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    Hamburg SV




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    FC Augsburg





Imtech Arena

Attendance: 53167

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Hamburg SV

  • Pierre-Michel Lasogga 22'
  • Maximilian Beister 55'
  • Rafael Van der Vaart 67'

3 - 3


VfB Stuttgart

  • Alexandru Maxim 3'
  • Christian Gentner 37'
  • Johan Djourou 64' OG

Hamburg SV v VfB Stuttgart: Preview

The only two Bundesliga clubs to have changed their coach so far this season meet at the HSV-Arena on Sunday.

Hosts Hamburg parted company with Thorsten Fink just over four weeks ago, three weeks after Bruno Labbadia had been relieved of his duties as coach of Stuttgart.

Both clubs' fortunes have taken a turn for the better since. Stuttgart have picked up 11 points out of a possible 15 since Thomas Schneider took charge while Hamburg - now with Bert van Marwijk at the helm - are fresh from a 5-0 thumping of Nurnberg, a result which took them out of the bottom three.

Something has got to give on Sunday, however, and Schneider has no intention of it being his side's positive run which is brought to an end.

``I'm very confident that our successful series will continue,'' he said at a press conference.

``Of course there have been better times to play Hamburg, but we take it as it comes. We know their weaknesses and I'm sure my lads will be willing to win.''

Striker Vedad Ibisevic is in particularly high spirits after qualifying for the World Cup with Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Schneider hopes he transforms his enthusiasm into goals.

``He's achieved something unique with his country and we're proud of him,'' said Schneider of the man whose goal earned Bosnia their first ever World Cup qualification.

``He's come back with a really happy feeling and you can feel he's motivated.''

Such a happy feeling is what Van Marwijk wants to give the home fans at the HSV-Arena tomorrow as he takes his seat on the bench for the first time at a home game.

``Being my first home game, it's something special, but what's more important is that we improve bit by bit each week,'' said the Dutchman.

``We want to excite the fans this weekend.''

Marcell Jansen returned from international duty ``a bit stiff'', according to Van Marwijk, who nevertheless expects to be able to count on the German full-back, and the same players who thrashed Nurnberg.


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