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The USMNT forward remains under contract for three more seasons at Hamburg, who is currently fighting relegation in Germany.
Report: Bobby Wood unlikely to come to MLS this summer
The USMNT forward remains under contract for three more seasons at Hamburg, who is currently fighting relegation in Germany.
The USMNT forward remains under contract for three more seasons at Hamburg, who is currently fighting relegation in Germany.
Report: Bobby Wood unlikely to come to MLS this summer
The USMNT forward remains under contract for three more seasons at Hamburg, who is currently fighting relegation in Germany.
FILE - In this March 13, 2015, file photo, former NBA player Scottie Pippen watches an NCAA college basketball game in Nashville, Tenn. Authorities in rural Arkansas are investigating the theft of more than $50,000 worth of equipment from a farm in Hamburg, Ark., owned by Pippen. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
FILE - In this March 13, 2015, file photo, former NBA player Scottie Pippen watches an NCAA college basketball game in Nashville, Tenn. Authorities in rural Arkansas are investigating the theft of more than $50,000 worth of equipment from a farm in Hamburg, Ark., owned by Pippen. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
FILE - In this March 13, 2015, file photo, former NBA player Scottie Pippen watches an NCAA college basketball game in Nashville, Tenn. Authorities in rural Arkansas are investigating the theft of more than $50,000 worth of equipment from a farm in Hamburg, Ark., owned by Pippen. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
At this point, it would be stunning if Hamburg isn't relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time since 1964.
Report: Bobby Wood interested in MLS; Where would he fit?
At this point, it would be stunning if Hamburg isn't relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time since 1964.
At this point, it would be stunning if Hamburg isn't relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time since 1964.
Report: Bobby Wood interested in MLS; Where would he fit?
At this point, it would be stunning if Hamburg isn't relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time since 1964.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim players celebrate after the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim players celebrate after the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim players celebrate after the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's Adam Szalai celebrates after the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's Adam Szalai celebrates after the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's Adam Szalai celebrates after the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg's goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg's goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg's goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg's Albin Ekdal (R) in action against Hoffenheim's Andrej Kramaric (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg's Albin Ekdal (R) in action against Hoffenheim's Andrej Kramaric (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg's Albin Ekdal (R) in action against Hoffenheim's Andrej Kramaric (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's Pavel Kaderabek (R) in action against Hamburg's Douglas Santos (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's Pavel Kaderabek (R) in action against Hamburg's Douglas Santos (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's Pavel Kaderabek (R) in action against Hamburg's Douglas Santos (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg's Albin Ekdal (R) in action against Hoffenheim's Adam Szalai (C) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg's Albin Ekdal (R) in action against Hoffenheim's Adam Szalai (C) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg's Albin Ekdal (R) in action against Hoffenheim's Adam Szalai (C) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg's Rick van Drongelen (back) in action against Hoffenheim's Serge Gnabry (front) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg's Rick van Drongelen (back) in action against Hoffenheim's Serge Gnabry (front) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg's Rick van Drongelen (back) in action against Hoffenheim's Serge Gnabry (front) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg fans light flares during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg fans light flares during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg fans light flares during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg fans light flares during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg fans light flares during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg fans light flares during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg's Lewis Holtby in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg's Lewis Holtby in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg's Lewis Holtby in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's Havard Nordtveit (L) in action against Hamburg's Tatsuya Ito (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's Havard Nordtveit (L) in action against Hamburg's Tatsuya Ito (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's Havard Nordtveit (L) in action against Hamburg's Tatsuya Ito (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's Havard Nordtveit (L) in action against Hamburg's Tatsuya Ito (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's Havard Nordtveit (L) in action against Hamburg's Tatsuya Ito (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's Havard Nordtveit (L) in action against Hamburg's Tatsuya Ito (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's head coach Julian