Santiago Garcia (Toluca, Liga MX) The veteran defender scored the opening goal for Toluca Sunday as they defeated visiting Puebla 2-0. The Argentine played four seasons for Werder Bremen, featuring in 99 matches for the green-whites in all competitions, scoring five goals and providing ten assists. The 30 year-old left back began his career with hometown side Rosario Central before moving to Italian side Palermo in 2010 and featured for Bremen between 2013 and 2017. Sunday’s win gives Los Diablos Rojos a perfect 2-0-0 start to the Clausura tournament of Liga MX, with a +4 goal differential.André Schürrle
Benjamin Henrichs (AS Monaco, Ligue One) The former Bayer 04 Leverkusen man was a starter for Monaco Sunday in their matchup with OL Marseille. Henrichs, 21, has featured regularly for Monaco since being acquired at the end of August. He came up in the Leverkusen youth system and played in 61 matches for the senior squad, while also earning three caps with the German national team. Struggling Monaco also featured longtime Wolfsburg goalkeeper Diego Benaglio and recently acquired defender Naldo, who had played in the Bundesliga since 2005 with Werder Bremen, Wolfsburg and Schalke. His fellow Brazilian veteran, Luiz Gustavo, was a starter for Marseile Sunday. who started his German career with Hoffenheim back in 2008 and also played for Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg, winning the league title with the Bavarians and Pokal trophies with both Bayern and the Wolves.
Arkadiusz Milik (SSC Napoli, Serie A) The 24 year-old Pole scored Napoli’s first goal and assisted on the second as Carlo Ancelotti’s side defeated Sassuolo 2-0 to advance to the Coppa Italia Round of 8 Sunday. Milik debuted in Poland’s Ekstraklasa with Górnik Zabrze. In December, 2012, he was sold to Bayer Leverkusen. He only played six senior side matches with Die Werkself, and went on loans with FC Augsburg and than Ajax. The 6’1″ striker signed with Napoli in August, 2016, and has scored 20 goals in 48 matches but has been sidelined twice for lengthy periods of time with anterior cruciate ligament injuries in both knees.
André Schürrle (Fulham, EPL) The German international opened Fulham’s match Saturday at Burnley with a scorching shot for a goal in the 2nd minute. Taking down a long ball with his right foot, Schürrle fired a high shot off the bounce that tucked into the far corner of the goal, just under the crossbar. The effort of the 28 year-old Saturday was not enough, though, for Fulham to gain a result as they lost 2-1. That goal, however, brought to mind the many highlights in Schürrle’s checkered career that gained traction at Mainz during the 2010/2011 season as the ‘Boys Band’ squad earned national attention for the excitement they created, with Schürrle scoring 15 league goals. The native of Ludwigshafen am Rhein left Mainz after that season, and since has spent two seasons each at Bayer Leverkusen, Chelsea, Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund, but has never matched that 15 goal effort, with an 11 goal season at Leverkusen being his next best league total. Schürrle has a Premier League title, along with Pokal championships with Wolfsburg and Dortmund, to his credit, along with 57 German caps.
Ben Halloran (Adelaide United, A League) Halloran was a starter for Adelaide Saturday, but was on the losing end of a 2-1 score away to Sydney FC. The 26 year-old Australian began his professional career with Gold Coast United in 2010, then played with the Brisbane Roar before joining Fortuna Dusseldorf in 2013. He featured in 37 matches for F95 and then played another 50 Bundesliga 2 matches with Heidenheim. He joined Adelaide United this past August after playing a season in Japan. Halloran has 13 appearances in the A League this season for Adelaide, with two goals scored.
Pablo de Blasis (SD Eibar, La Liga) The ex-Mainz man came on in the 64th minute for Eibar Sunday against Barcelona, and had a headed shot on goal, but first-place Barcelona took all three points in their 3-0 win. The diminutive Argentine Eibar in August after spending four seasons with Mainz. De Blasis has played in 13 La Liga matches thus far this season after appearing in 115 matches with Mainz, where he scored 17 goals and had 18 assists. Former Bundesliga players Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Borussia Monchengladbach) and Ivan Rakitic (Schalke) were starters for the Catalan side, with Arturo Vidal (Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich) and Ousmane Dembele (Borussia Dortmund) came on as substitutes.
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