As the summer transfer window dust begins to settle, European teams can finally nestle into their seasons with their filled out rosters. With 16 of the 23 members who made up Portugal’s Confederations Cup squad playing their trade outside of Portugal, it is imperative that the Portuguese abroad have a strong season as the team prepares for the World Cup next summer. For this third installment, Portuguese playing in Germany will be highlighted. To see an updated list of all Portuguese players playing abroad, visit out Portuguese Players Abroad page.
Not many astonishing Portuguese players have ever dominated the German league, but this season has at least two young stars decorating the Bundesliga. The most exciting of the players might be young Raphäel Guerreiro of Borussia Dortmund, who looks poised to become one of the best left backs in the game. He can do it all from that position, mercilessly defensive while being a massive threat in the attack. He is certainly the jewel to watch this season in Germany, but does have one or two compatriots who want to take over the spotlight.
Bruma has recently made a move to join RB Leipzig and looks to have settled in nicely in Germany. The explosive winger has already laid down a marker this season with his brilliant goal against SC Freiburg. He is fast, talented, and has a nose for goal. He looks to have all the makeup of a world-class winger, he just needs to develop into the threat he can be.
Rounding out the Portuguese in Germany are two young talents in Koln’s João Queirós and Stuttgart’s Carlos Mané. João Queirós comes to Germany from Braga, having impressed the Köln boss, Jorg Schmadtke, enough for him to go after his signature. Schmadtke called Queirós a “Huge talent that complements our defense,” and hopes to help him continue his development. At only 19, he has impressed at youth levels and certainly looks composed enough to make a run at the Portuguese center back job. Surely, one of these young defenders needs to succeed in becoming world class, right?