After a disappointing finish to his run at VfB Stuttgart, Holger Badstuber has mentioned goodbye to the Bundesliga and is reportedly headed to Switzerland. Based on Bild, Badstuber shall be becoming a member of FC Luzern for the upcoming season on a one-year contract.
Badstuber fell out with administration throughout his remaining yr at Stuttgart. He was subsequently banished from the primary crew and despatched to the membership’s reserve aspect within the Regionalliga Südwest the place he did make 28 appearances.
Bayern followers will bear in mind the 32-year-old as one of many membership’s greatest younger prospects, and it appeared on the time that he would rise alongside David Alaba and Thomas Müller as an excellent participant for Bayern. If you happen to had been unable to see Badstuber within the early 2010s when he first started showing with the primary crew, it’s arduous to explain precisely how good he was. The likelihood existed that he would’ve grown to turn out to be a membership legend.
Nonetheless, steady leg accidents utterly derailed Badstuber’s profession. The primary occurred on December 1, 2012. The second on Could 19, 2013 compelled him to overlook your complete 2013-14 season. He lastly returned to the sphere for Bayern in a pleasant on July 18, 2014 — 594 days after the damage. Then, on September 13, 2014 Badstuber injured his thigh conserving him out for the remainder of the calendar yr. He would return from that damage within the spring earlier than rupturing his quadriceps on April 23, 2015 and would miss the remainder of the season.
Badstuber would by no means absolutely recuperate.
Luzern certified for third spherical qualifying within the new UEFA Europa Convention League and shall be trying to push up additional within the Swiss Tremendous League than final season’s fifth place end.
Badstuber received’t be the one German at Luzern, because the membership already boasts each former Stuttgart and Union Berlin man Christian Gentner and former Kaiserslautern goalkeeper Marius Müller.
He posted this video to Twitter earlier right this moment as he mentioned mentioned goodbye to the Bundesliga. The video is a stark reminder of simply how good Badstuber was (and, fairly frankly, how nice he might have turn out to be) had accidents not ravaged his legs stealing years off his profession.
Die Entscheidung ist gefallen.
Ich habe eine neue Herausforderung im Ausland angenommen. Damit endet für mich ein emotionales Kapitel.
— Holger Badstuber (@Badstuber) July 11, 2021
Personally, my love for Badstuber is aware of no bounds. There have been few issues on this sport for me as painful as watching him undergo to play the game that he loves. I’m nonetheless satisfied that had he remained wholesome throughout these seasons that Bayern would’ve received a number of Champions League trophies along with their Bundesliga and DFB Pokal crowns (and Germany would have greater than the 2014 World Cup to their title). He was one of many best gamers to ever come out of Bayern’s youth system, and it’s a rattling disgrace that we had been by no means capable of see him flourish.
Good luck at Luzern, Holger. You deserve the world.