Western Sydney Wanderers have announced the signing of ex-Bayern Munich attacking midfielder Alexander Baumjohann for the 2018/19 A-League season.
The 31-year-old German arrives in Australia following a recent spell in Brazil with Coritiba FC and most recently Vitoria in the Brazilian Série A.
A product of the Schalke 04 youth system, Baumjohann signed with Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2007 where he made a name for himself with a wonder goal against Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga in 2008 before joining the likes of Bayern Munich, Hertha Berlin and FC Kaiserslautern.
Hailed for his ability to unlock defences, Baumjohann has spent his career playing in attacking midfield roles and is comfortable on both the left and right side of the midfield.
The club’s latest German recruit is sure to excite the Wanderers faithful and brings with him a wealth of experience playing on the world stage, including in the 2011 UEFA Champions League semi-final against Manchester United.
The former German U17 and U21 international joins countrymen Patrick Ziegler and head coach Markus Babbel as one of the Wanderers new faces this season.
Baumjohann said he was looking forward to the new challenge and experience in Western Sydney and has kept a close eye on the A-League for some time.
“I started to follow the A-League a long time ago,” Baumjohann said.
“Australia has nice stadiums, great supporters and it is a very competitive league. A lot of big players have already played in the A-League and I am very excited and proud to play for the biggest club."
Baumjohann also spoke of the influence of new head coach Markus Babbel in his decision to play for the Wanderers.
“Of course Markus Babbel played a big role for my decision to sign with the Wanderers but I already knew a lot about the club because of this incredible history of winning the ACL (AFC Champions League) in just the second year of the club,” Baumjohann said.
“I want to help to bring this great club back to where it belongs. The Wanderers supporters deserve trophies and I hope we can play for the title this season.”