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Koen Casteels and his team VfL Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga?

The German champion of 2009, in a double-promotion-degradatieduel past resembled Eintracht Braunschweig get.

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It sounds unlikely, but it is the bitter reality. VfL Wolfsburg, last season in the quarter-finals of the Champions League at the last minute turned off by the later winner Real Madrid (3-0 in the return, after 2-0 in Germany) should be via the play-offs are sheet try to save. The Dutch coach Andries Jonker (54), that at the end of February this year was appointed as the successor of the forwarded Valérien Ismaël, ended by the (shared) sixteenth place – with FSV Mainz 05, which has a better goal difference, the lowest position ever in the club history. This is striking, because when the former right-hand man of Louis van Gaal at Barcelona took over in the Volkswagenclub was VfL Wolfsburg after 22 days with 22 points in the fourteenth place in the Bundesliga. Twelve speelrondes further they ended up, after a lean balance sheet from 15 to 36, with 37 points on 34 days.

With public support it will not be during the derby against Braunschweig. For the heenwedstrijd at 20.30 tonight is the stadium of Wolfsburg is already sold out (30,000 places, including 3,000 fans from Braunschweig), which last season in the Bundesliga just six times it happened. Little hopeful, is that the former international Mario Gomez in the VW-Arena only fifteen times in seventeen matches at home were able to score.

Koen Casteels (24), which is still under contract to 2019, with this feature, once again, the opportunity to engage in the viewer to play from coach Roberto Martínez. The ex-goalie of RC Genk managed to captain and clubicoon Diego Benaglio (33) as a holder to squeeze under the crossbar. No easy feat, because the Swiss is with 246 appearances in the Bundesliga, the player with the most duels, after Marcel Schäfer (253). Casteels played a total of twenty matches.

Monday we get in return in Braunschweig a continuation of the David against Goliath story, if you know that VfL Wolfsburg last season, extracted with an operational budget of 100 million euro, Braunschweig, germany less than 40. With a possible promotion, there is a doubling to 80 million euros. Dreams may even.

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