November 24, 2017

Bundesliga “Where are they now” 2017/2018 Edition, V-10

Bas Dost (Sporting CP, Portuguesa Liga) The former Wolfsburg striker is loving life in Portugal, as he scored three Sunday in Sporting’s 5-1 win over GD Chaves.   After knocking in 34 goals in 31 league matches last campaign in his first season with Sporting, the Dutch forward now has seven in nine league matches so far this season, although he’s been shut out in three CL group matches thus far against Olympiacos, Juventus and Barcelona — an intimidating group, for sure.  While at Wolfsburg, Dost scored 48 times in four full seasons, and with the Wolves currently struggling to score (five straight draws in league plays), one certainly would be allowed to think that they made a mistake in letting Dost go after he fell out of favor with then-coach Dieter Hecking.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Ajax Amsterdam, Eredivisie) The longtime Schalke striker did what he does best Sunday, putting Ajax on the board first with a 50th minute goal against Feyenoord on the way to a 4-1 win for the Amsterdam side.  The Hunter began his career with PSV1 way back in 2002 and played for De Graafschap, AGOVV, Heerenveen and Ajax before leaving for Real Madrid in 2009.  A year at AC Milan followed when he was signed by Schalke in 2010 and went on to score 126 across all competitions in 240 matches for the Royal Blues.  He re-joined Ajax this summer and has three goals for the Eredivisie’s 2nd place club, who currently trail PSV by five points in the table.  Former Gladbach man Amin Younes (who also played on loan with Kaiserslautern) was also a starter for Ajax.  Younes was a member of Germany’s Confederations Cup championship this summer.

Carlos Zambrano (PAOK, Greek Super League) The former Eintracht Frankfurt central defender was on the losing end of a 1-0 clash with Olimpiacos Sunday, which saw PAOK’s lead in the table over the frequent visitors to European competition drop to a single point.  The Peruvian joined PAOK on September 1 from Rubin Kazan.  Starting his professional career in Germany with Schalke, Zambrano also played for FC St. Pauli before joining Eintracht Frankfurt in 2012 and featured in 101 league matches for Die Adler, the longest stay he’s had yet at one club.  Now 34, Zambrano has 43 caps for the Peruvian national team and was part of the side that finished a surprising third in the 2015 Copa America.  Sunday was Zambrano’s fourth league match for PAOK, while he’s also played one Cup match — and not surprisingly, has two yellow cards.

Jonas Lössl (Huddersfield Town, EPL)  The Mainz loanee was the starting GK Saturday for Huddersfield Town as they beat Manchester United at home, 2-1 — the club’s first win over the giant club in 65 years.  After Aaron Mooy put Huddersfield ahead in the 28th minute, Lössl’s long kick upfield five minutes later bounced favorably to Laurent Depoitre, who cut through two Manchester United defenders to notch David Wagner’s side what would prove to be the game-winner — and the Mainz loanee an assist.  Lössl signed with Mainz in the summer of 2016, and played in 27 matches before being replaced by young Jannik Huth in the latter part of the season as Mainz struggled to avoid relegation.  The Dane, who came to Mainz from Guingamp, has started all nine of Huddersfield Town’s league games this season, surrendering 10 goals, helping the club to 11th place with a 3-3-3 record under former BvB assistant Wagner.  Other former Bundesliga players in Wagner’s starting XI included backliners Chris Löwe (BvB, Kaiserslautern) and Christopher Schindler (1860 Munich), midfielder Danny Williams (Freiburg, Hoffenheim) and forward Elias Kachumga (5 German clubs, including SC Paderborn 07).  For Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils, former BvB man Henrikh Mkhitaryan came on as a sub.  The Armenian has started eight of Manchester United’s nine league matches this season, with a goal and five assists to his credit for the EPL’s 2nd place side.

Christopher Schindler — 12 clearances against Manchester Utd for former 1860 man

Edin Džeko  (AS Roma, Serie A) The Bosnian striker was in Roma’s starting XI as they defeated Torino on the road 0-1.  The former proflific Wolfsburg marksman had only two shots Sunday but has seven Serie A goals thus far this season in Serie A.  At Wolfsburg between 2007 and 2010, Džeko scored 85 goals in 142 matches in all competitions, leading the Wolves to the 2008/2009 Bundesliga title before being brought to Manchester City, where he won two EPL championships and a FA Cup trophy.  He joined AS Roma in time for the 2015/2016 season and last year scored 39 goals in 51 matches for the Roman side, including eight goals in European competition.  For Torino, longtime VfB Stuttgart defender Cristian Molinaro was in the starting lineup, as well as Juventus loanee Tomás Rincón , who featured in over 100 matches for Hamburger SV.

Fabrice Picault (Philadelphia Union, MLS) The former FC St. Pauli striker/winger scored twice in the Union’s Sunday 6-1 rout of Orlando City SC on the 2nd last weekend of the MLS regular season.  Picault, born in NYC of Haitian parents, played in the NASL for the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Ft. Lauderdale Strikers before joining Sparta Prague in 2015, where he failed to get playing time.  He moved to St. Pauli the next summer and scored four goals in 22 games with the cult club before joining Philadelphia in February.

Heiko Westermann (Austria Wien, Austrian Bundesliga) Westermann, the longtime Bundesliga defender, was on the losing end of the Vienna derby as Austria Vienna lost to Rapid Vienna 0-1 Sunday.  Westermann, 34. began his professional career with Greuther Furth in 2002, and also played for Arminia Bielefeld before moving to Germany’s top division with Schalke in 2007.  His play with the Royal Blues over 123 matches, and then with Hamburger SV over 173 matches, was solid and consistent enough to earn him 27 German caps between 2008 and 2014.  Since leaving Hamburg, the central defender played in Spain with Real Betis and with Ajax before joining Austria Vienna for this season.  Also a starter for the home side Sunday was Raphael Holzhauser, 24, who played over 35 Bundesliga matches for VfB Stuttgart and FC Augsburg a few years back.  For the winning side, Hoffenheim loanee Joelinton was a substitute while Werder Bremen loanee Thanos Petsos, who previously featured for Kaiserslautern and Greuther Furth after coming up in the Bayer Leverkusen youth system, was an unused sub.

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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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