Nathaniel Brown could be the next German-American to make a name for himself in the Bundesliga. - © IMAGO/Sportfoto Zink / Peter Kotzur
Nathaniel Brown could be the next German-American to make a name for himself in the Bundesliga. - © IMAGO/Sportfoto Zink / Peter Kotzur
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Nathaniel Brown: Who is Eintracht Frankfurt's German-American defender on loan at Nuremberg?


Nathaniel Brown has earned a moved to Eintracht Frankfurt on the back of an impressive first full campaign in Bundesliga 2 with Nuremberg. profiles the up-and-coming Germany youth international with American roots...

Stats correct as of 25 January 2024

Nathaniel Brown

Age: 20 (born 16 June 2003)
Nuremberg (on loan from Eintracht Frankfurt)
Left-back, right-back, central midfielder
Germany (four U21 caps)/ USA (uncapped)

Key stats

Brown signed for 2021/22 UEFA Europa League winners Frankfurt in January 2024, before being loaned back to Nuremberg for the remainder of the season. The 5'10" left-footer started 12 of Der Club's Bundesliga 2 assignments prior to the winter break, as well as a further three during their run to the DFB Cup last 16.

Brown has produced three assists so far in 2023/24, adding to his two goal involvements across 11 games the previous campaign. The now Germany U21 international - who has been on the Nuremberg books since the age of 13 - currently ranks as his club's fastest player, having been clocked doing 22.05 mph (35.5 km/h) earlier this term.

Plays a bit like: João Cancelo

Versatility is one of Brown's strong suits. His preferred role is at left-back, but he can also operate on the opposite flank as an inverted full-back, and has even played in central midfield. Given his ability to marry defensive and attacking qualities in a variety of positions, former Bayern Munich man João Cancelo is a fair, albeit naturally right-footed, reference point.

Did you know?

Brown's father is American, opening the door to the Frankfurt-owned defender representing the Stars and Stripes at senior international level. It's a path taken by contemporary Deutschamerikaner (German-Americans) Timothy Chandler - who also moved to Frankfurt via a breakout spell at Nuremberg - and Hoffenheim's John Brooks, as well as ex-Bundesliga players such as Fabian Johnson and Jermaine Jones.

The athletic Brown (r.) is among the top 15 fastest players in Bundesliga 2 in 2023/24. - IMAGO/Sportfoto Zink / Daniel Marr

What they're saying

"Nathaniel is a very talented and dynamic player who, despite his young age, gives off a very mature impression on and off the pitch. He fits our desired profile perfectly, and we're delighted he's joining us next season." - Frankfurt sporting director Timmo Hardung

"Nathaniel's versatility is a real asset. He's also very measured in the tackle, he doesn't overcommit." - Nuremberg head coach Cristián Fiel