In a triumphant victory for Young Boys (YB) against Red Star Belgrade, Lewin Blum, a 22-year-old player, emerged as the game changer. Blum's exceptional performance in the Champions League match led YB to secure their first winter European survival, landing a spot in the Europa League Round of 16 with a 2-0 victory. The highlight of the game was undoubtedly Blum's first goal in the competition at the 29th minute, earning him the title of the man of the match.
From Bench to Star Player
Blum joined the YB team late due to his engagement in the U21 European Championship, which initially relegated him to the bench. However, his talent couldn't be sidelined for long. Since early October, Blum has reclaimed his starting position and has been consistently delivering stellar performances that have strengthened YB's game.
A Potential Candidate for the Swiss National Team?
Blum's rapid progress raises a compelling question: Could he be considered for the Swiss national team? This seems likely, especially given the current predicament faced by National team coach Murat Yakin. Yakin, who has been struggling to find a solid number 2 for the right-back position, may very well consider Blum as a potential fit, especially in light of his recent performance.
Around the Sports World
In other sports news, YB secured third place in the Champions League Group G. Expert Benjamin Huggel provided insightful commentary on the matches. In skiing news, Marco Odermatt and Aleksander Kilde showed good form during training at Beaver Creek. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) rejected Switzerland's Olympic plans for 2030, while Dortmund celebrated a victory in Milan. In football, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) managed a late draw with Newcastle, and Josua Mettler secured a spot in the World Cup.