The German Winger

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He usually plays as a winger for Wolfsburg but naturally positioned as a second striker. One of his “key assets” is his “long-distance sprinting on the counter-attack.” Today the birthday boy is Andre Schurrle. He is now 27.

Early Life :
Schürrle was born in Ludwigshafen, Rhineland-Palatinate to Luise and Joachim Schürrle.

Career :
André used to perform for the youth teams of Ludwigshafener SC and Mainz 05. In 2009 he became the Under 19 Fußball-Bundesliga champion and was asked to join the first team.
The footballer made his main team début on 8 August 2009 in a 2-2 draw with Bayer and netted his first two goals in September the same year in the match against VfL Bochum, which helped his team to run out victorious when there was almost no hope. The same week the footballer signed a professional contract with the club. He managed to score five goals and make three assists that season.
In the autumn 2010 the footballer ended his Mainz 05 spell with Bayer move on a five-year deal. The contract came into effect in the 2011/2012 season.
After two fruitful seasons for the German side the promising midfielder was lured to Chelsea in the summer 2013.
On 2 February 2015, Schürrle returned to the Bundesliga, joining Wolfsburg for a fee of £22 million. Five days later he made his debut for the club, playing the entirety of a 3–0 home win over Hoffenheim and setting up goals for Bas Dost and Kevin De Bruyne. His first goal for the club came on 4 April, in a 3–1 win over VfB Stuttgart.
On 22 July 2016, Schürrle joined Borussia Dortmund for an undisclosed fee. On 14 August 2016, Schürrle made his debut coming off the bench in 2–0 defeat against Bayern Munich in the DFL-Supercup.
André’s first game for the Germany national youth team came in November 2009 in the 1-1 draw with Northern Ireland, where he substituted Sydney Sam in the 86th minute. In the following game, Schürrle came on the pitch and went on to San Marino’s net. In 2010 he was invited to the senior Germany squad for the first time.
On 15 October 2013, Schürrle scored a hat-trick in a 5–3 away win against Sweden in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification.
Schürrle was named in Germany’s squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He made his FIFA World Cup debut as a substitute in the team’s opening match, a 4–0 victory over Portugal. In the 2–1 victory over Algeria in the round of 16, Schürrle came on for Götze as a half-time substitute and scored the opening goal of the match in the second minute of extra time. On 8 July, he scored Germany’s final two goals after replacing Miroslav Klose as a 58th-minute substitute in a 7–1 semi-final victory over Brazil. Schürrle again came on as a substitute in the final against Argentina, replacing the injured Christoph Kramer in the first half. He provided the cross for Götze’s winning goal in the 113th minute, as Germany won its fourth World Cup.

Achievements :

Club :
Premier League: 2014–15
Football League Cup: 2014–15

Wolfsburg :
DFB-Pokal: 2014–15
DFL-Supercup: 2015

Borussia Dortmund :
DFB-Pokal: 2016–17

International :
FIFA World Cup: 2014

The man who is considered to be a “good finisher” and “capable of executing counter-attacks effectively” and often likes to cut inside, shoot from distance and enjoys time on the ball triggered his nation to clinch the World Cup last time with his cross. Wishing him a happy birthday and many prosperous years ahead.