DaMarcus Beasley Seeks Rebirth In Bundesliga


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After the expiration of his contract with Scottish giant Glasgow Rangers this summer, United States international winger DAMARCUS BEASLEY, a participant in three World Cup final tournaments, hooked on in Germany with HANNOVER 96, who are certainly turning heads in the Bundesliga this season. (Pixazz/goal.com)
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28-year-old winger DAMARCUS BEASLEY was on the bench for Hannover 96 today but remained unused in the American Bundesliga Derby with Borussia Moenchengladbach today.

Once upon a time, the United States international with 93 caps and 17 goals for his country, was a highly touted prospect for Uncle Sam. This past summer, the winger, who is at the age-point of what is usually the prime period for a given player’s career, made one lone appearance for the U.S. at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. And, as a substitute at that — Beasley came on in the 79th minute of the Americans’ dramatic 1-0 win over Algeria at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria.

Now, after finding himself out of contract following his third World Cup for the United States, Beasley is looking to get both his professional and international career back on track with high-flying Hannover 96 in the German Bundesliga.

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United States international winger DAMARCUS BEASLEY prepares to replace Peru international striker JEFFERSON FARFAN (17) for PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Eredivisie; Farfan, with Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen, now collects his paycheck in the German Bundesliga as does Beasley. (PSV/Pics United)
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Beasley enjoyed a standout first season in European professional football after signing with Dutch club PSV Eindhoven from Major League Soccer outfit Chicago Fire for a transfer fee of $ 2.5 million dollars in July of 2004.

The native of Fort Worth, Indiana, produced six goals while playing in 29 of 34 Eredivisie games as PSV Eindhoven won their 18th Dutch league title. The American winger also had the last minute, tying goal in the 2005 KNVB Cup Final against Feyenoord Rotterdam eventually won on penalties. Significantly, as well, Beasley led PSV with four goals in 12 contests as Eindhoven reached the semi-finals of the prestigous UEFA Champions League before falling to Italian Serie A power AC Milan.

Although PSV Eindhoven again won the Eredivise the next year, Beasley scored just four goals in 27 league games, however, and none in Europe; off-field distractions were a contributing factor to the decline as the United States international winger was involved in a drunk driving incident in January of 2006 which resulted in the loss of his Dutch license and a probationary period.

A disappointing season, then, for the American, who started 18 Eredivise contests — actually two more as compared to his rookie year in Dutch football — and was later ineffective on the whole for the United States at the 2006 FIFA World Cup that summer.

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United States international winger DAMARCUS BEASLEY of PSV Eindhoven looks to play the ball around the outstretched foot of FC Utrecht veteran defender ETIENNE SHEW-ATJON at the Phillips Stadion in the Netherlands. (PSV/Pics United)
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For the third season of a four-year contract, Beasley was sent out on loan by the Dutch club to English Premier League side Manchester City for the 2006-07 campaign.

A battle with injuries hampered the ability to achieve first team football upon initial arrival in England and Beasley’s inaugural goal did not arrive until a late December Premier League contest against West Ham United — although it was a match-winner.

Later, in April of 2007, the American added another game-winner by scoring Manchester City’s second goal in a 3-1 victory over Fulham Athletic at Craven Cottage in London.

Fulham Athletic featured no fewer than three United States World Cup players on that occasion. Defender CARLOS BOCANEGRA, who scored the only goal for Fulham and now turns out for AS St. Etienne in the French Ligue 1, and veteran striker BRIAN MCBRIDE, who led the Lilywhites with both nine Premier League goals as well as a dozen strikes in all competitions for 2006-07, were both in the starting XI for the Cottagers. And, forward CLINT DEMPSEY, who was second on Fulham with seven Premier League goals last season, came on as a second half subsitute.

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United States international winger DAMARCUS BEASLEY points into the crowd to signal his first career Football Association Cup goal in England as Manchester City defeated FC Southampton 3-1 in January of 2007. (bbc.co.uk)
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Beasley started eleven and appeared in 18 Premier League games with three goals for Manchester City while out on loan from PSV Eindhoven. Overall, the winger counted four goals on 22 appearances in all competitions during his time with the Blues. At the conclusion of the 2006-07 schedule, the loan spell expired and the 25-year-old returned to the Netherlands.

But not for long.

