One to watch: Markus Mendler

Posted on August 7, 2011

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FC Nurnberg have high expectations for the Bundesliga season ahead after just missing out on a European place at the end of the campaign.

An impressive end to the season from Mainz pipped Dieter Hecking’s side to the last remaining Europa League spot but there were many positives for the Bavarians given they finished ahead of the likes of Hamburg, Werder Bremen and Stuttgart.

One of the shining lights from Nurnberg has been the emergence of 18-year-old attacking midfielder Markus Mendler and the youngster is set to play an integral part in the upcoming season.

Mendler made just five Bundesliga appearances at the end of last season and is also a regular in the German U-19 national team. He played in both of Germany’s summer qualifiers against Macedonia and Hungary where they scored eight goals in the process. In his time with the U-18s, he scored five goals in seven matches for Germany.

The midfielder played the full 90 minutes in the opening day victory over Hertha Berlin and forged a positive connection with new signing Tomas Pekhart who scored the winning goal in the 1-0 triumph. The start in Berlin was his first of the new season after playing just 14 minutes in the 5-1 DFB Pokal win over Arminia Bielefeld last weekend.

An article in German newspaper BILD claimed that Markus Mendler could be the next Nuri Sahin after making his debut for Nurnberg at just 17 against St Pauli last season. Coach Dieter Hecking said after Mendler’s debut: “With his pace and dribbling Markus brings us special abilities. He is challenging my selection and will again in the future with us. ”

Mendler is just one of many attacking midfielder bursting on to the scene and he has a bright future with FC Nurnberg this season.

 

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