Senegal international striker PAPISS CISSE recently saw his German Bundesliga employers with whom he has a contract until 2014, Baden-Wuerttemberg-based side SC Freiburg, reject an insufficient bid from English Premier League club Newcastle United and will be in Bavaria to face table-toppers Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.
The continued goal-scoring of Senegal international PAPISS CISSE will be absolutely critical to whatever success SC FREIBURG may enjoy in the German top flight this season. The prolific 26-year-striker has already produced 32 goals in 52 Bundesliga matches since arriving from French second division side FC Metz in December of 2009. Included in that total for Cisse are four goals in the first four games of this 2010-11 season.
SC Freiburg established a new club record for the purchase of a single player this off-season summer in a bid to strenghten the attack. 25-year-old Mali international striker GARRA DEMBELE was bought from Bulgarian side PFC Levski Sofia for 2.2 million Euros club after scoring 26 goals in 24 domestic league games last season. Dembele, who began his career in France with AJ Auxerre reserves, has also spent time with clubs in Denmark and Greece.
29-year-old veteran STEFAN REISINGER signed in July of 2009 from SpVgg Greuther Fuerth and has partnered Cisse in attack for SC Freiburg the past two Bundesliga matches; it will be interesting to see how many forwards visiting SC Freiburg, whose all-time leading goal-scorer in club history is current Germany national team trainer JOACHIM LOEW, deploys against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
Out of favor with SC Freiburg’s new trainer MARCUS SORG at the moment is Japan World Cup striker KISHO YANO, who scored no goals in 15 Bundesliga matches last season signing from J-League side Albirex Niigata and has yet to make a first team appearance this term.
Democratic Republic of Congo international midfielder CEDRIC MAKIADI (right) of SC Freiburg, who finished as joint top scorer in the 2.Bundesliga with 16 goals for MSV Duisburg during the 2008-09 campaign, competes for the ball with Borussia Moenchengladbach midfielder ROMAN NEUSTAEDTER during the Bundesliga match last May at Borussia Park.
Slovakia World Cup winger ERIK JENDRISEK, who was signed from Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen in exchange for 900,000 Euros last January, is beginning his sixth campaign of German football. The 24-year-old made his first appearance with the Startelf this season and scored his very first Bundesliga goal for SC Freiburg in the 3-0 victory over visiting Vfl Wolfsburg at the Dreisamstadion a couple of weeks ago. Jendrisek, who has earned 29 caps and scored three goals for his country, did appear as a substitute in Slovakia’s disastrous 4-0 loss at home to Armenia in the European Championships earlier this week.
Democratic Republic of Congo international midfielder CEDRIC MAKIADI, the 27-year-old who failed to net even once despite appearing in all 34 Bundesliga matches last season, is off to a fast start and already has scored two goals in SC Freiburg’s first four contests this term. 23-year-old JOHANNES FLUM, who registered SC Freiburg’s 500th goal in the Bundesliga last January, is a fixture in the middle of the park for Sorg. 26-year-old JULIAN SCHUSTER operates in a defensive role just in front of the backline.
Morocco international midfielder YACINE ABDESSADKI, the 30-year-old who has been with the Bresigau Brasilianer since departing French side Racing Strasbourg in the summer of 2008, started the first three games of this new Bundesliga season for SC Freiburg before being benched against Vfl Wolfsburg. 23-year-old midfielder DANIEL CALIGIURI has come on as a substitute in the last three matches after appearing with SC Freiburg’s Startelf in the opener against FC Augsburg. 24-year-old Belarus international ANTON PUTSILA, who has earned 24 caps and scored four goals for his country, is another option in midfield.
Out injured has been one-time Germany U-21 international midfielder JAN ROSENTHAL, the 25-year-old who was SC Freiburg’s second-leading scorer in the Bundesliga last season with five goals from 22 games.
SC Freiburg defensive midfielder JULIAN SCHUSTER, who has been with the Baden-Wuerttemberg club since the summer of 2008 following a move from Vfb Stuttgart, battles for the ball along the touchline with FC Augsburg midfielder AXEL BELLINGHAUSEN (8) during the early August Bundesliga match at the SGL Arena in Bavaria.
Sorg is, at present, having to deal with serious manpower issues at the back in Baden-Wuerttemberg. Visiting SC Freiburg will again be without its club captain against Bayern Munich on Saturday as 31-year-old left fullback HEIKO BUTSCHER is also on the injury shelf. Bosnia / Herzegovina international MENSUR MUJDZA, the right fullback who has missed the last two Bundesliga matches for the Bresigau Brasilianer, will have to pass a late fitness test.
31-year-old Czech PAVEL KRMAS appeared in just six Bundesliga games last term but has started the last three matches for SC Freiburg at centerback. Meanwhile, 28-year-old Romania international midfielder MAXIMILIAN NICU featured at right back versus Vfl Wolfsburg and drew praise for his work. The anchor so far for SC Freiburg has been 31-year-old veteran OLIVER BARTH, the former Stuttgart Kickers and Fortuna Dusseldorf defender who scored a fine goal against Vfl Wolfsburg.
SC Freiburg pocketed 3.0 million Euros with the summer sale of youthful defender OMER TOPRAK to Bayer Leverkusen and just recently peddled DANIEL WILLIAMS, who started at right back in the 5-3 loss to Werder Bremen earlier this season, to Bundesliga club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for 200,000 Euros; Switzerland international BEG FERATI was signed on a free transfer from two-time defending Super League champion FC Basel, but the 24-year-old defender has yet to make his Bundesliga debut.
21-year-old OLIVER BAUMANN firmly established himself as first choice between the sticks for SC Freiburg by appearing in 30 Bundesliga matches last season. The current backup, 26-year-old MANUEL SALZ, has exactly three career Bundesliga games to his credit. The previous Nummer Eins, 26-year-old Frenchman SIMON POUPLIN, was released this summer.
Germany U-21 international goalkeeper OLIVER BAUMANN of SC Freiburg comes off his line to confront Borussia Dortmund’s Poland international striker ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI (7) during the Bundesliga match at Signal Iduna Park in North Rhine-Westphalia.
gk – Daniel BATZ —————————————– fr 1.FC Nuremburg
df – Beg FERATI – Switz int’l ———————– fr FC Basel (Switz)
mf – Ivica BANOVIC – Croatia int’l ————– fr MSV Duisburg
fw – Garra DEMBELE – Mali int’l —————– fr PFC Levski Sofia (Bul)
(Banovic had been out on loan at MSV Duisburg since January)
gk – Simon POUPLIN – France ——————– released
df – Daniel WILLIAMS ——————————— to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
df – Omer TOPRAK ————————————- to Bayer Leverkusen
mf – Ivica BANOVIC – Croatia int’l ————– to FC Energie Cottbus
mf – Zvonko PAMIC – Croatia ——————— to Bayer Leverkusen
mf – Nicolas HOEFLER ——————————– to FC Erzgebirge Aue
fw – Jonathan JAEGER – France —————— released
fw – Tommy BECHMANN – Denmark ——— to SE Sonderjyske (Den)
fw – Squipon BEKTASI – Albania —————- to FC Heidenheim 1846
(Pamic had been out on loan for the 2010/11 season from Bayer Leverkusen; Hoefler is out on loan at FC Erzgebirge Aue for the 2011/12 season)
Senegal international striker PAPISS CISSE (9), who has been the transfer target of several English Premier League clubs this summer, finished second in the entire German top flight by scoring 22 goals in 32 Bundesliga games for SC Freiburg last season.