BOYS IN BROWN HIT FOR FOUR BY EFFECTIVE KIEL
FC St. Pauli, so impressive recently, slipped to a heavy 4-0 defeat at Holstein Kiel on Friday evening, their fourth reverse since the turn of the year. Two goals in three minutes from Ahmet Arslan and Fin Bartels gave Kiel a first-half advantage, with old boy Bartels and Janni Serra stretching their lead after the interval. The Boys in Brown were unable to match the effectiveness of the Storks as they crashed to their biggest defeat of the season.
BURGSTALLER: "CONCEDING THE THIRD SO SOON AFTER HALF-TIME DID FOR US"
Despite making a good start to the game, the Schultz XI eventually slumped to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of promotion-chasing Holstein Kiel. After the final whistle, the Boys in Brown had to admit it had been an excellent showing from the home side, who were well worth their win in the end.
BOYS IN BROWN KEEN TO KEEP MOMENTUM GOING AT KIEL
Timo Schultz's charges go into the end-of-season run-in with their batteries fully charged after their recent weekend off and determined to add to their points total at third-placed Holstein Kiel on Friday evening (18:30 CET). They go up against a Kiel side hoping to boost their chances of promotion with three crucial points in light of a Covid-related fixture pile-up at the business end of the campaign.
Stojanović targeting maximum return
Dejan Stojanović has now completed a full half-season with the club after signing on loan from Middlesbrough in early January, playing his part in the rapid upturn in fortunes since the reverse fixture against Holstein Kiel with a string of good performances. The aspiring keeper is still not satisfied, however, and aims to go flat to ensure he and his teammates end the season as well as possible.
Aremu to miss last three games
Afeez Aremu will not be available for the rest of the season. The midfielder was released from training on Wednesday to travel home to Nigeria after coming to an agreement with club officials. He will therefore miss the last three league games.
SCHULTZ PROMISES MORE OF THE SAME
Into the end-of-season run-in! The Boys in Brown have three games left to play, starting with a trip to Holstein Kiel on Friday evening (kick-off: 18.30 CET). Head coach Timo Schultz looked ahead to the meeting with the side currently sitting in third place at a news conference this morning.
Buchtmann eyes return to action
Christopher Buchtmann quickly dons the orange warm-up shirt with the St. Pauli badge on it before the laptop camera is trained on him. It’s the next step on his journey back to work. On this Thursday morning, the 29-year-old is taking questions from the media at a virtual press conference. When Buchtmann talks about his long injury layoff, the “extremely difficult time“ he outlines is tangible in more than just his choice of words.
FC St. Pauli to suspend all social media activity for four days
Over the last few weeks, we have been reporting on abuse and discrimination. People who suffer discrimination on account of their skin colour, their (attributed) background or religion have spoken to us about their experiences. Social media is playing an increasing role in this context. Hatred and abuse are becoming a part of the everyday discourse on the internet and in comment threads. This is a global problem that has to be tackled. By governments and especially by the social media companies.
Boys in Brown exercise purchase option for Eric Smith
FC St. Pauli have taken a key personnel decision for the future by securing the services of Eric Smith for the coming years. The Swedish midfielder originally arrived from Belgian top-division club KAA Gent on loan until the end of the season but now the Boys in Brown have exercised their right to sign him on a permanent deal.
BENATELLI TARGETS STRONGEST POSSIBLE FINISH
A cohesive team performance earned the Boys in Brown a 2-1 victory over second-placed Greuther Fürth on Sunday, aided by a strong individual display from Rico Benatelli and his customary tough tackling and assured passing. The midfielder began the week by sitting down for a chat with the Hamburg media.