TOP TALENT IGOR MATANOVIC COMMITS TO ST. PAULI
FC St. Pauli have secured the services of another top talent in Igor Matanovic. Director of sport Uwe Stöver has handed the 15-year-old youth striker a professional contract from the start of the 2021/22 campaign. Matanovic will continue to learn his trade in the academy over the next two seasons before moving up to the senior squad with effect from 1 July 2021.
GAMEWEEKS 29 TO 32 SCHEDULED
The German Football League (DFL) announced the kick-off times for the last remaining unscheduled fixtures this season on Wednesday. Arminia Bielefeld will visit the Millerntor on Sunday, 14 April (1330 CET), and the Boys in Brown will host Jahn Regensburg on Saturday, 27 April (1300 CET). Away from home we face FC Heidenheim on Sunday, 21 April (1330 CET), and Dynamo Dresden on Friday, 3 May (1830 CET).
St. Pauli sign Benatelli from Dresden
FC St. Pauli have completed their first piece of business for next season. Rico Benatelli will move to the Millerntor on a free transfer from league rivals Dynamo Dresden in summer. The 27-year-old midfielder has agreed a contract to 30 June 2022 with director of sport Uwe Stöver.
Andreas Rettig to leave club for personal reasons on 30 September 2019
Andreas Rettig is to cease his activities as commercial director of FC St. Pauli for personal reasons on 30 September 2019 to return to his chosen home city of Cologne. The 55-year-old informed the managing board of his decision and the personal reasons that led to it well in advance. In talks on the best-possible procedure for both sides, it was agreed that Rettig would leave the club at the end of the third quarter of 2019.
BOYS IN BROWN CRASH 4-0 AT SANDHAUSEN
FC St. Pauli slipped to a second 4-0 defeat in a week at SV Sandhausen on Saturday afternoon. Andrew Wooten and Philipp Förster gave the home side a 2-0 lead at the break before Fabian Schleusener and Förster doubled their advantage early in the second half.
Reaction needed at Sandhausen
After the bitterly disappointing 4-0 defeat in the derby, the onus is on the Boys in Brown at SV Sandhausen on Saturday. A big improvement will be needed against the relegation strugglers if Markus Kauczinski's side are to sign off into the international break with a win.
CLUB STATEMENT ON THE INCIDENTS IN THE SOUTH STAND AT THE DERBY
The local derby against HSV left its mark on club officials not only because of the defeat on the pitch but also because of the incidents off it during the 90 minutes. In the aftermath of the game, the managing board, supervisory board and the club management all criticised what happened in the South Stand.