Germany Shows You How A Real Youth Program Works
August 23, 2010 § Leave a comment
Bundesliga Talk has a post up to remind us how good Germany is at identifying and growing talent.
With players like Thomas Mueller, who walked away with the Golden Boot and Young Player of the Tournament awards, Mesut Ozil, who astounded crowds with his flair, creativity, and ability to create some thing out of nothing and Sami Khedira, who stepped up into Michael Ballack’s role and handled it with efficiency and style, you could say that Germany could be set for another golden age. What’s even more incredible, is that Bundesliga clubs are constantly churning out talented young players who could well go on to make an incredible impact on the national team in the future. While Thomas Mueller and Mesut Ozil and so many others will have shone so brightly in South Africa, a new generation is already coming through the system in Germany.
Yeah, yeah, Germany has so much talent that it’s practically giving top-league players away. We get it. That’s what you’d expect from a Bundesliga blog writ– DIEGO CONTENTO IS ELIGIBLE FOR GERMANY??? That’s just unfair. Germany is now on notice for the next 8 years as the Best Team In Europe.*
*Possible hyperbolic. But only a little if at all.
Here’s a list of a bunch of players, all German-eligible, 25 years old and younger:
- Toni Kroos, 20, Bayern Munich
- Felix Kroos, 18, Werder Bremen
- Mario Gomez, 25, Bayern Munich
- Diego Contento, 20, Bayern Munich
- Dennis Diekmeier, 20, Hamburg
- Jerome Boateng, 21, Manchester City
- Holger Badstuber, 21, Bayern Munich
- Per Mertesacker, 25, Werder Bremen
- Sami Khedira, 23, Real Madrid
- Mesut Ozil, 21, Real Madrid
- Lukas Podolski, 25, Koln
- Thomas Muller, 20, Bayern Munich
And Phillip Lahm and a few others are 26. Wow. Serious points go out to Beckenbauer, Klinsmann, and Loew for taking the time to design and the patience to install the youth system that is spitting these kinds of players out on a seemingly annual basis. If Brazil is great by an embarrassment of natural resources, Germany is great by excellence in design.