1. FC Magdeburg soaring high in the second division! Negotiations are also underway for sponsorship with US chip giant Intel. Facts that create euphoria in the blue and white environment. More and more fans are saying it out loud: We want to go to the Bundesliga!
Fan dreams must be allowed! But what if the FCM can call up the current level of performance over the entire season and the unbelievable happens in the end? Would the club even be suitable for the Bundesliga? BILD does the check.
The athletic management.
Coach Christian Titz (52) knows the Bundesliga, replaced Bernd Hollerbach (53) at Hamburger SV in the 2017/18 season, but was unable to prevent relegation to the second division. Calm appearance, prudent speech, but absolute respect person! Sports director Otmar Schork (66) came from Sandhausen and quickly established himself as a doer. Has a fine nose for players who fit the FCM. Since the 2022/23 winter break, all his purchases have been a hit. Conclusion: suitable for the Bundesliga!
It was not until the end of 2019 that the MDCC Arena (capacity: 30,098 standing and seated places) was converted to second division suitability for eleven million euros and static deficiencies in the standing stands were eliminated. Still, it remains a problem. Converting to first division suitability would cost millions more. In addition, there is the unfavorable location near the city center: on match days, the whole of Magdeburg is a single traffic jam. Conclusion: The MDCC Arena in its current state can only be a temporary solution!
Only Baris Atik (28, 3x for Hoffenheim), Luca Schuler (24, 2x for Schalke) and Luc Castaignos (30, 19x for Eintracht Frankfurt) really got a taste of Bundesliga air. Castaignos also brings the experience of 176 top division appearances for top clubs like Feyenoord, Inter Milan, Twente and Sporting Lisbon. Also Mohammed El Hankouri (26, 127 appearances for Feyenoord and Groningen), Cristiano Piccini (30, 87 appearances for Valencia, Sporting Lisbon and Betis Sevilla), Silas Gnaka (24, 63 appearances for Belgium’s KAS Eupen) and Jean Hugonet (23, 29 missions for Austria’s Lustenau) were internationally first class.
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And the rest? Trained almost exclusively at top European clubs! Jamie Lawrence (20) at FC Bayern, Xavier Amaechi (22) at FC Arsenal, Andi Hoti (20) at FC Zurich and Inter Milan. Malcolm Cacutalua (29) in Cologne, Gladbach and Leverkusen, Herbert Bockhorn (28) at Werder or Amara Condé (26) in Leverkusen and Wolfsburg. Conclusion: only conditionally competitive! High-quality new purchases are mandatory.
The fans are top notch
Magdeburg, fans and FCM football – through three championship titles, seven cup wins and one European Cup victory – for decades this has been a historically grown, inseparable connection. They’ve been running into FCM since the 1960s. And even stayed true to him in the 4th and 3rd leagues. And in the Bundesliga? Hardly anything would change. The atmosphere in the MDCC Arena is already first class! Conclusion: Absolutely suitable for the Bundesliga.
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