Fein: Focusing on football and family

After an impressive debut Bundesliga 2 season with Jahn Regensburg, Adrian Fein wants to make the next step in his promising young career with Hamburger SV. The 20 year-old has joined the Rothosen from FC Bayern München on a season-long loan.

In an interview on Monday ahead of the new season, HSV head of sport Jonas Boldt spoke about the new signings for the 2019/20 Bundesliga 2 campaign. Boldt was asked about the acquisitions the club have made for the new season as well as whether in some cases loan signings have proved to be more beneficial than a permanent signing. “In the end, the loan players – who under usual circumstances wouldn’t sign for us permanently due to the quality they possess – can make all the difference. They help us and we help to provide them with a platform for development,” explained Boldt. The head of sport added: “Loan additions can be a very effective method for success.”

One of the loan signings HSV have made ahead of the new season is Adrian Fein on a season-long loan from FC Bayern München. The Munich born central midfielder, who has progressed through Bayern’s youth setup, was a ball boy for the first team as a child and has gone on to train with the record Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal champions on 17 occasions. Fein also spent a year with FC Bayern München II playing in the Regionalliga before joining Bundesliga 2 side SSV Jahn Regensburg on loan for the 2018/19 season.

In Regensburg, Fein became a key part of the first team and only missed matches as a result of a torn muscle bundle sustained halfway through the season. “And moving to HSV is the next step up again,” said the 20-year-old midfielder, who possesses very strong agility on the ball. Fein also has very good technique and rarely loses the ball, instead passing with high accuracy. These attributes help him become a key part of the midfield and have even led to comparisons with Bayern’s passing maestro Thiago. “I have always tried to imitate him and to learn from watching him.” Adrian Fein is clearly learning from the best.

However, only learning theory doesn’t lead to development, instead match time is needed for that. There is constant progression from playing for Bayern II in the fourth tier, then second tier in Regensburg before moving to HSC. “The clear aims and concepts of the HSV hierarchy convinced me to join the club,” explained Fein. The Bavarian is also aware of the competition within the team for a starting spot in his position. “Competition is good,” he adds. “Competition makes people improve and I want to improve. Consequently, I was more than happy to accept the challenge of playing at HSV.”

Everything should become bigger for Fein : The pressure to perform, the competition for a starting place, the stadium and the expectations. Fein wants to “accept this challenge and to continue to grow as a footballer.” This is exactly what Boldt values in a loan signing. The players certainly want to develop, want to present themselves well and the whole club benefits from this. This is a win-win situation which Adrian Fein want to contribute from the moment the season starts. “I will also go into the city centre from time to time. I already know Hamburg relatively well from previous visits. I certainly won’t be living in the city centre, instead somewhere near the stadium to be close to training and matches. This means I won’t need to hire a car during my time in Hamburg. Fein is not beating around the bush, instead staying fully focused on the task at hand. For the 20 year-old, the focus is being near family, who he immortalises in multiple aspects, and enjoying success on the pitch both personally and as a team. “I was welcomed into the team really well and the facilities at HSV are superb. I’m ready to get started.” We look forward to seeing what this season will bring!