Nagelsmann gestures during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's head coach Julian Nagelsmann gestures during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's head coach Julian Nagelsmann gestures during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg's Tatsuya Ito (C) in action against Hoffenheim players Florian Grillitsch (L) and Nico Schulz (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg's Tatsuya Ito (C) in action against Hoffenheim players Florian Grillitsch (L) and Nico Schulz (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg's Tatsuya Ito (C) in action against Hoffenheim players Florian Grillitsch (L) and Nico Schulz (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg's Gotoku Sakai reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg's Gotoku Sakai reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg's Gotoku Sakai reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim players celebrate their 2-0 lead during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim players celebrate their 2-0 lead during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim players celebrate their 2-0 lead during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's Nadiem Amiri (L) in action against Hamburg's goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's Nadiem Amiri (L) in action against Hamburg's goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's Nadiem Amiri (L) in action against Hamburg's goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's Nadiem Amiri (L) in action against Hamburg's goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's Nadiem Amiri (L) in action against Hamburg's goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's Nadiem Amiri (L) in action against Hamburg's goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim players celebrate their 1-0 lead during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim players celebrate their 1-0 lead during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim players celebrate their 1-0 lead during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's Serge Gnabry celebrates after scoring the 1-0 lead during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's Serge Gnabry celebrates after scoring the 1-0 lead during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's Serge Gnabry celebrates after scoring the 1-0 lead during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's Serge Gnabry celebrates after scoring the 1-0 lead during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's Serge Gnabry celebrates after scoring the 1-0 lead during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's Serge Gnabry celebrates after scoring the 1-0 lead during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg's Lewis Holtby (L) in action against Hoffenheim's Serge Gnabry (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg's Lewis Holtby (L) in action against Hoffenheim's Serge Gnabry (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg's Lewis Holtby (L) in action against Hoffenheim's Serge Gnabry (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's Kevin Vogt (C) and goalkeeper Oliver Baumann (R) in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's Kevin Vogt (C) and goalkeeper Oliver Baumann (R) in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's Kevin Vogt (C) and goalkeeper Oliver Baumann (R) in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's Benjamin Huebner (C) argues with referee Harm Osmers (2-R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's Benjamin Huebner (C) argues with referee Harm Osmers (2-R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's Benjamin Huebner (C) argues with referee Harm Osmers (2-R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg's Filip Kostic (L) in action against Hoffenheim's Benjamin Huebner (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg's Filip Kostic (L) in action against Hoffenheim's Benjamin Huebner (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg's Filip Kostic (L) in action against Hoffenheim's Benjamin Huebner (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg's head coach Christian Titz before the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg's head coach Christian Titz before the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hamburg's head coach Christian Titz before the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's head coach Julian Nagelsmann before the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's head coach Julian Nagelsmann before the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's head coach Julian Nagelsmann before the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's head coach Julian Nagelsmann before the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's head coach Julian Nagelsmann before the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's head coach Julian Nagelsmann before the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's head coach Julian Nagelsmann (L) greets Hamburg's head coach Christian Titz (R) before the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's head coach Julian Nagelsmann (L) greets Hamburg's head coach Christian Titz (R) before the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Sinsheim (Germany), 14/04/2018.