VfL’s regular ‘Wolf tracks’ feature brings you all the latest news, information and updates about our Wolf pack. Covering the men’s, women’s and youth teams, we round up all the exciting goings-on at the club. Today’s tracks feature changes to the squad for the UEFA Europa League, tickets for the home match against Borussia Dortmund and a shirt going up for auction.
New squad members: The Wolves will soon be back in UEFA Europa League action when they host Malmö FF at the Volkswagen Arena on 20 February (kick-off 21:00 CET). Alterations to the squad are permitted for the knockout stages of the competition, with Jeffrey Bruma, Elvis Rexhbecaj and Yunus Malli all being taken off the list (having gone out on loan) along with Lukas Nmecha (whose loan period has been ended) and Phillip König (transferred to Holstein Kiel). Replacing them in the squad are Marin Pongracic, who arrived at the club during the winter transfer window, and Mamoudou Karamoko (U23s) and Ulysses Llanez (U19s) from the youth teams. Karamoko has proved his worth in front of goal, bagging 12 goals in 19 matches in the Regionalliga Nord (fourth tier), while Llanez recently made his full international debut for USA and has scored 10 goals in 11 Under-19 Bundesliga North/North-East matches.
Shirt auction: The United Charity auction portal now features a match-worn shirt from right-sided defender William, with proceeds going to charity. William, who suffered a cruciate ligament injury in the recent Fortuna Düsseldorf match, is supporting a “Stars4Kids” schools project in Bolivia, with the shirt being one that he wore during the 2018/2019 DFB Cup campaign and which he has signed on the back. The money raised will go towards the renovation and extension of a school in the Bolivian town of Cobija.
Pongracic learns of his fate: Pongracic’s home debut could hardly have gone any worse. The central defender was sent off after 48 minutes against Düsseldorf for a serious foul, with the DFB sporting tribunal handing down a three-match ban and a fine.