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Hoffenheim coach quits in protest

  • Reuters, Sunday, January 2, 2011 9:22 PM

Ralf Rangnick, who lead the tiny team from the third level of German soccer to the Bundesliga, has quit after four and a half years in charge in protest over the decision to sell Brazilian defender Luiz Gustavo to champion Bayern Munich.

"It's a unqiue case for a player to be sold without the coach being directly informed," Rangnick was quoted as saying by the Bild newspaper. "That led to my decision." Rangnick has been replaced by his former assistant Marco Pezzaiuoli.

"The unique success of our progress to the top flight will remain closely connected with Ralf Rangnick," Hoffenheim owner Dietmar Hopp, the co-founder of software giant SAP. "He has developed and established an exemplary sporting structure for the club. As the project of reaching the top flight was accomplished two years ago, it is understandable that Ralf Rangnick is looking for other challenges."

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