- Hoffenheim's head coach Julian Nagelsmann (L) greets Hamburg's head coach Christian Titz (R) before the German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Hamburg SV in Sinsheim, Germany, 14 April 2018. (Hamburgo, Alemania) EFE/EPA/ARMANDO BABANI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Graeme Murty had hoped for a week free of distractions as his Rangers players prepared for Sunday's collision with Celtic in the semi-final of the William Hill Scottish Cup. Instead, he found himself answering questions about his own status following a letter from the Ibrox chairman, Dave King, to season-ticket holders, plus a broken agreement with Hamburg to hold back news that centre-back David Bates would join the Bundesliga club in the summer because Rangers could not match their wage offer. King’s letter stated the need for “immediate success” from “whoever is appointed” as manager for next season, wording that was criticised by David Weir, formerly assistant manager at Ibrox under Mark Warburton and also a Rangers player between 2007 and 2012. “I’m sure his press conference this week will be different to the one that he really wanted to be giving,” Weir said of Murty. Sure enough, the manager was pressed about both developments when he performed his media duties. “I have wanted to come here and talk to you about the week we have had but there are other issues you want to talk about and I respect that,” Murty said. Graeme Murty goes head to head with Brendan Rodgers this weekend Credit: PA “I can’t control David going to Hamburg and then them announcing that, I can’t control anything else that’s been released. I can control what we do on the training pitch. From my point of view, the players have focused really well, concentrated really well. “They understand it is a difficult game but they feel it is a game they can win and I agree with them wholeheartedly.” The customarily even-tempered Murty expressed irritation at Hamburg’s handling of Bates’ move to Germany. “We, as a club, would have been better served if we had waited until after the semi-final to have that out in the public domain. That is what we asked for,” he said. “Unfortunately, the people we are dealing with did not respect that and we have to deal with these questions now rather than dealing with a fantastic game on Sunday.” The move to Germany represents speedy progress for Bates, who moved from Raith Rovers to Rangers last year, but Murty declared that the Ibrox club had done as much as could have been expected to retain his services. “We offered him a contract that we felt was good enough to see him stay,” Murty said. “I am disappointed more than surprised that he hasn’t accepted it. The economic reality is they have come in and made an offer that we can’t match. “What he wanted was excessive and it wasn’t something we could or were prepared to pay. He has taken the opportunity to go and expand his football knowledge elsewhere. “I felt he could be an international footballer by remaining at Rangers and I put that to him. He has lots to work on and develop but I feel he could do that here.” As for the remarks by King, which were interpreted widely as an indication that the Ibrox board will not extend Murty’s period as interim manager beyond the summer, he said: “I haven’t had a conversation with the chairman. “As far as I read it my situation hasn’t changed. It was just a reiteration of the current situation - a manager will be appointed at the end of the season. Regardless of whether that’s me or someone else, that’s what has to happen because my own contract is only until the end of the season.” The credit side for Murty, as he heads into his fourth Old Firm derby in charge, is that, other than Bates – who was injured when the teams met at Ibrox last month – and Ryan Jack, he has a fully fit squad. Celtic, meanwhile, have welcomed several players back from layoffs and are also well equipped for the tie. After it was learned that the Rangers players had cheered the draw that paired them with Celtic, Brendan Rodgers retorted: “Be careful what you wish for.” The Celtic manager used the Ibrox reaction as a motivational tool again on Friday when he said: “This is a game they were cheering for - we respect every opponent. One of the values of this club is humility.”
Rangers boss Graeme Murty forced to fight fires ahead of Old Firm derby
Graeme Murty had hoped for a week free of distractions as his Rangers players prepared for Sunday's collision with Celtic in the semi-final of the William Hill Scottish Cup. Instead, he found himself answering questions about his own status following a letter from the Ibrox chairman, Dave King, to season-ticket holders, plus a broken agreement with Hamburg to hold back news that centre-back David Bates would join the Bundesliga club in the summer because Rangers could not match their wage offer. King’s letter stated the need for “immediate success” from “whoever is appointed” as manager for next season, wording that was criticised by David Weir, formerly assistant manager at Ibrox under Mark Warburton and also a Rangers player between 2007 and 2012. “I’m sure his press conference this week will be different to the one that he really wanted to be giving,” Weir said of Murty. Sure enough, the manager was pressed about both developments when he performed his media duties. “I have wanted to come here and talk to you about the week we have had but there are other issues you want to talk about and I respect that,” Murty said. Graeme Murty goes head to head with Brendan Rodgers this weekend Credit: PA “I can’t control David going to Hamburg and then them announcing that, I can’t control anything else that’s been released. I can control what we do on the training pitch. From my point of view, the players have focused really well, concentrated really well. “They understand it is a difficult game but they feel it is a game they can win and I agree with them wholeheartedly.” The customarily even-tempered Murty expressed irritation at Hamburg’s handling of Bates’ move to Germany. “We, as a club, would have been better served if we had waited until after the semi-final to have that out in the public domain. That is what we asked for,” he said. “Unfortunately, the people we are dealing with did not respect that and we have to deal with these questions now rather than dealing with a fantastic game on Sunday.” The move to Germany represents speedy progress for Bates, who