Monday, November 28, 2016

German-born players capped by other national teams

Boateng vs Boateng: Germany vs Ghana

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

I have created blog entries for Brazilian-born players and Argentine-born players who were capped by other countries.  This is my selection of a 23 member all-time team for German-born players capped by other country.  The number 23 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the World Cup Finals.  
Fabian Johnson vs Germany

Almost all of the Brazilian players were foreign players who obtained the citizenship of their adoptive countries.  Almost none of the German players were foreign players.  Most of the German-born players were immigrants or sons of immigrants who decided to play for the national teams of their ancestors.  I have already created blog entries for German Turks and German-Americans/American Germans.

Team
GK: Maik Taylor (North Ireland)
Born to a German father and a German mother, he himself served in the British military while playing in the lower division. His best club stints were with Southampton, Fulham and Birmingham, where he played in the Premiership. Internationally, he chose to represent North Ireland, earning 88 caps between 1999 and 2011.

GK: Oka Nikolov (Macedonia)
He spent nineteen seasons with Eintracht Frankfurt, appearing in 413 official games over the course of 13 Bundesliga seasons.  He joined Philadelphia Union in 2013, but failed to appear in any game.  He appeared 5 times for Macedonia, but never in an official game due to his issue with passport.

GK: David Yelldell (USA)
He was the son of American serviceman in Germany.  He played with Stuttgart Kicker, Blackburn Rover, Bayer Leverkusen, TuS Koblenz, MSV Duisburg and now with  SG Sonnenhof Großaspach.  In 2011, he was capped once by the USA.

RB: Cha Du-Ri (South Korea)
Born in Germany while his father Cha Bum-Kun played in the Bundesliga. He had spells with many Bundesliga clubs, including his father's Bayer Leverkusen and Eintracht Frankfurt. Capped 76 times.  He was a member of the squad at the Korea/Japan World Cup Finals.

RB: Ümit Davala  (Turkey)
Born in Germany, he played mainly in Turkey before joining Galatasaray in 1996. He also had stints with both AC Milan and Inter Milan.  He was capped 41 times. He was in the squad of Euro 2000 and the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

CB: Oleg Kuznetsov (USSR/Ukraine)
He was capped by the USSR, the CIS and Ukraine.  He was a star defender for the Soviet Union in the late 1980's.  He helped them to reach the Final of the Euro 1988.  He also played in the WC Finals in 1986 and 1990, and then, for CIS in the Euro 1992.  
Oleg Kuznetsov
CB: Ogun Temizkanoglu (Turkey)
He played mostly for Trabzonspor and Fenerbahçe as a central defender. He also played for Konyaspor and Akçaabat Sebatspor. He retired after terminating his contract with Akçaabat Sebatspor on 12 August 2005.  He played for Turkey national football team and was a participant at the 1996 and 2000 UEFA European Championship.  Capped 76 times.

CB: Robert Kovac (Croatia)
He represented Croatia in two World Cups, 2002 and 2006, and has also participated at two European Championships, 2004 and 2008.He was the captain of the national team after his brother Niko retired.  He played a few of the biggest clubs in the world, notably with Bayern Munich and Juvnetus.  

CB/DM: Thomas Dooley (USA)
Dooley was the son of a US serviceman stationed in Germay.  He won the Bundesliga with Kaiserslautern in 1990-1991 and then the UEFA Cup with Schalke 04 in 1996-1997.  Capped 81 times.  He was a key player as the United States reached the 2nd round at the 1994 WC Finals and was the captain at the WC 1998.  He was the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year in 1993.
Thomas Dooley

LB: José Holebas (Greece)
Holebas was born in West Germany to a Greek father and a Uruguayan mother. He played in the lower division in Germany before moving to Olympiakos in Greece. He also played for Roma and Watford.  Capped 38 times.  He played at Euro 2012 and Brazil 2014.

LWB/LW: Fabian Johnson (USA)
Johnson was born in Germany. He is the son of an African-American serviceman.  He began his career with 1860 Munich.  He also played for VfL Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim.  At the time of writing, he is playing for Borussia Mönchengladbach.  Capped by Germany at youth level, he played for USA at the senior level.  He went too Brazil 2014.

