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1. FC Magdeburg: A Rising In The East

Once the fleeting jewel in the crown of East German football, political change and the reorganisation of German football left this once triumphant club languishing in the depths of German football. Now they are on their way back!
Started on 23 October 2017 by mgriffin2012
Latest Reply on 13 February 2018 by Plumps
The graphics are very clean looking and the fonts work great with the colors. Also great start man
Just love every inch of detail in your updates
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3 yearsEdited


Christian Beck: “We Need To Keep Getting Better”

27 July 2017

- Striker confident that Magdeburg can push for promotion this year
- Has scored 3 goals in first two league games this season
- Believes Magdeburg can and will still improve

Speaking to Telekom sport last night, 1. FC Magdeburg forward Christian Beck said he was confident that Magdeburg needed to continue to improve if they were to successfully challenge for promotion to the 2. Bundesliga this season. The forward did retain the belief that his side would, after securing a second successive victory to start their season, but also said that after two near misses in the last two seasons, now was the time for the former European Cup Winners Cup Champions to take the final step and secure their place in next season’s 2. Bundesliga table.

Fresh off the back of a comfortable 3-1 victory over VfL Osnabruck, a side that were tipped by many in the media to be a potential rival for promotion for Magdeburg, Beck said that the team’s performance in their second game of the season was very measured and was exactly what was needed against a team that on another day could have been a lot more dangerous.

26.07.17, 21:30 Christian Beck: “Tonight we performed very well especially for the first away game of the season where we weren’t fancied by many and especially against a side that was being heavily tipped to be rivalling us for promotion this year. But I thought we were very good forward and we caused them a lot of problems. That is the type of performance we need to keep producing in this league if we are to really push for promotion and obviously as the season goes on we will need to continue improving otherwise we will be left behind but the way this team is set up and with the work the manager and the coaching staff are putting in behind the scenes I am confident we will improve and we will be able to put together a consistent run of form that puts us where we want to be, at the top end of the table.”

It was Beck who scored Magdeburg’s second goal of the night in the 12th minute as he was able to sweep home Philip Turpitz’s cross, to register his third goal of the season, after scoring both goals against Sonnenhof-Grossaspach at the weekend as Magdeburg ran out 2-0 victors at the MDCC Arena. Against Osnabruck though the goals came early as Magdeburg went at their hosts straight from the off, rather than the more slower build up play that had seen them go into half time at 0-0 on Saturday and Beck went on to say:
26.07.17, 21:35 Christian Beck: “Obviously it’s great for me to keep scoring goals because there is no better way to help the team as a striker, but I think we saw tonight the team hit Osnabruck hard because we went at them and were in their faces straight away with our style of play and it really caused them problems that they just couldn’t handle. I am confident in my own ability to keep sweeping up crosses if they’re being delivered so hopefully the goals will continue to come and we’ll continue to keep getting positive results.”


MJK46: Thanks man, took forever to get it all ready and it’s still not done! Yeah it’s looking good going into competitive football

OMGItsToddzy: Thanks man, glad you’re enjoying it! :D

Last Update: #8 Pre-Season Catch Up
Next Update: #10 July Catch Up
Beck is going to be a big help this season I feel
Great to hear of two wins to start the season, Beck is producing some good stuff as well it appears. Just got to keep it going.
Great start, keep it going! Magdeburg is certainly a club that deserves some higher division football
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3 yearsEdited

Magdeburg’s life under Christopher Steegmann got under way at the tail end of July as they overcame Sonnenhof-Grossaspach on Matchday 1 with two goals from Christian Beck as the side followed up on where they left off by avoiding conceding and winning the tie comfortably. A tie that was billed as a potential trip hazard followed as Magdeburg visited supposed promotion rival VfL Osnabruck, before overcoming their opponents 3-1 thanks to two goals from Philip Turpitz and another strike from Christian Beck. Nico Hammann’s stunning free kick then helped Magdeburg to a comfortable 2-0 win over Lotte on Matchday 3 as Magdeburg ended their first group of fixtures with three wins from three and on top of the 3. Liga.


MJK46: He is going to have a HUGE part to play in this campaign

ScottT: Yeah it’s been a brilliant start to the campaign, Beck just needs to keep putting the ball in the back of the net!

TNFM: Thanks mate, everything about the club atm is crying out for 2. Bundesliga football!

