This scene at Fortuna’s Thursday training was symbolic …
In the shadow of the arena, the field players struggled under the eyes of head coach Uwe Rösler (52) on the lawn. While high up on the tower on the edge of the square, from which the video recordings of the training are made, goalkeeper Florian Kastenmeier (23) followed the goings down there with interest.
Tackled in the promotion race – only Kastenmeier very high!
Before the home game against Hanover (Sun / 1.30 p.m. / Sky), Düsseldorf is far behind in 7th place. Nine points away from the promotion ranks. Fortuna can only help a “small miracle” after relegating it to the first division for the first time after relegating it to the Bundesliga for the first time.
If all colleagues had acted like a caste in a box, the starting position could now be a significantly better one …
After his debut 13 months ago, Kastenmeier moved up from the regional league. He’s now a solid second division keeper. Even if he still brings “stupid actions” from time to time – such as the own goal in the 0: 3 in the Hanover first leg, his dismissal in Karlsruhe (2: 1) or the unnecessary criticism of Munich’s world goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (34) before the season .
But Kastenmeier is not one of those who flutter after making mistakes. He shows himself capable of learning and wants to get ahead. After the contract was extended until 2024, he recently promised: “I will do everything I can to ensure that we return to the Bundesliga during this time.”
This season it probably won’t work anymore. But he still has three and a half years.