Tech & Science Burgstaller: The sun doesn't always shine in football

12:51  08 march  2021
12:51  08 march  2021 Source:   sport1.de

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striker Guido Burgstaller from FC St. Pauli has emerged stronger from the setbacks in his professional football career. He had once been retired from Cardiff City in the English second division. “You realize that things don't always go up, that the sun isn't always shining in this football business,” said the former Austrian national player on Sunday evening in the “Sportclub” program on NDR television. But he doesn't want to miss out on negative experiences like this one from the 2014/15 season, when he couldn't assert himself as a young player at the Welsh club: "I took a lot with me and learned a lot from it."

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Guido Burgstaller ist aus den Rückschlägen seiner Karriere nach eigener Einschätzung gestärkt hervorgegangen. © Cathrin Müller / dpa / Archivbild Guido Burgstaller has emerged stronger from the setbacks in his career.

Also that Burgstaller is currently swimming on a wave of success with St. Pauli was not foreseeable last year. Before he switched, he suffered a knee injury at Schalke 04, followed by an abdominal injury and a three-month break at the Kiezclub. "It all contributed to the fact that it was a difficult time in which my family was very supportive," said the 31-year-old.

Now is in top shape. With eight goals and two assists, he made a decisive contribution to the fact that St. Pauli quickly improved from 17th to tenth place in 2021. However, he is by no means claiming this bull market for himself: "It wasn't just me as a single person, it was the whole team and also the coaching team."

He by no means regrets the move to the 2nd Bundesliga. "I always want to play in special clubs," emphasized Burgstaller, who worked for another traditional club, 1. FC Nürnberg, before joining Schalke. Now he feels very much at home at the Millerntor: "The whole package was just right, I was also up for this task and I am very happy that I took this step."

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