Player of the day: Marko Marin

German Football
By German Football May 29, 2008 04:41

Player of the day: Marko Marin

As the countdown to Euro 2008 heats up, we’re starting a column here on GFT (German Football Team) that features a national team player each day. Today, we’re starting with Marko Marin, a player that was only yesterday taken off the final Euro squad.

Although he will not be taking part in the Euro 2008 tournament, this is definitely not going to be the last time that we’ll see the talented 19 year old winger. Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Marin began his footballing career as a youth player, first with SG 01 Hoechst and then with Eintracht Frankfurt. In 2006, he moved to the youth academy of Borussia Mönchengladbach. After a year in the academy, he signed a 3-year contract with the team, making his professional debut in the Bundesliga late in the 2006/2007 season. He came on as a substitute in a game against Eintracht Frankfurt and crowned his cameo with an assist, which helped Gladbach to a last minute 1-1 draw. He was also called up to the under-21 national squad and made 4 appearances for them.

In a surprising move, coach Joachim Löw included him in the provisional 26-man squad for Euro 2008. Löw had said he only needed to watch Marin play for 10 minutes to make up his mind. Marin earned his first cap for the national team on May 27, 2008 against Belarus, which ended in a 2-2 draw. Although he was eventually cut from the final 23-man squad, Löw said: “(He has a) good chance to be back in the national team after the Euro and play a good role in it.”

Marin is known for his outstanding ball handling skills and creativity on the ball. Although he has been playing in the 2nd Bundesliga for the past season, it has not stopped him from putting on a display of his skills on a weekly basis. In the last 13 2nd Bundesliga matches, Marin scored four goals and provided 8 assists.

Here are a few videos of his skills on display, proving his strong potential as a future national team player. We are sure this is only the first of many more times that Marko Marin will be featured on GFT!

German Football
By German Football May 29, 2008 04:41
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  1. Anonymous May 29, 21:48

    great blog for german football fans

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