Andreas Ivanschitz

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Andreas Ivanschitz
FIFA WC-qualification 2014 - Austria vs. Germany 2012-09-11 - Andreas Ivanschitz 01.JPG
Ivanschitz with Austria in 2012
Personal information
Full name Andreas Ivanschitz
Date of birth (1983-10-15) 15 October 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth Eisenstadt, Austria
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Levante
Number 21
Youth career
1989–1998 ASK Baumgarten
1998–2000 Rapid Wien
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Rapid Wien 147 (25)
2006 Red Bull Salzburg 13 (1)
2006–2011 Panathinaikos 67 (10)
2009–2011 1. FSV Mainz 05 (loan) 47 (9)
2011–2013 1. FSV Mainz 05 57 (13)
2013– Levante 29 (3)
National team
Austria U16 10 (0)
Austria U17 7 (1)
Austria U18 5 (1)
2001–2003 Austria U21 10 (1)
2003– Austria 67 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 March 2014

Andreas Ivanschitz (born 15 October 1983 in Eisenstadt) is an Austrian footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Levante.[1]

A full international since 2003, he represented Austria at Euro 2008.

Club career[edit]

Ivanschitz began his football career as a youth in his town's local team called ASK Baumgarten, where he spent nine years.

Soon, Rapid Wien scouts found out about his talent and in 1998, he signed his first professional contract with the Austrian champions. He was only 16 years old when he wore his team's shirt during an Austrian Cup match against Ranshofen on 26 October 1999. His first official League match was in 2000 against Wüstenrot Salzburg. In 177 games for Rapid Wien, Ivanschitz scored 27 times, winning the Austrian Championship title in 2004–05. In 2003, he was elected "Austrian Footballer of the Year."

In January 2006, Ivanschitz transferred to Red Bull Salzburg and then to Greek Super League club Panathinaikos in August 2006 on a two-year loan. On 20 June 2008, Ivanschitz agreed on a permanent deal with Panathinaikos.[2]

After three years in Greece with Panathinaikos he agreed on 18 July 2009 on a two-year loan with 1. FSV Mainz 05 with the view to a two-year permanent contract in the summer of 2011. Mainz took advantage of this contract option prematurely, and signed Ivanschitz permanently in January 2011.[3]

On 10 June 2013, Ivanschitz left Mainz for Levante UD.[4] He scored his first goal in La Liga on 31 August, the winner with the last kick of a 2–1 home win over Rayo Vallecano.[5] He finished his first season in Spain with three goals from 29 games, the last being in a 2–0 win over city rivals Valencia CF on 10 May.[6]

International career[edit]

Ivanschitz made his debut for Austria in a February 2003 friendly match against Greece, coming on as a substitute for Markus Weissenberger. He was also a participant at the UEFA Euro 2008. He has earned 67 caps for Austria and has scored 12 goals.[7]

He captained Austria for the first time when he was only 19 years old. Ivanschitz wears shirt number 10 in the national team and his position is in the midfield, preferably in an attacking position. Ivanschitz is considered the David Beckham of Austria, despite favouring his left foot; still the name stuck because of his exposure to the local media and popularity with the fans. In September 2009 he was abandoned by Austria's coach, Dietmar Constantini, who has said he will never call up the playmaker. He was called up again to the national team after Constantini stepped down as coach on 13 September 2011.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Austria's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 October 2003 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna  Czech Republic 2–1 2–3 Euro 2004 qualifier
2. 4 September 2004 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna  England 2–2 2–2 2006 World Cup qualifier
3. 23 May 2006 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna  Croatia 1–1 1–4 Friendly
4. 7 February 2007 Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali  Malta 1–1 1–1 Friendly
5. 17 October 2007 Tivoli-Neu, Innsbruck  Ivory Coast 2–1 3–2 Friendly
6. 26 March 2008 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna  Netherlands 1–0 3–4 Friendly
7. 6 September 2008 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna  France 3–1 3–1 2010 World Cup qualifier
8. 7 October 2011 Dalga Stadium, Baku  Azerbaijan 1–0 4–1 Euro 2012 qualifier
9. 29 February 2012 Wörtherseestadion, Klagenfurt  Finland 3–0 3–1 Friendly
10. 15 August 2012 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna  Turkey 2–0 2–0 Friendly
11. 22 March 2013 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna  Faroe Islands 3–0 6–0 2014 World Cup qualifier
12. 15 October 2013 Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands  Faroe Islands 1–0 3–0 2014 World Cup qualifier

National team statistics[edit]

Ivanschitz before Austria's friendly match against Côte d'Ivoire in November 2012
Austria national team
Year Apps Goals
2003 5 1
2004 6 1
2005 7 0
2006 8 1
2007 9 2
2008 13 2
2009 1 0
2011 3 1
2012 7 2
2013 5 2
Total 64 12

Honours[edit]

Rapid Wien

Personal life[edit]

Ivanschitz comes from a musical family and plays various musical instruments in his spare time. He is a part of the Burgenland Croat community. [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ivanschitz, Andreas" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Τελειώνει του Ιβανσιτς" (in Greek). Contra. 20 June 2008. Retrieved 19 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Andreas Ivanschitz endgültig ein Mainzer" [Andreas Ivanschitz finally a Mainzer] (in German). 1. FSV Mainz 05. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Ivanschitz set for Levante move". The World Game. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Ivanschitz goal sinks Rayo". ESPN. 31 August 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Derby spoils for Levante". Sky Sports News. 10 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Austria – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 19 October 2009. 
  8. ^ "Dies from the Krowodnrock?" (in German). wienerzeitung.at. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 

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