moved from Raith Rovers to Rangers last year, but Murty declared that the Ibrox club had done as much as could have been expected to retain his services. “We offered him a contract that we felt was good enough to see him stay,” Murty said. “I am disappointed more than surprised that he hasn’t accepted it. The economic reality is they have come in and made an offer that we can’t match. “What he wanted was excessive and it wasn’t something we could or were prepared to pay. He has taken the opportunity to go and expand his football knowledge elsewhere. “I felt he could be an international footballer by remaining at Rangers and I put that to him. He has lots to work on and develop but I feel he could do that here.” As for the remarks by King, which were interpreted widely as an indication that the Ibrox board will not extend Murty’s period as interim manager beyond the summer, he said: “I haven’t had a conversation with the chairman. “As far as I read it my situation hasn’t changed. It was just a reiteration of the current situation - a manager will be appointed at the end of the season. Regardless of whether that’s me or someone else, that’s what has to happen because my own contract is only until the end of the season.” The credit side for Murty, as he heads into his fourth Old Firm derby in charge, is that, other than Bates – who was injured when the teams met at Ibrox last month – and Ryan Jack, he has a fully fit squad. Celtic, meanwhile, have welcomed several players back from layoffs and are also well equipped for the tie. After it was learned that the Rangers players had cheered the draw that paired them with Celtic, Brendan Rodgers retorted: “Be careful what you wish for.” The Celtic manager used the Ibrox reaction as a motivational tool again on Friday when he said: “This is a game they were cheering for - we respect every opponent. One of the values of this club is humility.”
Graeme Murty had hoped for a week free of distractions as his Rangers players prepared for Sunday's collision with Celtic in the semi-final of the William Hill Scottish Cup. Instead, he found himself answering questions about his own status following a letter from the Ibrox chairman, Dave King, to season-ticket holders, plus a broken agreement with Hamburg to hold back news that centre-back David Bates would join the Bundesliga club in the summer because Rangers could not match their wage offer. King’s letter stated the need for “immediate success” from “whoever is appointed” as manager for next season, wording that was criticised by David Weir, formerly assistant manager at Ibrox under Mark Warburton and also a Rangers player between 2007 and 2012. “I’m sure his press conference this week will be different to the one that he really wanted to be giving,” Weir said of Murty. Sure enough, the manager was pressed about both developments when he performed his media duties. “I have wanted to come here and talk to you about the week we have had but there are other issues you want to talk about and I respect that,” Murty said. Graeme Murty goes head to head with Brendan Rodgers this weekend Credit: PA “I can’t control David going to Hamburg and then them announcing that, I can’t control anything else that’s been released. I can control what we do on the training pitch. From my point of view, the players have focused really well, concentrated really well. “They understand it is a difficult game but they feel it is a game they can win and I agree with them wholeheartedly.” The customarily even-tempered Murty expressed irritation at Hamburg’s handling of Bates’ move to Germany. “We, as a club, would have been better served if we had waited until after the semi-final to have that out in the public domain. That is what we asked for,” he said. “Unfortunately, the people we are dealing with did not respect that and we have to deal with these questions now rather than dealing with a fantastic game on Sunday.” The move to Germany represents speedy progress for Bates, who moved from Raith Rovers to Rangers last year, but Murty declared that the Ibrox club had done as much as could have been expected to retain his services. “We offered him a contract that we felt was good enough to see him stay,” Murty said. “I am disappointed more than surprised that he hasn’t accepted it. The economic reality is they have come in and made an offer that we can’t match. “What he wanted was excessive and it wasn’t something we could or were prepared to pay. He has taken the opportunity to go and expand his football knowledge elsewhere. “I felt he could be an international footballer by remaining at Rangers and I put that to him. He has lots to work on and develop but I feel he could do that here.” As for the remarks by King, which were interpreted widely as an indication that the Ibrox board will not extend Murty’s period as interim manager beyond the summer, he said: “I haven’t had a conversation with the chairman. “As far as I read it my situation hasn’t changed. It was just a reiteration of the current situation - a manager will be appointed at the end of the season. Regardless of whether that’s me or someone else, that’s what has to happen because my own contract is only until the end of the season.” The credit side for Murty, as he heads into his fourth Old Firm derby in charge, is that, other than Bates – who was injured when the teams met at Ibrox last month – and Ryan Jack, he has a fully fit squad. Celtic, meanwhile, have welcomed several players back from layoffs and are also well equipped for the tie. After it was learned that the Rangers players had cheered the draw that paired them with Celtic, Brendan Rodgers retorted: “Be careful what you wish for.” The Celtic manager used the Ibrox reaction as a motivational tool again on Friday when he said: “This is a game they were cheering for - we respect every opponent. One of the values of this club is humility.”
