After two successful loan spells at VfB Stuttgart and FC St. Pauli, Omar Marmoush – who has been under contract at VfL since 2017 – returned to Lower Saxony for the start of this season and has featured in every competitive match since. We spoke with the 23-year-old.
Omar Marmoush, firstly a compliment on your impressive German. Where did you learn our language so well?
Omar Marmoush: “When I was 18, I played here in the reserve team and after a week I started a German class – it was an hour and a half, two to three times a week. That helped me a lot.”
And how have you generally settled in Germany?
Omar: “It was certainly difficult at the beginning. I came from Egypt, a completely different culture. At first it wasn’t easy for me living alone. In Egypt life is very family-centred, so at the beginning it was hard to be separated from family and friends, but I always wanted to go on this journey and play in Europe.”
How important were your loans to St. Pauli and then Stuttgart for you and your development?
Omar: “They were hugely important for me. Sometimes you have to take a step back in order to then take two steps forward.”
You’ve claimed a regular starting berth under Niko Kovac. How are you feeling right now?
Omar: “Of course I feel good, I started the season well with my goal in the cup. I always try to do what the coach wants from me and what the team need from me. At the moment I’m happy to be getting playing time.”