|The 2. Bundesliga is very hectic this season. At Bulinews, we will have a weekly column on the competition.|
SV Werder Bremen
After Kicker reported that Bremen and Darmstadt couldn't agree a fee for Markus Anfang, a sharp turn of events has seen Anfang complete the move away from Darmstadt.
Incomings: Kebba Badjie (own U23), Johannes Eggestein (LASK, loan ends), Stefanos Kapino (SV Sandhausen, loan ends), Niklas Schmidt (VfL Osnabrück, loan ends), Thore Jacobsen (1. FC Magdeburg, loan ends).
Departures: Davie Selke (Hertha BSC, loan ends), Niklas Moisander (contract end), Theodor Gebre Selassie (contract end)
FC Schalke 04
When are there not rumors at Schalke? Currently, the Gelsenkirchen club look to sell Amine Harit to help the financial situation, as there is still the chance of a 6-point-deduction. Mark Uth is also reportedly on the move away from the VELTINS-Arena. Schalke have made some of their own moves too, completing five signings including Thomas Ouwejan.
Incomings: Thomas Ouwejan (AZ Alkmaar), Marcin Kaminski (VfB Stuttgart), Victor Palsson (SV Darmstadt 98), Simon Terodde (Hamburger SV), Danny Latza (1. FSV Mainz 05), Markus Schubert (Eintracht Frankfurt, loan ends) , Sebastian Rudy (TSG Hoffenheim, loan ends), Jonas Carls (Vitoria Guimaraes, loan ends), Ozan Kabak (Liverpool FC, loan ends), Ahmed Kutucu (Heracles Almelo, loan ends), Rabbi Matondo (Stoke City, loan ends) , Florian Flick (own U23), Rabbi Matondo (Stoke City, loan ends)
Departures: Jonas Carls (SC Paderborn), Weston McKennie (Juventus Turin, signed after loan), William (VfL Wolfsburg, loan ends), Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal FC, loan ends), Nabil Bentaleb (contract end), Goncalo Paciencia (Eintracht Frankfurt, loan ends), Frederik Rönnow (Eintracht Frankfurt, loan ends), Kilian Ludewig (RB Salzburg, loan ends), Benjamin Stambouli (contract end), Bastian Oczipka (contract end), Alessandro Schöpf (contract end), Shkodran Mustafi (contract end)
After the heartbreak in the relegation-playoffs, Holstein Kiel remain in the second division. According to Kicker, Kiel have made a contract extension offer to current coach Ole Werner. They will lose three important players in the summer, most notably striker Janni Serra to Arminia Bielefeld.
Incomings: Marcel Benger (Borussia Mönchengladbach II), Makana Baku (Warta Posen, loan ends), Lion Lauberbach (FC Hansa Rostock, loan ends), David Atanga (FC Admira Wacker Mödling, loan ends), Daniel Hanslik (1. FC Kaiserslautern , Loan ends), Philipp Sander (SC Verl, loan ends), Timon Weiner (1.FC Magdeburg, loan ends)
Departures: Jae-Sung Lee, Jannik Dehm, Janni Serri (out-of-contract), Dominik Reimann (FC Magdeburg)
A fourth successive season in the 2. Bundesliga looms for HSV and new coach Tim Walter will have an even tougher job on his hands as fierce rivals Werder Bremen join the league.
Incomings: Sebastian Schonlau (SC Paderborn), Xavier Amaechi (Karlsruher SC, loan ends), David Bates (Cercle Brugge, loan ends), Aaron Opoku (SSV Jahn Regensburg, loan ends)
Departures: Aaron Hunt (end of contract), Simon Terodde (FC Schalke 04)
Like many, Fortuna have a new coach for the upcoming season. Christian Preußer is the new man to lead F95 as he signed a contract until summer 2023.
Incomings: Nicklas Shipnoski (1. FC Saabrücken), Felix Klaus (VfL Wolfsburg, signed on after loan), Jamil Siebert (own U19), Daniel Bunk (own U19), Jean Zimmer (1. FC Kaiserslautern, loan ends)
Departures: Alfredo Morales (New York City FC), Kevin Danso (FC Augsburg, loan ends), Luka Krajnc (Frosinone Calcio, loan ends), Brandon Borrello (SC Freiburg, loan ends), Kenan Karaman (contract end), Gökhan Gül ( End of contract), Anton Mitryushkin (end of contract)
A solid campaign from Karlsruhe saw the 1909 German champions finish 6th in the 2. Bundesliga, only ten points off a playoff spot. They may, however, be without main scorer Philipp Hofmann as Hamburger SV reportedly want him to replace Simon Terodde.
