Draxler with Germany in 2012
|Date of birth||20 September 1993|
|Place of birth||Gladbeck, Germany|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|Current club||Schalke 04|
|2000–2001||SSV Buer 07/28|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Draxler made his Bundesliga debut on 15 January 2011 in a 0–1 loss to Hamburger SV. At that time, he was the fourth youngest Bundesliga player ever. One week later, in Schalke's 1–0 win against Hannover 96, he became the second youngest field player after Nuri Şahin to ever start a Bundesliga game.
On 25 January 2011, Julian Draxler came on as a substitute for Peer Kluge in the quarter finals of the DFB-Pokal against 1. FC Nürnberg in the second half of extra time. He scored his first goal for Schalke 04 in the dying seconds of the game to win the match 3–2 for his club. He scored his first goal in the Bundesliga on 1 April 2011 against St. Pauli.
Draxler opened the scoring in Schalke's 2011 DFB-Pokal Final victory over MSV Duisburg, volleying in from outside the area, scoring the first of what proved to be five unanswered goals for Schalke.
In the 2011–12 season, Draxler played an important part in securing third place and Champions League qualification for Schalke, appearing in 30 of 34 league games, mainly on the left side of midfield to accommodate Lewis Holtby in a central role.
The following season, Draxler continued to prove himself to be an important first team player, scoring in matches against Greuther Fürth, Werder Bremen, Borussia Mönchengladbach, and in a high-scoring 5–4 victory against Hannover 96. Draxler continued to play an important role after Holtby's departure and the signing of Michel Bastos, allowing Draxler to impress in his favoured attacking midfield position, including two goals in a 4–1 victory at Wolfsburg. While scoring in a 2–1 win to complete a league double over rivals Borussia Dortmund, Draxler became Schalke's youngest ever player to appear in 100 competitive games. On 3 May, he scored the game's only goal as Schalke beat Borussia Mönchengladbach 1–0 at Borussia-Park.
On 10 May 2013, Draxler signed a two-year contract extension which runs until the summer of 2018, ending speculation linking him with local Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund. Schalke fans were so delighted at the news that they hired a fleet of billboard trucks to tease Dortmund. On 2 October 2013, Draxler scored the only goal in an away game against FC Basel in the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League, and his goal resulted in a 1–0 victory for Schalke. This win took Schalke 04 to the top of their group.In the final match of Champions league group stage, Draxler opened scoring for Schalke in 2–0 victory against Basel, taking them through to knock-out stages of Champions league.
On 7 May 2012, he was called up into the provisional squad for the UEFA Euro 2012 senior side for Germany. He is one of two uncapped players in the provisional squad. On 26 May 2012, Draxler made his debut for the senior side, playing in Germany's 5–3 loss to Switzerland, coming on as a substitute, replacing Lukas Podolski in the 62nd minute. He saw an effort straying just off the target through a deflection, denying him an international debut goal. His first international goal was scored on 2 June 2013 in a friendly against the United States. The goal was scored in the 81st minute to bring the score to 3–4, a finish of a shot that had rebounded off of goalkeeper Tim Howard.
- As of 15 December 2013
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- "Schalke 04 vs Nürnberg Report". goal.com. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
- "Schalke’s Julian Draxler proud to score first Bundesliga goal against St Pauli". goal.com. 2 April 2011. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
- Whitney, Clark (21 May 2011). "Duisburg 0–5 Schalke: Royal Blues lift German Cup". goal.com. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
- "Draxler: "It doesn't get much better"". bundesliga.com. 10 March 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
- Whitney, Clark (3 May 2013). "Gladbach 0–1 Schalke – Draxler nets the winner". Schalke04.de. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
- "Schalke troll Dortmund with Julian Draxler extension billboards". inside World Soccer. 10 May 2013.
- "Schalke secure spot in last 16". ESPN FC. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
- "Holtby sets Germany on course for Cyprus win". UEFA. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
- "Löw zaubert Draxler aus dem Hut". kicker.de. 7 May 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
- "Schalker Draxler ab Mitte Februar wieder Schüler". Focus (in German). 11 February 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- "Draxler, Julian" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
- Whitney, Clark (22 July 2011). "Bayern Munich's Emre Can, Schalke's Julian Draxler & Borussia Monchengladbach's Marc-Andre ter Stegen honoured with 2011 Fritz Walter Medals". goal.com. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
- Official website
- Julian Draxler at fussballdaten.de (German)
- Julian Draxler – FIFA competition record
- Julian Draxler – UEFA competition record
- Transfermarkt profile
- Julian Draxler at ESPN FC