Hamburg sign Swedish midfielder Albin Ekdal
Hamburg sign Swedish midfielder Albin Ekdal

 Swedish midfielder Albin Ekdal moves from Italian outfit Cagliari Calcio to Bundesliga side Hamburg, both clubs confirmed on Sunday.

Germany`s Marcell Jansen retires, at just 29
Germany`s Marcell Jansen retires, at just 29

Former Germany defender Marcell Jansen has quit professional football at the age of just 29 following his release by Hamburg.

Promoted Betis sign Van der Vaart on three-year deal
Promoted Betis sign Van der Vaart on three-year deal

Promoted Real Betis have signed Netherlands midfielder Rafael van der Vaart on a three-year contract to bolster their top-flight ambitions next season.

Dramatic extra-time win sees Hamburg avoid relegation
Dramatic extra-time win sees Hamburg avoid relegation

Hamburg avoided a first relegation from Germany`s top flight with a dramatic 2-1 extra-time win at Karlsruhe in Monday`s relegation play-off, second-leg, to seal a 3-2 aggregate win.

Darmstadt earn promotion in Bundesliga
Darmstadt earn promotion in Bundesliga

German football club Darmstadt sealed their promotion to top flight while Karlsruhe face Hamburg in a promotional playoff after the last round of matches in Bundesliga second division.

Champions Bayern Munich sign off with win over Mainz
Champions Bayern Munich sign off with win over Mainz

Champions Bayern Munich ended their three-match losing streak in the Bundesliga with a season-ending 2-0 win over Mainz on Saturday as Hamburg and Stuttgart avoided relegation.

German anti-euro party hopes to enter fifth state assembly

Germany`s eurosceptic AfD party hoped to enter its fifth state assembly Sunday as voters went to the polls in the northern city-state of Bremen, a bastion of the centre-left Social Democrats.

Hamburg climb off bottom to boost survival hopes
Hamburg climb off bottom to boost survival hopes

Hamburg boosted their hopes of avoiding an historic relegation from the Bundesliga with a dramatic 3-2 win over Augsburg to climb off the bottom of the table on Saturday.

Relegation beckons as Hamburg lose at Bremen
Relegation beckons as Hamburg lose at Bremen

Bottom side Hamburg have just five games left to avoid a historic relegation from the Bundesliga after Sunday`s 1-0 defeat at Werder Bremen in the north German derby.

Hamburg will go down, say Felix Magath, Franz Beckenbauer
Hamburg will go down, say Felix Magath, Franz Beckenbauer

Former Hamburg greats Franz Beckenbauer and Felix Magath both claimed they expect the Bundesliga`s bottom club to be relegated this season.

Paris to bid for 2024 Summer Olympic Games: City official
Paris to bid for 2024 Summer Olympic Games: City official

Paris is set to go ahead with a bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, the French capital`s deputy mayor in charge of sports told Reuters.

Hertha Berlin pull clear of Bundesliga relegation places
Hertha Berlin pull clear of Bundesliga relegation places

Hertha Berlin are set to stay in the Bundesliga next season after their 2-0 home on Sunday pushed visitors Paderborn deeper into the relegation mire.

Gladbach, Bayer post big wins in Bundesliga race for third
Gladbach, Bayer post big wins in Bundesliga race for third

Borussia Moenchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen both posted big wins on Saturday as the battle for the Bundesliga`s third automatic Champions League place intensified.

Hamburg make Thomas Tuchel multi-million offer: Reports
Hamburg make Thomas Tuchel multi-million offer: Reports

Bundesliga strugglers Hamburg have offered Germany`s rising-star coach Thomas Tuchel a four-year deal worth 3.2m euros (US$3.4m) per season with 25m euros (US$26.8m) available for new players, according to reports.

Peter Knaebel ready for Hamburg rescue mission
Peter Knaebel ready for Hamburg rescue mission

Peter Knaebel, Hamburg`s third coach this season, is ready to launch the Hanseatic club`s rescue mission and avoid a first relegation from Germany`s top flight, he said on Monday.

Hamburg officially named Germany's bid for 2024 Olympics Games

Hamburg officially became Germany`s bid for the 2024 summer Olympics after the country`s Olympic committee (DOSB) members unanimously accepted the board`s proposal on Saturday.

Hamburg promise 'sustainable, compact' 2024 Olympic games
Hamburg promise 'sustainable, compact' 2024 Olympic games

Hamburg is set to launch its bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games with the city`s mayor promising "a compact, sustainable" games -- without a white elephant in sight.

Hamburg beats Berlin to become Germany's 2024 Games bid
Hamburg beats Berlin to become Germany's 2024 Games bid

The northern port city of Hamburg was picked on Monday as the country`s preferred choice for a 2024 summer Olympics bid ahead of Berlin, with the German Olympic Sports Confederation`s (DOSB) members to ratify the proposal later this week.

Germany poised to pick 2024 candidate city
Germany poised to pick 2024 candidate city

Either Berlin or Hamburg will be announced on Monday as the German Olympic Sports Confederation`s (DSOB) candidate city for the 2024 Summer Games and Paralympics.

Hamburg edges ahead of Berlin in local support for 2024 Games
Hamburg edges ahead of Berlin in local support for 2024 Games

The northern port city of Hamburg has edged ahead of capital Berlin in their head-to-head race for the German candidacy for the 2024 Olympics, recording stronger local support in a poll, the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) said on Tuesday.