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Breathing New Life into HSV

Started on 1 May 2015 by Iconic
Latest Reply on 10 May 2015 by IrishnukeXD

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May 19th 2014

On a overcast day in Furth, Germany Hamburger SV have just drawn 1-1 with Greuther Furth (First Leg score was 0-0) and have beaten the drop to ensure they stay in the Bundesliga, keeping alive their fifty one year stay in Germany's top division.

May 26th 2014

'Mirko Slomka has today been sacked as manager of Hamburger SV after just over three months in the job HSV have binned yet another manager. Who, if any will risk taking charge of Hhamburg. The once great Germans are on the brink...'

Dortmund, Germany

As I turned off the TV and gazed out of the window onto the luxurious back lawn of my six bedroom mansion, watching the kids kicking around the football and pretending to be Marco Reus, or Mario Gotze. But not Lewan I flipped open my Iphone 5 and squinted at the screen to re-read the text sent just a few hours earlier, furrowing my brow, as sweat trickled down it. The hot sun roasting my back as stepped outside. I decided it was time. Time to get back into it, to become a man of football again, I won almost everything as a player and I want to do it as a manager also. I'm the man to take the 'risk' of HSV, I shall lead them to glory!

I explained to my wife, kids, close friends and family that I would take Dietmar Beiersdorfer up on his offer to become Head Coach of Hamburg and start a long term project spanning numerous years.

Then I rang Jurgen, 'Kloppo' as you may know him. I could feel the excitement in his voice as he congratulated me on my first position in management. My former coach and mentor, we decided to go for a coffee at his place and discuss what was to happen.

'You could be a great manager Mats, you have something about you that I can't quite put my finger on.'

Later that night

In my old trophy room I could smell the trophies, the success, the agony. I have to do this, it's my destiny. All my medals, replica trophies, match worn kits. You name it's here, Gerrard, Reus, Gotze, Maradona, Messi, Ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Zizou, Maldini. Pictures with old mentors, Pep, Kloppo, Cruyff.

Dust all around as I sat and read old books and studied the team's dynamics.

'What has gone wrong?'

The question that I will put an end too.

My limbs were going numb after a few hours my eyes sagging, breath smelling, bones creaking, head spinning. I called it a night. I need my rest for tomorrow.

The next day

Up at the crack of dawn, more studying. I was extremely early at the training ground, getting a few quizzical expressions from the public as I travelled to Hamburg. I was at the Training Centre by 12:30PM ready for a light lunch before I was announced to the players.

Most looked relaxed and calm, they'd be used to a new face by now. Others looked rather nervous, perhaps wondering if they were to leave?

I could feel the heat in my eyes, behind my head, in my brain, my chest, in between my toes. I was nervous, but a good kind, the kind before a match I knew something good would happen. There were some murmurs as Rafa Van der Vaart attempted to defuse the situation. My heart was beating in my chest...feelings of terror, anxiety. Should I have done this? I wished for the ground to swallow me.

But before it would Beiersdorfer unveiled me as the new manager of HSV, there were grins, whispers and a sense of shock as I greeted them.

'Now boys, let's save HSV.'
Good luck!
Good luck bro! I hope this will be just as amazing as Life After Klopp!
Awesome, just AWSOME, keep this sort of writing up and you will be in line for a sotm nomination i am sure
God this is going to be good really good

Hamburg analysed

In the latest of the Preview series, last season Promotion/Relegation Play Off Winners Hamburger SV are the next club to preview.

The biggest club in Germany's second city, Hamburger SV are an institution in German football and one that oozes tradition. They were founding members of the Bundesliga and remain the only ever-present club in the top tier despite coming close to relegation in 2014, escaping via the relegation play-offs. Dominant in the northern regional leagues before the Bundesliga's inception, HSV enjoyed their most fruitful years on the national scene in the 1970s and 1980s but their form has dropped in recent years.

The Manager

Former Bundesliga legend Mats Iconic is the latest in a seemingly never ending sequence of managers trying their hand at Hamburg. A risky job in his first venture into being a Head Coach in football after coaching roles at Borussia Dortmund and the Germany National Team, and with over two hundred and fifty Bundesliga appearances to his credit it is hoped his wealth of experience can rub off on the players and provide positive results and performances.

It is believed Iconic will opt for a 4-3-3 formation, with Valon Behrami or Petr Jiracek providing the physical edge to balance out the attacking creativity of Rafa Van der Vaart and Lewis Holtby, letting them do their thing. The Full Backs are expected to bomb on and provide heavy support whilst maintaining the ability to get back and defend, wingers Stieber and Muller will make runs from deep to shoot or assist Pierre Michel Lasogga or alternatively cross the ball in for the big man to head.

