Aue defender Gonther: First victory for Halali, then calls for the bachelor thesis

Aue defender Sören Gonther looks back on an excellent season and is pleased that FC Erzgebirge Aue is facing the 15th second division season.

Floodplain – On Sunday afternoon, shortly after 5.15 p.m., the whistle sounds in the encounter at Jahn Regensburg. This ends for Sören Gonther and the FC Erzgebirge one because of the Corona-Pandemie exceptional playing time. It was an eventful season especially for the 33-year-old.

First leg Aue against Regensburg: Sören Gonther (right) is in the air almost horizontally and heads to the 1-0 winning goal for FCE. © picture point / Sven Sonntag

It was a year ago on Sunday that Gonther moved from Dynamo Dresden to Lößnitztal. In retrospect, for Aues club boss Helge Leonhardt it was the “king transfer” and for Gonther it was the right step at the right time: “I am pleased that it has become a win-win situation for both sides.”

While his ex-club has to start the bitter league in the 3rd league, the FCE held the class quite confidently.

“The fact that Aue is before the 15th second division season is sensational for the region. But I am also sad about the way that Dynamo has to go. It was not foreseeable a year ago and I am very sorry,” Gonther feels with them Black and yellow.

But back to purple and white. The duel “Gonni” is set there. The central defender is in front of Regensburg in 30 appearances in which he scored two goals – including the 1-0 winner in the first leg.

“I’ve only missed three games so far – due to a yellow card suspension and two injuries. The last time I had more than 30 appearances for Paderborn ten years ago,” Gonther says deeply.

He is recognized as a leader, has experience and is someone who sometimes gives a clear edge to the outside world. Something had wormed him again and again recently: “Snapshots are overrated too quickly. When we were fourth in autumn, we had done everything right. Because we could not hold this position, everything was really bad. That is too much black and white for me. Think!”

However, there are also justified criticisms – not least the away balance, with currently only one win from 16 games.

“There were so many games on the go. But eight points are too few. I would be happy to pass on the red lantern to Sankt Pauli,” Gonther said in Regensburg on Sunday to produce cosmetic results.

And then put your legs up? “That won’t happen – if only because I will be writing my bachelor’s thesis in the next few weeks.”

Gonther, who studies business administration at the University of Oldenburg, does not let go of the round leather there either. His research topic: “Is the registered club in professional football still fit for the future?”

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