Now things are getting serious for 1. FC Köln - Bark Sedov
Now things are getting serious for 1. FC Köln

Now things are getting serious for 1. FC Köln

Now things are getting serious for 1. FC Köln

Türoff was also impressed by the euphoria and enthusiasm that emanated from the crowd: “I’ve been there for six months. When I see this, 1. FC Köln grabbed me with full force.” His managing director colleague Keller added: “That impresses me deeply.”

After those responsible had spoken, the players finally came onto the stage. You could also see their enthusiasm. In particular, the words of those players, for whom the season opener was also a premiere, ranged from “awesome” to “madness”.

Only one is celebrated more than Steffen Baumgart

The man everyone had been waiting for after a season in seventh place only came at the very end: As the last member of the team, Steffen Baumgart was welcomed on stage to thunderous applause and chants. “I’ve never experienced anything of this magnitude. It’s nice to see what’s possible when everyone is on the right path together,” said the coach.

Only one person was even more enthusiastic than Baumgart on Saturday: Anthony Modeste. The 20-goal striker was repeatedly celebrated by the fans. Will this fan love ultimately make him stay?

Baumgart sees strong cup opponents live on site

At least next weekend, FC would be able to use the attacker’s goals. Then the billy goats have their first competitive game in the DFB Cup against SSV Jahn Regensburg.

Steffen Baumgart (right) at the season opener of 1. FC Köln at the RheinEnergie Stadium: Only one person is celebrated as much as the FC coach.
Steffen Baumgart (right) at the season opener of 1. FC Köln at the RheinEnergie Stadium: Only one person is celebrated as much as the FC coach. (Source: Herbert Bucco/imago images)

The desire to reach the Conference League was clearly noticeable on Saturday. Stadium announcer Michael Trippel had to interrupt again and again because the fans were singing European songs. The team, on the other hand, knows that it is initially only about the German cup competition.

Cup round becomes a challenge for FC

“Now we should concentrate on the DFB Cup, because: It will be important and difficult enough,” explained Baumgart, after he had recently smashed the FC anthem loudly.

With SSV Jahn Regensburg, the billy goats have at least gotten the nominally hardest lot of the first round of the cup. With the 3-0 win at Arminia Bielefeld, which Baumgart watched live on the Alm, Bayern even took the lead in the table.

Players look forward to the trophy

Nevertheless, FC will be the favorites to travel to the second division and see themselves well prepared for the start: “Basically, the boys are doing well, we are well positioned to go to the competitions,” explained Baumgart.

After two days off on Sunday and Monday, he finally starts working intensively towards Regensburg. A relief for the players: “We are definitely very happy that the preparations are over. It was very hard, very exhausting, very demanding – also mentally. It is all the better that the cup starts next week.” , reported Mark Uth, adding: “I’m ready and I think the boys are too.”

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