Billionaire Klaus-Michael Kuehne has acquired a 7.5 percent stake at former European champions Hamburg SV after pumping in 18.75 million euros in investment and also bagged the stadium naming rights, the club said on Thursday.
Hamburg SV keeper Rene Adler saved two spot kicks in a shootout to help the Bundesliga club overcome third division Energie Cottbus 4-1 on penalties and advance into the German Cup second round on Monday.
Four teams are fighting for the chance to play in the Champions League next season as the Bundesliga finale on Saturday promises a nail-biting climax and a battle for Hamburg SV to avoid their first ever relegation.
Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer believes relegation-threatened Hamburg SV could not have wished for a better time to be facing the Bavarians than after this week`s 4-0 Champions League humiliation at home to Real Madrid.
Hamburg SV Defender Heiko Westermann volleyed a spectacular winner eight minutes from time to boost their hopes of avoiding relegation from the Bundesliga with a 2-1 home win over Bayer Leverkusen on Friday.
Hakan Calhanoglu scored with an astonishing 40-metre free kick as Hamburg SV ended a run of seven Bundesliga defeats in a row by beating Borussia Dortmund 3-0 on new coach Mirko Slomka`s debut on Saturday.
Mario Mandzukic scored a hat-trick as Bayern Munich predictably routed stricken Hamburg SV 5-0 away in the German Cup on Wednesday and second tier Kaiserslautern ousted Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 after missing an extra-time penalty.
Hamburg SV, the only ever-present team since the Bundesliga was founded in 1963, dropped into the relegation playoff spot on Saturday after a 3-0 loss at Hoffenheim which left coach Bert van Marwijk fuming.
Hamburg SV and German international goalkeeper Rene Adler faces a month on the sidelines with an ankle injury and will miss the resumption of the Bundesliga after the winter break at the end of January, his club said on Friday.
South Korea striker Son Heung-Min scored his first Bundesliga hat-trick in Bayer Leverkusen`s 5-3 win over Hamburg SV on Saturday while Borussia Dortmund lost 2-1 to VfL Wolfsburg in their second defeat in four days.