Bundesliga News: Magath Begins Cleaning House

Transfer news continues in Germany, as the winter transfer window is now open and teams make changes.  As expected, VfL Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath is following through with the wholesale changes he promised, although nothing terribly surprising has occurred as of yet, and we have yet to see any high-profile Bundesliga players switch allegiances so far.

After bringing in Czech international Petr Jiracek last week, Magath has purchased 21 year-old midfielder/defender Slobodan Medojević from Serbian SuperLiga club FK Vojvodina on a contract through June, 2015.  The 6-foot native of Novi Sad signed with his hometown club in 2007 and has featured 70 times for the senior team, scoring five goals.  Medojević  played in all 15 matches this fall for his club, scoring twice with two assists as his team went into winter break 3rd in the table behind Partizan Belgrade and Red Star Belgrade.   He has represented Serbia at the U-17, U-19 and U-21 levels a total of 22 times.

Officially gone from Wolfsburg are defender Arne Friedrich, whose contract was terminated in September, and midfielder Alexander Hleb, whose loan from Barcelona was not renewed.  Friedrich, 32, has earned 82 international caps with Germany but injury limited him to 15 appearances with Wolfsburg since arriving in 2010.  It is also little surprise that Hleb has departed. The Belarus international, who joined Wolfsburg on the last day of the summer transfer window, only appeared in four matches for Magath, scoring once, and was unable to recapture the form he demonstrated in his first stint with VfB Stuttgart and Arsenal.

Teenaged midfielder Tolga Cigerci has been loaned by Wolfsburg to Borussia Monchengladbach until June, 2012.  Cigerci, who will turn 20 years old in March, has not seen any first team action in the current campaign after making five starts for Wolfsburg last season. Although playing exclusively on the reserves this season, Cigerci has been a target of the Foals since last summer, according to Gladbach’s Max Ebert.  The Foals also announced that injury-plagued loanee Joshua King will return to Manchester United.  King was only able to play 20 Bundesliga minutes this fall.

Thurk Signs with FC Heidenheim,  Möhrle with Energie Cottbus

Michael Thurk, the long-time FC Augsburg striker who did not feature at all this fall in Augsburg’s Bundesliga premier, has had his contract officially terminated by the club, and was signed by Baden-Württemberg FC Heidenheim of 3. Liga.  Thurk scored 51 goals in 104 matches at Augsburg.  He joins a Heidenheim squad that is currently fifth in the table, with 31 points after 21 matches.  Longtime Augsburg defender Uwe Möhrle, 32, who played in over 130 matches for the Bavarian club, will be wearing the kit of Energie Cottbus.  Möhrle played in nine matches for Augsburg this fall.

1. FC Kaiserslautern Acquire Jorgensen,  Swierczok

The Red Devils, languishing in the relegation/playoff spot with only 17 points accrued in the season’s first half, have acquired Bayer Leverkusen’s Nicolai Jorgensen on loan and Polish striker Jakub Swierczok on a three-year deal.  Jorgensen, a 20 year-old Dane, has only featured twice for Die Werkself this fall after making 18 appearances in all competitions last season for Leverkusen.  The 6’3″ striker signed a five-year contract with Leverkusen in July, 2010 and has made two senior appearances for the Danish national team.

Swierczok, 19, signed with Kaiserslautern from Polish 2nd division side Polonia Bytom. The 5’10” attacker scored 12 times in 17 2011 matches for the Upper Silesian club.  Hopefully one or both of the young forwards can provide goals for Marco Kurz’ club which has only scored 13 times in the first half of the season, the league’s lowest figure.

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Gerry Wittmann

Gerry is the founder of the Bundesliga Fanatic. Besides loving German football, he also enjoys the NBA, collecting jerseys and LPs, his pets and wishes he had more time for fishing, bicycling and learning the bass guitar.

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