Date of Birth: - 13th March 1989
Height: - 5ft 7inches
Position: - Winger/Attacking Midfielder.
Nationality: - Serbian - but eligible to play for Germany as he has lived there since the age of 2.
Club History: - Borussia Monchengladbach.
- SV Werder Bremen.
Linked With: - Marin has signed (depending on the medical) for Chelsea for a fee around the 8 million pounds mark. The deal will more than likely go through in July but possibly sooner.
2006 - Marin left Eintracht (where he was training with their youth side) to move to Borussia Monchengladbach's youth academy.
After a year at Monchengladbach's academy he was offered a three year contract which he signed and later went on to make his professional debut with the club on 31 March 2007 against Eintracht Frankfurt.
9th August 2008 - Marin scored his first career hat-trick in Monchengladbach's 8–1 thrashing of seventh division club VfB Fichte Bielefeld in the first round of the DFB Cup.
24th June 2009 - After a very impressive season for Monchengladbach, Marin was sold for 8.5 million Euro's from Borussia Monchengladbach to SV Werder Bremen. In the short time he was at Monchengladbach he was dubbbed as the 'German Messi' and reknowned for his unbelievable skill.
2009/2010 season - Marin began to settle in Bremen and started his dictation of how Bremen's team would play. In other words, Marin single-handedly forced a fast-tempo within the Bremen team. Every single game Marin changed he would set that tempo and carry it on all the way through the game by giving 100%, and this carried on all through the 2010/2011 season, and began to really attract attention from the top teams in Europe.
There is very limited information on Marin in the 2011/2012 season, but I have it on authority that he gained around 13 assists, 1 goal and 21 appearances as he had a brief spell on the sidelines with injury.
2007 - Marin received a call up to the under-21 German national squad.
16th May 2008 - It was announced that Marin would be included in German national team coach Joachim Low's provisional 26-man squad for Euro 2008, but he did not make the final 23.
27th May 2008 - Marin made his debut in a 2–2 draw against Belarus as a substitute - but was eventually cut from the final squad on 28 May 2008.
20th August 2008 - Marin made his second appearance for Germany and scored his first goal in a friendly match against Belgium.
May 2010 - Marin was included in Germany's provisional squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa announced, and following a string of impressive performances in warm-up games (most of which he played as a substitute), was named in the final 23-man squad.
Monchengladbach - 88 appearances, 15 goals, 24 assists.
Bremen - 115 appearances, 13 goals, 38 assists.
Total: 203 apperances, 27 goals, 53 assists.
Marko Marin is a quality player. Should I need to say any more than that? No, but I still will. Marin in my eyes has very similar qualities to Lionel Messi, with regards to his power, dictation abilities, skill and Height. However, it's important to note Messi is a lot better in these categories at the minute, but you have to remember that Marin is only 22 (almost 23) and has a lot of time to develop into the likes of that sort of player.
One thing I will say with regards to Marin, is that his finishing is not the best, and his best attributes are without doubt skill and setting up others (chance creation). Some of the balls Marin delivers are magnificent, and a dream for any striker to play with.
In my eyes, Marin will cut it in the Premier League, and if anything it's going to help him grow as a player. I'd say this move to Chelsea is a very good one, as with the likes of Lampard and Mata playing alongside him, he'll have those players to really push him to his maximum potential. For the fee being suggested, Chelsea have got one of the steals of the decade, as for 8 million pounds, this kid could easily hit the top and be sold on for over 40 million! I personally cannot wait to see him in England as I think it's going to suit his game perfectly, and will be a pleasure to watch next season. Congrats Chelsea!
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