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Julian Draxler : Top 15 Things He Wants You To Know

Updated on June 16, 2016

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Julian holds the 2014 World cup as a champion.
Julian holds the 2014 World cup as a champion. | Source

Julian Draxler

Born Julian Draxler 20th September 1993 Gladbeck, Germany. Both his parents are German. He has a brother.

Julian Draxler can play with both feet. He is tall, fast and has a keen eye for goal. Exceptionally talented on one-on-one situations. He plays as a left-sided attacking midfielder. He plays for the German national team and even captained them once.

Based on various interviews here's Julian Draxler : the top 15 things he wants you to know.


Growing Up

He Began by kicking a ball in the park with his brother. As a child he watched Schalke (FC Schalke 04) with his dad. When he got his first Schalke jersey, he wore it for days and days until, eventually, his mother forced him to take it off to be washed.

Schalke coach Felix Magath was asking why he wanted to keep going to school when he could be a professional football player. Draxler was worried it might not work out with his football career. He's glad he could finish his high school exams as it didn't interfere with this game.

2006 World Cup Logo

Julian's First World Cup
Julian's First World Cup

The 2006 World Cup Held In Germany

The first World Cup that he followed actively was the 2006 tournament. He remembers it all well. In 202 he was still too young and can only remember bits of it. In '06 in Germany his family and he were engrossed. The German team enchanted the nation. Every match was a highlight.

He also paid a lot of attention to Brazil who had many superstars in their squad. There was Ronaldinho, Kaká and Ronaldo, the Brazilian Ronaldo, it was a fantastic team.

The Beginning Of His Bundesliga Career

At Seventeen and 117 days he was the youngest player to play for FC Schalke 04 when he came on as a substitute. It was 17 minutes from the end of the game which they lost 1-0 to Hamburger SV. In his next game 10 days later he came on in extra-time and scored, getting Schalke into the quarter-finals of the DFB Cup which they went on to win in 2011. If he ever gets big-headed his mum and dad bringing right back down to earth. He came through the Academy the "Gesamtschule Berger Feld" through which Mesut Ozil, Manuel Neuer and Benedikt Höwedes had passed. His rise has been meteoric.

Speaking In 2013 Of His Youthful Looks

Considered the baby he thinks they can stop with that now. He maybe only nineteen but he has played 60 Bundesliga (The German Football League) games. He graduated from school and he's a fully-fledged member of the team now so it does get on his nerves now and then.

Tiki-Taka

He is fascinated with Spanish football. He says he's never made a secret of the fact that he dreams of playing there one day. It doesn't necessarily have to be Barcelona, although the club is currently the standard bearer in football.

Tiki-Taka is characterised by short passing and movement, working the ball all over the field, and maintaining possession. It is predominately associated with La Liga club Barcelona.

The Special One

José Mourinho: Football manager self-proclaimed "The Special One"
José Mourinho: Football manager self-proclaimed "The Special One" | Source

José Mourinho

José Mourinho is so self assured and has developed a unique aura. Even with his provocative behaviour. Drexlar's perspective is he is a top coach. He understands, wonderfully, how to take players in and he is always protective of his team. He also has an answer to every question.

His Call Up To Play For The German National Team In 2012

It was at school in a history lesson the first time Joachim Löw called him. He remembers listening to the message on his phone in between lessons. At first he thought it was a practical joke. It was a fantastic feeling. After that he doesn't remember anything that was said.

Draxler's Style Of Play

Julian Draxler is a player who likes to take a risk, especially in attack. He likes taking players on, even two players if necessary. He has a few tricks and that's what he likes most about football, taking on opponents. His strength is in going forward rather than defence.

Whilst At FC Schalke

The funniest player at Schalke is definitely Jefferson Farfán. You can always have a talk with him and he's always in a good mood. The fact his German is still not that good after 7 years makes it even funnier.

His Best Goal

According to himself, the best goal he scored was at Greuther Fürth, a long-range effort over the keeper. He had a pop and it was nice to watch. That was the most spectacular.

A Wonder Goal..Thanks To Standgraph For The Video

The 2014 World Cup Tournament

The 2014 World Cup Logo
The 2014 World Cup Logo

Brazil: 2014 World Cup

He says playing at the 2014 World Cup is what every child dreams of. When you play in the school yard with your friends, you pretend to be in the World Cup final. He's looking forward to the matches more than anything else. The challenge of facing so many top teams in such a great tournament is huge. As a country Brazil fascinates him. A country that lives and breathes football. He thinks Germany have the potential to make it all the way to the final.

The Love Of Travelling

One of his hobbies is traveling and he thinks it's really great that he has already seen so much of the world.

His Transfer To Wolfsburg

In August 2015 Draxler transferred to VfL Wolfsburg despite being linked to moves to Juventus and Arsenal.

Wolfsburg Champions League 2015/16

He thought they played very good this season in the 2016 Champions League. It's a different competition and he was confident they made it so far beating Real Madrid 2-0. He knew in Spain they would need to fight and fight and fight. Unfortunately he tore his left thigh muscle in Madrid were they were beaten 3-0 in the second leg of the quarter final.

Euro 2016

His injury threatened is inclusion in the Euro 2016 German squad and Joachim Löw wanted weekly updates. Thankfully he was declared fully fit for the competition.

So there you have it. Julian Draxler : The top 15 things he wants you to know.

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Euro 2016 : Julian Draxler

Draxler Versus Romania Euro 2016
Draxler Versus Romania Euro 2016 | Source

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