With the new season approaching, Hertha’s youth academy is also returning to action after a long time away. The U23s returned to training on Monday under returning coach Ante Čović. Behind the scenes, senior staff members, including academy boss Benjamin Weber, have been planning for a successful season for weeks. “We’re really excited for the season to finally get underway again,” said Weber.
Fathi takes over the U15s – Thom new assistant for the U19s
As part of their preparations for 2021/22, the academy bosses have been appointing coaches for academy sides from the U14s to the U23s. The return of Ante Čović as U23s coach to replace ‘Zecke’ Neuendorf was already announced, while lifelong Herthaner Levent Selim will be his assistant. Malik Fathi, who was assistant coach for the U23s over the past two seasons, has taken over the U15s with immediate effect. He will be assisted by Agostino Burgarella and Jochem Ziegert. Rejhan Hasanović, last year’s U15s coach, has moved up to take charge of the U16s, who were previously coached by Pál Dárdai and Admir Hamzagić. Kostas Kotsifakis from the U12s will be Hasanović’s new assistant.
Continuity and trust
There are no changes to the setup for the U17s: head coach Oliver Reiß remains in charge alongside his namesake Oliver Schröder. The U19s, meanwhile, have a new assistant. Andreas Thom will work with head coach Michael Hartmann alongside his role as individual and technique coach. Just like last season, Tobias Jung and assistant Patrick Lehmpfuhl will lead the U14s. “We’re really pleased to have two former Hertha players in Ante and Malik coaching two youth sides,” explained Weber. “We generally like to have continuity in our coaching roles in the academy. Thanks to the good cooperation again this time with our academy coaches, we’ve been able to achieve this,” stressed the 41-year-old.