CB/DM: Niko Kovac (Croatia)
Born in Germany of Croatian background.  He spent most of his career playing in the Bundesliga.  He earned 83 caps for Croatia and was their captain from 2004 onward.  Robert Kovac's older brother.

DM: Bernd Krauss (Austria)
Krauss started his professional career at local outfit Borussia Dortmund but limited chances there made him move to Austrian Bundesliga side Rapid Wien in 1977. The move proved to be successful, winning the league title (twice) and the domestic cup. He only returned to Germany in 1983 to join Borussia Mönchengladbach where he finished his playing career and took up a coaching post.  He became an Austria and represented Austria 22 times.  He never scored a goal for Austria, but scored an own goal ironically against West Germany.  He played in the 1982 WC Finals.

DM/CM/RM/RB: Hamit Altıntop (Turkey)
He is a versatile player who can play in various position.  He played for Schalke 04, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and now Galatasaray.   He helped Turkey to reach the senifinal at the Euro 2008, where he was voted into the all-tournament team.
Hamit Altıntop
CM: Nuri Sahin (Turkey)
Born in Germany of Turkish ancestry. On 6 August 2005, at the age of 16 years and 334 days, Şahin set a record by becoming the youngest player to have played in the Bundesliga, and on 25 November of the same year became the youngest player to score a goal in the Bundesliga, scoring for Borussia Dortmund against 1. FC Nuremberg.  In 2011, he made a big time to Real Madrid.  He returned to Borussia Dortmund in 2013 after a loan deal with Liverpool.  He earned his first cap in 2005 and scored his first goal ironically against Germany.
Nuri Sahin 
CM: Yıldıray Baştürk (Turkey)
Born in Germany of Turkish ancestry.   He is best remembered for his most successful years at Leverkusen. He was the playmaker of a great Leverkusen that finished second in the German league, the German Cup and the 2002 Champions League Final.  That same year, he led Turkey to the semi-final of the WC in Japan/Korea.

AM: Kevin-Prince Boateng (Ghana)
Born in Germany, his father is from Ghana.  His half brother is Jerome Boateng, who played for Germany.  He represented Germany at the youth level, but switched to Ghana as a senior.  He played in two WC Finals.  In 2010, the Boateng brothers became the first brother to play against each other in a WC Final.  They again played against each other in 2014.  For club football, he played in Germany, England, Italy and Spain.
Kevin Prince Boateng

AM: Robert Prosinecki (Croatia)
He was considered one of the most talented players from Yugoslavia in the 1990's.  In 1987, Prosinečki was named the tournament's best player as Yugoslavia won the World Youth Championship.  He then played for Yugoslavia at the 1990 World Cup and for Croatia at Euro 96 and the 1998 and 2002 World Cups.  For his club career, he played for both Real Madrid and Barcelona, but he failed to establish himself at neither club.
Robert Prosinecki 
LW: Willi Lippens (Holland)
Born near the German-Dutch border to a Dutch father and a German mother, Lippens spent most of his career playing for German clubs. He played for Rot-Weiss Essen from 1965–76 and in 1980–81. Between 1976 and 1979 he played for Borussia Dortmund before leaving to play one season for the Dallas Tornado in the NASL (North American Soccer League).  Lippens, who spoke only very basic Dutch, is the only native German-speaker ever to have played for the Dutch national team. Lippens received several invitations to join the German National selection as well, but always declined as his Dutch father had forbidden him to play for Germany. 

RW/FW: Martin Harnik (Austria)
Born in Germany, his father was from Austria.  He played for Werder Bremen, Stuttgart and Hanover 96.  Capped 61 times.  He played for Austria at Euro 2008 when Austria co-hosted the tournament.  
Martin Harnik

AM: Otto Addo (Ghana)
Born in Germany, he made his name with Hanover 96.  He moved to Borussia Dortmund in 1999.  His injury problems limited his career.  he later played for Mainz and Hamburger.  He represented Ghana at the WC Finals in 2006.

AM: Zvjezdan Misimovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
He played for Bayern Munich, VfL Wolfsburg, Galatasaray and Dynamo Moscow as an attacking midfielder, during his active playing career.  Misimović played for Yugoslavai at the youth level. He is the second most capped player in the history of the Bosnia and Herzegovina, capped 84 times. Furthermore, his 25 international goals makes him his country's second top-goalscorer.  He played at the WC Finals in 2014.

