Hamburg - There must have been a point last season when Hamburger SV thought today would never come, but thanks to victory in the relegation play-offs HSV are once again opening their doors for business on Media Day.
Hamburg media day: best bits
The event, which takes place in and around Hamburg's Volksparkstadion, is used to present the northerners' new signings, take official photographs and produce exclusive media content for use throughout the upcoming campaign.
bundesliga.com rounds up the highlights…
2. No more relegation battles
The HSV players were in good spirits on Wednesday. The players were unified in expressing their desire to avoid another season as tense as the previous campaign. “We want to look to the future and allow out fans to breathe easy,” said Lewis Holtby, who was quick to praise the squad’s unity. “We saw towards the end of last season the power upon which HSV can call upon. Maybe we’ll even cause an upset on the opening day in Munich.”
4. Star of the show…
…was undoubtedly the Hamburg mascot. Dino Hermann was the centre of attention at the team’s photo shoot. Every player embraced the mascot, but when it came to the team’s official squad photo, Dino didn’t make things easy for goalkeeping coach Stefan Wächter, who was struggling for space alongside Hamburg’s iconic dinosaur. The statement “hey Dino move over”, soon had the squad in a fit of giggles.
5. On the road to recovery
First-team regular Jaroslav Drobny will soon be able to make his return to full training. “One more week,” claimed the 35-year-old. Memories of the relegation play-off against Karlsruher SC are still fresh for the goalkeeper. “When Diaz scored that goal I just wanted to cry with happiness,” continued Drobny, who also had words of warning. “Last year we also wanted to have a more stable season and what happened…? We have to do better this year.”
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All present and correct
First things first: team photo time!