Julian Draxler

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Julian Draxler
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Personal information
Full name Julian Draxler[1]
Date of birth (1993-09-20) 20 September 1993 (age 24)[1]
Place of birth Gladbeck, Germany
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Paris Saint-Germain
Number 23
Youth career
1998–2000 BV Rentfort
2000–2001 SSV Buer 07/28
2001–2011 Schalke 04
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2015 Schalke 04 119 (18)
2015–2017 VfL Wolfsburg 34 (5)
2017– Paris Saint-Germain 20 (4)
National team
2010–2011 Germany U18 8 (1)
2011 Germany U19 2 (1)
2011 Germany U21 1 (1)
2012– Germany 37 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 September 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:54, 4 September 2017 (UTC)

Julian Draxler (German pronunciation: [ˈjuːli̯aːn ˈdʁakslɐ]; born 20 September 1993) is a German professional footballer who plays as a left winger for French club Paris Saint-Germain and the Germany national team. He is known for his ability to use both feet,[3] his speed,[4] and the power of his shot.[1][5]

Draxler made his Bundesliga debut for Schalke 04 aged 17 in January 2011, and in May of that year scored the first goal as the side won the DFB-Pokal Final. In total, he played 171 competitive matches for Schalke, scoring 30 goals, before transferring to VfL Wolfsburg in 2015. In January 2017, he joined PSG.

A full international with over 35 caps since 2012, he was part of the Germany squad who won the 2014 FIFA World Cup, reached the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 2016 and was the captain of the side that won the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, a tournament in which Draxler was awarded the Golden Ball trophy as the best player of the competition.

Club career

Schalke 04

Draxler with Schalke in 2011

Draxler made his Bundesliga debut on 15 January 2011 in a 0–1 loss to Hamburger SV. At that time, he was the fourth-youngest Bundesliga player ever[6] and the youngest in Schalke's history.[7] One week later, in Schalke's 1–0 win against Hannover 96, he became the second-youngest field player – after Nuri Şahin – to start a Bundesliga match.

On 25 January 2011, Julian Draxler came on as a substitute for Peer Kluge in the quarter-finals of the 2010–11 DFB-Pokal against 1. FC Nürnberg in the second half of extra time. He scored his first goal for Schalke 04 in the dying seconds of the same match to ensure a 3–2 for his club.[8] He scored his first Bundesliga goal on 1 April 2011 against FC St. Pauli.[9] Draxler opened the scoring in Schalke's 2011 DFB-Pokal Final victory over MSV Duisburg, volleying in from outside the area, scoring the first of what proved to be five unanswered goals for Schalke.[10] He finished the 2010–11 season with 1 goal in 15 league appearances, two goals in three DFB-Pokal appearances and six UEFA Champions League appearances.[11]

In the 2011–12 season, Draxler played an important part in securing third place and 2011–12 UEFA Champions League qualification for Schalke,[12] appearing in 30 of 34 Bundesliga matches,[13] mainly on the left side of midfield to accommodate Lewis Holtby in a central role. He also had a goal in two DFB-Pokal matches,[13] two goals in the UEFA Europa League,[13] and an appearance in the DFL-Supercup.[14]

The following season, Draxler continued to prove himself to be an important first team player, scoring in matches against Greuther Fürth,[15] Werder Bremen,[16] Borussia Mönchengladbach[17] and in a high-scoring 5–4 victory against Hannover 96.[18] Draxler continued to play an important role after Holtby's departure and the signing of Michel Bastos, allowing Draxler to impress in his favoured attacking midfield position, including two goals in a 4–1 victory at VfL Wolfsburg.[19] While scoring in a 2–1 win to complete a league double over rivals Borussia Dortmund, Draxler became Schalke's youngest ever player to appear in 100 competitive games.[20] On 3 May, he scored the match's only goal as Schalke defeated Borussia Mönchengladbach 1–0 at Borussia-Park.[21] Draxler finished the 2012–13 season as Schalke's joint top goalscorer in the Bundesliga – along with striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar – after finishing the season with ten goals.[22] He also scored two goals in three DFB-Pokal matches and one goal in six UEFA Champions League matches.[22]