ST: Ivan Klasnic  (Croatia)
He began his career with St. Pauli, and moved to Werder Bremen in 2001 after helping his previous team to promotion to the Bundesliga. He won a league and cup double in 2004. After a season in France with Nantes, he moved to Bolton Wanderers in 2009, initially on loan. After their relegation in 2012, he spent a season back in Germany with Mainz.  Klasnić played also for the Croatian national team. In 2007, Klasnić underwent a kidney transplant, and became the first player to participate in a major tournament (UEFA Euro 2008) after a transplant. He also represented Croatia at UEFA Euro 2004 and the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

ST: Alfred Bickel (Switzerland)
He played as a forward for local club Grasshopper Club Zürich and the Switzerland national team, participating with the latter in the World Cup finals of 1938 and 1950.  Bickel is one of only two footballers ever to participate in World Cups before and after World War II, the other being Sweden's Erik Nilsson.
Alfred Bickel


Honorable Mention
Serkan Calik(Turkey), Berkant Goektan(Turkey), Ilhan Mansiz(Turkey),  John Brooks(USA), Timothy Chandler(USA), Julian Green(USA), Fabian Johnson(USA), Jermaine Jones(USA), Joël Matip (Cameroon), Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting (Cameroon), Ivica Grilic ( Bosnia and Herzegovina), Zlatan Bajramovic(Bosnia-Herzegovina)Muhamed Bešić (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Ermin Bičakčić (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Sead Kolašinac(Bosnia-Herzegovina), Sead Kolašinac (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Ashkan Dejagah (Iran), Anthony Baffoe (Ghana), Jeffrey Schlupp (Ghana), Mikael Forssell (Finland), Ignace Kowalczyk (France),  Stephan Loboue(Ivory Coast), Sead Ramovic (Bosnia-Herzegovina),  Sead Kolašinac (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Ignace Kowalczyk (France).

Squad Explanation
-- Eugen Polanski, Adam Matuszczyk and Sebastian Boenisch were not born in Germany.
-- I avoided the sensitivity of territorial issues left behind by the two World Wars.  This is just a simple blog.  I do not intend to be political about that. 
-- Ewald Dytko, Wilhelm Góra, Erwin Nyc, Friedrich Scherfke and Ernst Wilimowski were a part of the Polish national team at the WC Finals in 1938.  They were born in Silesia when it was still a part of Germany.
-- France brought Ignace Kowalczyk and Oscar Heisserer to the WC Finals in 1938.  Heisserer was born in an area when it was still under Germany, but today, it is now as a part of France.  Ignace Kowalczyk was born in North Rhine-Westphalia. Thus, Kowalczyk was listed on the blog.
-- Oleg Kuznetsov was born in East Germany.


Formation



Thursday, November 24, 2016

German Turks All-Time Team

Germany vs Turkey,  Mesut Özil vs
Nuri Sahin
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.


This is my selection of a 23 member all-time team for the German Turk players.  The number 23 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the World Cup Finals.

In the 1960's, West Germany went through a period of rapid economic growth that was later known as "Wirtschaftswunder"(economic miracle).  As a result, West Germany suffered a shortage of labour.  The government of West Germany solved the problem by signing treaties with Italy, Greece and Spain to recruit their citizens as "Gastarbeiter" (Guest workers) in Germany. Germany was not interested in bringing Turkish workers to Germany.  


Turkey was an important ally to the United States during the Cold War.  Nicholas Spykman's "Rimland" theory clearly illustrates the importance of Turkey in the geo-political area.  The Turkish Straits has always been an issue to both the Czarist Russia and the Soviet Union because its location with the Black Sea.  And since 1958, the Americans have deployed nuclear missile inside Turkey.  On May, 1960, General Cemal Gürsel led a military coup d'état in Turkey which led to a period of uncertainty in the country.  Suddenly, the political atmosphere changed.  The United States believed that Turkey could benefit economically and create stability if Germany's policy on guest workers extended to them.   So Washington applied pressure to Bonn. 

In 1961, West Germany signed an agreement with Turkey to bring Turkish workers into Germany.  At the beginning, both governments thought those "Gastarbeiter" would only stay for a short time.  A few years later, they were permitted to bring their family to Germany.  This led to dramatic of Turkish population in Germany.  By the 1970's, the largest number of  "Gastarbeiter" was from Turkey.  Today, there are about 3 million Germans of Turkish descents living in Germany. 

