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GERMAN 2. BUNDESLIGA

2018/2019 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
1 St Pauli 2 0 0 6
2 Holstein Kie 1 1 0 4
3 Greuther Fur 1 1 0 4
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Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge hits out as 50+1 rule retained

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Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has hit out at the German Football League (DFL) after 18 of its 36 clubs voted to keep the 50+1 rule in the Bundesliga, saying it would harm European competitiveness.

The vote, which took place on Thursday, came after a motion tabled by second-tier club St. Pauli, and Rummenigge said the outcome would harm German clubs in continental competitions.

Under DFL rules, clubs in Germany are not allowed into the upper two tiers if commercial investors have more than...

Stoke City and St Pauli announce partnership agreement

St Pauli have developed a reputation for their alternative approach to the game.

Premier League club Stoke City and 2. Bundesliga side St. Pauli have agreed a "long-term cooperation."

The "strategic partnership" will be the first of its kind between a German and a Premier League club, and is set to expand beyond sports, with St. Pauli saying on their official website that the two sides have also agreed a partnership in "marketing, merchandising and media." 

St. Pauli CEO Andreas Rettig, a former German Football League executive, said: "We are delighted that for the first...

St Pauli open doors to 200 anti-G20 protesters as director joins demo

Hundreds of people painted to look like clay figures move protest against the G 20 summit in Hamburg.

St. Pauli have allowed 200 people protesting against the G20 as it holds its summit in Hamburg to set up camp at their Millerntor stadium, with former head coach and current director Ewald Lienen joining a demonstration.

The second-tier club, based in the vibrant Reeperbahn area of the port city, have established a reputation for having left-wing ideals in recent decades.

On Thursday, they said that 200 of up to 100,000 protesters expected to descend on the city could set up camp under the main...

Deniz Naki given 18-month suspended sentence for 'terrorist propaganda'

Deniz Naki currently plays for Amed SK in the Turkish second division.

Former Germany under-21 international Deniz Naki has been given a suspended 18-month prison sentence in Diyarbakir, Turkey, for promoting "terrorist propaganda."

Naki, 27, was found of guilty on Wednesday and sentenced to serve 18 months and 22 days in jail, with the prison term suspended for five years.

The attacking midfielder, who played in the Bundesliga for St. Pauli, had been acquitted by the same court in Diyarbakir in November, but the prosecution appealed against the verdict.

The Germany-born...

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U.S. winger Fafa Picault seals move to Philadelphia Union

U.S. international winger Fabrice "Fafa" Picault has signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Union, the MLS club announced on Thursday.

Picault, 25, was released from his contract at second-tier German club St. Pauli on Tuesday after completing a trial with the Union.

His deal contains a club option for two additional seasons.

"We are excited to bring Fafa to our club for the 2017 season. He provides depth for us and brings a lot of excitement with his speed and ability to move up...