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Watzke sees Hamburg on the rise

8 February 2013 14:28

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has tipped Hamburg to become one of Germany's most powerful clubs.

Ahead of this weekend's clash between Dortmund and Hamburg, Watzke said he believes that, under billionaire owner Klaus-Michael Kuehne, Hamburg can break into Germany's top three.

"In Germany there are three-and-a-half big clubs that have a nationwide appeal. Bayern Munich, Dortmund, Schalke and Hamburg close behind," he told mopo.de.

The Dortmund CEO, who has been critical of investment in the Bundesliga, admits he is a little envious of the prosperity enjoyed in Hamburg.

He added: "The number of millionaires in Hamburg I would have liked. It helps if you're in a city that is bursting with economic power."

Hamburg spent a reported 11 million euros to buy Rafael van der Vaart from Tottenham, though they have enjoyed a patchy Bundesliga season to date, with the club in ninth spot.

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Bundesliga table

# Team MP D P
1 30 +62 78
2 30 +35 61
3 30 +18 58
4 30 +13 51
5 30 +8 50
6 30 +17 49
7 30 -1 47
8 30 -4 42
9 30 +3 40
10 30 -4 37
11 31 -14 35
12 31 -16 35
13 30 -24 33
14 30 -17 32
15 30 -13 28
16 30 -16 27
17 30 -23 26
18 30 -24 25

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