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Bayern snap up Hamburg’s Olic

Bayern Munich have snapped up Hamburg's Croatian international star Ivica Olic, who will join the Bavarians in the summer, Bayern said Saturday on their website.

Bayern snap up Hamburg's Olic
Photo: DPA

“We have reached an agreement – we just have to sign the deal,” said Bayern’s general manager Uli Hoeness from the club’s winter camp in Dubai.

29-year-old Olic, whose contract with Hamburg expires in June, is to sign a three-year contract. A sometime target for Juventus and Liverpool, he has spent two seasons in northern Germany since arriving from CSKA Moscow, scoring 25 goals, including six in Hamburg’s current campaign.

Olic has won 61 Croatian caps, scoring 11 goals for his country. The striker will vie with German international Miroslav Klose and Italian star Luca Toni for a starting place in Bayern’s attacking force.

The acquisition of Olic will offset the loss of German forward Lukas Podolski, who has not settled since a 2006 move from Cologne. Cologne intend to use their first option on Podolski despite interest from assorted big-name European clubs.

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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