Mehmet Scholl wearing a Turkey jersey.
 As a result of the Cold War and its impact on"Gastarbeiter" policy, the football world also changed because of it.  Many descendants of the Turkish workers in Germany became footballers.  Turkey who had not qualified for World Cup Finals since the 1954 reached the semi-final of the World Cup in 2002.  Their squad included 4 German-born players. For the German national team, German-born Turks also made an impact. Mehmet Scholl is the record-holder of the number Bundesliga title won with 8.  Nuri Sahin was the youngest ever player to play a game and scored a goal in the Bundesliga.  Mesut Ozil was a key player in the German team that the won the WC in Brazil. 


Please see also:
German Americans/American Germans
East German Players After 1990 
North Rhine-Westphalia, 
Bavaria.


Team
GK: Aykut Erçetin (Uncapped)
He graduated from the youth academy with Stuttgart.  He spent 11 seasons as a backup with Galatasaray.

GK: Volkan Ünlü  (Uncapped)
A out product of Schalke 04.  He has some experience with their first team.  He played for many clubs.  The bigger clubs included Beşiktaş J.K. and Trabzonspor.

GK: Gunny Guvenc (Turkey)
He started his career with Stuttgart Kickers.  He spent 3 seasons with Beşiktaş J.K..  He was capped Turkey A1(Turkey B International Team).
 

RB: Ümit Davala  (Turkey)
Born in Germany, he played mainly in Turkey before joining Galatasaray in 1996. He also had stints with both AC Milan and Inter Milan.  He was capped 41 times. He was in the squad of Euro 2000 and the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
Ümit Davala 

CB: Ömer Toprak (Turkey)
Toprak began his career with TSB Ravensburg in 1994. In 2001 he moved to FV Ravensburg. He was signed by SC Freiburg in 2005. He signed his first professional contract in the summer of 2008. In his first professional season, he featured in 26 league games and scored 4 goals as Freiburg won the 2. Bundesliga title. He was capped by Germany for Under-19.  In 2011, he was capped by Turkey.

CB: Mustafa Dogan (Germany)
Born in Turkey, He started with KFC Uerdingen 05 in 1994. In 1996, Doğan transferred to Fenerbahçe SK. He stayed there for seven years, the first five as a starter, then switched back to Germany, signing with FC Köln. On 18 October 2003. In 2005, he joined Beşiktaş J.K.  Capped twice for Germany.

CB: Ogun Temizkanoglu (Turkey)
He played mostly for Trabzonspor and Fenerbahçe as a central defender. He also played for Konyaspor and Akçaabat Sebatspor. He retired after terminating his contract with Akçaabat Sebatspor on 12 August 2005.  He played for Turkey national football team and was a participant at the 1996 and 2000 UEFA European Championship.  Capped 76 times.
Ogun Temizkanoglu 
CB: Serdar Tasci (Germany)
Tasci started his career with VfB Stuttgart in 2006 and played with the club until 2013, captaining the side from 2011. He played for the club nearly 250 times and helped them win the 2006–07 Bundesliga.  He represented the German national team from 2008 and 2010, gaining 14 caps, including the 2010 World Cup, in which Germany came third.

CB/LB: Hakan Balta (Turkey) 
He formerly played for Hertha Berlin II and Manisaspor before moving to Galatasaray in September 2007.  since 2006, he was apart of Turkey's players' pool.  He went to Euro 2008 and Euro 2016.

LB: Hasan Ali Kaldırım (Turkey)
 He came through the youth ranks of TuS Koblenz before moving to Kaiserslautern in 2006., but started his professional career in Turkey.  Hasan Ali Kaldırım joined Fenerbahçe from Kayserispor in 2012.

DM: Tayfur Havutçu (Turkey)
Born in West Germany, he started with German club SV Darmstadt.  In 1993–94 season, he was transferred to the Turkish club Fenerbahçe S.K. again spending two years there, he was then transferred to Kocaelispor. In 1997, Tayfur was transferred to Beşiktaş J.K. 

