SV Darmstadt bid to emulate Canaries

Mario Vrancic spent two years at SV Darmstadt Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Mario Vrancic spent two years at SV Darmstadt Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

SV Darmstadt have a new coach and a new philosophy that might sound familiar to Norwich City fans.

The Bundesliga 2 club provide the final pre-season test of the Canaries’ week-long stay in Germany on Saturday with two 90 minute matches in Harsewinkel (KO 11am UK).

Both clubs will use their full squads to get minutes into players, with Daniel Farke set to use some of the younger players who could feature in the League Cup tie next week at Luton Town.

The ‘Lilies’ appointed Markus Anfang after an 11th placed finish last season. The 46-year-old previously worked at FC Koln and Holstein Kiel. Along with director of football, Carsten Wehlmann, Darmstadt have looked to recruit younger players this summer with a view to developing talent.

Winger Aaron Seydel was signed from Mainz 05 and scored a hat-trick in the first pre-season outing against SC Viktoria Griesheim but will be ruled out for weeks after damaging his shoulder in Darmstadt’s 2-1 friendly win last weekend against Labor Wiesbaden. Welhmann has mapped out Darmstadt’s change of direction, to get the club back to the top tier in the Bundesliga.

“If you develop young players and are successful, it can also be that some are transferred at a profit,” he said, speaking earlier this summer. “In addition to the primary goal of ‘sporting success’, this is certainly also a goal.

“The market is getting tighter. We want to try and we must generate transfer revenues in the future.

“The coach has summed up our goals well. We want to develop players, develop the team through our style of play and be successful.

“Of course we want to win every game. But we mustn’t put the result above player and team development, because then the result becomes an end in itself. You can lose and still have played well.

“The players are allowed to make mistakes, but it is also clear that the coming season is not a transition year for us.

“When the players get better, we get better as a team. And when the team gets better, success should come too.”

Mario Vrancic spent two season in the top flight with Darmstadt before moving to Norwich.

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