Former FC Schalke 04 player experiences “nightmare”, ex-BVB talent in the pillory

A move to the Spanish Primera División is a long-cherished goal for many footballers. For two professionals who were once under contract with Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04, however, the step was a nightmare.

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Matthew Hoppe appeared in FC Schalke 04’s professional squad in 2020/21 and contributed six goals in 22 Bundesliga games. However, even he could not prevent the Knappen’s relegation from the German upper house.

The performance of the 20-year-old nevertheless called the competition onto the scene. Ultimately, Schalke took the opportunity to let the US international move to RCD Mallorca in the Spanish Primera División and filled the dangerously empty coffers with 3.5 million euros.

It is now becoming clear that the Royal Blues are the sole winners of this deal. So far, Hoppe has only made four brief appearances for the Balearic club. Only in the crashing 1: 6 swatter against Real Madrid was the attacker in the starting lineup and was even able to book an assist.

Hoppe is left out at RCD Mallorca

No wonder critical voices were not long in coming. The Spanish “Marca” judged Hoppe’s Mallorca adventure as a “nightmare” in mid-November 2021. Coach Luis Garcia also left no doubt that the youngster found it difficult to change air.

“I speak English with him, but Spanish with the group. In the end, many things go past Matthew, not just in football, but also in terms of integration,” coach Luis García clarified to the sports newspaper: “You see your teammates laughing and you don’t know what they’re laughing at.” But that’s not all: Shortly thereafter, Hoppe’s body continued to slow him down. A right-half injury kept the youngster out of action for two months.

Most recently, even a return to Germany haunted the media. Even FC Schalke 04 was traded.

A good month later, Hoppe is still lacing his football shoes for Mallorca. However, there is still little sign of improvement. On the last day of the game, Hoppe once again only found himself on the substitutes’ bench.

The “Turkish Messi” didn’t only disappoint at BVB

Emre Mor knows all too well what it’s like when you don’t live up to expectations as a result of a transfer. Accompanied by media fanfare, the attacker switched from the Danish first division club FC Nordsjaelland to BVB in 2016, who leafed through almost ten million euros for the offensive player dubbed the “Turkish Messi”.

The best thing that one might associate with Mor in Dortmund is the fact that a year later he was sold to Celta Vigo for 13 million euros. However, the 24-year-old was not really happy in Spain either. Unconvincing loan spells at Galatasaray and Olympiakos Piraeus followed before Mor also signed on on loan at Fatih Karagümrük ahead of the current season.

With the Turkish first division club, Mor is fighting against relegation in the bottom third of the table, but once again failed to make a great impression with one goal in 13 league games. Last Saturday, the next blow came: With Mor in the starting eleven, Fatih Karagümrük lost 5-0 at Adana Demirspor to ex-Schalke players Benjamin Stambouli and Younès Belhanda as well as Italy’s enfant terrible Mario Baloteli.

Ex-Turkish national player Tümer Metin recently publicly counted Mor to “Tivibu Spor”. “Young players can learn, he hasn’t learned anything. When I saw him play today, his game revealed the same problems as six years ago,” Metin said after the 1-0 defeat by Besiktas on 18 January.

Marc Affeldt


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