A Thursday morning recap of Wednesday’s 1. FC Köln news, in brief:
Transfer Rumor: Ankaras Radosav
The life-span of a transfer rumor can be painfully short these days thanks to social media.
As seen above, (awesome) football-information website Transfermarkt.de tweeted that Serbian midfielder Ankaras Radosav of Genclerbirligi Ankara of the Turkish Süper Lig was on the verge of a winter transfer to the Effzeh.
The official Twitter account of the 1. FC Köln had a pithy and humorous public response to the news, by thanking Transfermarkt for the information and saying it was “good to know.”
Does that mean there is zero truth to the rumor? Of course not. Nor does the fact that Stöger was unaware of the player when asked about Radosav . . . nor does Schmadtke’s denial of submitting a bid for him.
Even so, until there is something more to this, I’m going to refrain from learning more and sharing about the player in question. Sorry.
But don’t let me stop you if you’re the sort to chase down transfer rumors. Find his Transfermarkt profile here.
The Return of Christian Clemens?
He won’t be the first person to have suggested it, but Dirk Lottner has the pedigree (96 matches for the Effzeh, fan favorite, team captain, etc.) to get his suggestion that the 1. FC Köln bring Christian Clemens back from FC Schalke, where he’s seen little playing time, in the newspapers.
In the Express account, Lottner points out that Clemens is “fast” and “single-minded” player with deep local ties, including the presence of younger brother Michael in the 1. FC Köln youth ranks.
Stöger ponders starting eleven possibilities
According to ksta.de, Stöger is planning changes to his team Saturday, both due to player availability and form.
- With Matthias Lehmann being described as “and extension of my arm,” expect Matzelinho to start.
- Yannick Gerhardt’s “great game” and “very good body language” against Augsburg increases likelihood he will play as well, even with Lehmann having returned.
- Daniel Halfar had a one-to-one meeting with Stöger to discuss his form. The coach says he is taking his removal from the squad well.
Stöger and Schmadtke talk team status in Kicker
Just because the coach and the sporting director aren’t panicked, doesn’t mean they don’t realize the situation has gotten dimmer recently. In fact, it should serve as a reminder that the duo had been saying all along that their fight was going to be near the bottom of the table. Some quotes from a piece on kicker.de:
- Schmadtke on the club potentially sliding to the bottom of the table:
It’s not a problem. Promoted sides don’t usually hang out down there only after fifteen matches. Usually it happens much earlier. The courses taken by Paderborn and Köln are not those of a promoted club. Neither of us have been down there even once.
- Stöger on the realistic long-term goal for his team and the hopes for short-term achievement:
We need to keep 15th place always within view. If we have reached it after the 34th match day, then everything is good . . . We now want to create a situation that we can go into the winter break with a good feeling.
- Schmadtke on the competitiveness of the Effzeh, despite the recent run of results:
We are nowhere near completely sunk. We lost the matches against Berlin and Augsburg in the last minute. In Leverkusen, after nearly 80 minutes, the score stood at 1:2.
Simon Zoller, Marcel Risse, and Kazuki Nagasawa available
Express.de has all three players as being available for use Saturday in Gelsenkirchen, leaving Patrick Helmes as the last remaining player on the roster unavailable due to injury.
You can pick your own starting eleven on the website’s team-selection toy, share with your friends, and see how you compare with what actually happens. It is all in German, but intuitive enough that you can make a team, even if your German skills begin and end at “Kölle Alaaf!”
Vote for the Player of the Month
The EA Sports player of the month, that is.
Click here and you’ll be able to vote for Pawel Olkowski, Matthias Lehmann, or Dusan Svento for the November award.
Anthony Ujah, Jonas Hector, and Kevin Vogt are this season’s prior winners.
Seasonal Affective Disorder Assistance
Everyone is impacted differently by the shorter days of winter. For us football fans, it’s compounded when the Effzeh goes missing for several weeks on break.
Some say exercise can help boost spirits. So, with that in mind, allesfuediemeisterschaft (everything for the championship) has put together a playlist of upbeat dance music to which you might consider dancing the winter (break) blues away.
Because, let’s face it, English football and college (American) football bowl season just doesn’t quite get it done.
Former Effzeh in Europa League
Mato Jajalo and HNK Rijeka (Croatia) lost 1:0 at Sevilla today, leaving them third in Europa League Group G.
Bruno Nascimento’s club, Estoril Praia (Portugal), used an 87th minute to earn a 1:1 split in Greece to keep Panathinaikos without a win and at the bottom of the table in the Group E. Estoril, which finished third, had already been eliminated from a knockout-stage slot.
Tobias Schmidt: from Effzeh to Schalke
After twelve years helping the 1. FC Köln handle their media operations, Tobias Schmidt departed to become the Head of Club media for Schalke 04. Stefan Kühlborn interviewed Schmidt for Effzeh.com.
Schmidt says his heart will be split when his current employer and former club face-off Saturday.
Quite honestly, you can’t just take twelve years off like an old shirt, nor would I want to” explains Schmidt. “My heart still beats for the FC as it did before, but Schalke has also managed to seize me in a short amount of time.
On Saturday, it may not be ‘FC Jeff Jas,’ but more like ‘Et jitt kei Wood.’
Your want more from Schmidt, use Google Translate and the link I provided. If you want more explanation of the second part of his quote . . . that’ll take some doing.
Our Japanese Twitter channels knows what Bundesliga fans in Japan will be looking to see come Saturday.