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VfL Wolfsburg added another standout talent to their already packed-to-bursting squad, with the signing of Xizhe Zhang from Beijing Guoan FC. The 23-year-old attacking midfielder will be the 11th Chinese player to try his luck in Germany's top two professional divisions and sporting director Klaus Allofs expects him to be competing for a first-team place before too long - as well as raising the Wolves' profile considerably in the world's most populous country.
Born and raised in Hamburg, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting penned his first professional contract with Hamburger SV before going on to make a name for himself at 1. FSV Mainz 05, by way of a season on loan at 1. FC Nürnberg. As of this season, the 25-year-old Cameroon international is pulling on the royal blue of FC Schalke 04, where he has wasted no time at all forming a prolific frontline partnership with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Schalke round out their league business for the year at home to Hamburg on Saturday - and a meeting with his hometown club is always a bit special for Choupo-Moting.
On current form, Timo Horn looks fair set to join a long line of distinguished goalkeepers whose rise to prominence came in the service of 1. FC Köln. The 21-year-old Cologne native's most famous predecessor was Harald 'Toni' Schumacher, who racked up well over 400 league appearances for the Billy Goats and was the last line of defence in their 1977/78 league and DFB Cup double-winning campaign. In keeping with his character, the 76-time West Germany international and 1980 European champion hooked up with his young latter-day counterpart for a somewhat unorthodox training session.