Sporting Digest: Football

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The Independent Online
Werder Bremen, currently bottom of the Bundesliga, sacked their coach, Wolfgang Sidka, yesterday and replaced him with Felix Magath. A former German international, Magath has signed a contract until 2000. Sidka, 44, had been in charge of the club since September last year.

The coach of Red Star Belgrade, Milorad Kosanovic, has resigned following his team's 2-1 defeat to Lyons in the Uefa Cup. Kosanovic, who has been in charge of Red Star for 18 months, was replaced by his assistant, Vojin Lazarevic.

Philip Anschutz, a Denver-based billionaire, has bought the Major League Soccer team Los Angeles Galaxy for $26m (pounds 15.75m). Anschutz now owns three MLS teams, having earlier purchased Colorado Rapids and Chicago Fire, as well as the NHL Ice Hockey team, Los Angeles Kings.

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