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Stuttgart and Hannover confirm promotion back to Bundesliga

Stuttgart coach Hannes Wolf is soaked in beer as the celebrations begin.

Stuttgart defeated Wurzburg 4-1 at home to return to the Bundesliga as 2. Bundesliga champions on Sunday, and were joined in the top flight by runners-up Hannover.

Daniel Ginczek set up three goals and scored the fourth for Stuttgart as the 2007 Bundesliga champions finished with 69 points and relegated their opponents.

Hannover, who drew 1-1 at Sandhausen, ended on 67 as both clubs, relegated from the Bundesliga last season, bounced straight back.

Braunschweig defeated already relegated Karlsruher...

Hannover hire Heldt after sacking general manager and sporting director

Horst Heldt, right, served as general manager at Schalke.

HANNOVER, Germany -- German second-division side Hannover have sacked their general manager and sporting director to make way for former Schalke GM Horst Heldt.

Hannover, who were relegated from the Bundesliga last season, say Martin Bader and sporting director Christian Moeckel have been let go "with immediate effect."

Supervisory board members decided "the club's sporting leadership needs to be changed" to secure their immediate top-flight return.

Dortmund reach Pokal quarters after shootout with Hertha; Schalke win

Borussia Dortmund have advanced to the DFB Pokal quarter-finals after an intense penalty shootout against Hertha Berlin.

Borussia Dortmund needed a penalty shootout to overcome Hertha Berlin on Wednesday to reach the DFB Pokal quarterfinals for the sixth-consecutive year.

Dortmund sealed a 3-2 victory on penalties when Hertha's Salomon Kalou sent his spot kick over the bar, after Fabian Lustenberger's first effort struck the crossbar and then Dortmund `keeper Roman Buerki saved Vladimir Darida's penalty.

Christian Pulisic missed for Dortmund but Ousmane Dembele, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gonzalo Castro all...

Werder Bremen keen on Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker

Alejandro Moreno equates Arsene Wenger's time with Arsenal to a long-standing relationship you just can't walk away from.
Per Mertesacker has said he could return to Germany if he leaves Arsenal in the summer.

Werder Bremen hope to re-sign Per Mertesacker if Arsenal do not extend the defender's contract.

Mertesacker, 32, is in the final year of his current deal at Arsenal, and has been sidelined with cartilage damage in his knee since July.

The Gunners captain said this week he was open to a return to Germany should Arsenal decide against renewing his contract, and his first club, second-tier Hannover, have expressed an interest in his services.

However, Bremen would appear to be in a stronger position...

Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker not ruling out return to Germany

Per Mertesacker's former club Hannover have expressed an interest in the defender.

Per Mertesacker says he could return to Germany if Arsenal decide against renewing his contract at the end of the season, with his former club Hannover 96 having expressed an interest.

Arsenal captain Mertesacker is in the final year of his current deal and is sidelined with a long-term knee injury he suffered in preseason and acknowledged that he is assessing his alternatives for the future.

"I am person who likes to create options for himself. Of course, I ask myself what would make sense if...