News from the past – Summer 2019

Ahoy, dear readers!

Until now, I published this “News from the past“-section called “What’s XY actually doing?“-column as a regular part of the “Übersteiger“ fanzine. As I quit my duties as a writer there due to family- and business reasons recently, I am more than happy to be able to continue my column here at the “Millernton“. So, with the start of the new season at home against Fürth, I will present you -after a pitty 1:1 draw in Bielefeld – the current career progress of former more or less known brown-whites on this channel…

So, what’s, for example, JULIAN KOCH actually doing today, who was on loan from the 1. FSV Mainz 05 for 15. matches during the second leg of the season 2014/15. Well, at least he’s no longer a professional footballer. With only 28 years of age and since 2017 only occasionally playing for Ferencvaros Budapest, the defensive player quit being a footballer due to several injuries and their consequences. Instead, he’s now back as an amateur footballer at his original youth club VfL Hörde (district league B2), furthermore, since the start of the season, he is also the coach of the U17 team of the VfL Bochum. So to speak just around the corner of Dortmund’s quarter Hörde did CHARLES TAKYI (35) find a new/old home: the German of Ghanaian origin joined the coach squad of the U19 of Schalke 04, where he recently served already as an intern and for whom he already laced up his boots as a youth footballer. Straight from the youth squad of the FC St. Pauli in 2016, Bayer Leverkusen signed the then 17-year-old youth national player SAM SCHRECK. Now, Leverkusen, where the forward player stayed without a single minute of playing in a Bundesliga match but where he was used within two Europe-League-matches (163 minutes in total), announced that the born in Pinneberg (close to Hamburg) will continue his career for the Dutch first division club FC Groningen where Schreck reportedly signed a three-year contract. Also not really successful in the Bundesliga was MARVIN DUCKSCH (25), who, after one year at Fortuna Düsseldorf (16 matches, 819 minutes, one goal), will transfer to the relegated club Hannover 96 for reportedly 1.75 million Euro (in 2018, St. Pauli got 2 million for Ducksch from the then freshly promoted Fortuna). One year longer stayed SÖREN GONTHER at his last club, before the 32-year-old will move within the same federal state: from Dynamo in the federal municipality of Dresden he will move to the district town of Aue-Bad Schlema where he will play for the league competitor Erzgebirge. Also now playing for a club of the former East German division “DDR-Oberliga”, namely the FC Hansa Rostock, is striker JOHN VERHOEK (30), who couldn’t deliver the longed-for clout at the MSV Duisburg which was recently relegated from the second division. At the league competitor, he is now supposed to score more than the zero goals the Dutch player scored for his previous club the Meidericher SV (Duisburg). Quasi as a substitute, the West-German club signed PETAR SLISKOVIC (28) from the VfR Aalen as a forward – he got a contract until 2021. Whereas ALEXANDER LUDWIG will not sign a new contract as he was forced to end his professional career at the age of 35 at one of his youth clubs the FSV Wacker 03 Gotha (7th division) due to injuries. With a career just starting is possibly FABIAN BOLL (40), who joined Holstein Kiel as a co-trainer. Although Boll already agreed to be the head coach of the SC Victoria for the upcoming season, he followed the call of his former FCSP manager ANDRÉ SCHUBERT (48), which must have been as forceful that the representative of the German police could no longer resist. Whereas Schubert’s performance was not well perceived at Eintracht Braunschweig. Although he successfully fought against relegation, he was harshly criticised by the club officials in Lower Saxonia. So it was completely logical that Schubert was more tempted to become the coach for an ambitioned second division club than to stay with the weak third division representative. Successor as coach at the Hamburg’s higher league club Victoria became Boll’s vice coach MARIUS EBBERS (41). Also now an assistant is the 65-year-old KLAUS-PETER NEMET, who joined the regional-league team of SC Weiche Flensburg 08 for the new season. Our former U23- player FABIAN GRAUDENZ (27), will also play for Flensburg soon. Previously, he kicked the ball for Energie Cottbus. By the way, the coach of the second team of Flensburg (higher league) is THOMAS SEELIGER (52), who was active at the Millerntor for two years at the end of the 1990ies. One further successful year at the Millerntor completed Max Bennet Kruse, who is better known as MAX KRUSE (31). After three years with Werder Bremen, Kruse now transferred to the Turkish tradition club Fenerbahce Istanbul, where the born in Reinbek signed another three-year contract. Ca. three-and-a-half-thousand kilometers north-west of Istanbul is the new home of SAMI ALLAGUI (33), who will strengthen the Belgian first division club of Royal Excel Mouscron from now on. There, you will never believe it, the 50-year-old BERND HOLLERBACH is currently pretending to be the head coach after being unemployed for one year previously. Also, the whole family Gerber is back in employment: FRANZ GERBER (65), who was rather inactive due to some health issues recently, is now the sportive director of the newly promoted regional league team FC Gießen. And his son FABIAN GERBER (39) is trying his luck as co-trainer at 1. FC Nürnberg for the new season. On the contrary, another appointment as head coach received the still 45-year young ROLAND VRABEC who thus signed a respective contract at Luxembourg’s first division club FC Progrès Niederkorn. The born in Frankfurt/Main did work until recently at the FC Vaduz. Also as an expat does MICHÉL MAZINGU-DINZEY (46) now make a living: since March he is the national coach of Antigua and Barbuda. If you are keen to find out how he got this job, you have to search the internet yourselves…

