Cologne - After a 33-year absence, it was SV Darmstadt 98's turn to get the full-on Bundesliga treatment at their Bundesliga Media Day.

Like all 18 top-flight clubs, Darmstadt's team had a day in which they took their official club photos for the season (see below) and recorded plenty of useful footage to be used throughout their long-awaited next campaign in the Bundesliga. was there to see how the Lillies took to their day under the spotlight...


1. Beard envy

Marco 'Toni' Sailer isn't a particularly big guy, but he certainly catches the eye. The 29-year-old Darmstadt forward hasn't had a shave in years due to his own superstitions, resulting in a seriously impressive beard. He's so attached to it, he didn't even give it a trim for Media Day: "It's just brought so much luck, so it's staying put for now; even thought it's already really itchy."

2. Throwback to earlier times

Anyone who visits the Böllenfalltor tends to feel like the place has been frozen in time. A far cry from your modern Bundesliga stadium, it has a charm like no other. "Other teams expect a real madhouse here," explained Darmstadt winger Marcel Heller. "The opposition aren't used to playing at such an old stadium. It's definitely an advantage for us."


3. Rookie error

Junior Diaz only joined the Lillies yesterday, so it'd be unfair to expect the Costa Rica international defender's first day at the club to pass without one or two hiccups. "Junior Diaz, Darmstadt," he confidently said in front of the camera. Not bad, but next time don't forget the Hessen outfit's founding year. Take II: "Junior Diaz, Darmstadt 98." That's more like it!


4. All for one, one for all

Darmstadt captain Aytuc Sulu warned his team-mates prior to Media Day that "today was going to be hard work", but the easy-going atmosphere in the camp suggested otherwise. "Here everyone gives absolutely everything for one another," D98 striker Dominik Stroh-Engel revealed. "Problems are talked about and sorted out straight away."


5. Freiburg comparisons

While the players were busy fulfilling their Media Day obligations inside the stdium, a long queue was forming outside as fans waited patiently to get their tickets for the Matchday 2 trip to FC Schalke 04, knowing that the season opener at home to Hannover 96 had already sold out. "We're not as small as you might think," said Darmstadt midfielder Jan Rosenthal. "I see many similarities with my former club SC Freiburg."

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Camera shy?

Certainly Darmstadt's players looked comfortable in front of the camera on their #BLMediaDay, and soon we will get to see how composed they look on the biggest stage for German football.

Rotating players

Striking a pose here for the camera is Fabian Holland, who hopes this bit of footage will be played over and over again this season as that would mean he is getting ready to line up for the Lillies.

Translation: 'Fabi Holland looking smooth on the turntable'

Frank assessment

So are Darmstadt ready for the big time? Not according to their coach Dirk Schuster, who said 'The fact is we still need at least three or four new players.'

Dream come true

Dominik Stroh-Engel is talking for quite a few of his team-mates by saying that the 'Bundesliga was always a dream that I had never given up on'

Strike a pose

Translation: 'Get into position for the official team photo, please!'

And there it is...

Translation: 'An historic photo! The first team photo of the Lillies in the Bundesliga in 33 years!'

Corner kings

Like all the other Bundesliga clubs, one of the challenges Darmstadt have faced today has been trying to score direct from a corner. How well did they do? You'll have to wait a little longer to find out, but here's a hint...

Here they come!

Translation: 'Off we go for the #BLMediaDay with Darmstadt!'