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Coach Veh ousted at Hamburg after Bayern drubbing

Hamburg announced the sacking of coach Armin Veh on Sunday, a day after the side suffered a humiliating 6-0 reverse to Bayern Munich.

Coach Veh ousted at Hamburg after Bayern drubbing
Ousted Hamburg coach Armin Veh. Photo: DPA

Veh said midweek he hoped to stay on until the end of the season, however the outcome of an emergency management meeting decided otherwise.

Assistant coach Michael Oenning, 45, is set to take over the helm of the eighth-placed Hamburg through the end of the season and will be assisted by former player Rodolfo Cardoso.

Veh, 50, arrived at Hamburg in May 2010 and had a contract until 2012. A former coach with Wolfsburg, he also led Stuttgart to the German league title in 2007.

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal could not resist a dig back at the German media after his side smashed their losing streak with their hammering of Hamburg on Saturday.

Three consecutive defeats – by German league leaders Dortmund, Schalke in

the German cup and Hanover – had left Munich reeling, and van Gaal was told

last Monday his contract will be terminated at the end of the season.

After the Dutchman was effectively shown the door by Bayern, the German media poked fun at the egotistical van Gaal, but the German giants produced an impressive display to silence their critics.

Bayern roared back as Dutch winger Arjen Robben bagged a hat-trick, Germany’s Thomas Müller scored and Frenchman Franck Ribery netted twice after an own goal by Hamburg’s Heiko Westermann was later credited to him.

Van Gaal was understandably buoyed by the success with holders Inter Milan the next guests at Munich’s Allianz Arena on Tuesday in the Champions League Round of 16 second-leg clash.

“Who would have thought this, eh? Certainly not my friends from the media,

but that is football,” gloated van Gaal.

AFP/arp

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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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