Julian Draxler is a football player who plays for Qatari club Al Ahli and Germany as a midfielder.

Club Career

He commenced his career with Schalke 04 and made his first professional debut in 2010 where he appeared for 31 times. He scored his first goal in Schalke’s 2011 DFB-Pokal Final victory against MSV Duisburg.

Draxler excelled as a youngster over the next few seasons, netting 13 goals in 2012-13, before dominating in the 2013-14 campaign in 38 appearances, earning selection in Kicker’s Bundesliga Team of the Season as well as winning the 2013-14 Bundesliga Young Player of the Season.

Team 3094 al ahli doha fc Al Ahli Doha FC
Position Midfielder
Height / weight 1.85 m / 72 kg
Born 20 Sep 1993
Nationality Germany Germany
Number 23
Team History
3094 al ahli doha fc Al Ahli 2023 - present
243 benfica Benfica 2022 - 2023 (loan)
45 paris saint germain fc Paris SG 2017 - 2023
127 vfl wolfsburg Wolfsburg 2015 - 2016
36 fc schalke 04 Schalke 04 2011 - 2015

He left Schalke in August 2015 for Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg on a five-year deal worth a reported 36 million euros. He spent two seasons at Wolfsburg, declaring his desire to leave prior to the 2016-17 season amid interest from Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain.

In December 2016, Draxler signed with Paris Saint-Germain on a four-year deal for a reported 42 million euros. He netted 10 goals in his debut campaign but that output dipped over six years. He won numerous titles at PSG but never fulfilled his potential nor become a rusted-on regular starter. In 2022-23 he was loaned out to Portuguese club Benfica, scoring two goals in 18 appearances.

In September 2023, Draxler opted to leave PSG permanently with Qatari club Al Ahli signing him on a two-year contract.

International Career

He debuted for the national football team of Germany in U-18 and U-21 level in 2010 and 2011 respectively. He was awarded the Gold medal in 2011 in Fritz Walter medal.

He graduated to the senior Germany national team in 2012, debuting against Switzerland in May that year. He was part of Germany’s triumphant 2014 World Cup squad although he only played a minor role, coming on as a substitute in the semi-final 7-1 win over Brazil.

Draxler was part of Germany’s Euro 2016 squad, while he skippered his country at the 2017 Confederations Cup, winning the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player as Germany won the final edition of that tournament.

He was again part of Germany’s 2018 World Cup squad, playing more regularly this time but the side failed to get out of the group stage. He missed out on Germany’s Euro 2020 squad along with the 2022 World Cup squad.

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