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2022/2023

Karlsruher SC

In


Simone Rapp (att) FC Vaduz; Mikkel Kaufmann (att) FC Copenhagen - on loan; Marcel Franke (def) Hannover; Kelvin Arase (mid) Rapid Vienna; Florian Ballas (def) Erzgebirge Aue; Kai Eisele (gk) Fortuna Dusseldorf; Paul Nebel (att) FSV Mainz - on loan; Luca Bolay (def) FC Nurnberg II - end of loan;

Out


Philipp Hofmann (k) (att) VFL Bochum; Robin Bormuth (sp) (def) SC Paderborn; Marc Lorenz (r) (mid) Preußen Münster; Lukas Frode (mid) Hansa Rostock; Sven Kronemayer (att) FCA Walldorf II; Ricardo van Rhijn (sp) (def) released; Markus Kuster (sp) (gk) released; Jannis Rabold (sp) (def) released; Paul Lohr (gk) released; Niklas Heeger (sp) (gk) released; Benjamin Goller (r) (mid) Werder Bremen - end of loan;

Karlsruher achieved its target of stabilising in the second division but fell considerably from its sixth-place finish the previous season. Things were looking up after a decent first half of the campaign but, despite a run to the quarter-finals of the cup, they were largely disappointing in the second. Coach Christian Eichner remains in charge for what will be his third season at the club, he has done an excellent job to make Karlsruher competitive at this level again, but where he can take them from here is hard to know. Firstly Eichner and his side will have to cope with the loss of key striker Philipp Hofmann, who finally got his move to the Bundesliga with Bochum. The frontman scored 52 goals in 104 games for the club and will be hard to replace. Simone Rapp and Mikkel Kaufmann are good additions and should help to fill the void. Karlsruher has so far managed to keep hold of their midfield contingent which is a definite plus point, Wanitzek, Gondorf, and Breithaupt are the heartbeat of the side and should again be a force. New wingers Kelvin Arase and Paul Nebel will also add pace to the flanks. One area that needs to improve is in defence, Bormuth has moved on, while Gordon isn’t getting any younger at 37. Experienced central defenders Marcel Franke and Florian Ballas have both been brought in and a fit-again Sebastian Jung should make them stronger.

Target


Top half finish - There is no doubt Karlsruher will be a well-oiled machine again under Eichner but consistency throughout a season is always the issue. It’s hard to expect anything more than a top-half finish, especially without the goals of Hofmann.

Season Review
2020/2021

№6: Karlsruher SC

Karlsruher had solid season and up until mid-February they were even still hoping to catch the top 3, but in the end too many draws prevented that from happening. Still after narrowly avoiding relegation the previous year this was major step forward for the Blues. Top scorer Hofmann once again led the attack very well, but the big stars were the 2 inner midfielders Wanitzek and Gondorf as almost everything positive Karlsruher created was channelled through them. Minimal transfer activity in the summer followed by slow start, 4 defeats in the first 6 rounds, put some pressure on the squad. Luckily this was all dispersed with 4 consecutive wins in November and from that point onwards Karlsruher stayed well out of trouble. Strong start to 2021 (W7 D2 L1) meant that come the end of February the Blues were sitting just 4 points outside the top 3 and they looked like a very dangerous side at that stage. However, what followed was run of 6 draws in the next 7 rounds and despite very rarely losing matches in 2021 Karlsruher dropped out of contention and had to settle only for top half finish. The main challenge in the coming months will be to keep as many of the star players as possible with offers already on the table for all of Hofmann, Bormuth, Wanitzek and Gondorf. If the main spine of players stays put, Karlsruher could be serious challengers for promotion next season, if not, avoiding relegation will be the main priority.


Player of the Season: Marvin Wanitzek

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