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Canadians in Germany

Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 21:03:43 +0000 #1
Canadian players are flying high in Germany. In the Bundesliga 2 Canadians are affiliated with the top three teams in the league.

Young Nik Ledgerwood plays for the Amateurs (Reserves) of the third place 1860 München. Daniel Imhof (who scored Friday) is a starter for tied for first place Bochum and also tied for first place is Kevin McKenna's Energie Cottbus.

McKenna just scored his second hat trick of the season against FC Saarbrücken (the first against Sportfreunde Siegen). He leads the Bundesliga 2 with 8 goals in 10 games. Unfortunately fellow Canadian Tam Nsaliwa plays for last place Saarbrücken.

Kevin McKenna

Wouldn't it be something to see all three teams promoted to Bundesliga 1!!
supersjd2010-05-12 21:10:48 +0000 #2
once again its great to see canadian players going some where
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 21:52:19 +0000 #3
Here is a nice translation of an article from the Energie Cottbus website on Canadian Kevin McKenna. The translation was done by Ed (resident Vs expert on the German scene) Tks Ed

It's not rare for a defender to control the penalty area, but it's unusual if it's in the opposition end. Kevin McKenna right now is the best. Unlike the defenders in the Bundesliga who have earned that reputation like Lucio and Daniel van Buyten, the Canadian who plays for Bundesliga 2 club FC Energie isn't restricted to occasional attacks; he's acquired a taste for starting as a striker - and with his versatility has become a bad dream for the opposing ranks.

Right now he is the secret weapon that trainer Petrik Sander produced when he needed a replacement for suspended Francis Kioyo. McKenna scored three in the 4:2 win over Siegen, and another in the 5:1 game against Aachen. After that he played up front with Kioyo still out - and pushed his tally on the season from 6 goals to eight in the 3:1 win over Saarbruecken.

Goals have sparked interest

With his unusual versatility, the 25-year-old has for weeks caught the attention of the Bundesliga. 'I've had inquiries', says the Canadian international. He is under contract in Cottbus until 2007. Thanks to his goals, Energie dreams of the return to the higher league. 'It doesn't matter who scores. The main thing is that we score.', he says.

The North American has returned to the hot seat just this summer after three years in Scotland with Heart of Midlothian. He had begun his career back in Europe as an 18 year-old and had been brought in under trainer Eduard Geyer for two Bundesliga games as well as three Bundesliga 2 games.

Under a player exchange program involving Cottbus and Canadian kids from Calgary, McKenna crossed the Atlantic as a teenager. Trained to be a striker, he convinced the amateur team to try him in defense where they needed a player who could play strong in the air. The English-Canadian Owen Hargreaves also came out of that Calgary exchange. Hargreaves meanwhile is a bit more English playing on the national team and Bayern Munich.

McKenna however remained hanging around in Cottbus. And fell in love. His girlfriend Claudia, from a Lausitzer athletic family, is expecting a baby in February and McKenna plans on getting married this summer. Claudine was once the German cycling champion. Her father Hans-Joachim Hartnick, twice Olympian, world team champion, winner at the Peace Games and East German road racing champion gave her that talent in the cradle. 'Kevin's and my views met, and we clicked immediately', says Claudine.

Also successful against Germany

From his statistics from his time in Scotland, McKenna's scoring touch isn't just a flash in the pan. For the Hearts out of Edinburgh, he scored 23 times in approximately three seasons. And he was in and out of the lineup. He got some attention before a wide German audience two years ago in the Germany vs Canada (4:1) international in Wolfsburg. In that game, he gave the Maple Leafs under Holger Osieck the early 1:0 lead. But the World Cup 2006 takes place to be sure without Canada and without McKenna.

Yet that's not going to bother the confident McKenna, he still has his best years ahead of him - at least as a defender.

Martin Haas/Christoph Leuchtenberg
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 21:22:53 +0000 #4
Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault signs with St. Pauli (German Regionalliga Nord) (3) U18

Tks to Ed at Vs for translation

Bourgault has just signed through 2008 with the senior club. He trained with the Regional League team for 2 months.

More details:

Jonathan and his father have signed the contract but are waiting on the signature of his mother. FC St Pauli is now waiting on some clearances from the A-Junioren, Oberliga, and Regional Leagues. I assume they may want him to play in any of those leagues - note that the A-Junioren team does not play in the high profile Bundesliga U19 league but a regional one. Regardless, this is a nice signing for a 17 year old

The contract will be valid once those clearances (or releases?) arrive. The contract was arranged through the young man's agent Dr. Andreas Kirsch and the FC St. Pauli Sporting Director Holger Stanislawski. Stanislawski is quoted as saying: "We're lucky to soon have such a gem in our ranks".



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