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BERLIN---Mainz could only
draw 0-0 with Hannover as the
home side s difficulties contin-
ued, while Freiburg and Borus-
sia Moenchengladbach also
played out a goalless draw in
the Bundesliga yesterday.
Mainz, which failed to qualify
for the Europa League and was
knocked out in the first round
of the German Cup, was left to
rue a penalty appeal that wasn t
given in the first half.
Shinji Okazaki fell under
Marcelo s challenge in the 28th
minute, albeit theatrically, and
referee Sascha Stegemann decid-
ed to wave play on.
The Japan striker created the
home side s best chance six
minutes later with a fine cross,
but Julian Baumgartlinger was
unable to direct his volley on
The visitors improved as the
Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius
denied Joselu before the break
and Christoph Moritz had to
clear Hiroshi Kiyotake s shot off
the line with Karius beaten after
it. Mainz brought on Devante
Parker, younger brother of Ger-
man-American striker Shawn,
for his Bundesliga debut with
eight minutes remaining, but
neither side could force a break-
Mainz general manager Chris-
tian Heidel dismissed sugges-
tions of a crisis at the club.
"It s being turned into a drama
by those outside the club, inter-
nally it s nothing," Heidel said.
"We had a change (of coach)
and that takes a bit of time."
New coach Kasper Hjulmand,
who took over from Thomas
Tuchel in the offseason, can
count on reinforcements for the
The club announced the sign-
ing before the game of Argentine
forward Pablo De Blasis from
Greek side Asteras Tripoli, and
the return on loan for the season
of Tunisian forward Sami Allagui
from Hertha Berlin.
Heidel also said he expected
defender Philipp Wollscheid and
attacking midfielder Jonas Hof-
mann to join from Bayer Lev-
erkusen and Borussia Dortmund,
respectively. Hofmann was due
to sign a loan deal.
Freiburg was left to rue Admir
Mehmedi s missed penalty in
the late game.
Mehmedi sent his penalty well
over the crossbar in the 63rd.
Referee Peter Gagelmann award-
ed the spot-kick after Tony
Jantschke brought down Freiburg
substitute Maximilian Philipp.
"It wasn t great, but I m at
Gladbach since February 2011
and that s the first time we ve
taken away a point," said
Lucien Favre. "A few months
ago we lost 4-3 here, yet we
were 10 times better. But that s
ALGIERS---The rocks came raining down
after the final whistle of the Algerian soccer
match, an increasingly common ritual in
stadiums across the country. This time,
the violence ended in tragedy: Hit in the
head, Albert Ebosse, the league s top goal
scorer last season, crumbled to the ground
and died in a hospital.
Algerian youths are storming pitches,
stoning players and clashing outside stadi-
ums in a wave of hooliganism seen as an
outlet for daily frustrations such as jobless-
ness, weak institutions and sheer boredom.
Players say a death like that of Ebosse, killed
by his own fans, was only a matter of time.
Algeria is one of the main suppliers of
natural gas to Europe, but critics say it is
failing to translate energy wealth into brighter
lives for young people---turning them toward
"Violence in Algeria has become ordinary
and banal," said Mahmoud Boudarene, a
prominent psychologist. He said "hogra,"
the word Algerians use for the government s
perceived contempt for ordinary citizens,
has planted a sickness in Algerian society.
People feel that the only way to get anything
done is to have connections or threaten the
peace, he said.
"It is a system where hogra and social
injustice rule," said Boudarene, who comes
from Tizi Ouzou, the town where the week-
end soccer stoning took place. "Social vio-
lence has become the preferred mode of
communication between the citizen and
the republic---today in our country every-
thing is obtained through a riot."
Youth unemployment in Algeria is at least
25 percent, if not higher, and more than 60
percent of the jobs come from the govern-
ment. The private sector creates few oppor-
tunities. Algeria s hydrocarbon industry
brings in billions but generates few jobs.
