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Rutten axed by ailing Schalke

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Hopp hopes for Hoffenheim crown



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Salihovic commits to Hoffenheim

TSG Hoffenheim midfielder Sejad Salihovic has pledged his long-term future to the Bundesliga newcomers, signing an extended contract running until the summer of 2012.

Ballack undergoes foot surgery

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Everton land first summer signing

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