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Swiss footballer Djourou confirmed for Hamburg

Bundesliga side Hamburg have taken Swiss international defender Johan Djourou on a season-long loan from English Premier League outfit Arsenal, the German club confirmed on Monday.

The 26-year-old Ivory Coast-born defender is Hamburg's second signing out of season after Cameroon striker Jacques Zoua joined from Basel.

Djourou spent the last six months of last season on loan at another Bundesliga side, Hanover.

His move to Hamburg had been predicted in earlier media reports.

The German club's sporting director Oliver Kreuzer said Djourou was just the type of defender they had been looking for.

"He ticks all the boxes in terms of what we wanted," he said.

"I am satisfied with the way that our recruitment for next season is going."

Hamburg are also pursuing veteran Paraguayan striker Roque Santa Cruz, who was sent out on loan by 2012 Premier League champions Manchester City to Spanish side Malaga last season, as well as defender Lasse Sobiech of Bunbdesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund.

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‘Overwhelmed’: Unaware Swiss super fan stunned about viral fame

A Swiss super fan who has shot to fame after images of him watching Switzerland’s win over France went viral told the media he was unaware of his viral fame - but that he was overwhelmed with the world’s attention.

‘Overwhelmed’: Unaware Swiss super fan stunned about viral fame
Image: Twitter.

Like most Swiss football fans, Luca Loutenbach’s Monday evening – highlighted by a surprise upset win over the current World Champions and tournament favourite France – went about as well as you could have expected. 

But while his side were putting on the pressure through late goals to push the game into extra time, Loutenbach’s image was being shared across the world. 

Two pictures of Loutenbach, juxtaposed from before and after Switzerland scored an equaliser in the 90th minute to send the game to extra time, were widely shared. 

The images were even shared by Sadiq Kahn, the mayor of London, who congratulated Switzerland and said the images summed up the beauty of football. 

On Tuesday, Loutenbach spoke with Swiss tabloid Blick to tell the story. He said he had no idea about the images as his phone had no reception in Romania – and only found out after the game. 

“I didn’t have a network during the game. But some fans around me were connected to the internet and quickly realized what was happening. What an incredible buzz!” said the man from the canton of Jura. 

While Switzerland have made it further than they have in their history in the tournament, Loutenbach is far from a bandwagon fan. He told Blick he’s seen around 50 national team games before. 

“It’s the most beautiful day in the history of Swiss football, let’s not be afraid of saying it. It is the accomplishment of the immense work of the ASF (Federation), of (coach) Petkovic and of the whole team” he said. 

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