Borna Sosa apparently did not make a decision of the heart. His choice for Germany was rather “professional”, not emotional, the Stuttgart-born admitted in an interview Jutarnji List open a.
“I love Croatia,” emphasized Sosa – but he still wants to play football for the German national team in the future.
But this plan threatens to fail despite the recent naturalization of the 23-year-old. Sosa, who has previously played for the national U-teams of his country of birth, could become a disaster in the FIFA regulations.
In the comment of the world federation on the provisions for the eligibility to play for association teams, it says in Article 9, point 2 b III: “An application to change associations will only be granted under the following conditions: The player was someone at the time of his last appearance in a game in an official competition Football division for his current association is not yet 21 years old. “
Sosa was in his last appearance for Croatia’s U21s on November 12, 2020 in the European Championship qualification against Scotland in Edinburgh (2: 2) but already 22nd kicker first reported this fact on Monday.
“We believe that he has the potential to become a German international”
The fact that Germany was “the better option” for him was also closely related to Croatia’s national coach Zlatko Dalic. According to Sosa, he waited until March for an invitation for Croatia’s senior team. But that didn’t come, “although I play the best football of my career. That moment ruined everything,” said the VfB professional.
So that’s why Germany. DFB director Oliver Bierhoff first made contact a few months ago. Last week, Sosa took on German citizenship. “We know the boy and watch him. We believe that he has the potential to become a German international,” said Bierhoff.
National coach Joachim Löw had recently experimented again and again on the left defensive side. Robin Gosens from Bergamo or Marcel Halstenberg from RB Leipzig are candidates for this position, also for the EURO. In two of the three previous World Cup qualifying games, Dortmund’s Emre Can, who normally acts centrally, defended on the left.
Sosa had played in the foreground this season at the newly promoted Stuttgart. After all, the strong offensive professional prepared ten goals in 24 Bundesliga games.
Sosa, who moved from Dinamo Zagreb to Swabia in 2018 and whose contract in Stuttgart runs until 2025, has also aroused the interest of larger clubs in Europe with his performance. “I’m on the radar in many clubs,” he said, “but I’m also satisfied in Stuttgart.”