The Return of the Real Nr 9 ⋆ An Old International

The Return of the Real Nr 9

In a very good match of football, Germany cam back from one goal down to level the score by Niclas Füllkrug who is an out and out centre forward – a real number nine that has been missing since the retirement of Miroslav Klose.

By coincidence this has happened against the team Germany has tried to emulate: Spain. The world champions of 2010 have not played with a centre forward but unlike Germany have the ability to score goals from many positions, which Germany have not done. Too often Germany played AND died in beauty in recent months, offering no poise, no threat, just beauty.

The centre forward has been on fire in the Bundesliga, scoring 9 goals in 11 matches for Werder Bremen and has thus rightly been called up to the national team. Before the tournament, his international career has seen him playing two matches, scoring once; this tally has now been amended to played three, scored twice. Not bad for this gap toothed killer as some have described him.

image info: the cartoon image in the tweet has been drawn by Oli Hilbring, a German cartoonist from Bochum. You may wanna check his website for more original cartoons. The twitter image dates from 2012 and has been taken by Benjamin Radzun – you will find it on his flickr feed. His work has been licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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