Der Rothosen – Back in Europe!

Welcome back to my journey with HSV! I had left you with Der Rothosen in 3rd position heading into the winter break and looking to secure a Chamipions League spot for the first time in nearly a decade. Did we do it? Or did we have to settle for an Europa League spot? Read on … Continue reading Der Rothosen – Back in Europe!

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Der Rothosen – Transfer window roundup

After yet another disappointing season, there wasn't much buzz surrounding HSV in the run up to the new Bundesliga season. The media and fans alike didn't expect much more than mid-table mediocrity but the board wanted better. A top half finish was the target and an outside push for an European spot was quietly being spoken about in the corridors of Volksparkstadion. We were definitely capable of securing a mid-table spot, but for Europe, we needed to chop and change a bit. We had a 5m budget and wanted to bring in a couple of Center backs, a full back and a midfielder which meant that we had to rise quite a bit of funds.

The rise of die Rothosen

As I had mentioned in a tweet a couple of days ago, my new save starts in Germany with one of the oldest clubs in German football - Hamburger SV. I had started the save unemployed and was turned down by a couple of clubs before I landed the HSV job right after the turn of the year. die Rothosen were 16th in the league table when I took over. As you might know, HSV are the only club in German football to have never been relegated since the inception of the Bundesliga and that record was under real threat this season. Previous head coach Markus Gisdol was sacked after barely 6 months as he lost 10 of his 19 matches in charge leaving the club in a precarious situation. That's where I came in..