Reiss Nelson reveals: How Sancho lured me into the Bundesliga

England talent talks about free-kick betting with Aubameyang and life in Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim’s Arsenal loaner Reiss Nelson has revealed that Jadon Sancho played a major part in his move to the Bundesliga. The two England talents are good friends – and the young BVB star was sure that the loan deal with Hoffenheim would be the right choice for Nelson.

“I talked to Jadon about Germany. He knows I’m a fast player who likes one-on-one situations. He said that there are a lot of those situations in Bundesliga games,” Nelson is quoted by English media: “As players we have a lot of similarities. So he advised me to come here and show my skills here.”

The FC Arsenal side jewel (contract there until 2022) came to Kraichgau in the summer for a rental fee of 500,000 euros, knew how to convince in his previous three Joker appearances in the Bundesliga and already shone twice as a goal scorer.

While his buddy Sancho made his international debut last weekend for the English senior national team, the 18-year-old Nelson also celebrated his premiere in the U21 national team. In his first match against Andorra (7-0), Nelson scored – against Scotland (2-0), he added a superb free-kick.

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The strength in a standard situation is no coincidence. As Nelson explains his time with the Arsenal pros, “You had Lacazette, Hector Bellerin, Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan practicing free kicks after training. We always made bets on who would shoot the best. They added me as a youngster and helped me become the player I am today. They gave me confidence and encouragement. They are great guys who are always there for me.”

Nelson has only positive things to say about his life in Germany. Also because his family accompanied him to prevent possible homesickness. “I have a close relationship with my family. We live our lives like in England, with my mother, my sister and my brother. We made the decision together and they thought it was best to come with me. And that helps me 100 percent. My mother cooks great”!

“Loneliness is therefore no problem for me. There are other boys I know who tell you: ‘Come by, Reiss, I have nothing to do”, says Nelson.

The Nelsons have already settled in well together in Heidelberg: “It’s not just training for me and then going home. To be honest, my family loves it here, for them it’s like a holiday. When I come home from training, they are often still on the road, for example to go shopping in Frankfurt.” Tambola Casino has a terrific selection of bingo games and side games.

Top clubs want Freiburg’s next million-jewel chef

SC Freiburg plans to move into its new stadium by the start of the 2020/21 season at the latest. The new stadium will cost around 76 million euros for 34,700 fans. A substantial part of the costs was financed by the sale of Çaglar Söyüncü (22), who moved to Leicester City for 21.1 million euros. It cannot be ruled out that this “investment model” will continue – because the next million-dollar jewel is already on the court!

Central defender Robin Koch (22) is the next shooting star with whom the SC could earn real money. Already in the past the SC made big profits with young players, which the club fetched cheaply and sold for a lot of money.

Koch is also showing signs of this development. And Freiburg has the best cards thanks to Jochen Saier (40). After changing from 1 FC Kaiserslautern last summer, the manager equipped Koch with a contract until 2021. Should a club want to sign the player, a transfer on the same scale as for Söyüncü would be due.

There were enough interested parties this summer. Several European top clubs had Koch on their cards. But he does not think about a change. Koch: “I am concentrating fully on my task in Freiburg before I think about planning the next step in my career”.

The value of the defender is evident on the pitch. Since Koch has been fit after muscular problems, the club has scored seven points from four games. The son of Lautern legend Harry Koch (48), who became champion with the Red Devils in 1998, matured under Christian Streich (53) to a top performer within one season.

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  • Junior DFB Cup (3): 2006, 2009, 2011
  • Under 19 Fußball-Bundesliga (1): 2008
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  • Coach of the Year by Goal! Official Bundesliga Magazine: 2011–12
  • Coach of the Year by Kicker: 2012–13

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Also thanks to the peace and quiet that reigns in the club and its surroundings. Koch: “Freiburg is a small, manageable city. We do a lot as a team and occasionally go bowling with the team. There isn’t a party here every evening that you can go to. That’s exactly why I consciously decided to take this step – because I can develop well here.”

He was especially convinced by coach Streich, who has already formed professionals like Max Kruse, Matthias Ginter, Maximilian Philipp and Roman Bürki into top players. Koch: “The coach conducts a lot of individual discussions and shows in video sessions where we need to improve.

Koch absolutely wants that, because he has big goals. Like his father, he wants to become a champion. “That’s difficult today, of course, because the Bavarians are so dominant. But there are clubs that can do that.”

Freiburg is not one of them. But if Koch continues to develop so rapidly, the interested parties will stand in line – and in the future they will be able to contribute a part to the financing of the new arena. Malina Casino  is a fabulous online network that offers its players many different options in selecting games and on payouts as well.