David Wagner (Huddersfield Town, EPL) Former American international Wagner has led Huddersfield Town to a dream EPL start, guiding them to wins in their first two EPL matches, one of only three clubs to start the Premiership season in perfect fashion. The former assistant to Jurgen Klopp at BvB has built his Huddersfield side with several players from Germany, both Bundesliga players and those that played in Bundesliga 2 or below for their entire careers to create quality depth at a budget price. Mainz loanee Jonas Lössl earned the clean sheet for Wagner’s side, with longtime Chemnitzer and Kaiserslautern man Chris Löwe and Elias Kachunga, who started with Gladbach and played for Osnabruck, Hertha BSC, Paderborn and Ingolstadt before arriving in England, part of his starting XI. Additionally, Germans Michael Hefele (Greuther Furth, Dynamo Dresden) and Collin Quaner (Bielefeld, Rostock, Ingolstadt, VfR Aalen and Union Berlin) came in as subs for the 1-0 winners while German-American Danny Williams, once a Hoffenheim man, was an unused substitute. For visitors Newcastle United, newly acquired Mikel Merino ( two tackles, two interceptions, four clearances today) from BvB was a starter while Joselu, who scored 22 goals in Germany for Hoffenheim, Eintracht Frankfurt and Hannover between 2012 and 2015 was a substitute for the Magpies.
Anthony Modeste (Tianjin Quanjian, Chinese Super League) The French striker scored deep in injury time Sunday to earn a point for Tianjin Quanjian Sunday against hosts Changchun Yatai. The point sees Tianjin Quanjian fifth in the table with 38 points after 23 matches. Modeste, technically on loan from 1.FC Köln, scored 40 goals in the Bundesliga for the Billy Goats over the last two seasons. He began his career at OGC Nice, and also played for Bordeaux, Bastia, Angiers, and Blackburn Rovers before coming to Germany with Hoffenheim in 2013, where he scored 19 league goals.
Mario Mandzukic (Juventus, Serie A) The Croatian striker scored a goal for Juve as they beat Cagliari Saturday 3-0. The 31 year-old begins his third season at Juve after coming over from Atletico Madrid. He scored 68 goals in two seasons with Wolfsburg and two with Bayern Munich and has 29 international goals.
Slawomir Peszko (Lechia Gdansk, Polish Ekstraklasa) The former Billy Goat scored a 55th minute goal for Gdansk, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the club from falling 2-3 to Sandecja Nowy Sącz this weekend. Peszko has been with Gdansk since 2015 following his second stint with 1.FC Köln, during which he featured in 18 matches. The midfielder, now 32, originally came to Köln from Lech Poznan in 2011, and between times in the Cathedral City was at Parma and Wolverhampton in England. Peszko has earned 43 caps for Poland since 2008.
Hajime Hosogai (Kashiwa Reysol, J League) Hosagai was an unused sub for Kashiwa Reysol in their win Saturday over Gamba Osaka. Despite his Bundesliga pedigree, the defensive midfielder/fullback has only made 12 appearances for Reysol, all from the bench. Hosogai, 31, came to Germany in 2011, signing with Bayer Leverkusen from the Urawa Red Diamonds. Subsequently, he played for Hertha Berlin, FC Augsburg and VfB Stuttgart, along with a loan spell in Turkey with Bursaspor. He appeared in over 125 matches in all competitions in Germany, and has featured 25 times for Japan’s national team.
Russell Canouse (DC United, MLS) The newly signed American started for DCU in a rare win Saturday, as they downed the Colorado Rapids 0-1. The former Hoffenheim youth player, now 22, played last season with VfL Bochum on loan. On Saturday, he had a passing success rate of 88% for DCU, with a shot, two key passes, five tackles, three interceptions, two clearances and two blocked shots, making him a key player in the capital club’s victory. Former Mainz youth player Jared Jeffrey was an 83rd minute sub .
Igor de Camargo (APOEL Nicosia, Cypriot First Division) The former Gladbach man scored the gamw-winner as APOEL defeated Slavia Prague 2-0 Tuesday in their Champions League group stage playin match. The Brazilian-born Belgian international played 56 league matches for Die Fohlen between 2010 and 2013, along with eight matches for Hoffenheim while on loan, Now 34, de Camargo has spent most of his career playing in Belgium, mainly for Standard Liege and KRC Genk. He joined APOEL in 2016