July 26, 2017

2. Bundesliga Season 2014/2015 Fan Preview Part Two

Part Two of our 2. Bundesliga Fan Preview 2014/2015.

Read Part One here

 

FSV Frankfurt FSV Frankfurt

How was last season?

A constant struggle to stave off relegation. A very slow start led to a decent second half of the season that solidified our spot for the next season.

Odise Roshi. Can he step up?

Expectations for this season?

This season could prove much like the last. There are a lot of question marks in the attack due to the departure of Mathew Leckie and Andrew Wooten. We will probably finish mid-table, but if certain stars align, they may surprise the league.

What do you think about your manager?

Benno Moehlmann lets the players play and that is exciting to watch and helps with the development of talent. He has been great for Frankfurt being that in his first full season, he took the club to a fourth place finish, one shy of the promotion playoff matches. Hopefully he can find the right formula for this years campaign vie for a title.

 

Player to watch?

Odise Roshi. With the departure of Mathew Leckie, Roshi will get a chance to make plays offensively. With his size and athleticism, he can add a lot to the attack. Will he step up and be that guy? Only time will tell.

Young player to watch? 

Vincenzo Grifo.

Player you most want to see leave? 

No one… as of yet.

Team you most want to beat?

Kaiserslautern of course.

Season prediction?

Mid-table, but really, who knows what will happen this season!!

Jon “Buzzy” Watson (@Buzzy31)

 

Düsseldorfer TuS Fortuna 1895 Fortuna Düsseldorf

How was last season?

Last season was quite hectic. Despite finishing 6th we were at one point 16th. Mike Büskens did not have the expected success and the team did not work under him. We found our way with interim coach Oliver Reck (now permanent manager). 

Expectations for this season?

I hope that this season will be better than last. The pre-season matches up until now have shown that Reck will keep the attacking tactics. The atmosphere in the squad is great and they are showing enthusiasm and dedication.

Joel Pohjanpalo will be looking to grow at the ESPRITarena

Player to watch?

Mathis Bolly, Christopher Avevor, Michael Liendl, Sérgio da Silva Pinto.

Young player to watch? 

Joel Pohjanpalo, Christian Gartner.

Player you most want to see leave? 

None

Team you most want to beat?

Keins im Besonderen, Punkte sollte f95 möglichst in jedem Spiel holen. Egal, ob vermeintlich starke oder schwache Gegner.

Season prediction?

I see us finishing in the top 3. In which position exactly we shall see.

Janina (@nick_f95)

 

SpVgg Greuther Fürth SpVgg Greuther Fürth

How was last season?

I think it was a good season. The team did a good job after its reconstruction before the season started. The success during the season was not foreseeable and so we all can be satisfied with the result at the end.

Expectations for this season?

I expect a hard season ahead. The target to gain promotion will be much harder than last season.

What do you think about your manager?

Frank Kramer, is a young, ambitious coach. A few years ago, he was responsible for our youth team. In this time, he learned a lot about the handling of young players and this is an important benefit for his work now, because there are also a lot of young players at our first team of today. And the strategy of our club is it, to promote young players – and so Frank Kramer is Mr. Right for this job!

Player to watch?

Stephan Schroeck! He is one of our former youth players, who stepped up to our first team. He left Fürth two years ago, played for Hoffenheim and Frankfurt and now he’s back. He is still a fan favourite.

Young player to watch? 

We have a lot of young players. I think, the most interesting to watch is Ilir Azemi. He is one of our former youth players and he stepped up to the first team in 2012. After a lost year during our Bundesliga season, he came back to form last year and it will be very interesting to see how his career develops in the future.

Derby days are back!

Player you most want to see leave? 

There is no player I want to see leave.

Team you most want to beat?

Nürnberg! Our local rivals are back  in 2. Bundesliga and the contest between both clubs is the oldest in Germany. We are unbeaten since 2008 – and we will remain so!

Season prediction?

