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Carsten Jancker

Former German international Carsten Jancker is prolonging his career as a striker with Austrian club SV Mattersburg. The former Bayern Munich goal-getter has extended his contract with the club from Austria’s easternmost province by a further two years. In 2001, the German won the UEFAChampions League with Bayern. “I feel at home in Mattersburg,” the 2002 FIFA World Cup™ finalist told Austrian daily Osterreich. Jancker recently held in-depth talks with Austrian champions Rapid Vienna, where coach Peter Pacult wanted the 33-year-old as a replacement for Stefan Maierhofer, who is currently on loan at Greuther Furth and looks set to leave the club. However, Jancker, who played for Rapid from 1995 to 1996 and shot the club into the European Cup Winners’ Cup final with six goals, turned down their offer. “Rapid really wanted me, but it wasn’t to be.” Jancker gained 33 caps for Germany and scored ten goals. He played for Cologne, Bayern Munich and Kaiserslautem in Germany’s Bundesliga, scoring 53 goals in 178 matches.