Arminia go forward with Middendorp

DSC Arminia Bielefeld have rewarded coach Ernst Middendorp with a new contract until summer 2009 after a successful end to the Bundesliga campaign.

DSC Arminia Bielefeld have rewarded coach Ernst Middendorp with a new contract until summer 2009 after a successful end to the Bundesliga campaign.

Record wanted
When Middendorp took over in March, Arminia were second from bottom and being firmly tipped for relegation. Nine rounds later, the club had secured a 12th-place finish in the 18-team division, their best result since returning to the German top division in 2004. "We want to break our record of five seasons in Germany's top flight together with Ernst Middendorp and become an integral part of the Bundesliga," said club president Hans-Hermann Schwick.

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