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Eintracht Braunschweig - Alles Oder Nichts

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Started on 2 November 2013 by Louis O.
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Braunschweig bag Hannover man

Hannover 96 have sold one of their key players from previous seasons, 31-year-old German forward Jan Schlaudraff who will move across Saxony to join Eintracht Braunschweig. The striker, who came through BFV Hassia Bingen's youth system before stints at top sides Gladbach and Bayern Munchen. The transfer will cost Braunschweig just €100k, and he will join in January.

His new coach at Eintracht Braunschweig, Benno Mohlmann described his new signing as a top player and that he was very pleased that Schlaudraff had decided to join, before praising his latest recruit, stating that the forward had all the attributes required for a successful stint at the club, though doubts have been raised over his fitness.

Schlaudraff is a veteran of German football, having began his career all the way back in 1996. Then he was at BFV Hassia Bingen until 2002, though he had previously played for youth side JSG Wissen. He left Bingen to join top flight Borussia Monchengladbach. He picked up his first Germany U-20 call up that year, of which he would gain 8 more, without scoring. Schlaudraff played 29 times for Gladbach II in his first season with 14 goals from his then position, midfield. The next year he attempted to break into Gladbach's first team with 4 appearances, though he was again dropped to the reserves, where he made 33 more appearances. After 6 more first team appearances, Schlaudraff was shipped out on loan to 2. Bundesliga side Alemannia Aachen. He played 15 times here without a goal but his spell was good enough to convince Aachen to sign him permanently. He played 29 times and scored 11 in Aachen's promotion season to the Bundesliga though next year he joined FC Bayern, playing just 8 times. After two years Bayern promptly sold him to Hannover, where he has spent 6 years. Playing either up front or behind the strikers, Schlaudraff averaged 2.85 goals a year for Hannover 96, his highest goal tally coming in 2008/09, his first year, where he managed 5 goals. He has made just 3 appearances this year for Hannover.

Overall, Schlaudraff made 132 appearances during his stint for Hannover, hitting the net twenty two times and he did not win any silverware with the club, he lifted the German Cup in 2007, with FC Bayern, who also won the Bundesliga and now extinct League Cup that year though Schlaudraff was ineligble for a medal. Now, he is looking to take the next step in his career, with Braunschweig.

"I would like to first thank everyone at Hannover 96 for the seven wonderful years I spent there, everyone welcomed me very well and I thank the fans for getting behind me. I will leave several friends in Hannover and I love the place and the club."

"I always had the dream of playing in the Bundesliga. It was a long way to get there but with stints with Bayern, Gladbach, and Hannover, I think I can finally be an established first team regular. At this moment, the Bundesliga is one of the biggest championships in the world and I will work hard to help Einracht to achieve important results."

Braunschweig legend Paul Breitner, who was, until this season, the club's transfer record, has publicly praised the signing.

"I think it's a good deal, anyone who has played for Bayern Munich and is available for such a little price usually is. I think Braunschweig need more attackers, there's Korte, Jackson, Oerhl and that's really it."

A very good transfer mate..but I am worried about his physical condition...

UEFA Europa League Group Stage Final Matchday

Eintracht Braunschweig vs Club Brugge

This may be a nothing game. Braunschweig have already qualified, and Brugge are guaranteed to finish bottom of the group, though in Belgium it ended 1-1 as Brugge dominated. Could we have another shock this time?

Arsenal vs Feyenoord

So whilst one of these games is unimportant - this one most certainly is important. Arsenal need to win on head to head, with the first leg being 3-1 to Feyenoord a 2-0 win would suffice, and they would go through on away goals in the head to head. Why can't they just use goal difference?

- GOAL! - Bacary Sagna - 30 - Arsenal 1-0 Feyenoord
Arsenal draw first blood! The Emirates erupts, fans from both England and the Netherlands egging their side on! Sagna put a cross in the box, Ayew was unmarked, he laid the ball off to Santon - who too was unmarked - and he fired a shot at goal, Sagna turning in the rebound. 1-0, Arsenal are still in this.

- Injury - Jordy Clasie - 36 - Arsenal 1-0 Feyenoord
And Arsenal may not win this but if they do they may just stop Feyenoord from going far. Clasie is injured in a dirty tackle by Sagna and according to our sources that is an achilles injury. Not good.

Half Time
Eintracht Braunschweig 0-0 Club Brugge
Arsenal 1-0 Feyenoord

- GOAL! - Dennis Kruppe - 47 - Eintracht Braunschweig 1-0 Club Brugge
And Braunschweig may have secured their top spot in Group F. 1-0. Good move by Braunschweig, Damir Vrancic and Marco Caligiuri all involved before Kruppke gets in the right position and nutmegs the goalkeeper with a low drive.

- GOAL! - Nikolay Mihaylov (OG) - 57 - Arsenal 2-0 Feyenoord
An own goal! And one that may well knock Feyenoord out of the UEFA Europa League! It's 2-0 to Arsenal, they are now 2nd in the live table. Not Mihaylov's fault though, the cross from Sagna came in and was actually headed against the post not by Giroud but by Weustink, the Feyenoord defender, and it hit Mihaylov and went in for 2-0.

