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Season Bundesliga 13.08.2012
HSV sign Croatian playmaker Milan Badelj

The Croatian midfielder Milan Badelj has signed a three year contract at HSV. He won't join the club until the end of this month though, because he is involved in Champions League qualifiers with his current club Dynamo Zagreb.

HSV had hoped for a better solution until the very end. But the success so far of Dynamo Zagreb put paid to an immediate release of the player. Badelj will now join the Rothosen on August 29th or 30th 2012, as sport boss Frank Arnesen explained: "We have held intensive talks but had to agree that he join us after their Champions League qualifying campaign is over."
Zagreb who are the reigning Croatian double winners play their final qualifiers on August 22nd and 28th against NK Maribor (Slovenia): "He has been very instrumental is their success", added Arnesen, before praising the 23 year old's leadership qualities. Despite his age, Badelj assumes a lot of responsibility on the pitch. He has captained Dynamo Zagreb for the past few years.  
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"He has something which is missing in our current squad. He is a playmaker but not a classiccal style number ten. He pulls the strings from a deeper position, is an intelligent player and a superb passer of the ball", added the HSV sport director. Last Thursday (09.08.12) Badelj underwent and passed a medical examination at a university hospital in Hamburg. The following day he put his signature on a three year deal designed to keep him at the Imtech Arena until June 30th 2015. HSV head coach Thorsten Fink: "Of course we would to have liked him to start right away but we can't change that. He is an investment in our future." Badelj will miss HSV's three opening games of the new season, against Karlsruhe in round one of the DFB Cup, as well as the Bundesliga games against Nürnberg and Bremen.

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Rk. Team Played +/- Pts.
1.  FC Bayern München 14 42: 5 40
2.  Borussia Dortmund 14 40: 19 32
3.  VfL Wolfsburg 14 23: 15 25
4.  Borussia M'gladbach 14 28: 22 23
5.  Hertha BSC 14 18: 17 23
6.  Bayer 04 Leverkusen 14 18: 18 21
7.  Hamburger SV 14 17: 18 21
8.  FC Schalke 04 14 18: 20 21
9.  1. FSV Mainz 05 14 20: 20 20
10.  1. FC Köln 14 15: 18 20
11.  FC Ingolstadt 04 14 10: 14 19
12.  SV Darmstadt 98 14 14: 19 15
13.  Eintracht Frankfurt 14 18: 22 14
14.  Hannover 96 14 17: 24 14
15.  SV Werder Bremen 14 14: 28 13
16.  FC Augsburg 14 17: 25 10
17.  VfB Stuttgart 14 18: 35 10
18.  TSG Hoffenheim 14 15: 23 9
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