Julian Green joy at Bayern debut
America-born youngster Julian Green has told reporters he was absolutely delighted to make his first-team debut for Bayern Munich.
Green, 18, was brought on as a late substitute against CSKA Moscow in the Treble holder’s 10th straight Champions League win, which eclipsed Barcelona’s 10-year-old record.
The winger had been called up to the squad following a minor injury of Croatia international Mario Mandzukic.
Green, born in Florida to an American father and a German mother, was introduced in the 88th minute for Mario Goetze at CSKA, just two weeks after signing his first professional deal at Bayern.
“That is a feeling beyond description,” Green told kicker. “I have given it my all, and I think it was OK.”
Green was named in the senior squad for the first time, having enjoyed a prolific season with Bayern’s reserves in the German fourth league, scoring 15 goals in 18 appearances.
U.S. team manager Jurgen Klinsmann has been monitoring the progress of the teenager, who is eligible to play for either Germany or the United States.
Reserve coach Eirk ten Haag was full of praise for Green. “He has the makings to fight his way into the pro team,” he told kicker.
Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer added: “He gives it his all in every training session.”