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Pre-Season Preview: Borussia Monchengladbach

Monchengladbach manager Michael Frontzeck will know that he has another tough season ahead of him with Die Fohlen. Despite this, keeping Monchengladbach afloat in the Bundesliga this season is and will remain Frontzeck’s main objective, with everything else being just a bonus.

Key Players

American midfielder Michael Bradley exploded onto the world football stage at this summer’s World Cup. His work-rate and box-to-box mentality made him a key man for USA in South Africa. Bradley, at only 23 years old, is the future of both the US men’s national team and Borussia Monchengladbach. Bradley’s willingness to track back and win the ball for his side, and then immediately be on the attack once his side are in possession, make him a dynamic midfield player. Gladbach will look to him for both stability and steel in the spine of their side.

Young goalkeeper Logan Bailly will be a mainstay for Gladbach this season. After transferring to Die Fohlen last season from Gent in Belgium, he has established himself as the side’s number one goalkeeper, and has even be called up to the Belgian national team. At only 24 years old, Bailly could be with Gladbach for the long haul.

Newcomers

Striker Igor De Camargo has joined Gladbach from Standard Liege in Belgium. De Camargo, who is Brazilian-born, has represented the Belgian national team in recent years. While he isn’t the quickest of players, his aerial skill and his ability to hold up the ball and link up with team-mates, will make him pivotal to Gladbach this season.

Gladbach have also signed Cameroonian striker Mahamadou Idrissou. Idrissou, who is a natural poacher that uses his speed to great advantage, will be a great partner up front with newly-signed De Camargo. Should the two quickly gel, De Camargo and Idrissou will be a fantastic striking combination for Gladbach up front. With Arango and Bradley supporting them from central midfield positions, Gladbach could have quite a formidable attacking unit this season.

Expectations

A mid-table finish would suit Gladbach fans and the Gladbach board. While a push for a Europa League spot is far-fetched and unlikely, anything is possible in the uber-competitive Bundesliga.

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  1. Luke

    August 8, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Bradley has his moments, but there’s a young core of 4-5 players of whom he is just a part. The player with real breakout possibilities is Marco Reus. If anyone wondered why they sold Marin, maybe it was because Reus is a similar and potentially better player. I’m hoping to see him lift his profile a bit against Denmark.

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