CM: Nuri Sahin (Turkey) 
Born in Germany of Turkish ancestry. On 6 August 2005, at the age of 16 years and 334 days, Şahin set a record by becoming the youngest player to have played in the Bundesliga, and on 25 November of the same year became the youngest player to score a goal in the Bundesliga, scoring for Borussia Dortmund against 1. FC Nuremberg.  In 2011, he made a big time to Real Madrid.  He returned to Borussia Dortmund in 2013 after a loan deal with Liverpool.  He earned his first cap in 2005 and scored his first goal ironically against Germany.
Nuri Sahin 
CM: İlkay Gündoğan (Germany)
He began his career at VfL Bochum, playing in its reserves, before joining 1. FC Nürnberg in 2009. Two years later he was signed by Borussia Dortmund for around €4 million, winning the double of the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal in his first season there, and then helping them finish runners-up the UEFA Champions League, scoring in the final. After 157 professional matches and 15 goals for Dortmund, he signed for Manchester City for an estimated fee of £21 million. Gündoğan made his senior international debut for Germany in 2011, and was part of their squad which reached the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 2012.
İlkay Gündoğan 
DM/CM/RM/RB: Hamit Altıntop
He is a versatile player who can play in various position.  He played for Schalke 04, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and now Galatasaray.   He helped Turkey to reach the senifinal at the Euro 2008, where he was voted into the all-tournament team.
Hamit Altıntop


LM: Olcay Şahan (Turkey)

CM: Yıldıray Baştürk
Born in Germany of Turkish ancestry.   He is best remembered for his most successful years at Leverkusen. He was the playmaker of a great Leverkusen that finished second in the German league, the German Cup and the 2002 Champions League Final.  That same year, he led Turkey to the semi-final of the WC in Japan/Korea.

AM: Hakan Calhanoglu (Turkey)

AM: Mehmet Scholl (Germany) 
Scholl was born in Germany of Turkish hertiage.  He started with Karlsruher, but spent almost hs entire career with Bayern Munich.  he won the Bundesliga title 8 times and the Champions' league n 2001.  Injuries has limited his career with the national team.  He never played in any of the WC Finals.


AM: Halil Altıntop (Turkey)
AM: Mesut Özil
A third generation German of Turkish decent.  He played for Schalke 04 and Werder Bremen before making a dream move to Real Madrid after South Africa 2010.  He moved to Arsenal in 2013.  He was a part of Germany's World Cup winning team in 2014.

ST: Erdal Keser (Turkey)
ST: Ümit Karan (Turkey)
ST: Ilhan Mansiz (Turkey)
Ilhan Mansiz


Honorable Mention
Volkan Arslan (Turkey), Volkan Yamen (Turkey),  Malik Fathi (Germany), Yasin Öztekin (Turkey), Ömer Erdoğan (Turkey)
Yunus Mallı (Turkey), Ceyhun Gülselam (Turkey), Mehmet Ekici (Turkey), Serhat Akın (Turkey) Cenk Tosun (Turkey), Gökhan Töre (Turkey), Emre Can (Germany), Sefa Yılmaz(Turkey), Mehmet Yozgatlı(Turkey), Turgay Tapu(Uncapped)

Squad Explanation
--  I have four goalkeeper:  Aykut Erçetin, Volkan Ünlü, Turgay Tapu and Gunay Guvenc.  I know very little about them. I dropped Turgay Tapu because he was the only one without any experience at the upper division in either Germany or Turkey.
-- There are many selections for the leftback position. I selected Hasan Ali Kaldırım over Volkan Yamen and  Malik Fathi.
-- I need a left winger/midfielder. Olcay Şahan was selected.
-- Emre Can is still too young to make an all-time team.  A year of two, he would be one of the more famous German Turks in the world.

Formation
İlkay Gündoğan was injured for a long time.  At the time of writing, his career is regenerating after many setbacks. He would evenbtually take over the starting position from Nuri Sahin.
 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

German-American/American-German Players

Jermaine Jones vs Germany at the 2014 WC Finals

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my selection of a 23 member all-time team for German American/American German players.  The number 23 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the World Cup Finals.

The influx of German-born American soccer players, mainly children of US servicemen stationed in Germany, contributed to the successes of US Soccer.  Meanwhile, Jimmy Hartwig and Erwin Kostedde broke the racial barrier for Black Germans. I thought this group deserved a mention in the history of the game.  

