Our fourth new signing has put pen to paper ahead of the 2021/22 season. Hertha BSC announced the signing of Marco Richter on Monday (9/8). The variable attacker joins from FC Augsburg and will wear the No.23 shirt for the ‘Old Lady.’ “Energy, variability, a nose for goal and a strong mentality are all things that Marco brings to the table. He has proven this already over several years in the Bundesliga, despite being just 23 years old. We’re very pleased that he has chosen to move to Berlin,” Fredi Bobic said about the transfer. “I was looking for a new challenge after after several good years in Augsburg and am looking forward to joining Hertha. My discussions with the club convinced me of the move and I’m confident that my style of play will fit in well with the team,” said Marco Richter. In return, Hertha will loan Arne Maier to FCA. “We have a lot of options in central midfield, which is why we granted Arne’s wish for a new challenge,” Bobic said. Arne Maier is a product of the Hertha academy, and made his Bundesliga debut for the capital city club. Maier has made 66 appearances for Hertha so far, having been on loan at Arminia Bielefeld in 2020/21.
Richter, a Germany U21 international, played for both SV Ried and Bayern München in his youth, before going on to make his professional debut with FCA. The right-footer made 102 competitive appearances for the club in the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal (13 goals, 13 assists). The Friedberg native has also featured for Germany at youth level. Richter (1.76m tall) made nine appearances for the Germany U20s and U21s. He also took part in this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, together with Maier, Jordan Torunarigha and Eduard Löwen (on loan at Bochum). Richter featured in all three group stage games for Germany. He also took part in the U21 EUROs in 2019, alongside Maier, Löwen and Maximilian Mittelstädt. He contributed three goals and two assists as Germany finished runners-up at the tournament.