Rangers boss Graeme Murty forced to fight fires ahead of Old Firm derby
Graeme Murty had hoped for a week free of distractions as his Rangers players prepared for Sunday's collision with Celtic in the semi-final of the William Hill Scottish Cup. Instead, he found himself answering questions about his own status following a letter from the Ibrox chairman, Dave King, to season-ticket holders, plus a broken agreement with Hamburg to hold back news that centre-back David Bates would join the Bundesliga club in the summer because Rangers could not match their wage offer. King’s letter stated the need for “immediate success” from “whoever is appointed” as manager for next season, wording that was criticised by David Weir, formerly assistant manager at Ibrox under Mark Warburton and also a Rangers player between 2007 and 2012. “I’m sure his press conference this week will be different to the one that he really wanted to be giving,” Weir said of Murty. Sure enough, the manager was pressed about both developments when he performed his media duties. “I have wanted to come here and talk to you about the week we have had but there are other issues you want to talk about and I respect that,” Murty said. Graeme Murty goes head to head with Brendan Rodgers this weekend Credit: PA “I can’t control David going to Hamburg and then them announcing that, I can’t control anything else that’s been released. I can control what we do on the training pitch. From my point of view, the players have focused really well, concentrated really well. “They understand it is a difficult game but they feel it is a game they can win and I agree with them wholeheartedly.” The customarily even-tempered Murty expressed irritation at Hamburg’s handling of Bates’ move to Germany. “We, as a club, would have been better served if we had waited until after the semi-final to have that out in the public domain. That is what we asked for,” he said. “Unfortunately, the people we are dealing with did not respect that and we have to deal with these questions now rather than dealing with a fantastic game on Sunday.” The move to Germany represents speedy progress for Bates, who moved from Raith Rovers to Rangers last year, but Murty declared that the Ibrox club had done as much as could have been expected to retain his services. “We offered him a contract that we felt was good enough to see him stay,” Murty said. “I am disappointed more than surprised that he hasn’t accepted it. The economic reality is they have come in and made an offer that we can’t match. “What he wanted was excessive and it wasn’t something we could or were prepared to pay. He has taken the opportunity to go and expand his football knowledge elsewhere. “I felt he could be an international footballer by remaining at Rangers and I put that to him. He has lots to work on and develop but I feel he could do that here.” As for the remarks by King, which were interpreted widely as an indication that the Ibrox board will not extend Murty’s period as interim manager beyond the summer, he said: “I haven’t had a conversation with the chairman. “As far as I read it my situation hasn’t changed. It was just a reiteration of the current situation - a manager will be appointed at the end of the season. Regardless of whether that’s me or someone else, that’s what has to happen because my own contract is only until the end of the season.” The credit side for Murty, as he heads into his fourth Old Firm derby in charge, is that, other than Bates – who was injured when the teams met at Ibrox last month – and Ryan Jack, he has a fully fit squad. Celtic, meanwhile, have welcomed several players back from layoffs and are also well equipped for the tie. After it was learned that the Rangers players had cheered the draw that paired them with Celtic, Brendan Rodgers retorted: “Be careful what you wish for.” The Celtic manager used the Ibrox reaction as a motivational tool again on Friday when he said: “This is a game they were cheering for - we respect every opponent. One of the values of this club is humility.”
