The 54-year-old received much of the credit for saving Kaiserslautern from ruin. The four-times national champions had to sell their stadium last season to pay their debts. After winning a battle against relegation, they started the current campaign with three points deducted for breaching licensing rules.
Italian injury problems
In Italy, Serie A clubs Bologna FC and US Lecce are feeling the effects of injuries to players. Bologna will be without former Italy winger Carlo Nervo for six weeks due to a thigh problem. Meanwhile, Lecce have parted company with Slovenian forward Sebastjan Cimirotic, a long-term casualty. Cimirotic requires surgery on a serious knee injury, and both parties decided to end his contract, which was due to expire next year, with immediate effect.
Another player facing a spell on the sidelines is Serbian defender Spira Grujic from Dutch club FC Twente. The player had an operation on a persistent ankle injury today, and will not be available for selection until the new year.
Van Bommel banned
Still in the Netherlands, PSV Eindhoven captain Mark van Bommel has accepted the punishment handed to him by the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) following his sending-off against AFC Ajax last month. Van Bommel, who is currently recuperating after groin surgery, has been suspended for three games for striking Ajax's Rafael van der Vaart. He will also have an additional one-match ban hanging over him, subject to good behaviour.
On the transfer front, Sweden's AIK Solna have signed striker Göran Marklund from FC Café Opera. Marklund scored 23 goals in the second division last season, and chose to join AIK ahead of Landskrona BoIS and Örebro SK.
On the way out
Finally to Estonia, where FC Levadia Maardu have released three foreign players at the conclusion of the Meistriliiga season. Levadia, who finished third in the table, have cancelled the contracts of Ukrainian striker Serhiy Chopyk and Italian defender Alessandro Rottoli, and sent Latvian defender Aleksandrs Laško back to FHK Liepajas Metalurgs after a long-term loan. Former FC Levadia Tallinn defender Aleksejs Pašins could also be leaving the club.
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