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U.S. youngster McKinze Gaines leaves Wolfsburg to join Darmstadt

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McKinze Gaines will play for Darmstadt in the German second division next year.

Darmstadt completed the signing of United States youngster McKinze Gaines from Wolfsburg on Thursday.

The 19-year-old winger joins on a three-year contract at relegated Darmstadt, though Wolfsburg retain a buy-back option.

Texas-born McKinze Gainzes leaves Wolfsburg following a successful season in the club's under-19s, which saw his side reach the semifinal of the German championships.

However, the United States youth international felt it was time to move on after 22 league games, seven goals...

Union Berlin announce €38m plan to take stadium capacity to 37,000

Union Berlin fans will be watching their football in a 37,000-capacity stadium by 2020.

Union Berlin have announced plans to increase the capacity of their Alten Forsterei stadium from 22,012 to around 37,000 by 2020.

The €38 million reconstruction work, due to begin in 2019, will mean the stadium has a standing capacity of 28,692 -- just short of the 29,400 at Borussia Dortmund's Westfalenstadion.

Seating capacity, meanwhile, will be increased to more than 8,000 seats to meet German Football League requirements for top-flight football.

Union want the Alten Forsterei, built in...

Schalke sack Markus Weinzierl after one season, hire Dominico Tedesco, 31

Markus Weinzierl
Markus Weinzierl took over at Schalke in 2016.

Schalke sacked coach Markus Weinzierl one season into his three-year deal on Friday and appointed Dominico Tedesco in his place.

Weinzierl, 42, departs after the Bundesliga club failed to reach a European competition for the first time since 2009.

Dominic Tedesco, who arrives from second-division side Erzgebirge Aue, signed a two-year contract

The 31-year-old only joined the then-rock-bottom club from Hoffenheim's academy in early 2017, but secured them another year of football in the 2. Bundesliga...

German minister Thomas De Maiziere: Lock up violent football fans

Police lined the pitch after 1860 Munich fans hurled seats onto the pitch.

German minister of the interior Thomas De Maiziere has said football fans who attack police or stewards "should be locked up."

De Maiziere, 63, made the remarks after a season marred by several outbreaks of violence both inside and outside grounds.

On Monday, Eintracht Braunschweig supporters invaded the pitch after their team failed to win promotion to the Bundesliga in a playoff against Wolfsburg.

The following day, 1860 Munich fans threw seats onto the pitch at the Allianz Arena as their team...

1860 Munich in chaos after shame of relegation to German third tier

1860 Munich could not avoid relegation to the third tier of German football.

Former Bundesliga champions 1860 Munich's relegation to Germany's third division has plunged the club into chaos amid recriminations over who is responsible.

"Nobody around the club ever expected or wanted that we dropped to the third division," 1860 said on their website on Wednesday. "We know that this scenario is not acceptable for the whole 'Lions' family. In such a situation, there are only losers unfortunately."

It could yet get worse for the Munich-based club, which will be forced to declare...