Building Germany’s Bright Present and Future

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It has been quite a week for Germany. On Friday the U-21 team beat Spain to win the U-21 European Championship, the first U-21 title for Germany since the magical team of 2009, and today, what could easily be described as a German C team in terms of quality of player, beat Chile’s golden generation to win the Confederations Cup. While it is no doubt questionable how impressive the standard of football being played in the Confederations Cup  is, these victories are very large shows of intent by the German National team, and the rest of the world needs to stand up and take notice. Continue reading “Building Germany’s Bright Present and Future”

It’s Just Strikers, All The Way Down

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What a crazy day for FC Köln! We all went to sleep yesterday not knowing what the future had in store for the club; who would score the goals? When will Modeste’s move be finalized? Who are we attempting to sign in order to make the team better and have the ability to compete on multiple fronts? We woke up and found out the answers to some of those questions, and others were answered as the day went along. Continue reading “It’s Just Strikers, All The Way Down”

He’s Just Not That Into Us

American international, and Hamburg SV forward, Bobby Wood has officially signed an extension with his current club, putting an end to FC Köln’s pursuit. The new deal runs through 2021, but most importantly, increases his release clause from €12 million to €22 million, effectively guaranteeing that he will see out his contract with the Bundesliga’s Dinosaur.

I am not going to say negative things about Wood, I believe he is a very good player, and would have fit in very well at Köln, but as of right now he is not worth anywhere near the new release price; and if Hamburg continue down the underperforming road they have been on for the past few seasons, he will not be able to tap into the potential that he has and will never be worth that much price. Remember that Anthony Modeste is moving for roughly €35 million, and he has scored 15 and 25 goals respectively during his two-year stay with Köln. Wood is nowhere near that level. He has only ever played one season at the top flight and scored just five league goals, albeit with very little attacking support provided by a weak Hamburg side.

It would have been worth taking a chance on him for his previous release price, but not at the new one. We could easily find another player, such as Modeste, who may be slightly undervalued due to perceived skill deficiencies, but who fit very well into the system that Peter Stöger has instilled at the club.

My view on this is slightly skewed, however, by the fact that Wood, like myself, is an American, and with a World Cup rapidly approaching, I want to see the USMNT progress, skill wise, and take the next set from team that consistently qualifies for the World Cup, to team that challenges for the title. and I believe this can only be accomplished by having American internationals competing at the highest level of competition, irregardless of where that is. This is where I disagree with Jürgen Klinsmann, where he believed that simply playing in a European league was enough to foster the growth of young talent, I believe that the young talent needs to be competing in European competitions, and challenging for league and cup titles, and being challenged for starting time by teammates. This is where Wood’s decision to stay at Hamburg is disapointing. He would rather stay at a team where he would not be challenged for playing time, and simply be in the Bundesliga, than move to Köln and play in the Europa League, and challenge himself against some of the best players in the world. This builds complacency and complacency kills national teams.

I believe both Köln and the USMNT will be fine, however I wish Wood would have stood up as an example for young American talent and do not be satisfied with simply being invited to the party. Make upwardly mobile moves in order to challenge your comfort zone and advance your career; but specifically as a Köln supporter, we need to take this rejection in stride, move on to the next possible suitor and remember, he;s just not that into us, and that is okay.

Das Amerikan

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With Anthony Modeste’s move to the Chinese Super League imminent, it is now time to take our box of photos and all the stuff he has left in our apartments and set it on fire. The relationship is over, we loved him but it turns out that he’s just not that into us. Now we could easily sulk and dig in to a few pints of Ben and Jerry’s and cry our eyes out, but we shouldn’t. We need to pick ourselves up, put on a sey outfit and go out and hoe it up and find ourselves a new striker. Continue reading “Das Amerikan”

A Snake Among Goats…

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It is official! We have no striker!

Well what we all worried would happen has happened. Our tenuous grasp on Anthony Modeste has finally given way and the team has, according to KICKER and then confirmed by BILD, accepted a bid, from Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian, for our star striker, Anthony Modeste. The fee is said to be between €35-€40 million and Modeste stands to take home around €10 million a season for the next three years. Continue reading “A Snake Among Goats…”