Simon Terodde – Köln’s Prolific Titan

 

A 2-0 away win on Friday night against SV Sandhausen sent 1. FC Köln back to the summit of Bundesliga 2.  The win at Sandhausen along with other results going their way over the weekend, including a shock 5-0 defeat for HSV at home to Jahn Regensburg kept the bookmakers favorites for the title top of the pile for another week at least.

The man spearheading Köln’s title charge this season is Simon Terodde. The striker who has spent the majority of his career jumping between the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2, originally made a name for himself at the age of 19 for MSV Duisburg. Terodde was the top goal-scorer of the Under 19 Bundesliga West in the 2006–07 season scoring 21 goals. His first professional appearance for Duisburg came against FC Ingolstadt 04 in  Bundesliga 2 on 19 October 2008
Terodde is currently enjoying his second spell at the club from North Rhine-Westphalia. He signed a two-year contract with Köln in 2009, after spending seven years with Duisburg, but was unable to cement a starting place at the Müngersdorfer Stadion and made just 5 league appearances without scoring a goal.
After spending the majority of his two-year spell in the reserve team, Terodde moved onto Union Berlin on an initial loan spell, until making the move permanent in 2012 after scoring 9 goals in 27 appearances during the 2011/12 campaign in Bundesliga 2.
Terrode’s current spell with Köln is proving to be much more fruitful, he scored Köln’s second goal in the game against Sandhausen on Friday, rising highest to head Louis Schaub’s corner past the stranded Niklas Lomb (who coincidentally was born in Köln). To say Terrode is on a hot streak at the moment is an understatement, the man born in Bocholt in the west of Germany has scored 8 goals in his last 4 league games and 12 goals in 5 appearances if you count Köln’s 9-1 demolition of BFC Dynamo in the DFB Pokal.

Chasing History

CHASING HISTORY: Terodde is aiming to become the highest goal scorer in the history of Bundesliga 2.
Not only is Terodde looking to do the double and fire Köln back to the Bundesliga and grab the Bundesliga 2  top scorer award for a third time, he is also chasing history. The goal against SV Sandhausen was Terrode’s 97th BL2 goal in 192 games, placing him 6th on the all-time Bundesliga 2 goal scorers list.

Bundesliga 2 All-Time Top scorers

  1. Sven Demandt (121 goals in 316 games)

  2. Theo Gries (111 goals in 270 games)

  3. Daniel Jurgeleit (106 goals in 360 games)

  4. Marius Ebbers (102 goals in 273 games)

  5. Bruno Labbadia (101 goals in 229 games)

  6. Simon Terodde (97 goals in 192 games)

Two of the top 5 scorers on this list have also plied their trade for Die Geißböcke (The Billy Goats) at some stage in their careers. Current VfL Wolfsburg manager Bruno Labbadia scored 15 goals in 41 appearances in 1994/95 and FC St Pauli kult hero Marius Ebbers netted 10 goals in 40 games during his spell at the club between 2003-05. Terrode however boasts a much better goal to game ratio as his predecessors averaging almost a goal every 2 games.
The chances on Terodde keeping up his current goal to game ratio this season are of course slim, however Köln are currently top scorers in the league (averaging almost 3 goals a game) and should be too strong for most other teams in the BL2.  If he manages to stay injury free then he will get chances to score and if his record is anything to go by then he will get goals. For Terodde to get second place on the all-time scorers list this season is a real possibility and there maybe even an outside shot for him to replace Sven Demandt at the top of the list.
The powerful striker who stands at 1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in) has twice before managed to top the scoring charts in BL2. He first managed the feat with Bochum in 2014 scoring 25 goals in 33 games and repeated this achievement two years later helping Stuttgart to the title by scoring 25 goals in 32 games and the odds on him repeating the trick this season with Köln according to the bookmakers are very short indeed.
Of course right now the only thing on his mind will be making sure Köln’s stay in the 2nd tier of German football is as short as possible. The 30 year old will desperately want another shot at proving the doubters wrong who say that while there is no doubt he is prolific in the BL2 and maybe one of the best ever at that level, he simply isn’t good enough to ever make his mark in the Bundesliga.
Terodde will be looking to continue his goal scoring exploits for 1. FC Köln tonight as they welcome Ingolstadt and new manager Alexander Nouri to the RheinEnergieStadion.
By Jamie Walker
Twitter @jay_walker_83

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