FC Bayern München striker Carsten Jancker has signed a four-year contract with Udinese Calcio for a fee estimated at €2m subject to passing a medical.
The 27-year-old's height and his shaven head make him one of the most recognisable players in Europe. A move to Italy could revitalise Jancker's career after he slipped down the pecking order at the Olympiastadion following the arrival of Peruvian striker Claudio Pizarro.
World Cup goal
Despite failing to score in 18 appearances for Bayern last season, Jancker was included in Rudi Vøller's FIFA World Cup squad and scored in Germany's opening 8-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia. After failing to impress in subsequent outings against the Republic of Ireland and Cameroon, however, Jancker spent the rest of the tournament on the bench as Germany reached the final before losing to Brazil.
Jancker began his career at TSG Wismar, before moving on to Hansa Rostock, for a five-year stint, and 1. FC Köln. He was part of the SK Rapid Wien side which lost in the final of the 1996 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup to Paris Saint-Germain FC and the Bayern team dramatically beaten in the final of the 1999 UEFA Champions League by Manchester United FC. Jancker was eventually on a winning side in a European final in 2001 when Bayern lifted the European Champion Clubs' Cup at the expense of Valencia CF.
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