"I'm absolutely delighted and happy because I've worked towards this for many years. For me, the nomination is a great honour and recognition of my achievements in the past, but also an incentive to keep working at this level," said Oliver Baumann. It is the first call-up the former Germany U21 goalkeeper, who has been playing for Hoffenheim since 2014, has received for the senior national team.
The 30-year-old could now be set to make his senior international debut in the upcoming Nations League matches at home to Spain (3 September, 20:45 CET) and away to Switzerland (6 September, 20:45 CET). Baumann started playing for Germany at U18 level and continued through the international youth ranks, making a total of 20 junior international appearances for Germany.
"Oliver Baumann has played a decisive role in TSG's successful development in recent years. For me, he is one of the strongest goalkeepers in the league and, furthermore, his outstanding attitude and character make him an asset to any team," said Alexander Rosen, the TSG Hoffenheim director of football, who was delighted with the call-up.
To date, the Breisach native has kept goal for TSG in 198 Bundesliga games and seven DFB Cup matches. He has also played in eight Champions League fixtures and five Europa League clashes. And having played 316 Bundesliga games in the past decade, Baumann was the record appearance-maker in the top flight during that time – ahead of the likes of Thomas Müller (314 games) and Robert Lewandowski (307).