Many well-known faces from German football now play abroad, largely unnoticed by the German media. In the sport.de spotlight today: a duel in the French league with former players from FC Schalke and BVB as well as a former star from FC Bayern, who won the treble with Munich and is now playing in Serie A.
A goal spectacle happened last Friday in the French Ligue 1. Seven goals were scored in the game between Olympique Marseille and SCO Angers. Right in the middle: Six players who were already active in the Bundesliga.
Running for the hosts, who won the game 5-2, were former BVB player Leonardo Balerdi, former Leverkusen and Augsburg player Arkadiusz Milik, Mattéo Guendouzi, who was on loan at Hertha BSC for a year, and the two ex-Schalke players Sead Kolasinac and Amine Harit.
Attacker Milik scored three of the five goals, Guendouzi prepared one goal. Sead Kolasinac, who only moved from Arsenal FC to Marseille in the winter, was substituted in the 64th minute. Born in Karlsruhe, he was loaned to his youth club FC Schalke 04 last season, but was unable to prevent relegation to the second Bundesliga.
Just as little as Amine Harit, with whom Kolasinac played together with the Knappen last year. The Moroccan has been on loan to the French first division side since the beginning of the season, but has not really been able to convince there so far.
In 18 competitive games, the 24-year-old has only scored twice and not had a single assist. Harit only came on as a substitute against Angers in the 82nd minute.
Like the two ex-Schalke players, Leonardo Balerdi is also trying his luck in France. In 2019, BVB signed the Argentinian for 15.5 million euros from Boca Juniors.
Balerdi only played nine games for BVB
For Dortmund, however, he only played nine competitive games in the first team and twelve competitive games in the second team. The 23-year-old central defender has received significantly more playing time in France. Balerdi has played 43 times for Marseille.
However, former Bundesliga players were not only active with the hosts, but also with the guests from Angers. With Nabil Bentaleb there was another ex-Schalke player in the starting XI, who was able to make it 2-0 for the outsider in the eleventh minute.
Bentaleb was last without a club after his contract with the Royal Blues expired last summer. Just like Kolasinac and Harit, the Algerian was relegated to the second division with Schalke.
At S04, the 27-year-old only made nine appearances last season, after which he was suspended. “They gave me the image of a bad boy and hoped to sell me. […] That was rush,” said the Algerian, who was also active for Tottenham Hotspurs and Newcastle United, recently in “L’Equipe”.
Since Bentaleb has been under contract with the French, he has been allowed to play four times in the starting XI. His goal in Marseille was his debut goal for his new club.
A player who was under contract with FC Bayern in the 2019/2020 season and won the treble with the Munich team made a similar number of changes as the former Schalke player. We’re talking about Alvaro Odriozola.
The full-back is currently under contract in Serie A with AC Fiorentina. After Odriozola started the season at Real Madrid, he was loaned to Fiorentina at the end of August.
Álvaro Odriozola gets the treble with FC Bayern
The 2018 World Cup participant has appeared 18 times for the Italians. In January, the Spaniard also celebrated his first goal in a Fiorentina shirt when he scored against Genoa CFC. But just a week later, Odriozola was sent off in the 65th minute against Cagliari Calcio. That’s why he wasn’t allowed to take part in the 0-3 defeat against Lazio Roma.
After all, the Spaniard has already made more appearances than in the three previous seasons.
In 2018, Odriozola moved from his youth club Real Sociedad to Real Madrid for the princely sum of 30 million euros, but was unable to prevail against former Leverkusen player Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez.
That’s why the Royals loaned him to Munich at the time. But the Spanish right-back was not happy there either. Only five missions were recorded in his six-month loan. Odriozola was allowed to play three times in the Bundesliga, once each in the DFB Cup and the Champions League, where he had his only part in a goal in the round of 16 against Chelsea when he prepared the goal for Robert Lewandowski to make it 4-1.
However, the 26-year-old celebrated numerous successes this season. He was German and Spanish champion and also won the club cup in both countries, as he played for Real Madrid in the first half of the season and for FC Bayern in the second half of the season. He also won the UEFA Champions League with the Munich team in August 2020.