Transfer Summary, Part 1

Obviously you can only judge at the end of the season. So this is just a sort of rambling status at the first deadline. Basically, it’s a subjective account of whether the squad got better and whether the club did some good business.

Borussia Dortmund -350.000 €

Grade: A

The champions pulled a major move when they signed Marco Reus from Gladbach. They sold on favorite Shinji Kagawa to Manchester United and needed someone big to replace him. Kagawa liked playing for the Neons, but his dream was to play in the EPL, so there was no holding him. Reus was probably the hottest property and should fit in nicely. They also did a nice bit business in getting big money for Lucas Barrios from China. Good player, but wasn’t going to get on the field much. Schieber looks like a decent buy as well. I’ve always thought Florian Kringe was a decent player, but he wasn’t going to get in the lineup.

(* - indicates loan)

Leonardo Bittencourt 	FC Energie Cottbus 	  2.700.000 €
Marco Reus 	        Bor. Mönchengladbach 	 17.100.000 €
Zlatan Alomerovic 	Borussia Dortmund II 	
Koray Günter 	        Borussia Dortmund U19 	
Marvin Ducksch 	        Borussia Dortmund U19 	
Oliver Kirch 	        1.FC Kaiserslautern 	    350.000 €
Julian Schieber 	VfB Stuttgart 	          5.500.000 €
Mustafa Amini *		Central Coast Mariners 		
Marc Hornschuh *	FC Ingolstadt 04 	
Johannes Focher 	SK Sturm Graz 	
Dimitar Rangelov 	FC Luzern 	            300.000 €
Daniel Ginczek *	FC St. Pauli 	            100.000 €
Shinji Kagawa 	        Manchester United 	 16.000.000 €
Lasse Sobiech *		SpVgg Greuther Fürth 	    100.000 €
Marco Stiepermann 	FC Energie Cottbus 	    200.000 €
Julian Koch *		MSV Duisburg 	            100.000 €
Lucas Barrios 	        Guangzhou Evergrande 	  8.500.000 €
Florian Kringe 	        FC St. Pauli 	
Antônio da Silva 	MSV Duisburg 	

FC Bayern München: -69.800.000 €

Grade: A to F

When you can spend like Bayern, it’s easy to fix your problem areas. But they appear to have done a decent job. Bayern reacts to a “poor” season by spending. So what else is new? They spent 70 million, but the bulk was on Javi Martinez right at the deadline. The Mandzukic move appeared to be crazy, with getting Pizzarro, but with Gomez out, it looks pretty clever now. Dante seems a decent pickup, Shaqiri a major talent, and supposedly Weiser is another youngster that just seems to be cropping up in Germany lately. Starke a fine GK backup now that Butt retired. Getting rid of Olic was probably good, and loaning Petersen AND getting 500,000 was clever too. Petersen wasn’t going to play, but if he does well at Bremen, there could be a nice sell on factor. (Can you say “Bernd Leno”?) Since money is no object with Bayern, you can really only judge them if they win it all. Bundesliga title = A-, Champions League = A…anything else is probably a failure.

Mario Mandzukic 	VfL Wolfsburg 	       13.000.000 €
Xherdan Shaqiri 	FC Basel 1893 	       11.800.000 €
Mitchell Weiser 	1.FC Köln U19 	          800.000 €
Patrick Weihrauch 	FC Bayern München U19 	
Tom Starke 	        TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 	
Dante 	                Bor. Mönchengladbach 	4.700.000 €
Lukas Raeder 	        FC Schalke 04 U19 	
Emre Can 	        FC Bayern München II 	
Claudio Pizarro 	SV Werder Bremen 	
Javi Martínez 	        Athletic Bilbao        40.000.000 €
Rouven Sattelmaier 	unknown
Hans Jörg Butt  	(retired)
Ivica Olic 	        VfL Wolfsburg 	
Danijel Pranjic 	Sporting Lissabon 	
Breno 	                (1.FC Gefängnis)
Nils Petersen *		Werder Bremen 	          500.000 €
Takashi Usami *		Gamba Osaka 	

FC Schalke 04 +200.000 €

Grade: A-

Schalke is struggling financially, so they don’t have lots to spend. Losing fan favorite Raul was huge, but you can’t begrudge the Spaniard one last giant paycheck, and what he gave to Schalke was inspiring. But they did some business, sending out players that weren’t really going to play, and getting
Neustädter and Barnetta on free was excellent. They even made a tiny profit. Then they swooped on a major loan deal, getting Afellay, who can perhaps fill some of the Raul loss.
The Obasi loan was made permanent, and he’s good cover for Farfan and can help out in attack. The major move was one that wasn’t made: supposedly Zenit St.Petersburg offered 20 million for defender Papdoupoulos. I seriously doubt it was that much, but keeping him was definitely good.

Sead Kolasinac 	        FC Schalke 04 U19 		
Roman Neustädter 	Bor. Mönchengladbach
Chinedu Obasi 	        TSG 1899 Hoffenheim	4.000.000 €
Tranquillo Barnetta 	Bayer 04 Leverkusen	
Ibrahim Afellay *	FC Barcelona    	  500.000 €
Vasilios Pliatsikas *	MSV Duisburg

Carlos Zambrano 	FC St. Pauli              750.000 €
Andreas Wiegel 	        FC Erzgebirge Aue 
Philipp Hofmann *	SC Paderborn 07           100.000 €
Hans Sarpei 	        (retired)
Tim Hoogland *		VfB Stuttgart             300.000 €
Peer Kluge 	        Hertha BSC 	          250.000 €
Ciprian Deac 	        CFR Cluj 		  700.000 €
Mario Gavranovic 	FC Zürich 
Jan Morávek 	        FC Augsburg 	 	  700.000 €
Raúl 	                Al-Sadd Sports Club 
Mathias Schober 	(retired)
Levan Kenia 	        Karpaty Lviv 
Alexander Baumjohann 	1.FC Kaiserslautern
Anthony Annan *		CA Osasuna 	          300.000 €
Edu *		        SpVgg Greuther Fürth 	  100.000 €
José Manuel Jurado *	Spartak Moskau 	        1.500.000 €

Borussia Mönchengladbach -7.050.000 €

Grade: C? F?

