The Other Lewandowskis: Germany’s Goal Machines

With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s mid-season departure to Arsenal, it was a stroll to the Bundesliga Torjägerkanone for Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.  The Polish marksman was on fire all season long scoring 29 goals in his 30 appearances, and in the top flight there is nobody to compare making Uli Hoeneß’ reluctance to even consider any offers for ‘Lewi’ hugely understandable.

But looking into the lower leagues, who were the men taking their respective scoring charts by storm? Let’s take a look at the other goal-getters in Germany…

Marvin Duksch– Holstein Kiel (Bundesliga II)

Just like the Zweite Liga as a whole, the scoring charts were a very even affair, but the man to eventually come out on top was third-place Kiel’s Marvin Duksch.

On loan from St.Pauli, the 24-year-old former Borussia Dortmund talent scored 18 goals in his 33 appearances for die Störche as they stormed to the relegation/ promotion play-off as a newly promoted side to Bundesliga II.

He began the season in fine for with five goals in his first six matches and hit a hat trick on matchday 10 as Kiel beat 1.FC Heidenheim 5-3 away from home (he also provided assists for the other two goals). He could and should have broken the 20-goal threshold, but two penalty misses against Kaiserslautern and Düsseldorf cost him dearly.

The only other real downside for Duksch was that he was unable to rediscover his goal scoring form against VfL Wolfsburg as they lost the play-off over two legs. In the last year of his contract at St. Pauli, he is attracting interest from within Germany with Norwich in the English Championship also being linked.

Manuel Schäffler- SV Wehen Wiesbaden (3.Liga)

Wiesbaden may have just missed out on promotion to Bundesliga II, but they had the consolation of striker Manuel Schäffler finishing as the league’s top scorer with 22 goals in his 36 appearances.

Three goals in his last three games saw him pip Benjamin Girth (SV Meppen), Stephan Hain (SpVgg Unterhaching) and Sven Michel (SC Paderborn) to the honour of top goal scorer. The former German U-20 international had his best season goals wise after previous spells with 1860 Munich, MSV Duisburg, Ingolstadt and Holstein Kiel.  He bagged himself two hat tricks during the season (Preußen Münster and Rot-Weiß Erfurt) as well as scoring a brace on four other occasions.

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Törles Knöll– Hamburger SV II (Regionalliga Nord)

21 goals was the final tally for Törles Knöll as Hamburger SV II finished as runners-up in the Regionalliga Nord, one point behind SC Weiche Flensburg 08. The 20-year-old, who made one Bundesliga appearance for die Rothosen on matchday as a second half substitute for Albin Ekdal in their 2-0 loss to Hannover, began the season in supreme form.

In his first thirteen games, he managed to score fourteen goals with four penalties amongst that haul. He finished the season in fine form too with four in his last five games. He will now be hoping for some more first-team action now that HSV are in the second tier.

Rufat Dadashov– BFC Dynamo (Regionalliga Nordost)

With Energie Cottbus running away with the Regionalliga Nordost title, BFC Dynamo had to settle for third place and Rufat Dadashov claiming the leading goal scorer award courtesy of his 25 goals in 25 games (averaging fractionally more than Robert Lewandowski).

The Azerbaijan international missed a number of games through injury, but returned at the end of the season to help win the Berlin Cup final scoring two against Berliner SC to seal a place in next season’s DFB Pokal first round. It was a fine way to sign off as he will join Preußen Münster in the 3.Liga next season.

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Marius Bülter– SV Rödinghausen/ Christopher Kramer– Wuppertaler SV (Regionalliga West)

The Regionalliga West scoring crown was shared between Marius Bülter and Christopher Kramer (no not that Christopher Kramer- World Cup winner and scorer of spectacular own goals).

Both players ended the season on 20 goals with Wuppertaler SV finishing three points and two places higher than Rödinghausen. Midfielder Bülter scored a hat trick on the final match of the season against SC Verl to draw level with Kramer, who ended the season with six goals in his final five games.

Karl-Heinz Lappe– 1FSV Mainz II (Regionalliga Südwest)

A product of the Bayern Munich youth system, Karl-Heinz Lappe now aged 30 topped the scoring charts in the Regionalliga Südwest with 22 goals for the Mainz amateur side. Having previously made four appearances in Bundesliga II for 1860 Munich, he enjoyed a fine 2017-18 campaign.

He scored in each of the opening three games of the season and grabbed two hat tricks in the space of three games against Hessen Kassel and SC Freiburg II. He ended the season however on a six-game scoring drought.

Adam Jabiri– 1.FC Schweinfurt (Regionalliga Bayern)

The two Munich sides may have taken the top two spots in the Regionalliga Bayern, but Schweinfurt (in third) had the league’s top scorer with Adam Jabiri the player closest to Robert Lewandowski’s tally of 29 with 28 goals in 33 appearances.

He was a full seven goals ahead of Bayern’s Kwasi Okyere Wriedt after an amazing end of season scoring run, which saw him score 11 goals in the final five games of the season (consecutive hat tricks against SpVgg Bayreuth and Ingolstadt and a four goal haul against FC Unterföhring on the final matchday).

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Mathew Burt

A year spent living in Bremen got Mathew hooked on the Bundesliga with regular visits to the Weser Stadion getting in the way of his studies. Back in the UK now, he still keenly follows the Grün-Weißen and German football in general. Follow him on Twitter @matburt74.

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