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Sweden’s Rosenberg heading to Spain

German football club Werder Bremen has loaned Swedish striker Markus Rosenberg, whose goal lifted the team into this season's Champions League, for the season to Spanish first division side Racing Santander.

Sweden's Rosenberg heading to Spain

The 28-year-old is under contract in Bremen until 2012 and has scored 30 goals in 90 Bundesliga games, but has been told his first-team chances will be limited this season.

Bremen will face holders Inter Milan, Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur and Dutch outfit Twente in Group A of the Champions League.

Rosenberg played a big part in helping Werder reach the Champions League group phase by scoring the valuable away goal at Sampdoria in the 3-2 defeat after extra time in the qualifying match, which put the Germans through.

“This is a reasonable solution for all parties,” said Werder’s manager Klaus Allofs. “Markus wants to play, but we could not guarantee him matches, despite his improving form and help in getting us into the Champions League.”

Rosenberg, who joined Werder from Ajax Amsterdam in 2007, said he is looking forward to the new challenge in Spain.

“In this situation, I have a clear perspective in my mind. I’m sure I’ll come back stronger,” he said.

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
   
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
   
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
   
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
   
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
   
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.
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