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The days when Hamburg were challenging for top honours in German football may be a distant memory for fans of this fallen giant.

But the remarkable goalscoring exploits of Simon Terodde at least has one of the most historic clubs in European football dreaming of a return to the top flight after three seasons of hacking through the thistles and weeds of the second tier.

Two years ago, Hamburg suffered relegation for the first time since the Bundesliga was formed in 1963.

But as long as summer signing Terodde is in this kind of form, The Dinosaur can dream of a return from the brink of extinction.

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Since joining from Augsburg on a free transfer, the 32-year-old target man has scored eight times in six games, firing Hamburg five points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.2 table.

And when you consider Nottingham Forest needed a stoppage-time penalty to see off lowly Coventry City on Wednesday, Chris Hughton could be forgiven for wishing Terodde had ended up at the City Ground instead.

In July, BILD reported Forest were interested in Terodde. Four months later, the two-time European champions are mired in 20th place with only three teams scoring fewer goals than them so far (seven in ten games).

All the while, Forest’s ‘one that got away’ is earning praise from Hamburg’s greatest footballer – national legend Uwe Seeler.

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“I hope HSV is smart enough to secure him (on a long-term contract),” Seeler says of a man who will become a free agent again next year.

“As it is with all good players, you have to look after them. I think Simon is sensational.

“He has a very special nose for goalscoring chances. This certain talent cannot be learned. You are born with it.

“He moves in the penalty area as smoothly as a cat. He sneaks around, gets lost in the sight of the enemy and then suddenly strikes.”

Terodde is never going to match Seeler’s remarkable exploits at Hamburg. The two-time World Cup runner-up inspired the club to First Division glory in 1960 while scoring 404 goals in 476 games.

But if Terodde fires this grand old club back to the Bundesliga at the third time of asking, he will be remembered by Hamburg fans for ever more.

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