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Player Profile: Daniel Ginczek


Recently 1. FC Nürnberg signed striker Daniel Ginczek to a three-year contract from Borussia Dortmund for an undisclosed fee. Ginczek has been given the number 11 shirt previously worn by the Nürnberg great Marek Mintal, who was Bundesliga scoring champ once and 2. Bundesliga scoring champ twice during his time with Der Club. Thus there are already expectations for Ginczek, who during last season’s loan spell at 2. Bundesliga side FC St. Pauli scored 19 times in just 33 matches in all competitions.

Ginczek was born in Arnsber, Germany on April 13th, 1991. He played youth football for his local club, SC Neheim, joining the club when he was just four years of age. Ginczek stayed there for over a decade before he made the move to Borussia Dortmund in 2007 when he was 16. The 6 foot 2 striker continued to develop his game in the youth system there until he got promoted to the reserve team. In 66 Dortmund reserve matches, Ginczek found the back of the net 28 times.

Borussia Dortmund would send him on loan for the entire 2011-2012 season to VfL Bochum, where he, unfortunately, did not live up to his full potential, scoring five times in 29 matches. His true quality showed last season for FC St. Pauli.

Ginczek’s spectacular change of pace, his ability to slow down and speed up again really confused defenders and allowed the striker to blow by them with ease. Daniel Ginczek’s right foot is the stronger of his two, as he scored 16 of his 18 league goals from his right last season, but he can score spectacular goals with both of his feet. Ginczek took 108 attempts on goal last year and created 159 chances for Hamburg’s iconic cult club.

The German striker has played for every level of the German national team thus far with the exception of Jogi Löw’s senior team, totaling 20 matches of youth international play. During his time in the youth ranks, Ginczek has performed very consistently, scoring at all of levels except for the U-17s, where he only made two appearances.

Mintal, who recently became a coach for Der Club spoke of the significance of passing on the number 11 at Nürnberg
This is completely normal in football, “I now begin my career as a coach, which is a new chapter in my football experience. In turn, there is a new generation of young players who want to follow in the footsteps of the predecessors. I have always enjoyed wearing that jersey and scoring so many goals in the number 11 shirt
Ginczek is aware of the tradition he will try to continue.”

Ginczek replied with this when he was asked about the significance of the shirt number at the club,”Of course I know what Marek Mintal has done for the club. He has experienced tremendous years here at Nürnberg. I will try everything that I can to at least build on his accomplishments”

In six weeks, Ginczek will begin to get his chance

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USA 1-0 Honduras

On Tuesday night at Rio Tinto, the home of Real Salt Lake, the United States got a much needed needed three points to all but secure a spot for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The game started out slowly, as expected because of the elevation and the heat caused a much slower pace than both teams have become accustomed to over the course of these World Cup Qualifiers. With this victory, the United States now has 13 points through six games as well as 9 points out of their last 9.

The United States tried to play how they have been during the last two qualifying matches by playing up-tempo football and trying to create space for Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey to slot the ball into the net like they had been doing. However, Honduras was not allowing the US to find any space in the midfield for Michael Bradley and Fabian Johnson to lob the ball forward. One thing that the USA did well was that they closed down quickly and forced Honduras to play mostly behind the halfway line in their own defensive third of the pitch. Honduras did get numbers into the attacking third of their side of the pitch, but they never really caused that much havoc on the American defense and Everton goalkeeper did not have much to do last night.

When Fabian Johnson gets up the pitch to provide passes to his wingers, as what happened in the goal, but was unable to do that since Honduras really tightened up their defense through the middle of the pitch to not allow space for the United States to move the ball around. One of Honduras main players of the match was Andy Najar, former MLS player, kept streaking down the right side of the pitch but nothing really came from his crosses into the box or his squared passes, unfortunately for them.

