Augsberg have begun their summer spending by acquiring midfielder Markus Feulner, from FC Nürnberg.
After being condemned down to the second tier, Nürnberg, like the teams before them, have been forced to part with some of their star names. Feulner becomes their second departure already this summer following Josip Drmic who headed to Bayer Leverkusen and back into a Bundesliga side.
According to the Bundesliga website, the 32-year-old will join up with his new team mates at Augsberg on the 1st July after signing a two year contract.
He is a veteran of the Bundesliga have played 160 times in the German top flight with several clubs including Nürnberg, FSV Mainz, FC Köln, Borussia Dortmund and the current Champions, Bayern Munich. Interestingly he began his career at the Allianz in the academy where he played alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger and went on to gain his first league start with Bayern.
So far in his long career he has won two league titles and the DFB Cup and he wants to do even more with his new club who finished eighth this year, just missing out on a Europa League qualification spot on goal difference. This was their highest finish in the Bundesliga after just their third season in the top tier but despite the success, the sporting director is focusing on maintaining their league status.
“We're looking forward to working with a player with so much Bundesliga experience,” said Augsburg’s sporting director Stefan Reuter.
“We're convinced he will help us achieve our goal, which is a sustainable future in Germany’s top tier.”
Augsberg are another club from Bavaria, a location which is considered the footballing hub of Germany. After such a brief history at the top of German football, many are surprised by how well they have done this season.
“Augsburg have developed extremely well in the last few years,” Feulner said. “The fans are terrific and the environment at the club is great. I'm delighted to be given the chance to carry on playing in the Bundesliga.”
Although expectations have been limited, the fans will be hoping that they can build on this impressive season and move forward as they don’t want to drop back and put themselves in fear of a relegation scrap.
Apart from Bayern and Dortmund in previous years, there hasn’t been a handful of dominant clubs in the European places and next year Augsburg could be challenging the likes of Gladbach, Schalke, Wolfsburg, Mainz and Hoffenheim for those top 6 places.
Hertha Berlin are also looking to build on a successful stint after finishing 11th after being promoted last year. They got out of the traps quickly and will need to do the same next season and will be aiming to break into the top ten next time around. However, the loss of Adrian Ramos will be a major blow to their strike force.
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