Austria's Hoffer joins Kaiserslautern on loan
Kaiserslautern has signed Austria striker Erwin Hoffer on a one-year loan from Napoli as it strengthens its squad ahead of a return to the Bundesliga.
The 23-year-old Hoffer, who also has played for Rapid Vienna, said Thursday that the deal offers him ''a great opportunity to play a role in the national team again.''
Kaiserslautern, the 1998 Bundesliga champion, is returning to the top flight after a four-year absence. It won the second-division title last year.