Netherlands: Joshua Zirkzee, as Django, Unchained

Netherlands: Joshua Zirkzee, as Django, Unchained

Joshua Zirkzee was enjoying his vacation in Orlando, at Disney World, when he received a call that was as unexpected as it was desired: Ronald Koeman called him up to play in the Euro Cup. The Netherlands has suffered the losses of Frenkie de Jong and Teun Koopmeiners; In addition, striker Brian Brobbey is in trouble after receiving a blow in training (he will not play today against Poland, which, for its part, regrets the loss of Lewandowski), and one of those caught was Zirkzee.

His absence from the first list had already been a cause of controversy, after the great season he had at Bologna, one of the surprises of Calcio, which has achieved qualification for the Champions League, a competition that it has not played in for 60 years ( when it was called the European Cup). Two of the protagonists of this feat will surely not experience it: Motta, the coach, who is preparing his signing for Juve; and Zirkzee, in which several important teams have shown interest, and his destiny points to Milan.

Yes to the Netherlands, no to Nigeria

The Eurocup will be his debut with the absolute “Oranje” after having gone through the lower categories. His call has not been well received in Nigeria, a country with which he could also have played, since he is the native of his mother.

Born in Schiedam, a city near Rotterdam, football was always a priority for him. Almost the only one. “Since I was young I wanted to be a footballer, with the support of my parents, and, to be honest, I had no plan B,” he acknowledged in the “Gazzetta dello Sport.” His first school was the street: “If you play on the street, you often do it against older kids. So you have to find a way to protect yourself and develop more skills, you have to be faster, stronger, have better technique. You want impress the big guys and earn their respect. When you enter a real training center, certain things stay with you and make a difference,” he explains.

His debut at Bayern

After playing for Spartaan and ADO (a team from The Hague), his first big jump was to the youth Feyenoord, but he barely spent a year because Bayern Munich called him for their academy. He was 2017 and 16 years old. In December 2019 he made his debut with the first team, in the Champions League against Tottenham. A month later he did it in the Bundesliga, he came on in the 90th minute and scored 1-2 against Freiburg on the first ball he touched (later Gnabry would make it 1-3, in the 93rd minute). The coach who gave him the alternative was Flick, the current Barça coach, as he did with Musiala, who is two years younger than Zirkzee and who will always thank Zirkzee for his support when he was called for the first time to train with the “seniors” . He arrived at the sports city and there was no one and he didn’t even dare to sit down. “I stood still and waited, until Zirkzee came and helped me,” says the current Bayern and Germany star.

Despite his 193 centimeters, Zirkzee is not the classic tank forward. What characterizes him most is his imagination. He defines himself as a nine and a half: between forward and midfielder. “He has good size, but he is very agile, he has a good shot and retains the ball well,” Flick defined it. After a loan to Parma, where he had no opportunities, and another to Anderlecht, where he shone; At Bologna, who paid 8.5 million for him, he has exploded in his second year. He has distributed 7 assists and scored 12 goals in all competitions. Each of them celebrates by making the gesture that he draws a gun and shoots. “I got it from Django,” he admitted. Like Jamie Foxx in Tarantino’s film, he hopes to be unleashed in this Euro Cup in which he has been given the opportunity.

2024-06-16 07:06:22
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