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Club icon raises the alarm and criticizes the Schwolow transfer

There is currently promotion euphoria around FC Schalke 04. Those responsible for the club have already tried to make the squad fit for the top division in several positions. Among other things, Alexander Schwolow was loaned out by Hertha BSC as the new number one. A transfer that does not go down well with club icon Norbert Nigbur.

Norbert Nigbur knows the phase FC Schalke 04 is currently in all too well. Born in Gelsenkirchen, who played 446 competitive games for S04 alone in his career, he was in goal in the 1981/82 promotion season. Even then, the only goal after promotion was: relegation.

While Schalke saved themselves with a bang and only had to go back to the lower house in 1988, Norbert Nigbur believes that the goal for the new head coach Frank Kramer will be difficult to achieve. “It would have been best to celebrate promotion two weeks longer, because there won’t be that much reason to be happy in the 1st division with the current squad,” said the 74-year-old in “Sport Bild” a gloomy forecast.

Above all, Nigbur is dissatisfied with the current squad composition of his heart club and the associated game orientation. “If we want to survive in the Bundesliga, we can’t just go back and play on the counterattack. Even as a promoter, you have to follow your style,” said the ex-goalkeeper, who looked at Ruhr rivals VfL Bochum, who did it managed to “impose his game on the opponent” last season.

Schwolow? “I threw my hands over my head”

According to Nigbur, the squad is not geared towards that: “With Schalke’s current squad – I know there’s a lack of money – it’s hard for me to imagine.”

The six-time national player criticized the commitment of Hertha goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow. Nigbur himself played for the Berliners for three and a half years before moving back to Schalke in 1979: “When I heard that Alexander Schwolow was coming, as a Schalke and Hertha member I threw up my hands. I would have preferred that Kramer is bringing Ortega with him. Schwolow was partly responsible for the fact that Berlin was almost relegated.” Stefan Ortega, on the other hand, switched to England’s champions Manchester City.

In the Schwolow case, however, Nigbur would like to be “convinced of the opposite”. “I just hope that Schalke stays in somehow, because I don’t want to do another year in the catastrophic second division. That has nothing to do with football.”

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