Created on 31-07-2014 at 09:29 AM
Perhaps the FC Bayern medical staff need to take new measurements, because Julian Green appears to have grown over the summer. You can hear it in the way he says ‘good morning’ in a powerful voice. It is presumably because of the World Cup in Brazil. The 19-year-old was changed profoundly by his goal for the USA against Belgium in the Round of 16, a moment that will stay with Green forever. His popularity has shot through the roof, particularly on the other side of the pond. That means the German-American is one of the Bayern stars on the Audi Summer Tour USA with the highest local appeal.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to come to the US and take part in Bayern’s summer tour,” said Green on Wednesday evening (local time) at the press conference at the Red Bull Arena held shortly after the team landed in New York. The striker spent the first two years of his life in the USA before his mother moved with him to Germany, to Miesbach in Bavaria to be more precise. His father still lives in the United States. “I talk to him every day,” reported Green in his column on fcbayernmunich.com.
The 19-year-old is currently struggling with a slight knee injury. Coach Pep Guardiola is still hoping to give Green “ten to fifteen minutes” against Chivas. “Julian is a fighter,” declared Guardiola, “he moves well and he always looks like scoring. A great talent.” The Spaniard has a lot of confidence in Green, as is clear from his decision to give the youngster his Champions League debut last term.
However, Green knows all too well he still has a lot of work to do. “I want to show people as soon as possible that I can score goals for FC Bayern in big games - and not just in friendlies.” said Green. The World Cup in Brazil was “fantastic,” he added, “I’ll never forget it.” But now it’s time to take the next step. The trip to his country of birth could provide the perfect springboard.