While Ostrzolek was travelling north, Hamburg prevailed 3-1 over Rot-Weiβ Erfurt in their last pre-season friendly of the summer. New signing Nicolai Müller assisted the first goal for Jacques Zoua and scored the third himself, with head coach Mirko Slomka particularly impressed with the performance of his new recruit: "He's already shown just today how much he's going to strengthen us this season." The second goal was scored by Rafael van der Vaart, who, the club also confirmed, will retain the captain's armband for the 2014/15 campaign. Centre-half Johan Djourou will be vice-captian.
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