German Bundesliga – 12BET’s Top 5 European Football Leagues Player

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Updated: August 13, 2012
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Transfers: 2012-13

Season Duration: August 23, 2012 – May 18, 2013

Transactions within the pre-season transfer window of the 50th Bundesliga are set to give more interest to the German top football league. Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayern Munich secured some of the most noteworthy new players for the upcoming season. Fans of the league can expect wide-ranging football predictions with new signings from Eredivisie and Swiss Super League.

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1. Marco Reus

Marco Reus

From: Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany – Bundesliga)

To: Borussia Dortmund

Transfer Fee: est. €17.5 million

Striker and winger Marco Reus rejected calls to sign with Bayern Munich by choosing the offer of his youth club Borussia Dortmund. Reus had a remarkable stay in Borussia Mönchengladbach, which resulted to 21 goals spanning 37 appearances. He was part of the German national team in EURO 2012 and played for two games. Those credentials justify his transfer and role to replace Japanese international Shinji Kagawa, who moved from Die Borussen to Manchester United.

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2. Granit Xhaka

Granit Xhaka

From: FC Basel (Switzerland – Swiss Super League)

To: Borussia Mönchengladbach

Transfer Fee: est. €8.5 million

Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka’s transfer from Basel to Mönchengladbach met with much hype.  Former coach Thorsten Fink considers the 19-year old as the best player in Switzerland. With the extraordinary ability to pass the ball between long distances while maintaining great defence, Xhaka will be a beneficial addition to his new club. At the same time, his young age, impressive passes and aggressive approach in defence can ensure Die Fohlen of a lasting character in the midfield.

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3. Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri

From: FC Basel (Switzerland – Swiss Super League)

To: Bayern Munich

Transfer Fee: est. €11.6 million

Basel lost another important midfielder in the form of Xherdan Shaqiri, this time to Bayern Munich. Ironically, Shaqiri figured in the 2011-12 Champions League clash between Basel and Bayern, which ended in a disappointing 1-7 aggregate loss. A self-proclaimed “street footballer”, he proved full commitment to his new club by excluding himself from Switzerland’s 2012 Olympic football roster. His 14-goal contribution in 38 appearances for RotBlau is a notable feature for his four-year stay with Die Bayern.

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4. Mario Mandzukic

Mario Mandzukic

From: VfL Wolfsburg (Germany – Bundesliga)

To: Bayern Munich

Transfer Fee: est. €13 million

Striker and midfielder Mario Mandzukic is another important new figure in Bayern Munich. Transferring from Wolfsburg, Mandzukic gave off an imposing presence for the Croatian national team during EURO 2012. His record of 20 goals in 56 games with Wolfsburg makes his signing more promising. He will form part of the club’s new triad of dangerous strikers alongside Claudio Pizarro and star Mario Gomez.

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5. Luuk de Jong

Luuk de Jong

From: FC Twente (Netherlands – Eredivisie)

To: Borussia Mönchengladbach

Transfer Fee: est. €15 million

Mönchengladbach saw the departure of star striker Marco Reus to Dortmund. To answer that problem, the club successfully bought FC Twente striker Luuk de Jong for a five-year contract. De Jong holds a fantastic 25 goals record in his 32 games with Twente last season. The Dutch talent considers the Bundesliga as one of the finest leagues in Europe, noting that his decision to join Die Fohlen is part of his objective to take a higher step in his career.

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