The Bundesliga’s New Arrivals: Midfield Maestros

The transfer window is always an exciting time for both clubs and fans, as new – and sometimes old – names are introduced to the Bundesliga. So, who are the latest recruits to join the German top-flight, and what do we already know about them? Let’s look at four of the latest arrivals in the Bundesliga.

Ryan Gravenberch – FC Bayern München

Ryan Gravenberch is a Dutch midfielder who plays for FC Bayern München. Having worked his way through the renowned Ajax Youth Academy, Gravenberch helped the Dutch champions to win three league titles and has already earned 10 caps for his country, including two appearances at the UEFA European Championship last summer. Only 20 years old, Gravenberch has now joined Nagelsmann’s side, aiming to help the reigning champs win a record-breaking 11th consecutive league title.

Stats and facts

Age: 20
Nationality: The Netherlands
Previous Clubs: AFC Ajax (Netherlands)

Good to know:
Gravenberch became the youngest ever Ajax player to play in the Eredivisie at 16 years and 130 days, surpassing the record set by Clarence Seedorf in 1992 (16 years and 242 days)

Mané, Musiala & Co take part in Bayern Munich’s crossing challenge

Check out Bayern Munich’s crossing challenge in training.

Mario Götze – Eintracht Frankfurt

One of Eintracht Frankfurt’s latest signings, Mario Götze is no stranger to international football fans. At just 22, Götze wowed fans around the world at the FIFA 2014 World Cup, scoring the winner in the final against Messi’s Argentina. Having started his club career at Borussia Dortmund, Götze quickly established himself as a generational talent and one of the world’s best midfielders over the past 10 years. He won the German league title and German cup with both Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München and, after a spell in The Netherlands with PSV, Götze has returned to the Bundesliga with UEFA Champions League-bound Eintracht.

Stats and facts

Age: 30
Nationality: Germany
Previous Clubs: Borussia Dortmund (Germany), FC Bayern München (Germany), PSV

Good to know:
Mario Götze had the highest rate of successful passes (87.8 per cent) among the offensive players in the Dutch Eredivisie in the 2021-2022 season.

Oscar Fraulo – Borussia Mönchengladbach

Oscar Fraulo is a Danish footballer who plays for Borussia Mönchengladbach. Aged only
18, Oscar has earned himself a move to the Bundesliga having played for Danish clubs
OSK and then FC Midtjylland. During the last Youth League season, Fraulo posted a topscoring record with five goals and four assists in just six appearances. At Borussia, Danish professionals have a long tradition, and Fraulo follows in the footsteps of Allan Simonsen, Ulrik le Fevre, Henning Jensen, Peter Nielsen and Andreas Christensen.

Stats and facts

Age: 18
Nationality: Denmark
Previous Clubs: OKS (Denmark), FC Midtjylland (Denmark)

Good to know:
Fraulo has 11 caps for Denmark at youth level, and is the 19th Dane to represent Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Angelo Fulgini – 1. FSV Mainz 05

Angelo Fulgini is a French footballer who plays for 1. FSV Main 05. He joined the team
from Ligue 1 side Angers SCO. At 25, Fulgini played 149 games in France’s top-flight
before making the move to the Bundesliga. After he represented France at every age
group up to u21 level, Mainz will be hoping especially to utilise his high-quality set pieces
in their game. Although he wears the number 10 at Mainz, Fulgini can also play as a box-to-box midfielder.

Stats and facts

Age: 25
Nationality: France
Previous Clubs: Valenciennes FC (France), Angers SCO (France)

Good to know:
Former Mainz captain Moussa Niakhaté is one of Fulgini’s best friends since both played
together at Valenciennes FC’s youth academy. Niakhaté’s recommendation to join Mainz
played an essential role in his decision to join the team, despite other offers he received
over summer.