Cologne – With the 2015/16 Bundesliga season just around the corner, we figured it prime time to take a closer look at some of the German top flight's most talked about summer signings.
Versatile and clean in the tackle
Next up in the series is Costa Rica international and new SV Darmstadt 98 defensive recruit, Junior Diaz.
One of eight players to have joined Darmstadt this summer with previous Bundesliga experience, Diaz can play at either left-back or in central defence and has even moonlighted as a midfielder. His father, Enrique, was also a professional footballer and he too represented Junior's hometown club Herediano as well as the Costa Rican national team. While he remained on home soil for the duration, Junior fled the nest, aged 25.
Junior amassed three league titles in four seasons at his first European station, Polish outfit Wisla Krakow, but found first-team opportunities much harder to come by when he moved to FC Club Brugge in 2010. He spent the 2011/12 campaign on loan back at Wisla, before joining a progressive 1. FSV Mainz 05 side, at the time coached by now Borussia Dortmund tactician Thomas Tuchel.