Bundesliga News: Sidney Sam to Schalke Next Summer and other Transfers

Sam to Schalke in the Summer 

Bayer 04 Leverkusen midfielder Sidney Sam will be leaving Die Werkself for FC Schalke 04 this summer, as rumored earlier.  The 25 year-old will have a four-year contract with the Royal Blues after finishing this season with Leverkusen.  Earlier he turned down a contract extension offer from Leverkusen.  His current contract with Leverkusen would have expired after next season.

Sam had a strong Hinrunde, scoring seven league goals along with providing five assists after making his debut with the German national team this summer.  In his fourth season with Leverkusen he now has 34 goals in all competitions.  The native of Kiel began his career with Hamburger SV, making his Bundesliga debut in December, 2007.  Sam enjoyed a successful two-year loan spell at 1. FC Kaiserslautern before joining Leverkusen, netting 15 times for the Red Devils.

Schalke Sporting Director Horst Heldt remarked

Sidney Sam had proven that he can be a dynamic addition to an attack even before his strong performances this season.  He is versatile, ambitious and wants to achieve a lot with Schalke. We are delighted that he has opted for the Royal Blues.

At the halfway point of the 2013/2014 season, Leverkusen hold the second spot in the league table while Schalke are seventh.  Both clubs will be involved in the knock-out stages of the UEFA Champions League.

Weis Loaned to Eintracht Frankfurt

Long-time Hoffenheim midfielder Tobias Weis has been acquired on loan by Eintracht Frankfurt for the remainder of the season, with an option to make the move permanent.  Weis, 29, has been with the village team since 2007, appearing almost 100 times in Bundsliga play, and joins former Wolfsburg man Alexander Madlung as another midfield option for Coach Armin Veh..

Frankfurt’s Sporting Director Bruno Hübner stated

We’re delighted to have been able to sign another player in Tobias Weis.  He can play in a variety of positions across midfield and that makes him another alternative for us

Weis did not see any Bundesliga action during this season’s Hinrunde.  He and teammate Tim Wiese did little to endear themselves to club management following alleged inappropriate behavior at a “carnival” party last February, after which both players were fined.

Stefan Reisinger Heads to 3. Liga 

Veteran forward Stefan Reisinger will begin the new year with 2. Liga side 1. FC Saarbrücken after featuring in 15 matches for Fortuna Düsseldorf during the Hinrunde. Overall, the 32 year-old made 42 appearances for Düsseldorf over the last year and a half, scoring ten goals.with two assists.  Prior to his 2012 move to F95, Reisinger was an integral player for SC Freiburg, scoring ten times in 72 contests for the Black Forest club.  Reisinger has also worn the shirt of SpVgg Greuther Fürth, TSV 1860 Munich, SV Wacker Burghausen and his hometown club, SpVgg Landshut, where his career began in 2000.

Saarbrücken Coach Milan Sasic commented

Stefan has shown in several interviews we did over a long period that he is 100% committed with the new task and our situation, even with the plans and objectives of the association. His game vision fits perfectly with our profile. We hope he will help us achieve achievement our primary goal in the league this season

Saarbrücken currently sit in 19th place in the 3. Liga table, with four wins and seven draws in 21 league contests.

Hannover’s Korkut Completes Coaching Staff

Newly appointed Hannover head coach Tayfun Korkut has completed his coaching staff for the upcoming Ruckrunde by adding Nicolas Michaty, who joins Julen Masach and Jörg Sievers  as assistants, with Sievers coaching the goalkeepers.  Michaty,40, most recently was employed as head coach of FSV Frankfurt’s U-23 side and spent a decade working at VfL Bochum.

Masach, 46, has worked with youth development center at Athletic Bilbao, along with stints at Real Sociedad, Valencia, and the Turkish national team.  Sievers, 48, the former longtime 96er goalkeeper, continues in his role as goalkeeper coach, a position he’s held since 2003.

Chinedu Ede Heads to Kaiserslautern

Mainz man Chinedu Ede joins 1. FC Kaiserslautern for their promotion battle this Spring.  Ede featured nine times for Mainz since 2012, scoring once.  The 26 year-old midfielder previously played for Hertha Berlin, MSV Duisburg and FC Union Berlin, scoring 12 times in over 120 matches, and is loaned to FCK through the remainder of this season.  Ede also received numerous callups to German national youth teams between 2003 and 2008.

Werder Bremen Promote from Within

Two Werder Bremen youth products, forward Martin Kobylanski and midfielder Julian von Haacke have signed professional contracts with the senior squad through June 30, 2017.  Kobylanski, 19, made three appearances, including one start for Bremen during the Hinrunde while also appearing in eight Regionoalliga Nord matches for Bremen’s U-23 squad, where he scored nine goals.  The Berlin-born forward has played internationally at the youth level for both Germany and Poland.  He came up through the youth system of Energie Cottbus, and played a handful of 2. Bundesliga matches for that club.  Von Haacke played in 17 matches for Bremen’s reserve side while practicing with the senior squad and making the bench for their match against Hamburger SV.  The left-footed defensive midfielder is a hometown boy and turns 20 years old in February.


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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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