What are the biggest hazards and dangers in the weeks leading up to a new season? Injuries, transfers gone wrong, players you planned with leaving suddenly. Yes, yes, and yes. But there is a new hazard: Security concerns. Indeed there seems to be a new trend emerging, more and more friendly matches are being cancelled due to the fact that local police declare they cannot handle the security issues.
Greatest victim is newly-founded RB Leipzig who as of now have had more friendlies cancelled than played. Chemnitzer FC had their macht against Leipzig cancelled, and 1. FC Magdeburg their friendly against Aue in Grimma.
The latest victim of this new trend is the official season opener in Magdeburg, the 1. FC Magdeburg – Hansa Rostock friendly. Planned since late June, police declared last Thursday they did not have enough personnel to secure the match, due to holidays and 3rd Liga restarting. Funny how these issues seem to crop up all of a sudden. Kind of like the old excuse „I didn’t have time to buy X-mas presents, I keep forgetting what date it’s on“.
Magdeburg are now looking for a replacement for Hansa, while Hansa themselves had another match cancelled: They had invited VfB Lübeck to ply in Rostock that date, but again the police said no way, this time because it was on such a short notice.
In other news, Magdeburg have gotten rid of all players they wanted to leave, and have signed Rostock II’s Simon Tüting for the AMC position as well as 19yo Croat forward Marko Verkic. In addition, 21yo Brazilian midfielder Danilo dos Santos looks likely to be the next signing.
Season preparation has restarted on Friday. After last year’s disapointment with a 4th place finish, the club has had to cut the budget by about 250,000 Euros and has opted to let some players go, the most prominent of which are the team captain, Daniel Rosin, and the second-best goal scorer, Najeh Braham. As both still have valid contracts, however, the club can only hope they find a new home. Until then, signing new players is a tentative process.
In all six players were let go or told to go: Defenders Wejsfelt (contract ended), Rosin and Dragusha (contract ended), forwards Reimann (to Red Bull Rasenballsport Leipzig) and Braham (currently at trial with FC Erzgebirge Aue) and goalkeeper Geisthardt. Only Rosin and Braham currently remain on the club’s payroll.
Unitl now three new players were signed: Defenders Gaebler (formerly at SV Wilhelmshaven) and Littmann (VfB Oldenburg) and attacker Denis Wolf (Rot-Weiß Erfurt). In addition several U19 players join the squad for the season preparation, but they will probably be used in the reserve team more often than in the senior squad.
Magdeburg are still looking for another forward—at least one is being tested—and the eternal quest for an attacking central midfielder keeps going on as well. Additionally, there are rumors that former FCM defender/defensive midfielder Friebertshäuser might return from Reutlingen, but no indication as to the validity of such rumors exists.
On the weekend, Magdeburg played in two test matches, before real training starts today. In Altenweddingen, the club beat an eighth-tier side 8-0 in a (surprise!) one-sided match. On Sunday the opposition were seventh-tier club Barleben, just beyond Magdeburg’s city limits. In front of about 1,300 spectators, Magdeburg brought home a 7-0 victory. Two different teams were used, manager Baumgart opting for the all-out change at half-time. Weiterlesen →
Since I last wrote, there have been some changes at 1. FC Magdeburg. Following the draw against Babelsberg, the team went into a steady decline, losing three out of four games, among them the important derby against Hallescher FC. Following a 0-3 defeat to Wolfsburg’s reserves at home, the 1. FC Magdeburg board decided to draw the line and sacked manager Paul Linz. The new manager would be former player Steffen Baumgart. this move was somewhat surprising, seeing as how Baumgart has no experience managing a team.
Nevertheless, the board are convinced he is the right man.
His first match was the 2nd round of the Saxony-Anhalt-Cup against Germania Halberstadt’s reserves – with all their players coming from the first team. Magdeburg won the match 2-0, but there was not much change visible in their play, aside from a marked improvement in attitude. On Thursday this week, Magdeburg play the cup quarter-final against fellow Magdeburg side MSV Preußen. Kick-off is at 6 pm, a time that necessitates a clear performance by the team, as dusk sets in around 8 and extra time could certainly not be completed before dark.
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