HSV sign Robert Glatzel

27-year-old striker joins from Cardiff City, signing a three-year contract.

Robert Glatzel has signed for Hamburger SV from Cardiff City. The 27-year-old striker spent last season on loan at 1. FSV Mainz 05. The German has signed a contract until summer 2024 at HSV.

“Robert is very physical, knows where the goal is and can play good football too. He’s got plenty of experience in the 2. Bundesliga, but can still develop at 27. He’s got a good personality and will help out the dressing room,” said sporting director Michael Mutzel. The new signing is also excited to play with his new teammates. “There are many reasons for choosing to move to HSV. The most important thing is that I want to support the club in reaching their goals. I can’t wait to get started and to get to know the team.”

24 goals for Heidenheim – survival with Mainz

Robert-Nesta Glatzel was born on 8th January 1994 in Munich. His first club was SC Fürstenfeldbruck, before spending time in SpVgg Unterhaching and TSV 1860 Munich’s academies. His first experience of first-team football came for SV Heimstetten and then the reserve sides at Wacker Burghausen, TSV 1860 Munich and 1. FC Kaiserslautern. The striker made his breakthrough at Kaiserslautern in 2016/17, playing 19 times in the second tier and scoring four goals. Glatzel then moved to 1. FC Heidenheim, going on to score 24 goals and register 10 assists in 61 games across two seasons. His strong performances there earned him a move to Cardiff City. He appeared in 58 competitive games for the Welsh side, netting 11 times and setting up two goals. He then spent the second half of last season on loan at 1. FSV Mainz 05, playing 351 minutes and contributing to their Bundesliga survival by scoring twice and assisting one goal. 

Name: Robert-Nesta Glatzel
Birthday: 8th January 1994
Place of birth: Munich
Height: 1,93m
Position: Striker
Previous clubs: SV Heimstetten (2013), Wacker Burghausen II (2013-14), TSV 1860 München II (2014-15), 1. FC Kaiserslautern II (2015-17), 1. FC Heidenheim (2017-19), Cardiff City (2019-21), FSV Mainz 05 (loan, 02-06/2021), Hamburger SV (since 2021)