While Bayern Munich and its many supporters look forward to completing their treble quest Saturday in the DFB Pokal final against VfB Stuttgart. other Bundesliga clubs are already working towards improving their rosters for next season. The biggest news has been Dortmund losing defender Santana to archrivals Schalke while adding a replacement in Sokratis from Werder Bremen, players such as Mike Hanke, Felix Klaus, Cedric Makiadi, Igor de Camargo, Marwin Hitz and BuLi newcomer Salif Sane are switching clubs.
Hanke, Klaus Join SC Freiburg
Freiburg have added veteran striker Mike Hanke from Borussia Mönchengladbach and former Greuther Fürth midfielder Felix Klaus to the fold for the upcoming season. The 29 year-old Hanke move away from Gladbach comes as no surprise, as it was announced during the winter that his contract would not be renewed. He joins Freiburg on a free transfer, while the length of his new contract with Freiburg has not been disclosed.
Hanke joined Gladbach over winter break of the 2010/2011 season and was a key contributor in their near-miraculous run to avoid relegation. He made 77 appearances with the club during his two and a half year tenure, scoring 13 times. The striker also has played for Schalke, Wolfsburg and Hannover before joining the Foals, and has featured in 269 BuLi games. Hanke also is a former German international, having earned 12 caps between 2005 and 2007.
Hanke said that
It’s a great package here in Freiburg. I had spoken to [head coach] Christian Streich beforehand and got to know the place, and I think I’ll fit in well here. The opportunity to play in Europe again certainly attracted me, but I also see it as my duty to help the younger players achieve their potential
Klaus, 20, had featured in 62 league games for Fürth since his senior squad debut in 2010. The native of Osnabrück played in 24 Bundesliga matches for the demoted club this season, starting 19 times while scoring twice on 24 attempts and recorded one assist. The German U-20 inked with the Breisgau-Brazilians through June, 2017 and commanded a 1.14.000 £ transfer fee.
Hanke and Klaus joins a Freiburg side that had a great season, prompting the contract extensions of Coach Christian Streich and assistants Patrick Baier and Lars Voßler. The Black Forest club achieved the DFB Pokal semifinals, along with a berth in next year’s Europa League while battling for a Champions League spot to the season’s final day. But Klaus will have plenty of opportunity to contribute in the upcoming season, with Jan Rosenthal, Johannes Flum, Max Kruse, Daniel Caligiuri, Ezequiel Calvente and Erik Jendrisek moving on.
Makiadi Signs with Werder Bremen
The changeover at SC Freiburg continues, as Friday it was announced that Cedric Makiadi has signed a three-year deal at Werder Bremen. The DR Congo international will be reunited with former Freiburg coach Robin Dutt in the north German city.
Dutt commented about Makiadi
He is an offensively gifted player but also has his qualities in defence as well. His experience in the Bundesliga will do us a lot of good.
Makiadi, who moved to Germany at the age of eight, has 177 appearances in German football, and played for VfL Wolfsburg and MSV Duisburg before joining the Black Forest club in 2009. The striker scored 13 goals in his time at Freiburg, and is currently recovering from a successful surgery to repair a muscle injury in his thigh.
Hoffenheim Add Igor de Camargo
After a humbling season that saw Hoffenheim barely avoid relegation by reaching the playoff spot at season’s end and defeating 1. FC Kaiserslautern in the resulting playoff series days ago, the Sinsheim club announced that they have inked Gladbach loanee Igor de Camargo to a permanent deal.
The 30 year-old joined Hoffenheim during winter break on loan. He featured in eight matches, scoring one goal,and has played in 868 Bundesliga matches during his career since joining Gladbach in 2010 from Standard Liege. Born in Brazil, de Camargo is a naturalized Belgian citizen who has earned nine caps for his adopted country.
In other Hoffenheim news, goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, who came on loan to the German club in the winter from Tottenham, returns to his original club. Gomes started nine games for Hoffenheim, and played well, before injury curtailed his season. Midfielder Takashi Usami, also on loan at Hoffenheim, returns to his Japanese club, Gamba Osaka. The young midfielder played in 20 Bundesliga matches this season.
