54 years, 261 days and 19 hours was on the clock, hanging in the Volksparkstadion. It’s the amount of years, days and hours German club Hamburger SV consecutively played in the Bundesliga. Since the founding of the Bundesliga in 1963 Die Rothosen were part of it. Until that day. The blackest day in the history of Hamburger SV.
Hamburger SV History
Officially HSV, short for Hamburger Sport-Verein, were found in 1919 after the merging of German clubs Germania von 1887, Hamburger FC 1888 and FC Falke 06. But the club itself names 1887, the year Germania was founded. The clubs decided to merge, because after World War I they were severely weakened and they wouldn’t survive on their own.
The newly formed team from Hamburg quickly became competitive. They won the national title in 1923, got a second place the year after and 1928 they won it again. Three years before the Bundesliga was born, they won the national title for the third time. In 1963 they joined the Bundesliga as a founding member. They finished 6th that year.
The best years for Hamburger HSV were the late 70’s and early 80’s. Domestically they won the Bundesliga three times and the DFB-Pokal, the German Cup, twice. And they almost had back-to-back years of winning a big European Price. They came second in the UEFA Cup, what is now known as the Europa League, but the year after they won the cup with the big ears; The Champions League. As of today, that is still the only time they won it.
The blackest day in their history is May 12, 2018. For the first time in their history, they got relegated to the 2.Bundesliga. The clock needed to be changed as well, due to the fact that they weren’t part of the Bundesliga anymore. Now the clock mentions the years, months and days that they are a ‘tradition club.’ Counting from the year of founding; 1887.
Hamburger SV is, even though they got relegated from the Bundesliga, a healthy club. With a balance of 40M you don’t have to worry about the financial side of the club. So you can fully get your focus on playing football and getting back to the highest tier, where the club belongs.
The club is healthy and the board wants to keep things like that. So they aren’t giving you any money to spend on transfers. That means the transfer budget is literally 0. What about the wage budget? Not much luck there either. There’s a spare 12K per week, but the board doesn’t allow you to slide it over to the transfer budget. You will have to sell before you can spend.
The other option is the scouting budget. The board is giving you more than half a million, 574K to be exact, to spend on your scouting packages. The world package will cost you 267K, so you can slide the rest of the budget over to your transfer budget. If you choose to do that, you will have 300K to spend on transfers.
Expectations & Budgets
The board expects nothing less than to win the 2.Bundesliga and get straight back into the Bundesliga. They know HSV belong there and they want to get back as fast as possible. They don’t allow you to select another option. So you know what to do.
Since there isn’t any money for transfers, you will have to make do with probably 99% of the given squad. And that’s fine, since the squad is good enough to win the 2.Bundesliga. With Pollersbeck you have a keeper that’s more than qualified to be your goalie for the season, so no worries there.
The backs won’t be a problem as well. Right back Sakai and left back Douglas Santos are of Bundesliga level and will rip the opponents apart. And with Vagnoman you have one of the biggest, if not the biggest, talent at right back of Germany. Defensively your only problems are with Papadopoulos and Jung. They are your best centre-backs, but both players have an injury of at least 6 months. That means that, unless you buy another one, you’ll need to play Bates, Lacroix or Van Drongelen, the back-ups.
Midfield is looking very good. You have experience in Hunt and Mortiz and good talent with Janjicic, Mangala (on loan) and Steinmann. And if that’s not enough, you have Lewis Holtby, former Tottenham Hotspur player and probably the best player in the squad.
The wingers could do some improving, if you’re going use wingers, that is. Jairo is one of your best players and with Ito you have a very decent talent, but that is basically it. Jatta and Ferati aren’t good enough to be in the squad. After season one you get Kostic back from his loan, though. He is of Bundesliga quality and will definitely help the squad out.
Hwang Hee-Chan on loan, big talent Fiete Arp and powerhouse Lasogga. Those are your strikers and they don’t need to improving. And, just like Kostic, in the next season Bobby Wood will be back, so your strikers are settled for at least three seasons.
In our opinion, playing a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 would be the best formation for Hamburger SV. You have good backs, a strong midfield, a very good winger and at least two amazing strikers. We suggest a 4-2-3-1 formation.
If you decide to take out the AMC and play with a DM instead, put Holtby at CM and move Mangala or Mortiz to the DM spot.
HSV Best players and biggest prospects
1. Lewis Holtby – AMC
2. Douglas Santos – DL
3. Hwang Hee Chan – ST
4. Fiete Arp – ST
5. Josha Vagnoman – DR
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