March 26, 2017

Bundesliga ‘Where are they now’ 2017 Edition V-1

Edin Dzeko (AS Roma, Serie A) Dzeko notched Roma’s second goal in their 0-2 win over Crotone Sunday.  The Bosnian international is in his second season with Roma, and has scored 35 goals in all competitions since joining the club.  Dzeko’s career took a huge leap upwards when he joined VfL Wolfsburg in 2007 and helped lead the club to the Bundesliga title the bext season, teaming with Brazilian Grafite to give the Volkswagen club an intimidating offense.  Dzeko scored 85 goals in 3 and a half seasons with VfL, and scored a boatload more for Manchester City, along with winning two Premier League titles and the FA Cup while with the blue side of Manchester.  Dzeko also has 49 international goals.  Also in the starting XI for Roma was former Stuttgart defender Antonio Rudiger.  The 23 year-old from Berlin played in 66 league matches with VfB and has earned 11 caps for the German national team

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United, EPL) Mkhitaryan started for Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils Saturday in their 2-0 win over Watford.  The former Borussia Dortmund midfielder joined Manchester United this past summer after playing three seasons for BvB, featuring in 140 matches in all competitions. Mkhitaryan has started ten league matches for Mourinho this season and come on as a sub in five others, scoring three goals with one assist.  Bayern Munich legend Bastian Schweinsteiger, who scored a bicycle kick goal against Wigan Athletic recently in a rare appearance under Mourinho, was apparently not good enough to even make the United bench Saturday,  Former Werder Bremen defender Sebastian Prödl was in the starting XI for Hull.  The Austrian international, now 29 years old, featured in nearly 175 matches for the green-whites between 2008 and 2015, and has 50 senior caps for Austria.

Karim Haggui (St. Gallen, Swiss Super League) The former Hannover defender notched the first goal in St. Gallen’s 2-1 win Sunday over Lausanne Sports. The 33 year-old Tunisian international came to Germany in 2006, signing with Bayer Leverkusen before heading to the 96ers in 2009.  Haggui also played in a handful of matches for VfB Stuttgart and had a season with Fortuna Düsseldorf before joining St. Gallen before this season.  Also in the Swiss club’s starting XI was Tranquillo Barnetta, who most recently played in MLS.  The Swiss international is back with his hometown team, the same club he began his career with before heading to Germany in 2004, where he spent a large part of his career. Barnetta also played for Schalke and had loan spells with Hannover and Eintracht Frankfurt and was with the Philadelphia Union the past two seasons.  On the bench for St. Gallen was longtime Hoffenheim man, Bosnian international Sejad Salihovic.

Kevin-Prince Boateng (Las Palmas, La Liga) The 29 year-old German-born Ghanian international was a starter for Las Palmas as they lost Sunday to Sevilla 0-1.  Boateng joined the Spanish side last summer after being released by AC Milan and scored one of the top goals in La Liga this season last October against Villarreal.  Boateng began his professional career way back in 2005 with Hertha Berlin before leaving for England and Spurs after two seasons with Die Alte Dame.  Boateng played briefly with BvB and had a longer stint with Schalke that ended with the midfielder becoming a persona non gratis with the Gelsenkirchen club.  Also in the lineup for Las Palmas was another player who left Germany after disappointing…Alen Halilovic.  The Croatian youngster signed a four-year deal with Hamburger SV from Barcelona this past summer, but played little in the Hinrunde and was loaned to Las Palmas.

Giovanni Sio (Stade Rennes, Ligue One) The former Wolfsburg man scored for Rennes in their 2-2 draw with Nice Sunday.  Sio was signed by Felix Magath in 2012 for VfL but only played in 10 matches for the Wolves and spent time on loan with FC Augsburg. The French-born striker has earned 20 caps for the Ivory Coast and has featured in over 50 league matches since joining Rennes in 2015.  Meanwhile longtime Bundesliga defender Dante was a starter for Lucien Favre‘s Nice side.  Dante played over 260 matches in Germany for Borussia Mönchengladbach, Bayern Munich and VfL Wolfsburg,  The 33 year-old, distinctive with his large Afro hairstyle, won three Bundesliga titles, two Pokal championships and the Champions League while with Bayern.  Favre came to Nice after a very successful stint at Gladbach and also earlier coached Hertha Berlin before taking over the reins at Nice this summer.

Eren Derdiyok (Galatasaray, Turkish Super Lig) Former Bayer Leverkusen and Hoffenheim striker Derdiyok scored for Galatasaray Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to keep the famed club from Istanbul from losing to Kayserispor 1-2.  The Swiss international scored 36 goals while in Germany between 2009 and 2014, and is in his third season in Turkey but his first for Galatasaray.  Former Köln and Bayern Munich man Lukas Podolaski was also a starter for Galatasaray, as was former German youth international Tolga Ciğerci, 24, who came up in the Wolfsburg youth system and played a handful of games for the Wolves senior squad while also playing on loan with Gladbach and Hertha Berlin..

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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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