Borussia Mönchengladbach: Lucien Favre still knows THESE foals

Upcoming Gladbach coach Lucien Favre (r.) High fives with Borussia defender Tony Jantschke (v.). This picture is from the DFB Cup match of Fohlen-Elf at FC St. Pauli at Millerntor Stadium on August 10, 2015.

Lucien Favre (64) returns! Almost seven years after his resignation in September 2015, the Swiss football professor (“Super-Hirnli”) is soon back on the foal bench. A lot has happened in the club during this time, but a few main characters from the team or the so-called staff are still in Borussia.

There have been a total of 13 transfer periods since Favre’s departure, in which ex-manager Max Eberl (48) rebuilt the squad properly. The four coaches who have since worked in VfL needed a team that lived up to their expectations. Nevertheless, there are still six professionals in the squad who were also active under Lucien Favre in Gladbach.

Gladbach: Lucien Favre still knows these Borussia professionals

Yan Summers (33) moved to Borussia Park in 2014 to succeed Marc-André ter Stegen (30) and has been the undisputed number one ever since. In his only full season under Lucien Favre, the goalkeeper played the full distance in all 48 competitive matches (34 Bundesliga, four DFB Cup, ten Europa League). Gladbach conceded just 39 goals and held a total of 20 clean sheets – a pawn on his way to third place this season! Under Favre, Sommer had an average of just one goal per game, a value that Gladbach can only dream of at the moment. Favre knew Sommer from Switzerland, was familiar with his career and thinks highly of his countryman.

Before the time of Nico Elvedi (25) started in earnest in Borussia, Favre’s era was over. Elvedi came from FC Zürich in 2015 as an 18-year-old, but his compatriot trusted Marvin Schulz (27) and Andreas Christensen (26) at the start of the season. After all, Elvedi was in the squad for the first two matches before playing for U23. It was only under André Schubert (50) that he later celebrated his Bundesliga debut and developed into an absolute regular.

Tony Jantschke (32) probably experienced his best time with the foals under Lucien Favre and became the “football god”. Under Michael Frontzeck (58), Jantschke played only eight minutes in 2010/2011 and even in the first two matches after the change of coach, the then 21-year-old had only one place on the bench. On match day 25 he was in start-11 against Hoffenheim and missed only one minute of the season. From then on, Jantschke had a solid position, which he first lost at Favre’s resignation, first as a right-back and later as a center-back. 15,221 minutes and 171 competitive matches, Jantschke was elemental on the road from relegation to the Champions League.

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Som 2013 Christopher Kramer (31) moved to Gladbach, hardly anyone expected that the then 22-year-old without Bundesliga experience would be a reinforcement right from the start. However, Favre relied on Kramer from the start and used him in 33 Bundesliga matches, only an expulsion of a yellow card prevented the entire season. Under Favre, Kramer became national player, world champion in 2014 and undisputed regular player, until in 2015 he returned to Bayer Leverkusen.

The gap that Kramer tore with his departure should Lars Stindle (33) fullness. Having signed the captain of Hannover 96 was considered a transfer coup, but Favre did not really know what to line up with today’s “Capitano”. First he put Stindl up on the central midfield, then on the right midfield. In the derby defeat against Cologne in September 2015, Favre’s last match as Gladbach coach, Stindl even sat on the bench for 90 minutes.

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Also the star of Patrick Herrman (31) only worked properly with Lucien Favre. Although the winger played his first appearances under Michael Frontzeck in 2010, it was not until the fall of 2011 that “Flaco” established itself as a solid player and won in the long run. Unforgettable is his performance on January 20, 2012, when Herrmann almost single-handedly shot Bayern Munich down 3-1 at the start of the second half of the season. In the three seasons from 2012 to 2015, Herrmann played 32, 34 and 32 Bundesliga matches under Favre and was an integral part of the team that marched into the Champions League in 2015. Favre formed Herrmann into a national player and club icon. The 31-year-old played 166 games under the Swiss, scoring 35 goals and passing 34 more.

Königs, Bonhof & Co: Old acquaintances among the Gladbach chiefs

In addition to the players, there are also numerous in the coaching and function team as well as in the office, which was part of the club in Favre’s first period.

Then become an assistant coach Frank Geideck (55) is back on the Swiss team. He was born in Bielefeld and has been with Borussia since 2009 and has assisted Michael Frontzeck, André Schubert, Dieter Hecking (57), Marco Rose (45), Adi Hütter (52) and Lucien Favre ever since.

In the medical field, the doctors are Stefan Hertl (62, since 2003) and Herbert Ditzel (70, since 1993) responsible for players’ health for decades. Physiotherapists also worked Dirk Mueller (53, since 2006) and massage therapist Adam Szordikowski (47, since 2009) long before the first Favre era at VfL.

The bus driver is even taller Marcus Breuer (52) in the club. From 1985 Grevenbroicheren was only a youth player, since 1994 he has driven the foals to the stadium and is on duty as a playing suit. Also his colleague Christian Rieger (30), who has been with Borussia since 2015, has met Lucien Favre.

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In another position, however, Favre will be involved Christopher Heimeroth (40) must do. During his playing days, “Heimi” represented Marc-André ter Stegen and Yann Sommer in just one Bundesliga appearance during Favre: In 2012, he stood for the injured ter Stegen for 13 minutes. On December 6, 2012, however, Favre Heimeroth made a special Santa Claus surprise. As the progression in the Europa League was already certain, the Swiss allowed his number two to play in the first Europa Cup of his career – and at the same time his last match in a Gladbach jersey. Heimeroth thanked for the 3-0 victory in Fenerbahce Istanbul with a clean sheet.

Today, Christofer Heimeroth as team manager is responsible for all organizational aspects of the team, such as outings.

Favre also knows the president of the current Gladbach presidium Rolf Koenig (80), Vice-President Rainer Bonhof (70) and Hans Meyer (79). From the Executive Board, CFO Stephan Schippers (54), Media Director Markus Aretz (55) and Sports Director Roland Vircus (55), who was youth coordinator in his first term. chief scout Steffen Korell (50) and Favre are also good friends.

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