Philippine national men’s football team member Stephan Schrock will be playing at the top echelon of German football after signing a three-year deal with Bundesliga first division squad TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, according to a report on the league’s official website.
The 25-year-old Azkals member had spent the past eight seasons as a member of the first team of SpVgg Greuther Fuerth, which currently sits atop the standings in the second division of the Bundesliga. Last month, Schrock helped the club make a Cinderella run to the semifinals of the DFB Pokal, Germany’s top Cup competition.
Ironically, Fuerth defeated Hoffenheim in the quarterfinals of that tournament.
Schrock missed Fuerth’s semifinal match against defending Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund due to injury.
“I’m very much looking forward to the challenge at 1899, who have made a name for themselves on their way to becoming an established side in the Bundesliga. I can take the next step in my career here,” Schrock told the Bundesliga site.
“Stephan Schrock was a prime transfer target of mine. He has all the qualities that a modern day defender needs to have. In signing him we have gained the necessary substance and will have more alternatives in our defensive department for the future,” said Hoffenheim coach Markus Babbel.
While Schrock is deployed as a defender in the Bundesliga, he played the midfield for the Azkals in three matches last year. He had an immediate impact for the Philippine side, and was voted Breakthrough Athlete of the Year by fans in the InterAKTV Awards.
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