A Brit visits: Waldhof Mannheim 4-0 1860 Munich

A serene summer’s evening in the south-west of Germany. A cool wind blows from the Rhine and the temperature easily tops twenty degrees. At this point, as I am sure you are all thinking, this is the perfect weather for a football match.

Indeed, it was, and so I headed to watch the 3. Liga clash between Waldhof Mannheim and 1860 Munich at the Carl-Benz Stadion.

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VAR will count for nothing if the standard of refereeing remains so poor

“I am convinced that it should go well,” announced referee Jochen Drees ahead of the introduction of VAR into the 2. Bundesliga, prior to the 2018/2019 season. “We now have a wealth of technological components,” the 49 year old added.

Each Second Division club had to pay around €180,000 to facilitate VAR, with the vast majority also having to invest in fibre optic cables, so that video pictures could be sent back to the referee centre in Cologne as quickly as possible.

VAR has been in operation in the highest tier of German football, the Bundesliga, since the beginning of the 2017/2018 season.

With such confidence, as well as an opulence of technological infrastructure, one would imagine that the standard of refereeing has never been higher. In theory, that is the case.

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A trio of goalkeeping changes at Hannover

According to Liga Zwei, a plethora of changes within the goalkeeping core at Hannover can be expected within the coming days.

Both Philipp Tschauner and Michael Esser are expected to leave the club, with Felix Wieldwald widely tipped to make the move to Lower Saxony.

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Nielsen makes Fürth switch

Greuther Fürth have confirmed the signing of Norwegian striker Havard Nielsen from Fortuna Düsseldorf. Both clubs have agreed to keep the transfer fee undisclosed to the public.

The 26-year-old has signed a two-year deal at the Sportpark Ronhof Thomas Sommer.

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Thomas Keller shines on Ingolstadt debut

At just 19 years of age, Thomas Keller shone in Ingolstadt’s 2-1 victory against Carl Zeiss Jena on Matchday 1 of the 3. Lisa season. To make matters even more impressive, it was the Munich native’s debut for the Schanzer first team.

Keller’s excellence was not missed by the German media, with Kicker nominating the young defender for the team of the week.

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Ingolstadt quartet scouted by the German national team

According to the Donaukurier, Ingolstadt youngsters Patrick Sussek, Fatih Kaya, Thomas Keller and Filip Bilbija have all been scouted by Germany Under 20 manager, Manuel Baum.

Baum, who managed FC Augsburg in the Bundesliga until as recently as 2019, was at the Schanzer’s Audi Sportpark  facility to view Jeff Saibene’s training sessions.

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Experienced Heerwagen joins Sandhausen

Sandhausen have confirmed the acquisition of former Ingolstadt goalkeeper Philipp Heerwagen.

The 36-year-old left the Audi Sportpark based club after the Schanzer’s relegation to the 3. Liga. Having penned a one-year deal with Ingolstadt following a move from St. Pauli last summer, Heerwagen’s contract expired at the end of June.

Baden-Württemberg based outfit, Sandhausen, have handed the German goalkeeper a two-year contract at the Stadion am Hardtwald.

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Hamburg remove their infamous relegation clock

Hamburg’s relegation clock became a bit of a stalwart and icon in German football.

For years it served as a reminder that Hamburg had never been relegated from the Bundesliga. That was, of course, until 2018, when the Red Shorts finally succumbed to the drop.

But now, the club have decided to remove it. The clock will now be retired as Hamburg prepare for their second straight season in the 2. Bundesliga, after Christian Titz and Hannes Wolf were unable to guide Bundesliga football back to the Volksparkstadion at the first time of asking.

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In 2018, when the club were relegated despite a 2-1 victory against Borussia Mönchengladbach, Hamburg assured fans that the clock would remain at the Volksparkstadion.

The Red Shorts stated that the counter would be reset to 130 years, 7 months and 3 days (at the time in 2018) to mark the anniversary of the club’s foundation.

However just one year on, with Second Division football still prevalent at the Volksparkstadion, Hamburg have chosen to scrap one of German football’s most iconic pieces of infrastructure.

It is thought that the German Football Museum in Dortmund is the most probable destination for the infamous clock. At 14 metres, is is too large to be placed in Hamburg’s own museum.

The move comes just days after the club decided to part ways with another historic tradition at the Volksparkstadion. Last week, the Red Shorts announced that the club’s anthem “Hamburg, meine Perle” would no longer be played.

Bernd Hoffmann, Hamburg Chairman, has suggested that the Red Shorts want to distance themselves from the burden of their illustrious past. “We want to align ourselves with the future. The constant look in the past does not help,” Hoffmann stated.

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Ingolstadt’s Beister in thoughtful mood before 3. Liga opener in Jena

Late last week Ingolstadt announced that they had procured the services of Maximilian Beister from KFC Uerdingen. It is estimated that the 28-year-old arrives at the Audi Sportpark for a fee of around €200,000.

Formerly of Fortuna Düsseldorf and Hamburg, Beister scored 11 goals for Uerdingen in the 3. Liga last season.

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