Around Ger­many

Soccer 360 - - Bundesliga -

“Surely I some­times won­der where I would be without all the in­juries. On the other hand, six years ago the doc­tors told me that I could no longer play pro­fes­sional football. I was 22 years old, had no ed­u­ca­tion, no stud­ies, and was al­most left with noth­ing. Now I'm still here. That's why I do not want to com­plain.” - Daniel Di­davi of Stuttgart looks back at the num­ber of in­jury set­backs he’s faced in his ca­reer, and while it may be frus­trat­ing, is thank­ful to still be able to play.

“He has a very, very big heart and with that he gets to the point. If you talk to him for just five min­utes, then you re­al­ize that he is a very hon­est per­son and I en­joy ev­ery sec­ond I can talk to him. It was an ab­so­lute hon­our and a great priv­i­lege to train and play un­der him. He is an in­cred­i­bly good per­son and they are get­ting less and less in the busi­ness.” - Bay­ern star Leon Goret­zka has noth­ing but love for his for­mer Un­der-21 coach Horst Hrubesch, while also shed­ding some light into how he sees the football world.

“It seems that the Bun­desliga has be­come more of an ed­u­ca­tion league. We can’t pay the salaries that are paid in Eng­land. And now some young play­ers from Eng­land and also from France, who don’t find the space or spots in their coun­try, come to Ger­many and have good sta­di­ums and a good qual­ity league.” - Ger­man na­tional team’s gen­eral man­ager Oliver Bierhoff ex­plains that while it is harder for Bun­desliga clubs to at­tract the best play­ers, it is be­com­ing a go-to place for many young play­ers to de­velop.

“I feel at home here, and there’s a fa­mil­iar feel­ing to it. The fans sup­port the play­ers, even if they don’t play well.” - 18-year- old Amer­i­can Josh Sar­gent has noth­ing but love for his new club For­tuna Dus­sel­dorf.

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