Goodbye Bundesliga, 2nd division in Saudi Arabia ahoy: Hack is leaving Mainz

Goodbye Bundesliga, 2nd division in Saudi Arabia ahoy: Hack is leaving Mainz

After 133 Bundesliga games (six goals), 72 appearances in the 3rd division (one goal) and 33 games in the Bavarian regional league (two goals), Alexander Hack, who was born in Memmingen, is going abroad for the first time – in the past few weeks desert state of Saudi Arabia, which is booming in the football transfer business.

As his long-time club Mainz 05 announced this Monday in the form of an official press release, the only 29-year-old Hack decided to switch immediately to the second division there to join Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler (including 266 Premier League games and 128 goals for the Reds) coached club Al-Qadisiya FC.

“Hacki approached us with the wish to change”

Hack, who came to Bruchweg in 2014 from Unterhaching for the U23s and made his first division debut under Martin Schmidt in November 2015, made a total of 143 competitive appearances for the Mainz team in the Bundesliga and in the DFB Cup. In the almost ten FSV years, Hack had also become a face of the club and a fan favorite.

“After nine years together, there is of course a close connection between the player and the club, especially with a person like Alexander Hack, who is a great guy and a real team player and has always stood up for his teammates,” said sports director Christian Heidel in the farewell message . “Hacki approached us with the desire to move – and we didn’t want to put any obstacles in his way. Hacki is a Mainzer through and through, so our door is always open to him. We wish him all the best from the bottom of our hearts.”

Maybe our paths will cross again.

Alexander Hack towards 1. FV Mainz 05

Hack himself also had a few words to say about the club, team and fans: “The decision to change was not easy for me. Of course you have a lot of thoughts, because a change to Saudi Arabia doesn’t just mean a change to another country, but also into a different culture. I’ve had a lot of talks with those responsible and also with Robbie Fowler and I’m now excited to see for myself.” The central defender, who traveled with the team to the DFB Cup in Elversberg (1-0) on Saturday and said goodbye here in person, is “looking forward to this new challenge. However, saying goodbye to Mainz is a very emotional one for me – I love the city, the club and its employees as well as the fans, I have always felt like a Mainzer and I will remain a Mainzer in the future. Maybe our paths will cross again.”

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