André Schürrle

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André Schürrle
FIFA WC-qualification 2014 - Austria vs. Germany 2012-09-11 - André Schürrle 01.JPG
Schürrle with Germany in 2012.
Personal information
Full name André Horst Schürrle[1]
Date of birth (1990-11-06) 6 November 1990 (age 23)
Place of birth Ludwigshafen, Germany
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
Chelsea
Number 14
Youth career
1996–2006 Ludwigshafener SC
2006–2009 1. FSV Mainz 05
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 1. FSV Mainz 05 66 (20)
2011–2013 Bayer Leverkusen 65 (18)
2013– Chelsea 32 (9)
National team
2008–2009 Germany U19 11 (4)
2009 Germany U20 1 (1)
2009–2010 Germany U21 4 (3)
2010– Germany 39 (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:02, 13 July 2014 (UTC)

André Horst Schürrle (born 6 November 1990) is a German footballer, who plays as a forward or winger for Premier League club Chelsea and the German national team.

He began his career at 1. FSV Mainz 05 in 2009, spending two years at the club before a £6.5 million transfer to Bayer 04 Leverkusen. His performances there gained the attention of Chelsea, who signed him for a reported £18 million in 2013.

Schürrle has been a full international for Germany since 2010, gaining over 30 caps and scoring 16 goals. He was a member of the German squads which reached the semi-finals at UEFA Euro 2012 and won the 2014 FIFA World Cup. During extra-time in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final he provided the cross for Mario Götze's winning goal against Argentina.

Early life

Schürrle was born in Ludwigshafen, Rhineland-Palatinate to Luise[3] and Joachim Schürrle.[4]

Club career

Early career

Schürrle started his career at local club Ludwigshafener SC, before joining 1. FSV Mainz 05 in 2006.[citation needed] He spent three years playing for the club's youth teams, where he won the Under 19 Bundesliga in 2009.[citation needed]

1. FSV Mainz 05

In August 2009, Schürrle made his Bundesliga debut in a 2–2 draw against Bayer Leverkusen on the opening day of the 2009–10 season.[5] The following month, on 19 September 2009, Schürrle scored his first two league goals in a 3–2 away win against VfL Bochum before signing a professional contract with the club later in the week.[6]

In September 2010, Mainz announced that Schürrle had signed a five-year contract with Bayer Leverkusen, and would join the club at the end of the 2010–11 season. The transfer fee agreed between the two clubs was believed to be in the region of €8 million.[5]

Bayer Leverkusen

Schürrle completed his £6.5 million move to Bayer Leverkusen in 2011,[7] signing a five-year contract with the club until the summer of 2016.[8] He scored on his debut in a German Cup tie against SG Dynamo Dresden. He had to wait until 15 October 2011 to open his Bundesliga account for Bayer Leverkusen, when he netted a late equalizer against Borussia Mönchengladbach, rescuing his side a point as the match finished 2–2.[9] Schürrle registered his first European goal in the Champions League in a home win over Valencia CF four days later.[10]

On 26 September, Schürrle scored his first goal of the season against Augsburg in a 3–1 win.[11] In the fixture against Bayern Munich on 28 October 2012, Schürrle provided an assist for Stefan Kießling in a 2–1 win at the Allianz Arena. This gave Bayern their first loss of the season in the Bundesliga and gave Bayer Leverkusen their first victory in Munich since October 1989.[12] On 30 March 2013, Schürrle scored twice in the match against Fortuna Düsseldorf, in a 4–1 win.[13] On 20 April 2013, Schürrle scored a brace and made an assist as they thumped Hoffenheim 5–0 at home.[14] Schürrle finished the 2012–13 campaign with a tally of 14 goals and 9 assists in 43 games across all competitions.[15]

Chelsea

2013-14

Schürrle playing against Roma in 2013
Schürrle warming up for Chelsea in 2013

On 18 April 2013, it was confirmed that Bayer Leverkusen's director of sport Rudi Völler had travelled to London to hold talks with Chelsea over the transfer of Schürrle, although no fee had yet been agreed.[16] On 13 June 2013, Chelsea confirmed via their official website that they had reached an agreement with Leverkusen for the transfer of Schürrle,[17] with the transfer fee reported to be in the region of €21 million (£18 million).[18][19] On 25 June 2013, Chelsea announced that they had completed the transfer of Schürrle, bringing an end to the Londoners' protracted pursuit of the German forward. With Schürrle signing a five-year contract, he was given the number 14 shirt.[20] On 4 August Schürrle scored his first goal in a Chelsea shirt in a pre-season friendly match against Milan during a tour of the United States.[21]

On 18 August 2013, Schürrle made his competitive debut for Chelsea, coming on as a 67th-minute substitute for Kevin De Bruyne in a Premier League 2–0 win over Hull City at Stamford Bridge.[22] His first goal for Chelsea came in the club's 2–1 home victory over title challengers Manchester City on 27 October 2013, where he scored from a cross by teammate Fernando Torres.[23] On 7 December 2013, he then scored two goals against Stoke City in a 3–2 defeat.[24] On 1 March 2014, Schürrle scored his first Premier League hat-trick, against Fulham in a 3–1 away victory in the West London derby.[25] On 22 March 2014, Schürrle assisted Samuel Eto'o's goal in the 5th minute and sent Chelsea into a 2-0 lead on the 7th minute at home to Arsenal, in a match where he was awarded Man of the match, as Chelsea went on to win 6-0.[26]

On 8 April 2014, Schürrle scored in Chelsea's second leg UEFA Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain to help the Blues overturn a 3–1 first leg deficit, in a match that eventually ended in a 2–0 win and with Chelsea advancing to the semi-finals on the away-goals rule.[27] His first season in England ended with 8 goals in 30 Premier League matches.

