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On The Ball


Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said Friday the club was pleased with its new coach Felix Magath, who has introduced rigorous training methods to avoid a repetition of last season's flop, when the Bavarians failed to claim any silverware.

Magath, who led VfB Stuttgart into the Champions League last season, has brought back such long-discarded methods as tossing the medicine ball.

"Every day you see something new. The players are hungry and willing," Rummenigge. "That's why we're happy with Felix."

Magath's predecessor, Ottmar Hitzfeld, was accused by Bayern's management of slacking off on practices following years of success. The 18-time Bundesliga champion claimed eight trophies in six years, including the 2001 Champions Cup, before last year's drought.

Magath, known for coaching the Bundesliga's best conditioned teams, is expected to bring Bayern at least a Bundesliga title, if not a return to European success again. Rummenigge, however, said the Bavarians can expect a difficult season.

"After going without a trophy last year, the pressure is even greater for success and winning titles," he said.

Bayern's chairman expects Werder Bremen, Schalke and Dortmund to be the club's biggest challenger for the league title.

Canadian goes to Fulham

Striker Tomasz Radzinski of Canada signed a three-year contract with Fulham on Friday, completing a transfer from Everton.

Fulham, which made the announcement on its Web site, didn't disclose the fee and said Radzinski still had to undergo a medical.

Radzinski, who didn't play for Everton in the preseason due to a calf injury, had been embroiled in a contract dispute. He wanted to extend his current contract, due to expire next year, but no agreement was reached.

He publicly criticized Everton manager David Moyes earlier this month and said teenage star Wayne Rooney should leave the team.

Radzinski was named Everton's player of the year in 2002-2003, scoring 11 goals in 30 games. Last season he had eight goals in 34 appearances.

Fulham made its third signing in less than a week. Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole joined from Blackburn, while Danish international midfielder Claus Jensen moved from Charlton earlier Friday.

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