Diego (Fenerbahçe FK, Turkish Super Lig) Diego scored Fenerbahçe’s lone goal Sunday as they drew 1-1 in the Istanbul derby against Lukas Podolski and Galatasaray. Diego played for Werder Bremen and VfL Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga, appearing in a total of 160 Bundesliga matches while scoring 58 goals. Only 30, Diego began his professional career with Santos FC in his native Brazil and has also played for Atletico Madrid, Porto and Juventus before joining Fenerbahçe in July, 2014. Along with Diego in the starting XI was former Wolfsburg defender Simon Kjær, who appeared in 57 Bundesliga matches between 2010 and 2013. Czech international Michal Kadlec was an unused substitute for Fenerbahçe. He featured in 128 league matches for Bayer Leverkusen before joining the Turkish side in July, 2013.
Emre Can (Liverpool FC, EPL) Twenty-one year old Can made sure that Jurgen Klopp’s Anfield debut wasn’t a disaster as he scored the 36th minute equalizer against Rubin Kazan Thursday in Europa League action. Can drew a foul while dribbling down the left flank, which saw a second foul given to Russian side’s Oleg Kuzmin. The resulting free kick was headed across the mouth of goal to the waiting Can, who made sure to notch the goal after just missing an earlier chance. The German international was born in Frankfurt and came up in the Bayern Munich system. After a year with Bayer Leverkusen, Can was brought to Liverpool in July, 2014 and has started eight league matches for LFC this season, including Sunday’s draw with Southampton. Former Hoffenheim attacker Roberto Firmino was brought on by Klopp in the 74th minute, taking three shots before the match ended. Slowed by injury, Firmino has yet to score for LFC in league play after scoring 38 Bundesliga goals in four-plus seasons at 1899 Hoffenheim.
Petr Jiráček (Sparta Prague, Synot liga) The former Wolfsburg and Hamburger SV midfielder was in the starting XI for Sparta Prague Thursday in their Europa League matchup with FC Schalke, a match that ended in a 2-2 draw. Jiráček signed with Wolfsburg in December, 2011 on a four-year deal, but only spent half a season with the Wolves before going to Hamburg, where he featured in 41 Bundesliga matches. Jiráček, 29, has also earned 28 caps for the Czech Republic.
Patrick Ebert (Rayo Vallecano, La Liga) Ebert was a starter for Rayo Vallecano Friday in their 3-0 win over Espanyol. The former Hertha Berlin winger, now 28, had one shot and drew a yellow card during his 90 minutes on the pitch. A native of Potsdam, Ebert played in the Hertha youth system and made his Bundesliga debut for the capital club in 2006, the first of 121 league appearances with BSC. He joined Valladolid in 2012, scoring nine goals in 36 matches before joining Spartak Moscow in 2014. He has started five matches for Rayo Vallecano in his first year with the Madrid side.
Miroslav Klose (Lazio, Serie A) The 37 year-old German striker was in the starting XI for Lazio and had an assist in the club’s 3-0 win Sunday over Torino. In his fifth season in Italy, Klose also played for Bayern Munich, Werder Bremen and 1.FC Kaiserslautern during his illustrious career topped by his profound influence on the success of the German national team. Klose has scored 221 goals in all competitions during his club career, including 56 while at Lazio, where he won the Coppa Italia in 2012/2013. Klose has played more games now than he did for Werder Bremen and is only a handful of Lazio appearances from surpassing his totals at both Kaiserslautern and Bayern Munich.
Teemu Pukki (Brøndby IF, Danish Superliga) The Finnish forward started for Brøndby Sunday in their 2-1 win over FC Midtjylland. The 25 year-old came to Schalke at the end of the summer transfer window in 2011 after scoring three goals against the Gelsenkirchen side for HJH Helsinki in Europa League qualification earlier that month. Pukki became popular with Schalke fans after scoring a brace against Hannover in his November debut as a starter for the Royal Blues, and played in 46 matches for the club. Two years later, Pukki transferred to Celtic before being loaned to Brøndby. He is now signed permanently with the Danish side, and has scored 19 goals in 35 games since coming to Denmark.
Timmy Simons (Club Brugge, Belgian Jupiler League) Simons started Thursday for Club Brugge in their Europa League match with Legia Warsaw, a contest that ended in a 1-1 draw. Simons was an anchor for Der Club, 1.FC Nürnberg, during his three years in Germany, playing in all 102 league fixtures while providing a steadying influence on the team. Simons, a Belgian international with 93 caps, returned to Club Brugge in July, 2013 after playing for the team from 200-2005 before joining PSV Eindhoven. Simons also captains Club Brugge.
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