Stuttgart-Dortmund match gets all the attention

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15 October 2004 , HAMBURG - VfB Stuttgart host Borussia Dortmund on Saturday in a Bundesliga match which sums up all major German football headlines over the past week. Fans are curious to see how Stuttgart coach Matthias Sammer does against the team he trained from 2000 until last summer. Stuttgart goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand will try to prove that he may get the last laugh in the hyped national team controversy between Arsenal's Jens Lehmann and Bayern Munich's Oliver Kahn. Dortmund, for their part, come

15 October 2004

HAMBURG - VfB Stuttgart host Borussia Dortmund on Saturday in a Bundesliga match which sums up all major German football headlines over the past week.

Fans are curious to see how Stuttgart coach Matthias Sammer does against the team he trained from 2000 until last summer.

Stuttgart goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand will try to prove that he may get the last laugh in the hyped national team controversy between Arsenal's Jens Lehmann and Bayern Munich's Oliver Kahn.

Dortmund, for their part, come to town amid a serious leadership crisis with news reports suggesting Thursday that club president Gerd Niebaum may have lied when he called a paper, in which he handed in his resignation in 2006, a forgery and lie.

Back to the bare facts, Stuttgart can move to the top of the Bundesliga standings if they win and current leaders VfL Wolfsburg don't in their away match Sunday at Hanover 96.

Wolfsburg lead the way with 18 points coming off six straight victories, while Stuttgart are the only undefeated team in the league with 17 points.

Bayern Munich are third with 14 points going into their home game Saturday with while surprise package Mainz 05 host champions Werder Bremen in a duel of teams locked on 12 points each.

Dortmund, meanwhile, rank ninth with eight points going into their match in Stuttgart.

It does not help their cause that Niebaum may be on his way out, possibly even sooner than in 2006.

"Is Niebaum finished?" asked Kicker sports magazine in its front- page headline Thursday.

Dortmund have amassed huge debts of around 119 million euros and their new major share holder Florian Homm has reportedly succeeded in forcing Niebaum out of the job he led since 1985.

A good season of the team with qualification for a lucrative European competition would help Dortmund improve its financial situation, but a victory at in-form Stuttgart appears doubtful.

That even more as Stuttgart coach Sammer knows the opponent inside out from his years in Dortmund about which he doesn't want to speak, though.

"I won't say a word, answer any questions. I am VfB Stuttgart coach now," said Sammer.

But Sammer did speak out on the ongoing goalkeeper dispute between Lehmann and Kahn, and so did Germany's number 3 Hildebrand.

"Kahn and Lehmann are two personalities who clash. In the long run Timo Hildebrand will profit from that and get between the posts," Sammer was quoted as saying by the Bild daily Thursday.

Hildebrand told Die Zeit weekly that Kahn had lost friends within the German team after the latest incident in which he stuck his gloves into the face of Miroslav Klose in a Bundesliga match two weeks ago.

"One doesn't do such things, especially not with a national team colleague," said Hildebrand.

The other weekend games are VfL Bochum vs. Hansa Rostock, Hertha Berlin vs. Bayer Leverkusen, SV Hamburg vs. Arminia Bielefeld, Nuremberg vs. SC Freiburg (Saturday) and Borussia Moenchengladbach vs. Kaiserslautern (Sunday).

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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