Bundesliga Bundesliga 2


Still only 20 years old, Marc-Andre ter Stegen is already a veteran with 56 Bundesliga games and two internationals under his belt. Like Borussia Mönchengladbach, the goalkeeper has got back to his best lately after a difficult start to 2012/13, very much reflecting his side's trend His pace and positioning make right-back Daniel Carvajal a valuable member of Bayer 04 Leverkusen's defence. And there's more to be expected<br> from the Spain Under-21 international, his five assists and one goal in 15 league matches are proof of his attacking potential Kyriakos Papadopoulos missed the final three Bundesliga fixtures of 2012 following a knee operation, yet Schalke 04 have high hopes of the 20-year-old Greek international, who has proven to be a stabilising factor to the Royal Blues' back four since arriving in 2010 Consistent performances have earned Mainz 05's Jan Kirchhoff (r.) a summer move to record Bundesliga champions FC Bayern Munich. The 22-year-old 6'5" giant, who plays in either central defence or as a holding midfielder, is also likely to be motivated by the prospect of appearing at the UEFA Under-21 European Championships He may still only be 20 years old, yet David Alaba has already been voted Austria's Player of the Year by sports writers twice - and it is easy to see why. Bayern's first-choice full-back forms a formidable partnership with Franck Ribery on the left, Alaba particularly showing his technical qualities on his frequent forays forward 1. FC Nuremberg's playmaker Hiroshi Kiyotake (r.) has returned to form after a dip followed a great start at his new club, the Japanese providing assists to four goals and striking one himself in the opening five games. Nuremberg's joint-top scorer is a menace from dead-ball situations Despite returning from a one-year loan deal with Nuremberg at the beginning of the season after scoring nine goals in 29 appearances, Daniel Didavi (r.) will seem like a new signing to VfB Stuttgart. Hopes at the Baden-Württemberg capital are that the Germany Under-21 attacking midfielder will rediscover his penchant for stunning goals His direct approach, pace and keen eye for goal have seen SC Freiburg's Jonathan Schmid (l.) score four and set up another three in the Bundesliga. The 22-year-old French midfielder's pace and trickery are likely to delight Freiburg's fans in the remainder of the campaign Werder Bremen's summer signing Kevin de Bruyne has only missed four minutes of league action this season. The 21-year-old Belgian, who has<br> covered an impressive 202 kilometres thus far, has the ability decide a game on his own, and he has four goals and five assists to his name Xherdan Shaqiri is likely to find it difficult to keep Arjen Robben (r.) out on the right wing, yet the stocky Swiss international, who has already <br>scored in all three competitions, will certainly do his best to increase his playing time in the season's title run-in Heung-Min Son (c.) will still only be 20 at the end of the current campaign, yet there is no doubt about the South Korean's importance to his club<br> Hamburger SV, as his scoring exploits (six goals in 16 games) have helped them find their way into the season
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