My focus was going to be about players who are children of American servicemen in Germany(or dual citizenship), but I could not find enough players for a 23 member team.  I also did not want an all-time team of German Americans.  It is estimated that 1/3 of Americans has German ancestry.  There would have been too many players eligible.  Instead, I included German immigrants or first generation American players to the United States. Each American-born player must have at least a German parent who is a German citizen and each German player must have at least an American parent.  The players do not necessary have to be an American citizen, but the player must be eligible to play for either country.  I do not think Felix Magath was ever an American citizen. 
Jurgen Klinsmann vs Thomas Dooley
Please see also:
USA All-Time Team
African-American Players
Hispanic/Latino American Players
German Turks 
East German Players After 1990 

Team
GK: Juergen Sommer (USA)
After being named Collegiate Goalkeeper of the Year in 1990, Sommer left Indiana to sign with Luton Town in 1991. Sommer played for the next seven years in England for Queens Park Rangers, Luton Town and Torquay. In 1998 he made the jump back home to sign with the Columbus Crew. Sommer became the Crew starter over the next two seasons, and after a pair of major knee injuries, he signed with the New England Revolution. he was only capped 10 times due to fierce competition with Kasey Keller, Brad Friedel and Tony Meola during his prime.  He went to USA 1994 and France 1998.

GK: Marcus Hahnemann (USA)
He played for the Seattle Sounders between 1994 and 1996. Between 1997 and 1999 he turned out for the Colorado Rapids, signing with English club Fulham in 1999. Unable to become the first-choice goalkeeper at Fulham, he enjoyed loan spells with Rochdale and Reading, before signing permanently with Reading in 2002. In 2009, he transferred to Wolverhampton Wanderers. He has won nine caps for the United States, featuring as back-up for Kasey Keller and Tim Howard in two World Cups. 

GK: David Yelldell (USA)
He was the son of American serviceman in Germany.  He played with Stuttgart Kicker, Blackburn Rover, Bayer Leverkusen, TuS Koblenz, MSV Duisburg and now with  SG Sonnenhof Großaspach.  In 2011, he was capped once by the USA.

RB: Timmy Chandler (USA)
He was the son of American serviceman in Germany. Chandler began his career with Eintracht Frankfurt II before transferring to 1. FC Nürnberg II in the summer of 2010. He made his debut for the first team of 1. FC Nürnberg on January 15, 2011.  In 2014, he moved back to Eintracht Frankfurt.  He received his first US cap in 2011.  He was a member of the US World Cup team in 2014.

RB: Jeremy Toljan (Germany)
At the time of writing, Toljan has only played for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in Germany.  He is a German youth international and currently active for the national U-21 side. He is also eligible to play for both the United States and Croatia. He was part of the squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics, where Germany won the silver medal.
Jeremy Toljan 

CB: Mike Windischmann (USA)
Although born in Germany, Windischmann's family moved to the United States when he was an infant.  He played college soccer with Adelphi University.  His career was between the end of NASL and the beginning of MLS.  He played for the Brooklyn Italians of New York City's Cosmopolitan League, Los Angeles Lazers of MISL, and the Albany Capitals of the American Soccer League for another single season. Earned over 50 caps.  He was the 1989 U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year. He was also named as the captain for the USA team at the 1990 FIFA World Cup. 
Mike Windischmann 

CB: John Brooks (USA)
Brooks is the son of American serviceman serving in Germany.  He started his career with Hertha Berlin. At the time of writing, he has only played for them.  Since 2013, he has represented for the USA.  He scored the winning goal against Ghana at Brazil 2014.

CB/DM: Thomas Dooley (USA)
Dooley was the son of a US serviceman stationed in Germay.  He won the Bundesliga with Kaiserslautern in 1990-1991 and then the UEFA Cup with Schalke 04 in 1996-1997.  Capped 81 times.  He was a key player as the United States reached the 2nd round at the 1994 WC Finals and was the captain at the WC 1998.  He was the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year in 1993.

CB: Alfredo Morales (USA)
Born to a naturalized Peruvian-born American father and a German mother, Morales has represented the United States internationally at the youth and senior levels.  He started his career with Hertha Berlin.  At this moment, he played for FC Ingolstadt.