The Captain

Ajax icon, White Hart Lane hero, Real Madrid Galactico. But it;s in Hamburg where Rafa Van der Vaart has been loved the most. Idolised and adored by the fans, a living legend in many ways, he has donned the captain's armband since his return for a fee of £10,500,000 and his seven goals in 2013/14 went a long way to keeping HSV in the Bundesliga. His midfield partnership with Lewis Holtby will be key to the success of his team and to help them tick over.

The Shot Stopper

Since his arrival from Bayer Leverkusen in 2012 Rene Adler has gone from strength to strength. With his acrobatics, agility and gravity defying saves earning him a reputation as one of the Bundesliga's best. He'll be aiming to get back to his best this season after a poor 2013/14.

The Goal Grabber

It may well have been his thirteen goals that saved HSV from relegation last campaign. With his hold up play, strength and finishing ability executed perfectly at times this season it more than convincing enough for Hamburg to shell out £6,250,000 on him. What makes his goal record even more remarkable is that he only made twenty appearances last season after an ankle injury kept him out for over a month.

What they're saying

'Hamburg are a club with ambition that I feel can become a great combination with me.'

HSV Manager Mats Iconic

'I'm excited to join after last season, I feel that I can only get better here.'

Pierre Michel Lasogga on moving to Hamburg.

'Mats was a great player and he could do great things there. It will be interesting when we play him this season.'

Jurgen Klopp on his former player of three seasons.


We predict Iconic to have a slow start, but the Hamburg board will have learnt their lessons and he'll start racking up the wins, they should get around mid table, maybe Europa League but they'll need a bit more quality to achieve that.

Predicted Finish: 13th
Laurens's avatar Group Laurens
5 yearsEdited
Rafael van der Vaart, what a player he was. I thought he could be one of the best players ever. His career was a bit a disappointment. However he's a great player! I hope he can bring you as much joy as he gave me. Really looking forward to the season! good luck!

BvB links clear as Passlack and Harder join

Hamburg manager Mats Iconic has sealed his first two deals of the summer transfer window, through highly rated Borussia Dortmund youngsters Tammo Harder and Felix Passlack for a combined outlay of £1,225,000.

The deal for sixteen year old Passlack has come to surprise many, as HSV had to fight of FC Bayern Munchen and Borussia Dortmund to get the deal done.

'I've got a chance to play more first team football here than I would have at Dortmund and much more than at Bayern. I think Hamburg have a good plan for the future, and I hope to be a a part of that.'

After Lahm's retirement, Passlack is starting to make waves internationally.

Already tipped to be the next Philipp Lahm this should be a bargain for HSV and a quality player who can also play in the Left Back spot as well as numerous attacking positions, Passlack is certainly one to watch. this season.

The second deal is that of Tammo Harder, the talented Left Midfielder has been allowed to leave after growing frustrated with his lack of action, after injuries to Kuba B?aszczykowski and Marco Reus, Jurgen Klopp refused to give him enough game time, opting with Jon Claude Gyau and Kevin Kampl instead. Tipped to be the next Marco Reus Harder is a fantastic dribbler with a good shot also.

'I was not being played enough at Dortmund and that was annoying, I learnt a lot but after a certain you must stop learning and watching and start doing, playing games. I needed to get game time whether that be at Dortmund or Hamburg. But I'll always remember my time there, I made some great friends I will still contact them and keep in touch, but I'm really happy to be given a chance of first team football here.'

Harder should be able to contribute in the goals tally, racking up eight in thirty tow matches last season for Dortmund ll.
Harder was left out in the cold too many times by Jurgen Klopp.

These deals did come at a price though, Germany Left Back Marcell Jansen ended his six year stint at HSV by agreeing a four year deal at Fiorentina for £3,700,000. After deciding against a new contract Jansen was happy for his £3,700,000 Release Clause to be matched by any side, that being the Italian Champions League chasers.

'I feel a lot of love from Hamburg and I hope they don't resent me for leaving, but I feel that now the direction that HSV are moving in is not good. I just don't believe that we are going to make any progress and for me to be playing for my country I need to playing in a top division team that is at least mid table.'

Jansen had bigger ambitions following more Germany call ups of late.

In other news it is believed that Captain Rafa Van der Vaart and defender Heiko Westermann are merely days away from signing new contracts. With an estimated £81,000 weekly wage for Van der Vaart and £36,000 for Westermann. With both of their contracts up this summer there should be even more reasons to smile if you're a Hamburg supporter.
You may well see a few HSV fans doing this if their Captain stays.

