Bundesliga ‘Where are they Now’ v-24

Mario Mandžukić (Juventus, Serie A) The former Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich striker scored the opener Wednesday as Juventus downed SS Lazio 3-0 as Paulo Dyabla added a brace to the Juventus margin. Mandžukić, who was so a scoring machine in his four Bundesliga seasons (53 goals in 110 league matches), has nine goals in 24 Serie A matches this season.  Teammate Sami Khedira provided an assist in the Juve victory whle looking forward to representing Germany in the 2016 Euros this summer.  Retired German international Miroslav Klose was not named to the Lazio squad Wednesday, while former Hoffenheim and Bayern man Edson Braafheid was an unused sub for the Rome side.

Papiss Demba Cisse (Newcastle United, EPL) The former SC Freiburg striker got the Magpies on the board early in the second half Saturday after Liverpool FC had opened a 2-0 lead in a game that ended as a 2-2 draw.  The native of Dakar, now 30 years old, scored 37 goals for the Black Forest club in one full season and a half of two other seasons after coming to Germany from French football.  Cisse, who has 35 caps for Senegal, joined Newcastle during the winter transfer window of the 2011/2012 season, and now has played in over 110 matches for the Magpies.  Former Hoffenheim man Roberto Firmino was in the starting lineup for Jurgen Klopp’s LFC.

Theofanis Gekas (FC Sion, Swiss Super League) Trailing 1-0 at halftime, Greek international Gekas scored three second-half goals to give Sion a 3-1 win over AC Lugano Saturday.  The 35 year-old, who played for four German clubs in his much-travelled career, now has over 220 club goals on his resume.  Where there are goals needed, Gekas will be.

Jermaine in Colorado
Jermaine in Colorado

Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids, MLS) The former Schalke midfielder scored the opener for the Rapids in their 3-1 win over the Seattle Sounders Saturday.  Jones  scored on a header in the 20th minute, and also picked up a yellow card in the match.  Now 34 years old, the German-born American international came up in the Eintracht Frankfurt youth system and played at the senior level for Die Adler, along with a stint at Bayer Leverkusen before playing at Schalke from 2006-2014.  He already has two goals in two appearances in his first season with the Rapids.  On the losing end of the scoreline was former Mainz man Andreas Ivanschitz.  Jordan Morris, who trialed with Werder Bremen during winter break, scored the Sounders’ only goal.

Mario Gomez (Beşiktaş, Turkish Super Lig) The German international keeps on scoring, netting the opening strike for the Istanbul side in their 3-3 draw with Akhisar Belediye. Olcay Şahan, formerly of MSV Duisburg and 1.FC Kaiserslautern, was also a starter in the Besiktas lineup, while 24 year-old Gökhan Töre, formerly of HSV, came off the bench. Tolga Ünlü, who started his career in Bavaria with SV Viktoria 01 Aschaffenburg, was a starter for AKhisar Belediye.

Daniel Royer (FC Midtjylland, Danish SAS Ligaen) The 26 year-old Austrian came off the substitute’s bench Friday for FC Midtjylland in their 2-0 win over Odense BK.  Royer came up in the Sturm Graz youth system and played professionally in Austria before signing with Hannover in 2011.  He only featured three times for the 96ers, but played in 26 matches while on loan to the Billy Goats of 1.FC Köln in 2012/2013. The 5’9″ winger has earned six caps for Austria.

Timon Wellenreuther (Mallorca, Spanish Segunda Liga) The 20 year-old Schalke loanee was the starter for Mallorca Saturday in their 2-1 loss to Lugo in Spanish second division play.  Born in Karlsruhe, Wellenreuther was pressed into service as a teenaged goalkeeper for the Royal Blues last year after a series of injuries at the position.  Wellenreuther, who has played in eight matches for the German U-21s, has featured in 26 matches in Spain this season for Mallorca, gaining valuable experience.

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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.