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Alexander Meier


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  • Date Of Birth: 17/01/83
    Nation: Germany
    Birthplace: Buchholz, Germany
    Position: Forward
    Joined Wanderers: 20/09/19
    Contract Details: 1 Year Initial Contract
    Contract Finish: 2019/20
    Previous Club: St Pauli
    Wanderers Debut: 12th October 2019 vs Central Coast Mariners
    A-League Appearances: 12
    A-League Goals: 1
    Total Appearances: 12
    Total Goals: 1
    Yearly Appearances & Goals: 2019/20: 12 (1)
    Highlight: Scored his first goal for the Wanderers against Melbourne Victory in Round 2 of Season 2019/20, a shot from well outside the area after Victory's goalkeeper failed to appropriately clear the ball.
    Description: A towering striker who has spend his entire career thus far in the highest echelons of Germany football, with a highlight season at Entracht Frankfurt in 2014/15 that saw him win the Bundesliga golden boot award. Despite the high pedigree, the German utterly failed to adapt to the A-League, and combined with some poor service, managed just 12 games and 1 goal before being dumped in the January transfer window to allow the signing of Irish international Simon Cox.
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1 hour ago, Sithslayer1991 said:

We all talk about how German players are influenced by Thomas Broich to move to A-league  looks like Meier's quick research on A-league Broich's name was one that influenced him to come to Australia

I suspect that those who were directly influenced are few in number (unser Helde Jerome Polenz being an obvious example). Now I would expect it's just a name check as two of the leading reasons we are getting a few Deutschies are Babbel & Kurz. The combination of established channels into the German speaking football markets (thus including Switzerland and Austria) and the desire to play for German gaffers who want them here will have a far greater pull than Big Nose Broich

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On 24 September 2019 at 3:41 AM, Sithslayer1991 said:

We all talk about how German players are influenced by Thomas Broich to move to A-league  looks like Meier's quick research on A-league Broich's name was one that influenced him to come to Australia

Who needs Google if you can have a chat with your ex team captain and old friend Pirmin Schwegler about your prospective new employer? 

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Exactly Mack, Pio was happy to turn up to training every day & give zero ****s. Happy to pick up his pay cheque whilst giving everyone his middle finger.

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We really did our due dil

12 hours ago, wswnick said:

He retired from football today, so that just confirms he knew it was over

wow we really did our due diligence on that one didn’t we

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51 minutes ago, StringerBellend said:

wow we really did our due diligence on that one didn’t we

It was always going to be a risk bringing over a 36 (now 37 year old). We had tried our first through tenth choice & this guy came up on the radar. He had the pedigree, experience & type of player we are looking for but he was too old.

There is literally zero chance of asking players to come out here for a trial, you’ve got to put your money on the table & hope that things work out. He had been training in the U.S so you’d think he’d aclimatised (somewhat) to the hard pitches & hot climate.)

Then throw in there were some personal issues going on behind the scenes (and his family weren’t able to get visas to be with him in Australia). It’s obvious in the end his body just wasn’t able to do what was needed (I still maintain that he wasn’t used in the right way, playing midfield, chasing lost causes, running channels etc).

I’d say that he was a high risk signing but there were forces at play that were bigger than any scouting report could highlight but all that doesn’t matter if you don’t use a player in the right way. At least he had the honor to call it a day, could have easily just sat back & took the money, he didn’t.

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I thought he might have a run in Bundesliga 2 with St.Pauli or some Bundesliga 3 club as the second option.

Thanks for the memories, Meier! 

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