PHILIPP TSCHAUNER (33) and PHILIPP HEERWAGEN (36), who were part of the FC Ingolstadt-squad, are no longer with the club. Heerwagen signed for two years at the SV Sandhausen, Tschauner, who was on loan only, returned to Hannover 96, but signed a contract with RaBa Leibzig at the end of July, where he will become the team’s third keeper. Reportedly, the transfer fee was about 350.000 Euros. By the way, AZIZ BOUHADDOUZ (32) also moved to Sandhausen for the next two years. So he will be back at the same club from where the goal-getter was signed by the FC St. Pauli in 2016. Also back at his club, the TSG Hoffenheim, is – sadly – JUSTIN HOOGMA (21) who played for us on loan for the last six months. The young Dutch was completely able to convince during the last season and many supporters would have liked to see the offspring of a former HSV-idol performing at the Millerntor continuously – and so was I. Instead, the club of Hoffenheim lend Hoogma for the next season to the Dutch first division club FC Utrecht. Also, the 22-year-old RICHARD NEUDECKER was to my eyes a candidate who I would have enjoyed to continue to watch wearing our colors on the pitch. But now “Richy“ performed the understandable cut and joined the first division club VVV Venlo of Hoogma’s birth country. Hopefully the transfer of the likable but here oftentimes unluckily acting striker JAN-MARC SCHNEIDER (25) to the SSV Jahn Regensburg is a sportive move forward. Still without a new club (at least when this blog post was finished), even if claimed by the media to still be in contact with St. Pauli, the HSV, and clubs in the USA, is the 36-year-old ALEXANDER MEIER. However, finally no longer part of the squad is MAURICE LITKA, who was on loan for one year to the third division club KFC Uerdingen last season. He still had a contract with the FC St. Pauli until 2020, however, he was now transferred to the competitor of Krefeld, the SC Preußen Münster where the 23-year-old signed a contract for two years. Kicking within the same division is still CLEMENS SCHOPPENHAUER (27), who transferred from the relegated team of VfR Aalen to the freshly promoted team Chemnitzer FC. Aalen was also left by PATRICK FUNK (29), who joined the club league team of the TSV Esslingen and thus ending his professional football career to pursue a career as a teacher from now on. A live without being paid to kick a ball is definitely too early for BRIAN KOGLIN (22) and SIRLORD CONTEH (23); both will stay at the river Elbe but moved from Hamburg to Saxony-Anhalt, where the lads decided to play for the relegated club of 1. FC Magdeburg. A decision was also made by JOEL KELLER (24), who will now take a sabbatical from professional football after playing in the fourth division for Flensburg 08 for one year. „I will now prioritize my other profession” stated the Suisse guy who is slightly addicted to robust tacklings. Keller’s teammate NICO EMPEN (23), who was the huge forward hope of the FC St. Pauli some three to four years ago will now transfer to the SV Rödinghausen, a competitor in the western regional league. The 33 years old ROMAN PROKOPH, who is a striker as well and was under contract at the Millerntor, obviously feels comfortable in the “Domstadt” (cathedral city): After three years at 1. FC Köln II, the Berlin-born moves to the fourth-division club Fortuna Köln with a two-year contract. Prokoph will face his former club with Fortuna Köln in the “Regionalliga West”. The third well-known club from Cologne should not remain unmentioned here: Just before the season’s last game against Borussia Mönchengladbach’s U23 team in May, Viktora Köln’s presidium dismissed head coach PATRICK GLÖCKNER (42), who was OLAF JANSSEN‘s (52) assistant coach at St. Pauli – and until June assistant at VfL Wolfsburg. CHRISTIAN RAHN (40) takes part in the “66. DFB-Fußballlehrerlehrgang” (translator’s