German football is on the rise. Here are a few players to keep an eye on.
German football is a hot subject right now.
Everyone is claiming to be a Bundesliga fan for years when in reality they probably only started watching it after Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich thumped Real Madrid and Barcelona, respectively.
For those of you who are still a bit dim on German football, here are a few stars you should probably get to know. Being aware of a few of these names will make you sound like a true fußball aficionado.
Because Dortmund and Munich are quite popular teams right now, their players have been left off.
Julian Draxler is a dynamic footballer who has a bright future.
Perhaps you've heard about Julian Draxler already.
The young German currently plays for Schalke 04 and is a key member of the squad.
He may not be a really great footballer just yet, but he is on the rise. It will not be long before you hear Draxler's name alongside Mario Gotze or Mesut Ozil's.
He is a creative player with great passing and superb finishing.
Germany has many current superstar footballers. Expect Draxler to join that list in the near future.
He is finding it difficult to break into the national team because of the amount of talent that Joachim Low has at his disposal, but he is consistently called up. He will be a backup on the international scene for a few years to come, but he is definitely one to keep an eye on.
Stefan Kießling is one of the top scorers in the Bundesliga.
Stefan Kießling has been one of the top scorers in the Bundesliga this past season. The only player who has scored more goals than Kießling is Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski.
Kießling plays for Bayer Leverkusen and is the team's main goalscoring threat.
You probably haven't heard of him much. He hasn't been on the German national team in a few years, but with strong performances this past season, he very well could be.
Kießling is particularly strong in the air and is a deadly scorer.
He is a star forward. His best days are not behind him. You may not see him on the international stage for a while, but if you do become a fan of the Bundesliga, Kießling will be on your radar.
Patrick Herrmann is a future regular of the German national team.
Patrick Herrmann is an attacking midfielder who currently plays for Borussia Monchengladbach.
While Marco Reus was a Monchengladbach player, Herrmann was his backup. However, since Reus left for Borussia Dortmund, Herrmann has become a key player for Lucien Favre's team.
The young German is destructive on the wing and is very good one-on-one. He has all the talent to be the next German superstar for Joachim Low.
However, Herrmann faces stiff competition to even get into the national team. Low again has many other options.
For now, Herrmann has to be content playing for the German Under-21 team, which will be heading to Israel this summer for the UEFA U-21 championship.
Lars Bender is a defensive midfielder and an integral part of the national team.
Lars Bender's twin brother Sven plays for Borussia Dortmund. Both Benders are defensive midfielders; however, Lars is slightly better.
Defensive midfielders never get the credit that they deserve, so it's nice to shine a little light on one for once.
Lars represented Germany at UEFA Euro 2012 and even scored for Low's squad. However, he is more known for his defensive prowess and assists.
More people may know Sven because he plays for the more prominent team, but Lars is the real star of that family.
Sebastian Jung is an integral part of the Germany U-21 setup.
Many teams seem to be considering Sebastian Jung. According to Football Italia, both AS Roma and Inter Milan were interested in the young right-back. However, it now seems unlikely that he will join either Italian team.
Jung isn't someone who many casual football fans know about, but if he is on the radar for some high-profile teams, then it is best that he is paid attention to.
For now, Jung represents the U-21 national team, but he seems destined for another call-up to the senior squad. He has yet to make his debut, but this should come in the near future.
He seems destined to be Philipp Lahm's replacement.