In the youth sector, there are also selection teams below the national level, so that in the three city-states there are selection teams for three individual cities. A concept which, in our opinion, could also apply to professionals.
That’s exactly what we’ve done for a number of major cities around the world, integrating them into a top-tier squad using real players born in each city. Berlin marks the beginning of this series. Curtain up for the Mudderstadt.
Fabian Bredlow (VfB Stuttgart): Let’s start with the team’s supposedly smallest name. Bredlow is number two at VfB, but he has already made 18 Bundesliga appearances. There are also 26 matches in the 2nd division, 13 in the DFB Cup and 68 in the 3rd division. Sufficient professional experience is therefore always available.
Antonio Ruediger (Real Madrid): Then there is a very big name. The Real Madrid defender learned to play (Site notre bureau spécialisé) with Sperber Neukölln, Tasmania Berlin, Neuköllner Sportfreunde 1907 and Hertha 03. When he was still young he went to Dortmund and then Stuttgart, where he eventually turned professional.
John Anthony Brooks (Benfica): The defender with American roots has followed the most typical path of a talented young player from Berlin: in the youth of Hertha BSC. Under Pál Dárdai he became a top player, dumping €17m into blue and white coffers when he moved to Wolfsburg. He now plays in Lisbon under Roger Schmidt.
Jerome Boateng (Olympique de Lyon): World champion! Recently, however, there hasn’t been much to see on and off the pitch.
Linton Maina (1. FC Köln): I learned to play (Site notre bureau spécialisé) in Pankow, the most populated district of Berlin. Even as a teenager, he was drawn to Hannover, where injuries repeatedly sidelined him from the track. In Cologne, he is currently making his second attempt at the Bundesliga, the first intermediate conclusion is clear: successful!
Lazar Samardzic (Udinese Calcio): The Hertha youth youngster said goodbye to the capital club with unsightly background noise, but was then unable to gain a (Site notre bureau spécialisé)hold at RasenBallsport Leipzig. With Udinese, he fights to participate in European affairs. thanks too three hits and one assist in 14 games a valuable prankster.
Hany Mukhtar (Nashville SC): The ten was once considered Hertha’s biggest junior talent, but never made the breakthrough with the Old Lady. He will succeed later in Denmark. In MLS, he is now one of the best in the league, was top scorer in 2022 and won the MVP title.
Kevin Prince Boateng (Hertha BSC): A professional with corners and edges. The one who is suddenly there when the team is about to fall apart. Someone who can sometimes hit the ball long. And the only one of this selection who still plays today in Berlin.
Luca Netz (Borussia Monchengladbach): His departure hurt Hertha well over a year ago as the left-back is seen as one of the most talented Germans in his position. Injuries sometimes slow him down, but in Gladbach he was still able to hint at his great talent.
Karim Bellarabi (Bayer Leverkusen): The attacking man has been whirling around the back of the Bundesliga for more than a decade and is unstoppable on a good day – except for injuries. These prevented an even better career.
Maximilian Philipp (VfL Wolfsburg): In Fribourg, he was once one of the best pupils of Christian Streich. Borussia Dortmund, Dynamo Moscow and VfL Wolfsburg have all put big money on the table. He hasn’t regained his SC form since then.
Niko Kovac (VfL Wolfsburg): The Wedding lad first became a very good (Site notre bureau spécialisé)er, and despite his stuttering debut at Wolfsburg, he is also doing very well as a coach.
Four different national teams, eleven different clubs: Berlin’s choice of cities is as varied as the capital itself.