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At least he has in the GC handle everything

"Except for Lindner you can all go!", contrary to tinted it to the players. They had once more lost, this was in February, when 0:1 against Xamax. Two games later, Thorsten Fink was the coach. Fink's successor, Tomislav Stipic has already a successor, Uli Forte.

So the GC this spring, it goes wildly back and forth. Actually, only one keeps all the time the Overview: this Heinz Lindner.

By profession, is the 28-Year-old Goalie. His bad luck is that it is the case with the Grasshoppers. You are yet on the way in the Challenge League. Without their goalkeeper they would have, perhaps, been Relegated.

"For me, it is positive that I am praised for my achievements and I play a good season" says Lindner, "it is important to me. This helps the Club but nothing. It's not about individual actors. We can only come out together."

The role of Koller

What he may, he showed for the last time last Saturday. The was the 0:0 in Basel, which is also a 0:4 would be without the these, Lindner, and dived between the posts back and forth and Ball to Ball blocked. It was those moments in the game where he can Huff and says: Good Job! Keep it up! Even the Trainer of the opponent praised him for it. "Lindner has prevented that we were able to secure the victory," said Marcel Koller.

Basel coach has his share of the fact that Lindner is in his second season for GC in the gate. He was Austria's national coach, as he advised the GC, his first club, to the obligation of Lindner and Lindner to change to Zurich. Was served GC, because it had three years to Roman Bürki finally a goalkeeper with a Format; and similarly, Lindner, because he could be after two years at Eintracht Frankfurt, finally a number 1.

for Two years he had been in Frankfurt only on the Bank, with the exception of two inserts in the Bundesliga and in the Cup. That galled him, "of course it did," he says. He responded to it, how it fits to him: He tried to make the Best out of the Situation. He wanted to prove in every Training session that he is ready if he is needed. But he was not, because his opponent Lukas Hradecky has played consistently well. "There was simply no reason to switch," says Lindner.

He accepted the Situation, and to despair without or to change his behavior. "Even if I would have been a stinking boots, I wouldn't have played," he says. He is glad, as he mastered this time. And how he succeeded, he calls a question of education. His Art is well received, he will forward that as a compliment to "the Mama". Hradecky, he is connected to today friendly.

in 2017, he believed in the plans of the GC. Today, he says: "It is not quite as good, charity?"

Lindner is the Boy from Linz, brings the classic story of why he became a goalkeeper. He was a field player in a U-6, as the Goalie was sick and a replacement was sought. The little Heinz was destined, because he was one of the Largest. He stood in the goal, and it pleased him. "Balls to fend off help the team, to drive the enemy to despair" – this was what he immediately agreed. The parents decide to make him, because they saw how he flourished. Home hung a Poster of Oliver Kahn. To looked up to him, he how to Iker Casillas.

at 14 he moved to Vienna, into the boarding-school of Austria. The mom was missing, the proximity to home, but he had a Plan in mind, only one: He wanted to be a> footballer

Then came. And then GC. Lindner heard of the plans, in Zurich, a team in a building, the "re-quality, and in the table in the front of attack". The Club said to him, because he was "a point in Europe". He didn't have to think twice to say Yes. He joined the detachment. Barely a few days in Zurich, he said: "I could identify immediately with GC. The way the club intends to do for the next two years, I want to go with us."

The sets he has in his head. That's why he says: "It is not quite as good, charity?"

living in Zurich

Lindner feels in Zurich. He lives in Wipkingen, because he is a city man. That Zurich is twice as expensive as in Vienna, he had to. He appreciates the good Restaurants, the glass of wine that he can drink with his girlfriend.

As a Goalie he has developed here. In the national team, he is the first choice. The goal-line, he controlled the reflexes are top notch. He says it's a mix of Size and Talent. At 1.88 m and 80 kg, he has the stature to move like a cat. Cat is the word he chooses. To him that Murat Yakin, one of his coaches in Zurich, criticized once and him to a good boy called, which he took, because criticism of him is part of his profession. And he tried to respond. Only, he also says: "I am the player that shows the corners and edges." He is Lindner, no Kahn.

But, from the great promises of the club nothing. From the team that was supposed to start nearly two years ago the attack on the top, next to him almost the only trace elements left, Sigurjonsson, Basic, Djuricin or Bajrami. The coach has already been four times and replaced the head of sports, is also dismissed, even the President has changed, the CEO is on call. Still, Lindner said: "I regret absolutely nothing. I'm glad to be a part of this tradition-rich Clubs. I try to give him the Best and avoid the Worst-Case scenario. There is no Club too big to descend."

Lindner knows the table. Seven points in it are solely up to Xamax. Seven games remain, the residue offset, the first of which is today against Thun. "We have to look at us," says Lindner. It is a cliché, he knows, but he says: "We can only influence what makes Xamax." This is in a week, in a direct duel in new castle.

The will of Rietiker

When it's running is completely stupid, is GC then almost Relegated. But at some point the question will come: What is Lindner?

His contract runs out in the summer. Stephan Rietiker, the new President, in any case, anything to keep the Goalie in Zurich. Lindner should be in the Challenge League is a Central part of the project rise. "The honor for me," he says. And he does not want to open up talks with Rietiker: "I am available. I am committed to GC very much, I was able to play again." He pushes only a But: "It is of advantage, if we keep the League."

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 19.04.2019, 22:43 PM

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