I think, at the end we will finish under the top-five teams in the table. Perhaps, we will gain promotion – but this target is even harder to achieve as in the past seasons.

Andreas Ruemler (www.kleeblattblog.de)

 

FC Ingolstadt 04 FC Ingolstadt 04

How was last season?

Very bad start to the season and Marco Kurz was removed after 91 days as coach. Because we went unbeaten in away games from September, we saved our position in the league and finally got the best finish in club history.

Expectations for this season?

Hopefully a constant season this time and a result in the top 10.

What do you think about your manager?

Ralph Hasenhüttl is the best coach we ever had. Always in contact with the fans and brought back the fun to the team.

Goodbye Caiuby – Hello Mathew Leckie!

Player to watch?

Mathew Leckie who played a good World Cup with Australia… and new number 10 Pascal Gross.

Young player to watch? 

Julian Günther-Schmidt who was promoted to the first team after playing very well in the second team in pre-season and first few games. Great 19-year right wing player.

Player you most want to see leave? 

Caiuby already left to f**king Augsburg.

Team you most want to beat?

We really need to beat 1860 away and also want to win against Bullshit Leipzig.

Season prediction?

Between 6 and 9

Jochen & Martin (FCI – Black red Company since 2008)

 

1. FC Kaiserslautern 1. FC Kaiserslautern

How was last season?

Horrible, boring, emotionless. A season that I just want to forget as quickly as possible. Ups and downs, with more downs than ups. The mixed start under Foda, before Runjaic came in and had FCK playing some great football but then the team fell off the cliff and had FCK playing football like it was the 2011-12 season. Thankfully the Pokal run was unbelievable.

 

Kosta Runjaic – deserves a clap for his hard work

Expectations for this season?

Not many to be honest. I hope to finally see a team that fights and really wants to win but I doubt it’s going to be that different from last season. FCK has the squad and budget to challenge for promotion however we are looking to rely more on their younger players and give them bigger roles so in a way FCK will sink or swim with how the young players perform. I’d be happy with a transitional year of sorts but I’d rather want so see a fighting team which has to play another season in 2. Liga than a team which won their games with a lot of luck and gains promotion.

 

What do you think about your manager?

I still think Runjaic can be a good manager and we don’t have the money for yet another one anyways. He’s a young manager who has shown tactical knowledge and the type of man a young squad needs in my opinion.  I think he is the right manager to gain promotion either this season or in 15/16.

Player to watch?

Jean Zimmer or Kevin Stöger.

Young player to watch? 

Zimmer and Stöger are young but also keep an eye on Manfred Osei-Kwadwo.

Player you most want to see leave? 

Olivier Occéan… and perhaps Enis Hajri.

Team you most want to beat?

KSC and RB Leipzig.

Season prediction?

Between 4th and 7th.

Johannes, Simon, Serva & Daniel (@FCK_en)

 

Karlsruher SC Karlsruher SC

How was last season?

Last season was a huge surprise. KSC, as a newly-promoted side, fought for promotion!

Expectations for this season?

We haven’t lost any of our best players and been able to improve depth in our squad. Therefore I hope we can at least repeat our position from last season.

 

Kagawa, Inui, Kiyotake… Yamada?

What do you think about your manager?

Markus Kauczinski is the biggest reason behind our success. I’m sure that we will see him one day in the Bundesliga (hopefully with KSC).

Player to watch?

Hiroki Yamada. He arrived for 400,000€ from Japan and will have a place in our starting XI straight away.

Young player to watch? 

We have signed more young and talented players,  with Jonas Meffert from Bayer Leverkusen particularly standing out and from who we will hear plenty about.

Player you most want to see leave? 

None. We have a great squad.

Team you most want to beat?

A derby win against Kaiserslautern, of course!

Season prediction?

In the top third of the table, between 4th and 6th.

Der Fächerstädter (@Faecherstaedter)

 

Part Three arriving tomorrow! 

Listen to the 2. Bundesliga Season Preview on Aufstieg Podcast here

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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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