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2020/2021

FC Heidenheim

In


Dzenis Burnic (mid) Borussia Dortmund; Andreas Geipl (mid) Jahn Regensburg; Marvin Rittmuller (def) Koln II; Jan Schoppner (mid) SC Verl; Florian Pick (mid) Kaiserslautern; Christian Kuhlwetter (att) Kaiserslautern; Oliver Steurer (def) Preussen Munster – end of loan; Merveille Biankadi (mid) Braunschweig – end of loan; Patrick Schmidt (att) Dynamo Dresden – end of loan;

Out


Sebastian Griesbeck (r) (mid) Union Berlin; Niklas Dorsch (r) (mid) KAA Gent; Tim Kleindienst (r) (att) KAA Gent; Timo Beermann (sp) (def) Osnabruck; Maurice Multhaup (sp) (mid) Osnabruck; Arne Feick (sp) (def) Wurzburger Kickers; Robert Strauss (sp) (def) end of career; Jonas Brandle (def) Sonnenhof – on loan; Andrew Owusu (att) Sonnenhof;

Heidenheim dramatically missed out on first ever promotion to the top flight at the end of last season when unfortunate own goal decided their 2-leg play-off vs. Werder Bremen. Still this was campaign to remember for the unique team that continues to have at the helm the longest-serving manager in German football and also as captain the longest-serving player. Coach Schmidt will be starting his 14th year in charge, while captain Schnatterer will be in his 12th season! The successes of last season saw 3 important players leaving this summer, the main duo in the heart of the midfield Dorsch-Griesbeck and the team’s top scorer Tim Kleindienst moved on. Burnic and Geipl were signed to become the new backbone of the midfield, while up front fit-again Thomalla will be competing with 4 other strikers for minutes. Frank Schmidt trusts traditions and his favourite formation remains 4-4-2, although he’s perfectly capable of mixing things. Especially in the early months of the campaign he might be willing to experiment more with the shape and the personnel. Heidenheim’s great team-spirit and their ability to hurt teams in transition when stealing balls high up the pitch remain amongst their main strengths. There will definitely be some worries as to if the new main pair of inner midfielders will settle quickly. Also despite having 5 centre forwards it is yet to be seen if between them they will be able to fill the void left by the departure of Tim Kleindienst (scored 16 goals last season).

Target


Heidenheim hope to have another shot at promotion and the team definitely should have enough quality to secure top half finish. Will enough goals be scored to finish in the top 3 is yet to be seen though?

Season Review
2019/2020

№3: FC Heidenheim

Heidenheim were very close to their first ever promotion to the top flight, but in the end the play-off vs. Werder Bremen saw 0:0 away draw followed by 2:2 home result and on the away goal rule Schmidt’s men failed! Despite that this has been by far the best ever campaign for the modest club and there were plenty of positives from it. Heidenheim’s big strength this season was the unity of the squad, the complete trust in the manager for 13 consecutive seasons Frank Schmidt and the excellent home form, particularly in 2020. Even the lengthy COVID-break didn’t stop Heidenheim from winning home matches and they finished in the top 3 thanks to 11-game unbeaten run at home (W9 D2)! It was the away form that wasn’t good enough though and the main reason why Heidenheim never really got close enough to challenge for direct promotion. Way too passive displays on the road were hurting team all campaign. Top scorer Tim Kleindienst was very effective all season and his goals brought lots of points. His form faded a bit after the COVID-break, but still he was by far the most important forward asset of the team. On the other hand Theuerkauf had poor campaign, which culminated with decisive own goal in the second leg of play-off vs. Werder that might have been the main reason why Heidenheim didn’t get promoted. The outlook for next season is very good and with the main core of players dedicated and willing to stay + Schmidt taking charge for fourteenth consecutive season Heidenheim will try even harder to get promoted and they should be in the mix.


Player of the Season: Tim Kleindienst

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