Michael Langer: Always ready to go

With all seven minutes of injury time played on Saturday (16/9), 1. FC Magdeburg were awarded a corner right at the death and it very nearly resulted in them finding an equaliser from Luc Castaignos’ header.

Michael Langer, however, was on his toes and made a fantastic save to secure the win for the Royal Blues, with referee Michael Bacher blowing the full-time whistle seconds later. As the fans celebrated their team at the VELTINS-Arena, the players and coaching staff all ran towards to the Austrian to thank him.

It was an incredible moment for the veteran goalkeeper, who began the evening on the bench. He was forced to come on for Marius Müller just before the break, with Müller going off injured.

Langer ‘the machine’

Langer, the longest-serving member in the current squad, had previously shown that he was prepared for moments like this. He revealed that he was almost slightly uncomfortable with all the love shown to him by the fans and his teammates after the end of the game. The 38-year-old wasn’t nervous when coming on, and simply described it as a reflex save, ultimately his job out on the pitch. “I’m always ready to go and I’m just happy that I could help the team,” explained the Austrian.

Sebastian Polter, another hero during the win over FCM with his two goals, described Langer as a “machine,” adding: “Those are the moments he is here for, the moments he lives for.” The striker felt that Langer’s save from the last-minute header was the action of a “young god.” Polter actually played as a goalkeeper himself in his youth, even appearing for Germany U15s in between the sticks – so he knows what he’s talking about!