BOCHUM FACT FILE
After a pre-season lasting just over five weeks, Olaf Janssen's side can hardly wait to get down to the serious business of competitive football! The Boys in Brown kick off the campaign at VfL Bochum on Friday evening (kick-off: 2030 CET). As usual, we've collected a few facts on our forthcoming opponents for you.
WERDER SEEN OFF IN FINAL TEST
St. Pauli secured a 2-1 victory over Werder Bremen in the dress rehearsal for next week's league start at VfL Bochum (Friday, 2030 CET) on Saturday afternoon. In front of 20,026 fans Aziz Bouhaddouz opened the scoring after 22 minutes. Substitute Fin Bartels levelled the scores on 55 before Bouhaddouz struck again 13 minutes later to ensure pre-season ended on a positive note.
JANSSEN ON WERDER: "THEY'LL PUSH US ALL THE WAY"
Olaf Janssen joined the club in the role of assistant coach to Ewald Lienen in November 2016. Against Werder Bremen tomorrow he will enter the Millerntor Stadium for the first time as head coach. Janssen goes into the game against a formidable Bremen outfit with a great sense of excitement and a well prepared team.
BOYS IN BROWN BEAT FC WIL 2-1
In the second warm-up game of their Maria Alm training camp St. Pauli secured a 2-1 victory over Swiss second division side FC Wil. Bernd Nehrig opened the scoring with a peach of a goal on 21 minutes before Sami Allagui added a second just after the interval. Ze Eduardo pulled one back for Wil right at the end.
STÖVER NEW DIRECTOR OF SPORT
FC St. Pauli have made another key personnel decision on the footballing side, appointing Uwe Stöver as the club's new director of sport. Club officials have agreed a long-term deal with the 50-year-old, who will commence his duties on 1 October.
TACTICS AND TEAM BUILDING THE FOCUS AT TRAINING CAMP
This Sunday the Boys in Brown set off for a ten-day training camp at Maria Alm, where they will continue their preparations for the 2017/18 season. While in Austria they will also contest three warm-up matches. After the high-intensity sessions of Hamburg, head coach Olaf Janssen aims to shift the focus to tactics and team building in the Alpine Republic.
LAST-MINUTE WIN OVER OLDENBURG
A day before setting off for a ten-day training camp FC St. Pauli secured a 2-1 win over VfB Oldenburg in Varel on Saturday. In front of 2,500 spectators Bernd Nehrig opened the scoring from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time. Tshomba Luvumbu Oliveira equalised for the fourth-tier outfit on 55 before Under-23 player Marcell Sobotta gave the Boys in Brown their fourth win in four warm-up games right at the end.