Wolfsburg is on the rise again in the Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — From champions to relegation survivors, Wolfsburg's recent woes on the field have coincided with those of Volkswagen, the German club's main backer.
However, the car manufacturer is on the rise again after its emissions scandal, and so is the soccer team after back-to-back seasons in the relegation playoffs.
Bundesliga relegation rivals Mainz and Wolfsburg draw 1-1
BERLIN (AP) — Wolfsburg's new coach Bruno Labbadia was unable to force an improvement as his side was held at relegation rival Mainz to 1-1 in the Bundesliga on Friday.
Labbadia was appointed on Tuesday following Martin Schmidt's surprise resignation the day before. Schmidt, who led Wolfsburg to 11 draws in 18 league games, said he wanted to reduce the pressure ahead of the clash with Mainz, his former club.
Struggling Wolfsburg hires Bruno Labbadia as coach
WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) — Relegation-troubled Wolfsburg has hired Bruno Labbadia as coach to replace Martin Schmidt, who quit on Monday.
The Volkswagen-backed club says it agreed on Tuesday to work with the 52-year-old Labbadia until summer 2019, and he is to take charge of his first training session in the afternoon.
Hamburg hires Markus Gisdol as coach
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Hamburger SV has hired Markus Gisdol as coach, replacing Bruno Labbadia.
Labbadia was fired Sunday following a poor start to the season, with only one point from the opening five matches.
Gisdol says "we want to start by taking small steps forward."
Gisdol was in charge of Bundesliga rival Hoffenheim from April 2012 to October 2015. He was fired after a 1-0 loss to Hamburg.
Hamburg fires coach Bruno Labbadia by telephone
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Hamburger SV fired coach Bruno Labbadia on Sunday after a poor start to the season earned the club only one point from five matches, with the dismissal delivered by telephone.
Labbadia, who was also dismissed by Hamburg in 2010, was dismissed despite a tenacious performance by his team in Saturday's 1-0 loss to Bundesliga powerhouse Bayern Munich on a late goal.
Bayern leaves it late to beat Hamburg in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — With their coach's job on the line, Hamburger SV players responded with a tenacious performance to hold Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich scoreless for 88 minutes before losing 1-0 on Saturday.
Just when it seemed Bayern would drop its first points of the season, Franck Ribery crossed for Joshua Kimmich to seal the side's eighth successive win across all competitions.
Carlo Ancelotti is the first Bayern coach to win his first eight matches.