Three operations for Brazil's coach

SUN WIRE SERVICES

, Last Updated: 7:16 AM ET

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Brazil soccer coach Dunga underwent three operations yesterday -- two on his leg, one for gallstones. The former Brazilian star was to be released from the hospital today.

The operations, none an emergency, were done at a Porto Alegre hospital.

Dunga, who was the captain on the 1994 team that won the World Cup, will begin therapy in 15 days and will need crutches for the next 30 days, the team's head physician said.

Dunga had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, corrective surgery on his left tibia and noninvasive gallstone surgery, the Brazilian Soccer Confederation said.

GAMES GET THE GO-AHEAD

BERLIN -- The German Cup final and two national team warmups for this year's European Championship were nearly called off last week because of an ongoing investigation into Germany soccer.

Theo Zwanziger, German Soccer Federation president, backed off on the threat Thursday after Germany's antitrust agency agreed the games could be played without his personal money put up as collateral.

The agency wanted collateral because of its threat to slap a huge fine on the soccer federation and Bundesliga. It is investigating whether they colluded in the hunt for sponsors when they should be competitors.

The agency also demanded personal collateral from Bundesliga president Reinhard Rauball for the three games. The agency considers them joint productions of the two organizations.

There were 500,000 ticket requests for the cup final, which pits Bayern Munich against Borussia Dortmund on April 19.


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