Return without long start-up difficulties
Created: 06/01/2023 18:39
By: Sven Sartison
By train to the goal: Maximilian Berwein from Garmisch-Partenkirch (right, in a running duel with Burghausen's Milos Lukic) shines in the Türkgücü Munich jersey in the Bavarian regional league as a top scorer.
In the summer, Maximilian Berwein once again took the plunge into the Regionalliga Bayern.
After the first half of the season with Türkgücü Munich, a step that definitely paid off - for both sides.
Munich – Maximilian Berwein did not have long start-up difficulties when he returned to the Bavarian Regionalliga.
To be precise: hand-timed 8.9 seconds.
That's how long it took for Oberau to take the lead with the fastest goal in regional league history on his debut for Türkgücü Munich in a 2-1 away win on matchday 1 against SV Heimstetten.
After leaving VfR Garching in mid-2020, Berwein put his football boots in the closet for more than a year - and only took them out again at the end of October 2021.
Eight goals and twelve assists in just ten games for FC Penzberg in the district league were then enough for the third division relegated from the Bavarian capital to contact the 27-year-old in the summer.
Despite the big jump, he agreed: "I already knew what to expect in the regional league from my time in Garching.
If I hadn't believed in it after all this time, I wouldn't have done it either."
Berwein best scorer of his team
A look at the statistics shows that the step was the right one.
In addition to his record goal at the start, he followed up with four more goals and seven assists.
This makes him the best scorer on his team.
He is correspondingly satisfied after the end of the first half of the season.
"I'm super happy with how things have gone so far.
I've settled into the team well and my team-mates also put me in the limelight."
Maximilian Berwein's conclusion on the first half of the season with Türkgücü Munich
There is a reason why Berwein, who is mainly used on the offensive flanks, but also in the center of the attack, cannot show more goal participation.
He missed five matches between the fifth and ninth match day due to a coccyx fracture.
Annoying, especially since Türkgücü could have used his goal threat at this stage.
The Munich team took just eight points from the first nine games, and when Berwein returned on the tenth day of the game, the club was 17th in the table.
Of course, far too little for the demands of the club.
Afterwards, however, the form curve pointed steeply upwards.
An interim high with five wins from six games and three successes in a row at the end of the first half of the season allowed the club, which was once founded by Turkish migrants, to climb to fifth place in the table.
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"Of course my return," Berwein says in response to the question of what could have been a possible turning point and laughs: "No, seriously.
It just took time.
During the preparation, new players were added week after week.
It was almost impossible for automatisms to take effect and for there to be a good rehearsal.
That only came about over time.”
Kam die Winterpause daher möglicherweise ungünstig, wo es derzeit doch so gut läuft? „Nein“, findet der Oberauer. „Das abgebrochene Spiel gegen Bayern II und das verlegte Rückspiel gegen Heimstetten hätte ich schon noch gerne mitgenommen. Aber noch tiefer in den Dezember spielen, wäre nicht unbedingt mein Wunsch gewesen. Egal wie gut es auch für mich persönlich zuletzt lief.“
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For the second half of the season, the 27-year-old hopes “that we can move up a place or two.” Given that he is 21 points behind leaders Unterhaching and 18 points behind second-placed Würzburg, he doesn’t think promotion to the 3rd league is possible more is possible.
"They're in a class of their own," he acknowledges without envy.
Personally, Berwein hopes to be able to confirm his good performance and continue to diligently collect scorer points.
"Of course it's twice as much fun when personal success is combined with team success."
Berwein, his teammates and Türkgücü's fans certainly wouldn't have objected to another lightning goal.