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Pre-Season Focus: Paderborn

A closer look at Saturday's opponents.

Pre-Season Focus: Paderborn

Everton’s fifth and final opponents in pre-season are German club SC Paderborn 07.

Roberto Martinez takes his team to the continent this Saturday for a game that can be watched live on evertontv. To purchase the match for £3.99 or for more information on the stream, click here.

Here we have a closer inspection of Saturday’s opponents…

HISTORY

SC Paderborn 07 will be making their Bundesliga debut in the upcoming campaign after achieving promotion from the German second tier in May.

Based in the north-west of the country around 60 miles from Dortmund, the club was formed in 1985 following the merging of two local teams, although their roots date back to 1907 when they was known as Arminia Neuhaus.

Paderborn have spent the last decade playing in the Bundesliga 2, with the exception of the 2008/09 season when they were relegated to the third tier.

They were promoted to German elite division at the end of last season, along with Cologne who went up as champions.

THE MANAGER

Paderborn coach

André Breitenreiter was a German striker whose clubs included Hannover, Hamburg and Wolfsburg during a near 20-year playing career.

In January 2011 he was appointed as head coach of TSV Havelse, a team playing in a regional division.

Ahead of the 2013/14 season, Breitenreiter became the new boss of Paderborn and in his first season he steered the club to promotion to the Bundesliga.

KEY PLAYER

Mahir Saglik

Striker Mahir Saglik struck 15 goals in 27 league games during a loan spell at Paderborn in the 2009/10 season.

The former Turkish youth international then had stints VfL Bochum and St Pauli before completing a permanent switch to Paderborn last summer – and he was again prolific during 2013/14, netting 15 goals again to fire the club to promotion.

Another player to monitor in Paderborn’s squad is Albanian international playmaker Alban Meha, who has been with the club since 2011.

The 28-year-old averages nearly a goal every three games and is nicknamed ‘Snaiper’ because of his prowess from set-piece situations.

THE STADIUM

The Benteler Arena has been Paderborn’s home since 2008.

The stadium only holds 15,000 - making it the smallest capacity ground in Germany’s top-flight.

They were previously based at the Hermann Löns Stadium, which still remains operational and acts as American football team Paderborn Dolphins’ home venue.


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