Emir Spahic will add experience and steel to a Hamburg backline that has been wobbly in recent seasons - © © imago
Emir Spahic will add experience and steel to a Hamburg backline that has been wobbly in recent seasons - © © imago
Bundesliga

How Emir Spahic will improve Hamburger SV

Cologne – With the 2015/16 Bundesliga season just around the corner, we figured it prime time to take a closer look at some of the German top flight's most talked about summer signings.

Champions League experience

Next up we turn the spotlight on Hamburger SV, whose capture of veteran centre-back Emir Spahic could prove to be one of the shrewdest transfers of all.

In 2013/14, HSV – the Bundesliga’s only ever-present side – only narrowly avoided relegation by virtue of the play-offs. Last term history repeated itself, with Hamburg needing a last-minute Marcelo Diaz free-kick in the play-off second leg against Karlsruher SC to save them from the drop.  

Now, however, it seems the club’s powers-that-be are determined to avoid another nerve-jangling season finale by pulling off a major coup in signing Spahic. The 34-year-old was a mainstay at former club Bayer 04 Leverkusen, where he played a leading role in helping them reach the last 16 in the UEFA Champions League and seal a fourth-placed finish in the Bundesliga last season.

Leadership qualities

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