During the 2006 World Cup, a 26-year-old sent a wonderful header towards Miroslav Klose as the ball went sailing in from Klose's shot into the net. This man was a Werder Bremen Youth Academy product and he was a part of Jurgen Klinsmann's Germany that claimed third place at the WC.
Now, the blond headed man can't be seen anywhere near the German sub bench. He warms the bench at Bayern Munich and has scored five goals for the club this season which is extremely high for a sub. Joachim Low loves using two defensive midfielders whenever Ballack is not present and it's just not working out for Germany. The match against England was an example of that.
Now the thing is, Germany have attacking midfielders in the form of Marin and Ozil. These guys are hardly used due to their age. But what about Borowski? Is he not good enough?
Tim Borowski is an all-round midfielder who can score wonderful goals. His height allows him to win headers. Bayern Munich don't have a place for this man in the starting lineup. Borowski couldn't live his entire life in Bremen, could he? So he went to the only club who wanted him. It's amazing that such a wonderful midfielder is left out of everything.
Some believe that he is overshadowed by Ballack. I do not disagree. During the World Cup, he did fill Ballack's position in Ballack's absence in their first match. Klinsmann knew about this man's talents and he was brought into Bayern. The fact still remains that Tim Borowski is one of the most underrated players in football.
I just fail to understand why Low doesn't call him up in Ballack's absence. I also don't understand why Andreas Ottl gets the nod ahead of Borowski in Van Bommel's absence. Borowski is 28 years old and still has at least four years of football left in him unless he wants to retire at a young age like Sebastian Deisler.
Tim Borowski really deserves a German call up. He also deserves a club which can give him regular playing time. In Bayern, it's extremely difficult to break into the regular starting up. If Bastian Schweinsteiger leaves Bayern this season, Borowski could break into the starting lineup.
But what if Schweini decides to stay? Will Borowski be satisified with a sub-role or return to Bremen like Frings did? He does deserve a better club than Bremen.
When it comes to my opinion, I would like to see "Boro" in the starting lineup of Bayern and Germany. Germany can't go into South Africa come 2010 with Piotr Trochowki and Simon Rolfes.
Trochowski is far too self-centered and is not really a team player. Ballack is also way past his best years. His recent performances for Chelsea clearly show that. Hopefully, in 2010, Borowski will travel to South Africa as a first team regular.
At the moment Boro has a point to prove to Low. If he breaks into the Bayern lineup, he might earn a recall and probably even be part of the starting XI come 2010.