KARLSSON STAYS, FEGERL LEAVES



While Kristian Karlsson extended his contract with Borussia Düsselorf for another two years, Stefan Fegerl will leave the German champion at the end of the season. This was announced by the club this week.

Kristian Karlsson

Playing in red for two more years: Kristian Karlsson (Foto: BeLa Sportfoto)

Borussia Düsseldorf are forming their team for the 2018/19 season: After extending the contracts of both coach Danny Heister and superstar Timo Boll, two more personell decisions have been announced this week. Kristian Karlsson stays with Düsseldorf until 2020, while Stefan Fegerl will leave at the end of the season.

The 26-year-old Swede Karlsson tranferred from AS Pontoise Cergy TT in 2016, where he won the Champions League twice. For Düsseldof, he succeeded in 46 of his 64 matches including important appearances as in the Liebherr TTBL-Finale 2017 against Fulda's Wang Xi and in the last two cup finals against Saarbrücken's Tiago Apolonia (2017) and Patrick Franziska (2018).

"Kristian is cool guy who has made a great developement at our club," says coach Heister. "He is part of the Borussia family and I am glad that he will be for at least two more years." Karlsson points out: "I have enjoyed the last two years at Borussia Düsseldorf very much. That is why it was clear to me that I would like to stay. We did have a lot of success in my time and I hope that we can continue this way and win more titles in the upcoming seasons."

Preuß: "Hard decision"

Stefan Fegerl, however, won't be part of the Borussia family much longer. As Düsseldorf announced on Wednesday morning, the Austrian former European team and doubles champions will leave the club at the end of the season. His contract in Düsseldorf is about to end and will not be extended. "The decision has been quite hard," manager Andreas Preuß says. "Stefan is a great team player and great person, too. But the center of his life is at his family in Vienna and we were looking for a player who lives and practises in Düsseldorf permanently."

Playing an average second season for Düsseldorf so far, Fegerl draws a positive conclusion regarding his time at the club. "The time at Borussia Düsseldorf has been amazing fo me. We have a super team that is led by Danny Heister really well and that I will miss in the future. I am really proud of having been a Borussian the last two seasons." With Düsselorf, Fegerl won the German championship once, twice the German cup and has been runner-up in the last season of the Champions League. More titles might be about to follow.

"This year is not over yet and I am focused to complete the season successfully," Fegerl says. "Since I have become father for the second time in December, I would like to spend more time with my family and help my wife with raising our boys." Fegerl's destination, however, remains uncertain.

Source: Borussia Düsseldorf