Kenan Yildiz was born in Regensburg, Germany, but is of Turkish descent. He was raised in Germany and joined Bayern Munich’s academy at the tender age of 7. From there, he progressed through the youth ranks at Bayern for nearly ten years, before moving away from Germany...to Juventus in Italy. Yildiz has spent nearly his entire life in Germany and therefore was open to representing Germany on an international level. However, Germany was not.
According to Sport1’s Kerry Hau, as captured by @iMiaSanMia, Germany just completely rejected the possibility of Yildiz representing Germany. It’s not hard to believe, either. Despite being one of the biggest rising stars in Bayern’s academy, Germany “never contacted him”, via Hau. Even recently, Hau points out, Yildiz told Sport1 that he was open to speaking with the DFB. And even when that contact never came, his representatives reached to Germany in early October this year (yes, really just about a month ago) to see if they were interested in having Yildiz represent Germany.
The answer? A flat out no. Oh, how sweet Yildiz’s goal against Germany must have been for him.
Now, theoretically it is not impossible for the Juventus youngster to still represent Germany. His made his debut against Germany and nowadays, just one cap is not enough to tie a player to one country. But let’s be honest, it is hard to see Yildiz putting on the Germany shirt anymore. The way his country’s footballing group has treated him has been beyond poor.
The big issue for Germany is how this is not an isolated problem. Time and again Germany have arrogantly put in no effort to commit players to Germany. Consider the fact that Aleksandar Pavlovic, who can represent either Serbia or Germany, has not been called up to any of Germany’s youth teams in years. He needed to START A GAME for Bayern Munich to be called up to a Germany youth team for the first time in years!
Germany’s elitism when it comes to young players is not a new thing, but considering that this is the first time it has really blown up in their face, maybe this will be a catalyst for change. Or not. Germany, after all, really struggles with positive change.
Interested in a more in-depth look at what went wrong for Germany, or do you just want to revel in our misery? Well either way, our podcast has you covered. In our newest episode, we discuss Germany’s humiliating loss to Turkey, and also take a minute to discuss whether Alphonso Davies will stay at Bayern Munich. Listen to it below or on Spotify.
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