Fabian Johnson - A Munich-born USMNT International
Fabian Johnson is a versatile player who can play at fullback or in the midfield and has played at the highest level of European Club soccer, including in the Champions League. He is the son of American troops and has lived in Germany for most of his life. He is the son of an African-American serviceman and former German basketball player, as well as a German-American mother. He began playing soccer for Sportfreunde München in 1991.
Johnson joined the famed youth levels of 1860 Munich in the mid-1990s. Johnson was promoted to 1860 München's first team in July 2006. He made 89 league games and scored four goals before joining VfL Wolfsburg on July 14, 2009. He scored his first goal for VfL Wolfsburg in a 2–2 tie against SC Freiburg at home. Johnson joined 1899 Hoffenheim in July 2011.
Speaking of balls, Johnson's first professional football experience came at an early age, when he worked as a ballboy at Munich's Olympiastadion. He would never play there for 1860, instead of breaking into Die Löwen's first squad after they had already relocated to the Allianz Arena.
Johnson represented Germany from the U17s to the U21s between 2003 and 2009, playing alongside future FIFA World Cup winners Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Sami Khedira, Mats Hummels, and Mesut zil in Germany's European U-21 Championship winning team in Sweden in 2009, including a 4-0 victory over England in the final.
However, representing his father's nation was not that straightforward. Johnson first needed to secure the necessary paperwork. He was supposed to make his debut in September 2011, but it took another two months to be cleared to play for the USMNT against France on November 11, 2011. Johnson's first official cap came against Guatemala in a FIFA World Cup qualification in 2012, and there was no turning back: he had become a full-fledged USA international.
His route to becoming one, on the other hand, was fraught with forks. Johnson, still a bright youth, left 1860 for Wolfsburg in 2009 but struggled to fit into a team that was still reeling from their first Bundesliga triumph. He only made 16 appearances in two seasons before joining Hoffenheim, which proved his most significant break.
Fabian's brother Stephan also plays football, albeit not at the same level. He was, however, another beneficial impact on Fabian's professional growth, and he participated in a futsal competition in Brazil in 2014, with the brothers of USMNT stars Clint Dempsey and Graham Zusi.
Johnson began as a left full-back, but his adaptability was regarded as vital with a certain playing the position for Germany when he was working his way through the Germany minor teams. At Hoffenheim, he was given a more advanced role (albeit he ended up as a right-back – "My dad basically always urged me to practice on my weaker foot, so I'm practically both-footed," Johnson explained). He has gone even higher up the pitch at Gladbach and appears to have found his position on the left side of the attack.
UEFA European Under-21 Championship: 2009 (Germany U21)
Fabian Johnson will leave Borussia Monchengladbach at the end of the Bundesliga season, the club confirmed on Monday. Johnson's contract is scheduled to expire, allowing him to become a free agent and sign with anybody he wants. The defender/midfielder has scored twice in 57 appearances for the US men's national team but hasn't played since a World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica in September 2017. Johnson, 32, has played at Monchengladbach since the 2014-15 season, appearing in 140 games and contributing 15 goals and 19 assists. The German-American has already visited 1860 Munich, VfL Wolfsburg, and 1899 Hoffenheim. He's also made 24 Europa League and Champions League outings with Monchengladbach and Wolfsburg.
Fabian Johnson makes £43,000 per week and £2,236,000 per year as a D/WB RL, AM L at Borussia M'gladbach. Fabian Johnson has an estimated net worth of £12,844,000.
Johnson made his debut league appearance for Borussia Mönchengladbach, entering the game against VfB Stuttgart in the 72nd minute. He earned his first league start on September 13, 2014, in a 4–1 home triumph against FC Schalke 04. On November 3, 2015, he scored his first UEFA Champions League goal against Juventus. On March 1, 2015, he scored his first Bundesliga goal for Borussia Mönchengladbach against SC Paderborn.