SPORTING DIGEST: FOOTBALL

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SPORTING DIGEST: FOOTBALL

Germany's first-choice strikers, Oliver Bierhoff and Ulf Kirsten, are both struggling with injuries before tomorrow's Euro 2000 qualifier away to Turkey in Bursa.

Russia's international squad have held a secret ballot to choose the team captain. Viktor Onopko, who plays his club football in Spain for Oviedo, won the honour. He will lead the side at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium when they face world champions France in a European Championship qualifier tomorrow.

The chairman of Bucharest's Dinamo club resigned yesterday after allegations that he was involved in a huge cigarette smuggling case. Petre Buduru, who works for the interior ministry, said he was offering his resignation to avoid tarnishing the team's name. He denied allegations that he was connected to the cigarette smuggling scandal.

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