The Great Bundesliga Goalkeeping Merry-go-round

Rarely in a summer transfer window has there been so much transfer activity among the Bundesliga’s goalkeeping fraternity. There are almost daily stories about the men between the posts and one move seems to trigger another as clubs seek to make sure they are well disposed in the goalkeeping department.

It all started at the back-end of last season with Koen Casteels moving to Wolfsburg following his five-month sojourn at Werder Bremen. His short loan at the Weser Stadion was strange to say the least, but his exit then brought the widely expected arrival of Felix Wiedwald to Bremen from Eintracht Frankfurt.

Die Adler then brought Heinz Lindner in on a free transfer from Austria Wien. If the transfer grapevine is to be believed then another keeper could also be on the way out of Frankfurt with Paris St. Germain being linked with a move for Kevin Trapp.

Pepe Reina then opted to leave his role as Bayern Munich’s back-up to Manuel Neuer and return to Serie A with Napoli. His final game with the Bavarians though didn’t quite go to plan with the Spaniard sent-off against Augsburg. Reina’s departure then led Bayern to bring in Sven Ulreich from VfB Stuttgart. The Swabians later also lost reserve goalkeeper Thorsten Kirschbaum, who joined 1. FC Nürnberg. Are you keeping up?

Borussia Dortmund moved quickly to strengthen the roster to begin the post-Jürgen Klopp era by signing the impressive Roman Burki from relegated SC Freiburg. His arrival immediately set the rumours flying that Roman Weidenfeller’s days at the club were numbered. Instead it has been Australian Mitchell Langerak, who has left- joining Stuttgart where he will fill their gap and compete with Przemyslaw Tyton (from PSV Eindhoven) for the number one jersey.

Borussia Mönchengladbach have signed Tobias Sippel from 1. FC Kaiserslautern as back-up to Yann Sommer, while Hannover have also strengthened with the signing of Philipp Tschauner from St.Pauli.  FC Augsburg also made a move, although it’s geared more to the future as they obtained the contract to 18 year-old keeper Yannik Oettl from SpVgg Unterhaching.

Hannover’s Ron-Robert Zieler is another keeper finding his name in the transfer news with reported interest from AS Roma, while Real Madrid may turn to Bayer Leverkusen custodian Bernd Leno should their pursuit of David De Gea fail. Should either of these or Kevin Trapp’s speculated moves come off, then expect the goalkeeping merry-go-round to once again be set in motion.

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Mathew Burt

A year spent living in Bremen got Mathew hooked on the Bundesliga with regular visits to the Weser Stadion getting in the way of his studies. Back in the UK now, he still keenly follows the Grün-Weißen and German football in general. Follow him on Twitter @matburt74.