March 22, 2017

Greuther Fürth Find Hidden Jewel in Norway

Much has been written about the various summer transfers thus far, but SpVgg Greuther Fürth may have managed to pull off one of the most exciting deals so far, when the 2. Bundesliga side signed Viking Stavanger’s Veton Berisha on a free transfer.

The striker’s contract was set to expire at the end of the first half of the current Tippeliga season. Berisha has scored eleven goals in 14 appearances for the club from Norway’s oil capital. Given his record in the Tippeliga, you might be tempted to place a bet on Berisha for the top scorer title in the comgin 2. Bundesliga season. If so, look no further than here for a reputable place to bet.

Fürth weren’t the only ones interested in securing the 21-year-old’s signature. The Norwegian had offers from Arminia Bielefeld, 1. FC Nürnberg, 1. FC Kaiserslautern, and FC Ingolstadt, as well. Berisha is considered one of the biggest talents coming out of Norway right now. He can play out on either wing, behind the striker, or as a striker. His instinctive understanding of the game has proven to be one of his biggest strengths. The only criticism that might be levelled at him is that he can be a bit wasteful with his chances, though, this has seemingly improved this season.

Greuther Fürth sporting director Michael Mutzel was overjoyed after Berisha signed a three-year deal, telling the Kleeblätter website, “Veton is a player with a great mentality and a positive, aggressive playing style. He can play in several different positions. We have been watching him for some time now and aren’t surprised that several clubs wanted to sign him.”

Berisha himself was happy about his move to Germany’s second tier, saying, “I always wanted to play in Germany. The club has a stellar reputation and have shown in the past that they can develop players.”

Berisha was discovered by Viking Stavanger when he was playing for EIK in Norway. He has been part of every Norwegian youth national team set-up since 2009, having a very decent goal scoring record for each team along the way. Ever since joining Viking in 2011, he has been gaining more and more playing time in Norway’s top tier.

The 21-year-old has already 94 Tippeligaen matches to his name, scoring 24 goals and providing five assists. If he can make an impression at Greuther Fürth, Berisha’s career might even see him take a few steps in the direction of the Norwegian national team.

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Maximilian Jones

Maximilian is a Berlin native with a German mother and English father. Raised in Germany and studied in London, Maximilian grew up to love football from an early age but his early exposure to the Bundesliga honed his passion for all things German football.