Wrapping up the HSV transfer news today is that there is heavy speculation toward a move to the Imtech Arena for Real Zaragoza Centre Back, Jesus Vallejo. If reports are to be believed he has a £1,100,000 Release Clause in his contract, he can also play at Right Back or Central Midfield and is has been backed to be the next Carles Puyol. Remarkably there is little competition for his signature so don't be surprised if a move is completed soon.
Vallejo could be the latest Wonderkid to join.
Diaz- Thanks! :)

Ric- Me too bro! :)

No1VillaFan- Thanks I tried to make the writing as engaging as I could, as though you were really there.

Cappy13- Great to hear that, many thanks!

Ric (again)- VDV can be incredible on his can't he? I hope most days are his.

Thanks for the comments guys! :)
love that squad graphic mate it was mint, some good youngsters signed up and damn shame about Jansen and that paltry fee. :(
Iconic's avatar Group Iconic
5 yearsEdited

Vallejo agrees move to HSV

After some 'painfully long' negotiations, Hamburger SV have finally agreed on a deal for seventeen year old Centre Back Jesus Vallejo. With his £1,100,000 Release Clause being matched by the Bundesliga club he is seen as the future leader of the defence.

'I see Jesus as a player that is wise beyond his years, he's someone that is not afraid to tell the older players if they're doing something wrong. He has great positional play, is strong, agile, good in the air and he's fairly quick also.'

With this deal looking to be the final piece of business at the Imtech Arena this summer, but Croatian Wideman Ivo Ilicevic was allowed to leave for £1,000,000 to Borussia MonchenGladbach after a huge influx of wingers into the first team squad.

And finally Rafa Van der Vaart and Heiko Westermann have officially signed new contracts with the club to stay until 2017.

Diazepamll's avatar Group Diazepamll
5 yearsEdited

Ivo poludi!!!

Good luck mate with new tranfers!

Ivo Iličević

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Pre Season

Pre Season was largely successful with only the defeat coming against Italian giants AS Roma, the highlight was probably the 2-1 win over Sampdoria in the final match. Where we cam from behind to seal a late win after substitute Ivica Olic scored a 92nd minute winner. Before that routine wins over Academica, DSV Leoben, Karpaty, AEK Athens and FC Nantes along with a disappointing 2-2 draw with SKN St Polten, where we twice went behind and needed an 84th minute goal to salvage a draw.

Best Game

Hamburger SV 2-1 Sampdoria

From our perspective that would be the 2-1 win over Sampdoria. After going 1-0 down courtesy of a Luis Muriel, the on loan Brazilian nipped in to flick home a header after a fantastic flicked cross from Eder to give Samp the lead. We fought back with some slick counter attacks, and leveled the scores. Max Beister with the run and cross to set up Rafa Van der Vaart, his shot hit the left upright, but sixteen year old Melvin Krol was on hand to apply the volleyed finish after fifty one minutes. With the scores still level at 1-1 with just three added minutes to play a long ball forward from Gareth Bale's twin Zoltan Stieber. Coda looked like he was about to roll a simple backpass to Sergio Romero, but the pass was terribly weak which allowed Ivica Olic to curl home a brilliant shot into the bottom right corner of the net. I thought this performance was fantastic as it showed we can win games with our backs against the wall, something that I believe we will need to do quite a lot this season and we counter attacked extremely well and that is also a huge part of the new 4-3-3 tactic I have incorporated into the squad.

Worst Game

SKN St Polten 2-2 Hamburger SV

It all went wrong after Petr Jiracek was stretched off in the 2nd minute with a torn hamstring and SKN drew first blood just ten minutes later. Lukas Thuraurer squeezed home a rebound from a Lorenz Begle Free Kick. Ten after that and the scores were level again, from the spot this time. Oliver Pucher hacking down Mohamad Gouadia.The resulting Spot Kick was dispatched by Marcelo Diaz. The 55th minute saw another penalty and another goal, Matthias Ostrzolek with a terribly mistimed tackle from behind on Stefan Herzog which saw our Left Back yellow carded. His mistake was also punished when Daniel Segovia converted from the spot from twelve yards to regain a deserved lead for SKN. With just six minutes of normal time to go Tammo Harder hit the post and the ball bounced out, but was rolled in by Heimo Teifenthaler. The match finished this way and were extremely fortunate to escape with a draw.

Player of Pre Season

From what I've described you wouldn't really be able to guess who my Play of Pre Season is would you? I've decided on Lewis Holtby, as he has pulled the strings in midfield scored twice as he put Captain Van der Vaart to shame.

Surprise Star

After Pierre Lasogga sustained a twisted knee in only the second Pre Season match veteran thirty four year old Ivica Olic lead the line brilliantly with three goals to show that he has still quality in abundance despite being thirty four years of age.
Good update :)

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