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Champions League: Werder Bremen, good finisher, “German Giroud”...5 things to know about Niclas Füllkrug, the executioner of PSG

Trained at Werder Bremen from 2006, Niclas Füllkrug made his professional debut with the Bremen team in 2012.

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Champions League: Werder Bremen, good finisher, “German Giroud”...5 things to know about Niclas Füllkrug, the executioner of PSG

Trained at Werder Bremen from 2006, Niclas Füllkrug made his professional debut with the Bremen team in 2012. But the German center forward is struggling to confirm the hopes placed in him (one goal in eleven Bundesliga matches in 2011-2022 and as many in twelve appearances the following season). In the 2013 off-season, he was loaned to the second division, to Greuther Fürth...Before being transferred to FC Nuremberg the following summer. And after a very interesting exercise with the Bavarian club in the 2.Bundesliga (fourteen goals), he joined Hanover 96, still in the antechamber of the German elite. The native of...Hanover participated in the rise to the Bundesliga in 2016-2017 then, the following season, showed all his scoring talents by scoring fourteen goals in thirty matches. To the point of attracting the attention of his training club which did not hesitate, in the summer of 2019, to invest €6.5 million to secure (again) his services.

With the Green and White, he really exploded, notably with a remarkable 2022-2023 season (sixteen goals and five assists in twenty-eight appearances in the Bundesliga); which allows him to discover the German selection. Last summer, Borussia Dortmund, looking for an additional center forward, took out the checkbook (€16.5 million) to recruit him. A purchase that the Ruhr club should not regret given the performances of the 31-year-old striker!

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It is in 2022-2023 that Niclas Füllkrug really “explodes” at the highest level. After an interesting 2021-2022 financial year in the second division (nineteen goals and six assists in thirty-three 2.Bundesliga matches), the center forward is having a very good season, being one of the great architects of maintaining of Werder Bremen. He shook the net sixteen times and delivered five assists in just twenty-eight games. Very good statistics which allow him to finish top scorer in the Bundesliga, tied with the Frenchman Christopher Nkunku.

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The player trained at Werder Bremen is not the most flamboyant center forward. He is not the one we see the most on the pitch nor the one who is capable of making a difference alone, with the ball at his feet, like other attackers. The fact remains that it is very useful in a collective. Imposing (1m89, 83 kg), left-handed, he has a profile similar to that of Olivier Giroud. He weighs on the defense with his physique, knows how to play in a pivot, opens spaces for his teammates and demonstrates spontaneity and precision in the opposing penalty area. So many qualities that make him a valuable center forward. Paris Saint-Germain realized this this Wednesday evening...

After having experienced the youth selections in 2010 and 2012, Niclas Füllkrug made his debut with the Mannschaft against Oman, on November 16, 2022, during preparation for the World Cup in Qatar. And for his first, the German particularly stood out since he scored the winning goal (0-1) at the end of the match. He then followed up with a great World Cup (two goals, an assist) despite the elimination of Germany in the group stage. Generally speaking, the selection is (very) successful for him since he has eleven goals and two assists in only fifteen appearances. He is quite simply one of Germany's most decisive players in recent months. European nations will therefore have to be wary of him at Euro 2024 which will be played in Germany.

Niclas Füllkrug is not the only footballer in his family. Indeed, her sister Anna-Lena Füllkrug defends the colors of Hannover 96, in the third women's division, and seems well on her way to the next level (just like her brother, she plays in attack). And his grandfather, Gerd Füllkrug, played for SV Arminia Hannover, in the German second division, in the 1970s...also as a striker. Scoring goals apparently runs in the family.

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