- GOAL! - Tom De Sutter - 78 - Eintracht Braunschweig 1-1 Club Brugge
Braunschweig slipped up against Brugge last time and they may well do it again! 1-1! De Sutter levels! And a good goal from the 29 year old. Langerak's goal kick was headed by Sobota, Kessel was out of position and De Sutter took it first time, beneath Langerak and into the corner. 1 apiece.

- GOAL! - Christopher Quiring - 82 - Eintracht Braunschweig 2-1 Club Brugge
Braunschweig immediately go and right the wrongs of Brugge's equaliser, Christopher Quiring puts them back ahead, with a fantastic goal! He got the ball from Mirko Boland, beat his man, went past another and thwacked it past the goalkeeper. Good goal, and it should win this tie!

- GOAL! - Anass Achahbar - 89 - Arsenal 2-1 Feyenoord
ARSENAL ARE OUT! SURELY NOW THEY ARE OUT! FEYENOORD PULL A GOAL BACK - AND IT TAKES THEM UP TO 2ND! UNBELIEVABLE! Anass Achahbar is being absolutely mobbed by his teammates. Feyenoord hit them on the counter, down the left, everyone was gathered in that corner except for Aprile, and Achahbar, Singh cut it back to Aprile, he spread the play to the right, Achahbar looked to get the cross in, realised no one was there and instead beat Szczesny at his near post - 2-1! Arsenal are out!

What an evening of football we've had here. Braunschweig beat Brugge to secure top spot, whilst Arsenal are eliminated at the hands of Anass Achahbar's late goal. Feyenoord have been on top form recently, topping the Eredivisie, and Arsenal sit 2nd in the Premier League with Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham, Everton and Chelsea all outside the top 4 - but they couldn't take their domestic form into Europe. Here are the results, the final table and the draw for the First and Second Knockout rounds.

Congrats mate! I think that the game against Swansea it's much harder that the one against AC Milan :P
Just caught up to this story, Swansea will be an easy opponent for you :P Good luck Louis! :)

Quiring & Laudrup hit by injuries

Eintracht Braunschweig winger Christopher Quiring will be spending time on the sidelines after injuring himself during a training session. German winger Quiring, signed this season from Union Berlin, has suffered a double hernia injury and is expected to be out for 2 months.

Physio Christoph Sieger has revealed that Quiring injured himself in training and found him in some discomfort after the session. Manager Benno Mohlmann has said to Braunschweiger Zeitung's Louis Keil that the said injury may damage his sides hopes for the season.

"Christopher has been a great player so far for us this season so it's very hard to deal with injuries to anyone, especially a key player. He's been one of my best signings here."

Meanwhile, even more troubles have emerged as Andreas Laudrup may also be out for some time. The son of Danish footballing legend Michael Laudrup has played no league games for Braunschweigg so far but was set to be a stand in for Quiring. However, just one day after the injury to German Quiring, the Spanish born Dane has also been ruled out of action. Having previously spent 4 weeks out with a thigh strain whilst playing for Nordsjaelland, he has suffered the same injury, though this time will spend just two weeks away from action.

Speculation is rife as to what coach Mohlmann will do when his wingers are both missing. Reports from inside the club suggest that either Gianluca Korte or new recruit Jan Schlaudraff will move out to the wings with the other one playing up front. Other reports from Germany claim that out of favour Werder Bremen winger Aaron Hunt reportedly going to join.

Braunschweig were interested in Hunt at the start of the season, and according to some sources offered Bremen up to €9.5m for the German who also holds English citizenship. However there is no information as to why Bremen, who were looking to sell, had rejected the offer. Hunt has played a meagre 6 times this season, spending most of his time with SV Werder Bremen II who occupy 7th place in the Regionalliga Nord, ahead of Hannover II and Braunschweig II.

Hunt has also been somewhat of a controversial figure in the past, rejecting England to play for his birth nation of Germany. He was banned by UEFA in 2006 and fined for unsporting behaviour for racist remarks in an under 21 game for Germany, in fact against England. However the charges were dropped after Hunt called it an utter disgrace, saying that he himself was half English.

Hunt was also linked to Southampton, though the move never materialised and he stayed at Bremen.
Too bad, I'm sure you'll be ok without them.

6 Month loan agreed for Hunt

Eintracht Braunschweig have picked up their second signing of the January transfer window, Werder Bremen forward Aaron Hunt. The 28-year-old forward, who has made just six senior appearances for Bremen this season, put pen to paper on a 6-month deal with the DFB-Pokal holders after passing his medical on Monday.

Braunschweig coach Benno Mohlmann also played for SV Werder Bremen in his playing career. In his eleven years at Weserstadion, the 60 year old racked up 230 matches in the German top flight, though Werder did spend one season in the 2nd Division North, Mohlmann netting 33 goals from 1978 to 1987. Hunt - with 3 Germany caps despite being able to play for England - has thus far spent 11 years as a professional player at Bremen, the same as Mohlmann.

