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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hamburg fires coach Labbadia

HAMBURG (AP) Hamburger SV fired coach Bruno Labbadia on Monday, one day after a 5-1 Bundesliga loss at Hoffenheim and only three days before the second leg of the Europa League semifinal at Fulham.

Assistant coach Ricardo Moniz will take charge to the end of the season, club chairman Bernd Hoffmann said.

"We could not and did not want to continue so in this situation," Hoffmann said.

Some German media reports linked Germany coach Joachim Loew to a move to Hamburg after the World Cup. Loew has not extended his contract with the German federation and his chief scout, Urs Siegenthaler, is becoming sports director at Hamburg next season. Hamburg has gone through three coaches in the last three seasons.

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