<p>Hamburg snap up Rangers defender David Bates</p>
Hamburg snap up Rangers defender David Bates

Hamburg snap up Rangers defender David Bates

<p>Hamburg snap up Rangers defender David Bates</p>
Hamburg snap up Rangers defender David Bates

Hamburg snap up Rangers defender David Bates

Relegation-threatened Hamburg have lured David Bates away from Scotland on a free transfer.
Hamburg snap up Rangers defender David Bates
Relegation-threatened Hamburg have lured David Bates away from Scotland on a free transfer.
Aden Durde can handle waiting a few more days ahead of the big announcement. The American Football coach, sat in the NFL’s UK office in London, has been building towards this moment for years, travelling back and forth between his north London home and United States on a run of internships to increase his experience of coaching in the billion dollar league. On Tuesday the Atlanta Falcons confirmed that Durde, 37, will join the franchise as their new &quot;defensive quality control&quot; coach ahead of the 2018 season, making Durde the first ever British coach to work full-time in the NFL. Born in Palmers Green in North London, Durde’s evolution into a linebackers coach, the heart of the defence renowned for their tackling, seems obvious when you consider his first memory of American Football centres on one of the most imposing defences in the sport&#39;s history. “I remember a poster in my brothers’ room when I was about seven of the 1985 Bears, considered as the greatest defence,” Durde recalls. “And my Mum got me a video of the Bears’ Super Bowl winning season. I watched that over and over again.” The 1985 Chicago Bears are still the most dominant performance ever in Super Bowl history. Bar none! @nfl@nflnetworkpic.twitter.com/2V2SJ0GhDD— Jim Irwin (@irwin65) 1 February 2015 Durde only began playing the sport at 16 with friends in Finsbury Park. After returning home from a spell playing College football in the US, Durde converted from a full back (on the offence) to linebacker and joined the NFL Europe developmental league in 2003. Stints followed with the Scottish Claymores and Hamburg Sea Devils with Durde also having opportunities to train as part of the larger practice squads of the Carolina Panthers and finally Kansas City Chiefs. Durde retired following that last stop in Kansas City in 2008, returning to London and working as a youth mentor in Enfield. “I didn’t know I wanted to be a coach when I was a player,” Durde explains. “I opened up my own business in mentoring and education for kids who were outside of schools and employment, mentoring them and trying to get them back into jobs, and also mentoring athletes. But I missed the culture of football, the accountability. “After three years I realised that I wanted to get back into football, how much I missed it. At the time I was coaching with the [British American Football Association side] London Warriors, based in Thornton Heath, and I believed I could coach at the NFL level, even though I knew I had a lot to learn.” Durde will imminently move to the USA Credit: NFL UK Durde joined the Dallas Cowboys as an intern back in 2014 through the Bill Walsh diversity programme, the scheme named after the late 49ers head coach to ensure opportunities for minority and female coaches. He has since returned to the USA to work again with the Cowboys and twice more as an intern with the Falcons, all while maintaining his role back in the UK as head of the NFL’s International Player Pathway programme, identifying potential NFL talents based overseas. After the 2017 NFL season concluded, Durde received a life-changing phone call from Falcons head coach Dan Quinn. Now he will work assisting the Falcons with game-planning and breaking down opposition film, helping to improve a talented group of linebackers including stars Vic Beasley and Deion Jones. &quot;One of Coach Quinn&#39;s gifts is the person that he is. His authenticity,&quot; Durde explains. &quot;He believes in what he believes in. I found him quite selfless: he gives his time to people and is a good human being. There are a lot of good people at the Falcons and it’s a fun place to work. &quot;[The linebackers] Jones, Beasley, (De&#39;Vondre) Campbell, (Duke) Riley - I like the way the defence is built, so fast, which in today’s game is one of the main components you need. It is all about mismatches, and the more you can cover speed with speed will help you.