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US star Donovan joins Bayern Munich on loan

Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan has signed a short-term contract Thursday on loan to German giants Bayern Munich after impressing coach Jürgen Klinsmann on his 10-day trial.

US star Donovan joins Bayern Munich on loan
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With Galaxy currently on their winter break, Donovan, 26, will be with Bayern from January to March next year with Klinsmann hoping the United States forward can stay until the end of the season.

“Donovan made a very good impression during the ten days with us,” explained Klinsmann, who knows the attacking midfielder from his time in California.

“We have agreed to sign the player on loan from January 1 2009 with an oral promise he will play in Europe until the season starts in the United States again.”

Donovan is currently under contract with Galaxy until 2011 and will travel with Bayern to Dubai on January 1 for their winter training camp. “I need a fourth striker in the team and Landon will give us new possibilities in attack if someone is injured,” said Klinsmann, referring to Luca Toni, Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski.

Last week, Donovan was named US football’s Player of the Year for the fifth time, but struggled to impress on his last sojourn to the Bundesliga when he had a brief spell at Bayer Leverkusen.

Donovan has won 105 caps for his country and his market value is around €2.5 million ($3.1 million).

MUNICH

Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about WWII bomb disposals in Germany

However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.

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