Bundesliga ‘Where are they Now’ V-14

Roberto Firmino (Liverpool FC, EPL) The former Hoffenheim striker has looked like a bit of a bust in his inaugural Premier League season, but he showed that LFC’s big transfer fee wasn’t a mistake Saturday when his brace played a big part in Liverpool’s away victory at Norwich City.Firmino’s 18th minute goal, from his left foot, opened the scoring on a day that would see nine goals knocked in at Carrow Road.  Firmino’s second goal, the result of nice control in front of goal, levelled Jurgen Klopp’s Reds after they’d allowed three goals to the home side.  Former Bayern and Leverkusen man Emre Can was once again a starter in LFC’s starting XI, while Norwich City defender Timm Klose, just brought over from Wolfsburg, was an unused substitute.

Athletic Club de Bilbao v FC Barcelona - Copa del Rey: Quarter FinalMarc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona, La Liga) Ter Stegen, the former #1 GK at Gladbach, again rode the Barcelona bench behind Claudio Bravo as Barca defeated Malaga 2-1 Saturday.  Ter Stegen was installed as the starter for die Fphlen when Lucien Favre took over the coaching duties at the club back in 2011. replacing Logan Bailly, now the backup goalkeeper at Celtic.  The 23 year-old ter Stegen won acclaim for his skill in the BMG goal and signed with the legendary Catalan side in the summer of 2014.  Since then, the talented keeper has only played in four La Liga matches for Barca, although he has played in 32 Cup and European matches for the club and has four caps for Germany (and has been called into the preliminary German 2016 Euro squad).  Barca teammate Ivan Rakitić, a former Schalke man, came on for the Catalans as a substiute, as did former Bayern Munich striker Roque Santa Cruz for Malaga.

Martin Demichelis (Manchester City, EPL) The former Bayern Munich man was a starter for City in their 2-2 draw with West Ham Saturday.  Demechelis, 35, played eight seasons for the Bavarian titans between 2003 and 2011, featuring in 245 matches in all competitions while winning four Bundesliga titles and four Pokal championships.  The defender has also been capped on 45 occasions for Argentina.  Former Werder Bremen/Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin De Bruyne was also a starter for City in the match where all four goals were scored by South Americans — a brace for Serge Aguero of Argentina and a brace by Ecuador’s Enner Valencia.

Kevin-Prince Boateng (AC Milan, Serie A) The Berlin-born brother of Bayern’s Jerome Boateng was a substitute Saturday in Milan’s 2-2 draw with Empoli.  He began his career with Hertha Berlin’s youth system in 1994 before entering BSC’s senior squad in 2005. Kevin left for Tottenham two years later, played at Dortmund and for Portsmouth before joining Milan in 2010.  A transfer to Schalke followed in 2013 following 75 Serie A matches for Boateng, but last season the attacker fell in disfavor with Schalke management and did not play at all for the Royal Blues during the Hinrunde.  He was signed for a half-seasaon by Milan after his Schalke contract was terminated in December as the club could find no buyers for him.  Boateng scored a goal last week against Fiorentina.

Gylfi Sigurðsson (Swansea City, EPL) The Icelandic international had the opening goal, a penalty kick, for the Swans in their Sunday 2-1 win over Everton.  Sigurdsson,26, began his professional career with Reading but signed with TSG Hoffenheim during the summer of 2010 and made 39 appearances with the village side in a season and a half, scoring 10 goals.  He was a January transfer window loanee to Swansea City before signing with Spurs, but returned to Swansea prior to the 2014/2015 season.  The midfielder also has scored 12 goals in 35 international matches for Iceland.

Miroslav Klose (SS Lazio, Serie A) The legendary Klose came on for Lazio at the hour mark in their 4-1 victory over Chievo Verona Sunday.  The 37 year-old striker got off one shot in his 30 minutes.  Klose has started five matches for Lazio this season while appearing as a sub in six others, with no goals and one assist.  But the Polish-born German international is best remembered for his years in Germany playing for Kaiserslautern, Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich, and even moreso for his role as a striker on the German national team, with which he’s scored an unbelievable 71 goals.  Klose was recently in the news as he denied retirement rumors expressed about him in the Italian press, while others report that he may play in MLS next season.  Klose’s Lazio teammate, former Bayern and Hoffenheim back Edson Braafheid, was an unused substitute for the Rome club.

Heung-Min Son (Tottenham, EPL) The South Korean international went the full 90 for Spurs in their 3-1 win over Crystal Palace Saturday.  The former Mainz and Leverkusen man had two shots, while committing two fouls and being fouled twice.  Ex-Billy Goat KevinWimmer also appeared for Spurs as a substitute.

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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.