Full Name: Julian Green
Club: Bayern Munich
DOB: 6 June 1995 (age 18)
Height: 5’ 7”
One of the most talked about US “signings” in recent years was that of Julian Green. Given that he is only 18 years old, it might seem a little unusual that the Bayern Munich winger has received such attention. But his style of play immediately attracted the attention of US soccer fans and predecessor examples like Landon Donovan and Terrance Boyd leave an air of excitement. Both the latter scored their first international goals at the age of 18 before they had broken into the first team of their clubs.
Green signed a professional contract with Bayern in November 2013. In the months since, he spent a majority of time with the club’s reserve side, made a Champions League appearance and then played his first international game. During his time at Bayern II, he bagged 15 goals in 23 games, leading to an increasing interest in who exactly he is.
His decision to play for the US over Germany was a tricky one. Given he has both German and US citizenship, there was always going to be a lot of interest in who he would select. After several months of deep thought, he decided that the USMNT is where he wanted to offer his services. It was a training camp in Frankfurt this March that determined his decision. Green stated that he felt more at home with the US players and felt he would play a bigger role with the national team.
Did you know? When they first met, Clint Dempsey handed Julian Green a US jersey and told him the nation wanted to see him wearing it.
So, what exactly is Green’s playing style? He is the quintessential winner, willing to take guys on down the line with the ability to whip in a tasty final ball or finish of chances by cutting inside. He also has the ability of using both feet and can play in several different positions across including out wide, behind the front man or as a pacey striker. On the ball, Green is very quick and shows a deft touch on the ball. He is the type of winger that can lure a defender in before knocking it by them and using his blistering pace to get things done.
At Bayern, he still has a lot to do in order to break into the first team. His debut in Champions league action came about due to injuries, and with players like Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben ahead of him in the wing positions, he might have to exude patience! But his chances will comes. On the international level, there have been calls for him to be included in the US roster for Brazil, but that is not realistic at the moment considering the quality of the current squad and players that are established within their clubs.
Julian Green Currently Wears the adidas adiZero F50
When it comes to top performing, attacking styled boots the adiZero F50 is one of the top there is currently available. Weighing in at 5.4oz, they are also some of the lightest boots ever released to market, ensuring acceleration and quick changes of direction are top priorities. With pace being one of his primary assets, Green can take advantage of the lightweight nature of the boot as he looks to create down the line. Most top players have a choice of which upper they can use, with a leather and synthetic on offer. Lionel Messi, in particular, is one player that always wears the leather version, it is just his choice. Green is currently wearing the synthetic version, although we are not sure if that is down to personal choice or his current stature within the game. Either way, they are a boot that compliment Green's style and we expect to see him continue to wear the range. Unless, of course, Nike come in with an offer on the Vapor series!