How Martin Hinteregger’s drunken night helped shape his career

Say what you want about Martin Hinteregger, but the Austrian has a knack for producing headlines in the German press. Recently he got a lot of good press for driving an Eintracht fan to the train station after the match against Dortmund. However, on the flip side there have been numerous negative reports about the 27-year-old. He was recently in the limelight as he was kicked out of Austria’s match day squad for partying too long on his birthday. Before that Hinteregger made headlines during the summer break as a video became public, showing the Austrian rather drunk during Augsburg’s training camp.

As it turns out, that last video might have helped the defender more than anybody could have known. Back in those days FC Augsburg proclaimed publicly that they wanted to keep the defender around, whilst Eintracht Frankfurt were keen on signing him after he had completed a good loan spell at the club.

Fredi Bobic has now revealed in SportBild that the two clubs were far apart in regards of the transfer fee that should change hands. Bobic told SportBild:

“Martin had uttered the clear wish to join us. Stefan Reuter and I were extremely far apart. I had almost written the transfer off. When the video came out, Reuter got back in touch and we found a solution that allowed all parties to save their face.”

Not a fan of the video

Despite the happy outcomes for all sides involved in the deal, Bobic states that he wasn’t too happy to see the video:

“We don’t need to beat around the bush: Yes, it really helped us. Despite that I’m not a fan of the video. In the end the events in Augsburg accelerated the process.”

Bobic goes on stating that the club needs to remind Hinteregger from time to time what he can and cannot do:

“He is good, clear-sighted lad. Sometimes he crosses a line. It’s important to involve him, and to tell him which lines he cannot cross. That is exactly what Adi Hütter did after the last incident.”

Eintracht Frankfurt can be happy with Hinteregger’s performances so far this season. The Austrian has featured in four Bundesliga matches, scoring the all important winner in the 1-0 win in the Eagle’s season opener against Hoffenheim.

The Adler fans have also really taken him to their hearts and the Austrian defender is already somewhat of a cult hero at the Commerzbank Arena.

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 33-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball.

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