Mintal returns to Nuremberg, gets testimonial
Nuremberg have re-signed their goalscoring legend Marek Mintal from Hansa Rostock, although he is unlikely to play in the Bundesliga again.
The Slovakian forward, who won the Bundesliga's top goalscorer award in 2005 with 24 goals, left Nuremberg after a memorable eight years last May, but he will now return after being offered a place in the club's reserve team from next season.
He will also take his first steps in management with the club he appeared for 180 times, scoring 66 goals. "The club always left the opportunity open for me after my return from Rostock to learn a new job here as a youth team coach," he said.
The 34-year-old will also be granted a testimonial this summer with a game against Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund scheduled for 21 July. "It is an honour that Nuremberg have arranged this testimonial for me," added Mintal on the Bavarian club's website.
The club's general manager Martin Bader added: "We had already agreed that Marek would get a testimonial so that the fans can give him a worthy send-off. We are delighted that Borussia Dortmund have accepted our wish and declared their willingness to come to the Frankenstadion."