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United States international winger DAMARCUS BEASLEY of Manchester City signals what will prove to be his game-winning goal against Fulham Athletic in April of 2007 at Craven Cottage in London, England. (Sean Dempsey/AP)
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In July of 2007, PSV Eindhoven sold Beasley to Scottish giant Glasgow Rangers for 700,00 English pounds. The proud Rangers organization had previously had success with another American midfielder, the three-time World Cup final tournament participant CLAUDIO REYNA. Ironically enough, Beasley and Reyna had shared the same changing room at Manchester City that year.

Beasley’s time with Rangers began well enough as the American scored in a UEFA Champions League qualifying match against FK Zeta Golubovci of Montenegro in early August of 2007; thus, Beasley became the first United States player to ever score a goal for two different clubs in the prestigous European competition.

The U.S. international winger would have a first career Scottish Premier League goal by the end of August, as well.

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United States international winger DAMARCUS BEASLEY (20) of Glasgow Rangers shoots the ball past France World Cup goalkeeper HUGO LLORIS of Olympique Lyon for the final goal in the Scottish club’s sensational 3-0 UEFA Champions League away victory at the Stade Gerland in October of 2007. (bbc.co.uk)
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In early October, Beasley’s influence with Rangers reached its zenith for a UEFA Champions League group stage match with Olympique Lyon away in France. The American was heavily involved in all three goals as the visiting Glasgow club conquered the reigning French champions by shutout in their own stadium. For his efforts, Beasley, who netted the final goal for the Gers, was named the Man of the Match in a victory hailed as one of the greatest in the long history of the famous Glasgow institution.

Unfortunately, the injury bug soon bit as Beasley was hurt in a collision with Vfb Stuttgart goalkeeper RAPHAEL SCHAEFER in a subsequent UEFA Champions League match. And so, after scoring two goals each in both eleven Scottish league and eight European games to start for Rangers, the American went on the shelf for quite some time. But Beasley would return, just in time, for the 2008 Scottish F.A. Cup Final.

Which proved to be critical for Glasgow Rangers as Beasley bagged one goal and added another assist in the 3-2 defeat of FC Queen of the South of Dumfries.

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A pair of veteran United States internationals — and future Bundesliga teammates — tangle as Glasgow Rangers winger DAMARCUS BEASLEY (left) looks to fend off Hannover 96 defender STEVE CHERUNDOLO during an exhibition match between the Scottish and German sides in the summer of 2007. (Imago/bild.de)
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Beasley never really did reclaim a place in the starting XI with Rangers after his injury, though. The American appeared in just 10 league matches with only six starts as the Glasgow club captured their 52nd Scottish championship in history. For the 2008-09 season, the winger barely qualified for his championship medal would contest just a dozen games and score no goals for Glasgow Rangers in all competitions.

In October of 2008, Beasley tallied what have been his last two goals for the United States in a 6-1 victory over Fidel Castro’s national team of communist Cuba in a World Cup qualificiation match in Washington, D.C.

The lack of first team professional football continued through all of last season for experienced U.S. international winger, too. Once again, Rangers won the Scottish Premier League although the American was not awarded a championship medal on account of having made just nine appearances (six starts, two goals) in the SPL. Overall, including a pair of games for the Gers in the UEFA Champions League, Beasley played only 14 matches in all competitions and netted twice.

Glasgow Rangers did not offer Beasley a new contract.

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United States international winger DAMARCUS BEASLEY (left) scored his first goal for new German Bundesliga employers Hannover 96 days after signing as a free agent in a 3-0 win over Czech Republic first division side FK Mlada Boleslav (above) during a Testspiel on September 4, 2010 at the MTV Immensen Sportplatz in the Lehrte district of Hannover, Lower Saxony. (Yanks Abroad)
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Two weeks after scoring the first goal of an exhibition match with Czech club FK Mlada Boleslav, Beasley made his Bundesliga debut for Hannover 96 by coming on as a substitute in a loss to Vfl Wolfburg.

Competition for a place with die Roten has been fierce with the German club, who are captained by United States World Cup defender STEVE CHERUNDOLO, as Beasley has appeared in just four of Hannover 96’s first 15 Bundesliga matches to begin this season.

But, prior to today’s American Bundesliga Derby match with Borussia Moenchengladbach, the 28-year-old winger was deployed as a replacement by Hannover 96 manager MIRKO SLOMKA in three of the last of the team’s five Bundesliga contests.

A sign of life from Beasley in Germany.

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Well-traveled American winger DAMARCUS BEASLEY of Bundesliga club Hannover 96, who is attempting to rejuvenate his career in the German top flight, is just seven caps away from the magic mark of 100 senior international appearances for the national team of the United States. (Getty Images)

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