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Donovan returns to Leverkusen

Published: Thursday 4 November 2004, 12.16CET
American international Landon Donovan is heading back to Bayer 04 Leverkusen from San Jose Earthquakes.

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Published: Thursday 4 November 2004, 12.16CET

Donovan returns to Leverkusen

American international Landon Donovan is heading back to Bayer 04 Leverkusen from San Jose Earthquakes.
United States midfield player Landon Donovan will return to Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the winter break following a successful loan spell in his homeland with San Jose Earthquakes.

Championship success
The 22-year-old joined Leverkusen in February 1999, becoming one of the youngest players in US football history to sign professional terms overseas. Donovan left Germany after suffering from homesickness, but has matured as a person and player during a stint which has seen him lead San Jose to two MLS Championships in three seasons. He also scored two goals in the 2003 MLS Cup final victory against Chicago Fire.

In attendance
Donovan, who is under contract at the BayArena until 2008, will be in attendance when Leverkusen take on SC Freiburg at the weekend. He will return on a full-time basis on 1 January and will be available for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League should Klaus Augenthaler's side progress and the club register him.

Talented midfield
Despite having a talented midfield including Bernd Schneider, Robson Ponte, Jacek Krzynówek, Marko Babic and Paul Freier, Augenthaler will be happy to see Donovan back at the club. "You can never have enough good players," the coach said. Leverkusen are level on seven points with FC Dynamo Kyiv and Real Madrid CF with two rounds of Champions League matches to play in Group B.

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