Peru Copa America striker PAOLO GUERRERO (left), the 27-year-old who began his professional career with the Bayern Munich reserve team in the Regionalliga Sued before going on to score 10 goals in 27 Bundesliga games over two seasons for the senior Bavarian side prior ahead of a transfer to die Rothosen in the summer of 2006, and Germany World Cup reserve midfielder MARCELL JANSEN, who notched a goal for Deutschland in their 3-2 defeat of Uruguay in the 3rd Place Match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in South Africa, are just two of the experienced internationals on the books this season for trainer Michael Oenning and SV HAMBURG.
SV HAMBURG, the only German club that has been ever present in the Bundesliga since it started play in 1963, enter the third round match with Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in Bavaria still in search of an initial victory in the top flight this 2011/12 season; an opening day loss to defending champion Borussia Dortmund and a draw last week with newly-promoted SC Hertha Berlin leave the “Bundesliga Dinosaur” with just one point in the standings.
Czech Republic international JAROSLAV DROBNY is the new first choice since this summer’s departure of veteran Germany international FRANK ROST to the New York Red Bull of Major League Soccer in the United States. The veteran 31-year-old Drobny made 97 appearances over three seasons for SC Hertha Berlin but only played in five matches for SV Hamburg last term after transferring from the German capital the preceding summer. Drobny, who has 121 appearances in the German top flight to date, originally made his Bundesliga debut for Vfl Bochum in January of 2007 after a loan move from English Premier League club Fulham Athletic.
Die Rothosen have sold Holland World Cup defender JORIS MATHIJSEN to Spanish La Liga outfit CF Malaga for a reported 2.5 million Euros but SV Hamburg did acquire two young defenders from English Premier League side FC Chelsea — 23-year-old rearguard MICHAEL MANCIENNE, who made 30 appearances for the England U-21 national side and spent last term out on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers, is also reported to have cost 2.5 million Euros while youthful Holland international JEFFREY BRUMA has arrived on loan from the London club.
SV Hamburg, who have already conceded five goals in their first two Bundesliga matches, will look to a pair of Germany international defenders, DENNIS AOGO and HEIKO WESTERMANN, to stabilize the backline which includes another youngster, DENNIS DIEKMEIER, in Bavaria.
SV Hamburg’s well-traveled Czech Republic international JAROSLAV DROBNY was on the books with FC Panionis Athens in Greece, Fulham Athletic of London in England as well as ADO Den Haag in the Netherlands before initially appearing in the Bundesliga with Vfl Bochum in late January of 2007.
SV Hamburg peddled Burkina Faso international midfielder JONATHAN PITROIPA to French Ligue 1 side FC Rennes for 3.0 million Euros while aging Brazil international ZE ROBERTO went to SC Al Gharafa in Qatar and Germany World Cup reserve midfielder PIOTR TROCHOWSKI left for Spanish La Liga side FC Sevilla, both on free transfers.
In response, die Rothosen signed youthful Turkey international midfielder GOKHAN TOERE — yet another player taken on from successful English club FC Chelsea — for the transfer fee of 1.3 million Euros as well as 24-year-old Norway international midfielder PER SKJELBRED from BK Rosenborg Trondheim at the cost of 500,000 Euros.
SV Hamburg reportedly did reject a hefty bid from Italian Serie A giant FC Juventus of Turn for Holland World Cup winger ELJERO ELIA, the 24-year-old who has scored seven Bundesliga goals in 50 career games to date since arriving from Dutch club FC Twente Enschede in the summer of 2009.
Elia and Toere are the only two midfielders to have featured in the Hamburg Startelf the first two rounds in the Bundesliga as trainer Michael Oenning has shuffled his line-up. A pair of World Cup participants, Germany’s MARCELL JANSEN and Serbia’s GOJKO KACAR, are available for duty as is 23-year-old Venezuela international TOMAS RINCON. Oenning may look to the experience of 32-year-old Czech Republic international DAVID JAROLIM, who made his Bundesliga debut several years ago with Bayern Munich before transferring to 1.FC Nuremburg in the summer of 2000.
