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HSV signs legendary Dutch striker van Nistelrooy

Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has signed an 18-month contract with Bundesliga side Hamburger SV after leaving Spanish giants Real Madrid on a free transfer.

HSV signs legendary Dutch striker van Nistelrooy
Photo: DPA

His new club announced the news on Saturday night after HSV’s 1-0 defeat at Dortmund, which left Bruno Labbadia’s side fifth in the table. The legendary 33-year-old forward has a contract in the northern port city until June 2011.

“I am really very happy that everything is in place and I look forward to coming to Hamburg on Monday,” said the Dutchman, who will officially be unveiled by Hamburg at the start of next week. “Hamburg are a great team with a strong squad and large ambitions, which I also have.”

The former Manchester United ace has scored 46 goals in 68 league games for Real, but has struggled to make the team this season because of injury. He retired from international football after Holland were knocked out of Euro 2008 by Russia in the quarter-finals.

Van Nistelrooy was the Champions League’s top-scorer in 2002, 2003 and 2006 and has scored 49 goals in 64 appearances in European football’s most lucrative competition. He is the only player to have been the top-scorer in the Spanish, English and Dutch leagues.

“Ruud has proved his qualities with one of the top international clubs,” said Labbadia. “I am convinced that he will shoot important goals for Hamburg. It shows this club’s standing that a player of Ruud van Nistelrooy’s calibre would choose to come to Hamburg.”

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Emergency numbers fail in several German states

Callers to the emergency numbers 110 and 112 weren’t able to reach operators Thursday morning in several German states.

The 112 emergency number on an ambulance.
The 112 emergency number on an ambulance. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Boris Roessler

The emergency number 110 for police and 112 for fire crews failed around the country early Thursday morning, with callers unable to reach emergency operators for urgent assistance between about 4:30 am and 5:40 am local time.

The Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Aid is looking into these outages, which were reported in states including Lower Saxony, Baden-Württemberg, and  Brandenburg, and in major cities like Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, and Frankfurt. Cologne was further affected by cuts to electricity, drinking water, and regular telephone services. Lower Saxony also saw disruptions to the internal phone networks of police and hospitals.

Emergency services are not reporting any more disturbances and people should be able to once again reach 110 and 112 around the country as normal.

Investigators are looking into the problem, but haven’t yet established a cause or any consequences that may have happened due to the outage. Provider Deutsche Telekom says they have ruled out the possibility of an attack by hackers.

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