• Final pre-season test for Latics
• Only Besiktas a higher-ranked test for Latics so far
• Paderborn preparing for first Bundesliga campaign in the club’s history
SC PADERBORN 07 v WIGAN ATHLETIC
FRIDAY 01 AUGUST 2014, KICK-OFF 7.00pm local time (6.00pm UK time)
Latics face their final pre-season test ahead of the 2014-15 Sky Bet Championship campaign as Uwe Rosler’s side take on German Bundesliga outfit SC Paderborn 07 in Germany.
The game will be played at the 15,300 capacity Benteler Arena which was officially opened in 2008.
Rosler stated the cancellation of the midweek friendly with fourth tier side SC Wiedenbruck will allow Latics to integrate James McArthur, Don Cowie, Marc-Antoine Fortune and Rob Kiernan into his group for the clash with Paderborn.
SC PADERBORN 07 – A brief history
In 1907 a group of 20 friends founded Arminia Neuhaus, Paderborn's first football club and, alongside FC Preußen Paderborn, SV 07 Neuhaus and TuS Sennelager, was one of the quartet of sides which eventually produced the current-day outfit.
In 1985, on the back of various other mergers, TuS Schloss Neuhaus, joined forces with rivals 1. FC Paderborn to form TuS Paderborn-Neuhaus, which was then renamed SC Paderborn 07 in 1997.
Since 1997, the club has risen through the divisions in Germany, earning promotion to the fourth tier in 2001 and then to the second tier in 2005.
Relegation in 2008 looked to have scuppered Paderborn’s progress, though an immediate return to the second tier was followed by two fifth place finishes before their maiden promotion to the Bundesliga last time out.
MAN TO WATCH – Mahir Saglik
Former Turkish youth international Mahir Saglik had a superb 2013-14 season at the Benteler Arena, scoring 15 goals in 29 appearances in all competitions.
The 31-year-old, who was born and raised in Paderborn, was in his third stint with his hometown club after progressing through the club’s youth ranks and making his first-team debut back in 2001.
Saglik notched 21 goals in 52 appearances before he was signed by Borussia Dortmund in 2004, though he never played a game for the Bundesliga giants before joining Admira Wacker of Austria in 2005.
Spells with Saarbrucken and Wuppertaler followed before a move to VFL Wolfsburg where he played just 14 first-team games before joining Karlsruher and then Paderborn on loan.
During his second spell with his hometown club, Saglik notched 15 goals in 27 appearances before signing for VFL Bochum in a permanent move.
After just a year in Bochum, Saglik moved to St. Pauli where he spent two years before entering his third spell with Paderborn, who he helped earn their first-ever promotion to the Bundesliga, scoring four goals in a game as Fortuna Dusseldorf were downed 6-1 at the ESPRIT Arena.