Before Fortuna’s opening game (Sun., 1.30 p.m.) in Sandhausen, there is still an important decision to be made: In the middle of the week, by Friday at the latest, the new head coach Christian Preußer (37) will announce who will be the new captain. It is still open whether Preusser will determine him or whether he will let the team choose.
Five candidates – BILD does the captain’s check!
★ Adam Bodzek (35): A year ago he took over the armband from Oliver Fink (38). Preusser had advocated the extension of Bodzek because he relies on his huge experience. However: Bodzek will probably no longer play all games at his age – which could speak against him as captain.
★ Matthias Zimmermann (29): Long-running, an indispensable part of the team for years. For the model professional, the bandage would be a reward for consistently good performance. Zimmermann is also known for being a man of clear words.
★ Rouwen Hennings (33): The goalscorer’s opinion carries a lot of weight within the team. It is not for nothing that he is already on Fortuna’s team council. Under previous coach Uwe Rösler, Hennings temporarily lost his regular place. If Preusser relies fully on Henning’s qualities again, the striker could also be a hot candidate for the armband.
★ André Hoffmann (28): The central defender also enjoys a high reputation among his teammates and was recently evenballs regularly elected to the team council. However, due to a persistent injury, Hoffmann was unable to show the new coach properly on the lawn – which could speak against his promotion to captain.
★ Shinta Appelkamp (20): The youngster was Fortuna’s biggest climber last season. As a reward, he was allowed to go to the U21 European Championship. Shinta, a boy from their own offspring, would be the brave captain variant. But: Fortuna also showed courage in signing the 37-year-old Preussian …