Ex-player Walace – “HSV was run incorrectly”

Hamburger SV is in a crisis, promotion to the Bundesliga threatens to fail. It would be the continuation of a misery that began many years ago. Ex-players also suffered from this.

Walace is sitting in front of the computer screen with a big grin when the video call starts. “Hello, how are you?” He says in broken German and laughs. The Brazilian played in Germany for two and a half years. One and a half for HSV, another for Hannover 96. Walace Souza Silva, so Walace’s full name, had a broad grin like on the computer screen, but rarely in the Bundesliga. He was relegated with both Hamburg and Hanover.

The time was not easy for him, especially at HSV. He had three coaches in the 18 months at the club. Again and again he had to change his game. There was also unrest away from the lawn. Walace hits the headlines, is sanctioned by the club and has to fight his way back.

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Two years ago he left the Bundesliga and Germany behind. Hanover sold it to Udinese Calcio. And in Italy he knew how to convince, playing his way into the starting eleven of Oliver Bierhoff’s ex-club. Today, Sunday, he meets Juventus Turin with his team and was available for an interview beforehand.

t-online: Walace, you’ve been playing in Italy for two years now. How are you doing in Serie A?

Walace (26): Very good. Serie A is different from the Bundesliga. This is more about tactics and technique, which suits my game. In addition, the championship is very competitive. All in all, I feel very comfortable here.

In the Bundesliga, many teams focus on pressing their opponents.

That’s the way it is. That’s what I mean by the differences between the leagues. As a player, you have to adapt with your skills. If you can’t do that, it will be difficult.

Your time at Hamburger SV was also considered difficult. How do you look back on your time in Germany?

I was 21 years old when I moved to Hamburg. New country, new language, that was tough for me at the beginning. But I like these challenges because I can grow from them. And that’s how I continued to develop in Germany and I’m grateful for the time.

Markus Gisdol (left) brought Walace to Hamburg, but was no longer his coach after a year. (Source: Oliver Ruhnke / imago images)

At the beginning you played a lot in Hamburg, but over time it got less and you were criticized for being undisciplined. Did you feel you were treated wrong?

At that time, HSV did not have the right mentality and vision, it was led incorrectly. Such a big club should have treated us players differently. In the area of ​​communication in particular, things did not go well. Too little was spoken to us.

There were also many coach changes during your time. You came to the club under Markus Gisdol, a year later Bernd Hollerbach was your coach, who was fired for Christian Titz after two months. However, they did not get any stakes under Titz.

That was a big problem for all players. There were always new coaches who had different ideas. Titz wanted me to be the central defender and I told him I had never played that before. I was uncomfortable with the thought. I suggested helping off the bench as a substitute for midfield. Then I didn’t play a minute for HSV and was sold to Hanover in the summer.

You and the club had imagined your time in Hamburg to be different. You finally came to HSV as an Olympic champion.

The gold medal was the best moment in my career. In general, 2016 was a great year for me because I won the Brazilian Cup with Gremio Porto Alegre. To win the Olympics on top of that was fantastic.

Walace (left) in the Olympic final against Germany's Nils Petersen.  (Source: imago images / Eibner)Walace (left) in the Olympic final against Germany’s Nils Petersen. (Source: Eibner / imago images)

You made your last international match for Brazil at the end of 2018. Do you think that you can play for the Selecao again?

I hope so (knocks three times on the table). I miss playing for my country. But to do that, I have to call up my performance here at Udinese.

How much does playing without a spectator influence you? In Italy, too, it’s been over a year since the stadiums were full.

I’m really looking forward to when fans can finally be there again. When you play in front of fans, you feel like you’re not just playing for the team and the club, but for the people. It also gives me so much more strength and motivation to have spectators in the stadium.

And you could use them on Sunday when you meet Juventus Turin with Udinese. After nine championship titles in a row, Juve will not win the championship this year. How does that change the game?

It’s always difficult against Juventus. The team is very strong and is still fighting for the Champions League qualification. But I believe we can beat them.

