April 23, 2017

2. Bundesliga 2014/2015 Fan Preview Part Three

The third and final part of our 2. Bundesliga 2014/2015 Fan Preview.

Part One 

Part Two

 

FC Erzgebirge Aue Erzgebirge Aue

How was last season?

Difficult and painful to watch at times, but ultimately, by avoiding the drop, a success. Was always going to be hard having lost Jan Hochscheidt to Eintracht Braunschweig, our only player who could really dominate a game, and we were fortunate that a solid back four, and exceptional keeper, found form at the right time.

Expectations for this season?

Not great! With Jakub Sylvestr moving to Nürnberg, Frank Löning ageing and Henri Anier a bit of a risk it’s hard to see where the goals will come from. We’ve also lost a few leaders in the dressing room this summer, the likes of Kevin Schlitte, Ronny König and Tobias Nickenig. Throw in the fact that the promoted sides look strong and teams like FSV and Bochum have strengthened well, you can be pretty sure we’ll be scrapping at the bottom again.

Falko Götz - bringing families together since 2014.
Falko Götz – bringing families together since 2014.

What do you think about your manager?

Not been too impressed. Falko Götz has had plenty of time now to instil a style and build a team but has failed on both. We changed our starting XI last year too often to suggest he even knew his best side. Hasn’t made the most of a few potential bargains and used the loan system to his advantage this summer and I’ve never been a fan of a manager who signs a player’s brother (Hannes Anier) just to keep them happy.

Player to watch?

Hopefully Henri Anier and Romario Kortzorg. Martin Männel has been great for some time now.

Young player to watch? 

Rico Benatelli and Arvydas Novikovas.

Player you most want to see leave? 

Oliver Schröder. Past it but kept on getting selected last season.

Team you most want to beat?

RB Leipzig. No history, less than half their ridiculously oversized stadium filled for their Bundesliga 2 debut and are just one hour up the road.

Season prediction?

Gloriously surviving through the relegation playoff.

Henry James (@HenUndHenne)

 

1. FC Heidenheim 18461. FC Heidenheim

How was last season?

We were champions of the 3. Liga in our fifth year in the division and gained promotion already one month before the season ended.

Expectations for this season?

As a newly promoted side, the aim is to stay in the division and I think we have a good chance thanks to our experienced squad.

Frank Schmidt clearly not happy with his contract until 2020

What do you think about your manager?

Frank Schmidt has been manager since 2007 and his contract runs out in 2020. He is the role model of the club and he demands a lot from his players. He enjoys a fast and attacking game without neglecting a good defence.

Player to watch?

Our captain, Marc Schnatterer, our top scorer for many years now. He was the star of the 3. Liga and now he wants to prove himself in the division above.

Young player to watch? 

Robert Leipertz (new signing from FC Schalke 04 II) and Seabstian Griesbeck both have potential. They will both play in the Bundesliga in the future for sure.

Player you most want to see leave? 

Nobody.

Team you most want to beat?

Our neighbours from down the road Aalen (only 25 km. between the cities).

Season prediction?

We have an experienced squad with also young players who must prove themselves but who also have a lot of talent. Consolidation is definitely possible.

Davit Hitzler (Liga2-online)

 

1. FC Nürnberg 1. FC Nürnberg

How was last season?

Knocked out in the first round from the DFB-Pokal, the “Hinrunde” without winning a single game, hit the woodwork 23 times, many injuries, three different manager in one season, relegation… and you ask me, how last season was?!

Expectations for this season?

It will be a hard season. There are many good teams in the 2. Bundesliga. Hopefully we can return to the Bundesliga next year but it won’t be easy.

What do you think about your manager?

I can’t say a lot about him. But it looks like he does a good job. We lost in the pre-season only vs. FC Ingolstadt. We won all other friendly matches, for example against Valencia.

Player to watch?

We have so many new players that it’s hard to say yet!

Niklas Stark – big hopes for Club and country

Young player to watch? 

Niklas Stark (captain U19 German National Team)

Player you most want to see leave? 

Nobody. Most players from last season already left us.

Team you most want to beat?

Greuther Fürth.

Season prediction?

Between 1st and 5th.

Tobias Fischer (@FCN_en)

 

 

RB Leipzig

How was last season?

Outstanding. Although just promoted Zorniger and Rangnick formed a team, which went through the third tier with many young, unknown players like Yussuf Poulsen and Joshua Kimmich. Dominik Kaiser, who was one of the best players of the league and Daniel Frahn still kept up the pace and scored often.

Expectations for this season?

Most of the fans would be content to see Leipzig finishes secure in the upper midfield maybe with the favorites in view. It also would be nice, to see even more fans attend the games. With  season tickets sales having more than doubled, the foundations for this are already laid.

What do you think about your manager?

Alexander Zorniger has an idea of his system and has implemented it successfully, best manager we had so far and at the moment best manager imaginable.

Matthias Morys runs towards the exit while teammate celebrates

Player to watch?