Last Update: #9 Christian Beck: “We Need To Keep Getting Better”
Next Update: #11 Hamburg Ease To Win At Magdeburg
Big result against Osnabrück but big games against Paderborn and Rostock are waiting. Hopefully you can keep the form alive against them as well.
Fantastic start to life at Magdeburg! :)
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3 yearsEdited


Hamburg Ease To Win At Magdeburg

12 August 2017

- Bundesliga side showcase extra quality to dump 3. Liga side out of competition
- Alexander Brunst the shining light for Magdeburg in goal
- Andre Hahn’s penalty seals place in second round for HSV

In the first round of the DFB-Pokal, Bundesliga side Hamburg earnt a place in the Second Round with a comfortable victory over 3. Liga side Magdeburg, showing the extra quality and the differences between the two sides. Despite not kicking off their Bundesliga campaign for another week, Hamburg proved that quality will usually win over, especially as Magdeburg have now played 5 games in the 3. Liga, having won them all. Markus Gisdol’s side will now look to next week’s opening Bundesliga game full of confidence after beating a side that is/was in form whilst Christopher Steegmann’s Magdeburg will look to next week’s meeting with Paderborn as a chance to get back in to the swing of winning ways by extending their perfect start to the 3. Liga campaign.

It was more than likely never going to be Magdeburg’s priority this season to go deep into the competition, but despite this Steegmann named a strong starting XI at the MDCC Arena, and a line up not to dissimilar to the side that has taken Magdeburg to such a good start to the league, but ultimately, with Markus Gisdol naming a near full strength XI too, Hamburg utilised their extra quality to their full advantage. Alexander Brunst, in the Magdeburg goal was in fine form though, keeping out Andre Hahn and Filip Kostic with two fine saves early on as Magdeburg’s defence from the get go looked shaky against a stronger team than they have been using to facing week in week out in the 3. Liga.

Despite Brunst’s initial brilliance in the home sides goal, Filip Kostic managed to give HSV the lead after 21 minutes as Gotoku Sakai’s whipped cross found the Serbian winger, who with his back to goal initially, managed to run round his marker before firing a low effort powerfully across Brunst’s goal and into the far corner to cap a brilliant effort and break the Magdeburg resistance. Hamburg started to pour more men forward as the home sides resistance had been built on a confidence which had clearly been broken, the visitors started looking more deadly in front of goal. The second goal did come before half time as Lewis Holtby’s corner was floated into the penalty area, finding Mergim Mavraj whose powerful header gave Brunst no chance in the goal and ensured that Hamburg went in at half time 2-0 ahead and seemingly on course for a place in Round 2.

When, after the break, Nils Butzen then bought down Nicolai Muller with a cynical foul in the penalty area, it was Andre Hahn who stepped up to score the decisive spot kick that sealed a 3-0 win for the Bundesliga side. From then on it became a case of damage limitation for Magdeburg and they were successful in keeping the scoreline down and as the clock ticked down, their match fitness started to come through as they poured more men forward in search of a consolation and had chances to register on the scoresheet, with Florian Pick coming closest as his header hit the crossbar. Ultimately though it was too little too late for the hosts as Hamburg eased into the second round, leaving Magdeburg’s participation in the competition over for another season.

Post Match Reaction

12.08.17, 17:45 Markus Gisdol: “We are obviously very happy to have got the victory. They are a good side that are doing well in their division at the moment and that meant that today it wasn’t going to be easy for us. We’ve done well to pick up the win today though and all round I am very happy with my sides performance. Defensively we looked very strong and we created enough chances to score a few more goals too. We’ll turn our attentions back to the Bundesliga now but today is a good day.”

12.08.17, 18:00 Christopher Steegmann: “Naturally we are very disappointed not to have put on a better show and got a better result for this team but I am still proud of my teams performance tonight. For 20 minutes we managed to keep them out but ultimately it took that one moment with a little bit more quality to break us down and that is what you would expect from Hamburg. They’re performing at a level we are aspiring to be at and hopefully in the years to come we’ll be able to give Hamburg and the other Bundesliga sides a bit more of a run for their money.”


TheN1886: Huge win against Osnabruck but next month is full of big games that will test how much progress we’ve really made and hopefully we’ll be able to get the results we’re after

ScottT: Things are definitely moving in the right direction

Last Update: #10 July Catch Up
Next Update: #12 Magdeburg To Take Fine Form Into Derby Double Header
Damn I thought you would have destroyed Hamburg as they suck
Unlucky `going out in the cup but some good league results
So well written I love it, good stuff
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3 yearsEdited

Magdeburg’s players celebrate as they beat bitter rivals Hallescher 1-0 at the MDCC Arena last season

Magdeburg To Take Fine Form Into Derby Double Header

23 August 2017

- Magdeburg set to take on rivals Hallescher and Hansa Rostock in next two league games
- Christopher Steegmann’s side sit top of the 3. Liga after 6 games
- Second placed Chemnitzer FC currently 5 points off the pace

Heading into the final weekend of August, 1. FC Magdeburg sit top of the fledgling 3. Liga table having accumulated 16 points from their first possible 18 in the league. The sides first 6 games have seen them meet sides such as VfL Osnabruck, Wehen Wiesbaden and Preussen Munster, three sides tipped to be competing for at least a Play Off place in the division this season, but Christopher Steegmann’s side have risen to the challenge and beaten all three sides, with Paderborn being the only team to take points off the former European Cup Winners Cup Champions. With Magdeburg now being billed as potential promotion candidates their next two fixtures will perhaps be their biggest and most difficult of Steegmann’s reign as they meet bitter rivals Hallescher and Hansa Rostock in back to back fixtures.

