Andreas Beck (footballer)
Beck celebrates winning the 2006–07 Bundesliga title with VfB Stuttgart
|Full name||Andreas Beck|
|Date of birth||13 March 1987|
|Place of birth||Kemerovo, Soviet Union|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|2005–2007||VfB Stuttgart II||23||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Kemerovo, Russia, Beck was well looked after as a child, but nevertheless had it hard. When he was three, his family emigrated to Germany. "I will never forget that we lived in a caravan at first.”
Beck started his football career at DJK-SG Wasseralfingen and SVH Köningsbronn before the age of 14, he transferred to VfB Stuttgart as his first club. In 2005, Beck signed a professional contract with the club. The following year, Beck made his Bundesliga debut for VfB Stuttgart on 11 February 2006 against Arminia Bielefeld. Five days later he experienced his European debut with a substitute appearance in the intermediate round of the UEFA cup against the Middlesbrough. He scored his first goal for Stuttgart on 27 October 2007 against Bayer Leverkusen which resulted in a 1–0 win for Stuttgart.
After failing to secure a starting eleven for Stuttgart, Beck decided to leave the club to looked for a new challenge and eventually moved to 1899 Hoffenheim for worth around three million euros on 4 July 2008. Beck made his debut for Hoffenheim shirt in a DFB-Pokal match as Hoffenheim won 1–0 over Chemnitz on 10 August 2008. Beck made his league debut for Hoffenheim in a 3–0 win over Energie Cottbus on 16 August 2008. Since joining, Beck later established himself as a key member of the side and got more playing time at the club than at Stuttgart. In his first season, Beck made 30 league appearances and had two assists. Only Tobias Weis and Demba Ba were on more missions over the course of the season.
In the 2010–11 season, Beck was announced as new captain for the club, succeeding former captain Per Nilsson, who left for Nürnberg. He played his first match as captain on 14 August 2011 as the club won 4–0 in the DFB-Pokal first round encounter against Hansa Rostock.
"I'm happy about having been given this responsibility. But my priority remains to work for the success of the club and nothing else,"—Beck on being a captain.
In May 2011, Hoffenheim 1899 claimed Juventus made an approach for Beck as the Italian side held a long-term interest in Beck. But Juventus' interests in Beck were put back on hold after Luigi Del Neri was sacked at Juventus. Hoffenheim accepted a bid for Beck from Juventus but however the move was put off by Hoffenheim's evaluation of the 24-year-old. Afterwards, Juventus were not interested anymore. Eventually two months later, Beck extended his deal with Hoffenheim by a further two years to 2014. In the 2011–12 season, Beck scored his first goal for the club in a 3–2 loss against Nürnberg on 28 April 2012. Beck made 31 appearances in that season.
Due to his good performance for Hoffenheim, Beck was called up on 5 February 2009 for the Germany national football team and made his debut against Norway in Düsseldorf.
His largest international success was the gain of the UEFA European Under-21 Championships 2009 in Sweden under manager Horst Hrubesch. He scored the only goal against Italy U21 to send Germany to the final. He played the full 90 minutes against England U21 in the final and helped keep a clean sheet in the 4–0 win.
Beck was included on the 30-man preliminary roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but did not make the final 23 man squad by Joachim Löw as he favoured Dennis Aogo and Holger Badstuber to be in the 23 man squad. After being left out of the squad for the 2010 World Cup, Beck believed his exclusion from the squad will help accelerate his development as a person and a footballer.
As of 22 February 2014[update]
|2005–06||Stuttgart II||Regionalliga Süd||12||1||0||0||0||0||12||1|
|2006–07||Stuttgart II||Regionalliga Süd||11||0||0||0||0||0||11||0|
- VfB Stuttgart
- Bundesliga: 2006–07
- Germany U-21
- "Andreas Beck: The Low-key guy". Bundesliga Official Website. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
- "Spiele von Andreas Beck 2005/2006" (in German). Fussballdaten.de. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 13 November 2007.
- "Hoffenheim sign Andreas Beck". VfB.de. Retrieved 4 July 2008.
- "Beck announced as new Hoffenheim captain". 1899 Hoffenheim Official Website. 14 August 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
- "Juventus make move for Beck". Sky Sports. 3 May 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
- "Hoffenheim hope to keep Beck". Sky Sports. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
- "Beck in no contract rush". Sky Sports. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
- "Beck extends stay with Hoffenheim". FourFourTwo. 14 October 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
- "Match: TSG Hoffenheim vs Nurnberg". ESPN Soccernet. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
- "World Cup 2010: Andreas Beck dignified after omission". The Telegraph. 2 June 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
- Andreas Beck at TSG-Hoffenheim.de (German)
- Andreas Beck at fussballdaten.de (German)
- ESPN Soccernet Profile
- Andreas Beck career statistics at Soccerbase