Augsburg Sign Hitz
Swiss goalkeeper Marwin Hitz, 25, the backup at Wolfsburg since 2009 to his countrymen Diego Benaglio, has joined FC Augsburg. He comes to the club on a free transfer, and is signed through June, 2016. Hitz has played in 13 matches for Wolfsburg’s senior squad, but did not feature in any league games this season.
Hitz joins an Augsburg club that had three goalkeepers man the nets for significant portions of the season. Simon Jentzsch started the season as the number one at the Bavarian club before being injured, and has recently retired, while Mohamed Amsif earned 17 starts and Austrian veteran Alex Manninger started 12 games at the end of the season as Augsburg again successfully defied relegation. Manninger recently signed an extension with the club through next season.
Defender Salif Sane to Hannover
Hannover Sporting Director Dirk Dufner announced the signing of French-Senegalese defender Salif Sane, 22, with the 96ers through June, 2017. The 6’4″ backliner has played in France for Bordeaux, and more recently, for AS Nancy. Sane, who has featured in 70 Ligue One matches, is the 96ers first signing of the offseason.
Dufner stated that
Salif Sane is a young, ambitious players with great development potential. We are very glad to have found him a very combative strong player for our defense and long-term commitment to us
The Stuttgart Buildup
Sporting Director Fredi Bobic and Coach Bruno Labbadia are hard at work adding talent to their Pokal finalist squad for next season. Already signed on free transfers are Sercan Sararer (Greuther Furth), Thorsten Kirschbaum (Energie Cottbus), Daniel Schwaab (Bayer Leverkusen), Konstantin Rausch (Hannover 96), along with diminutive 21 year-old attacker, New Zealander Marco Rojas (Melbourne Victory).
With Europa League play on the horizon for next season’s squad, the Stuttgart managerial duo are also making more effort to boost the club’s anemic attack. Dortmund’s Moritz Leitner is rumored to be joining the Swabians on loan, while Sunderland’s Dong-Won Ji, who had success on loan with FC Augsburg, is also reportedly on VfB’s radar. Kicker also reports that the club has shown interest in Hannover attackers Didier Ya Konan and Moa Abdellaoue.
Russian-born German Edgar Prib is on the radar of both Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt. The 23 year-old midfielder has been with Greuther Fürth since 2008 and has played 99 senior squad matches for the Cloverleaves. He scored three goals, and added three assists for the Cloverleaves in his first season in the top flight of German football while creating 95 chances for Fürth and completing 78% of his passes. Dortmund apparently are offering Prib a contract through June, 2017.
Bayern Munich veteran Anatoliy Tymoshchuk will be leaving the club after Saturday’s Pokal final. The versatile Ukranian veteran only played in 16 league matches for the Bundesliga champions this year, and is rumored to be returning to FC Zenit St. Petersburg. Meanwhile, French winger Franck Ribery looks to extend his stay in Munich very soon. assistant coach Peter Hermann heads to Schalke after two seasons at Bayern. Hermann, a former Hamburg and Leverkusen player, will assume an assistant’s role in Gelsenkirchen. Schalke looks to add both defensive and attacking strength to their Champions League squad, and are considering bolstering their backline by bringing in Freiburg’s Oliver Sorg. FC Köln’s Christian Clemens, as well as Sparta Prague youngster Vaclev Kadlec are being considered to boost the attack, although Clemens would cost in excess of 3 million euros.
Japanese international Hajime Hosogai is leaving Leverkusen to play for promoted Hertha Berlin. Able to play several positions, the 26 year-old signed a deal with Hertha through June, 2017. Hosogai played on loan for FC Augsburg this season, and the former Urawa Red Diamond has earned 26 caps for Japan since 2010.
And in case you missed the news, Hamburg Sporting Director Frank Arnesen left the club last week after two seasons in Hamburg. No replacement has yet been named. Meanwhile, Max Eberl, the Sporting Director at Borussia Mönchengladbach, has had his contract extended through June, 2017.