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Hannover hire Heldt after sacking general manager and sporting director

Horst Heldt, right, served as general manager at Schalke.

HANNOVER, Germany -- German second-division side Hannover have sacked their general manager and sporting director to make way for former Schalke GM Horst Heldt.

Hannover, who were relegated from the Bundesliga last season, say Martin Bader and sporting director Christian Moeckel have been let go "with immediate effect."

Supervisory board members decided "the club's sporting leadership needs to be changed" to secure their immediate top-flight return.

Kevin Grosskreutz to take break after Stuttgart contract terminated

Kevin Grosskreutz
Kevin Grosskreutz was a non-playing member of Germany's 2014 World Cup-winning squad.

Kevin Grosskreutz, the former Germany international who won the 2014 World Cup, has announced he will put his playing career on hold "for the time being" after he had his contract terminated by Stuttgart.

The former Borussia Dortmund midfielder was hospitalised earlier this week when he was attacked in Stuttgart's city centre while out with players from the club's academy early on Tuesday morning. Images published in German media showed him with a bruised face.

As a consequence of failing to live...

Stuttgart's Kevin Grosskreutz hospitalised following fight

Kevin Grosskreutz
Kevin Grosskreutz was involved in a fight in which four people were arrested.

German second-division leaders Stuttgart say Kevin Grosskreutz has been hospitalised after getting involved in a fight on Monday night.

The club said in a statement that "Grosskreutz is doing well in the circumstances. It looks like he can leave the hospital again on Wednesday. Kevin Grosskreutz will file charges after the incident."

Stuttgart did not give the extent of the 28-year-old right-back's injuries.

Police, who did not name the player, reported that a 28-year-old was taken to hospital with...

 By Mark Lovell

Julian Green to use Bayern Munich winning mentality at Stuttgart

Julian Green's first goal for Stuttgart and Emerson Hyndman's strike for Rangers headline this week's Yanks Abroad.

U.S forward Julian Green has told kicker he plans to use the winning mentality ingrained at Bayern Munich to reignite his career at second-division Stuttgart.

Green, 21, signed for the 2007 Bundesliga champions for a fee of €300,000 in December. The Tampa-born striker, who grew up in Germany, had been on the fringes at Bayern for almost seven years, graduating through the youth sides and reserves, but never actually made a Bundesliga first-team appearance for the Bavarians.

He scored his...

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U.S. forward Julian Green scores first goal since move to Stuttgart

In an interview with ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti, Carlo Ancelotti says Julian Green improved a lot before moving to Stuttgart.

U.S. forward Julian Green scored the first league goal of his career on Monday in his second game with Stuttgart.

Green, who scored for the U.S. at the 2014 World Cup, left Bayern Munich to join second-division Stuttgart in December in hopes of more playing time than he received with the German champions.

After playing the first half of Stuttgart's win at St. Pauli last week, Green played 61 minutes against Dusseldorf on Monday and found the net in the 19th minute.