1. FC Heidenheim – Match Report vs. Karlsruher SC 7/3/20


  • A1 – Very good, could play higher
  • A2 – Strong potential to play higher
  • B1 – Good, strong player at level
  • B2 – Potential to be strong player at level
  • C – Average for the level, rewatch
  • D – Below average, don’t follow up

Tim Kleindienst

Player profile:

  • Nationality: German
  • Age: 24
  • Date of birth: 31/08/1995
  • Current Club: 1. FC Heidenheim
  • Career: Jüterborgh (Y), Energie Cottbus, SC Freiburg, 1. FC Heidenheim (L), SC Freiburg, 1. FC Heidenheim
  • Position: Striker
  • Secondary position: Right Wing
  • Preferred foot: Right

Kleindienst played as the sole striker in the 4-1-4-1 formation 1. FC Heidenheim opted for. He’s agile, strong and offers different options going forward. He’s a strong force in the air, and he was used in this game with his link-up play, which was okay. In the 1v1 situations with the center backs, he is strong and patient, allowing teammates to progress on the flanks or to give a key pass to the other attacking players. He made a lot of faults in the 50/50 challenges, getting quite a few yellow cards each season.

Rating: A2
Kleindienst shows that he’s a striker worthy of the top of the 2. Bundesliga and sometimes it looks to easy for him in this particular game. Two goals on his weaker foot and an assist with his left as well. However, his link-up play and discipline did not convince me. I would definitely look at him another time to assess of he’s worthy of the step up, for instance the Bundesliga.

Niklas Dorsch

Player profile:

  • Nationality: German
  • Age: 22
  • Date of birth: 15/01/1998
  • Current Club: .1 FC Heidenheim
  • Career: 1. FC Baiersdorf (Y), Deutsch-Tschechische Fussball Schule, 1. FC Nürnberg (Y), FC Bayern München (Y), FC Bayern München II, 1. FC Heidenheim
  • Position: Defensive Midfielder
  • Secondary position: Central Midfielder
  • Preferred foot: Right

Dorsch plays as a defensive midfielder in the 4-1-4-1 formation, where he mainly occupies the space on the left when Karlsruher SC have the ball, while Griesbeck drops – meaning that Dorsch plays in a double-pivot in the defensive phase of the game. He’s an excellent passer of the ball and is confident in his own abilities. Always dribbling and looking for throughballs, but that is also one of his weaknesses. When he looses the ball, the opposition can easily pose a threat to the defence and Dorsch has to correct himself with tackles. Weak in the air, losing more aerial duels than he won.

Rating: A2
Dorsch seems like a very good defensive midfielder with great passing abilities and from what I’ve seen in this game could do well on a higher level. I need to see more of him though, because his aerial awareness and over-confidence worries me.

Patrick Mainka

Player profile:

  • Nationality: German
  • Age: 25
  • Date of birth: 06/11/1994
  • Current Club: .1 FC Heideneim
  • Career: Arminia Bielefeld , SV Werder Bremen II, Borussia Dortmund II, 1. FC Heidenheim
  • Position: Central Half
  • Secondary position: central Midfielder and Defensive Midfielder
  • Preferred foot: Right

Patrick Mainka played as a right-central defender in the four-man defence 1. FC Heidenheim employed. His ball handling was average and his first touch as well. He is strong in the air and has a natural ability to defend, which saw him clear balls out of the box and give short passes to the right full-back. He doesn’t seem to stand out, but doesn’t fall behind as well. Overall a decent defender.

Rating: B1
Mainka is a very decent player and very strong for the level he’s acting on, but there was nothing outstanding in this game to see. For now I won’t rate him for a higher league, but I have to see him again against a tougher opponent to fully look into that.

Marnon Busch

Player profile:

  • Nationality: German
  • Age: 22
  • Date of birth: 08/12/1994
  • Current Club: .1 FC Heideneim
  • Career: SSV Hagen (Y), TuS Güldenstern Stade (Y), Werder Bremen, 1860 München (L), Werder Bremen, 1. FC Heidenheim
  • Position: Right Back
  • Secondary position: Right wing
  • Preferred foot: Right

Busch played as a right full-back in a four-man defence in the 4-1-4-1 formation. He’s quick and assists the attacking midfielders in the attacking phase of the game. He loves to overlap the winger and provide crosses from the flanks. His passing is decent and his positioning is good, which means he intercepts the ball at the right moment. He doesn’t like to tackle and you can see why, because he’s not great at that. He knows this and does everything to prevent himself getting in that kind of situations.

Rating: B1
I definitely have to watch more of his games to see if he would be an addition to a better team, but the way he played this game, makes me think he’s a top player in the 2. Bundesliga. Although I’m not yet convinced he has what it takes to get to a higher level immediately.


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