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Arne Friedrich in April 2012
|Full name||Arne Friedrich|
|Date of birth||29 May 1979|
|Place of birth||Bad Oeynhausen, West Germany|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|1985–1987||FC Bad Oeynhausen|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Arne Friedrich (German pronunciation: [ˈaɐ̯nə ˈfʁiːdʁɪç]) (born 29 May 1979 in Bad Oeynhausen, North Rhine-Westphalia) is a retired German football defender. He played 82 times for the German national team.
He is a very versatile player, playing full back, center back, and occasionally a midfield position. As of October 2011, Friedrich has represented his country on 82 occasions, scoring once. He participated in Euro 2004, World Cup 2006, Euro 2008 and the World Cup 2010.
In the 2000–01 season Arne Friedrich signed his first professional contract. Hermann Gerland, head coach of Arminia Bielefeld at the time, scouted Friedrich while playing for Regionalliga club SC Verl. Because of his convincing performance, Gerland decided to bring Friedrich to Bielefeld, where he immediately became a regular starter.
In 2004–05, Falko Götz named Friedrich captain, a role he kept for the remainder of his time at Hertha. He renewed his contract with Hertha twice which was due to run until 2012 with a performance-based option for an additional year.
On 19 September 2011 he was released from his contract at Wolfsburg due to long term injury.
In March 2012, he signed with the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer. Friedrich made his competitive debut for Chicago in a match against the Houston Dynamo on 16 April 2012. The game ended in a 1–1 draw. Friedrich scored his first MLS goal on 12 August 2012 in a match against Philadelphia Union. Friedrich was named the club's 2012 season's Defender of the Year. At the end of 2012 season, Friedrich extended his contract with Chicago Fire until the end of 2013. Due to recurring injuries, Friedrich did not appear in any matches in 2013.
On 21 August 2002, Friedrich made his debut for the senior team against Bulgaria with in a 2–2 draw in Sofia. His first major tournament for the national team was Euro 2004 where he appeared in all three group matches that saw the German team was eliminated. On 21 December 2004, Friedrich captained Germany in a 5–1 friendly win over Thailand in Bangkok. He has captained the team three more time since.
In 2005, Germany took part in the Confederations Cup, as upcoming World Cup hosts. Friedrich took turns with Andreas Hinkel on the right wing back position. The following year, he was part of the 23-man squad for the 2006 World Cup. Except the match for third place, which he missed due to an injury, Friedrich started all of Germany's games.
At Euro 2008, Friedrich was once again part of the German team, but was initially intended as a substitute. Following an injury to Marcell Jansen, he started the final group game and all three knock-out stage matches. The quarter-final was one of Friedrich's best international matches where he successfully shut down Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo.
He was part of Germanys squad in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. After a Bastian Schweinsteiger solo run, he scored his very first international goal on his 77th appearance for Germany on 3 July 2010 in the 2010 World Cup 4–0 quarter-final win over Argentina. He became famous for being the German international playing 'most games in a row without scoring': 76 matches.
- As of 7 May 2013
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|United States||League||U.S. Open Cup||MLS Playoffs||North America||Total|
- Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first.
|1.||3 July 2010||Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa||Argentina||3–0||4–0||2010 FIFA World Cup|
- FIFA Confederations Cup Third Place: 2005
- FIFA World Cup Third Place: 2006
- UEFA European Football Championship Runner-up: 2008
- FIFA World Cup Third place: 2010
- "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 12 June 2010. p. 11. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
- "Verletzungsprobleme: Arne Friedrich beendet seine Karriere" [Injury problems: Arne Friedrich ends his career] (in German). Spiegel Online. 23 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- "Arne Friedrich Receives U.S. Green Card". chicago-fire.com. 21 January 2013.
- Langer, Sebastian (3 July 2010). "Ein Tor mit 76 Spielen Anlauf" [A goal with 76 matches warm up]. Berliner Kurier (in German). Retrieved 4 July 2010.
- Dobbert, Steffen (2 July 2010). "Ich habe Sachen gelesen, die kotzen mich an" [I have read things that make me sick]. Die Zeit (in German). Archived from the original on 5 July 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
- "Germany defender Friedrich quits Wolfsburg". Sports Illustrated. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
- "Fire acquire German World Cup veteran Arne Friedrich Chicago Fire Communications". Chicago Fire Soccer Club. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
- "Recap: Rolfe, Friedrich power Fire to 3–1 win over Philly". 12 August 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
- "Fire Announce 2012 Team Award Winners". 27 October 2012.
- "Fire Re-sign Defender Arne Friedrich". chicago-fire.com. 7 November 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- Crandall, Jeff (11 March 2013). "Defender Arne Friedrich heads to Germany for hamstring treatment". chicago-fire.com. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- "Chicago Fire Defender Arne Friedrich Returns To Germany To Receive Treatment For Hip Injury". chicago-fire.com. 29 May 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- "Chicago Fire Defender Arne Friedrich Announces Retirement". chicago-fire.com. 23 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- Zills, Anthony (23 June 2013). "Chicago Fire defender Arne Friedrich announces retirement from professional soccer". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- Matthias Arnhold (19 September 2013). "Arne Friedrich - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
- "Match Report". FIFA. 3 July 2010. Archived from the original on 7 July 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2010.[dead link]
- Official website (German)
- Arne Friedrich at fussballdaten.de (German)
- Arne Friedrich at kicker.de (German)
- Arne Friedrich at National-Football-Teams.com