CB: Werner Roth (USA) 
Roth was born in Yugoslavia. He moved to the US at the age of 8 from Germany.  He started his career with NY German-Hungarians.  In 1972, he joined NY Cosmos, where he would play with Pele and Franz Beckenbauer.  He was a star for the US national team from 1972 to 1975.  Roth was a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame in the US.  He also played German soccer team captain Baumann in the 1981 movie Victory (titled Escape to Victory in Europe.

DF: Herman Rapp (USA)
Rapp was born in Stuttgart, Germany. His dates of birth and death are unknown. In 1928, Rapp is listed with F.C. Schwaben of the International Soccer Football League of Chicago. He was then listed with the Philadelphia German-Americans of the American Soccer League during the World Cup.  In 1934, Rapp was called into the U.S. team for the 1934 FIFA World Cup. However, he did not enter the lone U.S game of the tournament, a 7-1 loss to eventual champion Italy

LWB/LW: Fabian Johnson (USA)
Johnson was born in Germany. He is the son of an African-American serviceman.  He began his career with 1860 Munich.  He also played for VfL Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim.  At the time of writing, he is playing for Borussia Mönchengladbach.  Capped by Germany at youth level, he played for USA at the senior level.  He went too Brazil 2014.
Fabian Johnson vs Germany

DM: Jimmy Hartwig (Germany)
He played for Kickers Offenbach, TSV 1860 München, Hamburger SV, 1. FC Köln and FC Homburg of the Bundesliga and for Austria Salzburg of Austria. Hartwig won the European Cup in 1983 with Hamburger SV, and was three times German league champion in 1979, 1982 und 1983. The son of an African-American soldier and a German mother,  Hartwig was the second non-white player capped for Germany(after Erwin Kostedde).

CM: Jermaine Jones (USA)
Born in Germany to an American father and German mother, he played for Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke 04, Besiktas,mBlackburn Rovers, New England Revolution.  At this moment, he is with Colorado Rapids. Jones represented Germany at the senior level, but not in an official game. He later filed for a switch to the United States. He made his debut for them in 2010 and played at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Jermaine Jones 

(?): Horst Rick (USA)
Rick was with Fortuna Düsseldorf, Eintracht Braunschweig and SSV Reutlingen in the German Oberliga from 1958 through 1963. In 1964, Rick played for New York Hota of the German American Soccer League. He then spent the 1965 International Soccer League with the New Yorkers. Capped once for the USA.

AM: Felix Magath (Germany)
He was the son of an American GI and a German woman.  He played for Hamburger between 1976 and 1986, winning the European Cup in 1983. He was a part of the great West German national team of the 1980's, playing in Euro 1980, Spain 1982 and Mexico 1986.
Felix Magath

ST/FW: Julian Green (USA)
Born in Germany, he graduated from the academy at Bayern Munich, but played mainly with Bayern Munich II.  He was on loan to SV Hamburger.  Since 2014, he was capped by the US.  He scored against Belgium at the WC Finals in 2014, making him the youngest American to score in the WC Finals.

FW: Jean Willrich (USA)
Born in Germany, he started his career with PSV in Holland during the 1977-1978 season.  He was a member of the team that won the UEFA Cup. He joined San Diego Sockers in 1978.  He was also on loan with UNAM Pumas.  He represented the USA at the 1984 Olympics.

FW: Manfred Seissler (USA)
Seissle played in the lower division in West Germany during the mid 1960's.  In 1967, he moved to play in NPSL.  The league would eventually emerged with NASL.  During his early years in the NASL, Seissler was one of the league’s top forwards, being named a first team All Star in 1969, 1970 and 1971.  Capped once for the US in 1973.

FW: Willy Roy (USA)
Born in Germany, Roy's family moved to the US when he was small.  In 1967, he joined the newly established Chicago Spurs of the NPSL. At the time, Roy was one of only eight U.S. citizens in the league.  He was the NPSL All Star team and being named Rookie of the Year.  A year later, NPSL merged with NASL.  The Chicago Spurs became Kansas City Spurs.  He later played with St Louis Stars and Chicago Stings.  Capped 20 times.  He scored 6 goals in the 1974 WC Qualifying matches, a record until Earnie Stewart broke it in 2001.

