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Barnetta set for Leverkusen recall

Published: Monday 7 March 2005, 18.10CET
News round-up: Switzerland midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta will rejoin Bayer 04 Leverkusen from Hannover 96.

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Published: Monday 7 March 2005, 18.10CET

Barnetta set for Leverkusen recall

News round-up: Switzerland midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta will rejoin Bayer 04 Leverkusen from Hannover 96.
Swiss international midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta will return to Bayer 04 Leverkusen at the end of the season when his loan spell with Hannover 96 expires. The 19-year-old joined UEFA Champions League contenders Leverkusen from FC St. Gallen last summer but was immediately sent to Bundesliga rivals Hannover. However, his campaign was cut short when he suffered a cruciate ligament injury playing for Switzerland against Israel in October – reducing him to two league appearances for Hannover. Despite this setback, Leverkusen are convinced about the teenager's long-term prospects and have extended his contract by a further 12 months.

DSC Arminia Bielefeld defender Benjamin Lense will leave the German Cup semi-finalists at the end of the season to join 1. FC Nürnberg. The 26-year-old has agreed a three-year deal with Nürnberg and is available on a free transfer. Meanwhile, Arminia have been drawn at home to FC Bayern München in the last four of the German Cup, while holders Werder Bremen face a trip to FC Schalke 04. The ties will be played on 19/20 April.

Brøndby IF and FC København returned to domestic action in style as they cruised into the semi-finals of the Danish Cup. The ties had been delayed because of Royal League commitments but Brøndby soon found their stride, easing to a 2-0 win against Skjold Fodbold with goals from Morten Skoubo and Per Nielsen. They will play København in the last four after the holders' 3-1 victory against Fremad Amager. Second-division outfit Horsens take on FC Midtjylland in a Jutland derby in the other semi.

The draw for the semi-finals of the Irish Cup pitted together the competition's two remaining big guns, holders Glentoran FC and Portadown FC. The other game has yet to be decided as there are two quarter-final replays tomorrow, with Ballymena United FC at home to second-tier Harland & Wolff Welders FC, and Loughgall FC tackling Larne FC.

Last updated: 07/03/05 23.56CET

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