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Basel trades Argentina striker to German team

German football team Augsburg have brought bad-boy Argentinian striker Raul Bobadilla back to the Bundesliga on a three-year contract from Swiss champions FC Basel.

Basel trades Argentina striker to German team
Raul Bobadilla. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The 26-year-old has already spent three years in Germany's top flight having made 59 appearances for Borussia Moenchengladbach, scoring eight goals between 2009 and January 2012.
   
Bobadilla was under contract at Basel until 2017, but was suspended by the club in July after being stopped by police having driven his Maserati sports car at 111 kilometres per hour through a village where the limit was 50km/h.
   
Basel signed the Argentinian from Swiss league rivals Young Boys in January while he was still completing a seven-match ban for insulting a referee after being shown a red card.
 
Augsburg coach Mark Weinzierl said he hopes Bobadilla will strengthen their attack, which failed to score in last Saturday's 4-0 defeat at home to Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund on the opening weekend of the Bundesliga season.
   
"I am grateful to FC Augsburg for giving giving me the chance to play in the Bundesliga again," Bobadilla said.

He is the third Basel player to be traded to German team in the last few months.
   
As a replacement for Bobadilla, Basel are reported to be interested in signing Hoffenheim's Eren Derdiyok and Fulham's former Hamburg striker Mladen Petric.

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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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