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Not much excitement in the top league this weekend for Cdn fans. Paul Stalteri's Werder Bremen have lost the chance for Champions League play next season, but still have a crack at a UEFA spot and an expected win over relegated SC Freiburg should help in that regard. Paul is expected to start.

Julian de Guzman has played his last Bundesliga game as a torn ligament in his left ankle will keep him sidelined till the summer. Anybody have a discount on Spanish lessons??

Tam Nsaliwa and company travel across Germany to take on Erzebirge Aue on Sunday in the Bundesliga 2. Mathematically,FC Saarbruecken could still be relegated, but barring double digit victories by some teams behind them, they are safe for Bundesliga 2 play next season.

The only nailbiter left is in the Regional League South. Nik Ledgerwood and the 1860 Muenchen amateurs are away to the lovely town of Koblenz to take on TuS Koblenz tomorrow. The amateurs are just out of relegation territory and will need points in the next few weeks to stay up in the 3rd tier. The senior 1860 team is still in the running for promotion to the Bundesliga 1. They sit in fourth behind MSV Duisberg (very likely going up), FC Koeln, and Eintracht Frankfurt. From a fan perspective, it would be nice to see two big clubs like Frankfurt and Koeln go back up, but 1860 could nip Frankfurt and have the new arena to play in next season. The senior 1860 team take on Bavarian rivals Greuther Furth on Sunday in a real six pointer.

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Today was Paul's last home gave for Werder and it was really amazing to see the fans reaction. There are a few pictures on the site if anyone is interested in having a look at the great poster the fans made and handed out to the fans in the stadium. With four players leaving, it was really an honour to see the effort they put into Paul's goodbye.


Werder won 4-1

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Great display by the Bremen fans for their Canadian player. And a nice way to bow out, with a big win for the fans. Just one more Canucks in Germany update to come. Paul played 90 minutes and led the team in touches on the ball. Good interview with Paul at the Bremen site where he wonders where he would be today without Thomas Schaaf, the coach who brought Paul along with him from the amateur team and played him in 150 Bundesliga games.

Here's a blast from the past. Kicker's review of Paul's first Bundesliga game, where he scored and was man of the match. The last bit says Paul was the best player on the field in his pro debut. He showed composure and proved to be strong runner, showed understanding of the game and a nose for goal.

Werder Bremen: F. Rost (3) - Tjikuzu (3,5), Baumann (3), Verlaat (3), Skripnik (2,5) - Eilts (3), Wicky (2) - Herzog (3), Bode (3) - Stalteri (1,5), Pizarro (3,5) - Trainer: Schaaf

Energie Cottbus: Piplica (3,5) - Beeck (4), McKenna (5), Mátyus (5) - Thielemann (4,5) - Reghecampf (5), Tzvetanov (4) - Latoundji (4,5), Miriuta (4) - Franklin (5), Labak (5) - Trainer: Geyer

Tore: 0:1 Miriuta (16., direkter Freistoß, Rechtsschuss), 1:1 Stalteri (34., Rechtsschuss, Vorarbeit Skripnik), 2:1 Bode (45., Kopfball, Herzog), 3:1 Pizarro (70., Rechtsschuss, Eilts)

Eingewechselt: 73. Frings für Eilts, 77. Trares für Bode, 81. Bogdanovic für Stalteri - 50. Horvath (5) für Labak, 65. Helbig für Franklin, 76. Micevski für McKenna

Chancenverhältnis: 12:2

Eckenverhältnis: 6:3

Schiedsrichter: Stark (Ergolding), Note 5 - beging zwei krasse Fehler: Pfiff nach Foul von McKenna an Wicky zu früh ab, was den an sich regulären Treffer Stalteris die Anerkennung kostete (22.). Wenig später hätte Tzvetanov als letzter Mann für ein Foul an Bode Rot statt nur Gelb sehen müssen.

Zuschauer: 30660

Gelbe Karten: Eilts, Pizarro, Verlaat - Franklin, McKenna, Tzvetanov, Beeck

Spielnote: 3,5

Spieler des Spiels:

Stalteri, Paul

In seinem ersten Profi-Einsatz auf Anhieb stärkster Akteur. Startete ohne eine Spur von Nervosität, bewies Laufstärke, Spielverständnis und Torriecher.


Personal: Energie-Trainer Eduard Geyer hatte Vata, Akrapovic und Sebök wegen Trainingsrückstands zu Hause gelassen. Werder begann wie erwartet mit Debütant Stalteri für Ailton (Muskelfaserriss) im Sturm.


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Big win today for Nik Ledgerwood and 1860 Munich amateurs, 3-0 over hosts TuS Koblenz.

And analyst, I will look out for news on Sulentic. Nothing at the K-town website.

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I posted in error that Werder Bremen were out of the running for a Champions League spot next season. Due to unexpected ties today for Hertha vs Moenchengladbach and Stuttgart vs relegated Bochum, Werder Bremen are still alive and will advance to 3rd with a win against Kaiserslautern (likely) and losses by VfB Stuttgart against Bayern Munich (likely) and by Hertha Berlin at home to Hannover 96 (which will be the killer for Bremen I think).

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Tam and FC Saarbruecken get smoked in the east, losing 3-0 to Erzebirge Aue. They could still mathematically get eliminated if they lose by a few goals to Eintracht Trier at home. It's a bit of a local derby so maybe they'll get pumped up and get a result.

Also, Paul Stalteri is definitely bound for England but will not name the club until details are worked out to everyone's satisfaction.

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quote:Originally posted by Ed

Also, Paul Stalteri is definitely bound for England but will not name the club until details are worked out to everyone's satisfaction.

Well, he may not be saying anything but Sky Sports certainly is:

Spurs snare Stalteri

by Mark Buckingham - created on 16 May 2005

Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a deal to sign Canada international Paul Stalteri from Werder Bremen.

The full back recently announced he would be leaving the deposed German champions when his contract expires in the summer.

He has been repeatedly linked with a move to The Premiership and rejected a switch to Crystal Palace last summer.

Charlton Athletic and Manchester City were also mooted as admirers of the full back but Spurs have won the chase for his signature.

Spurs sporting director Frank Arnesen admits he is overjoyed to have landed Stalteri ahead of some stiff competition for the 27-year-old.

"I am delighted we can announce our next signing for the new season," Arnesen told the club's official website.

"Paul Stalteri is a defender who can play in midfield - so he is a multi-functional player, who can play on both sides.

"He has come from a tough environment at Werder Bremen and their players are very well known for their mentality.

"I am delighted to get him in, there were a lot of clubs chasing him including some from England.

"He will be a big plus for the squad."

In addition to Stalteri, Spurs have already struck deals for Teemu Tainio and Tom Huddlestone as Martin Jol looks to take the club into Europe.

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Nik Ledgerwood was named to kicker magazine's 'Elf des Tage' (Eleven of the day - print edition only) in the Regional League South for his outstanding play for 1860 Muenchen amateurs in their weekend victory over TuS Koblenz. One more win this coming week will ensure survival in the Regional League South for his team (the stated goal this season). Such play bodes well for Nik and his senior team chances for next season.

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Judging from the fansites most of the Bremen fans are sad to see Stalteri leave. A very classy display by the Werder fans, much classier than the behaviour of their management towards him. I am sure this display went a long way towards keeping some of the Canadians who have followed WB because of Stalteri as fans of the club even when he is not there. Congrats to Paul for his signing with Spurs and for earning so much respect in Bremen.

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