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Baumann blow compounds Bremen woe

Published: Wednesday 8 March 2006, 23.00CET
News round-up: Werder Bremen captain Frank Baumann faces three weeks out after damaging knee ligaments in Tuesday's loss to Juventus.

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Published: Wednesday 8 March 2006, 23.00CET

Baumann blow compounds Bremen woe

News round-up: Werder Bremen captain Frank Baumann faces three weeks out after damaging knee ligaments in Tuesday's loss to Juventus.
The misery of Werder Bremen's UEFA Champions League defeat at the hands of Juventus has been compounded by the news that captain Frank Baumann will be out for three weeks after damaging knee ligaments. Doctors have ruled out surgery but have prescribed rest.

The Turkish Football Association have fined Diyarbakırspor €16,000 and ordered the club to play three home games behind closed doors after a pitch invasion ended their home game against Konyaspor with the visitors leading 1-0. The crowd trouble prompted Abdullah Akyıl's resignation as president of the Turkish Superleague's bottom club. The match is likely to be awarded as a 3-0 win for Konyaspor.

RC Deportivo La Coruña striker Sebastián Taborda will be out of action for six to eight weeks after tearing a muscle in his left thigh. The player initially responded well to tests on the problem area, which he first injured on 15 December 2005, but he pulled up painfully in training on Monday after tearing scar tissue.

In Iceland, 31-year-old midfielder Kristinn Haflidason has signed a two-year contract with Valur Reykjavík after leaving relegated Thróttur Reykjavik. Meanwhile, 21-year-old midfielder David Thor Vidarsson has returned to champions FH Hafnarfjördur after a three-month loan spell with KSC Lokeren OV. The Belgian side had considered a long term deal but the contract was never signed.

Canadian goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar has joined Dutch side ADO Den Haag on amateur terms and will sign a two-year professional contract on 1 July 2006. The 21-year-old, who has joint Dutch and Canadian citizenship, impressed for Canada's Under-20 side and has been playing university football in the United States.

Russian side FC Saturn Moskovskaya Oblast have sold 27-year-old Brazilian full-back Jean Narde to FC Dinamo Moskva and brought in Lithuanian international Edgaras Česnauskis from FC Dynamo Kyiv. The 22-year-old midfielder has signed a three-year deal with Saturn after failing to establish himself following his move to the Ukrainian club in 2003.

Lithuanian FK Vetra have strengthened their squad by signing 32-year-old midfielder Vidas Dančenko and 25-year-old forward Rolandas Karčemarskas. Dančenko has three Lithuanian Championship victories under his belt, won with FK Kareda Šiauliai and FK Romar Mažeikiai. Karčemarskas, the elder brother of Lithuanian national team goalkeeper Žydrunas Karčemarskas, joins Vetra from Korean side Bucheon SK.

R. Standard de Liège reached the Belgian Cup semi-finals with a 4-2 second-leg win against KAA Gent, progressing 5-4 on aggregate. Gent twice led through Dominic Foley and Mohammed Sarr's own goal but were ultimately undone by Mohammed Tchité's hat-trick, with Milan Rapaić completing the scoring from the penalty spot late on. Standard will meet Zulte-Waregem in the last four while R. Charleroi SC take on R. Excelsior Mouscron.

Last updated: 09/03/06 0.41CET

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