Although all eyes are on Brazil and the German’s national team’s Tuesday tilt with their hosts in the 2014 World Cup semifinals, there has been a flurry of activity involving Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga clubs. With the second division season kicking off in less than four weeks and the top flight clubs beginning their season
Bayer Leverkusen Nab Talented Çalhanoğlu, Lasogga Deal Done with Hamburg
Bayer Leverkusen have made their bid to be one of the most-exciting attacking clubs in the Bundesliga next season by signing Hamburg’s 20 year-old offensive sensation, Hakan Çalhanoğlu. The Turkish international signed a five-year deal with Die Werkself, with the transfer fee reported to be 14.5 million euros.
Born in Mannheim, the 5’10” midfielder began his youth career with local clubs before moving to Karlsruher SC in 2009. He signed with Hamburg in 2012 and played on loan with Karlsruhe during the 2012/2013 season, scoring 17 times. Last season at Hamburg, he scored 11 goals while earning four assists. Leverkusen’s Rudi Voller remarked
Thanks to his playmaking qualities and goalscoring threat, Hakan will really strengthen our side. We’ve gained a player who can do the unexpected and is extremely creative. Hakan should and will give our team an important boost in quality
Leverkusen are really gearing up for the upcoming season following last season’s fourth place finish in league play and a rather uninspiring effort in Champions League play. New coach Roger Schmidt will not only have talented holdover attackers Stefan Kießling, Heung-Min Son and youngster Julian Brandt in addition to Çalhanoğlu, but also newcomer Josip Drmić from Nürnberg to help score goals.
Hamburg, meanwhile, have gotten their deal done with loanee Pierre Lasogga. Earlier differences with Hertha Berlin over terms have been resolved now, as Lasogga makes HSV his home. The 6’2″ German striker saved HSV’s season when he scored in the second leg of Hamburg’s playoff relegation series. Lasogga’s play while on loan last season was one of the few bright spots to gladden the hearts of Red-Shorts supporters, and now he’s under contract with the club for five seasons. Lasogga scored 13 goals in 20 league matches last season.
Oliver Kreuzer, HSV Sporting Director stated that
Pierre settled in very quickly last season and became a crucial member of our team with his excellent performances and important goals. I’m delighted that we’ve been able to tie him down to us in the long term
Lasogga will join the club for their current tour of China.
Schalke Gain a New Striker, Lose Another to Hoffenheim
Schalke have brought in striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting from Mainz on a three-year deal, while Hungarian international Adam Szalai leaves Gelsenkirchen after one season, signing with Hoffenheim.
Choupo-Moting, 25, arrives in Gelsenkirchen fresh from the World Cup, where he started in all three games for the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon. Born in Hamburg, Choupo-Moting scored 10 goals in 32 appearances last season for Mainz, raising his goal total to 20 since joining the Carnival club in May, 2011. The 6’2″ striker began his career with Hamburger SV and also played on loan with 1. FC Nürnberg. He missed most of the 2012/2013 season due to injury.
Schalke Sporting Director Horst Heldt commented
I’m delighted that Maxim has decided to join Schalke. He’s someone who can be used in different positions in attack, but our plan is for him to play as a central attacking midfielder
The Cameroonian signed a three-year deal with Die Knappen on a free transfer.
Meanwhile, striker Adam Szalai, who joined Schalke last summer from Mainz, is moving on to Hoffenheim, inking a four-year contract. The 26 year-old scored seven goals last season at Schalke in 28 league games while also playing Champions League football and netting twice. He brings the experience of 107 BuLi matches to Hoffenheim after starting his career with Stuttgart’s reserve side and playing for Real Madrid’s reserves in 79 matches. He’s also featured 19 times for Hungary, scoring seven international goals. The 6’4″ striker stated
I like the mentality and the character of this team. If I was ever going to leave (Schalke), then Hoffenheim were always going to be my first choice
FC Augsburg Sign Three Strikers and Re-Sign DeJong
FC Augsburg are looking to build on their fine season last season by building up their strike force, signing strikers Shawn Parker from Mainz, along with Nikola Đurđić from Greuther Furth and Tim Matavž from PSV. Additionally, the versatile veteran Marcel De Jong has done a 180 degree turn after deciding originally to not extend his contract with Augsburg by signing on for another two years.
