Haji Wright at FC Schalke 04

Discussion in 'Yanks Abroad' started by Chance, Dec 17, 2013.

  1. Casper

    Casper Member+

    Mar 30, 2001
    New York
    And this will be the best takeaway from the season for Schalke as an organization. Avoiding a relegation disaster from where they ended last year barely counts as an achievement, in my mind. It's amazing that it still seems totally possible that they'll need a result on the last matchday, in a six-pointer, to stay up outright.
     
  2. ttrevett

    ttrevett Member+

    Apr 2, 2002
    Atlanta, GA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Seems a failure on the part of the Schalke administration not preparing well enough for player departure than the guys on the field. They play their hearts out but there is not nearly enough talent.
     
  3. The Irish Rover

    The Irish Rover Member+

    Aug 1, 2010
    Dublin
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Ireland Republic
    #2253 The Irish Rover, Apr 24, 2019
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    And Haji is doing that, at least. In 18 games, he's bagged 12 goals and has assists on 5 more in 18 Oberliga games.
     
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  4. The Irish Rover

    The Irish Rover Member+

    Aug 1, 2010
    Dublin
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Ireland Republic
    It's very important to not have your reserves playing OL ball, but playing in the 3 Liga isn't a priority. The U-23 sides are there for player development, not league success, and keeping a place in D3 can put too much pressure on young squads which may be missing key team mates who are with the pros or have been let go because they weren't going to make it with the pro squad.

    The solution, of course, is to recruit U-23 players who can keep you there, but then you're recruiting with the reserve side's needs in consideration, instead of a sole focus on the first team. If they get into the 3 Liga? Great. If they get relegated? Disappointing, but now they know what losing feels like and that's good for them mentally.
     
  5. The Irish Rover

    The Irish Rover Member+

    Aug 1, 2010
    Dublin
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Ireland Republic


    Apparently David Wagner is going to be the coach next season, which should be good news for Haji. As a coach, Wagner is said to be a master motivator, and if anyone needs that it's Haji.


    HT to @BostonRed
     
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  6. Jazzy Altidore

    Jazzy Altidore Member+

    Sep 2, 2009
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The odds say that Haji will be gone.
     
  7. BostonRed

    BostonRed Member+

    Oct 9, 2011
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  8. mattjo

    mattjo Member+

    Feb 3, 2001
    Washington DC
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Could be a bit of a US prospect exodus from Schalke: Jones already left; Taitague and Haji could be on their way out.
     
  9. mace

    mace Member

    Chicago Fire
    United States
    Jun 5, 2004
    USA
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    They were down 1:0 on an early goal. Haji tied it up in the second half and teammate Zahn scored the game winner.

    Looks like they have two more games to go this season but are a lock to win the mighty Oberliga Westfalen.
     
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  10. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    Is there any way to actually watch these Oberliga games?
     
  11. USA-Zebuel

    USA-Zebuel Member+

    Mar 26, 2013
    Club:
    Colón de Santa Fe
    No. Even if you buy a ticket and go to a live game they hired the actor that plays “The Mountain that Rides” to gouge our your eyeballs.
    Very secretive league.
     
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  12. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    I guess gouging one's eyeballs would be considered a favor. Still, I'm finding it hard to find even a radio stream for these ones. So if anyone know of a way that doesn't involve crossing the Atlantic, please share.
     

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