Looking around the Bundesliga and abroad, there are dozens of stars who have emerged from German academies in recent years.
Bayern's Thomas Muller preceded Mario Gotze at Dortmund, with Julian Draxler at Schalke turning up not long after.
All around the Bundesliga, there are young players raring to make an impression. Many at 20, 19, 18 and even 17 years of age have convinced in preseason training and made strong appeals for playing time.
Click "Begin Slideshow" for a list of 20 under-20 Bundesliga players worth watching this season.