Nine players in the DFB roster are currently active at clubs abroad. They all dared to leave the Bundesliga. In the absence of the Bayern block there is a chance for some to show themselves.
It has been a little over ten years since the national team won bronze at the World Cup in South Africa. Joachim Löw’s team impressed with a fast attacking and changing play, clearly defeating England in the round of 16 (4: 1) and Argentina in the quarter-finals (4: 0). Only in the semi-finals did the eventual winner overtake Spain for the Löw-Elf.
The special thing about the team at the time: it consisted only of players who earned their money in Germany. Big names such as Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Özil and Lukas Podolski put on their shoes for FC Bayern, Werder Bremen or 1. FC Köln instead of Manchester United, Real Madrid or Arsenal.
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Nine legionaries on the DFB team
If you look at the national team, the tide has turned 180 degrees. Nine players from the current 28-man team of the national coach play abroad, including Robin Koch, who recently made the switch to Leeds United.
“It was important for me to prove myself in what is arguably the best league in the world. The Premier League is again a bit more challenging than the Bundesliga. That’s why it is extremely appealing to many players,” Koch said during a media meeting when asked. from. Chillreport has moved abroad.
Koch made his debut for the national team almost a year ago (on October 9, 2019) – and hopes to make his fourth appearance on Wednesday in the test against Turkey (from 8:45 PM in the live ticker on Chillreport). “That was the best moment of my football career,” said Koch, thinking back to his debut. It is quite possible that in the absence of the Bayern block around central defender Niklas Süle Koch von Löw will get another chance of probation.
The players of FC Bayern and RB Leipzig and Toni Kroos traveled to the national team on Tuesday-evening and are only available for the Nations League games against Ukraine and Switzerland.
Draxler: “Always an option to come back to the Bundesliga”
Left back Robin Gosens, who only made his debut for the national team in September and started the season furiously with Atalanta Bergamo, was also delighted with his professional time abroad. “This is a big step in your own personal development. Getting to know a new culture is extremely important, it is how you become a complete person. The chance to learn a new language alone is gigantic,” said the 26-year-old, who in the national team. who wants to play the left back position.
Julian Draxler, who will captain Turkey on Wednesday, has also been playing abroad for Paris since January 2017 – but couldn’t work his way up to become a regular there or under Low. A last-minute change to another club broke on Monday. Also because, according to Draxler, “many teams do not have the money to pay the transfer fee that PSG asked for.”
Julian Draxler: The 27-year-old will lead the DFB-Elf as captain on Wednesday. (Source: Herbert Bucco / Image Images)
A return to the Bundesliga is always an option, so Draxler to the question from Chillreport: “Of course I follow the Bundesliga extremely. That’s at home, you always see what’s going on. For me it is always an option. Bundesliga to come back. ”However, Draxler stressed,“ I didn’t want to take a picture this year. ”
Chelsea’s new hire Kai Havertz has just left the Bundesliga and is “incredibly happy” to be back with the national team. At international matches in September, the 21-year-old was released to complete his move to London.
“It was difficult for me because I hardly had any preparation time”, Havertz said at the press conference before the game against Turkey about his starting problems with the “Blues”. “It is a very different competition, much more intense. I noticed that the games are very tiring. For me personally it was a big step to leave my environment and my family. Acclimatization takes a little longer,” said Havertz. who nevertheless looks positively to the future: “I think the last few games are looking up. The hat-trick in the League Cup has also helped me enormously.”
Koch, Gosens, Draxler and Havertz. Four of the nine legionnaires in the ranks of the DFB team who have yet to find their final role under Low. Maybe against Turkey next Wednesday.