Draxler training for Schalke 04 in 2015

In May 2013, amid rumours of interest from English Premier League clubs as well as from Borussia Dortmund, Draxler extended his contract for a further two years, until 30 June 2018.[23] On 2 October 2013, Draxler scored the only goal in an away game against Basel in the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League, and his goal resulted in a 1–0 victory for Schalke. This win took Schalke 04 to the top of their group. In the final match of the Champions League group stage, Draxler opened the scoring for Schalke in a 2–0 victory against Basel, taking them through to the knockout phase of the tournament.[24] He finished the 2013–14 season with 2 goals in 26 appearances in the Bundesliga, two appearances in the DFB-Pokal and four goals in ten appearances in the Champions League.[25]

He would go on to score 2 goals in 19 appearances in all competitions in the following season.[26]

On 27 July 2015, Schalke rejected a bid of €15 million from Juventus, after reports that the Italian side and Draxler had already agreed personal terms. Schalke general manager Horst Heldt felt the offer was far too low and informed Juventus that there would be no further talks.[27] On 31 August 2015, Draxler signed for VfL Wolfsburg.[28] His final match was a 3–0 loss to Wolfsburg three days prior to the transfer.[29] He finished his 2015–16 account for Schalke with one goal in three Bundesliga matches and a DFB-Pokal match.[30]

VfL Wolfsburg

On 31 August 2015, Draxler signed for VfL Wolfsburg on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[28] He scored his first goal for Wolfsburg on 15 September 2015, the only goal of a 1–0 win over CSKA Moscow on his Champions League debut for the club. On 31 October, he registered his first Bundesliga goal with the Wolves, scoring the winner after appearing as a substitute against Bayer Leverkusen.

In the knockout phase of the 2015–16 Champions League, against Gent, Draxler scored twice in a 3–2 away win in the first leg. On 8 March in the second leg at the Volkswagen Arena, he assisted André Schürrle for the only goal of the match as Wolfsburg reached the quarter-finals for the first time in club history.[31] However, media sources reported that Draxler had failed to fulfill expectations with the Wolves and often appeared like a "foreign body" in the team.[32] He ended the 2015–16 season with 8 goals and 7 assists from 28 appearances.[33]

Ahead of the 2016–17 season, Draxler announced that he wished to leave VfL Wolfsburg and that the club would allow him to transfer if it received an attractive offer.[32] Despite reported interest from Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain, Draxler could not secure a transfer away from Wolfsburg during the summer transfer window.[34] On his return to the Wolfsburg team, Draxler was loudly booed by the club's supporters and described the following four months as "the worst first half of a season of my career".[32]

Paris Saint-Germain

On 24 December 2016, it was announced on VfL Wolfsburg's website that Draxler would be joining Paris Saint-Germain on a four-year contract, pending a medical examination.[35] The transfer was officially completed on 3 January 2017.[36]

On 7 January, Draxler made his competitive debut for PSG in a Coupe de France fixture against Bastia at the Parc des Princes. He scored the final goal of a 7–0 victory in the 89th minute, after being assisted by Hatem Ben Arfa.[37] Draxler debuted in Ligue 1 seven days later and scored the match's only goal as the champions won 1–0 away at Rennes.[38] On 1 February, he scored twice against the same opposition in the Coupe de France to take him to four goals in five appearances in French football.[39]

On 14 February, Draxler scored on his first Champions League appearance for PSG, a 4–0 home win over Barcelona in the round of 16.[40] On 26 February, he scored after appearing as a substitute in PSG's 5–1 win against rivals Marseille in Le Classique at the Stade Vélodrome.[41]

On 1 April, Draxler scored the opening goal in PSG's 4–1 win over Monaco in the 2017 Coupe de la Ligue final.[42]

International career

Draxler with Germany in September 2012

On 9 August 2011, Draxler scored on his debut for the Germany under-21 side in the 4–1 win over Cyprus in a 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier.[43]

On 7 May 2012, he was one of two uncapped players called up into the provisional squad for the UEFA Euro 2012 senior side for Germany.[44] On 26 May 2012, he made his debut for the senior side in Germany's 5–3 loss to Switzerland, coming on as a substitute to replace Lukas Podolski in the 62nd minute. His first international goal was scored on 2 June 2013 in a friendly against the United States. The goal was scored in the 81st minute to bring the score to 3–4, finishing a rebound off goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Draxler captained Germany in a goalless friendly against Poland in Hamburg on 13 May 2014, a match in which seven of his teammates were debutants.[45]

In June 2014, Draxler was named in Germany's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[46] He made his first World Cup appearance as a 76th-minute substitute for Sami Khedira in the semi-final 7–1 victory over Brazil. On 13 July, he was an unused substitute as Germany defeated Argentina at the Maracanã Stadium to win its fourth World Cup.

