Bundesliga News: Training Camps Feature New Faces

There will be several new faces among Bundesliga clubs as they open training camp this week.  Hannover have acquired defender Andre Hoffmann from MSV Duisburg, while Fortuna Düsseldorf have brought in Genki Omae and midfielder Mathis Bolly.  Meanwhile, Eintracht Frankfurt have brought in defender Marco Russ on loan while announcing the loan of Vadim Demidov to Celta Vigo, while Energie Cottbus have acquired Freiburg reservist Christian Bickel.

Hoffmann to Hannover

Hannover have signed 19 year-old defender Andre Hoffmann from MSV Duisburg.  The 6’3″ native of Essen played in Duisburg’s youth system, making his senior team debut for the Zebras in 2010.  He has played in 37 matches for Duisburg, including 975 minutes during this season’s Hinrunde. Hoffman is also currently a member of the German U-20 national team.

Hannover Coach Mirko Slomka commented

André has the potential to succeed with us. He is in my opinion a highly willing, strong character player who captained U-teams.. I am delighted that he has chosen 96

Hoffman will wear the number 15 uniform held by Henning Hauer, who will be playing in Sweden for IF Elfsborg.  Hoffman will join the club on Friday as they head to Portugal for training.  He is twice winner of the Fritz Walter Medal.

Fortuna Dusseldorf Add Omae, Bolly

In a move to bolster their attack, F95 signed Japanese forward Genki Omae in early December, and more recently added Norwegian midfielder Mathis Bolly.  Omae. 23, is a native of Yokohama.  He joins Düsseldorf from J-League side Shimizu S-Pulse.  The diminutive striker (5’5″) has played in 120 matches in all competitions for the midtable club, scoring 34 goals.  In 2012, he scored 18 times in 45 appearances for the club.  Omae has made several appearances for the Japanese U-19 team.  He played with Stuttgart’s Shinji Okazaki while at S-Pulse, and with Shinji Kagawa on the U-19 Japanese squad.

Norwegian Mathis Bolly also adds offensive potential to the club.  The pacy midfielder,22, comes to Düsseldorf from Norwegian club Lillestrom, where he has played in 66 matches since 2008 while scoring seven goals.   Of Ivorian descent, Bolly signed through June, 2016.  He can play on either wing.  According to F95 Coach Norbert Meier

Mathis Bolly is a very fast player who can be used flexibly

Both players are with the club in Marabella, Spain as the club begins its training.  Joining them in camp will be trialist Ken Matsubara.  The 19 year-old defensive midfielder is currently with Oita Trinita of the J-League 2nd division.  He has made 29 appearances with the club along with three appearances for the Japanese U-17 squad.

Eintracht Frankfurt Sign Russ, Loan out Demidov

Eintracht Frankfurt have signed defender Marco Russ on loan from Wolfsburg, with an option to make the move permanent.  Russ, 27, joined Die Adler as a youth player in 1996, and was with the club until 2011, featuring in 163 senior club matches.  The 6’3″ central defender played in 24 contests at Wolfsburg.

Eintracht Frankfurt defender Vadim Demidov will be playing in Spain on loan from the German club.   He joins Celta Vigo, where he will play for the remainder of the 2012/2013 season.  Demidov, who has been involved in controversy, previously played for Real Sociedad.

Energie Cottbus Sign Freiburg’s Bickel

Second division Bundesliga side Energie Cottbus have signed 21 year-old midfielder Christian Bickel from SC Freiburg.  The former German U-20 player was inked through June, 2015 on a free transfer.  He scored four goals for Freiburg’s reserve team this fall in 14 appearances.

Cottbus Sporting Director Christian Beeck commented

Christian Bickel’s transfer is an investment in the future.  He can play on either wing and is very talented

Bickel came up in the youth system of RW Erfurt, and played on loan last season at SV Jahn Regensburg.


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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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