The six crazy months of Ansgar Knauff are about to culminate in Seville

Updated on 05/18/2022 at 17:15

  • The storming of Frankfurt Eintracht through the European League is closely linked to the name Ansgar Knauf.
  • In the first half of the season, the 20-year-old tried to get more time to play at Borussia Dortmund.
  • BVB let Nauf go – and since then he’s managed the big cadres in football. Also because he listens to his advisor.

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Anyone who sees Ansgar Knauf playing in a Frankfurt Eintracht shirt would not believe that the 20-year-old has only played for Hessen since January 2022. Looking at Knauf’s playing – especially in the European League – the amazement turns into a question for Borussia Dortmund: Why is Dortmund not working in this? Talented player?

The loan contract signed by Dortmund and Frankfurt because of Knauf is valid until the end of the 2022/23 season. And if Knauff continues to be as successful in Eintracht as he currently is, there is no reason in sight to go back to black and yellow.

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While Knauf’s long-range goal to make it 1-0 in the Europa League quarter-final first leg against hugely favorite club Barcelona was already the proverbial hammer, Knauf topped that performance in the second leg at Camp Nou.


There was no grass against this great shot by Frankfurter Ansgar Knauf on 7 April 2022 in the Europa League duel against Barcelona. After a 1-1 draw in the first leg, things went better for Knauf and Eintracht in the second leg at Camp Nou. After a 3:0 lead meanwhile, it’s 3:2 for the guests. The semi-finals were reached against West Ham United.

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Ansgar Knauf provokes the nerves of the Barcelona stars

Knauf was fully aware of his strengths and showed no sign of nervousness, continuing to spin through the ranks of the Catalans. But he acted anything but stubborn. Above all, in the second half, when he defended against Ousmane Dembele, who also played in Dortmund, on the right side, he repeatedly led the French first division player to despair with his perseverance in a duel. Clearly nervous Dembele did not use unfair means against Knauf only once. Upside down, in a way, like the end result: Barcelona exit, Frankfurt in the semi-finals.

In an interview with “Bild” newspaper, Knauf revealed that Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner taught him “how I should approach this railway position from the outside. Both offensively and defensively. I’ve developed a lot tactically and I’m getting better and better in this regard.” “.

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And more and more dangerous. Who was there when West Ham United played the first minute of the Europa League semi-final first leg in London? Knob. With a header to make the score 1-0, the new Turbo Eintracht started their subsequent victory over the English and advanced to the final against Glasgow Rangers in Seville.

With a pistol, Arjen Robbins

There he will try again, like Arjen Robben, to open the lid of the opponent. “My advisor, who is usually present at the games, advised me to do so,” Knauf explained in “Bild.” Knauff brings the speed and security needed for the ball to work with the well-known weapon of the former Bayern star.

“I have to be variable too,” said Knauff’s advisor. “Sometimes I cross on the right, sometimes I go in the middle. Because if I rush in, it’s hard to stop, or if so, wrong. Then in dangerous territory. I have to work on My left foot. It’s a lot better, but it can still be improved.”

Ansgar Knauf: “I am delighted to have taken this step to Frankfurt”

Knauf is working on himself, but what has happened since the beginning of the year is enough not to understand: “I definitely thought I could. But of course this is an incredible road. I am very happy and pleased with that and they made the move here,” he told Bild newspaper. According to the portal “Transfermarkt.de”, the native in Göttingen had already improved his market value from three to five million euros at the end of March. But that was before the bilateral confrontations between Barcelona and West Ham.

Now they are played, the term Knauf in football in Germany and on everyone’s lips. Above all, the national under-21 player, who was recently recruited to the third tier, could soon be the winner of the European League. And when the 2022/23 season begins, the World Cup in Qatar will soon be on the agenda.

For Knauff, there seems to be no limit to the ascent path at the moment. Above all, he climbs the career ladder as fast as his stunned opponents on the field. “Ansgar fits into our team very well with his speed and understanding of the game and would like to take the next step in development here,” Frankfurt sporting director Markus Kroes said when the loan deal, which cost Eintracht 400,000 euros, was struck. “He is able to help us right on the wings.”

Ansgar Knauf, Eintracht Frankfurt, Barcelona, ​​goal, jubilation, Europa League, quarter-final, 2021/22
His goal to make it 1-0 against Barcelona in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final on 7 April 2022 incited Ansgar Knauf, as did Eintracht Frankfurt. Final score: 1: 1. After winning 3-2 in the second leg, HSI team surprisingly reached the semi-final against West Ham United.

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Ansgar Knauf ousted Danny Da Costa and Timothy Chandler

The third-tier Knauf team has made nine matches in the German Bundesliga as a reference. He said the winger was already busy in Frankfurt with club greats such as Danny da Costa and Timothy Chandler. But Knauff is better and more complete than its competitors. I pushed her out of the starting eleven. A task that seemed impossible for him after the first half of the 2021/22 season in Dortmund.

Read also: BVB closely monitors Ansgar Knauff’s career

How things will play out for him in the summer of 2023 is still far from Knauff. “I don’t think about that yet.” He will look and listen to what the BVB will suggest to him in the future. From today’s perspective, it cannot be assumed that Eintracht would once again abandon him with a light heart.

With material from dpa

Bernd Holzenbein, Jürgen Bahl, UEFA Cup, 1979/80, Eintracht Frankfurt, Borussia Mönchengladbach

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