Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner and assistant Michael Engerschmid, who were given the orders in the 1-1 draw against Fenerbahce in the Europa League due to his coach’s suspension, will return to their former workplace on Sunday (7.30 pm, DAZN). The two players, Innviertler, led VfL Wolfsburg to the Champions League last season, but parted ways because Glasner – as reported in German media – could no longer find a green branch with controversial VFL manager Jörg Schmadtke. He was similar to Peter Stöger at 1. FC Köln.
With the “wolves”, who had to lay off ÖFB player Xaver Schlager (rupture of the cruciate ligament) for months, now Dutchman Mark van Bommel is swinging the puck. He was highly successful, although his first competitive match bid was penalized with a “false substitution” (six players instead of the five allowed) and an accompanying DFB Cup knockout against Bryusen Munster. In the Bundesliga, things run like clockwork. Wolfsburg leads the standings with a maximum of twelve points, while Glasner’s Eintracht is eagerly awaiting liberation – in other words, his first full success.
The 47-year-old is trying to come out of the fencing strong and finds nothing but positive words about his time at Wolfsburg: “I am looking forward to coming back because it has been a successful two years. I learned a lot about the Bundesliga and I am very grateful to Jürg Schmadtek and F. Glasner. VL Ehma gave me a chance.”
Schmadtke also hits a conciliatory tone: “If we meet each other, I’ll wish him all the best.” (Alex)
Bundesliga, round 5, today, 3:30 pm: Bielefeld – Hoffenheim, Bayern Munich – Bochum, Augsburg – Mönchengladbach, Mainz – Freiburg; 6.30 pm: Cologne – Leipzig. Sunday, 3.30 pm: Stuttgart – Leverkusen; 5.30 pm: Dortmund – Union Berlin; 7:30 pm: Wolfsburg – Eintracht Frankfurt. Evening match: Hertha Berlin – Fürth.
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