Incomings: Leon Jensen (FSV Zwickau), Marvin Pourie (1. FC Kaiserslautern, loan ends)
Departures: Sven Kronemayer (Astoria Walldorf, loan), David Pisot (contract end), Alexander Groiß (contract end), Babacar Gueye (contract end), Kevin Wimmer (Stoke City, loan ends), Xavier Amaechi (Hamburger SV, loan ends), Philip Heise (Norwich City, loan ends), Janis Hanek (end of contract)
SV Darmstadt 98
Markus Anfang will not be at Darmstadt next season and neither will Serdar Dursun. Union Berlin are reportedly leading the race for the 29-year-old, who will be out of contract in the summer.
Incomings: Frank Ronstadt (FC Würzburger Kickers), Philipp Tietz (SV Wehen Wiesbaden), Jannik Müller (Dunajska Streda), Morten Behrens (1. FC Magdeburg), Emir Karic (SCR Altach), Braydon Manu (Hallescher FC, loan ends) , Leon Müller (RW Koblenz, loan ends)
Departures: Victor Palsson (FC Schalke 04), Serdar Dursun (end of contract), Carl Klaus (end of contract), Florian Stritzel (end of contract), Patrick Herrmann (end of contract), Felix Platte (SC Paderborn), Christian Clemens (end of contract), Alexander Vogler ( Contract end), Seung-ho Paik (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC), Immanuel Höhn (contract end), Silas Zehnder (Viktoria Aschaffenburg), Samuele Campo (FC Basel, loan ends), Lars Lukas Mai (FC Bayern Munich, loan ends), Nicolai Rapp (1. FC Union Berlin, loan ends)
1. FC Heidenheim
Frank Schmidt will continue as Heidenheim coach for the 14th consecutive season, last season was a comfortable 8th placed finish for Schmidt's side and further progress will be on the agenda for the Baden-Württemberg team.
Incomings: Patrick Schmidt (SV Sandhausen, loan ends), Jonas Brändle (SG Sonnenhof-Großaspach, loan ends), Gökalp Kilic (SSV Ulm, loan ends), Tim Seifert (own youth), Paul Tschernuth (own youth)
Departures: Diant Ramaj (Eintracht Frankfurt), Marc Schnatterer (end of contract), Tim Kleindienst (KAA Gent, loan ends), Maximilian Thiel (end of contract), Oliver Steurer (end of contract), Kevin Ibrahim (end of contract)
SC Paderborn 07
As a Paderborn fan, it seems impossible not to be excited for the next season because this is going to be a challenging year for the club. Captain Sebastian Schonlau is moving to HSV, Christopher Antwi-Adjei finds his way to VfL Bochum and Arminia Bielefeld take Sebastian Vasiliadis to the SchücoArena. As for the new coach, Lukas Kwasniok takes over from Steffen Baumgart, who will succeed Friedhelm Funkel as FC Köln coach ahead of next season.
Incomings: Jannis Heuer (VfL Wolfsburg II), Jonas Carls (FC Schalke 04), Chris Führich (Borussia Dortmund, was previously on loan), Felix Platte (Darmstadt 98), Marco Schuster (Waldhof Mannheim), Luca Marseiler (SpVgg Unterhaching) , John Iredale (VfL Wolfsburg, II), Rifet Kapic (FC Sheriff, loan ends), Pascal Steinwender (VfB Lübeck, loan ends), Adrian Oeynhausen (RW Ahlen, loan ends), Antony Evans (Crewe Alexandra, loan ends), Jesse Edem Tugbenyo (Sportfreunde Lotte, loan ends), Pascal Steinwender (VfB Lübeck, loan ends)
Departures: Christopher Antwi-Adjei (VfL Bochum), Jayden Bennetts (contract end), Sebastian Schonlau (Hamburger SV), Chima Okoroji (SC Freiburg, loan ends), Svante Ingelsson (Udinese Calcio, loan ends), Chris Führich (Borussia Dortmund, Loan ends), Aristote Nkaka (RSC Anderlecht, loan ends), Chadrac Akolo (SC Amiens, loan ends), Nicolas Bürgy (BSC Young Boys Bern, loan ends), Sebastian Vasiliadis (contract end), Marcel Heller (contract end)
FC St. Pauli
St. Pauli's impressive second half of the season saw 'Kiezkicker' rise from relegation candidates to a comfortable mid-table team. The skill of Rodrigo Zalazar will be no more as the Uruguayan moves back to Eintracht Frankfurt, for coach TImo Schulz it will be about carrying on the late-season form and making St. Pauli a force again.
