Bundesliga Transfer News: Yelldell to Leverkusen, Dortmund Sign Young Aussie

It’s time to catch up with all the latest Bundesliga transfer news.  American international goalkeeper

Yelldell, 29, joins Die Werkself following his stint with DFB Pokal Cup finalists MSV Duisburg, where he played in 29 matches.  Born of an American father and German mother in Stuttgart, Yelldell will be re-united with his former Kickers coach, Robin Dutt, at the BayArena.  Yelldell played in 99 matches for the Kickers, then went to TuS Koblenz, where he featured in 51 matches before joining Duisburg.  He received his first U.S. cap earlier this year but was not included in the U.S. Gold Cup finals squad this summer.  Leverkusen will have a fantastic depth at goalkeeper with Yelldell and Fabian Giefer backing up regular Rene Adler as Leverkusen competes for Champions League glory.

Borussia Dortmund reached all the way to Australia to sign Sydney-born attacking midfielder Mustafa Amini.  The teenager, who just turned 18 in April, will remain with the Gold Coast Mariners in the A-League before joining Dortmund in 2012.  Dortmund beat out Glasgow Celtic FC for Amini’s services, who had seen him play in a recent friendly.  Amini, of a Nicaraugan and Afghani background, played in 23 matches for the Mariners, scoring one A-League goal and will feature with the Australian U-20 side in this year’s U-20 World Cup in Colombia.  Amini will join fellow Socceroo Mitchell Langerak on the Dortmund roster.

According to Mariner’s chairman Peter Turnbull, “I am pleased we have been able to secure a much improved deal for all parties, and thank Dortmund for their consideration of our requests. We now have a deal that satisfies everyone. Musti’s international future, the clubs needs and more importantly, the fans. They will now be able to see Musti play out the balance of his original contract plus the Asian Champions League group stage.”  According to Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp, “he (Amini) can definitely play football and is a really great talent.”

VfL Wolfsburg are experiencing an extreme makeover, and the club will look very different without stars Edin Dzeko, Grafite and most likely Diego, who doesn’t look to fit into Coach Felix Magath’s plans.  Part of the 2011-2012 makeover includes the addition of  Bundesliga veteran Hasan Salihamidzic from Juventus.

Salihamidzic, 34, began his career with Hamburg SV in 1995, playing in over 70 Bundesliga matches with HSV before joining Bayern Munich in the summer of 1998.  The Yugoslavian-born midfielder was on six Bundesliga Championship sides and four DFB Pokal Cup winners with Die Bayern before heading to Juventus in June, 2007 on a free transfer.  Salihamidzic has featured in more than 90 European matches and has earned 43 caps for Bosnia-Herzegovinia, but played in only seven Serie A matches for Juve last season.

Also part of the Wolfsburg transition, Brazilian midfielder Cicero was not considered to be part of next season’s club and has signed on a free transfer with Sao Paulo.  Cicero played in 21 matches with Die Wolfe last season.  Meanwhile, Wolfsburg has loaned striker Nassim Ben Khalifa to Swiss-side Young Boys for the upcoming year, while Mbokani returns to Monaco from his Wolfsburg loan.

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Werder Bremen, after suffering from numerous defensive mistakes throughout the 2010-2011 season, have signed 1. FC Nurnberg veteran defender Andreas Wolf.  The Soviet-born player had spent his entire nine-year senior career with Der Club, playing in 213 Bundesliga matches.  The 5’11” defender played in 30 league matches last season.

Hannover 96, who had much success last year with Tippeligaen imports Didier Ya Konan and Moa Abdelloue, looked to Norway again and signed 25 year-old midfielder Henning Hauger.  The Baerum native has played his entire career with Stabaek, which include almost 200 appearances in all competitions since 2003. Hauger has also made 21 appearances for the Norwegian national side.

VfB Stuttgart has picked up 20 year-old striker Christoph Hemlein on a free transfer from 1899 Hoffenheim.  The 5′ 11″ Heidelburg native has played in 63 matches for Hoffenheim II, scoring 17 goals.  Hertha Berlin officially signed defender/central midfielder Peter Niemeyer from Werder Bremen.  The 27 year-old was on loan to Hertha BSC last season, appearing in 28 matches whiile scoring 3 goals.

Finally, Hamburg SV have picked up Chelsea youngster Jeffrey Bruma on loan for the upcoming season. The 19 year-old defender from Rotterdam began his youth career with Feyenoord and has made four senior appearances with Chelsea.  He played on loan for Leicester City FC last seaon in the English Championship, playing 11 times.

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Gerry Wittmann

Gerry is the founder of the Bundesliga Fanatic. Besides loving German football, he also enjoys the NBA, collecting jerseys and LPs, his pets and wishes he had more time for fishing, bicycling and learning the bass guitar.


  1. So happy to hear that SVB is one of your favorites! You don’t hear that too often.

    Yelldell was a great grab by B04. He seems, at least at this point, to be satisfied with the spot behind Giefer (according to kicker), but he could definitely challenge. I’m very curious to see how Adler responds to what was a somewhat sub-par season for him last year (fairly consistent but no real fabulous saves).

  2. Seems odd–two of my favorite clubs in Europe now have American GK in tow. Friedel with Tottenham & Yelldell with Bayer. For Yelldell, though, wondering how long he sits as the #2 or even #3 (Giefer’s no scrub) before challenging Adler.

    Also, Wolf should be tremendous for Werder–good addition for them methinks.

  3. Another young Chelsea player for Hamburg! That pipeline doesn’t seem to be drying up in the slightest.

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