I'm wondering what you think of this: http://www.kurier.at/sport/818898.php I guess I'm posting this here because a lot more people frequent this forum than the Austria/Switzerland boards. The gist of it is, Steffen Hofmann was brought to Rapid from the Bayern amateurs a couple of years ago by Matthäus. His career took off here and he was just named player of the year in Austria. He married an Austrian woman and there was talk of his taking Austrian citizenship and playing for Austria, but his recent form has earned him a look from Klinsmann and Löw. If I'm Hofmann and I'm using logic as the deciding factor, I choose Austria. He is almost guaranteed to be a fixture in the national team and to participate in at least one big tournament (Euro 2008). Whereas if he chooses Germany he will have a damn hard time cracking the lineup on any kind of regular basis. But I can appreciate that Germany may be where his heart is, and he grew up dreaming of playing for the German national team. Further complicating matters is that he will almost definitely be leaving Rapid at the end of the season, most likely for the German BL. So even if he were to choose Austria, he would be flying in from somewhere in Germany to play for them, which is kind of a mercenary situation. If I had to guess, I would say he will choose Germany, get a game or maybe two with the national team and that will be it for his international career. Obviously if the German national team coach is intersted in you, that gives you pause. But they are not really guaranteeing him anything other than a tryout, and even that is making him think long and hard.