Miroslav Klose (SS Lazio, Serie A) The venerable German scored Lazio’s final goal Thursday, coming in off the bench in EL action to seal a 3-1 win over Galatasaray and insure Lazio’s place in the EL Round of 16. The Turkish side had slashed Lazio’s lead to 2-1 in the 62nd minute, but Klose’s goal from close range slammed the door on the team from Istanbul. The Polish-born striker, who played for Kaiserslautern, Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich, now is closing in on 300 total career goals combined at the club and international level and is one of the truly great German strikers of all time. Fellow German international Lukas Podolski had one shot on goal for Galatasaray,
Mathieu Delpierre (Melbourne Victory, A League) The former Stuttgart defender was in the starting XI for Victory in their 2-1 win over Shanghai SIPG Wednesday in the AFC Champions League tournament. The French central defender, now 34, began his career with Lille before joining the Swabians in 2004. He was an important figure for the club, featuring in over 260 matches and contributing to their 2006/2007 Bundesliga championship club, the season were Stuttgart also made it to the DFB Pokal finals. Delpierre also played in 23 matches for Hoffenheim before joining FC Utrecht in 2014, and then heading to the A-League. He helped the Victory win the A League Championship in 2014/2015 season and was chosen for the A League Team of the Season.
Nigel de Jong (LA Galaxy, MLS) De Jong was a starter for the Galaxy in their CONCACAF Champions League match with Mexican side Santos Laguna. The Dutch international was once a member of Hamburger SV, coming to Germany in January, 2006 from Ajax before leaving in January, 2009 for Manchester City. De Jong played in 84 matches in all competitions for the red-shorts, scoring five goals. Known for his hard-nosed play, the midfielder has actually only earned two red cards in his career. DeJong also played for AC Milan before signing with the Galaxy less than a month ago.
Logan Bailly (Celtic FC, Scottish Premier League) The former Gladbach GK was the Celtic netminder Friday when they drew 1-1 with the Hamilton Accies. Bailly made four saves but couldn’t stop Eamonn Brophy’s equalizer in the 73rd minute. The native of Liege appeared 61 times for Gladbach between 2009-2012 while also spending time on loan in Switzerland and Belgium. Bailly, 30, signed with Celtic last July.
Takashi Inui (SD EIbar, La Liga) The former Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder was in the starting XI Friday in Eiber’s 1-0 loss to Las Palmas. The Japanese international played in 75 matches for Die Adler between 2012-2015 after playing for VfL Bochum in Germany’s 2nd division. Inui began his career with the Yokahama F Marinos and then played for Cereza Osaka. The 27 year-old has earned 18 caps for the Blue Samurai, scoring two international goals. Since signing a three year-deal with the Spanish club this summer, Inui has appeared in 19 La Liga matches (13 starts), scoring three goals and providing two assists.
Mesut Özil (Arsenal, EPL) The 27 year-old German international had a goal and an assist for Arsenal Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Gunners from falling to Manchester United 3-2. The midfielder now has five goals and an incredible 18 assists in EPL play to show for his 25 starts this season thus far and figures to be key to Germany’s chances in this summer’s Euro tournament.
Marco Arnautović (Stoke City, EPL) The one-time ‘bad boy’ of Austrian football has matured since becoming a Dad, and Stoke City are reaping the benefits. The Potters are the current EPL club with the heaviest Bundesliga-influenced roster, and Arnautović led the way Saturday as his 2nd half brace propelled Stoke City to a 2-1 win over lowly Aston Villa. The striker scored his first goal from the penalty spot and his second from a cross from former Bayern man Xherdan Shaqiri. As usual, former Bundesliga defender Philipp Wollscheid was in the Potters’ starting lineup, as was former Schalke loanee Ibrahim Afellay. With Joselu and Mame Biram Dioup coming in off the substitutes’ bench, a total of six former BuLi players played for the Potters Saturday,
Luuk de Jong (PSV, Eredivisie) De Jong just can’t help helping PSV win week after week. Sunday he scored his 18th goal in 24 league matches for the Eindhoven side in their 2-0 win over stubborn ADO Den Haag Saturday. De Jong’s 82nd minute score demonstrated his strength and composure, as he chested a ball down with a defender all over him and calmly took his shot from close-range. Considered somewhat a failure at Borussia Mönchengladbach and in his six-month loan spell at Newcastle United, the 25 year-old striker is doing everything right as PSV remains first in the Eredivisie by a point over Ajax. Teammate Jeffrey Bruma, who spent a loan spell at Hamburg and just signed a PSV contract extension, was a PSV starter Saturday as was Mexican international Andres Guardado, who spent a brief loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen.
Kevin Trapp (PSG, Ligue 1) The former Eintracht Frankfurt GK has been turning in clean sheets consistently for PSG during his inaugural season in France, but on Sunday, despite making six saves, he allowed two goals as PSG suffered its first Ligue 1 loss in 36 matches stretching back to last March. The current champions were defeated 2-1 by France’s former dominant club, Olympique Lyon, who scored two first half goals. Don’t waste too much time feeling sorry for Trapp or PSG, though. Trapp has conceded only 15 goals in 27 Ligue 1 starts while making 70 saves, while PSG hold a 23 point lead over 2nd place AS Monaco in the table and head into their 2nd leg CL matchup with Chelsea holding a 2-1 aggregate lead.
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