Three Players in the Bundesliga You Should Know
Three Players In The Bundesliga You Should Know
Written for JESPIONNE
Ingrun Von Hollmes
Known as one of the best leagues in the world, the Bundesliga is a professional association football league in Germany. Recognized as the football league with the highest average stadium attendance worldwide, the Bundesliga reigns at the top of the German football league system. It is one of the top national leagues, ranking third
in Europe according to UEFA’s league coefficient ranking for the 2019-2020 season, so it is an understatement to say that Bundesliga is a highly successful league. The Bundesliga has made a mark in the soccer world, and so have their players. Here are the top three players in the Bundesliga you need to keep on your radar.
"N EVER LET ANYONE TELL YOU THAT YOU CAN’T ACHIEVE SOMETHING. "
- MARCO REUS
1. Arjen Robben
Known for his dribbling skills, speed, crossing ability, and accurate left foot long-range shots from the right wing, Arjen Robben is no short of an icon in the Bundesliga. He first came to prominence with Groningen, where he was given the title of player of the year for the 2000-2001 Eredivisie season. After years of transferring between several football clubs, he transferred to Bayern Munich in 2009 for a fee of €25 million.
He scored the winning goal in the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final, further given the name of Squad of the Season. He also appeared in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final, where the Netherlands lost to Spain. In 2014, Robben was named to the FIFPro World XI and the UEFA Team of the Year and fourth place in the Ballon d’Or. In Germany he won 20 trophies, including 8 Bundesliga titles. Robben was ranked as the fourth-best footballer in the world by The Guardian in 2014.
2. Marco Reus
Marco Reus is another player in the Bundesliga that is not one to be messed with. Reus plays as an attacking midfielder or forward for the Germany national team and Borussia Dortmund, where he also serves as the team’s captain. In 2009, he joined Borussia Mönchengladbach where he had his most successful season in 2012; he scored 18 goals and having 8 assists for the Bundesliga, helping Borussia
Mönchengladbach secure a place in the following season’s UEFA Champions League. At the end of that season, Reus joined his home club Borussia Dortmund and helped the club reach the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final in his first season. With Dortmund, Reus won the DFL-Supercup three times in 2013, 2014, and 2019, as well as the DFB-Pokal in 2017. Reus has also played in UEFA Euro 2012 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
3. Manuel Neuer
Regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, Manuel Neuer is one of the Bundesliga’s best. Neuer serves as both goalkeeper and captain for both Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and the Germany national team. He has been described as a “sweeper-keeper” because of his unique playing style and speed when rushing off his line to anticipate opponents. He started his career at Schalke 04 where he won the DFB-Pokal and DFB-Ligapokal. In 2011, he signed up
for Bayern Munich, and has been claiming victories ever since, including seven Bundesliga titles and a UEFA Champions League. He has been awarded the UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year and the IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper four times each. He was also selected as Germany’s number one goalkeeper for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Neur won the 2014 FIFA World Cup with Germany, and the Golden Glove award for being the best goalkeeper in the tournament.
By MIGUEL DELANEY for INDEPENDENT
In other times, you might call it the simple infectiousness of football. The Bayern Munich squad have only been back together a few days and, already, any concerns about returning have totally given way to excitement. The players are just loving playing and training as a group again. It’s been the same at title rivals Borussia Dortmund, where “everyone” was desperate to get back.
“You could tell how much we have all looked forward to this moment,” David Alaba said from the Bayern camp this week. “You could feel that in training, everyone was hungry – and looking forward to the first game.”
Those last three words may not have been intentional, but carry so much weight. This weekend’s Bundesliga matches are actually the 26th of the season, of course. Much more importantly, they are also the first of football’s new era, and maybe the first of a long-term new reality.
“The whole world will be watching the Bundesliga,” former Bayern star Owen Hargreaves tells The Independent.
And just as this grand experiment – that really is the only word to use – could go a few ways, there is more than one side to this return.
The first is the most pressing. Everyone in football needs the Bundesliga to safely succeed. Everyone in the game needs this first week to go well. It may be the only way we have football for some time.
One figure involved with Bayern hopefully told The Independent that Angela Merkel “could prove the saviour of football”. The flip side is that any failure could doom the game for some time. A proliferation of positive tests could be a disaster the game struggles to recover from.
“My hope is we can give a concept and strategy to other leagues,” Dortmund sporting director Carsten Cramer says. “But we know if we fail, the problems afterwards will be even bigger than before. There’s relief, but also so much pressure.”
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