They have plenty in common- Bundesliga experience, international caps, a hunger to still play at the top level, oh, and the fact they are all currently unemployed and looking for a club.
Back in the 80’s there was a classic British TV drama based around the unemployment affecting Liverpool and a classic scene involved Yosser Hughes striding onto a building site and demanding: “Giz a job”.
While the following top-level footballers are unlikely to be storming onto training pitches or into sporting directors’ offices, they do desperately need a job.
Meet the ageing stars looking this summer for a Bundesliga club to hand them a contract and the chance to extend their playing careers in the German top flight.
Back in 2008 Kuranyi was a European Championship runner-up with Germany. He joined Russian side Dinamo Moscow in 2010 after scoring 111 goals for both VfB Stuttgart and Schalke. Now after five years in the Russian Premier League, he is bringing his family back to Germany and is looking for a club.
He’s been training with FC Saarbrücken to keep fit and claims to have a concrete offer of a deal. It is believed that Augsburg could be his destination.
Like Kuranyi, international success didn’t elude Trochowski with a World Cup semi-final appearance in 2010. The former Hamburg midfielder joined Sevilla in 2011 when his contract with die Rothosen expired,
The now 31-year-old helped win the Europa League in 2014, but injuries have curtailed his career and he failed to make a single appearance last season for the La Liga club. He has professed his desire to be willing to prove himself with a German club with Augsburg once again linked.
The veteran former Bayern Munich striker is without a club after his contract wasn’t renewed by Hannover after seven years spent at the Niedersachsen club. He’s played for four Bundesliga sides and is now looking for a fifth employer.
Another Euro 2008 runner-up looking for a new club is Heiko Westermann. The versatile defender has over 300 Bundesliga matches on his record and 27 international caps for Germany so there is no lack of experience.
A move abroad cannot be rules out, but there will surely be a few top flight German clubs looking at bringing him in for a swansong.
Also released from Hannover and looking for a fresh challenge is 31-year-old Christian Pander. Remembered fondly for his stunning debut goal for Germany against England at Wembley in 2007, the experienced left-back still has a few years left in him and will be hopeful his agent gets a phone call soon.
Following his Wembley ,goal the wit that is Gary Lineker humorously stated “Pander eats, shoots, and leaves”
The Bundesliga all-time leading scorer for a foreign player, the Peruvian veteran has left Bayern Munich, but is not ready to leave the Bundesliga just yet. He showed at the Copa America that he still has a lot to offer, and his name is being linked with a number of clubs. Maybe his Bundesliga scoring isn’t over after all.
Swiss midfielder Barnetta is also a free agent having left Schalke at the end of the season and after 11 seasons in the Bundesliga the 30-year-old is looking for a new challenge. Early rumours are linking him with a move to England, Spain or even the USA, but there will be a few German clubs possibly thinking about extending the former Bayer Leverkusen star’s stay in the Bundesliga.
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