lAccording to coach Fabian Hürzeler, FC St. Pauli made the controversial decision to train on the German resort island Majorca It didn't get easy. “First of all I can say that, of course, I would have preferred to stay here,” Hürzeler said on Thursday. “Because everything else represents an additional burden for the players, also for the staff,” added the coach. After Saturday's game (1:00 p.m. in FAZ live ticker for the second Bundesliga and on Sky) at 1. FC Magdeburg, the Hanseatics sunbathe from Monday to Friday.

Due to the rains of recent weeks and the poor field conditions for weeks, the Hamburg club moves its training sessions to the Spanish island. The last quarterfinals of the DFB Cup were played only on Wednesday between 1. FC Saarbrücken and Borussia Mönchengladbach canceled due to heavy rain. The mid-season process remains unusual for a German professional club.

“It's not a training camp”

The club also received positive comments on social media, but there were also derisive comments about the usual sustainability debates surrounding the Kiezkickers. On Thursday, a spokesperson referred to a mobility analysis that showed professional team travel during soccer games only accounted for a small proportion of polluting emissions. “We didn't expect everyone to stand up and applaud thunderously for the move,” the spokesperson said. The club is aware that it operates in an area in which there are contradictions.

“It's not a training camp,” Hürzeler said. This choice was due to the fact that there were no suitable alternative options in the Hanseatic city and the leaders of the second Bundesliga wanted to enter the important phase of the season in optimal conditions.

The club also wants to use the process to prevent injuries to players. “Why Mallorca? Because there is the possibility to train well,” said Hürzeler. there I have Saint Pauli I found a good hotel and trains on the metro to the first division club RCD Mallorca. The club travels there on a normal airline flight.