Few had heard of Nicolas Fullkrug prior to Germany’s World Cup clash with Spain. Yet the 29-year-old wrote his name into the history books by drawing Hansi Flick’s side level against La Roja, boosting their chances of making the knockout stages of the competition in the process. So, with the Werder Bremen star now in the spotlight, it’s time to look at his career so far…
Fullkrug actually started his career at Werder Bremen, making his debut for the Bundesliga side during the 2011/2012 season.
But he would go on to make a name for himself at Greuther Furth, who were playing in Germany’s second tier, bagging six goals from 24 matches.
That would earn him a move to FC Nurnberg and, initially, it took him a while to get going.
The German star bagged just nine goals during his first two years at the club but, in his third year, well and truly came good.
Fullkrug netted 15 goals from 34 games, with that form then earning him yet another transfer.
In 2016, it was Hannover 96 who recruited him.
And his goals would help them secure promotion to Germany’s top flight, with the hitman netting five times from 29 appearances that season.
With Hannover back in the Bundesliga, it almost seemed to act as a trigger for Fullkrug to come good and realise his potential.
He marked his first year back in the German big time by netting 16 goals from 36 appearances, ensuring they avoid relegation in the process.
The 2018/2019 campaign was one to forget for the forward, with injuries preventing him from kicking on.
Yet that didn’t deter Bremen from snapping him up and he’s been a key player for the club ever since, staying with them despite his relegation in the 2020/2021 season.
So far this season, he’s been in remarkable form – proving himself to Flick and earning himself a call-up for the World Cup as a result.
Fullkrug has netted 10 goals from 14 matches so far this season in the league, as well as providing one assist in the DFB-Pokal.
Without the 29-year-old, Germany would be facing elimination. But this draw gives them a fighting chance of making it out of a group that also consists of Japan and Costa Rica.
Fullkrug could now start when Germany face Costa Rica in their final World Cup match on Thursday.
Spain, meanwhile, are due to face Japan that same day knowing victory would see them top their group and potentially give them an easier draw in the round of 16.