&quot; Deion Jones #45 of the Atlanta Falcons Credit: GETTY IMAGES The extra attention that comes with being the NFL’s first British coach might faze others. Durde however is taking it in his stride. “I’m obviously aware of it, but it is also one of the reasons why I do it,” Durde said. “ I believe there are good coaches everywhere. Coaches are teachers, motivators, people who look at things strategically, and I believe those people live all over the world. “When I go to NFL teams, having a different accent doesn’t bother me. I feel comfortable in myself and I’m proud to be from here. I love my home. “You have good American Football coaches all in Germany, the UK, France - everywhere. I do not take it lightly that I am one of the first to do it. But ultimately, I have to be myself and keep going. I will enjoy it, and work as hard as I can. That ethos has taken me this far. “That is the only way I know, to get my head down and support the defence. To understand my role and fulfil it to the best of my ability.” Durde’s appointment will only add to the increasing interest in American Football in the UK, after British-born running back Jay Ajayi’s Super Bowl title with the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this year. What&#39;s the best way to celebrate a Super Bowl victory? With your mom OF COURSE! Just ask @JayTrain and @LG_Blount �� ��: @NFLGameDay Prime #SBLIIpic.twitter.com/u5bq9lwXWd— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) 5 February 2018 Durde knows the British talent is out there to play in the NFL, with an increasing number of schools eager to participate. The sport&#39;s growth on UK shores over the last decade has rocketed. And Durde, in his pivotal role, can see the future. “There are tremendous athletes here, like Efe [Obada]. He was in Stockwell, 18 years old, looking like an NFL defensive lineman. And now he is where he’s meant to be with the Carolina Panthers,” Durde explains. “There are kids like that all over London and Europe. Someone just has to find them, and they will. But these stories of people pushing boundaries - Jay, Efe - hopefully inspires others to do it as well.” “We have schools calling up every day, looking for assistance and to train up teachers. Twelve years ago, you would never imagine that the sport would be where it is today. &quot;The more kids play, the sooner they go to play in College football, and then someone gets drafted. It will take a long time, but I see where it is going every day.&quot;
Aden Durde joins the Atlanta Falcons to become the NFL's first British coach
Aden Durde can handle waiting a few more days ahead of the big announcement. The American Football coach, sat in the NFL’s UK office in London, has been building towards this moment for years, travelling back and forth between his north London home and United States on a run of internships to increase his experience of coaching in the billion dollar league. On Tuesday the Atlanta Falcons confirmed that Durde, 37, will join the franchise as their new "defensive quality control" coach ahead of the 2018 season, making Durde the first ever British coach to work full-time in the NFL. Born in Palmers Green in North London, Durde’s evolution into a linebackers coach, the heart of the defence renowned for their tackling, seems obvious when you consider his first memory of American Football centres on one of the most imposing defences in the sport's history. “I remember a poster in my brothers’ room when I was about seven of the 1985 Bears, considered as the greatest defence,” Durde recalls. “And my Mum got me a video of the Bears’ Super Bowl winning season. I watched that over and over again.” The 1985 Chicago Bears are still the most dominant performance ever in Super Bowl history. Bar none! @nfl@nflnetworkpic.twitter.com/2V2SJ0GhDD— Jim Irwin (@irwin65) 1 February 2015 Durde only began playing the sport at 16 with friends in Finsbury Park. After returning home from a spell playing College football in the US, Durde converted from a full back (on the offence) to linebacker and joined the NFL Europe developmental league in 2003. Stints followed with the Scottish Claymores and Hamburg Sea Devils with Durde also having opportunities to train as part of the larger practice squads of the Carolina Panthers and finally Kansas City Chiefs. Durde retired following that last stop in Kansas City in 2008, returning to London and working as a youth mentor in Enfield. “I didn’t know I wanted to be a coach when I was a player,” Durde