Incomings: Lars Ritzka (SC Verl), Nikola Vasilj (Zorya Lugansk), Eric Smith (KAA Gent, firmly signed after loan), Marvin Senger (1. FC Kaiserslautern, loan ends), Kevin Lankford (SV Wehen Wiesbaden, loan ends) , Yi-young Park (Türkgücü Munich, loan ends), Jakub Bednarczyk (Zaglebie Lubin, loan ends), Ersin Zehir (VfB Lübeck, loan ends), Maximilian Franzke (1.FC Magdeburg, loan ends)
Departures: Svend Brodersen (end of contract), Florian Carstens (SV Wehen Wiesbaden, permanent change after loan), Leon Flach (Philadelphia Union), Daniel Buballa (end of contract), Ryo Miyaichi (end of contract), Omar Marmoush (VfL Wolfsburg, loan ends), Dejan Stojanovic (FC Middlesbrough, loan ends), Rodrigo Zalazar (Eintracht Frankfurt, loan ends), Tore Reginiussen (end of career)
Rodrigo #Zalazar did not miss a single game this season. He covered the furthest distance, put in the most tackles, scored six goals and gave six assists. Now @RodriZalazar8 is on his way back to @eintracht_eng.#fcsp pic.twitter.com/wz6X4mIMQL— FC St. Pauli English (@fcstpauli_EN) May 26, 2021
1. FC Nürnberg
An average season for the Bavarian's saw the 36-year-old coach Robert Klauß take charge, the former striker led Nürnberg to 11th in the table with help from top-scorer Manuel Schäffler and central-midfielder Johannes Geis who ended up with seven assists. The signature of Christopher Schindler from Huddersfield Town is a big boost for Klauß' side as he gives much-needed promotion experience.
Incomings: Kilian Fischer (Türkgücü Munich), Lino Tempelmann (SC Freiburg, loan), Florian Hübner (1. FC Union Berlin), Mats Möller Daehli (KRC Genk, firmly signed after loan), Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town), Taylan Duman (Borussia Dortmund II), Lukas Schleimer (1. FC Saarbrücken, loan ends)
Departures: Hanno Behrens (end of contract), Lukas Mühl (end of contract), Georg Margreitter (end of contract), Andreas Lukse (end of contract), Iuri Medeiros (SC Braga, firmly signed after loan), Dominik Steczyk (Piast Gliwice, firmly signed after loan), Christian Früchtl (FC Bayern Munich, loan ends), Sarpreet Sing (FC Bayern Munich, loan ends)
FC Erzgebirge Aue
Aue and Dirk Schuster parted ways as the team from Aue-Bad Schlema ended the season in 12th place. Aue haven't yet announced a new coach or any new signings.
Departures: Calogero Rizzuto (end of contract), Louis Samson (end of contract), Kevin Harr (end of contract)
Hannover lose hard-working Genki Haraguchi to Union Berlin and a lot is yet to be decided for new sporting director Robert Schäfer. However, the new coach is decided. Jan Zimmermann has signed a contract until 2023 and will have high expectations under Martin Kind.
Incomings: Sebastian Stolze (Jahn Regensburg), Sebastian Ernst (SpVgg Greuther Fürth), Ron-Robert Zieler (1. FC Köln, loan ends), Leo Weinkauf (MSV Duisburg, loan ends), Tim Walbrecht (SV Wehen Wiesbaden, loan ends )
Departures: Genki Haraguchi (1. FC Union Berlin), Josip Elez (end of contract), Niklas Tarnat (end of contract), Marlon Sündermann (end of contract), Michael Ratajczak (end of career), Kingsley Schindler (1. FC Cologne, loan ends), Jaka Bijol (CSKA Moscow, loan ends)
SSV Jahn Regensburg
Mersad Selimbegovic and Jahn Regensburg were in the thick of the relegation battle last season and they relied on other results to keep them out of the relegation zone after a Matchday 33 2-0 defeat to Sandhausen. In the end, a 3-0 win against St. Pauli sealed their survival, but Jahn were very poor at times and Selimbegovic will need a good start to next season or he could be one of the first coaches out of the door.
