Nürnberg fact file
Wednesday, 02. October 2019, 15:00 Uhr
Before we enter the second international break, the Boys in Brown have an away game at FC Nürnberg on Sunday (1330 CET). As usual, we've taken a closer look at our next opponents.
Nürnberg ran out comfortable 4-0 winners at Hannover 96 on Monday night. The Franconians proved clinically efficient in front of goal, going in at the break 3-0 up despite registering only four attempts on goal. Hannover won more tackles and saw much more of the ball but found no way through against a formidable Nürnberg side who are now unbeaten in five.
Nürnberg defender Georg Margreitter set his side on the road to victory early on at Hannover with a third-minute goal before adding the fourth in the closing stages. Both goals were headers from a corner. For the 30-year-old Austrian, who joined the club in August 2015 (106 competitive appearances, 10 goals), it was the first brace of his career.
No place like home
No one knows why, but that's the way it is. Some players seem to get their goals at home, while others have a tendency to score away. Johannes Geis, who moved to Nürnberg from Cologne in summer, is one who belongs in the former category. The 26-year-old has found the net three times this season, all of them at the Max Morlock Stadium. The goals Geis scored for FC Schalke 04 (2) and FSV Mainz 05 (5) in the Bundesliga also came at home. Ironically, the only time the midfielder has scored away from home in the top two divisions was at Nürnberg in the 2012/13 season, a goal that gave his then club Greuther Fürth a 1-0 win in the Franconian derby.
Damir Canadi's team kept their third clean sheet at Hannover, but have conceded 13 goals in their other five games. And they have been particularly susceptible from set pieces, conceding seven times already from an opposition free-kick or corner. It is also worth having a go from long range, as Nürnberg have conceded five goals from outside the penalty area.
His goal to seal a 4-3 win in the DFB Cup quarter-final against Werder Bremen in January 2006 will never be forgotten. Robert Palikuca is the man we are talking about. The tall centre-back wore the brown-and-white shirt for two years, scoring seven goals in 68 apperances. Palikuca played for Fortuna Düsseldorf from 2006 to 2010 before joining the club's marketing department and then serving as team manager in their scouting and squad planning department until April 2019. The Croatian has been director of sport at FC Nürnberg since 15 April 2019.