U.S. Men’s National Team defender John Books recently told SBI that playing in the UEFA Champions League is a dream he’s desperate to realize. On Sunday, Brooks and Wolfsburg made their Champions League qualification official with a 2-2 draw against RB Leipzig on Sunday.
Eintracht Frankfurt’s 4-3 loss to Schalke on Saturday left Wolfsburg virtually uncatchable in the race for the Bundesliga top four, with Wolfsburg holding a three-point lead on Frankfurt, and a +10 goal difference with one match remaining.
Wolfsburg removed any doubt with its draw against RB Leipzig, ensuring a place in next season’s Champions League.
Wolfsburg is one of the best defensive teams in the Bundesliga this season and Brooks has been a major reason for it. The U.S. Men’s National Team defender has helped Oliver Glasner’s side concede just 34 goals this season, four more than league leader RB Leipzig.
Brooks, 28, has played in 31 of Wolfsburg’s 33 league matches to date, scoring two goals and totaling over 2,600 minutes of action. He’s helped Wolfsburg pick up 11 league victories in 2021 compared to only four defeats over the second half of the season.
Wolfsburg hadn’t reached the UEFA Champions League since the 2015-16 season, where it reached the quarterfinals before being beaten by Real Madrid.