Friday, 22 April 2011

Profile: Konstantin Rausch

rauschAt 21 years old, Konstantin Rausch could be considered one of Hannover's rising young stars. However, the left sided midfielder is ever present in the squad their season and the only player to start every game in this Bundesliga this season. So in fact, Rausch's star has risen and he should be considered one of the main protagonists if the 96ers incredible story which may yet end in Champions League football next season.

Born in Siberia, the young Rausch moved to Germany with his folks at the age of five. Identified by Hannover at an early age, the young Konstantin made his debut in a 0-0 with Stuttgart in March 2008.

Rausch is one of those flanking players that can easily be labelled as a full back or attacking midfielder. In fact he's played in both positions in the 82 Bundesliga appearances that he's made since that goalless draw just over three years ago.

Pacey and direct, Rausch suits his coach Morko Slomka's style of play to a tee. While he may not hit the heights of a number of his team mates in the German u21s, he brings to the party reliability and no little ability. So far he has chipped in with four assists this season and four goals, the highlight of the season being a smashing strike against Bayern where he played a nice one-two with Jan Schlaudruff from his own corner. Not forgetting his diving header against Hannover in April to cap off an excellent 3-1 away win at Freiburg.

Internationally, his prospects for the National senior team don't seem very good. However, he does of course qualify to play for Russia and although there has been no interest from the Russian Football Association, only from the player. However, with Jog Low watching from the stands at the game against, Freiburg, you never know. A call up to the German National Team may be in the offing.

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