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[Albion] Fabian Hürzeler **SINGED 15/06/2024**

Would Fabian Hurzeler be a good replacement for RDZ?


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Feb 23, 2009
23,632
Brighton factually.....
Any chance we could have a rule that NO ONE posts anything on this thread unless they have a genuine update?!! Of course this post breaks that rule, but I realise it's a forlorn hope....

Würste....

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RandyWanger

Je suis rôti de boeuf
Mar 14, 2013
6,247
Done a Frexit, now in London
Hurzeler is apparently in Miami.

"It was probably late afternoon on Wednesday, when the sun was already setting over Miami, when Fabian Hürzeler received the good news. His phone is currently glowing even on vacation. The trainer, who is currently on South Beach, will have noted with relief that things are now developing in the direction he wants.
The football teacher, who was born in Houston 31 years ago, is currently in his native country to watch the Copa America, which begins on June 20th. At least that was the plan. It is quite possible that Hürzeler will have to fly east again in the coming days, at least briefly, to be present at his official announcement."

Kissimmee I'd hope!
 


Peteinblack

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Jun 3, 2004
3,819
Bath, Somerset.
Any chance we could have a rule that NO ONE posts anything on this thread unless they have a genuine update?!! Of course this post breaks that rule, but I realise it's a forlorn hope....
I wish! I'm trying to work, but also feel compelled to refresh this page every few minutes in the hope that someone will report that he's 'singed'!
 


Gazwag

5 millionth post poster
Mar 4, 2004
30,378
Bexhill-on-Sea
Any chance we could have a rule that NO ONE posts anything on this thread unless they have a genuine update?!! Of course this post breaks that rule, but I realise it's a forlorn hope....
Absolutely nobody post until someone sees Fabian sign
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Any chance we could have a rule that NO ONE posts anything on this thread unless they have a genuine update?!! Of course this post breaks that rule, but I realise it's a forlorn hope....
 








SeagullinExile

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Sep 10, 2010
5,901
London
So, in his last season playing (2018/19) as PM for Pipinsried, he managed 15 yellow cards in 26 matches! Bit of a hot head it would seem...could be fun!
 




Jun 12, 2024
16
So, in his last season playing (2018/19) as PM for Pipinsried, he managed 15 yellow cards in 26 matches! Bit of a hot head it would seem...could be fun!
Definitely, the last matches he had a bodyguard to protect the refs (not physically but they reacted harsh) because another booking would have sent him to the stands for another match (he got 7 yellow in the league and 1 yellow-red in the cup). He has a quite intense personality. But he is also aware of it and works to improve.
 








Zeberdi

“Vorsprung durch Technik”
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Oct 20, 2022
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Edit.

Translation available if you highlight text - Hürzeler on holiday this week but the contract was “largely agreed“ last week - the final agreements is expected this weekend.

 
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dazzer6666

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Mar 27, 2013
53,577
Burgess Hill
Any chance we could have a rule that NO ONE posts anything on this thread unless they have a genuine update?!! Of course this post breaks that rule, but I realise it's a forlorn hope....
So, just @Bozza when he might get a 2 minute warning from the club when they’re about to post something then ? No-one else on here has a ‘genuine update’ :laugh:
 






dwayne

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Jul 5, 2003
15,598
London
No idea who you are referring to (or why what my father did for a living suggest to you I might have multiple accounts but be on the look out though for a certain Swede incarnated as “die Kiezkicker” fan and blinding us with his knowledge on all things St Paulie and Bundesliga now Potter is no longer around - it’s gonna happen 😎)

Edit.

Translation available if you highlight text - Hürzeler on holiday this week but the contract was “largely agreed“ last week - the final agreements is expected this weekend.

Nice a proper update

We tried to fob em off with 2 million initially. Interesting

And now the 10m has moved to 7.5 and moved again to 6m euros ;) told ya de zerbi. I said a week ago £5m sounds high but maybe about right
 


Jun 13, 2024
15
German Football Magazine *Kicker* writes: "The transfer fee is said to be around six million (€), plus additional payments such as success bonuses and a share in the event of a possible resale have been agreed." And it seems that offered sum in the beginning had been 2 million. So 😉, no wonder they didn't find a quick agreement .
 




Zeckenpack

Active member
Jun 13, 2024
15
Allow me to add something here that may also help to tie some lose ends:

FABIAN HÜRZELER
Pronounced (using english words): "Far" - "Bee" - "An" / "Her" - "Cellar"
Former central midfielder playing for Bayerns reserves and youth national team, among other clubs. Started become a playing coach in a sub division in Bavaria, to then become a playing coach in Hamburg at Eimsbütteler TV (sparing you the pronounciation), where he met Loïc Fave who became assistant coach to Timo Schulz (club icon), who appointed Fabian to become another assistant coach for tactics etc. He led tactical training sessions. When Schulz and Fave got sacked, Fabian got a chance as the team loved working with him.
One of his known for catch phrases is: "Durchlaufen!" Which translates do "Follow through".
He is insisting his tactical demands are being followed.

