IRELAND U-21 Conor Noss said his Bundesliga debut was a moment he will never forget after closing a 17-year gap and only becoming the fourth Irishman to play in Germany’s top flight.
idfielder Noss, a native German who qualifies for Ireland through parentage rule and was recently selected at U-21 level last week, came off the bench at Borussia Mönchengladbach late in their 4-0 victory over Greuther Fürth on Saturday, this first team outing was a reward for a player who has been on the sidelines of the team this season.
“It was an amazing feeling to play in the Bundesliga. I have been working for this goal for a very long time. That it has happened now is a huge thing for me. I will never forget it,” Noss said on the club’s website after .
He is the first Republic player to appear in the Bundesliga since Patrick Kohlmann, also a German-born Irish-born player, made his only appearance at Borussia Dortmund at the start of the 2004/05 season. Previously, Dubliners Alan Clarke (Blau-Weiss Berlin, 1986/1987) and Noel Campbell (Fortuna Koln, 1973/74) each played one season in the German top flight, although both also spent periods there in the lower level.
His club boss, Adi Hütter, said the debuts for Noss and his starting colleague Torben Müsel were a reward for their hard work. “The arrival of two young players at the end made me very happy. Both deserve it. Not because they are young, but because they have been training well for weeks, ”said Hütter.
Noss won their ninth Irish Under-21 cap in last week’s Euro qualifying victory at home against Sweden.