Borussia Dortmund have arguably the most dynamic group of wingers and forwards in the Bundesliga. Marco Reus and Jadon Sancho highlight a group that is as deep as it is talented. Recently, however, Julian Brandt has played a crucial role in orchestrating lethal attacks for the Black and Yellow. Here are 10 facts about Julian Brandt that help tell his story:
Julian Brandt: 10 Facts
1. Julian Brandt is no stranger to success.
Brandt’s recent success with Dortmund comes at a crucial time as the club hopes to push for a league title. But success is nothing new for the winger. In fact, he played on the German squad that won the 2014 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.
2. He began his senior career with Leverkusen.
Julian Brandt signed a transfer from VFL Wolfsburg to Bayer Leverkusen in January 2014, where he signed his first professional contract. His contract would’ve lasted through 2019 had he not transferred to Dortmund last May.
3. He was the youngest player to make 100 league appearances for Leverkusen.
Brandt’s talents weren’t wasted at Leverkusen. On August 26, 2017, then 21-year-old Brandt made his 100th Bundesliga appearance for Leverkusen in a 2-2 draw with Hoffenheim.
4. Brandt was Leverkusen’s first player of the month.
Brandt became the first Leverkusen player to earn Player of the Month honors in February 2019 after scoring 2 goals and assisting 4 more.
5. He scores big goals in big games.
Brandt’s goal against Augsburg this past weekend proved to be pivotal for Dortmund. But that wasn’t the first time he scored a crucial goal in a big game. In his 200th appearance for Leverkusen, he scored a brace to help his side earn a 2-2 draw with Mainz.
6. Julian Brandt scored 6 goals in 6 games.
Between March 20 and April 30, 2016, Brandt scored a goal in six consecutive games for Leverkusen.
7. He was the youngest player since Gerard Muller to score in 6 straight game.
Brandt was only 19 years old during his goal-per-game stretch. No other player has managed that level of success at that age since Gerard Muller. Brandt’s sixth goal in six games came just 72 seconds into a 2-1 victory over Hertha BSC.
8. Brandt has scored in multiple “first” matches.
In his first league match with Dortmund, Brandt entered as a substitute for Thorgan Hazard. Brandt quickly got involved, scoring his first goal with the Black and Yellow in a 5-1 win over Augsburg. In BVB’s first match following the winter break, Brandt scored the first of 5 goals that led Dortmund to a 5-3, come-from-behind win over Augsburg (again).
9. He’s played for his country.
On may 17, 2016, 20-year-old Brandt earned a spot on Germany’s preliminary 27-man roster for UEFA Euro 2016. In 2018, he played alongside teammate Marco Reus in the World Cup.
10. Julian Brandt is an Olympic medalist.
Brandt played for Germany in the 2016 Summer Olympics. Germany went on to earn the silver medal in the 2016 Summer Olympics, an honor Brandt surely cherishes.
A 2019 graduate from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Ryan is an aspiring sports writer with a profound passion for the Black and Yellow. On match day, Ryan can likely be seen draped in Dortmund’s colors, perennially pacing the living room of his Ann Arbor apartment. He dreams of one day watching a match from world football’s largest and most impressive standing terrace, The Yellow Wall.