SpVgg Unterhaching: Daniel Bierofka becomes coach of U17 – Sport

Whenever he asks President Manfred Schwabl how his club, the former Bundesliga football club Spielvereininungung Unterhaching, wants to stay financially, he hears many things that have to do with perseverance, stability and common sense. And with the fact that a small club, whose first team now plays coach Sandro Wagner in the fourth division, the regional league, has to rely on its own talents, especially in times of crisis: “Our investor is not a sheikh and not . oligarch, but our youth academy “, he says with conviction.

Here the small necessary change must be made. And this is also an explanation why the club from the outskirts of Munich has provided a fairly prominent coach for the U17 talents: Daniel Bierofka, the former national team player and the one who was relegated to the regional league with TSV 1860 Munich as assistant coach in 2017. and as the head coach in 2018 was promoted to the third division, is to ensure that Haching continues to train young high-performance and ideally expensive players.

Bierofka, 43, was recently coach at Wacker Innsbruck, the Austrian second-tier team currently not receiving approval for next season due to overwhelming investor money. The fact that he encounters a model in Haching that prioritizes young talent motivates him: “I am aware that it is a club that focuses on the work of young people. I managed toIt is a challenge and I can help to walk that path “, says Bierofka, who had” three offers from the third league “, while emphasizing:” Professional football would be possible without any problems. “But the timing must always be right.”

“I just summed up what Biero called,” says President Schwabl

And at the moment his family situation suggests staying in Munich. As for working with youngsters, he already enjoyed it a lot in 1860, where he was originally a U16 coach before entering the senior category: “It is also about conveying values ​​to players to work with personalities ”, and when it comes to education,“ I think Manni and I score the same ”.

President and coach: Manfred Schwabl (left) and Sandro Wagner.

(Photo: Florian Fussek / dpa)

Schwabl is also convinced that Bierofka, who once played for Unterhaching himself as a youngster, is suitable for SpVgg: “We are on the same wavelength.” They agreed “after 30 seconds”. And this despite the fact that he has not promised the new coach a leading role in the near future, as the president points out: If Sandro Wagner “ever takes the next step towards the Bundesliga”, as Schwabl calls it, his successor will not be. Bierofka.

But 33-year-old Marc Unterberger, who finished the season in the B-Junior Bundesliga with Unterhachinger U17 just behind VfB Stuttgart in second place – ahead of rivals like Hoffenheim, Freiburg, Mainz – and even ten points ahead of FC Bayern. Munich. Bierofka accepted this legacy, which has already been settled, without reservation. And financially, not even unfulfilled demands were made: “I got my head back”, Schwabl jokes: “I just summed up what he called Biero”.

Once Adeyemi’s transfer becomes official, SpVgg will become one of the richest regional league teams in Germany.

The club will now be able to pay even higher salaries. The reason for this is the recent revenue from player transfers. Goalkeeper Nico Mantl transferred to RB Salzburg in January last year for a fee of two million euros. Karim Adeyemi has already played there, who had gone from Haching to Austria for over three million. Schwabl is proud to have negotiated particularly well in the case of young footballer Adeyemi: Once the transfer from Salzburg to Borussia Dortmund is formalized, SpVgg suddenly becomes one of the richest teams in the regional league in Germany: The club can plan with eight million euros additional.

And the other talent is already ready: Striker Maurice Krattenmacher, 16, has scored almost half of all goals for U17 Unterhachinger (23 of 48), his first matches for the U17 national team suggest he has not reached the limits its there. ose gunga. Thanks to the “financial foundation,” as Schwabl calls Adeyemi’s transfer proceeds, a talent like Krattenmacher can now be held for a little longer before being sold – and thus help Sandro Wagner’s men’s team return to the third division. .

In any case, the strict focus on training our talents is on the right track to becoming a model of success. Born out of necessity: After taking office in 2012, Schwabl tried unsuccessfully for years to find a leading sponsor that not only produces vegetable cakes or finger food, but above all offers financial planning security. Meanwhile, it was only the second German football club after Borussia Dortmund that dared to go public and now the club is in the process of taking over the stadium from the municipality. An office building is being built next to it, which SpVgg has provided, so in the future there will be rental income. Schwabl says, “We invest in stones and feet.” Bierofka must now ensure that the legs improve.

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