Sven Michel doesn't look like a comic hero. The O-legs are also not as pronounced as with a cowboy. And yet the striker of Union Berlin is the Lucky Luke von Köpenick. Nobody shoots faster - and hits reliably and safely.
139, 22, 128. This unusual number of numbers stands for the seconds that the 31-year-old for his three goals in April after his substitutes against Hertha BSC (4: 1), RB Leipzig (2: 1) and SpVgg Greuther Fürth ( 1: 1) needed. Bämm, Bämm, Bämm. When Michel comes, the attack game of the iron in the Bundesliga lights off.
"Either you have it or don't have it," was Michel's attempt to explain his amazing joker series. That sounded a bit of arrogance. But Michel is as strange as his selfless comic age ego in the Wild West, all vanity in the hunt of criminals.
"It would be nice if it had been enough for one more thing," said Michel after a rather droging football evening in the stadium at the old forestry against the relegation from Franconia.
Union's goal remains Europe
The fact that Union can continue to calculate good opportunities for the renewed qualification for a European Cup competition is now significantly up to Michel.
"We have everything in our own hands. I am convinced that we are still creating Europe," he said. However, the attacker took a good two months to acclimatize in the east of Berlin. The basic coordinates were difficult. As a later January transfer from the second division club SC Paderborn, he got the stamp of the successor to Max Kruse's successor.
Comparing Michel with the re-wolfsburg fits neither on nor next to the square. A document: Michel 8849 Follower and Kruse has 387,000 on Instagram.
Michel's game lives from explosiveness and a lot of bustle, so he also laid the ball on Friday evening before he compensated in the penalty area.
And so in December 2020 he shot in the service of SC Paderborn Union Berlin with a double pack from the DFB Cup. At the latest afterwards, managing director Oliver Ruhnert had him on the piece of paper, regardless of the sudden progress of Kruses.
Captain Trimmel Happy
Born in Freudenberg in the Siegerland, Michel once worked in a rolling foundry. This is well received by the image proletarians of 1. FC Union. Captain Christopher Trimmel is simply happy about the development of the attacker.
"You already need the feeling, he has that," said the Austrian about Michel's Joker series. And coach Urs Fischer just thinks it's good that he has a striker who "is ready to get to the point."
Then why doesn't Michel play regularly from the start? With nine of eleven league missions, he came against Fürth from the bank. Are the joker qualities a curse? Is Michel so good in the final sprint that Fischer sees him only as a special force?
The trainer recently recognized a certain disappointment. "You have to compliment him when it comes to attitudes. He tries to impress," said Fischer.