Zimmerman signs with Hamburg - will join in 2007

Discussion in 'Yanks Abroad' started by The Greatest, Jan 10, 2006.

  1. The Greatest

    The Greatest New Member

    Jan 19, 2005
    Ohio
    http://www.hsv.de/index.php?id=14724

    It appears he signed a one year deal (through January 1, 2007). There's not anymore information on that article.

    *disclaimer: I know German, but I'm not 100% confident that what it says means that the deal only goes through 1/1/07. Maybe someone can confirm that?

    Also being reported by Soccer America.

    * thread title changed thanks to a correct translation from Fraulein.
     
  2. E. & P.

    E. & P. New Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Re: Zimmerman signs with Hamburg

    Great news for Preston! I wonder why one year...
     
  3. USvsIRELAND

    USvsIRELAND Member+

    Jul 19, 2004
    ATL
    Re: Zimmerman signs with Hamburg

    Agreed. And how the heck is he signing as he's only 17 and turns 18 next November..........
     
  4. The Blind Pig

    The Blind Pig Member

    Jul 14, 2005
    Section 8
    Re: Zimmerman signs with Hamburg

    i'm out of the loop, but he would be able to if he has a euro passport... which, i thought he did
     
  5. F96

    F96 Member+

    Oct 24, 2002
    Skåne
    Club:
    Hannover 96
    Re: Zimmerman signs with Hamburg

    The article says that he will join Hamburg in January 2007.
     
  6. USvsIRELAND

    USvsIRELAND Member+

    Jul 19, 2004
    ATL
    Re: Zimmerman signs with Hamburg

    Ah. Thank you!

    So what is he going to do til then?
     
  7. jri

    jri Red Card

    Sep 28, 2000
    boca
    Re: Zimmerman signs with Hamburg

    The story sounds somewhat like Casey's: Prolific youth scorer goes to int'l tourney, and although doesn't get 10s all around- shows glimpses of the stuff German pro coaches seem to like (read: big body, can hold ball, play power soccer, but skillful enough still). Like Casey, there is going to be a significant lag before he goes over. Like Casey, a pretty big, pretty storied side signing him.

    What nice/better: Zimmerman's got a few years on Casey- does that mean he has more upside.

    What I like even more: Feilhaber, a completely different player from those 2, also gets signed and is apparently doing very well.

    Good times, my friends, real good times.....almost makes one forget about the crotch grab and "I miss my dog"...:)
     
  8. F96

    F96 Member+

    Oct 24, 2002
    Skåne
    Club:
    Hannover 96
    Re: Zimmerman signs with Hamburg


    Nothing about it in the articel but maybe he will stay in Hamburg's football-school or he'll do what he did over the last year until he comes over?
     
  9. The Big Ticket

    The Big Ticket New Member

    Jan 30, 2004
    MN -> UIUC
    Re: Zimmerman signs with Hamburg

    With a name like Fräulein96 I'm going to trust you on that one. Although I think Fräulein69 would be a better name. :eek:
     
  10. FirstStar

    FirstStar Hustlin' for the USA

    Feb 1, 2005
    Time's Arrow
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: Zimmerman signs with Hamburg

    Get your mind out of the gutter!!!! And don't look that way at my avatar!
     
  11. bostonsoccermdl

    bostonsoccermdl Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 3, 2002
    Denver, CO
    Re: Zimmerman signs with Hamburg

    Why are you grabbing dog's crotches? :eek: :D
     
  12. USvsIRELAND

    USvsIRELAND Member+

    Jul 19, 2004
    ATL
    Re: Zimmerman signs with Hamburg

    So is he going to play a season at Duke?
    Train with a MLS team?
    Stay at Bradenton?
    Play U-19 Club ball somewhere and play ODP?
    Train and live with his own money at Hamburg and be reimbursed when he signs?
     
  13. sidefootsitter

    sidefootsitter Member+

    Oct 14, 2004
    Re: Zimmerman signs with Hamburg

    There's no need for Euro passports in Germany, starting July, 1, 2,006. The 36 Bundesliga clubs have agreed to eliminate virtually all barriers to the employment of non-EU players.

    Preston is waiting because he is a November baby and isn't turning 18 until late 2,006. Once he's 18, he can sign a legal contract with HSV.
     
  14. CG

    CG Member

    Jul 25, 2001
    Re: Zimmerman signs with Hamburg

    seems like the best idea would be to go ahead and get acclimated to the German culture and lifestyle so we don't have Landon version 2.0.
     
  15. DutchFootballRulez

    Jul 15, 2003
    Baltimore, MD
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: Zimmerman signs with Hamburg

    So at HSV will be Benny F and Preston Z...cool
     
  16. NBlue

    NBlue Member

    Jun 17, 2002
    Orlando, Florida
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: Zimmerman signs with Hamburg


    i'd take Landon version 2.0 in a heartbeat . . .

    the hate gets old at some point.
     
  17. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    OK, can someone please spell out the specifics of how this is gonna work?

    We all know he can't actually sign over there till he's 18 and that's in November. Or, has Hamburg found the elusive loophole?

    If not, what has he signed? How is this binding? Has Hamburg actually given the kid cash? Is it a gentleman's agreement to sign him to specific terms as soon as he's able? If so, what's he gonna do in the interim? He can't play college ball since he has an agent and the NCAA sure as hell wouldn't look too kindly on a future agreement like this.
     
  18. CG

    CG Member

    Jul 25, 2001
    Re: Zimmerman signs with Hamburg

    I mean the scenario not the player.
     
  19. dry martini

    dry martini Member

    Feb 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Re: Zimmerman signs with Hamburg

    If so, he's just setting himself up for a transfer to the Mexican league. ;)
     
  20. The Greatest

    The Greatest New Member

    Jan 19, 2005
    Ohio
    There's really no other info out right now. I will be watching the German papers and HSV's website in the next couple days, maybe they will give a little more info.
     
  21. Lloyd Heilbrunn

    Lloyd Heilbrunn Member+

    Feb 11, 2002
    Jupiter, Fl.
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Kinda sounds like the Germans have adopted the NCAA verbal commitment before national letter signing day......:cool:
     
  22. voros

    voros Member

    Jun 7, 2002
    Parts Unknown
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: Zimmerman signs with Hamburg

    Well what he probably ought to do is to start finding himself a PDL team right now. Maybe one near an MLS team so he can be a guest player from time to time for the MLS reserves.

    I don't think sitting around not playing much would help.

    Or he could stay at Bradenton and train with the U17s until then, if they let him.
     
  23. voros

    voros Member

    Jun 7, 2002
    Parts Unknown
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: Zimmerman signs with Hamburg

    Wisdom finally strikes in Europe!

    This is great news for the lesser clubs, and long term very good news for the German players.
     
  24. The Blind Pig

    The Blind Pig Member

    Jul 14, 2005
    Section 8
    Re: Zimmerman signs with Hamburg


    there is for him to play before the age of 18


    he can't play before 18 in a country not of his origin... but he can if he has a euro passport (anywhere those work)... that's a fifa rule
     
  25. NBlue

    NBlue Member

    Jun 17, 2002
    Orlando, Florida
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: Zimmerman signs with Hamburg


    Fair enough. I apologize if I read too much into -- I think that would be a realistic concern, certainly. Then again, I doubt Preston will sign a 8-10 year contract a la Landon.
     

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