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Rudņevs makes historic Hamburg switch

Published: Friday 11 May 2012, 16.23CET
"It's a very important challenge for me," said Artjoms Rudņevs after the KKS Lech Poznań striker moved to Hamburger SV, becoming the first Latvian to represent a Bundesliga club.
Rudņevs makes historic Hamburg switch
Artjoms Rudņevs famously scored a UEFA Europa League hat-trick against Juventus ©Cyfrasport

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Published: Friday 11 May 2012, 16.23CET

Rudņevs makes historic Hamburg switch

"It's a very important challenge for me," said Artjoms Rudņevs after the KKS Lech Poznań striker moved to Hamburger SV, becoming the first Latvian to represent a Bundesliga club.

Artjoms Rudņevs will become the first Latvian player to appear in the Bundesliga next season after completing a move from KKS Lech Poznań to Hamburger SV.

Rudņevs, 24, has agreed terms on a four-year deal with the northern German club, who reportedly paid a fee in the region €3.5m for the striker. Top scorer in Poland's Ekstraklasa this season with 22 goals, Rudņevs struck 44 times in all competitions during his two-season stint with Lech.

"It is a new and very important challenge for me," Rudņevs told HSV's official website. "Hamburg are a team with a great history, and rich traditions and I am proud to become a player of such a club. It would be nice to score as often as I did for Lech, though I understand that it will be very difficult since the Bundesliga is one of Europe's top leagues. But I will do everything to make HSV fans happy they have a striker from Latvia."

Rudņevs, who has scored once in 17 appearances for Latvia, started out at FC Daugava Daugavpils before hitting 20 goals in 30 appearances for Zalaegerszegi TE, whom he helped reach the Hungarian Cup final in 2010. He made a name for himself on the European stage in September 2010 when scoring a hat-trick at Juventus as Lech held the Italian giants to a 3-3 draw in the UEFA Europa League group stage.

Hamburg finished a disappointing 2011/12 Bundesliga campaign in 15th place.

Last updated: 11/05/12 17.55CET

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