ST: David Wagner (USA)
Wagner grew up in Germany.  He played for many clubs in Germany.  With Schalke 04, he was a member of the team that won the UEFA Cup in 1996-1997.  Over at the club, he met teammate Thomas Dooley, who started his path to become an American citizen.  He joined the US squad in 1996.  However, after a match against Canada, Canad protested that Wagner was an ineligible player due to the fact he played for Germany at the youth level.  FIFA later cleared his status.

ST: Roy Wegerle (USA)
Wegerle was born in South Africa.  He notably played in the English Premier League for Queens Park Rangers, Blackburn Rovers and Coventry City, and in the Football League for Chelsea, Swindon Town and Luton Town. He made appearances in the United States for Tampa Bay Rowdies, Tacoma Stars, Colorado Rapids, D.C. United and Tampa Bay Mutiny. Wegerle is one of two players who played in both the NASL and MLS; the other is Hugo Sánchez.  Wegerle gained his US citizenship in 1991, after being eligible through his American wife.  He was capped 41 times.  He went to the 1994 and 1998 WC Finals.

ST: Erwin Kostedde (Germany)
Kostedde was the son of an American serviceman stationed in Germany.  He was the first Balck player ever capped by Germany.  He spent his professional in France, Belgium and Germany. He was the top scorer in the Belgian League in 1970–71 and in Ligue 1 in 1979–80.  He only earned 3 caps for Germany.
Erwin Kostedde
Honorable Mention
Kenneth Kronholm, Royal-Dominique Fennell, Michael Mason, Gedion Zelalem, Orest Banach, Andrew Wooten, Jerome Kiesewetter, Terence Boyd, Danny Williams.

Squad Explanation
-- My focus was going to be about players who are children of American servicemen in Germany(or dual citizenship), but I could not find enough players for a 23 member team.  I also did not want an all-time team of German Americans.  It is estimated that 1/3 of Americans has German ancestry.  There would have been too many players eligible.  Instead, I included German immigrants or first generation American players to the United States. Each American-born player must have at least a German parent who is a German citizen and each German player must have at least an American parent.  The players do not necessary have to be an American citizen, but the player must be eligible to play for either country.  I do not think Felix Magath was ever an American citizen.   
-- Both Juergen Sommer and Marcus Hahnemann were both sons of German immigrants in the United States,  They were born and grow up in the USA.  However, at least, one of their parents is a German citizen at one point in their life.  Kasey Keller and Brad Friedel are of German ancestry, but I do not think their parents are ever German citizens. 
-- Orest Banach was born in Germany and capped 4 times for the USA from 1969 to 1972, but I have better keepers ahead him.
-- Not everyone is a son of a US serviceman. 
-- Thomas Dooley earned his last cap in 1999, and Jurgen Klinsmann was appointed the manager of the USA team and called up the first group of German-born American players in 2011.  There were a gap of approximately 12 years.  So there must be other players with similar background playing in the Bundesliga.  I might have missed a few eligible players.
-- Gedion Zelalem has the talent to be on this team, but at the time of writing, he has less than a season of playing professional soccer. It is still premature to include him. Julian Green at least played and scored in a WC Finals match.
-- -- Roy Wegerle was born in South Africa.  However, his father was German. Although he was not actually a member of the focus group on this blog, he is still an American international player with a German parent.  I included him because he fitted into many the criteria. His brother Steve, however, was capped by South Africa.  I do not have enough information on Geoff Wegerle's citizenship.
-- Wolfgang Sühnholz and Karl-Heinz Granitza played long enough in the US.  They should have qualified with a Green Card.  Anyway, I still excluded them because I do not know their legal status while they are playing.  They were in the same situation with Geoff Wegerle.
-- Werner Roth has a German name, but he was born in Yugoslavia.  He was eligible because he came to the United States via Germany. 
-- Jurgen Klinsmann should have a Green Card(married to an American and lived in the US long enough).  Since American citizenship isn't an issue, he would have been "qualified".  I excluded him anyway.  During his playing career, I do not think he was ever eligible for the US.  Felix Magath, etc were born with the right to be an American citizen.  
-- Both Horst Rick and Herman Rapp were early pioneers of the game.  I selected them because I wanted the team to spread out into different eras.  I did not know much about Herman Rapp.  I included him because he was probably the first German-born player ever capped by the US. 

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