Draxler made only two appearances for the world champions during the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.[47] However, he started on the left side of Germany's attack in four of their six matches at Euro 2016 finals, also appearing as a substitute in the quarter-final against Italy and converting his kick in the 6–5 penalty shootout win.[47] He was named Man of the Match for his performance against Slovakia, assisting Mario Gómez's second goal before scoring the third himself in a 3–0 win.[48]

Draxler was named captain of an inexperienced Germany squad for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup,[49] scoring a penalty kick in the team's opening match as they defeated Australia 3–2.[50] Following Germany's title win, Draxler was awarded the Golden Ball as best player of the tournament.[51]

Playing style

Draxler is two-footed[3] and known for his speed and intensity in one-on-one situations.[4] He is mainly deployed as a left winger but he can also be deployed as a right winger and as an attacking midfielder.[52] In his Schalke 04 youth career, Draxler was deployed mainly as an attacking midfielder where he always felt most at home.[52][53] In addition, Draxler is known for possessing a powerful and impressive shot.[5]

In January 2014, Draxler was named by The Observer as one of the ten most promising young players in Europe.[54]

FIFA's official website describes Draxler as "tall, fast, with a keen eye for goal, and an exceptional talent in one-on-one situations from his regular position as a left-sided attacking midfielder".[55]

Personal life

Draxler attended the Heisenberg-Gymnasium in Gladbeck before changing to Gesamtschule Berger Feld in 2011.[56] In his childhood, he would regularly go with his father to watch Schalke 04's home matches and since then has been a fan of the club.[57]

Draxler is now engaged to his childhood sweetheart, Lena Stiffel.[58]

Career statistics

Club

As of 12 September 2017
Club Season League Cup1 League Cup2 Continental3 Other4 Total Ref.
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Schalke 04 2010–11 Bundesliga 15 1 3 2 6 0 24 3 [11]
2011–12 30 2 2 1 13 2 1 0 46 5 [13][14]
2012–13 30 10 3 2 6 1 39 13 [22]
2013–14 26 2 2 0 10 4 38 6 [25]
2014–15 15 2 1 0 3 0 19 2 [26]
2015–16 3 1 1 0 0 0 4 1 [30]
Total 119 18 12 5 38 7 1 0 170 30
VfL Wolfsburg 2015–16 Bundesliga 21 5 1 0 9 3 0 0 31 8 [30]
2016–17 13 0 1 0 14 0 [30]
Total 34 5 2 0 9 3 0 0 45 8
Paris Saint-Germain 2016–17 Ligue 1 17 4 5 4 1 1 2 1 25 10 [30]
2017–18 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 [30]
Total 20 4 5 4 1 1 3 1 0 0 29 10
Career total 173 27 19 9 1 1 50 11 1 0 244 48

International

As of 4 September 2017[59]
National team Year App. Goals
Germany
2012 3 0
2013 7 1
2014 5 0
2015 1 0
2016 11 2
2017 10 3
Total 37 6

International goals

Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 2 June 2013 RFK Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C., United States  United States 3–4 3–4 Friendly
2. 26 June 2016 Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France  Slovakia 3–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2016
3. 11 October 2016 HDI Arena, Hanover, Germany  Northern Ireland 1–0 2–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 10 June 2017 Stadion Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany  San Marino 1–0 7–0
5. 19 June 2017 Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia  Australia
2–1
3–2
2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
6. 4 September 2017 Mercedes-Benz Arena, Stuttgart, Germany  Norway
2–0
6–0
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours

Club

Schalke 04[60]
Paris Saint-Germain

International

Germany[60]

Individual

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External links

  • Official website
  • Julian Draxler at fussballdaten.de (in German)
  • Julian DraxlerFIFA competition record
  • Julian DraxlerUEFA competition record
  • Julian Draxler at ESPN FC
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