Neuer, Kroos and other Fritz Walter Medal winners could form an excellent team
With the former winners of the Fritz Walter Medal at your disposal, you could form a formidable team.
Not all winners of the Fritz Walter Medal have evolved to professional star players, but the award is arguably still a strong indicator of players with a huge future ahead of them. Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng and Julian Draxler are just a few of the world class players who have claimed the award that is named in honor of Fritz Walter who was the captain of German team that won the World Cup in 1954.
|FC Bayern's Manuel Neuer.|
The award has since 2005 been handed out to the country’s finest talent in different age groups. For 10 years, it was given to three players in three categories – Under-17, Under-18 and Under-19 – but the Under-18 category was dropped in 2015. In each of the categories, the medals are further divided into gold, silver and bronze with their worth logically in that order.
If you had a squad of all the players who have previously been honoured with a Fritz Walter medal, you would be able to field this impressive team in a 3-4-2-1 formation:
Manuel Neuer, Bayern München (Under-19, silver – 2005)
Benedikt Höwedes, Schalke 04 (Under-19, gold – 2007)
Jerome Boateng, Bayern München (Under-19, bronze – 2007)
Antonio Rüdiger, Chelsea (Under-19, gold – 2012)
Joshua Kimmich, Bayern München (Under-18, silver – 2013 + Under-19, bronze – 2014)
Toni Kroos, Real Madrid (Under-18, gold – 2008)
Leon Goretzka, Schalke 04 (Under-17, gold – 2012)
Emre Can, Liverpool (Under-17, gold – 2011)
Julian Draxler, Paris Saint-Germain (Under-18, gold – 2011)
Mario Götze, Borussia Dortmund (Under-17, gold – 2009 + Under-18, gold – 2010)
Timo Werner, RB Leipzig (Under-17, gold – 2013 + Under-19, silver – 2015)
Marc-André ter Stegen, FC Barcelona (Under-17, bronze – 2009 + Under-19, gold – 2011)
Benjamin Henrichs, Bayer Leverkusen (Under-19, gold – 2016)
Matthias Ginter, Borussia Dortmund (Under-18, gold – 2012 + Under-19, gold – 2013)
Sebastian Rudy, Bayern München (Under-18, silver – 2008)
Julian Brandt, Bayer Leverkusen (Under-17, silver – 2013 + Under-18, gold – 2014)
Max Meyer, Schalke 04 (Under-17, silver – 2012 + Under-19, silver – 2014)
André Schürrle, Borussia Dortmund (Under-19, bronze – 2009).