Bundesliga News: Cherundolo Honored; Preseason Matches and Transfers

Cherundolo Feted, Hannover Defeat Lazio

American international Steve Cherundolo, who played his entire professional career for Hannover, was honored this weekend in a testimonial match featuring former Hannover players.  Cherundolo began his time with Hannover in 1999, and featured in 423 matches for the club up to his final match last December as injuries took its toll on the righ back.  The 35 year-old former 96er captain remains with the club, coaching the U-15 squad.

Not only was the popular American feted, but the 28,000 fans in attendance saw the 96ers defeat Lazio 3-1.  Lars Stindl scored the final two Hannover goals, while Marcelo opened the scoring in the 22nd minute.   Lazio’s goal was scored on a penalty by Cristian Ledesma.  The victory builds on a 2-0 Hannover win over Werder Bremen on Thursday. Artur Sobiech and Hiroshi Kiyotake provided the goals in that match.

More good news for 96ers fans…. goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler has extended his contract with Hannover through the 2016/2017 season.  The 25 year-old German began his career in the Manchester United youth system before coming over to Hannover in 2010, and has appeared in 112 matches for the 96ers and has earned three German caps.  Zieler explained the extension

It was a decision made with conviction, because I feel very much at home at 96 and in Hannover. I wanted to clarify the situation early on so that I can fully focus on the new season and our goals

Hannover v Lazio:  Zieler – Sakai (60th Gülselam), Marcelo, Schulz (80th Felipe), Pander (70th Albornoz) – Schmiedebach, Andreasen (80th Hirsch) – Bittencourt (80 Schlaudraff), Stindl (80th Karaman) , Prib (70th Kiyotake) – Joselu (80th Sobiech)

Eintracht Frankfurt Down Inter Milan

Eintracht Coach Thomas Schaaf had five newcomers in his starting XI versus Inter, and the new-look Frankfurt side appeared ready for the season in beating the Italian club 3-1.  The newcomers in the lineup were Haris Seferović, Makoto Hasebe, Nelson Valdez, Piazon and Aleksandar Ignjovski.  Eintracht looked astute with their new signings as Seferović scored a brace and Piazon also netted for Die Adler.  Midfielder Takashi Inui also had a big game for Schaaf, constantly providing for his teammates.

Schaaf certainly hopes that his players will carry their current form into next Saturday’s DFB Pokal first round matchup with Viktoria Berlin.

Eintracht Frankfurt v Inter: Trapp – Ignjovski (59th, Chandler), Anderson (78th, Madlung), Zambrano, Djakpa (78th, Oczipka) – Hasebe (72, Flum), Lanig (59th, Russ) – Piazon (83 ., Kinzombi), Valdez (59th, Kadlec), Inui (72, Rosenthal) – Seferovic (83, Gerezgiher)

VfB Sign Kostic, Lose To Hull City

Stuttgart announced the signing of left winger Filip Kostic on a transfer from FC Groningen.  The 21 year-old Serbian has played in 43 Eredivisie matches for Groningen over the last two seasons, and netted 11 times with 9 assists during last year’s campaign.  Kostic began his career with Serbian SuperLiga side Radnički 1923 Kragujevac.  The 5’10” winger signed a contract with VfB through June, 2019, with the Swabians paying a reported 6 million euro transfer fee to Groningen.  Stuttgart Coach Armin Veh commented that

I am very happy that we managed to secure the signature of Filip Kostic, there were a number of other clubs also looking to secure his services. Aside from his qualities on the pitch, he also made a very good personal impression during our discussions. As a character, he suits our team and his footballing abilities on the pitch make him a real improvement to our squad

On Sunday, Stuttgart hosted EPL side Hull City at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, losing 2-1 to the Tigers.  Hull City staked out a 2-0 lead in the first 13 minutes of the match, with goals from David Meyler and Andy Robertson.  Vedad Ibišević scored the Swabian’s only goal from 20 yards out after earlier having a PK attempt stopped by Hull City keeper Steve Harper.

VfB Lineup v Hull City:  Sven Ulreich, Florian Klein, Daniel Schwaab, Antonio Rudiger, Konstantin Rausch (Arianit Ferati 46), Carlos Gruezo (Oriol Romeu 46), Christian Gentner (William Kvist 78), Martin Harnik (Moritz Leitner 62), Daniel Didavi, Alexandru Maxim (Timo Werner 62), Vedad Ibisevic

Rough Weekend for Dortmund and Wolfsburg

Borussia Dortmund and VfL Wolfsburg joined Stuttgart in losing preseason matches this weekend.  Dortmund’s anticipated match with Liverpool FC at Anfield was a dud from a BvB perspective, as Jurgen Klopp’s team lost 4-0. The yellow-blacks will face another obstacle Wednesday in the DFL SuperCup when they host champions Bayern Munich. Dortmund also announced that central defender Mats Hummels will captain the team following Sebastian Kehl’s decision to relinquish the captaincy this summer.

Wolfsburg fans also had little to cheer about, as they suffered a 1-5 defeat to Spanish champions Atletico Madrid.  The only consolation for the Wolves was a goal from Naldo in the 67th minute.

In other Wolfsburg news, the club announced that it acquired Atletico’s Josuha Guilavogui on loan for the upcoming season.  The 23 year-old Frenchman began his professional career with St. Etienne in 2010, and has played in 99 league matches for ASSE.  The defensive midfielder was signed by Atletico to a five-year contract last September.

Wolfsburg v Atletico:  Benaglio – Seguin (46th Hunt), Naldo, Knoche (62 Klose), Rodriguez (76th Schäfer) – Guilavogui (80th Klich), Malanda (62 Medojevic) – Vieirinha, Arnold (46th D. Caligiuri ), De Bruyne – Olic (62 Dost) 

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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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