WHAT CHANGED WHEN HE BECAME HEAD COACH
He did change the playing style from a 4-4-2 to a 3-4-3. Some more insights on his tactics and how it changed our results and to become one of the best playing teams in both divisions tactically:

Defending
  • Compact defending 5-4-1, or 5-3-2
  • Pressing mostly in own half
  • Occasional pressing in opponents half depending on opponent, score and situation
  • Constant pressing, when attacking and losing ball in opponents third - win ball back, create chances
  • If defending in own half, its compact and leaves opponents usually limited options:
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  • As it can be seen in the image above, the back 5 are aligned well and consistently
  • The zone defending in midfield is based on opponent but usually well kept and maintained to leave only few options. Mostly:
    - Long balls (which can be defended easily and regaining possession)
    - Ball out to one winger or defender (who can be pressed)
    - Ball back to their goalkeeper
  • The style of defending is fair, but straight physical and smart
  • Certain tips and tricks helped to defend better against set pieces like head positioning when heading out, small details he is paying a lot of attention to
  • Fabian injected a desire to defend and not to concede goals - simple rule: Games are easier won, the less goals you concede
  • Fewest goals conceded among other teams in 2nd Bundesliga but when we concede its mostly counter attacks, long distance shots, penalties, OR individual errors in the build up play which he is adamant about to keep (more about build up play, in Offense section)
  • This is an example of how we conceded goals (mostly annoying but never had much of an impact overall on our season)
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Does this make Fabians style a defensive one, that is boring to watch with limited offensive styles and tactics? NOPE, far from it.

Offense
  • Due to the system change to 3-4-3, we re-introduced Left Attackers and Right Attackers (or wingers) back into our system
  • Fabian scouted Elias Saad, who was only playing sub division football in Germany but instantly became important and vital (now national squad Tunisia)
  • We also signed Oladapo Afolayan from Bolton, League One side and he also had an immediate impact
  • So Fabian knows how to install young talented players with skills and he is forcing them to seek 1v1s and using their skills
  • He also chose to bring Eric Smith, our defensive midfielder into the center defence and for him to open up the game, switch back into defensive midfield and looking to play long passes behind the defenses back, which he can do really precise and creatively
  • As mentioned already, our build up play starts with the Goalie
  • Usually the left inside defender and right inside defender become targets for him, while our central defender is moving up
  • We have seen amazing and insane pass play from back to front, combinational football, we have never seen so precise and so well maintained at St.Pauli before. Never!
  • The way of playing demands movement and creating spaces (everyone is active on the pitch), going distances, leaving positions to occupy the next logical one or even go up front. Example: Our left and right defenders, Treu and Saliakas, are going long distances, pushing the ball as well as leavig the outside to move into center half of the pitch, becoming an additional 8, or 10. Example:
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  • Our central midfielders Hartel (who left) and Irvine (god of football to us), leave the center and occupy the left and right side, in order to create more room in centre but also to add more options for attacking play. The heat maps of both indicate just that (right hand side on page):
    Hartel left: https://www.sofascore.com/de/spieler/marcel-hartel/790645
    Irvine right: https://www.sofascore.com/de/spieler/jackson-irvine/181581
  • Our wingers Saad and Afolayan are first defenders but also vital in attacking, they occupy the sides but move in to leave space for the right and left defenders to push forward
  • Now, funny but not funny, we actually never really had a notorious finishing striker with Fabian :D
  • Eggestein is slow, technically not the best, but Fabian implemented his skills and his playing style nicely, making him leave his position to drop back, hold the ball and creating spaces for other players to dive into (Remember "Durchlaufen" :D ), like Hartel, Saad, Afolayan, Irvine. Eggestein was not successfull at scoring, but he made others be succesful at it, like Hartel. Eggestein was not considered by Schulz and was almost dropped from the squad.
All in all
We hate to see him go. He changed a team that was almost relegated, to become a force in defending and offensive play CONSISTANTLY. Considering that we have limited financial resources and also, players signed on long contracts that aren't actually top half 2nd division, he created a masterpiece. He can really improve players, create ideas and has a rock solid vision. He is a worker. Always working! Football and almost nothing else. And all while being humble up front. Is he always honest or really interested in the club? No. He wants to be successful and if he is with Brighton, and other high ranked teams are knocking on doors, he will most likely turn away from you, just as he did with us, after just announcing on the seasonal party, how much he loves the club and that we will rock the 1st Division. It's sad. But it's football.

I can only hope this helps, doesn't annoy you and that if he then signs – Dortmund is also looking for a new coach :D – that he will have the same impact on your success as he had for ours. I would love to see Brighton up top, knowing it was due to Hürzeler. And that he will remain your Head Coach for longer than just one successful season.
 








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