Manuel Neuer, Julian Draxler and Mesut Ozil came from Germany's talent factory... and there's more to come from the production line that built World Cup glory
Smoking chimneys and garish gasometers invade the skyline. The backdrop is poignant if not pretty, for here, amid the industrial heartland of the Ruhr Valley, rumbles one of the talent factories responsible for powering Germany to World Cup success.
This is the academy of Schalke 04, once home to Manuel Neuer, Benedikt Howedes, Julian Draxler and Mesut Ozil - more than £100million’s worth of talent and a key part of the squad in Brazil.
Manuel Neuer, Julian Draxler and Mesut Ozil came from Germany's talent factory | Mail Online