Nine players in the DFB squad are currently active with clubs abroad. They all dared to step out of the Bundesliga. In the absence of the Bayern block there is a chance for some to show themselves.
It’s 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 switching game, clearly defeating England in the second round (4: 1) and Argentina in the quarter-finals (4: 0). Only in the semi-finals was against the eventual winner Spain for the Löw-Elf over.
The special thing about the squad at that time: it consisted only of players who earned their money in Germany. Big names like Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Özil and Lukas Podolski laced their shoes for FC Bayern, Werder Bremen or 1. FC Cologne instead of Manchester United, Real Madrid or Arsenal.
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Nine legionnaires in the DFB team
If you look at the national team, the tide has turned 180 degrees. Nine players in the current 28-man squad of the national coach play abroad, including Robin Koch, who recently switched 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 once again a bit more challenging than the Bundesliga. That is why it is extremely attractive for many players,” said Koch at a media appointment when asked by t-online made its move abroad.
Koch made his debut for the national team almost a year ago (on October 9, 2019) – and hopes to make his fourth appearance in the test against Turkey on Wednesday (from 8.45 p.m. in the live ticker on t-online). “That was the greatest moment of my football career,” said Koch, recalling 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 probation chance.
The players of FC Bayern and RB Leipzig as well as Toni Kroos traveled to the national team on Tuesday evening and will only be 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, also raved about 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 opportunity to learn a new language alone is gigantic,” said the 26-year-old, who works on the national team who wants to play the left-back position.
Julian Draxler, who will be the captain against Turkey on Wednesday, has also been playing abroad for Paris since January 2017 – but was unable to work his way up to become a regular player either there or under Löw. A last-minute change to another club broke down on Monday. Also because, according to Draxler, “many teams do not have the money to pay the transfer fee that PSG demanded.”
Julian Draxler: The 27-year-old will lead the DFB-Elf as captain on Wednesday. (Source: Herbert Bucco / imago images)
A return to the Bundesliga is always an option, so Draxler when asked by t-online: “Of course, I follow the Bundesliga extremely. That’s home, you always see what’s going on. For me, it’s always an option Bundesliga to come back. ” However, Draxler emphasized: “I didn’t want to snap a shot this year.”
Chelsea’s new signing Kai Havertz has just left the Bundesliga and is “incredibly happy” to be back with the national team. The 21-year-old was released from the internationals in September to finalize his move to London.
“It was difficult for me because I hardly had any preparation time,” Havertz reported at the press conference before the Turkey game about his starting problems with the “Blues”. “It’s a completely different league, much more intense. I noticed that the games are very exhausting. 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 to the future positively, “I think that the last few games have been looking up. The hat trick in the League Cup also helped me a lot.”
Koch, Gosens, Draxler and Havertz. Four out of nine legionnaires in the ranks of the DFB team who still have to find their final role under Löw. Maybe against Turkey this Wednesday.