Wolfsburg sign defender Baku until 2025 from Mainz
Wolfsburg said on Thursday they have signed defender Ridle Baku from Bundesliga rivals Mainz on a five-year-contract until 2025.No details were given but the 22-year-old of Congolese descent is said to cost Wolfsburg less than 10 million euros (11.7 dollars).Mainz-born Baku played 50 Bundesliga matches for the club he joined as a boy and is also a German under-21 international."I owe everything to Mainz and the club will always have a special place in my heart," he said."But I felt that it was time to take the next step in my development and I find the best conditions for this in Wolfsburg."Wo...
Mainz Sack Manager Just After 2 Games
Achim BeierlorzerBundesliga club Mainz have sacked coach Achim Beierlorzer after a turbulent week which included a players’ strike and a 4-1 defeat to newly promoted VfB Stuttgart.Mainz players went on strike on Wednesday after forward Adam Szalai was demoted to the reserve team and told to look for a new club. Although the squad returned to training the following day, Mainz were not able to recover in time for the next match.Mainz suffered a heavy home defeat at the hands of Stuttgart on Saturday after they lost 3-1 at RB Leipzig on the first match day of the season.“I am disappointed by the ...
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Soccer: Muto helps seal Mainz's Bundesliga survival in win over Dortmund
Japanese forward Yoshinori Muto helped secure Mainz's survival in the German top-tier Bundesliga on Saturday by scoring in their 2-1 victory at Borussia Dortmund.After Bote Baku opened the scoring for Mainz in the fourth minute, Muto doubled the lead with his eighth goal of the season nine minutes later, ensuring Mainz a place in next season's top flight with one game remaining.The win at a sellout Signal Westfalenstadion took Mainz's points haul to 36 points from 33 matches, leaving them 14th in the 18-team table with one match remaining."I don't think scoring eight goals as a forward is a lo...
Soccer: Mainz's Muto nets brace in win over Stuttgart
Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto scored a brace to help Mainz snap their winless streak in the German Bundesliga on Saturday, when they beat Stuttgart 3-2 at home.Japan international Muto equalized with an assist from Frenchman Abdou Diallo in extra minutes in the first half, after Stuttgart defender Holger Badstuber's goal in the 19th minute.Muto gave Mainz the lead in the 54th, and German midfielder Gerrit Holtmann added another goal 10 minutes later to clinch the win, despite Stuttgart striker Daniel Ginczek's score in extra minutes."I'm glad that my goals helped the team win when we were in a ...