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MERGING: 1 GERMAN TEAM SOON

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The soccer federations of East and West Germany would merge their leagues in 1991 and one German team would take part in the 1992 Olympics under a plan proposed Friday.

The plan to move the soccer merger one year ahead of schedule was suggested by Hermann Neuberger, president of the West German Soccer Federation.Under a previous agreement with the East German Soccer Union, the two leagues were scheduled to merge in 1992. But Neuberger said political developments were rushing ahead of the previous schedule and that with German unification likely in December, the soccer organizations could not wait until 1992.

Neuberger said several East German clubs would join the West German Bundesliga starting with the 1991-92 season. Officials of the two countries' soccer federations will meet next Thursday in Frankfurt to work out the details of the merger, he said.

Neuberger said the East German federation would have to notify UEFA, Europe's governing soccer body, and FIFA, the world soccer authority, that it was withdrawing its team from qualifying for the 1992 Olympics and European Championship.

East and West Germany were drawn into the same qualifying group for the European Championship, along with Belgium, Wales and Luxembourg.

Neuberger said that East German clubs were likely to remain in the European Cup competitions this season since the draw had already been made. Four East German clubs are competing in the three competitions.

Neuberger said the first European Championship qualifier between the two German teams scheduled for Nov. 21 in Leipzig should be turned into a friendly game.

The second qualifier was scheduled for Dec. 21, 1991 in Munich, and Neuberger said officials planned to use the date to invite Cameroon to play against Germany in an exhibition game.