At Köln everybody is talking about a young Polish star and we are not talking about Lukas Podolski . Adam Matuschyk has become one of the hottest names in the Bundesliga in the last few weeks.
Like Podolski, Matuschyk was born in Gliwice a city in southern Poland. He began his youth career playing for small teams in Germany. First he played at SpvGG Merzig and later he joined VfB Dillingen. After a few successful years in these youth team's he was scouted at the age of 14 by FC Köln and since 2003 he has progressed at the club from the Under-15 side all the way to the first team.
Matuschyk described the process: "I came from a small club in the Saarland, VfB Dillingen, and played in the Saarland selection. Köln scout Ralf Krutwig saw me in some games, rang me later and invited me for a trial. Five or six times I took part in training sessions. In parallel I was also at Karlsruhe but quite early on I chose FC Köln, because they simply fit the best. It was almost like love at first sight (laughs).”
Whilst playing for the Under-19 side, Matuschyk trained with the first team, and during the 2008/2009 season he was promoted to the FC Köln II team. In his first season for the Köln second team he played 25 games scoring three goals.
At the start of 2009/2010 he was still in Köln’s second team playing 11 games and scoring one goal. But by the winter break he was ready to make his big jump to the first team. Matuschyk: “It began during the winter break in the training camp. From this time it went pretty well for me. It was at times like a dream. I was able to gain much match practice and was able to show what I can do and I was quite satisfied.”
The 21-year-old was part of the Köln squad that faced Borussia Dortmund in the first game of the second half of the season and six weeks later he made his Bundesliga debut. Matuschyk: "In the week before the game against Leverkusen I was beginning to think that one time or another I would make it. Also because in training I was often placed in the 'first eleven,' but I was not sure. When the coach told me after the final training, that I will play, it was almost a shock. But he said it would be a game like any other, with only a few more viewers."
He was a bit scared before the first game, "because one would naturally like to make a good first impression." Matuschyk gained much confidence from his fifth appearance when he claimed two brilliant goals against Hoffenheim. Notice on the video below that he scored two goals from far out, one with his right foot and the other with his left.
The rise of Matuschyk has led to the youngster admitting: “Sometimes when I lie in bed at night, I think that this is all a dream and I will wake up at some point." His brilliant performances against Hoffenheim made him the talk of the town in Germany.
In Köln he has played as a left midfielder but he can also play as a defensive midfielder, he has superb technique and good ability and in Koln they see him as the future of the club and recently they extended his contract until 2014. In the coming years the club will try and bulk him up to improve his physical play, but he has all the makings of a top player.
Outside of Germany it was reported that Manchester United were tracking him, but the Koln coach said "We were able to convince Adam but FC Köln see him as the future and so he remained happily here."