And there s little entertainment to lighten
such a bleak picture, with movie theaters,
malls and social clubs scarce.
Soccer has stepped in to become the
national passion. When Algeria reached the
knockout stages of the World Cup in Brazil,
the country went delirious with joy.
Many in tightly-controlled Algeria are
asking why---when anti-government protests
are crushed instantly---wholesale mayhem
is permitted inside stadiums.
The body of Ebosse, a 24-year-old striker,
is set to be flown back to his native
Cameroon on Thursday.
In March, players had to be rushed to
safety when angry fans rushed the field
after a game.
In 2012, Abdelkader Laifaoui was attacked
along with five teammates from the USMA
club and stabbed in the back near his kidney,
also by angry fans. Despite such episodes,
players and coaches say little has changed
to improve security.
DORTMUND --- Borussia Dortmund re-signed
Shinji Kagawa from Manchester United yesterday in
a statement that the 25-year-old signed a four-year
deal through June 2018.
The Bundesliga club did not disclose a transfer fee
but German media suggested a fee of around 8 mil-
Kagawa helped Dortmund win the Bundesliga in
2011 and 2012 in his two seasons at the club after
moving from Japanese side Cerezo Osaka.
However, after moving to Manchester for a re-
ported fee of around 16 million euros ($21 million),
Kagawa struggled. He played in only 38 league
games from a possible 78, seven as a substitute,
while he was taken off in 21.
Torres completes loan move
MILAN --- AC Milan has completed the signing of
Fernando Torres on a loan deal from Chelsea. In a
brief statement yesterday, Milan confirmed it has
signed Torres on a two-year loan deal.
The 30-year-old Torres was welcomed by more
than 200 fans when he arrived at Milan's Linate air-
port early Saturday afternoon for a medical after the
two clubs agreed terms.
The Spain forward was in the stands at San Siro
yesterday to watch his new team take on Lazio in its
first Serie A match of the season.
Torres joined Chelsea from Liverpool in January
2011 for what was then a British-record fee of 50
million pounds but struggled to command a regular
starting place for the London club.
Atletico signs Alessio Cerci
MADRID --- Atletico Madrid has signed Italian for-
ward Alessio Cerci from Torino to reinforce the de-
fending Spanish champion's attack.
Atletico says Cerci will sign a three-year contract
after passing a routine medical exam.
The 27-year-old Cerci scored 21 goals for Torino
over the last two seasons.
Cerci played one game for Italy at his summer's
World Cup, but he was left off its squad for its first
qualifier for the European Championship.
Cerci will join new arrivals Mario Mandzukic, An-
toine Griezmann and Raul Jimenez as part of
Atletico's completely revamped attacking unit after
Diego Costa left for Chelsea and David Villa for the
United States this summer.
Bayern signs Germany youth
MUNICH --- Bayern Munich has signed Germany
under-19 attacking player Sinan Kurt from Bun-
desliga rival Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Bayern says on its website that the 18-year-old
Kurt has agreed a four-year deal with the club. It
adds the player "can play in various positions up
Kurt's transfer had been the subject of dispute be-
tween the sides, with Borussia unwilling to sell and
the player wanting to move.
Kurt had a contract to 2016 with Borussia, though
both the player and Bayern reportedly claimed it was
only valid to 2015 due to a three-year limit on youth
Berlin acquires Kalou
BERLIN--- Hertha Berlin signed Ivory Coast striker
Salomon Kalou from French side Lille yesterday.
The Bundesliga club announced that the 29-year-
old Kalou signed a three-year deal.
Both sides agreed not to disclose the transfer fee.
Kicker magazine reported a fee of around 3 million
euros (US$4 million).
Algeria soccer death seen as part of wider ills
Mainz' Koo Ja-cheol, centre, challenges for the ball with Hannover's Leonardo Bittencourt, left, and Hiroki Sakai during the German
Bundesliga soccer match between FSV Mainz 05 and Hannover 96 in Mainz, Germany, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Mainz, Hannover draw 0-0
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