Walace (left) in the first leg against Juventus Turin and Cristiano Ronaldo.  (Source: imago images / Sportimage)Walace (left) in the first leg against Juventus Turin and Cristiano Ronaldo. (Source: Sportimage / imago images)

How are you going to do it?

With personality and mentality. We have to play aggressively on the pitch right from the start. With the right feel for the game, we will notice when our chance is good to catch them. Then we can win.


When VfL Bochum played the last Revier derby in the Bundesliga


VfL Bochum is currently working flat out on the Bundesliga promotion mission and only needs to take a few steps. RevierSport is now taking a look at VfL’s last Revier derby in the 2009/10 season.

At the SV Darmstadt 98 has the VfL Bochum on Monday (8:30 p.m.) the opportunity to take another step towards promotion to the Bundesliga. With 60 points, the men from the Ruhr area are currently at the top of the table in the second division and also benefit from the big blunders of their pursuers. Because during Bochum its games, like last Wednesday at 1. FC Heidenheim (2: 0), wins, the pursuers were unable to catch up noticeably with Thomas Reis’ team at the weekend.

The SpVgg Greuther Fürth (1: 2 at St. Pauli) and the Hamburger SV (1: 1 at Jahn Regensburg) fell in second and third place on Sunday, so that VfL is already nine points ahead of the first non-promotion place. With regard to the two closest pursuers, VfL would still have six more points for promotion in the remaining four games with a better goal difference. However, the table picture is currently somewhat distorted because of the lurking fourth Holstein Kiel has only played 27 games after being quarantined. If, in the best case scenario, the storks were to win all of their seven outstanding games, VfL would also need four more victories.

Despite these imponderables, the situation in the Bochum warehouse is currently looking rosy, so that every VfL fan is slowly daring to really dream of the House of Lords. What the fans of the club from Castroper Strasse have been denied for more than eleven years because they have not been part of the league, is also a real Revier derby in the Bundesliga.

Although the relegation of FC Schalke 04 would also make a Ruhr area classic in league two possible next year, the Reis team wants to avoid this scenario with all their might. RevierSport therefore takes a look at the last Bochum Revier hit Borussia Dortmund in the 2009/10 season, which could finally be repeated at Bundesliga level in the event of promotion in the coming season.

Sold out house against Klopp and Co.

That came on March 13th, 2010 Borussia Dortmund to Bochum, which was the last German champion apart from the FC Bayern Munich should be. Even if the greatest successes for BVB were to come in the future, the Bochum neighbor was the undisputed favorite in the clash with VfL.

During the BVB coach at the time Jürgen Klopp in the sold out Rewirpower Stadium in his starting lineup players like Sebastian Kehl, Kevin Grosskreutz, Lucas Barrios and Nuri Sahin mobilized, the former Dortmund stood for Bochum Heiko Herrlich on the sidelines. This acted through Paul Freier, Lewis Holtby, Joel Epalle and Stanislav Sestak prominent in the offensive area.

Dortmund quickly wins the upper hand

BVB was not impressed by 30,748 spectators right from the start and acted powerfully against a low Bochum team. In the first quarter of an hour, Sahin headed the inner post, which caused the Dortmund attack wave to pick up speed.

A little later, VfL fell behind with a goal from Kehl with the friendly support of defender Marcel Maltritz. After six more minutes, Mohamed Zidan increased to 0-2 after a goal by Großkreutz was not recognized because of an offside position.

Game decided early on

The Herrlich squad then concentrated on not giving up the game completely before half-time and played cautiously until the break whistle. BVB could well and happily have led higher.

All the more surprising the resistance from Bochum in the second 45 minutes. The Klopp-Elf lost control through the underdog, who was now bravely playing. With his first Bundesliga goal, Holtby scored the next goal, which gave all Bochumers new hope. All the more bitter that Barrios used a momentous bad pass to make the preliminary decision (1: 3) after 60 minutes.

Barrios puts together the double pack

With his second goal (1: 4) that day, the Argentine destroyed all Bochum’s dreams of a positive result three times later. For the time being, it should remain the last Revier derby in recent club history in the Bundesliga for VfL.

BVB finished the season in fifth place in the table and attacked at the top in the coming season. VfL had to start the bitter course in league two after 34 match days.