Karlsruhe’s ex-coach Markus Kauczinski (52, currently training in Wehen Wiesbaden) and HSV coach Tim Walter (46) have been close friends for a long time.
From 2006 to 2007, Walter was not only Kauczinski’s assistant coach at the KSC U19s, but also always a guy who showed a clear edge.
Kauczinski (2012 to 2016 head coach of Baden) likes to remember the time together: “I still remember when Tim Walter was my assistant coach at the U19s. It was his first position at KSC and I knew relatively quickly that with his strong personality he had what it takes to do more. And that’s what he did.”
And further: “Tim has his idea of football, is consistent, open and honest. I used to believe that he could do something big. Then as now, he had his own mind. Tim was always reliable, even if we didn’t always agree.”
Now HSV meets KSC in their 1000th point home game since the Bundesliga was founded in 1963 on Saturday (8:30 p.m.). Kauczinski will never forget a game against Hamburg: In the 2015 religious game he failed because of the Rothosen. Only in the second leg in the Karlsruhe Wildpark did a last-minute goal by the then HSV striker Nicolai Müller (34) decide about the non-promotion.
“It was a crazy game back then, and people still ask me about it today,” Kauczinski recalls: “It was a rollercoaster of emotions, there was a tragedy in it, you don’t get that every day. Since then, defeat has always stuck in my mind.”
After that, as a St. Pauli coach (from 2017 to 2019), he was to experience a few hot duels against his local rivals: “I always liked the games against HSV. There’s expectation and pressure behind it, an insane atmosphere. As a coach, I love that when two traditional clubs meet.”
Kauczinski’s wish: “Maybe one day I’ll meet Tim again, that would be nice.”