News: Mandžukić to Bayern and other transfer news

Croatian striker Mario Mandžukić, who opened eyes wiht his Euro performance, has signed with Bayern Munich, while Hamburg’s Mladen Petrić is headed to Fulham on a free transfer.  Borussia Monchengladbach have inked Álvaro Domínguez as a replacement for the departed Dante from Athletico Madrid, while Stuttgart have added Schalke’s Tim Hoogland on loan.  Hertha Berlin, looking for an immediate bounceback from 2. Bundesliga, have signed Peer Kluge and Marcel Ndjeng to help lift them back up.  Eintracht Frankfurt, meanwhile, have obtained Japanese international Takashi Inui from Bochum.

Bayern Munich Signs Mandžukić 

Mandžukić , the former VfL Wolfsburg striker, will sign a four-year contract with Bayern Munich following his medical exam.  The transfer fee to Wolfsburg was undisclosed.

Mandžukić, 26, scored three goals for Croatia in the group stage after scoring 20 during the last two seasons in the Volkswagen city.  The 6’1″ striker joined Wolfsburg in July, 2010 from Dinamo Zagreb on what was believed to be a 7 million euro transfer.  Mandžukić has scored 111 goals in club football since his 2004 debut with Croatian club NK Marsonia, including 11 in European competition with Dinamo Zagreb.  He has scored 8 times for Croatia in only 22 national team appearances.

According to Bayern director of sport Christian Nerlinger

We are very pleased to have signed Mario Mandžukić , who is one of the top strikers in the Bundesliga and who proved his goalscoring qualities at Euro 2012. He will bring further strength to our squad

Mandžukić is the sixth summer signing for Bayern München, joining Claudio Pizarro, Dante, Tom Starke, Xherdan Shaqiri and Mitchell Weiser on the red side of München.

Petrić to Fulham

Mandžukić’ fellow Croatian international, Mladen Petrić, heads to the EPL, joining London-based Fulham on a one-year deal.  The Yugoslavian-born Petrić moved with his family to Switzerland, playing his first professional ball with FC Baden.  He also played for Swiss teams Grasshoppers and Basel before signing with Borussia Dortmund in June, 2007.  The next summer, after scoring 13 goals in 29 league matches, Petrić signed with Hamburg on a four-year deal, where he score d 38 goals.

Petrić will be reunited with Coach Martin Jol at Fulham.  Jol coached HSV in 2008-2009.

Dominguez Heads to Gladbach

Álvaro Domínguez. 23, has signed a five-year contract with Borussia Monchengladbach.  The Madrid native was signed as a replacement for Brazilian defender Dante, who left for Bayern München in the summer transfer window.

Dominguez has been part of the Athletico Madrid family since 2001 when he left the youth system at Real Madrid.  He made his senior debut in October, 2008 in a Champions League match against Liverpool  and signed his first professional contract with Athletico the next year. The 6’2″ defender has made 120 appearances for Athletico, including over 30 in European competition and has earned two caps for the Spanish national team.

Max Eberl, the Foals’ Sporting Director, commented that

Alvaro Dominguez was our first choice for the left centre-back position which we were looking to fill after Dante’s departure. He was a first-team regular at Athletico Madrid, won the Europa League in 2010 and 2012 and recently made the step up into the Spanish national team. We are proud that he has decided to join Borussia

Stuttgart Acquires Hoogland on Loan

VfB Stuttgart picked up defender Tim Hoogland from Schalke on a year-long loan deal.  Right back Hoogland, 27, spent nine years in the Schalke system, but signed with MSV Mainz in 2007, playing 84 league matches at Mainz through 2010, scoring 14 goals.  Hoogland returned to Schalke last season but was hampered by injury, and the feeling at Schalke was that they had better fullback options and it would benefit Hoogland to get more playing time.

Stuttgart Director of Sport Fredi Bobic said

Tim’s a strong-tackling player with the right kind of character for our team. We’re confident he’ll give us fresh impetus in that position

Kluge, Ndjeng to Hertha

Hertha Berlin are building for a quick rebound back to the Bundesliga and have acquired veterans Peer Kluge from Schalke and Marcel Ndjeng from FC Augsburg.

The 31 year-old Kluge was born in the former East Germany and began his professional career with Chemnitzer FC in 1999.  The midfielder had a long run with Borussia Monchengladbach, playing in over 140 league matches with the Foals between 2001 and 2007 and played two seasons at FC Nürnberg before signing with Schalke, where he made 38 league appearances.  Kluge has scored 20 goals in German club football.

Ndjeng, 30, was born in Bonn and is a Cameroon international.  He played the last three seasons at Augsburg, where he was coached by new Hertha leader Jos Luhukay.  Coming up in the FC Koln youth system, he played for their reserve side before signing with Fortuna Dusseldorf, and has also played for German clubs Borussia Monchengladbach, SC Paderborn, Hamburg and Arminia Bielefeld, making over 275 senior team appearances in German football.

Ndjeng commented on his signing with Hertha Berlin

Playing for Hertha BSC and in Berlin will be a real challenge for me. I’m excited to play a part in winning promotion together with the other Hertha players and their fans. Of course I’m also happy to be able to work with head coach Jos Luhukay again

Inui to Eintracht Frankfurt 

Japanese international Takashi Inui has joined Eintracht Frankfurt from 2. Bundesliga side VfL Bochum.  Inui played in thirty matches, with 7 goals and 5 assists for the North Rhine-Westphalia club.  The attacking midfielder, who just turned 24 earlier in June, was being courted by Turkish club Galatasaray, but joined Frankfurt for a reported 1.8 million transfer fee.  Inui, who has four international caps for the Japanese NT, played for J-League club Cerezo Osaka before joining Bochum.

Inui spent four seasons at Osaka, which gained promotion to Japan’s first division in his third season with the club.  The 5’7″ Inui played 145 matches in all competitions while in Japan before joining Bochum last summer, scoring 41 goals.  He made his debut with the Japanese NT in 2009.

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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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