For the second time, VfL is in South Tyrol this summer. After the successful training camp debut last year, the blue and whites are now back in Gais. A week’s training is ahead of the lads. We will keep you up to date.
VfL on Tour
No, it’s by no means just the pros and coaches who head off to a training camp location. Management, board and presidium, doctors, physios, press, content and so on. There was already a lot going on in Gais in the past few days. Our marketing staff, the fan support team, as well as Andreas Pahl and Markus Eggers, the kit attendants, left earlier to make final preparations on site. For the first time this year, the VfL FOOTBALL SCHOOL will also be there, but we will report on this in more detail in the next few days.
Arrival with SkyAlps
For the second time to South Tyrol, but for the first time with SkyAlps. Our new airline partner flew us safely to Bolzano on Sunday morning. In the charter plane of the type Dash 8 Q400 with a good 70 seats we went from Düsseldorf to the south. One hour and twenty minutes were estimated, and that’s how long it took. An extremely relaxed flight. If you want to see for yourself: SkyAlps currently flies three times a week from Düsseldorf to Bolzano. Info here.
Goralski, Hartwig, Römling
An important time for the professionals – after all, they work intensively in the training camp. However, the VfL squad of professional players did not travel to beautiful South Tyrol in its entirety. Unfortunately, newcomer Jacek Goralski, who took to the pitch for the first time in Paderborn, had to miss out at short notice. A small operation on his eye was necessary. Since such an operation usually involves at least a few days of rest, the Polish international will not rejoin the team until after the training camp. Moritz Römling and Luis Hartwig are also not on board in Gais. Both have been released for contract talks. Römling is currently training with Rot-Weiss Essen, a team promoted to the third division, while Hartwig recently presented himself in Austria.
Welcome, Ivan Ordets!
However, those responsible had kept one seat free for the plane anyway, and fortunately it could be filled. And it was in the person of Ivan Ordets. The Ukrainian central defender strengthens the Blue-Whites until next summer. The information about the transfer can be found here. Now it’s time to get to know the team, tactics and VfL in general.
Training session number 1
At 4 p.m. we went out onto the pitch for the first time. Familiar territory, after all, this is where we prepared for our first Bundesliga season in eleven years a year ago. A good omen? We are sure of it. This time, too, we’ll be getting down to business on the course with its picturesque surroundings. Ten sessions, two test matches. The foundation for another highly challenging year in the top flight is to be laid!
Christopher Antwi-Adjei (thigh) and Saidy Janko (ankle) were not yet able to participate on training camp day number 1. Silvère Ganvoula reeled off an individual program with athletics coach Lucas Kern. Danilo Soares also had to take a break.
The day in video
A long day that slowly came to an end after the training session and dinner. There was a lot going on, we have summarised everything for you. You can have a look here. Otherwise: We’ll be back for more here tomorrow!