2014–15

On 18 August 2014, in Chelsea's first game of the league season, Schürrle scored the second goal of a 3–1 victory away to Burnley, from Cesc Fàbregas' pass.[28]

International career

Schürrle playing for Germany in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier against Austria, on 3 June 2011
Schürrle warming-up for Germany

Youth team

Schürrle made his debut in a UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship qualifying match against Luxembourg, which resulted in a 3–0 win.[citation needed] After impressing for 1. FSV Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga he was called up to the under-21 team team in 2009.[citation needed]

Senior team

In November 2010, Schürrle received a call up to the senior team.[29] He subsequently made his debut in a friendly against Sweden, appearing as a substitute in the 79th minute. Schürrle and Mario Götze, who came on simultaneously, were the first two German international players to be born in reunified Germany.[30] On 29 May 2011, Schürrle scored his first goal for the senior team, during a friendly against Uruguay in a 2–1 win.[31]

Schürrle was chosen in Germany's squad for their qualification for UEFA Euro 2012. He scored against Azerbaijan in a 3–1 win, on 7 June 2011.[32] On 2 September 2011, he scored again in the 6–2 thrashing victory over Austria,[33] in both cases coming on as a substitute. In the next qualification fixture against Belgium on 11 October 2011, Schürrle was rewarded with his first start in the Euro 2012 qualifiers, and scored in the 33rd minute chipping over Simon Mignolet.[34] After scoring three times during the campaign as Germany won ten out of ten games to top their group in their qualifiers, Schürrle was named in the Germany 23-man squad for UEFA Euro 2012 and was given the number nine shirt.[33] He made his first appearance at Euro 2012 on 17 June, coming on as a substitute in the 64th minute for Lukas Podolski, in the 2–1 win over Denmark.[35]

On 15 October 2013, Schürrle scored a hat-trick in a 5–3 away win against Sweden in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification.[36]

Schürrle was named in Germany's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[37] He made his FIFA World Cup debut as a substitute in the team's opening match, a 4–0 defeat of Portugal.[38] In the 2–1 victory over Algeria in the round of 16, Schürrle came on for Götze as a half-time substitute and scored the opening goal of the match in the second minute of extra time.[39] On 8 July, he scored Germany's final two goals after replacing Miroslav Klose as a 58th-minute substitute in a 7–1 semi-final victory over Brazil.[40]

Schürrle again came on as a substitute in the final against Argentina, replacing the injured Christoph Kramer in the first half. He provided the cross for Götze's winning goal in the 113th minute.[41]

Playing style

Schürrle with Germany in 2011

Schürrle usually plays as a winger for Chelsea but naturally positioned as a second striker.[42] One of Schürrle's "key assets" is his "long-distance sprinting on the counter-attack."[42] Schürrle also has an excellent fitness level, work-rate and pace.[42] Schürrle is considered to be a "good finisher" and "capable of executing counter-attacks effectively.".[42] He often likes to cut inside, shoot from distance and enjoys time on the ball.[43]

Career statistics

Club

As of 23 August 2014[44]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Mainz 05 Bundesliga 2009–10 33 5 1 0 34 5
2010–11 33 15 1 0 34 15
Total 66 20 2 0 0 0 68 20
Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga 2011–12 31 7 1 1 8 1 40 9
2012–13 34 11 3 1 6 2 43 14
Total 65 18 4 2 14 3 83 23
Chelsea Premier League 2013–14 30 8 1 0 1 0 10 1 1 0 43 9
Premier League 2014–15 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Total 32 9 1 0 1 0 10 1 1 0 45 10
Career total 163 47 7 2 1 0 24 4 1 0 196 53

International

Statistics accurate as of matches played on 13 July 2014.[45]
Germany
Year Apps Goals
2010 1 0
2011 10 5
2012 9 2
2013 10 4
2014 9 5
Total 39 16

International goals

Scores and results table. Germany's goal tally first.[46][47][48][49][50][51][52]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 29 May 2011 Rhein-Neckar-Arena, Sinsheim, Germany  Uruguay 2–0 2–1 Friendly
2. 7 June 2011 Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan  Azerbaijan 3–1 3–1 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
3. 10 August 2011 Mercedes-Benz Arena, Stuttgart, Germany  Brazil 3–1 3–2 Friendly
4. 2 September 2011 Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany  Austria 5–2 6–2 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
5. 11 October 2011 Esprit Arena, Düsseldorf, Germany  Belgium 2–0 3–1 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
6. 26 May 2012 St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland  Switzerland 2–3 3–5 Friendly
7. 31 May 2012 Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany  Israel 2–0 2–0 Friendly
8. 11 October 2013 Rhein-Energie Stadion, Cologne, Germany  Republic of Ireland 2–0 3–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
9. 15 October 2013 Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden  Sweden 3–2 5–3 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
10. 4–2
11. 5–3
12. 1 June 2014 Borussia Park, Mönchengladbach, Germany  Cameroon 2–1 2–2 Friendly
13. 6 June 2014 Coface Arena, Mainz, Germany  Armenia 1–0 6–1 Friendly
14. 30 June 2014 Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre, Brazil  Algeria 1–0 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup
15. 8 July 2014 Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil  Brazil 6–0 7–1 2014 FIFA World Cup
16. 7–0

Honours

Club

Chelsea

International

Germany

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