Mercedes-Benz JuniorCup January 5 & 6, 2018

The Mercedes-Benz JuniorCup and its national players

One of the secrets of success is the fact that the Glaspalast has always been a starting point for a great career. 29 JuniorCup participants have made the leap into the German national team

For the past 28 years the Mercedes-Benz JuniorCup, which takes place in Sindelfingen on the 5th and 6th of January, has been in the headlines. One of the secrets of success is the fact that the Glaspalast has always been a starting point for a great career. Meanwhile, 29 former JuniorCup participants have made the leap into the German national team. Altogether, these 29 players come up to no less than 701 international matches.

 

With 29 international players in 28 years, this is not just a trend; on average, one talent manages to make the leap into the German team each year. However, the number has significantly increased over the last years. In 2014, there was an impressive message. When Germany became world champion in Brazil, five former JuniorCup participants also became world champions: Manuel Neuer, Sami Khedira, Christoph Kramer, Benedict Höwedes, and Mesut Özil. This World Cup generation is still at the starting point, but other age groups are already pushing from behind. New players, younger, faster, and more dynamic. Therefore, the tendency rises for the upcoming World Cup. There are at least nine former JuniorCup participants with good prospects for participation in the title fights for 2018: Manuel Neuer, Sami Khedira, Benedict Höwedes, Mesut Özil, Joshua Kimmich, Leroy Sanè, Sebastian Rudy, Kevin Trapp, and Mario Gomez. Outsider chances also have Christoph Kramer, Kruse, and Ralf Fährmann.

 

Since the last JuniorCup in January 2017, two former participants have become important pillars in the German national team; Joshua Kimmich and Leroy Sane have prevailed. In the Champions League of spring 2018, Kevin Trapp (with Kaiserslautern in 2017 at the Glaspalast, now Paris St. Germain), Leroy Sanè with Manchester City, Sami Khedira and Benedict Höwedes (Juventus), Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich and Sebastian Rudy, are merging with Bayern Munich. Also interesting is, that the following national players who have played in Sindelfingen wearing VfB Stuttgart jerseys, could now form their own Bundesliga team, which could certainly keep its place among the leaders.

 

The national players, the year of their JuniorCup participation and the international matches:

Mesut Özil (2006, 88 Länderspiele )

Manuel Neuer (2003, 74)

Sami Khedira (2005, 72)

Mario Gomez (2004, 71)

Kevin Kuranyi (2000 und 2001, 52)

Benedikt Höwedes (2006 und 2007, 44)

Tim Borowski (1999, 33)

Carsten Jancker (1993, 33)

Simon Rolfes (2001, 26)

Joshua Kimmich (2013, 25)

Sebastian Rudy (2008, 24)

Andreas Hinkel (2000, 21)

David Odonkor (2002, 16)

Lars Ricken (1995, 16)

Marcel Schmelzer (2006, 16)

Max Kruse (2007, 14)

Serdar Tasci (2005, 14)

Alexander Zickler (1991, 12)

Christoph Kramer (2010, 12)

Leroy Sane (2015, 9)

Timo Hildebrand (1998, 7)

Christian Gentner (2004, 5)

Benjamin Lauth (1999, 5)

Christian Schulz (2001, 4)

Aaron Hunt (2004, 3)

Kevin Trapp (2007, 2)

Marvin Compper (2003, 1)

Marco Reich (1996, 1)

Tobias Weis (2004, 1).

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