Incomings: Aygün Yilderim (SC Verl), Federico Palacios (MSV Duisburg, loan ends)
Departures: Tom Baack (SC Verl, loan), Albion Vrenezi (end of contract), Jan-Marc Schneider (end of contract), Sebastian Stolze (Hannover 96), Oliver Hein (end of career), Aaron Opoku (Hamburger SV, loan ends)
Sandhausen stayed above the water and out of the relegation-playoffs by a single point last season and the pivotal 2-0 win at home to Regensburg kept them afloat. Sandhausen had impressive second-half-of-the-season wins against VfL Osnabrück, Hannover 96 and Jahn Regensburg which means they have a ticket to next season's 2. Bundesliga fairground, but won't have an easy ride as relegation could be a tough reality at the Hardtwaldstadion.
Incomings: Christian Kinsombi (KFC Uerdingen), Anas Ouahim (1. FC Kaiserslautern, loan ends)
Departures: Stefanos Kapino (SV Werder Bremen, loan ends), Patrick Schmidt (1. FC Heidenheim, loan ends), Nikolas Nartey (VfB Stuttgart, loan ends), Diego Contento, Sören Dieckmann, Besar Halimi, Philipp Heerwagen, Philipp Klingmann, Gerrit Nauber, Ivan Paurevic, Alexander Rossipal, Robin Scheu, Emanuel Taffertshofer, Nikos Zografakis (all contracts end)
SG Dynamo Dresden
Dresden are back! The Saxony club won the 3. Liga by four points and return back to the 2. Bundesliga after a season away. The last time that Dresden were promoted back from the 3. Liga was in 2016/17 and they finished 5th.
Incomings: Vasil Kusej (Usti nad Labem, loan ended), Simon Gollnack (Usti nad Labem, loan ended), Phil Harres, Jonas Kühn (own U19)
Departures: Julius Kade (1. FC Union Berlin), Jonathan Meier (1. FSV Mainz 05, loan ended), Marvin Stefaniak (VfL Wolfsburg, loan ended), Leroy Kwadwo, Niklas Kreuzer, Justin Löwe, Marco Hartmann, Stefan Kiefer, Maximilian Großer (all contracts end)
🖤💛 WIR. ZUSAMMEN. MEISTER! 🖤💛— SG Dynamo Dresden (@DynamoDresden) May 22, 2021
Mit einem 1:0-Auswärtssieg beim SV Wehen Wiesbaden krönt sich die Sportgemeinschaft am letzten Spieltag der Saison 2020/21 zum Meister der 3. Liga. 🏆 👉 https://t.co/kX3MHgAfkQ #SVWWSGD #sgd1953 pic.twitter.com/Alo0e1VJET
FC Hansa Rostock
Hansa are back in Germany's second division for the first time since 2011/12 as a barren run in the 3. Liga finally comes to an end for the Eastern Germany team. They are led by Jens Härtel who was most famously was the Magdeburg coach for four years.
Incomings: Michel Ulrich (Berliner AK, loan ended), Theo Martens (own U19)
Departures: Paul Wiese (Virginia Cavs, previously loaned to Bonner SC), Lion Lauterbach (Holstein Kiel, loan ended), Max Reinthaler, Nils Butzen, Korbinian Vollmann, Erik Engelhardt, Philip Türpitz (all contracts end)
FC Ingolstadt 04
Ingolstadt did it the hard way in the relegation-playoffs for the third consecutive season, but this time they were successful with a 4-3 aggregate win over VfL Osnabrück. They return back to the 2. Bundesliga for the first time since 2018/19.
Incomings: Maximilian Wolfram (FSV Zwickau, loan ended)
As for the relegated sides, 3 are out as Würzburger Kickers and Eintracht Braunschweig are down in their first season back and VfL Osnabrück make way for Ingolstadt.
The 2. Bundesliga is set for possibly the best season the league has ever witnessed. Big names Schalke 04 and Werder Bremen join Hamburger SV to try get themselves back to the big-time again. Reminder: only two clubs are promoted automatically and there is absolutely no guarantee that the big clubs will dominate. You can follow the 2. Bundesliga on Bulinews as there will be weekly columns on the site. Bulinews is the perfect place to keep up-to-date with Germany's second division.
All transfer data found from the Official 2. Bundesliga website.