1. FSV Mainz 05 | An unexpected call for shooting star Burkardt


Hansi Flick has already called, the debut in the national team is getting closer – but shooting star Jonathan Burkardt should first lead the U21s to the European Championship.

Jonathan Burkardt had actually only hoped for a craftsman. “I had two missed calls from an unknown number. Since I had water damage at home, I thought that was the sanitary service,” revealed the shooting star of FSV Mainz 05. But then national coach Hansi Flick called back – with a big answer Praise.

In the phone call before the nomination, the coach of the DFB team told him, “I’m on the screen. That is a great form of appreciation for me,” emphasized Burkardt, who will initially lead the U21s to the European Championship as captain . But after his brilliant performances recently, his debut for the national team is suddenly very close.

“Of course, Jonathan Burkardt was also an issue because he is developing well in Mainz. But he is captain of the U21 and very important for the team on the way to the European Championship,” Flick told the “SID”. Antonio di Salvo’s team depends on their leader in the qualification against Poland on Friday (6:15 p.m. / ProSieben MAXX) and on Tuesday against San Marino.

“No reason to take off now”

The 21-year-old, whom they only affectionately call “Jonny” in Mainz, has finally made a rapid development. Fast, dynamic and meanwhile also dangerous for goals – with eight goals in 13 competitive games, Burkardt played a key role in the 05er soaring. Comparisons with the young Andre Schürrle are already making the rounds.

Such a rise was hardly foreseeable. Burkardt had to fight his way back after a serious injury in the U17s a few years ago, scoring only three measly goals in the first three professional seasons. “This resistance made him better,” said FSV coach Bo Svensson, “and will make him even better”. This season the knot finally burst.

“I’ve played well before. Now things are going in, which is nice,” said Burkardt, who doesn’t want to be distracted by the headlines.

There is “no reason to take off now”. Unlike most professionals in business, for example, he is not on social media. In any case, it does not harm its development.

Due to the strong performance, the team-mates in the U21 are now “looking after me more, trusting me even more and giving me more balls,” said Burkardt, who has probably saved Flick’s number by now: “How it looks next year must be you can see. Until then, so much can happen. It was nice to get a call. “


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