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Germany’s Next Top Footballers

October 16, 2009

Remember the name!

Remember the name!

Now that the Germans have qualified for next year’s FIFA World Cup, here are a few names not known outside of the country you should watch out for. Chances are, your club will sign them up leading to the 2010/11 club season…

Heiko Westermann, CB, Shalke 04 – Solid for both club and country, Heiko Westermann has been establishing himself as Germany’s next Franz Beckenbauer. Known for his versatility in Defence, being able to play any position in the back, he is also a highly regarded asset due to his scoring abilities from the back line. Having seen Westermann play last year for the German national side against Belgium, I can honestly say that he was literally all over the pitch. The Shalke defender controlled the match from the back and were very close to grabbing a goal from a couple of chances. I personally see him as a mix of Rio Ferdinand’s finese (when not having his brain farts) with a midfielder’s eye for goal. Westermann has already been linked with a move to Chelsea, Real Madrid and Tottenham this past transfer window.

Adler

Rene Adler

Rene Adler, GK, Bayer Leverkusen – Having already attracted the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea to replace the likes of Edwin Van Der Sar and Petr Cech, Rene Adler has bursted into the scene after a string of magical performances in his 2007 Bundesliga debut. Don’t be fooled by Adler’s looks as I was last year while watching him on the tele for his national team bow against Russia. I thought I saw fear in his eyes, nerves and the works only to be proven wrong. Save after save and match after match, I believe this player is made for the big stages, setting himself up for a call up to the national side in net year’s World Cup. With his countryman Manuel Neuer being linked to Man United, I sure hope the club makes the right call and sign Adler instead.

Ich bin Kießling

Ich bin Kießling

Stefan Kießling, RW/ST, Bayer Leverkusen – Currently leading the Leverkusen charge in the Bundesliga summit, Kießling is on the verge of rejoining the German national team as it prepares for next summer’s tournament. Strong in attack and a highly reliable crosser of the ball the Leverkusen winger is considered to be one of the top talent in the current crop of German footballer. Due to his solid performances on the wings, Kießling has been linked with a number of clubs outside of Germany. The only question that has come up is whether or not he will be able to adapt and travel outside of the country after turning down offers from England and Italy in the past.

Kießling
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6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 16, 2009 10:41 am

    I think Rene Adler will be one of the best goalkeepers in the world in 3 or 4 years. I’ve seen him lately and he’s brilliant, full of technique and he has nice reflexes.

    What’s the point with Bayer Leverkusen? They always have great players but they haven’t done anything good since 2003’s Champions League final.

    • October 16, 2009 11:18 am

      Yeah, they bottle it every single year and I expect them to do the same this year. Hopefully they prove me wrong just to have someone win it other than FC Bayern.

  2. October 16, 2009 1:35 pm

    Unfortunately, goalkeepers are in the spotlight whether or not they like it. Amongst the youngish Brits, Ben Foster, Scott Carson, Robert Green and a few years back Richard Wright have all been touted as the next best thing, one poor game or a bit of a blunder later and the star quickly wanes. For Adler maybe it’s not necessarily a bad thing to put a big money move on hold, then again of course if Leverkusen want to cash in……….

    Westermann, who I confess to knowing little about, appears to be the kind of player clubs like Spurs would bite your hand off for. What might make the transition easier to say, the Premiership, would be signing a fellow countryman. So, Daniel Levy if you’re reading, get the chequebook out in January for Westermann and Kiebling before the prices rise after a stellar World Cup campaign next summer.

  3. October 16, 2009 5:23 pm

    for me the hottest german talent in the making is Mezut özul. Finally we have a technician !!! he has shown a few glimpses of genius already…

  4. October 17, 2009 11:36 pm

    I’m with Schuey, Ozil is absolutely top class.

    Also Marko Marin, who plays for Bremen alongside Ozil, is worth watching out for.

  5. December 11, 2009 1:03 pm

    also watch out for Toni Kroos of Bayern (on loan at Leverkusen – going to be a world star mark my words!) and Lewis Holtby at Schalke.

    I like Sami Khedira too from Stuttgart

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