Friday, September 3, 2010
American winger DaMarcus Beasley says he is ready to begin anew after joining German club Hannover 96 earlier this week.
Beasley agreed to terms with the club as a free agent in a deal that will keep him there the next two seasons.
After having spent three injury-plagued seasons at Rangers in Scotland, Beasley is happy to be in Germany and is looking forward to playing with fellow US international Steve Cherundolo.
"Everything has been good so far," Beasley recently told YA. "It's been a smooth transition. I've met the guys on the team and having Stevie here is a big help. I'm glad to be playing here."
He adds that it helps to have Cherundolo, the so-called ‘Mayor of Hannover', assisting with any translations in training but that also his bilingual background is making for a fairly easy ramp-up.
"I understand some of what the coach is saying because I speak Dutch which is similar to German, but in the end, soccer is soccer and it really doesn't matter what language you're speaking, it's all about what happens when playing on the field," he noted.
Since the end of last season's Scottish Premier League, Beasley has been out-of-contract, a situation that comes with both advantages and disadvantages.
While it was nice to receive offers from various clubs around Europe, Beasley concedes that not knowing his immediate future made for a somewhat anxious summer.
"I was excited about the new offers I got from new teams," he explained. "I had teams in France and England interested in me but then Hannover lost a player due to injury later in the summer so then they came to the table with a really good offer. The team is off to a great start so I'm just excited to be here and hoping to contribute."
"More than anything, I was anxious to find something so I just left it up to my management and continued training in Miami with several different teams and stayed in shape."
Already skeptics are pointing out that the Bundesliga may prove to be too physical of a league for the 28 year old to handle and will be a repeat of much of what he experienced in his three years at Rangers.
Beasley counters that by saying his skills are actually better suited for Germany's top division.
"Germany is one of the top three leagues in Europe and it's really not all about physical power like in Scotland," he said of the contrast between the two. "It's more open and they like to keep the ball low to the ground here. There are good players here and really good teams so I'm excited to be a part of it."
The former Light Blues' final weeks in Glasgow were bittersweet as Rangers achieved another double winning the Scottish League Cup and the SPL title, yet Beasley did not factor in the final matches of the season and missed out on earning a winner's medal.
Despite that, he does not harbor any resentment towards the club and is at peace with the fact that whenever he suited up in a Rangers jersey, he gave it his all.
"It is what it is," Beasley said of his final weeks at Rangers. "I had to accept what the coaches decided and I'm fine with that. I don't look at it as not getting a winner's medal or anything like that. I know that any time I played there, I produced and that's all that matters."
A lack of playing time is something Beasley also experienced in South Africa with the US national team in the World Cup as his only appearance came as a late substitute in the final group stage match versus Algeria.
The three-time World Cup player says that he was surprised that he didn't see more time from head coach Bob Bradley, but that nobody supported the team more than he did from the bench.
"Bob didn't tell me either way if I would be playing or not," stated Beasley. "He just told me to be ready. I only spoke to him once one-on-one. I thought the way I played in training that I would play more but at the same time I was there to support my teammates and be the biggest cheerleader on the bench."
When pressed as to what his sentiments are concerning Bradley's return for a second cycle and if that might impact his future national team plans, Beasley waived off any notion that he was done suiting up for the Stars and Stripes.
"I'll just say that I'm not retired from the national team and I'll leave it at that," he concluded.
Beasley and Hannover will look to make it three wins in a row to start the Bundesliga season when they next take to the field on September 11th versus Bayer Leverkusen.