Date:Saturday October 31 2009
The following article was sent in by Vital Wolves user Stefan M with parts of an interview with wolves-stats reproduced with their permission.
Stefan Maierhofer has done a interview, answering questions put to him by the fans of Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Stefan joined Wolves in August and is fast becoming a cult figure with the fans. His energy and desire have impressed a lot of fans.
Stefan is keen to make a connection with the fans of Wolves and has recently had his official website translated into English, as well as keeping fans up to date via Facebook. When approached to do the interview he instantly said yes and answered the questions in double quick time.
First off, Welcome to Wolverhampton - How are you settling into life in England?
Pretty well! Everyone here was very supportive and helped me to find my apartment which I just got.
When did you first find out about the interest from Wolves?
2-3 weeks before I signed. Had you heard of the club before and its history?
I have heard about the club before, but not that much. I found out later that we are one of the founding members of the Football League and the early successes.
What impressed you most about the club?
The professionalism. The welcome, training and everything is really professional and I like that a lot!
How did you get welcomed by the other players?
It was a really warm welcome from the players as well as everyone else in the club. Everybody was very supportive!
After you signed, you had to go away on International duty, where you scored your first goal for Austria. Was that the best week of your footballing career to date?
It was definitely a great week and maybe the most important for my career. But there were other great weeks too. I remember winning the city derby 2-0 scoring twice and five days later beating Salzburg 7-0, scoring twice against derby 2-0 scoring twice and five days later beating Salzburg 7-0 and scoring twice again!
How do you find the training at Wolves, compared to Vienna?
It's much more intense. We have a big squad and everybody is giving everything in every training! We do a lot more tactics and coordination training than with Rapid Vienna.
How you get on with the gaffer?
We get along great!
Which players have impressed you the most at Wolves?
The whole team I would say. There's a great team spirit and everybody has
he same goal which is to staying up in the PL.
The red card, awful decision as it was, what have you learnt from it?
Not much to learn from it I guess. It's my job to attack and score goals and that's what I tried to do. It was too bad that I missed the game against Aston Villa though, because my father was visiting me and could have seen me playing.
What are the main differences between English and Austrian football?
English football is much harder and faster.
What do you hope to achieve at Wolves?
We want to stay up in the PL in this season and keep the club up the next seasons. The PL is where Wolves belong to.
You currently sit behind Ebanks-Blake and Doyle, do you think you will be able to get ahead of them and claim a starting role?
It would be sad if I wouldn't! I know my qualities and I am trying to give my best in every training. After that it's up to the manager to decide who's playing.
Have you sampled the night life in Wolverhampton yet?
No, haven't been out yet :-(
What do you miss the most from Austria than you can't get here in England?
My mothers Schnitzel! Beside that I really enjoy doing what I love to do and getting to know another culture as well.
How do you spend your free time?
Since I just came here and got my new apartment there wasn't much of it so far. But I try to stay in touch with friends and family a lot, with the phone, skype, and so on.
Finally - Any messages for the Wolves fans?
Thanks for the great support! It's an amazing atmosphere at every game at the Molineux and I'm enjoying every minute of it
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Date:Saturday October 31 2009
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