Monday, June 6, 2011

INFTH Top 100: Numbers 88 and 87

88. Andre Schurrle- A highly creative attacking player, Schurrle made a huge mark on 2010/11 Bundesliga season. Playing for one of Germany's less well known clubs in Mainz, Schurrle managed to inspire his side to a Europa League garnering fifth place finish.

With almost a goal in two scoring ratio, Schurrle was one of the Bundesliga's finest young players and will next year play for second placed side Bayer Leverkusen. I for one am looking forward to seeing Schurrle play alongside attacking brilliance like Derdiyok, Vidal and Kiesling, hopefully that forward quartet will make an impact in the Champions League.

Internationally, Schurrle has enjoyed a successful year, making his debut against Sweden in a friendly match. That appearance marked a bit of history for the German national team as Schurrle and Goetze became the first two players born in the reunified Germany to take the field for the national team.

87. Robert Lewandowski- The first Dortmund man on the list, Robert Lewandowski will not be the last. Lewandowski found a place in the hearts of fans by scoring his first goal in the derby against Schalke, seven more strikes were to come as Lewandowski helped Dortmund towards the Bundesliga title.

With four international goals to his name this season, Lewandowski's success has not just been at the club level, the striker has also been crucial to Poland's plans over the last twelve months.

Alongside fellow attackers Barrios, Sahin, Kagawa, Kuba and Goetze, Lewandowski has gone from strength to strength, and hopefully he will remain with Dortmund for their Champions League campaign next season. Dortmund were one of the best stories of the 2010/11 season, and Lewandowski can proudly say that he was a massive part of their ascent.

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