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Defender Robin Gosens is giving Germany a boost at Euro 2020

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MUNICH – No one told German winger Robin Gosens the label when he got a “match star” ?? award at the European Championships.

Should I take that thing with me or what? he asked when he was fired from the show on Saturday in a 4-2 victory over defending champion Portugal.

Gosens continued to try to get along with it when helping Germany turn its chances in Euro 2020.

“?? It’s gigantic, you can’t say it in words,” ?? said Gosens, who scored one goal and took part in building two more in Saturday’s match. If you look back on my career or the way I’ve been, I think it’s simply indescribable and will stay in memory forever. It’s definitely an evening I’ll never forget. ‘??

It was only his ninth appearance in Germany after he had made his debut last year.

Gosens seemingly came from anywhere to get there. He never played on any German youth team, leaving the usual route to a carefully tended and nurtured development for the country’s brightest football stars.

The 26-year-old defender took a windy road and left it late to shine at the Italian club club Atalanta. He is the only player on the German team who has never played in the Bundesliga.

Gosens was born to a German mother and a Dutch father in the border town of Emmerich. He played for local youth teams and Dutch clubs Vitesse and Heracles – the trial of Borussia in Dortmund was unsuccessful – before moving to Italy in 2017.

There, Gosens really blossomed under Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperin, who helped transform the team from a qualifier into a regular Champions League participant after three straight top-3 goals in Serie A.

Gasperini demanding from their players in a 3-4-3 formation, where the tireless Gosens has blossomed from the left defender or the pier.

German coach Joachim Löw has used the same line-up at Euro 2020. Gosens started matches against France and Portugal on the left and can expect a new run there on Wednesday in the final against Hungary.

We value him on the team and as coaches very much because he is very, very open, very active in communication, “Løw said.” He has a very good relationship with all the players, he is somehow clear-headed, very straightforward.

“He’s the kind of guy he plays, all with clear lines, throws everything into balance, the way he plays with unbridled commitment, and fights for things that matter to him.” ??

Löw noted how Gosens had scored a goal for Atalanta and said he had been watching the player for the past two years. Gosens made his debut in Germany in a 1-1 draw with Spain on September 3rd. He scored his first goal in Germany on the 7-1 route in Latvia before the tournament on June 7th.

“ He set himself up pretty quickly with us and has a good foothold on the team ” ?? Löw said.

Gosens started strongly against Portugal, volleyball and Joshua Kimmich. But the goal was ruled out because Serge Gnabry was offside and was considered to interfere with the game.

Gosens only went on against Portugal and forced his own goal from Rüben Dias, founded Kai Havertz as Germany’s third and then finished fourth.

“It was just a dream for me,” Gosens said. “I think if you have permission to compete in your country’s European Championships, that’s one thing. And if you can take part in such an important game towards continuing the tournament, then it’s the next level again. And yeah, it’s magic. ‘??

Then Gosens was given the ‘star of the match’ ?? cup. It may not be his last.

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