Posts Tagged ‘Borussia Mönchengladbach’
“The Foals had begun their campaign with a shock 1-0 win at Bayern’s Allianz Arena in August, but the context then was very different. Gladbach started the season as relegation candidates, having narrowly escaped the drop last term, and the win was only their second away success over Bayern in the league in the club’s history. Five months later, they are just a point off top spot and chasing a place in the Champions League.”
This week’s Pitchside Europe blog for Eurosport examines how Lucien Favre has transformed Borussia Mönchengladbach from relegation fodder to Bundesliga title contenders in the space of just 11 months. You can read it here.
As the son of national boss Bob Bradley, USA midfielder Michael Bradley has had to work harder than most to prove himself worthy of a role in his country’s World Cup plans.
Bradley, Sr. gave his son an early leg up by selecting him from the 2004 MLS SuperDraft during his tenure as coach of the New York/New Jersey MetroStars but since then, everything that Michael has achieved has been his own work.
He received his European footballing education at Dutch side Heerenveen, joining them from the MetroStars in a January 2006 move that made him the youngest MLS player ever to be transferred. A first-team starter from the moment of his arrival, Bradley enjoyed his breakthrough season in 2007-08, when he scored 16 league goals to finish joint-sixth in the Eredivisie scoring charts. In August 2008 he signed a four-year contract with one-time German powerhouses Borussia Mönchengladbach and has since become an indispensable component of their line-up, making 57 Bundesliga appearances over the last two seasons and scoring seven goals.