Football : Onisiwo boosts self-confidence at the start

“That’s very important for him because he’s a player who often thinks too much,” said sporting director Martin Schmidt. The 30-year-old confirmed this indirectly. “I played a lot of games last season and didn’t score that much. I need a run,” Onisiwo said. “A striker just needs a run and has to try and force that a bit. And once you get the hang of it, it runs itself.”

The attacker could also have become a kind of tragic hero in Bochum. After his 1-0, he missed the great opportunity for a quick second goal in front of the VfL goal. His compatriot Kevin Stöger equalized for Bochum (39th). “If the game stays 1-1, then he’ll fight with himself after the game and ask himself: Why don’t I take these huge chances? I could have brought the team victory there,” said Schmidt. “The second goal has boosted our self-confidence.” Rehbein

Onisiwo is happy with his teammates after his brace against Bochum

Onisiwo wants to “become ice colder”

Onisiwo hopes that things will continue like this and sees room for improvement. “I have to keep at it now: train well, keep working well, get even better in the one-on-one situations, get colder as ice,” he said. “I think there will be a few more goals.”

His sports director thinks so too. “I’m convinced that – once he gets going and the self-confidence is there – he can achieve his goal of scoring double digits in the Bundesliga this season,” said Schmidt. Onisiwo have not managed to score more than seven goals in one season in the German football league.

German Bundesliga, first day of play


Cologne – Schalke 3: 1 (0: 0)

Goals: Kilian (49′), Kainz (65′), Ljubicic (80′) and Bulter (76′)

Cologne: Kainz up to 77th, Ljubicic up to 85th
Schalke: Greiml, Langer not in the squad

Rote Karte: Drexler (35./Schalke)

Stuttgart – Leipzig 1: 1 (1: 1)

Tore: Friday (31.) bzw. Nkunku (7.)

Stuttgart: Kalajdzic bis 64.
Leipzig: Schlager replacement, without Laimer


Bochum – Mainz 1: 2 (1: 1)

Goals: Stöger (39′) and Onisiwo (26′, 77′)

Bochum: with Stöger
Mainz: Onisiwo up to 85th, Mustapha from 85th

Augsburg – Freiburg 0:4 (0:0)

Goal: Gregoritsch (46.), Grifo (47.), Ginter (61.), Doan (79.)

Freiburg: with Lienhart, Gregoritsch until 76.

Mönchengladbach – Hoffenheim 3:1 (1:1)

Tore: Bensebaini (42.), Thuram (71.), Elvedi (78.). bzw. Skov (25.)

Yellow-red card: Posch (19th / Hoffenheim)

Gladbach: Lainer from 84th, Wolf replacement
Hoffenheim: Baumgartner up to 80th, Posch (yellow-red/19th)

Wolfsburg – Bremen 2:2 (1:2)

Tore: Nmecha (11.), Guilavogui (84.) bzw. Füllkrug (21.), Bittencourt (23.)

Wolfsburg: Wimmer up to 67th, Pervan replacement
Bremen: with Friedl, without Schmid (coronavirus)

Union Berlin – Hertha 3:1 (1:0)

Goals: Siebatcheu (32′), Becker (50′), Knoche (54′) and Lukebakio (85′)

Union: with trimmel

Dortmund – Leverkusen 1: 0 (1: 0)

Tor: Reus (9.)


Frankfurt – Bayern 1:6 (0:5)

Track: Kolo Muani (64th) bzw. Kimmich (5th), Pavard (10th), Mane (29th), Musiala (35th, 83rd), Gnabry (43rd)

Frankfurt: Trainer Glasner
Bavaria: Sabitzer up to 57.


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