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Hamburger SV - Meine Perle

An adventure with one of the Bundesliga's biggest clubs!
Started on 28 December 2014 by Louis O.
Latest Reply on 15 January 2015 by Louis O.
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Hamburg is a big place. Home to 1,751,775 people at the most recent check in October 2013, a centre of media and industry, one of the world's biggest tourist destinations. It was where the Beatles "came of age", the origin of the Hamburger. The city holds the annual German Open each year for Tennis, fielding the Hamburg Freezers in the DEL, the ice hockey league, and dominates the field hockey scene in Germany. But it is for none of these reasons why the city is well known by many across the globe who may not have heard of Jerome Flaake, Florian Fuchs or even John Lennon.

Hamburger SV - Meine Perle

Hamburger SV, quite simply, are one of the biggest, most distinguished teams in world football. The club has played continuously in the top flight since 1919 - the year they were formed in the present form. That they reached the final of the German Championship just 3 years later was a real achievement - even more, they held the great 1. FC Nürnberg to a 2-2 draw before the game was controversially abandoned and not presented to either side. In the next two seasons they would manage this feat again, although winning in 1923 against the modern Union Berlin. Their last pre-war triumph was in 1928 over Hertha BSC, with otherwise anonymous performances barring two semi final appearances.

In 1953, however, the course of Hamburger SV changed forever. Until then the post war years had been bleak save for two victories in the British Occupation Zone's championship. The 1953/54 season was marred by a four point penalty for bribing a Werder Bremen player, but later in the year, the son of former HSV player Erwin Seeler, Uwe, made his debut. Known amongst fans and friends as the 'fat boy', he would narrowly miss out on the World Cup winning squad of the next year, but for now required a special permit from the DFB to play, aged merely 16. By 1956 he was the central figure of the team - bagging 32 goals aged 18, and netting similar tallies in the next few seasons as the club picked up the runners up medal two times in a row in the new DFB-Pokal. The club was denied victory in the Oberliga Nord in 1958 by refereeing calls, but the club were German Champions again in 1960, and Seeler was the national player of the year.

The Bundesliga would soon see the light of day, and with Seeler the captain, Hamburg were one of the 16 teams invited. He won the inaugural season's Torjägerkanone trophy, with thirty goals. Ten years later, Seeler had retired, but the club won the first ever Ligapokal. They had improved in the league too, coming fourth in 1975 and second in 1976. In 1978 Branko Zebec was appointed trainer of the club and, winnning the Bundesliga in his first year, is still the club's best manager in terms of win rate. This was in Kevin Keegan's second year, and was awarded the Ballon d'or for the second year in a row. In 1980, the club lost out in the European Cup and Bundesliga, and halfway through the next year Zebec was sacked after sitting through a match whilst intoxicated for the second time, despite refusing "to train with drunks" when his players were drinking themselves. In 1981, Ernst Happel, the Austrian coach, took the job, and won the 82 and 83 Bundesliga seasons alongside the European Cup.

The club would never hit those heights again. Falling into financial trouble they were forced to sell their players worth any money to ensure survival financially. In 1995, Felix Magath returned to the club as coach, and Uwe Seeler returned as president. This combination was initially successful, however, soon Magath was sacked and Seeler resigned due to a financial scandal in which it was later revealed he played no part. Since Magath's successor Frank Pagelsdorf left in 2001, Hamburg have had 13 different managers in as many years - including their new boss. And we will be following his journey at the club.
Good luck! Trust you to do a German story! :P
Good luck!
Good luck! Bet you'll do it better than they do in real life :P
hopefully you can add some stability to HSV (just don't beat Dortmund)
Good luck. Great to see you writing again. :D
Good luck Louis!
Louis O, back from the dead, good luck! :P
I had a lot of bad luck with HSV back on FM14. I hope you do a much better job. Good luck.
Good start, very excited for this!
Was there ever going to be anything else I did?

Thank you :)

It shouldn't be too hard :D

How do you expect me to beat Dortmund? :P

Yep, I'm back ;)

Thanks pompey ;)

I wasn't dead! Merely sleeping.

I should be able to do a decent job, despite their real life abilities they seem good on FM!

So you should be :P

HSV sack Head Coach

Survival: Not even play off euphoria could save Slomka

Hamburger SV have sacked Head Coach Mirko Slomka after a mere 3 months in charge. Slomka, 47, failed to stop his side from finishing in 16th position - the club's lowest finishing position ever in the top flight - after taking over from Thorsten Fink in February.

The team managed to preserve their ever present Bundesliga status after a 1-1 draw with 3rd placed side in the Bundesliga 2, Greuther Fürth. The first leg of the relegation play off was a cagey affair, with neither side willing to risk defeat despite an injury to HSV's first choice goalkeeper Rene Adler. The only real chance of the game was converted by Pierre Michel Lasogga past Fürth goalkeeper Wolfgang Hesl, but the linesman had his flag up for off side. In the end, a 0-0 draw was the only fair result and both teams would need to step it up in the second match at Fürth's Trolli Arena.

Indeed, it did not take long for Hamburg to score the all important away goal with a Lasogga header from a corner 14 minutes in, coming after Çalhanoğu struck the post and Hesl kept out van der Vaart with his feet. An injury soon forced HSV defender Johan Djourou off, giving Fürth renewed confidence to attack. Die Rothosen almost doubled the lead though, with another Lasogga header, but soon Zoltan Stieber, who will play for Hamburg next season, set up Stefan Fürstner who equalised. Another goal for the home side would see the proud Northern side drop out of the top flight for the first time since the modern incumbent was formed. But despite the best efforts of Fürth's substitute striker Niklas Füllkrug, Fürth were condemned to another year in the second division.

Slomka's first match in charge of the club was a 3-0 defeat of eventual runners up Borussia Dortmund, memorable for a spectacular Hakan Çalhanoğlu free kick that swerved from near the half way line to beat the goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller. If this made the future seem bright, this was not the case, as they could only muster two more wins in the remaining twelve matchdays - against bottom dwellers Nürnberg and Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Overall, Slomka could only manage 11 points during his brief stint in charge, with the club finishing on 27 - merely 2 points ahead of last placed Eintracht Braunschweig.

Slomka was officially fired yesterday by Hamburg CEO Dietmar Beiersdorfer, who felt that Slomka should have been able to take the club back up the table. Survival was not the goal for the HSV fans, who were hoping the ex Hannover boss could deliver a top half finish. Merely days before Slomka's sacking, the head of the club's supervising board, Karl Gernandt, told Sky reporters who had asked him about the security of the coach's position that the club would not, by any means panic, that they were "not going to act now". He went on to assure the journalists he said this "with a certainty of 120%.

Rumours persist that Beiersdorfer has been in contact with Mainz coach Thomas Tuchel who had announced he would step down from his post. Whilst Mainz have since replaced him, Tuchel is still under contract with the club, and was unlikely to accept the Hamburg job, meaning that Huub Stevens has also been mentioned as a possible candidate. Whilst the club looks for a new manager, temporary charge will be given to HSV II boss Josef Zinnbauer. Die Rothosen's fans, though, will surely be hoping for a more high profile appointment to get the club back on track ahead of the upcoming season.

The entirety of Slomka's coaching staff have also been fired. The former coach is expected to file a lawsuit against the club to gain compensation for his unfulfilled contract.
A Louis story. Right, better make this one my bed time story :P *

*(because of the long updates, if you didn't guess)
Time for someone to take HSV to the top!
If I am being honest, I expected much more detail from you Louis! Just kidding mate, great write-up and a very good start to the story.

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