With a team re-launch and new owners, the German Eagles are looking forward to get their season up and running, and with several new faces to freshen up the squad, there are a high hopes that they can spring a few surprises and influence results come the end of the season.
Within their ranks, they have a lot of experience with Stefan Härtel, a quarter-finalist at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and AIBA World Championships bronze medallist Erik Pfeifer, both set to lead the troops into this exciting new season. Two intriguing additions are those of 29-year-old Bantamweight (50-54kg) Veaceslav Gojan, who transferred from the Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder after helping them to win the WSB Team Trophy last season, and fellow talented Moldovan Vasilii Belous, who impressed at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
With the boxers currently at a special training camp in Heidelberg, on the banks of the Rhine, there is quiet optimism in the group that they can surpass their achievement of the last campaign when they reached the last eight of the competition.
Speaking from his base, Stefan Härtel was keen to tell us that the whole team was looking forward to the challenges of being drawn in the tough Group B. After taking a nice long break in Egypt after his fine performances at the Olympic Games, he has been training hard with his team to be able to hit the group running when they face Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder away in their first fixture.
He said, “We know we have a difficult group so our objective is to qualify for the quarter-finals. We believe that if we can do that, then once you are in the knock-out stages, anything is possible. We are a unit, we know each other well and we learnt a lot from last season. Now we are ready”.
The German Eagles travel to Italy to face the Thunder in Week one before battling it out in their first home match against the newcomers from Ukraine.