Eintracht Braunschweig's new Bundesliga season would soon begin but first the club would need to get of the beach and go through a series of gruelling friendlies to gain fitness ahead of the club's season in years. The pre season friendlies consisted of the following
There would be a face off against the reserves to judge the players, followed by a visit from Hungarians Gyor. 4 days later, a trip to Fortuna Köln followed by a game against FC Magdeburg from the former GDR. The training finished with hosting Dukla Prague, better known for their part in a 1980's song, followed by the short journeys to the Netherlands to face Go Ahead Eagles, and a fixture against K. Standaard Wetteren of Belgium.
Let's see how it went.
The first game was behind closed doors at Eintracht's reserve team ground, ending in a 5-1 win for the first team. The scoring began on just 7 minutes with Mirko Boland shooting home from outside the box after being set up by Dennis Kruppke. Orhan Ademi got the second, tapping in after Dennis Kruppke squared across the box. Timo Perthel made it 3, capitalising on a poor clearance to beat a defender and hit the back of the net. Dennis Kruppke made it 4-0 at the interval after the goalkeeper missed his long shot and it rolled over the line. There was only two goals in the second half but only one went to the first team and it was Marco Caligiuri who bagged the goal after 80 minutes, with a Simeon Jackson drive being the only consolation for the reserves.
Eintracht's pre season stalled as the team failed to outscore their Hungarian opponents Gyor at home, on a windy day with just 8,754 present. Braunschweig scored 50 seconds in through Jonas Erwig-Druppel. The visitors equalised through a Béla Boda header from a corner that went in off the upright, and it would take just 18 more minutes for Gyor to go in front as Balasz Szekeres's shot slipped through the Braunschweig keeper Petkovic's fingers. Szekeres scored again 9 minutes later yet this time it was at the wrong end, as he headed in a poor cross from Jan Hochsheidt. Gyor took the lead again just after half time as Daniel Davari, the Iranian keeper who had been brought on at the break, fumbled a header and Béla Boda pounced. Again Braunschweig came back quickly and Mirko Boland equalised with a well placed shot which squeezed into the near corner. No more score came in the last 30 minutes and Gyor went back to Hungary happy.
Braunschweig kept faith in their all out attack style for the next game against Fortuna Köln as they again drew 3-3 against a side they should have beaten. Köln took the lead 9 minutes in, Thomas Kraus blasting the ball past Petkovic, and it took the favourites 20 minutes to level. Jonas Erwig-Druppel scored twice in a few minutes with a volley from inside the box coming after a placed shot that reached the bottom corner. Braunschweig weren’t ahead for long, as Manuel Rasp headed home from a poorly defended corner to equalise before half time. On 78 minutes substitute keeper Davari was beaten at his near post by Ozan Yilmaz to put Köln in the lead. Fortunately for Eintracht Braunschweig Torsten Oerhl was on hand to head home a cross in the last minute to tie it up.
1.FC Magdeburg shouldn’t have been a problem for a Bundesliga side but Eintracht Braunschweig were well beaten by the Regionalliga Nordost side. The first of the two goals came just before half time as winger Fabio Viteritti powered the ball past numerous defenders and the goalkeeper. Patrick Barje added the second before full time and the Eintracht Braunschweig players left the field with chorus of boos from the away fans.
Defeat followed defeat for Braunschweig as an the hosts were unsuccessful in their attempts to beat Czech side Dukla Prague, more well known for a 1980’s song about their away kit, Subbuteo and ‘dodgy transformers’. David Kriva gave Dukla the lead 9 minutes in after some casual defending from Marcel Correia, and he added a second later on, after more bad defending from Correia and a mistake by Petkovic. Braunschweig pulled one back late on as an Erwig-Druppel cross found Gianluca Korte but there was no further score and Eintracht Braunschweig had lost again.
Die Löwen finally got themselves a victory in Holland as they beat Dutch side Go Ahead Eagles but not before a few scares, such as the home side taking the lead early on with Sven Werner finishing a great move. Moments later the Eagles keeper only managed to parry a Matthias Henn header and Torsten Oehrl tucked in the rebound. Go Ahead Eagles had Eric Falkenburg sent off for coming in on Erwig-Druppel from behind after an hour, and the Dutch side never recovered. Dennis Kruppke lashed home a volley and Karim Bellarabi placed an Omar Elabdellaoui cross into the net to seal the win.
Braunschweig’s final game saw their second 5-1 win of the pre season against Standaard Wetteren of Belgium. Orhan Ademi scored after a half hearted series of clearance attempts from the Wetteren players and just two minutes afterwards Marc Pfitzner broke the net as the Wetteren keeper Dewolder found his effort too hot to handle. The Belgians came back into contention, with a goal from Raf Goethuys, but it was soon 3-1 through Ademi who finally managed to score after two blocked attempts. The 4th came soon, a well placed effort from Ademi following Boland’s cross securing him the matchball but not the last goal, as Jan Hochsheidt finished the scoring 10 minutes from time. An emphatic victory.
Roll on the Season!
In other news, the DFB-Pokal First Round Draw was made, pitting Braunschweig against Scwarz-Weiss Rehden, HSV against local rivals Victoria Hamburg and Dortmund vs Erzgebirge Aue.