Within just two rounds of the now concluded 2020 European Championships, Donyell Malen made headlines for his role as part of a free-flowing Dutch attack. Alongside team star Memphis Depay, the 22-year-old was able to help see the Orange sail smoothly into the knock-outs. Though the Euros didn’t end in the way every Dutch fan would wish, it definitely left them with positives for the future, of which Donyell Malen was a major one.
Bolstered by early successes in his younger years at FC Porto, the meteoric rise of the now RB Leipzig forward Andre Silva has not been the sweetest of stories. Silva always had the talent, but struggled to cope with the pressure after his move away from Portugal to AC Milan. Things could have gone very wrong for the Portuguese forward, had he not made a move to Eintracht Frankfurt years later, resurging his career.
Silas Katompa Mvumpa, more commonly known as Silas Wamangituka, was one of the stars of the 2020-21 Bundesliga season, gaining traction for VFB Stuttgart and his native Congolese national team in the process. Yesterday, almost two years after making his debut for Stuttgart, the young attacker made headlines by revealing the truth about his identity.
Roman Burki and Marwin Hitz, Borussia Dortmund were in desperate need of a stable set of hands in goal. Marco Rose will be hoping that 23 year-old Swiss international Gregor Kobel will be that man, and bring the same level of success and durability the club enjoyed during Roman Weidenfeller’s 16 year spell at the club.
With the departure of veteran defender David Alaba, Bayern Munich needed another fullback to compete with young Canadian Alphonso Davies. Out from the shadows of the relative unknown, the name of high-flying fullback Omar Richards appeared. With his fantastic defensive record in the EFL Championship last season, Richards could be the perfect piece for Bayern Munich’s puzzle.
At the height of his career, Sami Khedira was one of the very best central midfielders in the world, even winning the World Cup in 2014 with Germany. Now firmly fading out of the spotlight at the age of 34, Sami Khedira has announced his retirement from the game after a fantastic, trophy-laden career.
One of the best forwards to ever play the game, Robert Lewandowski has had a career that many could only ever dream of. But the Polish striker’s career could have been very different had he signed for Blackburn Rovers as planned back in 2010. Luckily for Borussia Dortmund and Bundesliga fans alike, a volcano changed his fortunes around.
Now a major name in world football, the rise of french born Bissau-Guinean Dayot Upamecano has recently seen him sign for one of the biggest clubs in world football – Bayern Munich. But before he signed for Bayern, Upamecano almost signed for Manchester United, at the age of 17. Samson Osaze Ero explores the rise of Dayot Upamecano.