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Hoffenheim complete astonishing escape to stay in Bundesliga

Hoffenheim completed one of the most astonishing escapes the Bundesliga has seen by winning 2-1 at Kaiserslautern in the second leg of their playoff on Monday, despite missing a penalty.

sports Updated: May 29, 2013 00:55 IST

Hoffenheim completed one of the most astonishing escapes the Bundesliga has seen by winning 2-1 at Kaiserslautern in the second leg of their playoff on Monday, despite missing a penalty.

They completed a 5-2 aggregate win, having sneaked into the playoff in dramatic circumstances on the last day of the regular season with a victory that propelled them out of the automatic relegation spots.

Bankrolled by Dietmar Hopp, the co-founder of software giant SAP, Hoffenheim rose from amateur status in the 1990s to the third tier before winning promotion in successive seasons between 2006 and 2008.

In 2009, Hoffenheim, originally from the village of Sinsheim, moved to a new 30,000 capacity stadium, the Rhein-Neckar Arena. Four-times German champions Kaiserslautern had been attempting to bounce back at the first attempt after their relegation last season.

Rangers sign Clark

Glasgow: Rangers have made a fourth close-season signing by securing the services of Queen of the South striker Nicky Clark.

The 21-year-old has penned a three-year deal and was due to be unveiled at Ibrox later Tuesday.

Clark joins Dundee United striker Jon Daly, Kilmarnock goalkeeper Cammy Bell and midfielder Nicky Law of Motherwell, who all joined the fallen Glasgow giants last week.

He will follow in the footsteps of his father Sandy - who made over 60 appearances for Rangers between 1983 and 1984.

Hoffenheim completed one of the most astonishing escapes the Bundesliga has seen by winning 2-1 at Kaiserslautern in the second leg of their playoff on Monday, despite missing a penalty.

They completed a 5-2 aggregate win, having sneaked into the playoff in dramatic circumstances on the last day of the regular season with a victory that propelled them out of the automatic relegation spots.

Bankrolled by Dietmar Hopp, the co-founder of software giant SAP, Hoffenheim rose from amateur status in the 1990s to the third tier before winning promotion in successive seasons between 2006 and 2008.

In 2009, Hoffenheim, originally from the village of Sinsheim, moved to a new 30,000 capacity stadium, the Rhein-Neckar Arena. Four-times German champions Kaiserslautern had been attempting to bounce back at the first attempt after their relegation last season.

Rangers sign Clark

Glasgow: Rangers have made a fourth close-season signing by securing the services of Queen of the South striker Nicky Clark.

The 21-year-old has penned a three-year deal and was due to be unveiled at Ibrox later Tuesday.

Clark joins Dundee United striker Jon Daly, Kilmarnock goalkeeper Cammy Bell and midfielder Nicky Law of Motherwell, who all joined the fallen Glasgow giants last week.

He will follow in the footsteps of his father Sandy - who made over 60 appearances for Rangers between 1983 and 1984.

Martinez to leave

London: Roberto Martinez asked to leave Wigan Athletic on Tuesday having guided the club to FA Cup glory days before being relegated from the Premier League, with Everton already making contact about his signature. The Spaniard had been in charge since 2009, having previously helped turn Swansea City into one of Britain's most attractive sides.

Wigan pulled off a series of relegation escapes under Martinez while winning admirers for their attacking football.

Bbfs to play borussia

New Delhi: Students of Bhaichung BhutiaFootball Schools (BBFS) will get a life-time opportunity to play against the youth team of Champions League runner-up team Borussia Dortmund when they head for a tournament in Holland early next month. BBFS Development squads across three age groups (U-11, U-13 and U-15) will compete against the likes of Dortmund, Feyenoord, Rotterd-am, Fulham, PSV and Sparta Prague among others.