Poland midfielder JAKUB BLASZCZKOWSKI (16) is greeted by his professional club teammate with Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga, defender LUKASZ PISZCZEK (26), after scoring the tying goal in the 73rd minute to earn a 2-2 draw with the United States at Soldier Field in Chicago. (Reuters photo)
As is to be expected, many professional players in the German Bundesliga, including some in the second division, parted company with their employers temporarily to link up with their respective national teams engaging in international football matches all across the globe.
While most participating players took part in qualification matches for the 2012 European Championships to be hosted jointly by Poland and Ukraine and never left the continent, some Bundesliga footballers took leave for such far off locations as Tokyo, Lima and Chicago to play in friendlies.
Whatever the case, one thing remained constant — Bundesliga players, eleven in all, were on target for their respective national teams in international matches played on Friday and Saturday:
3 goals — Adam SZALAI – (FSV Mainz 05) — HUNGARY
2 goals — Miroslav KLOSE – (Bayern Munich) — GERMANY
2 goals — Marko ARNAUTOVIC – (Werder Bremen) — AUSTRIA
1 goal —- Sebastian PROEDL – (Werder Bremen) — AUSTRIA
1 goal —- Vedad IBISEVIC – (TSG Hoffenheim) — BOSNIA / HERZEGOVINA
1 goal —- Roman HUBNIK – (Hertha Berlin) — CZECH REPUBLIC
1 goal —- Klaus-Jan HUNTELAAR – (Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen) — HOLLAND
1 goal —- Jakub BLASZCZYKOWSKI – (Borussia Dortmund) — POLAND
1 goal —- Adam MATUSZCZYK – (1.FC Koeln) — POLAND
1 goal —- Milivoje NOVAKOVIC – (1.FC Koeln) — SLOVENIA
1 goal —- Zlatko DEDIC – (Vfl Bochum) — SLOVENIA
Austria defender SEBASTIEN PROEDL (15) of German Bundesliga club SV Werder Bremen after scoring in only the third minute against Azerbaijan on Friday in the Group A qualifier for the 2012 European Championships at the Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna. (www.krone.at photo)