Benfica sign American defender Brooks and German midfielder Draxler
Portuguese club Benfica signed World Cup winner Julian Draxler on a one-year loan from Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday.
The 28-year-old midfielder helped Germany win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
“Benfica are a great club, they have a great history,” said Draxler. “I was struggling for playing time in Paris, to be honest. I think (Benfica) is the perfect club for me to play good football.
Benfica, one of Portugal’s most traditional clubs along with Porto, has also agreed a one-year deal with US free agent John Brooks.
The move will help the 29-year-old defender compete for a spot on the US World Cup roster as he will play at a club with a high defensive line similar to the one coach Gregg Berhalter uses in the US national team. .
Berhalter had said Brooks was at a disadvantage playing with German club Wolfsburg, who used a different defensive system.
“I’m very happy to be here, to play in front of you as soon as possible,” he said in a brief message to Benfica fans on Twitter.
Brooks played for Hertha Belin from 2012 to 2017 before joining Wolfsburg. He scored a decisive 86th-minute goal against Ghana in the 2014 World Cup group stage and has three goals in 45 international appearances.
Draxler also played for Wolfsburg.
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This story was originally published September 1, 2022 6:45 p.m.