There’s plenty of Bundesliga news with the transfer season in full bloom, the London Olympics getting underway with Gladbach’s Yuki Otsu scoring a goal heard ’round the world Thursday, and German clubs playing test matches as they prepare for the upcoming season. Hannover will look to repeat their success last season in the Europa League in their play-in qualifiers against St. Patrick’s Athletic. Germany’s second division kicks off next weekend while the German SuperCup between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich kicks off on Sunday August 12 at 20:00 CET. The first round of the DFB Pokal is set for August 17-20.
Hannover Europa League Opponent and Dates Set
Mirko Slomka’s Hannover squad will have to be on their toes quickly, as their first competitive 2012/2013 match will be a Europa League play-in away at St. Patrick’s Athletic of Ireland. Kickoff for the August 2nd match is scheduled for 20:45 CET. The return leg of the 3rd round qualifying match will be on Thursday August 9 at the AWD Arena at 20:30.
Hertha’s Raffael Departs for the Ukraine
Raffael, 27, has joined FC Dynamo Kyiv on a three-year contract. There was speculation that the Brazilian would be leaving Hertha, especially after the Old Lady signed attackers Sandro Wagner, Ben Sahar and Sami Allagui recently. Raffael played in over 100 league matches for Hertha over the last four seasons after coming over from FC Zurich. His exit follows that of Hertha striker Patrick Ebert, who was released and signed with Real Vallodolid.
Malik Fathi Leaves Mainz on Loan
Left back Malik Fathi, 28, is headed to Turkish Super Lig club Kaysenpor on a year loan from Mainz. The West Berlin born defender began his professional career with Hertha Berlin in 2003, and has also played for Spartak Moscow. Fathi played in 47 league matches for Mainz since 2010.
Olympic Joy for Japan
Borussia Gladbach squad player Yuki Otsu scored a historic goal as the Japanese Olympic squad defeated Spain, 1-0. in the first round of Group D 2012 London Olympic play. Otsu’s first half goal came from a corner kick against the Spaniards, who were down to 10 men. The historic win, the first ever for a Japanese squad over any Spanish national side. In addition to Otsu, Japan’s starting XI included Hannover newcomer Hiroki Sakai and Nurnberg’s Hiroshi Kiyotake, while Stuttgart’s Gotoku Sakai entered the match as a 75th minute substitute. Hoffeneheim’s Takashi Usami was an unused substitue for the Japanese team.
Other players involved in the London Olympic games include Switzerland’s Diego Benaglio and Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg), Francois Affolter (Werder Bremen) and Timm Klose (Nurnberg), Spain’s Alvaro Dominguez (Gladbach), South Korea’s Ja-Cheol Koo and Morocco’s Mohamed Amsif (Augsburg).
Recent Test Results
Dynamo Dresden 3-0 West Ham United
A sold-out crowd of over 28,000 saw Dynamo Dresden knock in three goals past Hammers new keeper, former long-time Bolton keeper Jussi Jääskelainen. Dresden captain Robert Koch scored the game’s first goal at the 20 minute mark, with second half substitutes Hasan Pepic and Cüneyt Köz adding to Dresden’s margin of victory. Dynamo held EPL champion Manchester City to a scoreless draw last week in Innsbruck. Dresden open the season next Friday against VfL Bochum.
Dresden Lineup: Kirsten – Gueye (Leistner), Brégerie (Jungwirth), Savic (Thoelke), Schuppan (Subasic) – Papadopoulos (Fell ), Koch (Franke), Losilla (Solga), Trojan (quality) – Poté (Köz), Fort (Pepic) – Coach: Loose West
1. FC Magdeburg 0-5 FC Schalke 04
Twelve thousand fans Friday witnessed Schalke bounce back following their earlier loss this week against AC Milan with a strong effort against Regionlliga Nordost side FC Magdeburg 5-0. Schalke veteran Jefferson Farfan scored the only goal of the first half in the 16th minute, but Die Knappen poured it on the fourth division side in the second half with a hat trick from Brazilian striker Edu and a tally from Finland’s Teemu Pukki.
