News: Stoppelkamp Joins 1860 Munich and other Recent 2. Bundesliga Signings

Since Frankfurt-born Cha Du-Ri left Celtic to sign with Fortuna Dusseldorf earlier in June, there have been several player and coaching moves in Germany’s second tier, including the transfer of Hannover’s Moritz Stoppelkamp to 1860 München.

Stoppelkamp to 1860 Munich

Hannover attacker Moritz Stoppelkamp has agreed to a three-year transfer deal with 2. Bundesliga side 1860 München.  The Duisburg native, 25, played in 38 league matches for the 96ers over the last two seasons.

Stoppelkamp played in the youth systems of MSV Duisburg, Fortuna Dusseldorf and Rot-Weiss Essen.  His professional debut occurred in August, 2008 for Rot-Weiss Oberhausen, where he played in 46 matches while scoring 9 goals before heading to Hannover.

While the financial aspects of the transfer were undisclosed, 1860 Sporting Director Florian Hinterberger commented.

Moritz joins us from a good Bundesliga team that played in the Europa League last season. He was a member of their senior squad and is at a good age. He has the necessary experience needed to strengthen our side but still has plenty of potential for improvement. He wants to achieve things with us.

Stoppelkamp pledged to give his all to the Lions’ pursuit of top flight football.  While fellow Bavarian clubs FC Augsburg and SpVgg Greuther Furth have gained promotion from the second-tier in the last two seasons, 1860 München finished a frustrating five points off the pace for the playoff promotion spot that Fortuna Dusseldorf earned and used to gain promotion by defeating Hertha Berlin in May.

Junglas to Aalen, Farina to Cottbus

VfR Aalen, which earned promotion to 2. Bundesliga for the upcoming season with their second place finish in 3. Liga, have obtained midfielder Manuel Junglas, 23, on a transfer from Alemannia Aachen that runs through June, 2014.  The 5’10” native of  Köln has played in 78 matches for Aachen in all competitions since joining the senior squad in 2009 and made two appearances for the German U-17 squad.

VfR Aalen Sporting Director Markus Schupp commented.

We’re delighted to have captured Manuel for Aalen. His physical presence and strength in the tackle make him the ideal player to initiate attacks after regaining possession. His dynamism means he always looks to be involved going forward. He already has considerable experience in the Bundesliga 2 despite his young age.

Frenchman Nicolas Farina has meanwhile joined Energie Cottbus on a two-year deal from Evian Thonon Gaillard FC, where he has played since 2009.  An attacking midfielder/rightwinger, the 26 year-old Farina is a native of Metz, where he began his professional career.  Since 2006, he has played a total of 88 league matches for FC Metz, AS Cannes and Evian, scoring 11 goals.

Cottbus Sporting Director Rudi Bommer commented on the 5’6″ midfielder.

I have had Nicolas Farina watched several times. He definitely has a lot of ability and will be a lively element for our attacking play and this should increase the battle for places

Coaching News in 2. Bundesliga

Newly promoted SSV Jahn Regensburg have hired Oscar Corrochano to succeed  Markus Weinzierl, who will coach FC Augsburg this coming season, while Eintracht Braunschweig management have extended the contract of Coach Torsten Lieberknecht until June, 2015.

Corrochano, 35, received a contract through June, 2014 with Regensburg.  The former midfielder from Hanau had a playing career of over ten seasons playing with clubs such as Kickers Offenbach, SV Darmstadt and SV Waldhof Mannheim before beginning his coaching career with Eintracht Frankfurt in 2006, where he mainly worked with the youth sides before accepting the Regensburg position.

Lieberknecht was born in Bad Dürkheim and played in midfield for such clubs as Kaiserslautern and Mainz before finishing his career at Eintracht Braunschweig.  He began coaching with the club in 2007, and after one season with the youth team he was appointed manager of the senior side of the May, 2008.  The 38 year-old led the club to promotion from 3. Liga following the 2010/2011 season, and last season led Lower Saxony club to an eighth place finish in 2. Bundesliga.  Said Lieberknecht

I’m delighted that the board have placed their trust in me and I’m confident that together we can continue to develop Eintracht in every area


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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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