VfL Bochum: New signing Förster on position, fitness and Ruhr Stadium

Philipp Förster has moved from VfB Stuttgart to VfL Bochum. That’s what the 27-year-old has to say about his first impressions of the Bundesliga club from the Ruhr area.

Of VfL Bochum has a new number 10: Philip Foerster will feature the prestigious number on the back of the jersey next season. The 27-year-old, who signed from VfB Stuttgart at the end of last week, replaces Takuma Asano (changes to 11). And that seems to fit in pretty well: “Actually, I can play anything in the middle,” said Förster, referring to his favorite position after training on Tuesday. He added: “I’m happy if I can play, no matter where. Ultimately, that’s up to the coach.”

From double six to top scorer, Förster has gone through every position in his career. He has also been used on the flanks. It is precisely this flexibility that head coach Thomas Reis appreciates about the newcomer, [url= ]as he recently explained in RS.

Förster will probably make his VfL debut on Wednesday.

The test at Fortuna Sittard on Wednesday (6pm) could provide insight into what role Förster should play in VfL. The Bretten native was still absent in a hard-fought 3-1 win against 1. FC Bocholt at the weekend. In all likelihood, Förster will make his debut against the Dutch top flight club.

In any case, you should not fail because of your physical condition. He feels good, he completed the performance test in Stuttgart before Förster had to reduce the training workload last week due to the upcoming change. “I will do my best in the next four weeks to be in top form at the start of the season,” he promises.

Förster spent the last three seasons in Stuttgart and celebrated promotion to the Bundesliga in 2020. Already in his youth he played for VfB. At the time he was rooming at a boarding school with Kevin Stöger, who also moved to VfL in the summer.

VfL Bochum: Förster looking forward to the Ruhr Stadium

Last season, Förster received fewer seasons when he was about to be relegated. He was on the pitch 20 times in the Bundesliga (two goals, one assist), eleven times in the starting eleven, only twice in 90 minutes. The reason for the move to the Ruhr area: “I had excellent discussions with Sebastian Schindzielorz and Thomas Reis. They were decisive for my decision to move to Bochum,” he explained. “I want to help the team and take the next step in my development.”

It was received “magnificently”, “the team and the coaching staff made it very easy for me”. Förster already knows the Ruhrstadion, but only as an opponent’s player. He made four appearances for Stuttgart, 1. FC Nuremberg and Sandhausen at Castroper Strasse, winning just once. “It was always special to play here. The stadium was almost full. The atmosphere is amazing,” he says. “I’m really looking forward to playing in front of the fans.” with gp


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