With Altidore’s last goal, it gives him a tie for the all time goal scoring record with four goals in four straight matches going back to the match where the Americans defeated the German National Team by a final score of 4-3. And what a great team goal it was for the USA. Michael Bradley provided the initial ball to Fabian Johnson who found Graham Zusi, the Sporting Kansas City winger, down the left hand side. Zusi beat a Honduran defender and found a wide open Altidore in the box when all he had to do was tuck in behind the goalkeeper, and he did just that.

World Cup Qualifying is now taking a break for a little while, but that does not mean that the United States are done for this summer. The Gold Cup action kicks off mid-July where I will have match reports of most of the games this summer.

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Player Profile – Samed Yesil

Samed is another very talented youngster in the Liverpool ranks who is starting to slowly break into the first team after making a couple of appearances this past season. Liverpool have a very talented youth system with the likes of Ngoo, Adorjan, Quirk, and Pelosi, but Samed has the most potential to really make a name for himself at Anfield for years to come.

Yeşil was born in Düsseldorf, Germany but he is able to play for either Germany or Turkey when the time comes since one of his parents is also Turkish, but has played for the German U19 squad a few times. He started playing youth football at his local side, CFR Links and then moved to BV 04 Düsseldorf at age 6. At the age of 11 years old, he was offered a trial at Bayer Leverkusen, which he accepted. He reached the final of the German Junior championship, but unfortunately lost to Eintracht Frankfurt by a score of 0-1. Between 2010 and 2012, he scored 57 goals in 71 matches for the youth side before being called up briefly. Samed made 5 appearances for the first team in his breakout season.

Brendan Rodgers acquired the 18 year olds signature during the summer of 2012 before making his first appearance for the U21 side against Chelsea, with his side winning by a score of 4-1. Shortly after that appearance, he was called up to the first team to play in a Europa League match against BSC Young Boys, however, he was an unused sub. Yeşil also appeared in Football League Cup in matches against West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City.

Unfortunately, he was unable to finish the season after rupturing anterior cruciate ligament while on international duty with the German U19 squad.

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Player Profile: Julian Draxler

Listed at only 1.87 m long, this young German attacking midfielder is already causing heads to turn whenever he comes on the pitch with his powerful long distance shots. He has yet to really break into the national team, but with a country loaded with young talents, it will, undoubtedly, take some time before he is a regular fixture in the national team.

Draxler made his debut for Schalke on January 15th, 2011. At this time, he was the fourth youngest player to make his debut in the Bundesliga. The following week he, he made his debut start for the German side against making him the second youngest to ever start in the Bundesliga behind Nuri Şahin. He appeared in 30 of the 34 matches that helped Schalke get into the Champions League. Draxler made his debut on the international side for the German U-21 scoring a goal on his debut in a 4-1 victory over Cyprus U-21 in a qualifier for the 2013 European U-21 Championship. He made his debut for the national side, in a loss to Switzerland, less than a year later than that.

He can score goals with both his left foot and his right, while hitting them from some distance. Draxler is very gifted at reading the game; he usually makes the right pass at the right time. Another outstanding feature of his is his ability to hold onto possession for long periods of time, similar to that of the Argentinian superman Lionel Messi. Perhaps his weakest ability is crossing the ball into the box, but that will surely get better as he ages and his game develops more.

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Borussia Dortmund 3-0 FC Nurnberg

Jakub Blasczczykowski scored two times in the first 25 minutes of match to give the home side, Borussia Dortmund, an early two nothing lead over Nurnberg.

Blasczczykowski’s, the Polish international, first goal of the match came in the 18th minute when he converted home from the spot after Timo Gebhart was deemed to have fouled Lukasz Piszczek inside the 18 yard box.

Just three minutes later, the Polish international scored his second, left unmarked in the box, after he hammered in Mario Gotze’s low cross.

Nurnberg’s last shot of the match was right on the stroke of the hour mark when Feulner fired from range but nothing came of it.

Lewandowski finally got his goal in the 88th minute of the match when he hit the ball into the roof of the net which was set up rather easily by Marco Reus.

With this win, Borussia Dortmund are now in second place in the Bundesliga.

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