While most Bundesliga fans are focused on the injuries that will keep stars Marco Reus and Franck Ribery from competing in the World Cup next week, Bundesliga clubs continue to build their squads for the upcoming season. With 1. FC Nürnberg relegated, clubs are swooping for their players, with Stuttgart and Eintracht Frankfurt both signing two Nürnberg refugees and Hertha Berlin are also plundering Der Club for talent., while Hannover looked to Hoffenheim to bolster its attack for the next season.
Hannover Land Joselu
Hannover have signed striker Joselu to a contract running through June, 2018 for an undisclosed fee. The Spaniard played on loan for Eintracht Frankfurt from Hoffenheim last season, scoring nine times in 24 matches, and his signing looks to fill the spot held by Mame Diouf, who would not re-sign with the 96ers and will be a free agent at the end of the month.
Joselu, 24, began his career in Spain with Celta Vigo before moving on to Real Madrid. He only made one appearance for the senior squad, but led its reserve side, Real Madrid Castilla, in scoring during the 2011/2012 season. He scored five goals in his debut season for Hoffenheim after signing a four-year deal with the village team in August, 2012. The 6’3″ striker has featured in 49 Bundesliga matches and has also made 16 appearances for Spanish national youth teams.
My aim was to move to a club with clear ambitions,” Joselu said. “At Hannover, I’m joining a great team with an ambitious coach. The talks I held with [president] Martin Kind, Dirk Dufner and [coach] Tayfun Korkut convinced me that I can take the next step in my career here and that I fit in perfectly with the team and their philosophy of playing.
I am going to be part of a team which would like to play attractive football and are hungry for success. I want to pay back my delight in being here in the form of goals and I can’t wait to get started, and for my first game in a Hannover shirt.
VfB Corral Ginczek and Hlousek
Armin Veh will begin his second stint coaching at VfB Stuttgart with the addition of two Nürnberg players tothe VfB squad that narrowly avoided relegation last season, as striker Daniel Ginczek and Czech international Adam Hloušek have recently signed on.
Ginczek, who only last summer inked a three-year deal with Der Club following his transfer from Borussia Dortmund, is now signed at Stuttgart through June, 2018. The 23 year-old is still recovering from cruciate ligament tear incurred last February, but is looking forward to joining the Swabians, as he noted
I was enjoying my time at Nürnberg but I wanted to keep playing in the Bundesliga. I’m really looking forward to Stuttgart, the club and the fans. VfB are a side with a great tradition and a top football address. This is the next step forward for me
The 6’3″ German striker has spent time on loan at VfL Bochum and FC St. Pauli, and has totaled 26 goals in 77 matches in Germany’s top two divisions. since the 2011/2012 season. He combines height with pace and a proven nose for the goal, according to VfB Sporting Director Fredi Bobic.
Hloušek, 25, also signed with Stuttgart though June, 2018. He has experience playing in both the Czech Republic’s Gambrinus Liga as well as in Germany. Beginning his senior squad career with FK Baumit Jablonec, Hloušek also played for Slavia Prague and 1. FC Kaiserslautern before joining Nürnberg in 2012. He’s scored three goals in 28 Bundesliga matches, and can play anywhere on the left side of the field, though normally considered a winger. Hloušek has also earned six senior caps for the Czech national team after making 22 appearances for Czech youth squads.
World Cup Players Hasebe. Chandler to Eintracht Frankfurt
New Eintracht Frankfurt headman Thomas Schaaf will have two players fresh from the World Cup in training cap later this summer, as Die Adler have brought in Japan’s captain, Makoto Hasebe, along with American international back Timothy Chandler, who originally signed with Eintracht in 2001 as an 11 year-old.
Hasebe, 30, was limited by injury to only 15 appearances for Nürnberg last season after transferring from VfL Wolfsburg. The captain of Japan’s Blue Samarui, however, has already made a strong impression since coming to Germany in 2008. He was a key contributor to Wolfsburg’s sole Bundesliga championship during the 2008/2009 season after winning a J-League title with the Urawa Red Diamonds in 2006.
Frankfurt Sporting Director Bruno Hubner commented
We’re really pleased to have signed such an experienced player who’s repeatedly proven his quality in the Bundesliga.. We wish him all the success at the World Cup in Brazil and hope that, as captain, he’ll be able to take his team as far as possible in the competition
Hasebe has 78 caps for Japan. He signed with Die Adler through June, 2016.
Chandler, too, will hope to make his mark in Brazil this summer. Somewhat of a surprise pick for the American squad given his lengthy absence from featuring with the Americans, Chandler was limited by a knee injury to only 21 games last season with Nürnberg. Chandler played 50 reserve games for Die Adler before signing with Nürnberg in the summer of 2010. The 24 year-old made over 100 appearances over the last four seasons for Der Club and made his international debut for the United States in March, 2011. He signed a three-year deal with Frankfurt in his return home, the city of his birth.
Hertha Build-Up Squad
The capital club may have lost leading goal-scorer Adrian Ramos to Dortmund, but they certainly aren’t standing still. Most recently, they have re-signed Cameroonian midfielder Marcel Ndjeng for next season, with an option for the season following. Ndjeng, 32, was limited to 17 BuLi matches last season due to a toe injury, but has loads of top-flight experience and has been one of Coach Jos Luhukay’s players when both shared previous stints at Paderborn, Gladbach and Augsburg.
Moreover, the “Old Lady” have options to replace Ramos, who was involved in over half the club’s goals last season. Striker Pierre Lasogga returns after a very successful loan spell at HSV, where he scored 13 times (a goal for every 53 minutes on the pitch), converting 72% of his big chances. Valentin Stocker, 25, meanwhile, is a left midfielder who has played on six Swiss championship sides at FC Basel. He signed a four-year deal with BSC on a reported 5 million euro transfer fee after scoring 41 goals for Basel since 2008. Stocker is also a member of this summer’s Swiss World Cup squad.
The Berliners have reached to Japan to add another attacker, inking Genki Haraguchi from the Urara Red Diamonds. The 23 year-old forward/winger has scored 40 times in all competitions for the Red Diamonds since 2009. Their former coach, Guido Buchwald, commented on Haraguchi’s style
His preferred position is on the left wing. He likes to cut in from there and usually take a shot with his strong right foot. He’s a bit like [Marco] Reus
Finally, the depth of Luhukay’s squad has been strengthened with the signings of Leverkusen’s versatile Jens Hegeler and former Nürnberg man Marvin Plattenhardt. The 6’4″ Hegeler, 26, signed a four-year deal with Hertha and has 113 BulI matches under his belt. Luhukay, who coached the Cologne-born midfielder at Augsburg, said that “Jens is a multi-functional player who started off as a central defender and then right full-back with Augsburg before moving into the midfield.” Left back Plattenhardt, 22, has played in over 60 matches for Der Club while featuring over 50 times for German national youth sides from U-17 to U-21.
It has been announced that Borussia Dortmund will face FC Liverpool in a preseason friendly at Anfield on August 10. Both teams were runner-ups in their domestic leagues last season and have huge fan bases, making the tune-up match very appealing to supporters around the world. It will be Dortmund’s first visit to Anfirled in over a decade.
Another Bundesliga club will also be travelling to England this summer — to train. 1. FSV Mainz have announced that they will be conduct their preseason camp at the English FA’s training center at St. George’s Park, Burton-on-Trent, in late July. New Mainz headman Kasper Hjulmand also has lined up a preseason friendly with FC Zurich on July 12.
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