Starke makes Bayern switch
Goalkeeper Tom Starke has signed a three-year deal to switch from Hoffenheim to UEFA Champions League finalists Bayern Munich, his new club confirmed Wednesday.
Bayern host Chelsea in the Champions League final at Munich's Allianz Arena on Saturday with Germany's first-choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in goal, but 31-year-old Starke will be his reserve for next season.
"He is an experienced German league professional who radiates calm and with (reserve goalkeeper) Jorg Butt retiring, there was a hole to fill," said Bayern's director of sport Christian Nerlinger.
Having played for Hamburg, Duisburg and Bayer Leverkusen during his career, Starke has been Hoffenheim's first-choice goalkeeper for the last two seasons, but Germany's second-choice goalkeeper Tim Wiese arrives there next season.
"I am looking forward to this great challenge with Bayern," said Starke. "I think it's awesome to once again have the chance in my career to win titles and play in the Champions League."