Holger Badstuber: Germany’s best (left-footed) defender

Posted: December 29, 2011 in Bayern, Bundesliga, Germany, Player profiles

Louis Van Gaal described him as “the best left-footed defender in Germany,” but is Holger Badstuber now one of the best, period?

Badstuber: “best left-footed defender in Germany.”

Badstuber progressed through the youth ranks of SSV Ulm, before his potential was realised and he made the move to Bayern aged 17.

He was a regular in the Bayern reserve side from 2007 until 2009 – starring for the team alongside Thomas Muller.

And it was along with Muller he signed a professional contract at Die Roten and, again with Muller, established himself firmly in the first team – with Van Gaal stating that if they were fit, they would play.

Often used as a left back, his form dipped in his second season and he found himself constantly in and out of the side.

Under Jupp Heynckes, however, he has found himself back in favour and back in the centre of defence – a defence that has conceded just 10 goals in 17 league games, and had kept 11 consecutive clean sheets in all competitions (a run Badstuber himself ended with an own-goal).

On the international stage, Badstuber has found himself going from strength-to-strength. Selected for the 2010 World Cup squad, he started the tournament as first choice left back, but soon lost his place to the man he now plays alongside, Jerome Boeteng.

However, since then he has established himself firmly in the national team, in his preferred centre back position as well, and is almost guaranteed to start when fit.

He currently has 18 caps for Germany, and over 100 appearances for Bayern to his name. At just 22, and under contract until 2014, both of those tallies should be added to significantly.

“He sometimes makes the obvious mistake, but is mostly rock solid. He’s a modern centre back – his passing is superb, I’d even say one of the best amongst all centre back’s. Wait a few years and, with more experience, he might be a top centre back.” – Bayern blog Red Robbery. @redrobbery

Watch the video below to see Holger Badstuber showing you how to defend:

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