Stuttgart (dpa) – You are something like the class representatives. A few days before the Bundesliga season starts, 17 of the 18 captains have been selected.
Only Hertha BSC has not appointed a new captain after the departure of striker Vedad Ibisevic (FC Schalke 04). Besides the Berliners, with RB Leipzig (Marcel Sabitzer), Bayer Leverkusen (Charles Aranguiz), SC Freiburg (Christian Günter), FC Augsburg (Jeffrey Gouweleeuw) and promoted VfB Stuttgart (Gonzalo Castro) five other teams with new leaders in the start of the competition .
The age structure is particularly striking. The captains are on average 30.7 years old. The average of all Bundesliga professionals is 25.4 years. The hunt for young talent is becoming increasingly competitive. Borussia Dortmund brought in this summer a 17-year-old in Jude Bellingham (Birmingham City) and FC Bayern Munich in Tanguy Nianzou (Paris St. Germain) an 18-year-old. Power and dynamism are required in a game that has become faster and more athletic in recent years. But it is a matter of finding the right address for teammates or referees or finding solutions in difficult situations, what matters most is calm and routine. Most coaches apparently see it that way.
At Bayern, for example, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry (all 25) have long since grown into a new generation of top players. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (34) wears the bracelet for the fourth consecutive season of the remaining guardian of the 2013 triple winners. BVB coach Lucien Favre and Schalke coach David Wagner also kept their captains Marco Reus (31). ) and Omar Mascarell (27) – although they were injured for a long time. Mascarell played his part “very well even in difficult times,” Wagner explained. Even when he wasn’t there, he was “always an important point of contact for the team and the coaching team”.
He would be Gonzalo Castro (33) in Stuttgart from now on. Coach Pellegrino Matarazzo took off promotion captain Marc Oliver Kempf (25) during the summer break and gave it to the fairly calm midfielder as a surprise. With his experience in 383 Bundesliga games, Castro should help the league’s youngest team with an average age of 23.9 “on and off the field,” said Matarazzo. It is the most defining example of a troop laced with talent, but in which the supposed old people are in charge.
The leaders of the Bundesliga clubs at a glance:
FC BAYERN MUNICH: Manuel Neuer (34 / determined / since 2017)
BORUSSIA DORTMUND: Marco Reus (31 / determined / since 2018)
RB LEIPZIG: Marcel Sabitzer (26 / chosen / since summer 2020)
BORUSSIA MÖNCHENGLADBACH: Lars Stindl (32 / determined / since 2016)
BAYER LEVER KUSEN: Charles Aranguiz (31 / determined / since 2020)
TSG 1899 HOFFENHEIM: Benjamin Hübner (31 / determined / since December 2019)
VfL WOLFSBURG: Josuha Guilavogui (29 / elected / since 2018)
SC FREIBURG: Christian Günter (27 / chosen / since summer 2020)
EINTRACHT FRANKFURT: David Abraham (34 / determined / since 2018)
HERTHA BSC: still open
1. FC UNION BERLIN: Christopher Trimmel (33 / elected / since 2018)
FC SCHALKE 04: Omar Mascarell (27 / determined / since January 2020)
1. FSV MAINZ 05: Danny Latza (30 / determined / since 2019)
1. FC KÖLN: Jonas Hector (30 / elected / since 2018)
FC AUGSBURG: Jeffrey Gouweleeuw (29 / determined / since summer 2020)
SV WERDER BREMEN: Niklas Moisander (34 / determined / since 2019)
ARMINIA BIELEFELD: Fabian Klos (32 / determined / since 2019)
VFB STUTTGART: Gonzalo Castro (33 / determined / since summer 2020)