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Markus Schwabl: 'I had to Google Fleetwood Town when I was asked to come here'

When Fleetwood Town’s German midfielder Markus Schwabl was asked to join the 'Cod Army' he knew so little of the club he rushed to the internet to study its history. Should he and his team mates win at Leicester City in Tuesday’s FA Cup replay he will be enshrining his place in it. Midfielder Schwabl, once of 1860 Munich, was convinced to make the move by compatriot Uwe Rosler. Fleetwood manager Rosler was a colleague of Schwabl’s father, ex-West German international Manfred, at Nurnberg in the early 90s. "They had not spoken much in 30 years but Uwe followed my career in the German leagues," said Schwabl. The transition from his picture postcard home town of Tegernsee just outside Munich to the blustery north west coast has been a culture shock. “To be honest I had never heard of Fleetwood when I was asked to sign around this time last year. I had to Google it,” says Schwabl. “As soon as I got here Steve Curwood (the club’s chief executive) took me on a two-hour tour, not just of the training ground and the club but of the whole area. We went all around, to Blackpool and around Fleetwood. Uwe Rosler played with Schwabl's father in Germany Credit: Getty images “My first impressions were very positive. I have spent most of my life in an area near Munich where there are many lakes. Maybe I like living near the water, but the only problem here is the weather. I am not used to the wind and rain so much. It was a big change but I like it.” A player representing a club whose existence he was previously unaware of will doubtless stir the blood of the cup romanticists craving another shock at the King Power Stadium. Rosler’s reputation as a progressive coach, allied to the evolution of a young squad, ensures that despite last season’s disappointment of losing in the play-off semi-final, the ex-Bundesliga player believes Fleetwood can continue their rise up the divisions since their Jamie Vardy-inspired promotion from the National League in 2012. “When I came to see the club I thought the stadium and the training ground was good, and it was a young team and interesting,” said Schawbl, once a right-back but now in midfield where he jokes ‘you need someone to smash a few people’. “The main point was Uwe explained how he wanted to play football and he had a young side he wanted to develop. That was most important to me. It was not a team already born, but something he can grow. That convinced me.” English cup football has also been a readjustment for Schwabl, who after a brief stint in the Bundesliga spent most of his career in German football's lower divisions. “I played some second and third round cup games in Germany, but you can not compare it to the FA Cup – especially not when you are going to play a side like Leicester. The whole atmosphere around the FA Cup is much different to the DFB – Pokal (German Cup). The FA Cup rates higher. I have watched English football all my life, although German TV tends to focus on the Premier League more than the FA Cup. Fleetwood Town still believe they can go through Credit: Getty images “But every footballer in Germany knows how important the FA Cup is and how important it to English fans. We all know the history and how special it is. “This is definitely one of the biggest games I have been involved with, along with the play-off games with Brentford last season.” After a valiant draw in their first meeting, Fleetwood face Claude Puel’s side in encouraging form. A 2-1 weekend win at Southend was Rosler’s side’s fourth successive away win in League One. There is no sense of Rosler’s side feeling they missed their chance in their first meeting. “We 100 per cent believe we can win. If we did not think this we would stay at home,” said Schwabl. “After the first game the supporters felt we had a real chance to move to the next round. You never know what can happen. Everyone thinks we have a chance so we go to Leicester with confidence, although we know how difficult it is. We are going there to get a result and put them under pressure. We have nothing to lose so it is a comfortable position for us. “We do not have the pressure to run the game. One of our biggest strengths is counter-attack.”

Markus Schwabl: 'I had to Google Fleetwood Town when I was asked to come here'

When Fleetwood Town’s German midfielder Markus Schwabl was asked to join the 'Cod Army' he knew so little of the club he rushed to the internet to study its history. Should he and his team mates win at Leicester City in Tuesday’s FA Cup replay he will be enshrining his place in it. Midfielder Schwabl, once of 1860 Munich, was convinced to make the move by compatriot Uwe Rosler. Fleetwood manager Rosler was a colleague of Schwabl’s father, ex-West German international Manfred, at Nurnberg in the early 90s. "They had not spoken much in 30 years but Uwe followed my career in the German leagues," said Schwabl. The transition from his picture postcard home town of Tegernsee just outside Munich to the blustery north west coast has been a culture shock. “To be honest I had never heard of Fleetwood when I was asked to sign around this time last year. I had to Google it,” says Schwabl. “As soon as I got here Steve Curwood (the club’s chief executive) took me on a two-hour tour, not just of the training ground and the club but of the whole area. We went all around, to Blackpool and around Fleetwood. Uwe Rosler played with Schwabl's father in Germany Credit: Getty images “My first impressions were very positive. I have spent most of my life in an area near Munich where there are many lakes. Maybe I like living near the water, but the only problem here is the weather. I am not used to the wind and rain so much. It was a big change but I like it.” A player representing a club whose existence he was previously unaware of will doubtless stir the blood of the cup romanticists craving another shock at the King Power Stadium. Rosler’s reputation as a progressive coach, allied to the evolution of a young squad, ensures that despite last season’s disappointment of losing in the play-off semi-final, the ex-Bundesliga player believes Fleetwood can continue their rise up the divisions since their Jamie Vardy-inspired promotion from the National League in 2012. “When I came to see the club I thought the stadium and the training ground was good, and it was a young team and interesting,” said Schawbl, once a right-back but now in midfield where he jokes ‘you need someone to smash a few people’. “The main point was Uwe explained how he wanted to play football and he had a young side he wanted to develop. That was most important to me. It was not a team already born, but something he can grow. That convinced me.” English cup football has also been a readjustment for Schwabl, who after a brief stint in the Bundesliga spent most of his career in German football's lower divisions. “I played some second and third round cup games in Germany, but you can not compare it to the FA Cup – especially not when you are going to play a side like Leicester. The whole atmosphere around the FA Cup is much different to the DFB – Pokal (German Cup). The FA Cup rates higher. I have watched English football all my life, although German TV tends to focus on the Premier League more than the FA Cup. Fleetwood Town still believe they can go through Credit: Getty images “But every footballer in Germany knows how important the FA Cup is and how important it to English fans. We all know the history and how special it is. “This is definitely one of the biggest games I have been involved with, along with the play-off games with Brentford last season.” After a valiant draw in their first meeting, Fleetwood face Claude Puel’s side in encouraging form. A 2-1 weekend win at Southend was Rosler’s side’s fourth successive away win in League One. There is no sense of Rosler’s side feeling they missed their chance in their first meeting. “We 100 per cent believe we can win. If we did not think this we would stay at home,” said Schwabl. “After the first game the supporters felt we had a real chance to move to the next round. You never know what can happen. Everyone thinks we have a chance so we go to Leicester with confidence, although we know how difficult it is. We are going there to get a result and put them under pressure. We have nothing to lose so it is a comfortable position for us. “We do not have the pressure to run the game. One of our biggest strengths is counter-attack.”

