Daniel Adlung (Adelaide United, A League) The 30 year-old German started for Adelaide United Friday and received a red card in the 82nd minute, while teammate Ben Garuccio saw red five minutes later, but nine man United carried onto defeat Melbourne Victory 1-2, food for fourth place in the A League table. Adlung, in his first season in Australia after leaving 1860 Munich following their crash, has started every game for the Reds this season, contributing one goal and one assist from his position on the backline. The native of Fürth began his career with his hometown Kleeblätter in 2005 after playing in their youth system, then moved on to Wolfsburg in 2008, although he never appeared for the senior Wolves’ squad, playing for the reserves and also on loan with Alemannia Aachen. He joined Energie Cottbus in 2010, featuring in 81 matches and scoring 12 goals before joining 1860 three years later. He appeared in 105 games for the blue side of Munich, scoring 11 times. Adlung also played in five Germany U21 matches beginning in 2008,
Marko Arnautović (West Ham United, EPL) The lanky Austrian scored the game’s only goal Saturday, giving lowly West Ham their first win since September as they upset 3rd place Chelsea 1-0. Former Werder Bremen man Arnautović scored his goal in the sixth minute, playing a give and go with teammate Manuel Lanzini before firing a low left-footed shot to the right of Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois to give the Hammers only their third win of the EPL season. Starting at the back for Antonio Conti’s Blues was Andreas Christensen, the 21 year-old Danish defender who had two fine seasons on loan with Borussia Monchengladbach, playing in 62 league matches for the Foals before returning to Chelsea this summer. Former Bayer Leverkusen star Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, with four goals this season for West Ham, was an unused sub Saturday, as was German international Antonio Rudiger, who played at Stuttgart, for Chelsea.
Michael Bradley (Toronto FC, MLS) Bradley, 33, who began his club career in 2004 with the New York/New Jersey Metrostars (now NY Red Bulls), won his first club championship Saturday when Toronto FC won the MLS Cup, defeating the Seattle Sounders 2-0. Bradley played in 76 matches for Borussia Mönchengladbach between 2008 and 2011 in a career that also seen him feature in the EPL (briefly on loan with Aston Villa), in the Eredeivise (with Heerenveen) and in Serie A (Chievo Verona, AS Roma) while also earning 140 U.S caps and playing in two World Cups. The veteran midfielder, heavily criticized after the USMNT’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, had a strong game in the MLS Cup title game against Seattle in bringing Toronto FC their first titles, doing the double in 2017 (MLS Shield, MLS Cup). For his part in the Cup final, Bradley had 91 touches, passed at a 91% success rate, had two shots, six shots, six clearances and four interceptions while committing only one foul. The Sounders, looking to repeat their 2016 MLS title, had no players with Bundesliga experience this year (although attacker Jordan Morris trialed with Werder Bremen during Winterpause and was offered a contract a couple of winters ago), but their coach, Brian Schmelzer, was born in Germany before moving to the US as a child. His father, Walter, played lower league soccer in Germany and taught him the game. In recent years, the Sounders employed such former Bundesliga players as Christian Tiffert, Kasey Keller, Obafemi Martins and Nelson Valdez.
Bas Dost (Sporting CP, Liga NOS Portugal) The former Wolfsburg man had two goals Saturday in Sporting’s 1-3 away win at Boavista, giving him 12 goals in 14 league matches for the Portuguese league leaders. Dost also had two goals in Sporting’s Champions League group stage matches, both against Olympiacos, in a group that also included Barcelona and Juventus. The 6’5″ Dutch striker scored 36 goals in 85 league games for Wolfsburg beginning in 2012 — he’s scored 46 goals in 45 league matches for Sporting since joining the club in August, 2016, admittedly a less competitive league than the Bundesliga once past the four top clubs. Wolfsburg made a profit of about 4 million euros on Dost’s sale to Sporting. Meanwhile, Wolfsburg played a 0-0 draw Saturday against Hamburg Saturday and have only scored 20 goals in 15 league matches this season. Just sayin’.
Jesús Vallejo (Real Madrid, La Liga) The 20 year-old central defender got a rare start for Real Madrid Saturday in their 5-0 drubbing of Sevilla. Vallejo, who came up in the Real Zarazoga youth system and began his career with that club, earned valuable experience last season while on loan with Eintracht Frankfurt, featuring in 25 Bundesliga matches for Die Adler. Also starting for La Madristas was the reliable German international Toni Kroos, who scored the fourth of five Madrid goals in the first half. The former Bayern Munich/Bayer Leverkusen midfielder had two shots, two key passes and two tackles in the match while passing at a 95% success rate. Featuring for Sevilla were former Bundesliga players Simon Kjær, who started, and Johannes Geis, who came on with 20 minutes remaining. Danish international Kjær, now 28 years old, played in over 60 matches in all competitions for Wolfsburg between 2010 and 2013. Geis, 24, is currently on loan from Schalke, where he played in 60 matches in all competitions in the last two years for the Royal Blues. Geis made his professional debut with SpVgg Greuther Fürth in 2011 after coming up in their youth system, before heading to Mainz for two seasons.
Timm Klose (Norwich City, English Championship) No, it wasn’t Miroslav Klo, se, coming out of retirement to score the game-winning 68th minute goal for Norwich city in their 3-1 win Saturday over Sheffield Wednesday, but rather another former Bundesliga player, Swiss defender Timm Klose. The 6’4″ central defender made his German debut for 1.FC Nürnberg in 2011, and also played for three seasons at VfL Wolfsburg before moving to England in 2016. The 29 year-old, who played 90 senior squad club matches in Germany, is in his third season with the Canaries, who after their win Saturday are 15th in the Championship table. Klose has earned 12 caps for Switzerland, and played in four of Switzerland’s 2012 Olympics matches.
Lennart Thy (VVV Venlo, Eredivisie) The Werder Bremen loanee scored the opening goal in Venlo’s 2-2 draw with Heerenveen Saturday, his first in 14 Eredivisie matches. Thy, a 25 year-old native of Frechen, Germany, came up in Werder’s youth system and debuted with their senior squad is in his first season in the Netherlands, having spent much of his career with FC St. Pauli, where he’s scored 20 goals in 120 matches for the Hamburg side. He was re-acquired by Werder Bremen in 2016, but played on loan at St. Pauli again last season. The six-footer played in almost 50 matches for German national youth sides between 2008 and 2012. Also starting for Venlo Saturday was former Schalke goalkeeper Lars Unnerstall, who is also in his first season with the Dutch side after transferring from Fortuna Düsseldorf, where he mainly served as backup keeper the last three seasons . The German featured in 34 matches for the Royal Blues between 2011 and 2014 after coming up in the Schalke youth system. He’s conceded 22 goals in 14 matches this season.
Joelinton (Rapid Vienna, Austrian Bundesliga) The 6’3″ Brazilian striker scored the first comeback goal in Rapid Vienna’s 2-2 draw with SV Mattersburg on Saturday. On loan from Hoffenheim, it was his third goal of the season and 16th since joining the Viennese side on loan for the 2016/2017. With rumors strong that Hoffenheim will lose striker Sandro Wagner to Bayern Munich transfer soon, TSG management may consider giving the Brazilian a chance to earn a spot on the village team’s frontline next season. Joelinton, who turns 22 next August, has the size to play a role similar to the German’s with the club, and is gaining experience in Austria, having already played over 60 matches for Rapid after having little club experience when signed by Hoffenheim.