What has been the key to Magdeburg’s early season success though? If Christopher Steegmann is to be believed, hard work is the key ingredient with the manager accrediting his side with the title of the hardest working side in the division. The stats definitely favour this title, with Magdeburg the best side at keeping the ball in the 3. Liga having kept an average of 59.17% of possession across their 6 games so far, the best pass completion ratio in the league at 81% whilst having made 180 tackles in the league so far this season. Steegmann likes his side to press their opponents and keep the ball once they have won it back which is backed up by the stats, whilst the manager isn’t afraid to tell his wide players, Philip Turpitz and Tobias Schwede at the start of the season, but who has been replaced by Florian Pick of late, to run at their defenders, resulting in Magdeburg averaging 13 dribbles per game, also the highest of any team in the division.

In Christian Beck, Magdeburg also boast the highest goalscorer in the league with the target man having scored 6 goals, with Steegmann adjusting Magdeburg’s approach to suit the man who has kept summer signing Felix Lohkemper out of the side so far this season. With a 50% shot on target ratio, Beck is averaging a goal every 60 minutes so far this season and looks the deadliest forward in the league and looks more than likely to better his tally of 17 goals in 36 appearances in the division last season. Philip Turpitz has been an outstanding summer signing, averaging a 7.93 so far this season, receiving 3 Man of the Match awards, laying on 3 goals for his team, but it is his direct runs that cause problems for the opposition.

Defensively the side look strong too with full backs Nils Butzen and Michel Niemeyer restricting themselves to not pushing too high up the pitch, meaning that the central defensive pairing isn’t left too exposed. Alexander Brunst is a more than capable keeper at this level, having kept 4 clean sheets in Magdeburg’s 6 games, whilst looking more than comfortable against higher class opposition as he produced some stunning saves in the DFB-Pokal against Hamburg little over a week ago, in what would be Magdeburg’s only defeat under Christopher Steegmann in his 7 games in charge.

In Hallescher FC, Magdeburg will meet a side under Rico Schmidt who has steadied the ship at the club and established the side as a steady mid table side in the 3. Liga, however that doesn’t take away from the rivalry between the two sides, evidenced by the mass celebrations at the end of Magdeburg’s 1-0 victory at the MDCC Arena in the corresponding fixture last season. Hansa Rostock though are looking at promotion so far this season, sitting second in the 3. Liga, 5 points behind Magdeburg and looking to gain some ground on their rivals going into the game at the Ostseestadion on August 29th. Magdeburg though will go into both games as favourites after such a good start and come the end of the season you wouldn’t bet against the league leaders having bragging rights over both rivals.


MJK46: Yeah I was quietly confident heading into the game, it’s unfortunate but just means we’ve got the season now to concentrate on the 3. Liga

OMGItsToddzy: Yeah disappointing to be knocked out but a straight run for promotion now

Aaron: Thanks man, really enjoying writing it atm so glad it’s being enjoyed :D

Last Update: #11 Hamburg Ease To Win At Magdeburg
Next Update: #13 August Catch Up
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3 yearsEdited

As the 3. Liga campaign hit full flow in August, Magdeburg continued their solid start with a 2-0 victory over Wehen Wiesbaden as Christian Beck scored another early goal with Philip Turpitz completing the win before Preussen Munster were overcome with a tight 1-0 victory. Christopher Steegmann then tasted defeat for the first time as Magdeburg manager as Bundesliga side Hamburg SV visited the MDCC Arena for the First Round of the DFB-Pokal, easing to a 3-0 victory as Magdeburg were shown the increase in quality they would need to compete at the top tier. A 1-1 draw with Paderborn where Magdeburg were saved by Christian Beck’s penalty suggested a hangover from the DFB-Pokal defeat, before Magdeburg rediscovered their form by beating local rivals Hallescher FC and Hansa Rostock 3-1 with the in form Christian Beck scoring 4 goals across the two games to leave Magdeburg 8 points clear of the 3. Liga after only 8 games.

Last Update: #12: Magdeburg To Take Fine Form Into Derby Double Header
Next Update: #14 Magdeburg Dealt Philip Turpitz Blow

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