Schalke have announced that defender Benedikt Howedes has committed his future to his hometown club.
Howedes, 27, is currently in his 15th year at Schalke, and on Wednesday the side's captain put pen to paper on a new contract that ties him to the team until 2020.
The 2014 World Cup winner with Germany, currently sidelined with a muscle tear, was delighted to sign his new deal, and told the club's official website: "My heart was thumping when I put pen to paper.
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Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez will miss this weekend's Bundesliga match at Darmstadt.
Hernandez, 27, limped off the pitch close to the hour mark of Tuesday's 3-1 DFB-Pokal defeat to Werder Bremen, and has been ruled out with "a minor torn muscle fibre in his left gluteal muscle," Bayer Leverkusen announced on Wednesday.
Borussia Dortmund fans were protesting against football turning into a sport for businessman by throwing tennis balls onto the pitch during their DFB-Pokal tie against Stuttgart.
When finally entering the stands, supporters threw tennis balls onto the pitch and caused a short suspension of the match as players helped to remove them from the playing field.
"We have a German saying:...