Bundesliga in Brazil
The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil kicks-off on June 15 and the hosts of the upcoming 2014 World Cup are hoping to present themselves
13 different Bundesliga players are due to play their part in the Confederations Cup for their respective countries.
Luiz Gustavo (r., against Theo Walcott) is the second player from Germany’s record titleholders to be named in the squad by Scolari. The defensive specialist made his debut for the national team in August 2011 during a 3-2 loss against Germany in Stuttgart.
Bayern’s midfield maestro
Japan are the team at the Confederations Cup comfortably boasting the most Bundesliga representatives.
Takashi Inui (l.) of UEFA Europa League qualifiers Eintracht Frankfurt has made ten appearances for his country since 2009, but is yet to register on the score sheet. Maybe the former Bochum midfielder’s debut goal will come during his time spent in Brazil...
With seven goals to his name during the current 2014 World Cup qualifiers, Stuttgart’s
Gotoku Sakai, who like Okazaki plays for VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga, has been a part of Japan’s national team set-up since September 2012. However, the 22-year-old has only made two appearances in the World Cup qualifiers, playing second fiddle to…
With ten assists to his name
Hajime Hosogai , set to join Hertha BSC Berlin when the transfer window opens on July 1, has previously flown the flag for Japan during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. In 2010 the holding midfielder made his debut for the full national side.
Hiroki Sakai (r.), who is of no relation to his namesake Gotoku, featured for the Japanese national team during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where they finished in fourth place. He’ll obviously hoping to go at least one better in Brazil.
Anthony Ujah was called-up to the Nigerian national team ahead of the 2013 African Cup of Nations, but rebuffed their offer in order to focus on trying to fire 1. FC Köln into the Bundesliga. However, he did make his international debut a few months later on June 1 against Mexico. (© Imago)
The Confederations Cup final is due to take place on June 30 at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.