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Rau rescued by Arminia

Published: Friday 15 July 2005, 22.05CET
News round-up: German international Tobias Rau has joined DSC Arminia Bielefeld from FC Bayern München. features

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Published: Friday 15 July 2005, 22.05CET

Rau rescued by Arminia

News round-up: German international Tobias Rau has joined DSC Arminia Bielefeld from FC Bayern München.
German international Tobias Rau has joined DSC Arminia Bielefeld from FC Bayern München for an undisclosed fee. The left-back has signed a two-year deal to end a frustrating spell with the Bundesliga champions which saw him make just ten league starts in two seasons. Rau failed to establish himself at Bayern after arriving from VfL Wolfsburg in summer 2003 and with the return of Germany full-back Philipp Lahm from VfB Stuttgart further limiting his chances, he has opted to move on.

AJ Auxerre centre-back Stéphane Grichting is doubtful for the start of the French team's UEFA Cup campaign after breaking a bone in his foot. The former Swiss international sustained the injury in a pre-season warm-up against FC Metalurh Donetsk and could be out for two months. The 26-year-old faces a race to be fit for the UEFA Cup first round in mid-September.

Having seen their bid for Levante UD's Vladimir Manchev fall through at the last minute, OGC Nice have finally secured the services of a new striker, with Mamadou Bagayoko joining on loan from FC Nantes Atlantique. The 26-year-old Mali international, who scored seven goals in Ligue 1 last term, has agreed a one-year deal with a further one-year option.

Former FC Barcelona and Spain forward Dani has cancelled his contract with UEFA Cup hopefuls RCD Espanyol. The 30-year-old, who began his career with Real Madrid CF, scored five goals in 25 games last season, but faded towards the end of the campaign. He has now written off the second year of his contract, saying: "I don't want to be here, I don't feel good and the best thing is to leave."

Hertha BSC Berlin will start the Bundesliga season without goalkeeper Christian Fiedler after the 30-year-old sustained an elbow injury. Fiedler will be sidelined for at least six weeks after falling awkwardly in training, dislocating his elbow and damaging ligaments.

ADO Den Haag have signed Polish international defender Tomasz Rzasa on a one-year deal after the 32-year-old joins was released by Eredivisie rivals SC Heerenveen. Meanwhile another defender, 29-year-old Sjaak Polak, has departed to join promoted Sparta Rotterdam for an undisclosed fee. He has agreed a three-year deal.

Edward Vandaele has been appointed chairman of Belgian side R. Excelsior Mouscron. The 59-year-old lawyer succeeds Jean-Pierre Detremmerie after the mayor of Mouscron stood down after 27 years in the role. "When the chairmanship was offered to me, I accepted immediately because I wish to lead the team to a good future, on and off the field," Vandaele said.

FK Olimps Riga have become the fourth Latvian club to change coach this summer, after appointing Aleksejs Šarando from Kazakhstani side FC Tobol Kostanay. Šarando takes over on a caretaker basis as he tries to salvage something from a disappointing season for the newly-formed team. Olimps lie bottom of the Virsliga after losing 12 of their opening 15 matches. Šarando's predecessor Janis Dreimanis accepts a consultancy position at the club.

Last updated: 15/07/05 21.24CET

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