News: Hummels Extends, Koo Stays, Kobishavilli handed lengthy suspension

Borussia Dortmund and German NT defender Mats Hummels has reached agreement on a contract extension with the Ruhr Valley club.  The 23 year-old defender commited to another five years with Dortmund, making Coach Jurgen Klopp quite happy.

Mats Hummels could have moved to practically any club in Europe, but he has chosen Borussia Dortmund and that is a great story.  Mats is a highly-intelligent player in terms of winning tackles and closing people down and I don’t know anybody across the whole continent who does it as well as he.

Hummels, a product of Bayern München’s youth system, arrived in Dortmund in January, 2008 on loan from Bayern.  He signed a permanent deal with Dortmund in February, 2009 and has been a key contributor to Dortmund’s two Bundesliga titles and its DFB Pokal championship in his short time with the club.  The 6’3″ center back has 121 Bundesliga appearances under his belt and was outstanding again last season, starting 33 of Dortmund’s 34 league matches while completing over 80% of his passes, winning 67% of his tackles and 67% of his aerial challenges.  The son of a former professional player, Hummels is the prototype of the modern central defender — not only possessing extraordinary defensive skills but an important part of the attack with his accurate passing and excellent pace.  Hummels is part of this summer’s German National Team seeking Euro glory and has previously earned 14 international caps.

Signing the defender through June of 2017 is a key move in Dortmund’s effort to remain a continuous contender for Bundesliga titles.  And Hummels is glad to be part of BvB’s quest.

As soon as the club approached me and asked if I would like to extend, I knew immediately that I want to continue being part of this team, which is so successful and is so much fun to be in.

Koo to Remain at FC Augsburg

South Korean attacker Koo Ja-Cheol will again play for FC Augsburg next season as VfL Wolfsburg have agreed to extend Koo’s loan to the Bavarian club through the 2012/2013 season.  The midfielder scored five goals for Augsburg in 15 matches after arriving on loan on January 31, 2012.

Hung Myung-bo, the manager of the Republic of Korea’s Olympic football squad, stated.

I was told that Augsburg have agreed to renew Koo’s loan from Wolfsburg for another year and this more or less guarantees that Koo will get to play at the London Games (as he will be match fit)

Koo has made 26 senior appearances for the South Korean national team, scoring nine times.   His performance helped Augsburg finish 14th in the Bundesliga table following promotion after being buried in the relegation zone going into winter break.

Kobiashvili Receives Record Suspension

Misfortune continues to frown on ‘the Old Lady,’ as Hertha Berlin defender Lavan Kobiashvili received a suspension extending through December 31, 2012 from the DFB as a result of his admission that he hit referee Wolfgang Stark during the chaotic end of Hertha’s second leg relegation playoff match with Fortuna Dusseldorf, in which fans ran onto the pitch and flares were thrown.  The DFB originally considered a year-ban for the 34 year-old native of Tbilisi, who has been playing in Germany since 1998.  Hertha teammates Thomas Kraft and Andre Mijatovic have also received shorter suspensions from the DFB of four and three games respectively.


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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.

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