Bundesliga ‘Where they are Now’ V-4 2016/17 Edition

Sami Khedira (Juventus, Serie A) The 29 year-old scored the only goal Saturday in Juventus 1-0 win over Lazio.  The former Stuttgart man joined Juve last season after several years at Real Madrid.. Khedira, a Stuttgart native, debuted with the senior squad in October, 2008 and scored 14 times for the Swabians in Bundesliga competition.  Khedira is also a veteran of the German national team, with 65 caps so far during his career.  Former Bundesliga players Mario Mandžukić (Wolfsburg, Bayern Munich) and Mehdi Benatia (Bayern Munich) also were starters this weekend for Juve, while former Dortmund striker Ciro Immobile lined up for  the kickoff in Lazio kit.

Mesut Özil (Arsenal, EPL) The German international scored just before halftime on a header in Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Watford on Saturday. Özil was in Schalke’s youth system when he made his first team debut for the Royal Blues before heading to Werder Bremen, playing over 100 Bundesliga matches before transferring to Real Madrd.  The Gelsenkirchen native has 79 caps for Germany, scoring 20 goals. Central defender Sebastian Prödl was a starter for the Hornets Saturday. He featured in over 170 matches on Werder Bremen’s backline before coming to England.

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid, La Liga) Without Cristiano Ronaldo Saturday, Kroos provided the game-winning  goal for the Madristas Saturday in a 2-1 result over Celta Vigo.  Kroos completed fifty passes and scored on his only shot on goal in the 81st minute.  Kroos joined Real Madrid in 2014 after beginning his career with Bayern Munich,  Including a loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen, the midfielder scored 23 goals in almost 175 Bundesliga contests. while earning 70 caps for Germany.

Chinedu Ede (Twente, Eredivisie) The Twente striker started Saturday for FC Twente in their Saturday win over Sparta Rotterdam.  Ede is in his second season with Twente after starting out at Hertha Berlin and subsequently playing for MSV Duisburg, FC Union Berlin, 1.FSV Mainz and 1.FC Kaiserslautern between 2006-2014, scoring 14 times.

Eren Derdiyok
Eren Derdiyok

Eren Derdiyok (Galatasaray, Turkish Super Lig) The Swiss striker scored the first-half equalizer for Galatasaray Saturday on the way to the club’s 3-1 win over Akhisar Belediyespor.  The 28 year-old Basel native started his career in his native country with Old Boys and FC Basel before joining Bayer Leverkusen in 2009 and featured in 112 matches in all competitions for Die Werkself, scoring 34 times, After three seasons in Leverkusen, Derdiyok transferred to Hoffenheim, where success didn’t come as easily, and after a loan back to Leverkusen the Swiss international left fir Turkey and club Kasımpaşa. After two seasons there, he is in his first season with Galatasaray.

Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City, EPL) The Belgian playmaker assisted Fernandinho’s18th minute headed goal Sunday in City’s 3-1 win over West Ham United.  The former Werder Bremen/VfL Wolfsburg international has started all three City matches so far in EPL play, helping former Bayern Munich Coach Pep Guardiola to a perfect 3-0-0 start to the season, putting the Citizens in 1st place on GD over Chelsea and Manchester United.  Former Borussia Dortmund man İlkay Gündoğan , as well as ex-Royal Blues man Leroy Sané , did not suit up for Sunday’s match.

The0fanis Gekas (FC Sion, Swiss Super League)  Gekas, the 36 year-old scoring machine, was on the scoresheet Saturday for Sion in their 3-1 win over FC Vaduz.  Gekas played for four German clubs between 2006-2o12, winning the Bundesliga Top Scorer award while with VfL Bochum.  Caleb Stanko, the American midfielder on loan to FC Vaduz from SC Freiburg, was in the starting XI for the losing side.

Juan Arango (NY Cosmos, NASL) Another ageless wonder, former Borussia Mönchengladbach man Arango scored twice Saturday for the Cosmos as they wrecked the Carolina RailHawks 6-1.  The Venezuelan international played five seasons at Gladbach as a regular in their midfield after coming over from Mallorca.  Arango is third in the NASL in goalscoring with 9 goals and has four assists while being tied for the league lead in shots taken.  The Cosmos are in first place in the NASL fall season but the league features a tight race for the lead.

Mevlüt Erdinç (Metz, Ligue One) The Hannover loanee started Saturday in Metz’ 2-0 victory over Angiers.  Erdinç, a prolific scoring veteran of French football, signed a three-year deal with Hannover last summer but was unable to get untracked with the 96ers, playing only 11 matches during the disappointing Ruckrunde before being loaned out in the season’s second half to EA Guingamp.  The Turkish-French dual citizen has scored 100 goals in French football but was unable to net for Hannover at all.

Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew, MLS) The veteran backliner was a starter for the Crew Saturday as the Eastern Conference club picked up a much-needed win over the San Jose Earthquakes.  The 32 year-old began his professional career with the New England Revolution, establishing himself before joining  Danish side Nordsjælland.  With over 200 professional matches under his belt, Parkhurst signed on a free transfer with FC Augsburg during the 2012/2013 winter break, but only saw action in two matches with the club before returning the next season to the MLS with the Crew.  Parkhurst has earned 25 caps for the USMNT.

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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.

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