German call-up for Dundee

When Berti Vogts called Sean Dundee into the German national squad yesterday, it was another step in a career which has taken the South African-born player to the top of the Bundesliga goal-scoring list.

Dundee began the 1995/96 season classed as an amateur with Karlsruhe, who signed him after spells with Stuttgart Kickers and Ditzingen.

Dundee, now 24, quickly established himself in the first team and had scored 16 league goals by the end of the season.

"He's a dynamic young man, a great header of the ball and totally selfish. All strikers are totally selfish," Vogts said after announcing the squad, but added: "I hope he keeps his carefree nature."

Dundee earned a call-up to the South African national squad in December 1995 - ironically the match was against Germany - but withdrew because of injury.

Media reports suggested the injury was a convenient excuse for a player who had posters of Jurgen Klinsmann and Thomas Hassler on his bedroom wall as a boy and dreamed of playing for Germany.

When it became clear Vogts was interested, Dundee, although of non-German origin, took advantage of a special fast-track procedure for cases of "public interest" to apply for a German passport.

The issue became something of a political football, with South African politicians accusing Dundee of turning his back on his homeland while their German counterparts asked why a football player should get special treatment.

Away from that controversy, though, the unassuming striker's fortunes have gone from strength to strength. He was voted Player of the Year in 1996 by his fellow professionals and is the Bundesliga's leading scorer this season with 14 goals so far.

n Brian Horton, the Huddersfield Town manager, arrived in Italy yesterday with the Nationwide League Under-21 team for tonight's annual game against their Serie B counterparts in Sampdoria's Luigi Ferraris.

Horton is determined the Italians will not record their first win in three matches since these meetings were given an Under-21 age limit in 1995.

"England's Under-21s beat Italy last week, but unfortunately we lost the big one that mattered at Wembley," Horton said.

"But this is a chance to show the Italian people that we are capable at every level, from full international through to the Under-21s and into the Football League - a chance to show that English football is not all about the Premiership.

"It's been a good year for the Nationwide League, with Stockport through to the semi-finals of the Coca-Cola Cup and either Chesterfield or Wrexham assured of a place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

"That's magnificent for the game. It shows that lower division clubs can still compete on the field despite the Premiership getting stronger and stronger in financial terms. Although I want everybody involved to enjoy it, I also want to go home having won the game."

With his goalkeepers Chris Day and Richard Wright dropping out of the original party along with Lee Crooks, Darren Eadie and James Scowcroft, Horton has drafted in Kelvin Davis, of Luton, the Norwich pair of Andy Marshall and Danny Mills, as well as turning to his own club side for Ian Lawson.

News
people
News
Ed Miliband received a warm welcome in Chester
election 2015
Life and Style
Apple CEO Tim Cook announces the Apple Watch during an Apple special even
fashionIs the iWatch for you? Well, it depends if you want for the fitness tech, or the style
News
Astronauts could be kept asleep for days or even weeks
scienceScientists are looking for a way to keep astronauts in a sleeplike state for days or weeks
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Project Implementation Executive

£18000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...

Recruitment Genius: Chiropractic Assistant

£16500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Chiropractic Assistant is needed in a ...

Recruitment Genius: Digital Account Executive - Midlands

£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...

Recruitment Genius: Web Developer

£28000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company provides coaching ...

Day In a Page

NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own