Spaniard has represented Spain at all youth levels and can play anywhere on the left, and can therefore cover both David Alaba and Franck Ribéry
Bernat was the successor to Jordi Alba, and has played for Los Che 51 times in the Spanish league.
This is not the first time the 21-year old has caught the eye of Pep Guardiola. Bayern’s manager was previously interested in Bernat when he was the coach at Barcelona.
İlkay Gündoğan has signed a contract extension with Borussia Dortmund to keep him at the club until 2016.
“I am very grateful that my club gives me the opportunity to continue to be part of this special team and this very special environment,” he told Dortmund’s official website. Continue reading
Bayern Munich’s 53-game unbeaten run came to an end in matchday 29 to the hands of FC Augsburg. Whilst at the bottom of the table everything was still to play for as Eintracht Braunschweig beat Lower-Saxony rivals Hannover 96 3-0 which leaves them only one point behind Nürnberg in 17th. With just five games left there is everything left to play for with Braunschweig travelling to Freiburg at the bottom end of the table and teams pushing for Europe against teams battling relegation. Continue reading
Borussia Dortmund have confirmed the signing of Adrián Ramos from Hertha Berlin for a fee believed to be around €11 million on a four-year deal.
“Adrián Ramos is an exceptional footballer and a top scorer in German football,” said BVB’s sporting director Michael Zorc, speaking to Bundesliga.com. Continue reading
Eintracht Braunschweig are on the verge of pulling off the great escape under manager Torsten Lieberknecht.
The club from Lower Saxony returned to the Bundesliga this season after a 28-year absence. In that spell they played as low as 3.Liga and were close to playing in the newly formed Regionalliga. Continue reading
Matchday 28 has been and gone whilst producing some thrilling games in another week that did not disappoint. Hoffenheim held Champions Bayern Munich to a 3-3 draw at the Allianz Arena whilst Borussia Dortmund came back from two goals down against VfB Stuttgart to win. There was a total of 33 goals throughout the weekend including a bizarre own goal from FC Augsburg keeper Marwin Hitz in their 3-0 defeat to European rivals FSV Mainz. Continue reading
European and German Champions Bayern Munich have dominated every competition of late and are still on course for completing the treble this season.
The Bavarian club clinched their 24th title with a 3-1 win over Hertha Berlin on Match-day 27 with a record 7 games to spare, being the only Bundesliga club to ever clinch the title in March. Continue reading
Newly crowned Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich clinched their 24th title on Matchday 27. The Bavarians became the first team in Bundesliga history to secure the title in March. Although the Championship has now being wrapped up, there are still teams battling it out for European spots and teams fighting for relegation. Matchday 28 sees Mainz and Augsburg face each other in a late charge to clinch a place in Europe whilst the game at the bottom of the table is Freiburg against Nürnberg. Continue reading