note: What a beautiful word!) to obtain the license to coach teams in all professional German football leagues. Already right in the middle of the coaching activities is MORITZ VOLZ, who was hired as a second assistant coach at RaBa Leipzig on Julian Nagelsmann’s demand. In the past four Years, Volz worked as a scout for Arsenal FC. JÖRN GROSSKOPF (52), who didn’t (yet) make it to the biggest clubs, was under contract with a total of ten clubs since he made his debut as the coach of Niendorfer TSV. You can tell that the Hamburg-born Grosskopf is well aware of the ups and downs the job as a football coach brings Most recently he went down from the fifth-division with his team HEBC and joined the team FC Türkiye which is based in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg and is currently participating in the sixth-division. CHRISTOPH PIEPER (46) also has a new employer to show. St. Pauli’s head of media left the club after eight years and joined SV Werder Bremen. The 23 years old Right-Back LUCA ZANDER took the opposite direction and joined St. Pauli after a two-year loan with a fixed contract until 2023(!). Another “new” entry is FLORIAN LECHNER (38), who is supposed to osteopathically work with our team. RALPH BECKER (48), the former sports director at hsv, was dismissed after last season’s cleanup. Congratulations to Altona 93 for the recent promotion to the “Regionalliga” (forth-division) and their coach BERKAN ALGAN (42), a former “brown-white”, who recently signed ERDOGAN PINI, my former favorite at St. Pauli’s U23 (2011-2015) from Drochtersen. The former St. Pauli U23 (2014-2018) and Afghan national team player BENJAMIN NADJEM (24) hired at the fourth-division club SV Drochtersen/Assel after spending a year at the sixth-division team TSV Sasel. In his new team he will meet other former St. Pauli U23 players: DARIO KOVACIC (20), just recently; LAURENS ROGOWSKI (25), moved from St. Pauli to Drochtersen in 2016; MARCEL ANDRIJANIC (26), played from 2003-2013 in the brown and white jersey. Also in the forth-division, MARCELL SOBOTTA (22) moved from Wacker Nordhausen to SF Lotte, who recently went down from the 3. Bundesliga to Regionalliga West. In the Regionalliga you’ll be able to find LENNART KESSNER (22) and STEFAN RAKOCEVIC (20), who joined Eintracht Norderstedt and MICHAEL AMBROSIUS (23), who moved to Germania Halberstadt. LEON DEICHMANN (22) joined VfB Oldenburg (fourth division), ALESSANDRO OTTE (21) hired at SC Verl (fourth division), CLIFFORD ANITEYE (25) will play for FC Teutonia Ottensen von 1905 (fifth division), NICK OTTO (20), who was on lean at St. Pauli and went back to Eintracht Braunschweig (third division), and MIGUEL FERNANDES (22) went to VfB Lübeck (fourth division). The former members of the U23 team JULIAN BARKMANN (26), DAMIR BEKTIC (22) and SOLEIMAN KAZIZADA (20) are currently without a club. Furthermore, other former U23 players have changed: LASSE SCHLÜTER (27) for example left Energie Cottbus to support BTSV Eintracht Braunschweig in the next season. MARIN MANDIC (30) left Eintracht Bordersted to set TSV Niendorf in motion. TIM-JULIAN PAHL (23) left SC Condor to support SC Victoria in their promotion ambitions. DENNIS ROSIN (23) transferred from SV Elversberg to VfB Oldenburg. Goalkeeper MARVIN ZIMMERMANN (21, at St. Pauli from 2012 to 2018) went to SV Eichede II after spending a year in the USA (Coastal Carolina University). KORBINIAN MÜLLER (28), the keeper who joined St. Pauli in August 2018 from Unterhaching, didn’t find a new employer yet. Another surprise – for external viewers, at least – is that the successful youth coach BARIS TUNCAY (36, former U23 player), who recently coached St. Pauli’s U15, is currently without a contract.

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// Ronny (translated by @Flo1910 & @parneq)