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VfL Wolfsburg

The league's top defense was enough to secure Wolfsburg twelfth place at the end of 2006, but the offense clearly needed help after scoring a measly twelve goals.

Marcelinho may not see eye-to-eye with Wolfsburg coach Klaus Augenthaler

Marcelinho may not see eye-to-eye with Wolfsburg coach Klaus Augenthaler

The club responded by signing Julio Dos Santos from Bayern, but he promptly got hurt and won't play again this season. So the Wolves turned round and took a chance on Marcelinho, one of the league's best, but most eccentric players during the past five years.

The question is: which Marcelinho are they getting? The one who was consistently among the Bundesliga's top scorers for Hertha? Or the one who was hustled out of Berlin this summer for discipline problems and who failed to make a mark during a brief stint in Turkey?

If Marcelinho shows anything like his old form, expect the Wolves to move up the table. If not, they'll regret the 2.7 million euro transfer fee they dished out to acquire him.

The Roster

Goal: Simon Jentzsch, André Lenz, Patrick Platins

Defense: Alex, Kevin Hofland, Christopher Lamprecht, Facundo Quiroga, Peter van der Heyden, Michael Stegmayer, Uwe Möhrle, Alexander Madlung

Midfield: Marian Hristov, Miroslav Karhan, Cedrick Makiadi, Hans Sarpei, Pablo Thiam, Tom van der Leegte, Jacek Krzynowek, Jonathan Santana, Sergej Evljuskin, Steve Müller, Kamani Hill, Julio Dos Santos, Marcelinho

Strikers: Mike Hanke, Rick Hoogendorp, Diego Klimowicz, Juan Carlos Menseguez, Isaac Boakye, Emre Öztürk, Valdet Rama

(as of January 2007)

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