The ink is barely dry on the Hinrunde portion of the 2014/2015 Bundesliga season, with Bayern Munich once again the run-away leaders, but as the German clubs go into winter break there have already been several signings, with Borussia Dortmund already on the move to fix the crisis-ridden first-half of the season that shockingly leaves them in the relegation zone and Nils Petersen heading to the Black Forest.
Dortmund Add Kampl While Ji Dong-Won Returns to Augsburg
Borussia Dortmund have agreed to sign attacking midfielder Kevin Kampl of Red Bull Salzburg to a contract through June, 2019. The acquisition of the 24 year-old Slovenian international for a fee some speculate to be near 10 million euros is an attempt for the floundering club to re-ignite its offense that has sputtered too often thus far this season.
In another Dortmund transaction, South Korean forward Ji Dong-Won will leave the club to rejoin FC Augsburg, signing with the Bavarian side through June, 2018. The South Korean has played in 31 league matches for the Fuggerstädter during two previous loan spells, scoring six goals. Joining Dortmund this summer, the 23 year-old has struggled with injury and was unable to find any time on the pitch for the senior squad.
FCA Executive Stefan Reuter stated
When the window opened to sign Ji Dong-Won, we opted to do so because he can add additional quality to the squad. We know him, he knows us and we are sure that he, in this surrounding, will build on his top performances he has shown here
The 6’2″ Ji began his career with South Korean side Jeonnam Dragons in 2010, and his performance with South Korea’s senior squad at the 2011 Asian Cup (four goals in six games) earned him a move to EPL side Sunderland, where he appeared in 24 matches. Ji has made 30 appearances for South Korea’s senior squad, scoring eight goals, and appears glad to return to FCA, saying that “I am delighted to be able to wear the Augsburg jersey again. I want to be back to my best as soon as possible, and want to help the team achieve our goals.” His transfer moves him to a club from a club in the relegation zone to one in line for a European spot should FCA continue its fine play.
Nils Petersen Heads to Freiburg
Veteran forward Nils Petersen will be playing for SC Freiburg following winter break, heading to the Black Forest club on loan from Werder Bremen, with Freiburg having the right to permanently purchase the German’s contract. The 6’2″ native of Wernigerode celebrated his 26th birthday earlier in December.
Petersen began his career with the Carl Zeiss Jena reserves in 2006 before heading to the reserve side of Energie Cottbus in 2008. The 2010/2011 season was a memorable one for Petersen, as he captured the 2. Bundesliga scoring title with 25 goals. His strong showing for Cottbus earned him a Bayern contract for the next campaign complete with the Bayern #9 jersey previously worn by Gerd Müller, Giovane Élber, and Luca Toni, and Petersen opened his Bayern account with a hat-trick in a preseason friendly. He scored his first Bundesliga goal against Freiburg in September, but playing opportunities were infrequent and Petersen was loaned to Werder Bremen for the 2012/2013 campaign. He scored 11 times for Thomas Schaaf’s squad that season, and was signed permanently by the north German club.
Petersen has found playing time limited under both current Bremen Coach Viktor Skrypnyk and started only three games during the Hinrunde. Hopes are that he can rekindle his scoring touch under Christian Streich at Freiburg, where the Black Forest side has only managed 17 goals in 17 games thus far in the high-scoring Bundesliga and go into winter as the league’s bottom-dwellers.