Dennis Diekmeier hasn’t broken many records in his career, but the 27-year-old did manage to write his name in the Bundesliga history books on Matchday 2 - albeit inadvertently.
At the RheinEnergieSTADION on Friday, the Hamburg defender became the first player to go 183 Bundesliga appearances without scoring a goal, beating the previous record held by former Hannover and Arminia Bielefeld defender Markus Schuler.
Thankfully from a Hamburg perspective, Diekmeier's lack of goalscoring prowess did not prove costly as goals from Andre Hahn, Bobby Wood and Lewis Holtby helped HSV to a 3-1 victory against UEFA Europa League participants Cologne, which lifted the Red Shorts to the top of the Bundesliga - albeit temporarily - for the first time since September 2009.
“I’m looking forward to breaking the record. Then I can starting banging in the goals!” Diekmeier told the club’s official website in the run-up to the game. “Seriously though, I’m not taking it too seriously. I’m not worried about it at all.”
Diekmeier’s 184th opportunity to open his Bundesliga account comes next Friday, when the northern giants entertain last season’s runners-up RB Leipzig at the Volksparkstadion.