Mercedes-Benz JuniorCup January 6 & 7, 2017

The International Stage

Sustainability is what counts. With 26 editions of the Mercedes-Benz Junior Cup at the Glaspalast, viewers did not only see shooting stars, but also players who had impressive careers.

Twenty participants played more than 50 international matches for their country. Peter Jehle, an outstanding talent, who played in 2000 with the U19 from Liechtenstein in Sindelfingen, also participated in 121 international matches. After 14 years of playing for Grasshopper Club Zürich, Boavisto Porto, FC Tours, and FC Vaduz, he finished his career in 2013.

This trend is especially true with German Players. Almost all of them can improve their numbers. With 83 international matches, Mesut Özil is likely to be the second Junior Cup participant to surpass 100 caps before the 2018 World Cup. Manuel Neuer, the captain of the DFB selection, who played 2003 in the Glaspalast, has played 74 international matches.

JuniorCup participants with the most international matches:

Peter Jehle, (2000), Liechtenstein 121
Johann Vogel (1995), Switzerland 94
Hakan Yakin (1995), Switzerland 87
Mesut Özil (2006), Germany 83
Itumuleng Khune (2006), South Africa 76
Raphael Wicky (1995), Switzerland 75
Manuel Neuer (2003), Germany 74
Stephane Henchoz (1993), Switzerland 72
Sami Khedira (2005), Germany 69
Mario Gomez (2004), Germany 69
Ronny Büchel (2000), Liechtenstein 68
Yaw Precko (1991), Ghana 68
Bacary Sagna (2002), France 64
Steven Pienaar (2000), South Africa 61
Tanas Hajnal (1998), Hungary 59
Martin Stranzl (1998), Austria 56
Eren Derdiyok (2008), Switzerland 54
Kevin Kuranyi (2000), Germany 52
Zdravko Kuzmanovic (2005), Serbia 51
Nuri Sahin (2004), Turkey 50
Martin Skuhravy (1993), Czech Republic 49
Krisztian Lisztes (1994), Hungary 49
Harald Cerny (1991), Austria 47
Thomas Repka (1992), Czech Republic 45
Sabri Sarioglu (2001), Turkey 44
Tayfun Korkut (1992), Turkey 42
Amanatidis (1999), Greece 42

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