First Team

Back on the pitch

An energetic start to training under Niko Kovac at the Volkswagen Arena.

The foundations for a successful 2022/23 season were laid on Wednesday as the VfL Wolfsburg players returned to the training pitch 39 days after their last competitive game, eager to get into shape for the upcoming campaign.

Twenty-five players, including talented youngsters Lukas Ambros, Kofi Amoako, Melvin Berkemer, Sean Busch, Philipp Heller, Max Hermann, Felix Lange and Matthew Maier from the U19 side, took to the field at 10:30 CEST.

Some familiar faces were back at the VfL training complex, including Josuha Guilavogui, who has returned from a loan spell, while Elvis Rexhbecaj, Lino Kasten and Paulo Otavio all completed a separate programme with rehabilitation coach Michele Putaro. The club’s three summer signings - Jakub Kaminski, Patrick Wimmer and Kilian Fischer – were not yet involved. 

New faces

Nevertheless, there were still some fresh faces out on the pitch as new head coach Niko Kovac led his first Green-and-Whites training session alongside Robert Kovac (assistant coach) and Walter Gfrerer (lead conditioning coach). They will be joined at a later date by Aaron Briggs, who will act as assistant coach and analyst.