In the summer US international Michael Bradley moved from Heerenveen in the Netherlands to Borussia Moenchengladbach in the Bundesliga.
Rhein club haven’t been enjoying the best of seasons, but their 4-1 win over
Hamburg last week has awoken the belief that they can stay in the top flight despite their recent struggles.
Gladbach want to continue
that upwards trend in their weekend derby with 1.FC Koeln.
Mr. Bradley, how is it going with the German language?
I am learning German. I can already
speak Dutch so it makes it easier for me.
In the first months I had a German teacher at the club, but now I don’t
really have the time for that.
The fact that you don’t have much time has got something to do with the fact
that Gladbach are in the middle of preparing for the derby with Koeln. What significance does the game have for you?
The team knows how important the game is for the club and for the fans. Every game in the Bundesliga is difficult and
like a war. We have to be hungry in
Koeln if we want to get a good result.
So what would be a good result?
A victory, of course! But it could be
that the game develops so that you think that a point wouldn’t be a bad result.
Who has told you of the particular meaning of the duel with Koeln for Gladbach?
You get it from everyone you speak to.
It is one of those games that you look forward to all year.
On Koeln’s side they have a fellow North American in Kevin McKenna. Do you know him?
Yes. He is a good player and a nice
bloke. But when the whistle goes on
Saturday, that counts for nothing though.
You come across as very serious and very professional. The move from Heerenveen to Gladbach was a
step forward in your career Do you have
plans for the next few years in your footballing career?
First of all, I don’t want to describe myself or make judgments. And apart from that, I don’t have a big plan
and don’t look that far into the future.
I’m just concerned with training or the next game in which I’ll give
100% and everything for the team.
Everything above that doesn’t interest me. If you start to have such thoughts, it serves
no purpose. But if you make the right
impression on the pitch, then the right people at the right clubs will notice
In the second part of this exclusive Goal.com
interview with Moenchengladbach’s Michael Bradley, the US international talks
about the Dutch first division, World Cup qualification, and Landon Donovan.