explains. “I opened up my own business in mentoring and education for kids who were outside of schools and employment, mentoring them and trying to get them back into jobs, and also mentoring athletes. But I missed the culture of football, the accountability. “After three years I realised that I wanted to get back into football, how much I missed it. At the time I was coaching with the [British American Football Association side] London Warriors, based in Thornton Heath, and I believed I could coach at the NFL level, even though I knew I had a lot to learn.” Durde will imminently move to the USA Credit: NFL UK Durde joined the Dallas Cowboys as an intern back in 2014 through the Bill Walsh diversity programme, the scheme named after the late 49ers head coach to ensure opportunities for minority and female coaches. He has since returned to the USA to work again with the Cowboys and twice more as an intern with the Falcons, all while maintaining his role back in the UK as head of the NFL’s International Player Pathway programme, identifying potential NFL talents based overseas. After the 2017 NFL season concluded, Durde received a life-changing phone call from Falcons head coach Dan Quinn. Now he will work assisting the Falcons with game-planning and breaking down opposition film, helping to improve a talented group of linebackers including stars Vic Beasley and Deion Jones. "One of Coach Quinn's gifts is the person that he is. His authenticity," Durde explains. "He believes in what he believes in. I found him quite selfless: he gives his time to people and is a good human being. There are a lot of good people at the Falcons and it’s a fun place to work. "[The linebackers] Jones, Beasley, (De'Vondre) Campbell, (Duke) Riley - I like the way the defence is built, so fast, which in today’s game is one of the main components you need. It is all about mismatches, and the more you can cover speed with speed will help you." Deion Jones #45 of the Atlanta Falcons Credit: GETTY IMAGES The extra attention that comes with being the NFL’s first British coach might faze others. Durde however is taking it in his stride. “I’m obviously aware of it, but it is also one of the reasons why I do it,” Durde said. “ I believe there are good coaches everywhere. Coaches are teachers, motivators, people who look at things strategically, and I believe those people live all over the world. “When I go to NFL teams, having a different accent doesn’t bother me. I feel comfortable in myself and I’m proud to be from here. I love my home. “You have good American Football coaches all in Germany, the UK, France - everywhere. I do not take it lightly that I am one of the first to do it. But ultimately, I have to be myself and keep going. I will enjoy it, and work as hard as I can. That ethos has taken me this far. “That is the only way I know, to get my head down and support the defence. To understand my role and fulfil it to the best of my ability.” Durde’s appointment will only add to the increasing interest in American Football in the UK, after British-born running back Jay Ajayi’s Super Bowl title with the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this year. What's the best way to celebrate a Super Bowl victory? With your mom OF COURSE! Just ask @JayTrain and @LG_Blount �� ��: @NFLGameDay Prime #SBLIIpic.twitter.com/u5bq9lwXWd— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) 5 February 2018 Durde knows the British talent is out there to play in the NFL, with an increasing number of schools eager to participate. The sport's growth on UK shores over the last decade has rocketed. And Durde, in his pivotal role, can see the future. “There are tremendous athletes here, like Efe [Obada]. He was in Stockwell, 18 years old, looking like an NFL defensive lineman. And now he is where he’s meant to be with the Carolina Panthers,” Durde explains. “There are kids like that all over London and Europe. Someone just has to find them, and they will. But these stories of people pushing boundaries - Jay, Efe - hopefully inspires others to do it as well.” “We have schools calling up every day, looking for assistance and to train up teachers. Twelve years ago, you would never imagine that the sport would be where it is today. "The more kids play, the sooner they go to play in College football, and then someone gets drafted. It will take a long time, but I see where it is going every day."

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