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Molina announces Depor departure

Published: Monday 15 May 2006, 11.10CET
News round-up: RC Deportivo La Coruña goalkeeper José Francisco Molina is to leave the Spanish club while the German transfer season is up and running.

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Published: Monday 15 May 2006, 11.10CET

Molina announces Depor departure

News round-up: RC Deportivo La Coruña goalkeeper José Francisco Molina is to leave the Spanish club while the German transfer season is up and running.

RC Deportivo La Coruña goalkeeper José Francisco Molina has announced he will be quitting the Galician club this summer. The 35-year-old former Valencia CF and Club Atlético de Madrid custodian has rejected Deportivo's offer of a new contract and will leave the Riazor as a free agent. "I have enjoyed my six years here and I thank the supporters who have been the highlight of my stay," said Molina, a Copa del Rey winner in 2002, whose ever-present status this term has left him with 170 league appearances for Depor.

Argentinian forward Lionel Messi has been named in FC Barcelona's 22-man travelling party for the UEFA Champions League final in Paris despite not having played since 7 March because of a thigh injury. Coach Frank Rijkaard has said he is 99 per cent sure of his starting lineup after training in Barcelona on Monday.

Japanese international forward Naohiro Takahara has left UEFA Champions League contenders Hamburger SV and moved to Bundesliga rivals Eintracht Frankfurt. The 26-year-old has signed a contract until the summer of 2009.

Meanwhile, Eintracht have let Korean Republic striker Du-Ri Cha, 25, depart for 1. FSV Mainz on a free transfer. Also joining Mainz is Frenchman Chadli Amri on a four-year deal from second division 1. FC Saarbrücken, and midfielder Markus Feulner on a free transfer from relegated 1. FC Köln. The 24-year-old Feulner has a contract until 2008. Meanwhile, rivals VfL Wolfsburg have strengthened their defence by taking the 26-year-old Uwe Möhrle from another demoted team, MSV Duisburg, on a deal until 2009.

FC Energie Cottbus will be the only representative of the former East Germany in the Bundesliga next season after a dramatic final-day victory against TSV 1860 München won them promotion. The 3-1 success secured third place behind VfL Bochum 1848 and TSV Alemannia Aachen, with coach Petrik Sander saying: "After relegation in 2003 no one would have thought Energie Cottbus would return to the Bundesliga. It was a sensational effort."

Swiss side Grasshopper-Club have taken two players from the Bundesliga, with DSC Arminia Bielefeld midfielder Roberto Pinto, 27, agreeing a two-year deal and VfB Stuttgart striker Sreto Ristić, 30, a one-year contract.

Portsmouth FC defender Linvoy Primus has signed a one-year extension to his contract with the English Premiership club, keeping him at Fratton Park until 2008. The 32-year-old said: "I want to finish my career here."

Polish Ekstraklasa outfit Arka Gdynia have appointed Wojciech Stawowy as their new head coach. The 40-year-old, who left MKS Cracovia SSA during the winter break, has signed a three-year contract with the northern side who have moved quickly after narrowly avoiding relegation this season. Arka finished second from the bottom but earned a reprieve because Lech Poznań and Amica Sport are merging so only KSP Polonia Warszawa will be relegated.

Israeli club Maccabi Netanya FC have been taken over by German businessman Daniel Yamer, with former international midfielder Eyal Berkovic, 34, being installed as general manager. The duo's arrival has prompted the resignation of coach Reuven Atar while also heralding the signing of goalkeeper Liran Strauber from Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC.

Meanwhile, Hapoel Petach-Tikva FC are to part company with coach Nir Levin and replace him with Eyal Lachma, the man who led Hapoel Bnei Sakhnin FC to State Cup success – and UEFA Cup qualification – three seasons ago.

US Triestina Calcio trainer Jean-Michel Cavalli has been named as Algeria's new national coach. The 49-year-old former LOSC Lille Métropole chief, whose current team finished 13th in Italy's Serie B, will work alongside recently appointed technical director Peter Schnittger.

Dunfermline Athletic FC midfielder Freddie Daquin has signed a two-year contract with the Scottish Premier League outfit. The 27-year-old impressed on a short-term deal last season.

Last updated: 16/05/06 13.22CET

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