Coach Felix Magath has extended his contract at VfL Wolfsburg for two additional years, bringing him through the 2014-2015 season. The veteran manager, 58, led Wolfsburg to an eighth place finish in the 2011/2012 season after rejoining Wolfsburg late in the prior season, helping the reeling club avoid relegation.
Magath, the son of a Puerto Rican father and German mother, had a lengthy career as an offensive midfielder in the Bundesliga, playing in over 300 league matches for Hamburger SV while representing West Germany on 43 occasions between 1977 and 1986. He was on three Bundesliga championship clubs while at Hamburg, while also being part of the 1980 West German Euro championship team.
Magath began his coaching career with Hamburg during the 1995-1996 season, and has spent his entire coaching career working with German clubs, including Bayern München, 1 FC Nurnberg, Werder Bremen, Eintracht Frankurt, VfB Stuttgart and FC Schalke and is now is on his second stint as Wolfsburg’s head coach. Magath won two league championships with Bayern, as well as two DFB Pokal championships, and brougbt Wolfsburg its only Bundesliga championship during the 2008/2009 season.
Magath stated following his extension in the Volkswagen city.
I am delighted that VfL have given me the opportunity to work for the long term. Even in the last season, most of our decisions have been taken in perspective. Now we have to continue this work and expand. We want VfL to mature into a solid team in the Bundesliga.
Wolfsburg chairmon Dr. Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz had this to say about Magath’s extension.
We believe in continuity and with Magath we are on the right track. Under him the club had its most successful period. The early contract extension is an expression of our confidence. With Felix Magath we can achieve both our short-term goals, such as the battle for European Cup places next year, as well as take the long-term view. VfL want to be a club that is consistently in the upper third of the league.
After wholesale personnel changes made by Magath during last season’s winter break, the Die Wolfe club responded with a stronger second half, rising four places in the table from their first-half of the season finish and falling just four points short of the Bundesliga’s final Europa League spot.
Hamburg Host FC Barcelona in Pre-Season Friendly
Hamburger SV will celebrate their 125th anniversary during the upcoming season. The only German club to not be relegated from the Bundesliga since its 1963 inception, the red-shorts have announced that they will begin their anniversary celebration by hosting a friendly July 24 against perhaps the world’s currently most followed club, FC Barcelona.
Hamburg marketing and communications director Joachim Hilke remarked on the club’s website.
It is a great honour for Hamburg to be able to attract Barcelona to a friendly match here in the HSV-Arena.The game against this extraordinary team will crown our 125th anniversary celebrations and is a unique opportunity for our fans.
FC Schalke will also host an iconic European team, AC Milan, on the same date in Gelsenkirchen.