Dominik Kaiser was the best player in the league last season. It will be interesting to watch, if he can uphold his good form. After that all eyes are on Daniel Frahn and his competition Terrence Boyd and Yussuf Poulsen.

Young player to watch? 

Zsolt Kálmar.

Player you most want to see leave? 

Matthias Morys seems the likely choice. He didn’t adapt well to the third league and was no real competitor for the starting eleven.

Team you most want to beat?

Since everyone wants to beat us, we want to beat them all. There are several clubs who canceled or refused to play friendly’s against us (Union Berlin, Aue, 1860). This isn’t forgotten. Besides, the derby against Aue will be one of the highlights of the season.

Season prediction?

Very hard to make a reliable prediction. Something in the upper half just in reach of promotion ranks. I think we will finish somewhere between 3rd and 7th.

Rumpelstilzchen (@rb_fans)

 

SV Sandhausen SV Sandhausen

How was last season?

Twelfth place was perfect. No one expected us to finish in this position after our relegation to the 3rd division and subsequent return due to the license withdrawal of Duisburg

 Expectations for this season?

Twelfth place again  would be great. The team is more balanced this year so I think this possible

What do you think about your manager?

Alois Schwartz did a very good job last year in stabilizing the defense. He gave young players a chance and they paid him back. I think the small club of Sandhausen and Alois Schwartz fit well together

Denis Linsmayer. Quite good apparently.

Player to watch?

Manuel Riemann and Denis Linsmayer.

Young player to watch? 

Also Denis Linsmayer.

Player you most want to see leave? 

Radoslav Zabavník. Came last year from the Bundesliga and didn’t play a single match for Sandhausen.

Team you most want to beat?

Karlsruher SC, as they are only 50 km. from Sandhausen.

 

Season prediction?

We will finish the season with at least 3 teams behind us.

Stefan (@CDSandhausen)

FC St. Pauli von 1910 FC St. Pauli

How was last season?

Much better than the one before! But looking back it was a weird season. We sacked Frontzeck pretty early into the season, without any real problems at the time. Vrabec came in and seemed to work wonders in the opening few months but it faded towards the end of the season. We were always within touching distance of the playoff spot, but realistically we were never going to make it.

Expectations for this season?

I don’t have a clue! In true St. Pauli fashion this season could go either way. We’ve lost Fin Bartels which is a huge loss, but we’ve made a couple of decent signings and we’ve got a good young squad who can hopefully progress further.  Let’s just have some fun, drink some beer and hopefully see plenty of goals – particularly at the Millerntor!

 What do you think about your manager?

As eluded to before, his first few months in charge last season were highly impressive. The tactics were very good, the team seemed to respond well to him. That was lost a little towards the end of the season, so it’ll be interesting to see how he does with a full pre-season with the squad.

Player to watch?

We’ve several good youngsters, but Marc Rzatkowski was superb last season and I wouldn’t have been surprised to see him move onto a Bundesliga club.

Dennis Daube was a promising player even when this shirt was worn!

Young player to watch? 

Not really young anymore, but perhaps a forgotten player. Dennis Daube has always shown glimpses of his talent but has always had injuries problems which kept him out last season. If he can keep fit he could be a real asset.

Player you most want to see leave? 

Bit of a harsh question! None.

Team you most want to beat?

R** B***

Season prediction?

St. Pauli to finish 3rd, and Big John Verhoek to score the winning goal in the playoff against those neighbours from the outskirts of Hamburg…

Scott (@YorksStPauli)

 

1. FC Union Berlin 1. FC Union Berlin

How was last season?

Like other previous seasons it started well and planted seeds for promotion hope but then got a bit flaccid towards the end.

Expectations for this season?

New coach, new system, new captain – this will be a year of consolidation.

 What do you think about your manager?

This is Norbert Düwel’s first job as head coach but his international experience and open communication style sound promising. Too early to judge, though.

Player to watch?

It will be interesting to see how Damir Kreilach interprets his role as captain and how former captain and Union centerpiece Torsten Mattuschka will accept his new role and position.

Young player to watch? 

Abdallah Gomaa is tiny but very fast and can make a difference but it would be unfair not to mention Eroll Zejnullahu . Steven Skrzybski, Björn Jopek and Christopher Quiring all have potential but didn’t show enough of that in the last years so will need to step up their game.

Germany’s most comfortable living room expects a mid-table finish.

Player you most want to see leave? 

They’re all Unioner so we want them all to give their best. Unioner don’t boo at the team or individual players, no matter what.

Team you most want to beat?

This will be the same for most other teams: RB Leipzig. Nobody likes an artificial team backed by millions and a club structure that is technically not allowed if the league were to strictly follow their code.

Season prediction?

Mid-table with the hope of some fresh energetic performances and a minor cup run.

Felix (@UnioninEnglisch)

 

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Aleix Gwilliam

Is a 27-year-old living in Barcelona who gets more pleasure from watching German lower-league football than from going to watch his hometown team at the Camp Nou every other week. Passionate about European football, its history and culture, you can follow him on Twitter at @AleixGwilliam

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