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New Investor Mikhail Ponomarev Wants DEL's Dusseldorf EG Back On Top

German Hockey League (DEL) club Dusseldorf EG's new investor Russian businessman Mikhail Ponomarev said that the club "has to return to the top," according to Otto Krause of the EXPRESS. Ponomarev said, "It can't be that an eight-time champion with the lowest payroll in the league is at the bottom of the table. The DEL has reached the lowest point in its history. That has to change." Ponomarev, who now holds an 18.4% stake in the DEG GmbH, "wants to return to the club's glory days." He said, "The players need a new challenge. And it can't be reaching the playoffs. That's not difficult" (EXPRESS, 11/5).