FC Augsburg once again avoided relegation from the Bundesliga and can now look forward to a tenth season in 2020/21. Just days after the last season ended, FCA have made three signings on free transfers.
Midfielders Tobias Strobl from Borussia Mönchengladbach (contract until 30th June 2023) and Daniel Caligiuri from FC Schalke 04 (contract until 30th June 2023), as well as goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz from 1. FC Union Berlin (contract until 30th June 2022) will all play for FC Augsburg next season.
“We are pleased that we have signed three players that possess a lot of quality, and they are all strong characters, who were leaders at their clubs. We are certain that they will help us both on and off the pitch with their mentalities,” said Stefan Reuter on the trio.
Strobl returns to Bavaria – Gikiewicz looking forward to a “new chapter”
Munich-born Tobias Strobl, who has family near Augsburg, is pleased to move back down south after four years at Borussia Mönchengladbach. “FC Augsburg have developed really well over the past few years. I have always followed their progress with real interest. I’m therefore pleased to now be at FCA and I hope I can help play a part in the club’s further development.”
Rafal Gikiewicz was not only a big part of Union’s promotion winning side to the Bundesliga, but was also a key player this term as they avoided the drop. “I had a really great time at Union, but I’m now looking forward to a new – and hopefully successful – chapter in my career. I think I’ll adapt quickly, as Union and FCA are similar in many aspects. The fan initiative ‘Augsburg Calling’ was also praised by the Union fans.”
Caligiuri: “I’m confident the FCA mentality will suit my way of playing”
Daniel Caligiuri, who completed a medical in Augsburg on Monday, is also looking forward to a new phase in his career. “I was convinced by the conversations I had with Heiko Herrlich and Stefan Reuter. I immediately had the feeling that my qualities were in demand here. Playing against FCA has always been difficult, whether it was for Freiburg, Wolfsburg or Schalke. I’m confident that the FCA mentality will suit my way of playing. I’m happy to be part of this club, and I’m sure that Augsburg are still on the way up in the Bundesliga.”
Defender Felix Uduokhai will also be playing in FCA colours next season. The club have taken up the option to buy the defender from VfL Wolfsburg, after the 22-year-old spent the season on loan at Augsburg.