Bundesliga News: Pizarro Remains at Bayern, and other news

Pizarro Re-Signs with Bayern Munich

Veteran striker Claudio Pizarro has signed a one year contract with Bayern Munich.  The 34 year-old holds the record for both Bundesliga appearances (353) and goals scored (166) by a foreign player.

Playing a backup role last season for the Bavarians, Pizarro scored six goals in 20 league matches, adding two more goals in the DFB Pokal and four in Champions League action.  During his two stints with Bayern, he has garnered four league titles, four Pokal championships and of course last season’s Champions League crown.  The prolific striker has scored 277 goals in his legendary club career in Peru, England and Germany.

The Peruvian international commented that

I’m 34 – I couldn’t have asked for anything better to happen to me than signing another contract with Bayern Munich. I’m convinced that we’ll enjoy another good year together

Pizarro may also have an unofficial role as interpreter for Pep Guardiola, noting  that the  new Bayern coach “was pleased to be able to talk Spanish with me.”  The 2013/2014 season will be the Peruvian’s 14th in German football, all spent with Werder Bremen and Bayern in addition to four seasons in Peru and a year spent with Chelsea.

Eintracht Braunschweig Add Perthel 

Newly promoted Eintracht Braunschweig have added former MSV Duisburg midfielder Timo Perthel on a two-year contract.  Perthel is the fourth signing of the offseason for the club.

Perthel, 24, also played for Hansa Rostock, SK Sturm Graz and Werder Bremen before joining Duisburg.  He has made over 120 appearances in Germany’s second and third divisions, along with his time in the Austrian Bundesliga.

Said Braunschweig’s sporting director Marc Arnold

We’re delighted with Timo’s signing because he came on leaps and bounds in the second half of last season.  He’s a versatile player and a further alternative for our coach on the left

Prior summer signings at Eintracht include Marco Caligiuri from Mainz 05, Torsten Oehrl from FC Augsburg and Jan Hochscheidt from Erzgebirge Aue.

More News

The DFL has finalized the times and dates of the first five Bundesliga matchdays, as well as announcing the official times and dates for weeks 3-7 of the 2. Bundesliga campaign.

As reported earlier on the Fanatic, the imminent signing of St. Eitienne attacker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang by Borussia Dortmund has now become official.  He signs a four-year deal with the Champions League finalists, and will join the squad after their training camp return from the Tirol July 6.  Sporting Director Michael Zorc proclaimed

We’re pleased to have got our man in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang  He’s extremely versatile in the forward positions, has exceptional speed and is a real goal-threat

Beginning his first season at Hamburg, the German-born Turkish youth international Kerem Demerbay was among the HSV players assembled for the opening day of training camp.  The 19 year-old central defender was acquired from Borussia Dortmund.  He featured in 16 matches for BvB’s reserve side last season, scoring twice.  Veteran Paul Scharner was also on hand, returning from his loan spell at Wigan Athletic.  Newly hired assistant coach Roger Stilz made his debut at HSV’s camp.  The St. Gallen native, 36, ended his playing career in Hamburg at SC Victoria and also played professionally in Switzerland.

Wolfsburg’s exact time and date for their opening round DFB Pokal fixture with Karlsruher SC has been set.  The two clubs will meet in Karlsruhe on Saturday, August 3 at 20:30  Dieter Hecking’s Wolves have already played two test matches, defeating MTV Danneberg 4-0, followed by a 13-0 drubbing of SV Jembke, but were unlucky to draw newly promoted Karlsruher, who will play in 2. Bundesliga this season, instead of a smaller club.

Hertha Berlin have also won their first two test matches. Ronny, Sami Allagui , Adrian Ramos and Änis Ben-Hatira were the goalscorers in last Thursday’s match against SV Falkirk Finkenkrug while Allagui and Ramos were again amongst the scorers Sunday in HSC’s 6-1 win over FC Strausberg.

Werder Bremen’s Philipp Bargfrede will miss three months after suffering a knee injury in training Sunday.  The unfortunate 24 year-old was limited to 13 games last season because of injury.  In other Werder Bremen news, Coach Robin Dutt has named Sebastian Mielitz as his number one keeper.  No surprise, as Mieletz started all 34 league matches for Bremen last season, but it is reassuring for Mieletz to hear from Bremen’s newly appointed coach.

Generally speaking, test matches in the early stages of club training camps don’t draw much interest, but Hannover’s 4-0 win over third-division ETSV Weiche was especially pleasing to 96er Coach Mirko Slomka.  The club’s fourth win in four test matches, Slomka saw newcomer Salif Sane make his Hannover debut in central defense and also scored a goal.  After the game, Slomka referred to Sane’s acquisition as “a great transfer.”  Goals were also scored by youngsters Andre Hoffmann and Leonardo Bittencourt, with veteran Lars Stindl also netting.


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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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