For his part, Hunt told the Braunschweiger Zeitung website, and their journalist Louis Keil:

"I'm very happy to be here at this great club, in this great league still. Braunschweig are a fantastic club and it's a huge thing for me to be playing in the Bundesliga, I didn't want to leave it not just because it is my country but because it is the best league in the world. That apart, Mohlmann certainly played a role as well in my decision to move here. I also spoke with our national team coach Joachim Low, and he told me that I should go, and he was happy to give me advice even though I haven't played for Germany for numerous years, unfortunately."

Benno Mohlmann had previously looked at signing both Hunt and his former Bremen teammates Kevin De Bruyne and Marko Marin, both from Chelsea. Marin had been out of favour at Stamford Bridge and spent the 2013/14 season in Spain, making 32 appearances on loan at Sevilla, yet Braunschweig were beaten to his signature by Stuttgart in an €11.25m move. Belgian De Bruyne, on the other hand, spent just one season at Bremen, on loan in the 2012/13 season, though next year Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho gave him just 3 league starts. Again, Braunschweig lost out on the signing, this time to Newcastle who paid £12m for the man who has been their key player so far this season.

Despite his lack of appearances recently, Hunt still holds the vice captain role at Bremen. He is reportedly going to look for a new club at the end of his contract, at the end of the 2016/17 season, though Braunschweiger Zeitung's Louis Keil discloses that Hunt in fact will look to move from Bremen at the end of the season, with Braunschweig reportedly interested in yet another pursuit of the forward.
Great signing on loan, he is certain to be good! :)
Good loan signing, looks like he is very good.
Hunt will help you very much, he is a very good striker!

Trouble as new signing is ruled out

A crisis has emerged in Saxony as Braunschweig debutant Jan Schlaudraff was injured just four minutes into the side's game against Gladbach. The €100k man tore his hamstring straight away and was replaced by Torsten Oerhl.

Schlaudraff's injury problems are well documented. His decline was full of spells on the sidelines, missing 3 weeks in late 2013 for a calf strain, then 2 months over the new year after dislocating a shoulder in training. As soon as he was back from that injury, he was out of the side for two more weeks from a gashed leg injury suffered in a friendly against Antwerp. Then, he strained his calf again in training, and avoided injury until later in 2014. Again against Borussia Monchengladbach, he suffered another injury in his final game for Hannover, fracturing his ribs and missing 6 weeks of action. He then twisted his ankle in training and spent 4 weeks out, and has since joined Braunschweig and torn his hamstring against Gladbach.

Schlaudraff made 132 appearances during his stint for Hannover, scoring a mere twenty two times and he did not win any silverware with the club, though he lifted the German Cup in 2007, with FC Bayern, who also won the Bundesliga and now extinct League Cup that year though Schlaudraff was ineligble for a medal. He also played for Gladbach who he was injured against, and Alemannia Aachen.

Borussia Monchengladbach won the game 1-0 with Kevin Kratz missing a penalty, as Schlaudraff went off injured.
Some injury issues but congrats on qualifying top!

January - Disappointment

With numerous new transfers in, and the winter break over, Braunschweiger TSV Eintracht were optimistic oing into the new year. Were their dreams fullfilled?

Losing to Gladbach 3-0 early in the season after going down to 9 me, it would be fair to say that Braunschweig were not exactly expecting much. However there was high hopes for new signings Jan Schlaudraff and Aaron Hunt. Unfortunately just minutes in Torsten Oerhl had to come in to the fray as a replacement to Schlaudruff, and Oerhl wasted many chances in the first half before disappearing completely for the second half. Late on, Oerhl missed another chance, and the ball deflected off to Mirko Boland who was fouled by Dominguez. The referee had no hesitation and awarded a penalty to Braunschweig - but Kevin Kratz's penalty was held easily by André Hansen. Minutes later, Braunschweig were taken on the counter and Luuk De Jong finished off a good move as BTSV were condemned to defeat.

Another lacklustre performance from Braunschweig resulted in another lacklustre result. 1-0 again was the score. Wolfsburg was the opponent and they led after just 5 minutes through Ivan Perisic, whose free kick was blocked but deflected straight back into his path and he hit the ball home past a bewildered defence. Braunschweig were not playing near their best, but saw numerous good chances, the best being straight after the second half began as Jan Hochsheidt found the defence in no man's land but failed to convert. Damir Vrancic was injured after 63 minutes and Braunschweig did not threaten after that. Fortunately, the Bosnian was ok after the game.

Bereft of confidence, Braunschweig did not expect anything against Frankfurt. But they played admirably, nearly winning and in fact deserving to. Benno Mohlmann was trying out a new 4-2-1-3 with Simeon Jackson making his first start of the season. The Canadian repaid the coach's faith in him, as he bagged the opener on 40 minutes, the ball being played to target man Dennis Kruppke who laid it off for Jackson to send in. However on 56 minutes summer signing Konstantin Rausch bagged his first Frankfurt goal, seemingly heading away from danger but then turning on goal and thumping it in with the inside of his foot, from outside the box.

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