Investor group Moltiris has agreed to accept BV Borussia Dortmund's recapitalisation plan, thus preventing the 1997 UEFA Champions League winners from going into administration. The group with the majority shareholding in the Westfalenstadion has agreed to surrender its right to rent from Dortmund for the use of the stadium for 2005 and 2006. The decision is an important step for Borussia in their attempt to buy the Westfalenstadion back, a key part of the recapitalisation plan.
Olympique de Marseille striker Habib Bamogo will miss next Sunday's big match at AS Monaco FC with a thigh injury and could be sidelined for several weeks. The 22-year-old limped out of Saturday's 2-1 home win against RC Lens with what Marseille coach Philippe Troussier described as "a pulled or torn thigh muscle". Marseille sit second in Ligue 1, five points above their next opponents who are in fourth.
Holders Manchester United FC will take on Newcastle United FC, while defending champions Arsenal FC will face Blackburn Rovers FC following today's draw for the FA Cup semi-finals. The ties will be played on 16/17 April at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, which will also host the final on 21 May.
Real Sociedad de Fútbol will allow Korean Republic midfielder Lee Chun-Soo to rejoin former club Ulsan Hyundai FC at the end of the season. Lee will sign for the K-League team for a reported €2m, having failed to impress in Spain's Primera División. The 23-year-old made 21 appearances in all competitions for Real having arrived at the start of the 2003/04 campaign. This season, he was loaned to struggling CD Numancia but has now returned home to recover from a hamstring injury which has prevented him playing since January.
Hibernian FC defender Gary Smith has signed a one-year contract extension to stay at the Scottish Premier League club until summer 2006. Smith celebrates his 34th birthday later this month, but Hibs manager Tony Mowbray said: "Gary works hard at his fitness levels, looks after himself well, and is a good role model for the young players."
Bundesliga side Hertha BSC Berlin have agreed a new three-year contract with goalkeeper Christian Fiedler. The player, who has been with Hertha for 15 years, will put pen to paper in the next few days. "I am happy that all the speculation is over," said the 29-year-old.
Elsewhere in Germany, TSV Alemannia Aachen have handed new contracts to striker Erik Meijer and goalkeeper Stephan Straub. The 35-year-old Meijer, who scored five goals in the 2. Bundesliga team's run to the UEFA Cup Round of 32, has signed a deal tying him to the club until the summer of 2006, while the 34-year-old Straub's contract runs for a further season.
Russian champions FC Lokomotiv Moskva kicked off the new Premier-Liga season with a 2-0 home win against promoted FC Tom Tomsk, while UEFA Cup contenders PFC CSKA Moskva defeated another newcomer, FC Terek Grozny, 3-0 in Moscow. Elsewhere, FC Spartak Moskva lost 2-0 at home to FC Moskva in the first capital derby of the campaign, and Oleg Romantsev's FC Dinamo Moskva, despite being bolstered by a number of Portuguese internationals, went down 4-1 at FC Zenit St. Peterburg.
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