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FC St. Pauli have signed Sascha Burchert. The 32-year-old goalkeeper brings a wealth of experience to the Millerntor, having played in both the first and second divisions in Germany.

Burchert, who was out of contract, learned his trade at Hertha BSC and developed into an incredibly dependable and consistent goalkeeper at Greuther Fürth. He has 21 Bundesliga and 132 second division appearances to his name plus three Europa League outings with Hertha BSC and other appearances in the Norwegian top flight, for example. The Berlin native also played for Germany at Under-20 level and below.

Reaction to the deal

Director of sport Andreas Bornemann: “In Sascha we’ve signed an extremely reliable and experienced goalkeeper who can help us out of a difficult situation. Ever since Nikola Vasilj sustained the injury to his hand, we’ve been thinking about how to deal with the situation. In view of the host of games ahead of us in the short period to the winter break, we wanted to respond and get cover in the goalkeeper position.”

Head coach Timo Schultz: “Sascha is a complete goalkeeper who is a reliable performer on the pitch. He’s particularly good at denying huge goalscoring opportunities and the whole team can benefit from his experience. Sascha gives our goalkeeper group much more depth, so we’re well placed to meet the challenges to come.”

Sascha Burchert: “I’m really looking forward to the new challenge at St. Pauli. It’s a great job for an experienced player to help a young squad. It was a similar case at Fürth. In addition, as a club St. Pauli are obviously a top second division address for players as far as ambition and everything around the club is concerned."


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