Bundesliga ‘Where are they Now’ V-16

Joselu (Stoke City, EPL) The Stuttgart-born Spaniard nailed the door shot on AFC Bournemouth Saturday, scoring Stoke City’s third goal to guarantee the Potters all three points.  Joselu came to England from Hannover, where he scored nine goals in 30 matches after previously earning a paycheck at Eintracht Frankfurt and Hoffenheim, where he chalked up another 14 Bundesliga scores.  Joselu’s goal was assisted by former Bayern Munich midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, who dribbled in from the right to provide Joselu’s header.  Stoke City’s 2nd goal came from Ibrahim Afellay, who played on loan at Schalke during the 2012/2013 season.  Stoke City’s Bundesliga flavor also included defender Philipp Wollscheid, the native of the Saarland who played for 1.FC Nurnberg, Bayer Leverkusen and Mainz, along with former Hannover man Mame Biram Diouf, who scored 26 Bundesliga goals while at Hannover.

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid, La Liga) German international Kroos scored Real Madrid’s third goal on his only shot of the match as the Madristas defeated Athletic Bilbao  4-2 on Saturday.  Kroos won the treble and two doubles while with Bayern Munich and additionally played a season and a half with Bayer Leverkusen.  The 26 year-old also has 38 caps for the German national team and will undoubtedly be a part of their 2016 Euro squad.

Chinedu Ede (FC Twente, Eredivisie) The German winger scored the only goal Saturday in Twente’s win over JC Roda.  Ede came up in the Hertha Berlin youth system and played in 19 matches for the BSC senior squad.  He also earned a paycheck at MSV Duisburg, Union Berlin, Kaiserslautern and Mainz.  The 29 year-old’s game-winner was his fourth goal of the season in his first year playing in the Netherlands.

Oriol Romeu (Southampton, EPL) The former Stuttgart loanee was on the winning side as Southampton defeated Swansea City 1-0 Saturday.  Romeu had four shots in the match, his 19th appearance for Ronald Koeman’s team, after playing in 27 league matches for the Swabians last season.  Former Hoffenheim man Gylfi Sigurdsson was on the losing end for Swans, launching one shot.  The Iceland international scored nine goals for Hoffenheim in 36 league matches beginning in 2010….he has played in every league match for Swansea City this season, scoring seven goals and recording an assist.

Heiko Westermann (Real Betis, La Liga) Former Schalke and Hamburg defender Heiko Westermann was once again a starter for Real Betis, who drew 2-2 with Deportive La Coruna on Saturday.  Westermann, who also played for Greuther Fürth and Arminia Bielefeld, is in his first La Liga season, signing a two-year contract with the Seville-based club in August after being let go by HSV in a general summer housecleaning by the club.

podolskiLukas Podolski (Galatasary, Turkish Super Lig) Prinz Poldi scored a late goal for Galatasaray, but it wasn’t enough to prevent an upset loss to Mersin Idmanyurdu. Podolski, whose goal Saturday was his ninth of the Super Lig season, played for Bayern Munich and had two stints with 1.FC Koln.  Born in Poland, the German international now has 155 goals in club football, to go with 48 international goals and is a member of Germany’s preliminary 2016 Euro roster. Former Borussia Dortmund youth player Koray Günter was an unused substitute for Galatassaray.

Per Mertesacker (Arsenal, EPL) It was the tall German defender and his fellow German international Mesut Özil for Arsenal Sunday against former Bundesliga players Shinji Okazaki and Christian Fuchs, along with German-born defender Robert Huth for Leicester City, with Arsenal coming out 2-1 winners.  Former Werder Bremen Özil registered yet another assist, while his former Werder Bremen teammate Mertesacker had 2 shots for the winning side in London.  Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side romped to a 6-0 win over Aston Villa, four days before they travel to Augsburg for their Thursday EL matchup. Emre Can, ex-Bayern and Bayer Leverkusen midfielder, had a goal for Kloppo’s side, while former Hoffenheim striker Roberto Firmino had an assist for the Reds.

Ciro Immobile (Torino, Serie A) The Italian striker had a rough time adapting at Borussia Dortmund last season, but his return to Torino, where he was Serie A’s leading 2013/2014 scorer, is working for him.  Sunday Immobile scored a brace in Torino’s 3-1 win over Palermo. a match in which the former Juve youth player took seven shots, three on frame. Coming in as a substitute for the visitors was former Stuttgart player Cristian Molinaro, who featured in over 100 VfB matches, while former Koln man Mato Jajalo was an unused sub for the Sicilian side.

Francisco Rodriguez (Cruz Azul, Liga MX) The former Stuttgart defender was back in the starting XI for La Maquina Saturday after sitting out with last week with a suspension, with Cruz Azul winning 2-1 at Estadio Azul over Queretaro.  Maza earned a yellow card in the match that put the Mexico City side on nine points after six Clausura matches, good enough for a current spot in La Liguilla, although there are 11 matches remaining before the Liga MX playoffs begin.

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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.