Bundesliga News: Fortuna Düsseldorf Busy with Changes and other Signing News

Fortuna Dusseldorf, demoted for the Bundesliga on the last day of the season after a fine start to their promotion season, appear to be making every effort to make an immediate bounceback to the top division, signing veteran goalkeeper Michael Rensing as well as adding youngsters Muhammat Karpaz and Ben Halloran. After suffering a season of disappointment, Werder Bremen inked Bayern loanee Nils Petersen to a permanent deal, while 1. FC Nürnberg have granted new contracts to Coach Michael Wiesinger and assistant Armin Reutershahn..

Changes at Fortuna Düsseldorf 

Earlier this week, Fortuna Düsseldorf announced the signing of veteran German goalkeeper Michael Rensing, 29, on a free transfer.  Rensing signed a deal with the Red-Whites through June, 2015 after playing as a backup to Bernd Leno at Bayer Leverkusen last season.

Rensing has played in 104 Bundesliga matches, and nine Champions League contests, since beginning his senior squad debut with Bayern Munich during the 2005/2006 season.  Having been with Bayern since 2002 and playing over 100 matches for their reserve side, Rensing was considered the heir to Oliver Kahn in goal, but was found wanting and was signed by FC  Köln in December, 2010,  He played in 49 games for the Billy Goats before his release after the club’s demotion.

Werner Wolf, Chief Sports Director at Düsseldorf

With Michael Rensing we have an experienced goalie committed, who has demonstrated his qualities both in the Bundesliga and in the Champions League. We want to go just like last year, with two strong goalkeepers in the season.

F95 has also added youngsters Muhammet Karpuz and Ben Halloran for the upcoming season.  Right back Karpuz, 19, signed his first professional contract recently after featuring with Fortuna’s U-19 team the last two seasons.  He has been called up for the Turkish national squad for the U-20 World Cup this June in  Germany after featuring eight previous times for the Turkish national youth side, and also played in eight matches for Fortuna’s U-23 team this year in Regionalliga West competition.  Karpuz’ new contract runs through June, 2015.

Halloran was signed this week from the  Brisbane Roar of the A-League.  A native of Cairns, Australia, Halloran is a 5’11” striker who can play either wing and scored four goals in 26 matches for the Roar this season.   Halloran began his A-League career in 2010 with Gold Coast United, netting four times for the club.  Halloran, who turns 21 this June, signed a three-year deal with Fortuna.  He has also featured six times for Australia’s U-20 team, scoring once in international competition.  Halloran played with German Thomas Broich on the Roar, who along with fellow Australian Robbie Kruse of F95, encouraged his move to Germany.

Earlier in May, Fortuna had signed defender Heinrich Schmidgal from Greuther Fürth.  Schmidgal, 27, started 16 matches for Fürth this season and has represented Kazakhstan twelve times since 2010.  While the club says goodbye to veteran midfielder Johannes van den Bergh, who signed with Hertha Berlin this week after four seasons with F95, the club hopes to retain 36 year-old Jens Langeneke.

Fortuna Düsseldorf begin training on June 14 in preparation for the 2. Bundesliga season which kicks off on the weekend of July 19.

Werder Bremen Make Petersen a Permanent Acquisition

Striker Nils Petersen, who played on loan this season with Werder Bremen, has left Bayern Munich to sign a four-year permanent deal with Bremen.  The 24 year-old Wernigerode native scored 11 goals, with five assists for the north-German club this season and featured in every match, starting 30 times.

The 6’2″ striker made his professional debut with Carl Zeiss Jena in 2007 before moving to Energie Cottbus during the winter of 2008-2009.  The following season, Petersen led 2. Bundesliga in scoring and was signed by Bayern Munich on May 19, 2011.  He only featured in nine games for the Munich club that season before his loan move to Bremen.

Sporting Director Thomas Eichen commented

We’re delighted that Nils will be continuing to go for goal wearing the Werder crest over the coming years.  He’s shown this season that he fits in perfectly here. We know he’s got tremendous potential and now with this long-term arrangement, we’re confident he can maintain his progress and become a cornerstone of the team in Bremen.

In addition to sharing the scoring lead with Aaron Hunt at Bremen this season, Petersen created 140 scoring chances, taking 91 shots.  He had a pass completion rate of 72% while drawing only three yellow cards for the campaign.

Nürnberg Re-Sign Wiesinger

1. FC Nürnberg announced the signing of  Coach Michael Wiesinger and his assistant, Armin Reutershahn, to new contracts through June, 2015.  Wiesinger took over the head coaching duties for Der Club following Dieter Hecking’s move to VfL Wolfsburg in December.  Wesinger fashioned a 6-6-5 mark during the Ruckrunde, which included a flirtation with Europa League play when the team went unbeaten in nine matches from early February to mid-April.

The 40 year-old Wiesinger has ties with Der Club going back to 1993, when he made his senior club debut as a midfielder.  He played for Nürnberg until 1999, and also played for both Bayern and 1860 Munich before finishing his playing career in Germany’s lower divisions.  Wiesinger began coaching with FC Ingolstadt reserves in 2008, and also coached the senior Ingolsadt side from November, 2009 to November, 2010 when the club had a mark of 16-8-11.  Following his Ingolstadt dismissal, he returned to Nürnberg to coach the reserves.

Wiesinger commented after the announcement

We’ve been on the right track with the team over the past months.  I’m confident that Armin and I will be able to successfully continue applying the philosophy of this traditional club. The contract extension is a sign of the faith that the board has in our work as a management team

Reutershahn, 53, is a former goalkeeper who has been in coaching since 1991, has previously worked at Bayer Uerdingen, Hamburg and Eintracht Frankfurt.  He joined Der Club in 2009.

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Gerry Wittmann

Gerry is the founder of the Bundesliga Fanatic. Besides loving German football, he also enjoys the NBA, collecting jerseys and LPs, his pets and wishes he had more time for fishing, bicycling and learning the bass guitar.

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