November 22, 2017

Bundesliga ‘Where are they now’ 2017/2018 Edition, V-6

Leroy Sané ( (Manchester City, EPL) The former Schalke man scored twice after coming on as a 58th minute sub for the Citizens’ in their 5-0 beatdown of Liverpool Saturday.  The 21 year-old also passed at a 93% success rate and two key passes in the rout between former Bundesliga managers Pep Guardiola (Bayern Munich) and Jurgen Klopp (BvB). Sane joined Citeh last season after coming up in the vaunted Schalke youth system and featuring in 57 matches for the Royal Blues, scoring 13 times.  Also key for Manchester City was Kevin De Bruyne.  The midfielder who once wore the shirts of Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg had two assists Saturday.  For Kloppo’s LFC, having Joel Matip (Schalke), Ragnar Klavan (FC Augsburg), Emre Can (Bayern, Bayer Leverkusen) and Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim) was not enough to avoid the rout ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League matchup with Sevilla.  Former BvB midfielder İlkay Gündoğan was an unused sub for Pep’s side, as was former Mainz keeper Loris Karius for Kloppo.

Bas Dost (Sporting CP, Portuguese Liga) Friday’s night match with CD Feirense saw the 6’5″ striker score a PK game-winner in injury time for Sporting CP, who are off to a strong start in their domestic season, perfect after five matches.  Dost played for full seasons for VfL Wolfsburg, featuring in 117 matches and scoring 48 times, including the Wolves’ fine 2014/2015 season in which he knocked in 20 goals in all competitions as Wolfsburg finished second to Bayern in the table and won the DFB Pokal.  The Dutchman has been dominant in Portugal — last season he scored 34 times in 31 Primeira Liga contests for the Lisbon club, the kind of prolific scoring that led him to be signed by Wolfsburg after a similar time 2011/2012 season in the Eredivisie with Heerenveen.  Dost has earned 15 caps for the Netherlands, but has only scored once for the Oranje.

Stefan Aigner (Colorado Rapids, MLS) Aigner was a 65th minute substitute and assisted the game’s only goal as Dominique Badji scored in injury time to give the Rapids a 0-1 road win against the Houston Dynamo.  It was the second appearance for Aigner at Colorado.  The 30 year-old German played in the productive 1860 Munich youth system and for their senior side, featuring in over 140 matches over two stints with his hometown side and also featuring in 95 games for Eintracht Frankfurt, scoring 22 goals.  American international veterans Ricardo Clark, who also played for Eintracht Frankfurt, and DaMarcus Beasley, who had a season with Hannover, started for the Dynamo.

Karim Haggui (St Gallen, Swiss Super League) The defender started and received a yellow card in St. Gallen’s 1-1 draw away to FC Zurich Saturday.  Haggui, 33, is a former Tunisian international who had a long career in the Bundesliga, playing in 107 league matches with Hannover 96 and another 59 matches with Bayer 04 Leverkusen.  Coming to Germany from RC Strasbourg, Haggui also played for VfB Stuttgart and Fortuna Dusseldorf before joining St. Gallen in the summer of 2016.  Also in the Swiss club’s starting XI Saturday was Tranquillo Barnetta, longtime Leverkusen man who also played with Schalke, Hannover and Eintracht Frankfurt before joining the Philadelphia Union of MLS in 2015, where he played 40 matches over two seasons.  Like Haggui, this is Barnetta’s second stint with St. Gallen.  For FC Zurich, Roberto Rodriguez was a starter.  He is the older brother of former Wolfsburg players Ricardo and Francisco Rodriguez. Roberto played in four matches with Greuther Fürth in 2016.

Medhi Benatia (Juventus, Serie A) The former Bayern man started for Juve in their 3-0 win Saturday over Chievo Verona.  The Moroccan international played two seasons for the Bavarians between 2014 and 2016, featuring in 46 matches in all competitions.  Beginning his career in France, the 30 year-old centerback played for Udinese and Roma in Italy prior to joining Bayern.  Also starting for Juve Saturday were two other former Bayern men — Mario Mandzukic and Douglas Costa.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga (Leeds United, English Championship) The Hamburg loanee wasted no time making his mark in England, scoring a brace in his English debut as Leeds rolled to a 5-0 win over Burton Albion Saturday, with former Werder Bremen keeper Felix Wiedwald keeping yet another clean sheet for the victors.  Lasogga moved at the end of the transfer window after playing in 107 contests for the red-shorts, scoring 30 times.  The native of Gladbeck made his Bundesliga debut with Hertha Berlin in 2010, where he appeared in 70 matches for BSC’s senior squad, scoring 24 goals.  With the help of the two Germans, Leeds United have the best goal differential among the Championship’s 24 teams after six matchdays, and trail league leading Cardiff City by only two points in the table.

Niklas Bendtner (Rosenborg, Norwegian Eliteserien) Lord Bendtner knocked in the opening goal Sunday in Rosenborg’s 0-2 win at Strømsgodset IF, giving the Norwegian champions a six point lead in first place over Sarpsborg 08 after 21 league matches. The Great Dane, who turns 30 in January, began his career with Arsenal in 2005, scoring 45 goals in 171 matches for Arsene Wenger’s Gunners.  He played 31 matches for VfL Wolfsburg over two seasons, scoring nine times in 47 appearances between 2014 and 2016.  Bendtner’s escapades off the field have overshadowed his time on the pitch, and he’s also played with Birmingham City, Sunderland, Juventus and Nottingham Forest before joining Rosenborg this season, where he’s scored 10 goals in 20 league matches.  His Lordship had three shots Sunday, two on frame, and contributed one key pass to Rosenborg’s win.

His Lordship conquering Norway

Fabian Schär (Deportive La Coruna, La Liga) The former Hoffenheim man was a starter Sunday in Deportivo Coruna’s 2-4 loss to Real Sociedad.  Schar has started all three La Liga matches so far in his first season with the Spanish side, providing an assist and picking up one yellow card.  The 27 year-old Swiss international (27 caps) joined Hoffenheim in June, 2015 but only played in 30 league matches for the village team after coming over from FC Basel.  Also starting Sunday for Deportivo La Coruna was former Stuttgart goalkeeper Przemysław Tytoń, who featured in 30 matches during the 2015/2016 season for the Swabians but suffered from very inconsistent performances. La Liga veteran Ruben started the first two matches of the season for La Coruna, who have only one point after three matches, having surrendered nine goals already.  They play Real Betis next weekend.

Massimo Bruno (RSC Anderlecht, Belgian Jupiler League) Bruno was a starter for Anderlecht this weekend in their 3-2 victory over KSC Lokeren.  Belgian-born of Italian descent, Bruno is in his second year on loan to Anderlecht from RB Leipzig, where he played in 24 matches.  The 23 year-old spent time in the Anderlecht youth system, and also played for their senior squad between 2011-2014 and was part of their title-winning side last year.  Bruno has also played on loan for RB Salzburg, where he scored six times in the Austrian Bundesliga.  Generally used as a right winger, his loan spell with Anderlecht ends in June.  He’s played in four matches for the Belgian champions this season, scoring once.

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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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