This is one where you really have to “wait and see”. Gladbach spent over 30 million, and I’m not sure what they got. We certainly know what they lost – 3 key starters from last years team. OK, if they had cashed in, understandable. But they spent big, so unless they finish at least same as last year – 4th – it has to be considered a major fail. I think the players they brought in are “iffy”. They could hit, or they could flop. Very risky for a club that had financial problems not too long ago.

Granit Xhaka 	        FC Basel 1893l 	          8.500.000 €
Peniel Mlapa 	        TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 	  2.500.000 €
Branimir Hrgota 	Jönköping Södra 	    400.000 €
Álvaro Domínguez 	Atlético Madrid 	  7.000.000 €
Luuk de Jong 	        FC Twente Enschede 	 12.000.000 €
Alexander Bieler 	Bor. Mönchengladbach II 
Anderson *		Eintracht Frankfurt 
Lukas Rupp *		SC Paderborn 07 
Marco Reus 	        Borussia Dortmund        17.100.000 €
Roman Neustädter 	FC Schalke 04 
Dante 	                FC Bayern München         4.700.000 €
Mathew Leckie *		FSV Frankfurt                50.000 €
Elias Kachunga *	Hertha BSC                  100.000 €
Logan Bailly 	        Oud-Heverlee Leuven 
Tobias Levels 	        Fortuna Düsseldorf          200.000 €
Anderson 	        Eintracht Frankfurt         800.000 €
Yuki Otsu 	        VVV-Venlo                   400.000 € 

Bayer 04 Leverkusen -6.350.000 €

Grade: C

Bayer addressed their issue by firing their coach, they were too boring last season. They didn’t spend a ton of money (less than 14 million), but they didn’t get much in return. They sold Derdiyok, one of their better players last season. A top GK in Adler left (but Leno had made him redundant. Getting Rensing as a cheaper backup was a good move for Bayer). Wollschied was probably a good pickup, but who knows about Carvajal. Spanish players seem overpriced in many cases. Let’s see if Michael Ballack catches on with RedBull Leipzig, since he looks like only a benchwarmer at Eintracht ESPN, based on his Euro 2012 performance…I half expected him to say something like “Wenn ist die nunstuch git und schlottermeier? Ja!! Beierhund die oder das flipperwalt geschput!!”

Niklas Lomb 	        Bayer 04 Leverkusen U19 
Daniel Carvajal 	Real Madrid B                   5.000.000 €
Júnior Fernandes 	Club Universidad de Chile	3.500.000 €
Dominik Kohr 	        Bayer 04 Leverkusen U19 
Carlinhos *		Desportivo Brasil Ltda (SP)       100.000 €
Erik Zenga 	        Bayer 04 Leverkusen U19 
Kolja Pusch 	        Bayer 04 Leverkusen U19 
Samed Yesil 	        Bayer 04 Leverkusen U19 
Philipp Wollscheid 	1.FC Nürnberg                   5.000.000 €
Michael Rensing 	1.FC Köln 
Jens Hegeler *		1.FC Nürnberg 
Lucas *		        1.FC Kaiserslautern 
Hajime Hosogai *	FC Augsburg 
Michael Ballack 	(Eintracht ESPN)
Zvonko Pamic *		MSV Duisburg 
Lucas 	                Vasas Budapest 
Nicolai Jörgensen *	FC Kopenhagen 
Danny da Costa *	FC Ingolstadt 04 
Bastian Oczipka 	Eintracht Frankfurt 	          500.000 €
Fabian Giefer 	        Fortuna Düsseldorf 	          400.000 €
Tranquillo Barnetta 	FC Schalke 04
Thanos Petsos 	        SpVgg Greuther Fürth 	           50.000 €
René Adler 	        Hamburger SV 	
Eren Derdiyok 	        TSG 1899 Hoffenheim             5.000.000 €
Samed Yesil 	        FC Liverpool                    1.300.000 €
Michael Ortega *	Atlas Guadalajara 	
Vedran Corluka *	Tottenham Hotspur

VfB Stuttgart +6.200.000 €

Grade: B

Again, it depends what they do. Stuttgart didn’t spend at all, although with Didavi and Hoogland, perhaps some addition to the squad. But they lost some talent as well.

Raphael Holzhauser 	VfB Stuttgart II 	
Antonio Rüdiger 	VfB Stuttgart II 	
André Weis 	        VfB Stuttgart II 	
Kevin Stöger 	        VfB Stuttgart II 	
Tunay Torun 	        Hertha BSC 	
Tim Hoogland *		FC Schalke 04 	         300.000 €
Daniel Didavi *		1.FC Nürnberg 	
Matthieu Delpierre 	TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 
Timo Gebhart 	        1.FC Nürnberg 	        1.000.000 €
Khalid Boulahrouz 	Sporting Lissabon 
Stefano Celozzi 	Eintracht Frankfurt 
Julian Schieber 	Borussia Dortmund 	5.500.000 €

One thought on “Transfer Summary, Part 1

  1. Do you reckon Breno will get a regular game at 1. FC Gefaengnis? And will the crowd be allowed to use fire crackers and flares at home games?

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