Augsburg lost the services of the highly effective Andre Hahn to Borussia Monchengladbach, and appear devoted to try every means to re-sign him. In Parker, who signed a new four-year deal, Coach Markus Weinzierl gets a player who was looking for a change of location after making only three starts for Mainz last season. Only 21, the German-American striker has scored four times in 27 matches for Mainz since making his senior side debut in October, 2012. The 5’10” native of Wiesbaden also has represented Germany at every youth level from U-15 to U-21, appearing a total of 46 times for junior German squads but still has the option to play for Jurgen Klinsmann’s American national team. Said Parker about his move
Augsburg have a young coach, a great team and a tight-knit yet highly-professional environment. I’m sure something big is growing here in terms of the future and to be part of it is a big opportunity which I am delighted to take
Đurđić, 28, is a Serbian striker who has played professionally in his native country, Norway and Sweden before signing with Furth in January, 2013. He scored nine goals in 30 matches with the Kleeblätter and has one cap for Serbia. He signed a three-year deal contract with Augsburg. Matavž is a Slovenian international who has scored 10 goals in 28 international matches. The 6’2″ striker comes from PSV Eindhoven, where he scored 44 goals in 99 matches in all competitions for the Eredivisie side. Matavž , 25, also played for FC Groningen after starting his career with Slovenian club ND Gorica. The three new strikers will compete with holdovers Mathias Fetsch, Raul Bobadilla, Sascha Molders and Aristide Bance for playing time under Markus Weinzierl. De Jong joined Augsburg in 2010 and has made 67 appearances for the club, along with 26 international appearances for Canada. He can play both on the backline and in midfield.
Hertha Berlin Ink Julian Schieber
The capital city club have brought in Borussia Dortmund striker Julian Schieber, 26, signing him for the next four years. Schieber scored six times in 58 fixtures in all competitions for BvB in the last two seasons. The German started his career with VfB Stuttgart in 2008, with his most prolific scoring season coming while on loan to 1. FC Nürnberg in 2010/2011, a campaign in which he scored 10 times in 33 league and Pokal matches. Schieber noted that
I’m delighted to be at Hertha and to play for the blue and white fans. Hertha have put a lot of effort into signing me, and coach Jos Luhukay and sporting director Michael Preetz have convinced me of their ambitions.
I want to thank the Dortmund coaching team and the incredible fans, who always supported me, for two fantastic years at the club. I learnt a lot from Jürgen Klopp, trained at the highest level every day and played in a Champions League final. Those are things that stick with you
Schieber is the sixth player signed by “The Old Lady” during the offseason, and will look to find playing time following the departure of Adrian Ramos to Dortmund earlier this summer.
Kagelmacher Joins 1860 Munich
The Lions of 1860 Munich have added center back Gary Kagelmacher on a transfer from AS Monaco. Born in Uruguay, the 26 year-old played on loan with Valenciennes last season, featuring in 31 matches, after joining Monaco in 2012. The 6 footer spent time in Real Madrid’s system and played with Belgian side KFC Germinal Beerschot after beginning his career in Montevideo with Danubio FC in 2006. Kagelmacher signed a three-year deal with 1860.
Schrock Returns to Fürth, Gyau Joins BvB Reserves
Phillipine international Stephan Schrock will return to the club he started with, Greuther Fürth, for the upcoming season after spending the last two seasons at Hoffenheim and Eintracht Frankfurt. Shrock, 27, began his career with the Cloverleaves in 2004, appearing over 180 times in green and white. During the last two seasons, the German-born Schrock has totaled 22 first-division appearances. He has represented the Phillipines on 17 occasions, scoring three goals.
Joe Gyau, 21, joins Borussia Dortmund and will most likely play for their 3.Liga reserve side during the upcoming season. A native of Tampa, Florida, Gyau joined Hoffenheim in 2011 but has only made two senior squad appearances, although he did feature 15 times for FC St. Pauli while on loan during the 2012/2013 season. Gyau has made over 30 appearances for American national youth teams. His father made six appearances for the U.S. while Gyau’s grandfather represented Ghana on the international level.
Eintracht Braunschweig Receive Norwegian Help
Eintracht Braunschweig will try to bounce back to first-division play next season with the help of Norwegian international Vegar Edden Hegenstad, who has been loaned to Die Löwen from SC Freiburg for the 2014/2015 campaign. The 23 year-old midfielder/fullback played in 16 matches for Freiburg, since joining the Black Forest side after playing in the Tippeligaen for Stabæk since 2008. Hedenstad also has four senior caps for Norway after representing Norwegian national youth sides on more than 40 occasions. Although his progress has been thwarted by groin and abductor injuries, Braunschweig plan to use the youngster at fullback.