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Nils Petersen to play for Werder on loan next seasonNils Petersen to play for Werder on loan next season

Bayern Munich striker Nils Petersen will join Werder Bremen on a one-year loan deal that will run until 30th June 2013.

Bremen executive director Klaus Allofs confirmed the deal on Friday: “We’ve waited a long time to complete this transfer and are pleased that the deal is now signed and sealed.” 

Petersen won the Golden Boot in Germany’s second division during the 2010/2011 season, having found the net 25 times. His form in front of goal soon earned the former U-21 player a move to the Bavarian giants.

Alvaro Dominguez joins Gladbach to replace DanteAlvaro Dominguez joins Gladbach to replace Dante

Borussia Mönchengladbach have moved to replace  Bayern Munich-bound defender Dante with Europa League winner Alvaro Dominguez from Atheltico Madrid.

The 23-year-old passed a medical on Wednesday morning in Mönchengladbach before signing a five year deal with the Foals.

Alvaro Dominguez was our first choice for the left centre-back position which we were looking to fill after Dante’s departure,” said Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl.

He was a first-team regular at Athletico Madrid, won the Europa League in 2010 and 2012 and recently made the step up into the Spanish national team. We are proud that he has decided to join Borussia.”

Video|Trezeguet wins promotion for River PlateVideo|Trezeguet wins promotion for River Plate

David Trezeguet struck twice as Argentine giants River Plate beat Almirante Brown 2-0 on Saturday to win the Primera B Nacional title and return to the first division.

River Plate has won the Argentine first-division title a record 33 times but was relegated a year ago, sparking riots in Buenos Aires by angry fans.

River’s promotion means the derby against Boca Juniors – one of world football’s most famous rivalries – will resume next season.

This is unforgettable. In less than a year we put River back where they belong,” – River Plate coach Matias Almeyda.

River Plate 2-0 Almirante Brown

River Plate Celebration

Wolfsburg sign Emanuel Pogatetz from HannoverWolfsburg sign Emanuel Pogatetz from Hannover

Wolfsburg have signed Austrian defender Emanuel Pogatetz from Bundesliga rivals Hannover for an undisclosed fee.

Felix Magath, head coach at Wolfsburg, had this to say about the latest addition to his squad: “Emanuel Pogatetz is a robust defender, who is uncompromising in the challenge, , and will help strengthen our defence. I’m delighted to be able to welcome him into our squad ahead of next season.”

Pogatetz played 29 times for Hannover in the Bundesliga last season, totalling 57 appearances since arriving from Middlesbrough in 2010.

Atletico Madrid signs Daniel Diaz from GetafeAtletico Madrid signs Daniel Diaz from Getafe

Getafe football club and Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Daniel ‘Cata’ Diaz. On Monday, he will take the necessary medical tests and sign the final agreement with Atletico Madrid.

The Getafe player is the club’s third signing and for the coach, Diego Pablo Simeone, Diaz comes in to reinforce the defence ahead of next season.

Cristian Rodriguez, who comes from Porto, and Emre, who comes from Fenerbache have been the two other signings so far for next season. “Cata” Diaz is 32 years old and has signed for two years, having spent the last five seasons at Getafe.

Sevilla sign Hedwiges Maduro from ValenciaSevilla sign Hedwiges Maduro from Valencia

Dutch midfielder Hedwiges Maduro, which has been free at end of season after four and a half years at Valencia, reached an agreement with Sevilla on a free transfer, as the Andulusian club announced.

The 27-year-old was offered a contract extension at Mestalla, while he also had an offer from Spartak Moscow, now coached by former Valencia boss Unai Emery, but he eventually opted for Sevilla.

Maduro joined Valencia from Ajax in January 2008, but numerous injuries prevented him from fulfilling his potential at Mestalla.

Dusan Bajevic appointed Atromitos managerDusan Bajevic appointed Atromitos manager

Bosnian Serb Dusan Bajevic was yesterday appointed coach of Greek Super League side Atromitos on a two-year deal.

Bajevic, 63-year-old, is considered one of the most successful coaches in the Greek league having a domestic record of 393 victories, 137 draws and 102 defeats.

Atromitos finished fourth this past season under Giorgios Donis to secure a Europa League berth.

Valencia sign Andres Guardado from DeportivoValencia sign Andres Guardado from Deportivo

Valencia have agreed to sign Mexico midfielder Andres Guardado from newly promoted Deportivo La Coruna on a four-year contract.

The Mexican arrived in Europe in 2007 for a  €7 million fee from Atlas.

“Since my childhood I wanted to play in the Champions League and my move to Valencia will fulfill my dream”, said the new Valencia player.

Spanish youngster Jonathan Viera signs with ValenciaSpanish youngster Jonathan Viera signs with Valencia

Valencia announced yesterday they had signed highly-rated Spanish Under-21 striker Jonathan Viera from second division outfit Las Palmas.

The 22-year-old, who has scored eight times in 27 games for Las Palmas this season, signed a five-year contract though the transfer fee was not disclosed.

Viera, who was also reportedly being tracked by Barcelona, can look forward to a maiden Champions League campaign next term as Valencia are certain of finishing third in the Primera Liga.

Football Fans: Partizan’s GrobariFootball Fans: Partizan’s Grobari

Grobari (Gravediggers or Undertakers) are supporters of the Belgrade football club Partizan Belgrade. They are one of two major football fan groups in Serbia. They generally support all clubs within the Partizan Sports Society, and mostly wear black and white symbols, which are the club’s colors.

First groups of organized Partizan fan supporters began to visit the JNA stadium in the late 1950s. Those were mainly young men from Belgrade, and they occupied southern stands of the stadium. In those times, support was expressed by loud singing as well as polling of referees and opposite team’s players.

By the 1980s, Grobari were one of the largest and most organized fan groups in SFR Yugoslavia and began outmarching to all Partizan’s games across the country and Europe.

Grobari have become recognizable by noisy and constant cheering and their devotion and loyalty to the club. The basis of their cheering is the principle of voice and palms along with songs in distinctive style. Grobari also do other actions characteristic to organized fan groups, such as choreographies, banners and flares.

Grobari in action