Hertha and stuttgart focus on youth

Hertha and stuttgart focus on youth

Nico schulz, anthony brooks, timo werner or antonio rudiger – all names that are still barely familiar to fubball fans. Names that also stand for the philosophy at hertha BSC and vfb stuttgart.

The two bundesliga clubs, which will meet on friday at the olympiastadion for the opening of the fifth bundesliga match day, are relying on promising talents instead of expensive million stars. A course of action that, in view of the old financial burdens, was certainly also born out of necessity. "It was our goal last summer to kick-start a development with young players – and we’ve succeeded with nico and john anthony brooks," said hertha coach jos luhukay, who can pride himself on a successful youth development program and has other talents like hany mukhtar up his sleeve.

This was not always the case for his predecessors. Hertha had a reputation for wasting its resources on young talent. Best example: the boateng-brothers jerome and kevin-prince found their fubball-luck only outside berlin. Opponents stuttgart have defined themselves for years through their youth work. As record champions in the A and B youth categories, the club has been able to pride itself on its youth development efforts for years. Recently, however, the swabians, who once adorned themselves with the label "junge wilde" (young wild ones) because of players like kevin kuranyi, sami khedira and mario gomez, have lost their way a little. The dismissed coach bruno labbadia often reacted irritably to questions about the playing times of the youth players.

His successor, thomas schneider, wanted to get the rejuvenation process going again at stuttgart. "I’ve made it my mission to give the young players a better standing than they’ve had recently," the 40-year-old ex-vfb professional announced when he took up his post just three weeks ago. Schneider helped 17-year-old timo werner make his starting eleven debut in the 6-2 win over 1899 hoffenheim. He created a lot of momentum and set up two goals.

Schneider is virtually predestined for the youth orientation. Since 2011, he has coached vfb stuttgart’s u17s. In 2012, he led the club’s B-youth to the final of the german championship – and lost the final against berlin 0:2. At the time, werner was one of the players who played for vfb, while mukhtar played on the opposite side. One year later, vfb won the title again. By a 1:0, the opponent hit again hertha.

Good work with young talent now paying off in the professional arena. "We can be happy that we have a young player who was trained at hertha and can still become very valuable in the future," the hertha coach said about youngster schulz, for example. The berlin native made his debut in the first eleven on matchday three against hamburger SV due to the injury to newcomer johannes van den bergh and set up the winning goal. "Nico is still fully in his development. He’s a good quality left forward," his coach praised him. The dutchman was also happy to give mukhtar a chance in midfield. However, the 18-year-old had injured himself at the U-19 level. "Hany could also be the kind of player who can take that step," said the hertha coach.

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