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2018/2019 Season

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Fans agree not to jump at Magdeburg derby amid stadium concerns

Magdeburg fan representatives have given assurances supporters will not jump during this weekend's derby.

The German third-tier derby between 1. FC Magdeburg and Hallescher FC is set to go ahead as planned on Saturday despite concerns the stands could collapse due to jumping fans.

It had been announced on Thursday that the match would be played behind closed doors following a "Nutzungsuntersagunsverfügung" -- a ban on the use of all stands in the stadium -- by the city of Magdeburg.

A preliminary expert opinion earlier this week had suggested that the stands could collapse if supporters jumped...

Bobby Wood ends Hamburg goal drought with brace in DFB Pokal

U.S. international Bobby Wood celebrates his goal for Hamburg.

United States international Bobby Wood made the most of his return to Hamburg's starting formation on Tuesday as he scored a brace in their 4-0 victory over third-tier club Halle.

The win secured Hamburg's passage to the round of 16 of the DFB Pokal and ended the club's scoring drought.

Wood had come off the bench in Hamburg's last two Bundesliga matches, which saw the club drop to bottom of the league. But on Tuesday, the 23-year-old attacker returned to Markus Gisdol's starting XI.

Wood said he...