Bundesliga ‘Where are they Now’ V-13

Jan Kirchhoff (Sunderland, EPL) The former Bayern and Mainz man made his EPL Saturday after being acquired earlier this month, but his debut was much less than successful.  The German, who also played in Eintracht Frankfurt’s youth system, came onto the pitch in the 59th minute for Danny Graham.  In the match’s remaining 30 minutes, Kirchhoff had a ball deflect off him, leading to a Tottenham score, and then later fouled Danny Rose for a penalty kick. Here’s to better days for the Frankfurt native in a Black Cats uniform– things can hardly get worse for the central defender, who had to be rusty after playing so little for Germany’s rekordmeister’s after coming over from Mainz to begin the 2013/2014 season, but played on loan for a season and a half at Schalke.  Former Bundesliga striker Heung Min-Son was a substitute for the Spurs, replacing Harry Kane.

Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City,EPL) The Japanese international had the opening goal in Leicester City’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa Saturday, although the Foxes won’t be happy surrendering a late goal to split points with the struggling home side.  It was Okazaki’s fourth EPL goal since coming over from Mainz in the summer transfer window.  The striker, now 29, tallied 37 Bundesliga goals in his stints with Mainz, and prior to that, Stuttgart. Former Mainz and Schalke man Christian Fuchs was in the Foxes’ starting XI, as was Robert Huth, the East German-born central defender who has spent his entire professional career in England with Chelsea, Middlesbrough and Stoke City prior to signing with Leicester.

Chinedu Ede (FC Twente, Eredivisie) The German national chimed in with a brace Friday for Twente as they downed Heracles 4-0,  Ede, 28. was born near Berlin and began his professional career with Hertha BSC.  The son of a Nigerian father, Ede also played for MSV Duisburg, Union Berlin, Kaiserslautern and Mainz before going on loan in Cyprus.  The winger joined Twente in 2015.

Ciro Immobile (Torino, Serie A) Immobile celebrated his loan return to Torino by scoring from the spot Saturday as Torino easily handled visiting Frosinone 4-2.  Immobile, who led Serie A in scoring with Torino in 2013/2014, leading to his ill-fated transfer to Borussia Dortmund.  The Italian striker could never get untracked under Jurgen Klopp with BvB, scoring only three goals in Bundesliga play (although Immobile did notch seven more goals in Europe and the Pokal).  Immobile spent the first half of this season on loan to Sevilla before returning home.

Arthur Boka (Malaga,La Liga) Former VfB Stuttgart man Boka had a day to forget as he received a red card in Malaga’s loss to Sevilla Saturday.  Boka, 32, spent eight seasons with the Swabians, featuring mainly as a left back and is also an international with 81 caps for the Ivory Coast.  Boka’s teammates included  former Bayern Munich striker Roque Santa Cruz, who is on loan with the Spanish side from Cruz Azul.  Santa Cruz scored 31 Bundesliga goals for Bayern from 1999-2007 in 155 matches.

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City, EPL) The highly sought-after Wolfsburg midfielder had another assist today as City waltzed to an easy 4-0 win over Crystal Palace.  De Bruyne had the last pass in a quality sequence in which he fed Sergio Aguero for an easy tap-in, DeBrune’s 9th assist of the EPL season.  The Belgian international played in over 100 matches in Germany, while on loan with Werder Bremen before joining VfL from Chelsea.

Francisco Rodriguez (Cruz Azul, Liga MX) ‘Maza’ started on La Maquina’s backline as Cruz Azul played to a 1-1 draw Saturday night against the former club of Leverkusen star Javier Hernandez, Chivas de Guadalajara.  Rodriguez received a yellow card in the 2nd match of the Mexican Clausura.  The Mexican international played in 50 matches in all competitions for VfB Stuttgart, coming to Germany from PSV Eindhoven after beginning his professional career with Chivas.  The 34 year-old was twice a CONCACAF Gold Cup champion with Mexico and won Liga MX titles with both Chivas and Club America.

khediraSami Khedira (Juventus, Serie A) The German international had a goal Sunday in Juve’s 4-0 romp at Udinese.  Khedira had two shots in the match, as did fellow former Bundesliga man Mario Mandžukić.  Khedira played in over 130 matches in all competitions for VfB Stuttgart from 2006-2010 before leaving for Real Madrid.  He also has 57 caps for Germany.  Mandžukić fired in 53 Bundesliga goals when with VfL Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich.

Kevin Trapp (PSG, Ligue 1) Ho-hum, another clean sheet for the former Eintracht Frankfurt goalkeeper Saturday as PSG squeaked out a 1-0 win over Toulouse on a 73th minute Ibra goal.  Although PSG had a whopping 74% of possession, Toulouse were able to launch nine shots, three on target, but once again Trapp was unbeatable.  The 25 year-old goalkeeper earned a place on the UEFA Champions League Team of the Group Stage this year, and it seems that he should get a callup to the German national team although Jogi Löw has many options behind the world’s top keeper, Manuel Neuer.

 

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Gerry Wittmann

Gerry is the founder of the Bundesliga Fanatic. Besides loving German football, he also enjoys the NBA, collecting jerseys and LPs, his pets and wishes he had more time for fishing, bicycling and learning the bass guitar.