Hoffenheim’s US international Fabian Johnson has said he hopes to achieve great things this season and believes his team could be Bundesliga dark horses.
Johnson, 25, was born in Munich to an American serviceman and a German mother. The midfielder, who can also play at full-back, represented Germany at youth level and, in 2009, won the European Championship with the German Under-21 team.
In 2011, he switched international allegiance following a call-up from USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann and, after winning 16 caps, is targeting a place at the 2014 World Cup.
In an interview with kicker, Johnson said that, in order to achieve his Brazil 2014 ambitions, “I need my games for Hoffenheim”.
“I prefer to play on the wing, and I think the coach will continue to trust me this position," he added. “Looking at the quality we have, that [a successful Bundesliga season] is certainly possible. It was like this last season, but we just couldn’t hack it. It is also a question of mentality.”
Last season, Hoffenheim narrowly escaped relegation, and Johnson said: “It will not be worse than last season. You can take my word for it.”