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Thiam strengthens Wolfsburg ties

Published: Tuesday 8 February 2005, 0.04CET
News round-up: Pablo Thiam has signed a new contract with VfL Wolfsburg which is valid until 2008.

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Published: Tuesday 8 February 2005, 0.04CET

Thiam strengthens Wolfsburg ties

News round-up: Pablo Thiam has signed a new contract with VfL Wolfsburg which is valid until 2008.
Midfielder Pablo Thiam has signed a new contract with VfL Wolfsburg tying him to the German Bundesliga club until 2008. "Pablo is an important player in the side and getting him on a long-term deal was the obvious thing to do," said manager Thomas Strunz. The 31-year-old Guinea-born player was previously under contract until summer 2006.

FK Kapaz Ganja, one of the most successful clubs in the 12-year history of the Azerbaijani First Division, will be known as FK Ganja from now on. The decision was taken by the club's board in order to give more prominence to the team's hometown of Ganja, which is Azerbaijan's second city. The Ganja side were national champions in 1995, 1998 and 1999 and lifted the Azerbaijani Cup in 1993 and 1998.

Hibernian FC manager Tony Mowbray and his assistant Mark Venus have signed two-year extensions to their contracts, keeping them with the Scottish Premier League club until summer 2008. Chairman Rod Petrie said: "Everyone associated with the club is delighted with what Tony and Mark have achieved with the players this season." The duo have revitalised Hibernian, taking them to third place in the league and the Scottish Cup quarter-finals following a 4-0 victory against Brechin City FC at the weekend.

Holders Celtic FC also progressed to the last eight with a 3-0 win at last season's beaten finalists Dunfermline AFC. Dundee United FC, Aberdeen FC, Livingston FC and Saint Mirren FC went through too, but the ties between lower division teams Ross County FC and Clyde FC, and Heart of Midlothian FC and Kilmarnock FC, must be replayed. In the quarter-finals on 26-27 February, Celtic visit Ross or Clyde, Dundee United play Aberdeen, Hearts or Kilmarnock welcome Livingston and Hibernian take on first division St. Mirren.

English Premiership strugglers West Bromwich Albion FC will be without midfielder Andy Johnson for the rest of the season as a knee ligament injury sustained against Fulham FC in January is worse than the original diagnosis suggested. "I'm really disappointed that I will miss the chance to help West Brom in their battle to stay up," said the 30-year-old former Welsh international, who initially expected to be out for a month.

Russian club FC Alania Vladikavkaz have signed Uzbekistan international defender Rahmatullo Fuzailov and Moldova striker Serghey Dadu. Fuzailov, 26, joins from FC Shinnik Yaroslavl on a two-year deal with an option for a further term. The 24-year-old Dadu, meanwhile, arrives on loan from PFC CSKA Moskva for the 2005 season, having scored three goals in 13 games during a previous spell at Alania.

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