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 By Uli Hesse

Football returns to Germany as Magdeburg and co. seek renaissance

Magdeburg are back in Germany's third tier and ready for the new season as professional football in the country resumes this week.

On Friday, professional league football returns in Germany. Under floodlights, old rivals Duisburg and Kaiserslautern open proceedings in the second division. It's a fixture that evokes memories of what some people call the good old days, because both clubs were Bundesliga mainstays for decades.

Meanwhile, 250 miles east of Duisburg and one level below the second division, the "3. Liga" -- the third division -- resumes normal service with a match between Magdeburg and Erfurt.

These two teams have...

U.S.'s Bobby Wood joins Union Berlin from 1860 Munich

USMNT striker Bobby Wood and midfielder Michael Bradley talk after their 2-1 victory over the World Champions Germany in Cologne.
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BERLIN -- American forward Bobby Wood joined Union Berlin from German second division rival 1860 Munich on Monday.

The 22-year-old agreed to a deal through June 2018, Union said on their website.

"I'm happy the transfer worked out, and all sides all clear. I had very good discussions with those in charge and quickly realized that Union could be the right...