Magdeburg Lineup: Tischer (60th Dersewski) – Slugs (46th steering), Hackenberg (46th Friebertshäuser) Rated Huber (60th flower), Reinhard (60 Neumann) – Kurth (60th Podrygala) Boltze (46th Burdenski) – Moslehe (60.Brendel), Harrer (46th Warrior), Sowislo (46th Viteritti) – ax (46th Koschwitz
Schalke Lineup: Unnerstall – Uchida (46th Neustadt), Matip (46 Papadopoulos), Kolasinac, Fuchs (46th Escudero) – Hoeger, Holtby – Farfan (46th Moritz), Draxler (46th Pukki) Barnetta (46th Jurado) – Marica (46 Edu) Goals: 0:1 Farfan (16), 0-2 Pukki (55th), 0-3 Edu (65th), 0-4 Edu (79) , 0:5 Edu (86th)
Bayern Munich 2-1 VfL Wolfsburg
The Bavarians were able to shut down Wolfsburg for most of the match in front of 35,000 fans in China. Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring by converting a PK in the 29th minute, while Arjen Robben doubled the lead ten minutes later. The Volkswagen city club got a late consolation goal from summer signing Václav Pilař. Bayern Munich’s Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger were absent from the Chinese tour, as was Wolfsburg’s regular goalkeeper, Diego Benaglio, who along with teammate Ricardo Rodriguez, started for Switzerland Thursday in their Olympic 1-1 draw with Gabon. Earlier in the week Bayern Munich defeated Chinese side Beijing Guoan 6-0, with goals from Robben, Mandzukic, Gomez, Muller and Pizarro.
FCB Lineup: Neuer – Boateng, Van Buyten, Dante (Badstuber 46), Contento (Tymoshchuk 46) – Gustavo, Kroos (Can 63) – Robben (Pizarro 46), Müller (Weiser 67), Ribéry (Shaqiri 46) – Mandzukic (Gomez 46)
VfL Lineup: Hitz – Fagner (Diego 80), Naldo (Russ 80), Pogatetz (Knoche 46), Schäfer (Kahlenberg 80) – Hasani (Hasebe 27), Josué (Dejagah 69), Polák (Pilar 46) – Olic (Träsch 69), Helmes (Orozco 46) – Dost (Lakic 46)
St.Gallen 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
Robert Lewandowski gave BvB an early lead before the Swiss club equalized. But Marco Reus, making his Dortmund debut, found Kevin Grosskreutz, who scored to give Dortmund the win. Dortmund play Legia Warsaw Sunday in their next preseason friendly.
BvB Lineup: Langerak – Piszczek (46. Kirch), Subotic (46. Santana), Günter, Löwe (61. Schmelzer) – Bender (46. Kehl), Leitner (61. Gündogan) – Blaszczykowski (46. Großkreutz), Bittencourt (46. Amini), Perisic (61. Reus) – Lewandowski (46. Schieber)
SV Waldhof Mannheim 0-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
Armin Veh’s Frankfurt side won their sixth preseason friendly, defeating Waldhof Mannheim 2-0. Benjamin Köhler and Karim Matmou were the goalscorers for Die Adler, while forward Mohammadou Idrissou was sited on bundesliga.de for his solid play.
Eintracht Lineup: Trapp – Young, Demidov (46th Celozzi), Butscher, Oczipka (67th Djakpa) – Schwegler (46th Lanig) Rode – Aigner (46th Matmour), Meier (46th Koehler), Inui (67 coats) – Occean (46th Idrissou)
VfB Stuttgart 4-0 FSV Frankfurt
Stuttgart, coming off its a sixth place season that entitles them to Europa League play this season, defeated 2. Bundesliga side FSV Frankfurt 4-0. Martin Harnik gave Bruno Labbadia’s team a 1-0 first half lead, while in the second half an almost entirely different Stuttgart squad garnered three goals, two from Bosnian international Vedad Ibisevic and a single strike from Felic Feccione. Newcomer Tim Hoogland was the only Stuttgart player on the field for the entire 90 minutes.
Meanwhile, veteran Stuttgart forward Cacau, 31, declared his commitment to the club in an interview on bundesliga.de
VfB First-half eleven: Ziegler – Hoogland, Tasci, Niedermeier, Boka – Bah, Gentner – Harnik, Hajnal, Traoré – Cacau
VfB Second-half eleven: Weis – Hoogland (68’ Min. Vecchione), Maza, Rüdiger, Molinaro – Kvist, Kuzmanovic – Okazaki, Stöger (68’ Min. Holzhauser), Torun – Ibisevic