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Monday 09/18/2017

Relief for the Kleeblatt

Focus on SpVgg Greuther Fürth

Although Janos Radoki refrained from setting any particular goals for his side before the season began, there is no doubting that all at the Spielvereinigung had imagined their start to the campaign going very differently. Just one point from the first five games quickly cost Radoki his job, with Damir Buric subsequently taking the reins. The Croatian was coaxed away from Austrian first division side Admira Wacker.

At the beginning of the season, Fürth were left empty handed against SV Darmstadt, Arminia Bielefeld, Holstein Kiel and FC Ingolstadt, claiming their first point from a 1-1 draw with SG Dynamo Dresden. The club’s intermittent progression in the DFB-Cup against non-league SV Morlautern was ultimately an obligatory victory. Radoki wanted to get his side playing pacy, attacking football and had considered his newly formed side well on the way going into the season.

Fürth pull the plug

Those responsible at the club quickly saw the necessity to act and duly found a man in Buric who is familiar with the Bundesliga. Having played actively for Waldhof Mannheim, den SC Freiburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach, the football-expert gathered initial co-coaching experience at SC Freiburg,  Bayer Leverkusen and SV Werder Bremen. In his first outing as head-coach in Fürth, the ‘Kleeblatt’ played host to table-toppers Fortuna Düsseldorf. The Green-Whites notched up a convincing 3-1 win over the club from the Rheinland region – initiating initial relief for the fans and all those responsible.

Lively activity on the transfer market

During the summer transfer period, Ramazan Yildirim, Sporting Director at Ronhof and former Eintracht player, had his hands full. The departures of Franke, Berisha, Gießelmann and Zulj wounded the side from the Franken region and needed to be compensated. In Hofmann, Torres, Wittek, Aycicek and Green, some renowned pros signed on with the Spielvereinigung. Not to be forgotten is, of course, Omladic, who departed Braunschweig for Fürth after two and a half years in the Löwenstadt.

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