FC Bayern Munchen wunderkind Julian Green could face half a dozen or more of his teammates this summer, after the Tampa-born teenager’s belated decision to declare for his native USA ahead of the World Cup in Brazil.
The 18-year-old winger has burned up the Regionalliga Bayern for FCB’s second-team, with 15 goals bagged in 21 appearances and has also impressed on the flanks in his five games with Germany’s Under-19 side.
After much apparent soul-searching, Green filed to make a one-time switch from Die Mannschaft’s youth system to link up with Joachim Low’s former boss Jurgen Klinsmann’s American revolution, just in time for this summer’s Samba jamboree.
All three could be in on the Group G act in South America, as Low’s 5/1 joint-second favourites for the tournament will face Klinsmann’s 150/1 World Cup outsiders in Recife on 26th June, by which time Green could be a firm fixture in the latter’s squad.
Team USA are nobody’s fancies to get out of a group that also contains Portugal and Ghana at 57/20 and after coming through E.A.S.Y. (remember, England?) mini-leagues in 1994, 2002 and 2010, Klinsmann’s men will surely revert to the ‘first plane home’ philosophy they espoused in 1990, 1998 and 2006.
Germany, on the other hand, look poised to qualify from Group G alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and co – which can be backed at a combined price of 9/20 – although the extreme heat both teams will experience could well scupper their respective chances in the latter stages.
This group will be played out in three of the four most northerly cities in Brazil, whereas Argentina – who attract the same 5/1 price as Low’s men – have been tasked with a relatively easy Group F in much cooler climes in the southerly part of the country.
They may not make it all the way to the final in Rio de Janeiro, but Germany will show FCB youngster Green – who made his debut as a late substitute in the Champions League win over CSKA Moscow earlier this season – what he’s going to miss by beating Team USA, an eventuality currently priced up at 9/20.