SV Hamburg captain HEIKO WESTERMANN (right), the 28-year-old defender who has earned 24 caps and scored three goals for Germany thus far in his career, concentrates on the ball in front of Borussia Dortmund’s attack-minded Japan international midfielder SHINJI KAGAWA during the Bundesliga opener on August 5th at Signal Iduna Park in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Croatia international MLADEN PETRIC is the man to whom SV Hamburg looks for goals; the 30-year-old striker, who also had a successful year with Borussia Dortmund previously, has registered 31 goals from 73 Bundesliga games for die Rothosen the past three seasons entering the 2011/12 campaign.
Hamburg SV are hoping for big things from teenager HEUNG-MIN SON, the 19-year old South Korea international who has already struck for his first goal of the new season last week against SC Hertha Berlin.
Sweden international MARCUS BERG has returned to SV Hamburg after a year on loan in the Dutch first division with PSV Eindhoven. The 25-year-old striker, who tallied four goals in 30 Bundesliga games for HSV two years ago, scored eight goals in 25 Eredivisie contests with PSV last term. Berg, however, has yet to appear in either of die Rothosen’s first two matches to start this season.
Peru international attacker PAOLO GUERRERO, who has scored 31 goals in 111 career matches for SV Hamburg since transferring from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2006, reportedly did not make the trip to Bavaria this year.
A couple of names familiar to Bayern Munich fans in the photo, then, as Croatia international stirker MLADEN PETRIC (10) of SV Hamburg successfully slots his spot kick past the youthful SC Hertha Berlin goalkeeper THOMAS KRAFT while visiting midfielder ANDREAS OTTL (8) observes the proceedings during the 2-2 Bundesliga draw last Saturday at the former Volksparkstadion in the north German port city of Hamburg.
gk – Wolfgang HESL ————————————— SV Ried (Austria)
df – Michael MANCIENNE – England ———— FC Chelsea (Eng)
df – Jeffrey BRUMA – Holland int’l —————- FC Chelsea (Eng)
mf – Gokhan TOERE – Turkey int’l —————- FC Chelsea (Eng)
mf – Jacopo SCALA – Italy —————————– FC Chelsea (Eng)
mf – Mickael TAVARES – Senegal int’l ———– FC Middlesborough (Eng)
mf – Per SKJELBRED – Norway int’l ————– BK Rosenborg Trondheim (Nor)
fw – Marcus BERG – Sweden int’l ——————– PSV Eindhoven (Hol)
(Hesl and Tavares had been out on loan last season)
gk – Frank ROST – Germany int’l ———————— to New York Red Bull (MLS)
gk – Wolfgang HESL ——————————————– to Dynamo Dresden
df – Joris MATHIJSEN – Holland int’l —————- to CF Malaga (Spa)
df – Collin BENJAMIN – Namibia int’l —————- to TSV 1860 Munich
df – David ROZEHNAL – Czech int’l ——————– to OSC Lille (Fra)
df – ALEX SILVA – Brazil ———————————— to CR Flamengo (Brz)
mf – ZE ROBERTO – Brazil int’l ————————— to SC Al Gharafa (Qatar)
mf – Piotr TROCHOWSKI – Germany int’l ———- to FC Sevilla (Spa)
mf – Jonathan PITROPIA – Burkina Faso int’l —– to FC Rennes (Fra)
fw – Ruud VAN NISTELROOY – Holland int’l —— to CF Malaga (Spa)
fw – E.M. CHOUPO-MOTING – Cameroon int’l — to FSV 05 Mainz
fw – Tunay TORUN – Turkey int’l ———————– to SC Hertha Berlin
(Rozehnal had been out on loan for the season to French Ligue 1 side OSC Lille, Alex Silva had been out on loan to Brazilian club FC Sao Paulo since January of 2010)
Will the Son shine once more against Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga at the Allianz Arena on Saturday? … 19-year-old South Korea international striker HEUNG-MIN SON, who recorded three goals in 13 games for die Rothosen after promotion from the reserve side last season, scored both of SV Hamburg’s goals during the 2-1 defeat of Bayern Munich at the 2011 Audi Cup in Mainz earlier this summer.