Markus Schwabl: 'I had to Google Fleetwood Town when I was asked to come here'

When Fleetwood Town’s German midfielder Markus Schwabl was asked to join the 'Cod Army' he knew so little of the club he rushed to the internet to study its history. Should he and his team mates win at Leicester City in Tuesday’s FA Cup replay he will be enshrining his place in it. Midfielder Schwabl, once of 1860 Munich, was convinced to make the move by compatriot Uwe Rosler. Fleetwood manager Rosler was a colleague of Schwabl’s father, ex-West German international Manfred, at Nurnberg in the early 90s. "They had not spoken much in 30 years but Uwe followed my career in the German leagues," said Schwabl. The transition from his picture postcard home town of Tegernsee just outside Munich to the blustery north west coast has been a culture shock. “To be honest I had never heard of Fleetwood when I was asked to sign around this time last year. I had to Google it,” says Schwabl. “As soon as I got here Steve Curwood (the club’s chief executive) took me on a two-hour tour, not just of the training ground and the club but of the whole area. We went all around, to Blackpool and around Fleetwood. Uwe Rosler played with Schwabl's father in Germany Credit: Getty images “My first impressions were very positive. I have spent most of my life in an area near Munich where there are many lakes. Maybe I like living near the water, but the only problem here is the weather. I am not used to the wind and rain so much. It was a big change but I like it.” A player representing a club whose existence he was previously unaware of will doubtless stir the blood of the cup romanticists craving another shock at the King Power Stadium. Rosler’s reputation as a progressive coach, allied to the evolution of a young squad, ensures that despite last season’s disappointment of losing in the play-off semi-final, the ex-Bundesliga player believes Fleetwood can continue their rise up the divisions since their Jamie Vardy-inspired promotion from the National League in 2012. “When I came to see the club I thought the stadium and the training ground was good, and it was a young team and interesting,” said Schawbl, once a right-back but now in midfield where he jokes ‘you need someone to smash a few people’. “The main point was Uwe explained how he wanted to play football and he had a young side he wanted to develop. That was most important to me. It was not a team already born, but something he can grow. That convinced me.” English cup football has also been a readjustment for Schwabl, who after a brief stint in the Bundesliga spent most of his career in German football's lower divisions. “I played some second and third round cup games in Germany, but you can not compare it to the FA Cup – especially not when you are going to play a side like Leicester. The whole atmosphere around the FA Cup is much different to the DFB – Pokal (German Cup). The FA Cup rates higher. I have watched English football all my life, although German TV tends to focus on the Premier League more than the FA Cup. Fleetwood Town still believe they can go through Credit: Getty images “But every footballer in Germany knows how important the FA Cup is and how important it to English fans. We all know the history and how special it is. “This is definitely one of the biggest games I have been involved with, along with the play-off games with Brentford last season.” After a valiant draw in their first meeting, Fleetwood face Claude Puel’s side in encouraging form. A 2-1 weekend win at Southend was Rosler’s side’s fourth successive away win in League One. There is no sense of Rosler’s side feeling they missed their chance in their first meeting. “We 100 per cent believe we can win. If we did not think this we would stay at home,” said Schwabl. “After the first game the supporters felt we had a real chance to move to the next round. You never know what can happen. Everyone thinks we have a chance so we go to Leicester with confidence, although we know how difficult it is. We are going there to get a result and put them under pressure. We have nothing to lose so it is a comfortable position for us. “We do not have the pressure to run the game. One of our biggest strengths is counter-attack.”

(From L) Bayern Munich's Niklas Suele, Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich, David Alaba and Franck Ribery react at the end of their German Cup DFB Pokal match against Borussia Dortmund, in Munich, on December 20, 2017

(From L) Bayern Munich's Niklas Suele, Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich, David Alaba and Franck Ribery react at the end of their German Cup DFB Pokal match against Borussia Dortmund, in Munich, on December 20, 2017

(From L) Bayern Munich's Niklas Suele, Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich, David Alaba and Franck Ribery react at the end of their German Cup DFB Pokal match against Borussia Dortmund, in Munich, on December 20, 2017

(From L) Bayern Munich's Niklas Suele, Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich, David Alaba and Franck Ribery react at the end of their German Cup DFB Pokal match against Borussia Dortmund, in Munich, on December 20, 2017 (AFP Photo/Tobias Hase)

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