Top 5 Bundesliga imports to the Premier League
Over the years, the German Bundesliga has been the stepping stone for many footballers. A platform, which they use to gain recognition and eventually make a bigger step in their careers.
The league's ability to nurture young talents and turn them into footballing superstars has been beneficial to a number of individuals in the past decade or so.
The Premier League, in particular, has been the most common destination for Bundesliga stars in the past ten years with a bulk of talented youngsters moving to the English shores to showcase their talents in one of the best leagues in the world.
In this article, we will talk about the top five Bundesliga imports to the Premier League.
#5 - Jens Lehmann
Arsenal's goalkeeping legend Jens Lehmann has been one of the best Bundesliga imports for the Premier League giants, especially for a goalkeeper.
The former Borussia Dortmund player was formerly, a first-choice goalkeeper for their arch-rivals and Lehmann's youth club, FC Schalke before moving to AC Milan, where he, despite winning the Serie A, completely failed to cement himself into the starting lineup.
He was shipped off to Borussia Dortmund for a relatively high fee(€4.5m) for a goalkeeper. At Dortmund, Lehmann made his career breakthrough, featuring in 179 competitive matches and winning the German Bundesliga.
However, it was not until his move to Arsenal in summer 2003, where the former German International became known as a world-class shot-stopper.
Jens Lehmann was the first choice goalkeeper for an Arsenal team which managed to pull off a season without a defeat during their 2003-04 campaign. A season which is still remembered as one of the greatest in the history of European football.
In short, Lehmann was a part of something which resembled Arsenal's success as a European giant during their glory years and will always be hailed as a special figure not just at the Emirates but also at Westfalenstadion.
The 48-year-old is currently working as a goalkeeping coach for Arsenal this season.