Effenberg in reverse move

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Stefan Effenberg, the German player who was sent home from the World Cup in disgrace after making a gesture to the crowd, is reported to be moving back to Borussia Moenchengladbach.

The club said yesterday that Effenberg, who is 26, will be rejoining them on a one-year contract from Fiorentina, the Italian first division side, in a DM1.6m (pounds 600,000) deal. His salary will continue to be payed by the Italian club, with whom he is under contract until 1997.

Effenberg played for Borussia from 1987 to 1990. A possible move to Werder Bremen was eventually ruled out following a financial disagreement. Werder's manager, Willy Lemke, who had given Effenberg until Monday to decide on the move, said yesterday: 'We neither can or want to accept Fiorentina's conditions.'

Denmark's coach, Richard Moeller Nielsen, has named a 16-man squad including the attackers Michael Laudrup, of Real Madrid, and his brother, Brian, who plays for Rangers, for the home friendly against Finland next Wednesday.

DENMARK SQUAD (v Finland, 17 August): Schmeichel, L Hoegh; Olsen, Friis-Hansen, J Hoegh, Rieper, Helveg, Jensen; Andersen, Nielsen, Vilfort, Wieghorst; Strudal, Povlsen, M Laudrup, B Laudrup.

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