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Julian Green wouldn’t play for Germany? The German Federation isn’t so sure

Mar 19, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT


I’m sure you’ve already read this elsewhere: Julian Green wouldn’t get a sniff of the German national team. That has to be why he’s switching, right? The 18-year-old, Tampa, Fla.-born winger started the process of changing his international affiliation from Germany to the United States, but if he could have made the strong, more highly regarded German team, we would have remained with the Nationalmannschaft, right?

After Green completes his one-time shift, that question will forever remain a hypothetical, but if the actions of the German federation are any indication, Green had some sort of future with its national team. At least, that would explain why Germany head coach Joachim Löw tried to keep the Bayern Munich attacker in the fold.

From Major League Soccer’s website:

AMSTERDAM – A representative from the German soccer federation told on Wednesday that although Germany lost out on the international services of Bayern Munich II hotshot Julian Green, the Germans certainly did not go down without a fight …

As it turns out, the staff of Germany senior side boss Joachim Löw was in contact with Green up until the final decision was made.

“We also were in contact with Julian Green,” Germany national team communications director Ralf Köttker told “[Löw’s assistant coach] Hansi Flick (above, left) had a personal conversation with him …”

The counterpoint here is that Germany wouldn’t want to lose anybody. Why give up on a player when you can keep him under your umbrella, even if he doesn’t play?

Still, we didn’t hear these stories when the litany of other Germans switched to the U.S. Maybe it’s because Green’s so young, maybe it’s because we’re paying more attention, or maybe it’s because he has a better chance of having an impact at the senior level. For whatever reason, Germany didn’t want Green to switch. Jurgen Klinsmann still managed to get him in the fold.

(MORE: Trust in Jurgen Klinsmann on display in U.S. soccer’s Julian Green fever)

Green’s application to switch to the United States is expected to be resolved over the next two weeks. He could make his first appliance for the senior national team Apr. 2 against Mexico.

  1. hildezero - Mar 19, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Can’t wait to see his debut against Mexico.

  2. dfstell - Mar 20, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    I’m glad they got him. Who knows if he’ll be great, but it’s always nice to have something to look forward to. That’s half of what sports is about: seeing young talent get started.

  3. talgrath - Mar 20, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Even if he would have played for Germany, he would have been just another player in the German squad (unless he just set the world on fire and was the best player ever or something), on the USMNT he’s someone special, someone of note if he plays well. What’s more, on the USMNT he has more of a chance to start sooner than later and remain a starter for longer. All of this is aside, of course, from any particular desire to play for the USA just to represent the country.

    • bear06 - Mar 23, 2014 at 7:04 AM

      He could have been more than just another player in the German squad in a couple of years. There is a reason why Jogi Low’s assistant tried to convince him to stay with them.

    • Sgc - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      Maybe. But his career up to age 18 is not very different from Sweinsteiger or Muller or Lahm.

    • icereaper10 - Mar 24, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      He could have been more than just another player in the German squad in a couple of years if he had stayed with Germany. There is a reason why Jogi Low’s assistant tried to convince Green to stay with them and that is because the kid has a lot of talent and potential.

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