Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City, EPL) The Senegalese striker had the opening goal for the Potters 40 minutes in to help Stoke City to a 2-1 win over Saturday. The 29 year-old, who started his professional career with Norwegian side Molde, featured for Hannover 96 between 2011 and 2014, scoring 35 times in 71 features in all competitions. Joining him in the starting XI for Stoke City were former Bundesliga players Kevin Wimmer (1.FC Koln), Hamburg-born Maxim Choupo-Moting, who played for the red-shorts, Nurnberg, Mainz and Schalke and former Bayern man Xherdan Shaqiri, who scored 11 times in 52 league matches for the Bavarians. Oriol Romeu, who played a season on loan with VfB Stuttgart, was a starter for Southampton while Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, who played almost 60 Bundesliga matches for Bayern, FC Augsburg and Schalke, was an unused sub for the Saints.
Daniel Schwwab (PSV EIndhoven, Dutch Eredivisie) The 29 year-old German who played in over 90 matches for each of SC Freiburg, Bayer Leverkusen and VfB Stuttgart was a starter for PSV Sunday in their 4-0 victory of Willem II. Schwaab has started four of PSV’s league matches so far this season after joining the Dutch club in the summer of 2016. Former Borussia Mönchengladbach striker Luuk de Jong, who has had some huge scoring years with PSV recently, was an unused substitute and has only started once this year for PSV. He’s yet to score in four total appearances in the Eredivisie this season.
Haris Seferovic (Benfica, Portuguesa Liga) It wasn’t a good week for former Eintracht Frankfurt striker Seferovic, as he was only a substitute in Benfica’s 5-0 drubbing by FC Basel in midweek Champions League play and a 1-1 draw against Maritimo on the weekend, a match in which Sefreovic was again used as a second half sub. The Swiss international does have three goals this season after scoring 16 times in league play for Die Adler over three seasons. Only 25, Seferovcic has scored 11 times for Switzerland in 43 contests.
Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest, English Championship) Mancienne was in Forest’s starting XI Tuesday that ended up on the wrong end of a 0-4 thrashing by Fulham FC. The former Hamburger SV defender signed a four-year deal in May,2011 with the red-shorts, ending up playing in 49 Bundesliga matches after beginning his professional career with Chelsea and playing on loan for QPR and Wolverhampton. The Englishman, now 29, returned home in June, 2014 when hs joined Nottingham Forest.
Nikolas Ledgerwood (FC Edmonton, NASL) The Canadian international was on the losing end of the final score as the San Francisco Deltas edged the home side 0-1. Ledgerwood, with 50 Canadian caps, played in Germany from 2003 to 2015, playing in the productive 1860 Munich youth system and senior squad, along with stints at Wacker Burghausen, FSV Frankfurt, Wehen Wiesbaden, MSV Duisburg and Energie Cottbus. The 32 year-old native of Lethbridge, Alberta did have one season in Sweden with Hammarby IF during his German days.
Geromel (Gremio, Brasileiro 2017) The 6’3″ defender was a starter for Gremio in their 1-0 win over Fluminense Sunday. Now 32, the Brazilian signed with 1.FC Koln in 2008 after a strong season in Portugal and eventually featured in 114 matches for the Billy Goats. He ended up leaving for RCD Mallorca in 2012 and joined Gremio, founded in 1903 mainly by Porto Allegre’s German citizens, in 2015. The former Billy Goat had six clearances, four interceptions and passed at a 90% success rate in Gremio’s win.
Marvin Schulz (FC Luzerne, Swiss Super League) The 22 year-old German was a starter for Luzerne Sunday but couldn’t provide his side losing away to FC Thun 2-0. Schulz, a 6’1 centerback, came up in the Borussia Mönchengladbach youth system and made his first team debut in a DFB Pokal match in 2015. He only featured in eight matches with the Foals’ first side, however, and joined the Swiss side in July, signing a three-year deal. He’s featured in ten league matches and two Swiss Cup fixtures for Luzerne so far this season.
Besar Halimi (Brøndby IF, Danish SuperLiga) The Mainz loanee scored at the end of the match as Brøndby IF downed SønderjyskEF and German goalkeeper Sebastian Mieletz 4-0 this weekend. The winning side is coached by former VfB Stuttgart man Alex Zorniger, and featured Benedikt Röcker (VfB, Greuther Fürth), Anthony Jung (on loan from RB Leipzig), and Jan Kliment (on loan from VfB) in their starting XI, while Teemu Pukki (formerly of Schalke), like Halimi, was a second half substitute. It was the second league goal for Halimi, whose started nine games along regular starters Röcker and Kliment, while Jung has made just two appearances thus far for the Danish club. Mieletz, who played for Werder Bremen and Fürth, is the regular goalkeeper for SønderjyskEF and has allowed 16 goals in ten starts.