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2017/18 season begins now!

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06.07.17

2017/18 season begins now!

As always the players underwent lactate tests after they reported back for training to kick off the impending 2017/18 season. Further tests are to follow on Friday before the season officially starts with a public training session on Sunday, after which the summer training camp at nearby Rothenburg will begin.

HSV were the second last Bundesliga team to report back for training ahead of the new season which begins next month. As always lactate tests were first up for the players as was probably the case for all other clubs. Smiling faces with weather to match were the order of the day on Thursday morning (06.07) at the brand new stadium of local outfit SV Lurup. The tests were conducted on the running track and those smiling faces soon changed as the players were put through their paces as the sweat began to flow.

Little pinprick in the ear of new signing Andre Hahn. That blood sample will help staff assess the striker and give vital information regarding his training workload.
Little pinprick in the ear of new signing Andre Hahn. That blood sample will help staff assess the striker and give vital information regarding his training workload.

Lactate tests in the afternoon without the internationals still on their summer break. 

As usual the Rothosen came through the opening session of the new season with professional aplomb. Head coach Markus Gisdol had a 20-man squad to work with including striker Sven Schipplock who rejoins HSV following a loan spell in the lower divisions. Also there were new signings Andre Hahn and Bjarne Thoelke. Those missing included internationals Mergim Mavraj, Bobby Wood, Julian Pollersbeck, Filip Kostic, Albin Ekdal, Gotoku Sakai and Gideon Jung, all of whom report back on July 15 after the first training camp in Rothenburg. Young Mats Köhlert is currently on international with the German under-19s at the Euros in Georgia. The Germans take on Bulgaria this evening. Kyriakos Papadopoulos (hardened calf muscle) and Douglas (inflamed knee) also missed out.

The players in attendance were at the new youth complex on Thursday afternoon to undergo FMS (functional movement screen) testing designed to analyse stability and movement. On Friday (07.07) extensive testing at a sport clinic in the city will take place before the season officially begins at the Volksparkstadion on Sunday. After a public training session the group will set up camp at Rothenburg, where they will remain until July 13.