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U21-Hero Marco Richter: From the Bolzplatz to the spotlight

Once arrived on the big football stage, Marco Richter did not want to leave at all. The fact that I have moved forward in the team for a short time is a great feeling,”said the U21 football player from FC Augsburg.

With his two goals at the 3:1 (1:0) in the EM start-up game of the German U21 against Denmark, the 21-year-old suddenly played into the focus, and had to give an interview after the next one as a matchmaker.” It is not natural to be allowed to wear the jersey of Germany. That’s why I want to enjoy every second here,”he said.

Germany’s title defender gave the offensive player an optimal start after a tough start of the game with his performance. On Thursday, the second victory will follow against Serbia around Frankfurt’s goalie Luka Jovic.

semi-finals, Olympic qualification, endgame and ideally the title –so are the next goals. I want to continue, continue to score goals and then at the end to hold up the trophy,”the judge confidently announced. In his very first tournament game, it was his first goals for the DFB at all.

Marco Richter: “I was never much sought after in such teams”

That the offensive player would once get the chance to win a title with a German junior selection was not foreseeable a few years ago. Until the U20, judges did not play in any German junior selection. I was never much sought after in such teams,”he recalls.

At FC Augsburg he started out late last season too, achieved on the 29th. and 30. Each game day a double pack. It’s a great feeling to score goals. I have also proved that it is possible to do it twice in the last few weeks in the Bundesliga,”said the offensive player, smiling.

Even in Udine against Denmark, judges had been expected by many more on the bench than in the starting eleven.” I thought maybe he could shoot a goal or two,”said Coach Stefan Kuntz.

With his prediction the 56-year-old should keep right –perhaps also because he reminded his protege of his”bolt-point mentality”before the whistle. That means to me, you play football the way you like it, because you love the game,”explained Kuntz.”I don’t know. This intuition is extremely pronounced with Marco.”

Marco Richter earned nomination for the U21-EM with hard work

In the U21 test games against England and France in March, judges had not been used and assumed to have lost all chances at the EM. But he earned his nomination with hard work.

The 21-year-old changed his diet, moved into the power room in a place he had long avoided before. In Augsburg he played superbly, he worked on his physical fitness. It wasn’t easy, I know,”Kuntz praised. He has shown that he belongs in the first elf.”

The story of Marco Richter in the German selection teams should not end with a good performance and two goals.” Of course, Marco Richter is probably still unknown,”said the stormer about himself. I want to draw attention to myself in such tournaments.”He has the next chance to do so in the game against Serbia.