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2010 on the horizon

Borowski stakes claim for regular berth

The contest for first-choice places in the Bayern team is as fierce as ever. Apart from long-term injury victim Willy Sagnol and flu-beset Lukas Podolski, nineteen outfield players are in Dubai, battling for just ten starting berths. Their number includes summer signing Tim Borowski, who this week told respected sports journal kicker: “I reckon I’m well on course.”

After twelve years with Werder Bremen, Borowski describes his switch to Germany’s most successful club last summer as “the right step,” even though he has been unable to hold down a regular place in Jürgen Klinsmann’s starting line-up. “Unfortunately, I picked up an injury early in pre-season, but I gritted my teeth and my fitness is very good now,” the midfielder remarked, hoping to continue his progress in the second half of the campaign: “I’m knocking on the door.”

Good appearance total

Borowski has earned a reputation in Munich as a classic super sub, with five Bundesliga goals and one in the Champions League after coming on as a replacement. However, he will not be satisfied with that role for long. “Obviously, I’m aiming higher than that. Sooner or later, I want first-choice status. That has to be my target, or I might as well pack my bags.” Borowski has appeared in 23 of Bayern’s 25 matches this term, but started on only seven occasions. He only failed to feature in any capacity in the league meeting with Energie Cottbus and the Cup trip to Rot-Weiß Erfurt.

After a peripheral role at Euro 2008, the player hopes good performances at club level could be a stepping stone back to the Germany set-up. “I’ll throw myself into it body and soul, and earn myself another call-up.” Borowski is by no means content to settle for the 33 caps he has garnered so far: “I’m approaching the best age for a footballer,” the 28-year-old declared.

Contact with Löw

Tim’s goal is to appear at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. “Joachim Löw has tried out a number of players, but I’ve not been part of it since the Euro. But there’s plenty of time until the World Cup, so don’t write me off just yet,” Borowski insisted. “Boro” has not been called up by Germany boss Joachim Löw since his two brief appearances at the Euro in Switzerland and Austria.

“I have to accept the situation as it is,” the midfielder acknowledged. However, after hearing nothing for several months, Tim was delighted to receive a pre-Christmas text message from Löw. “It meant contact has been resumed, and I was obviously pleased about that,” Borowski revealed.