Arne Friedrich

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Arne Friedrich
Arne Friedrich, April 2012.png
Arne Friedrich in April 2012
Personal information
Full name Arne Friedrich[1]
Date of birth (1979-05-29) 29 May 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Bad Oeynhausen, West Germany
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1985–1987 FC Bad Oeynhausen
1987–1992 TuS Lohe
1992–1995 SC Herford
1995–1999 FC Gütersloh
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 SC Verl 31 (0)
2000–2002 Arminia Bielefeld 47 (1)
2002–2010 Hertha BSC 231 (13)
2010–2011 VfL Wolfsburg 15 (0)
2012–2013 Chicago Fire 23 (1)
Total 347 (15)
National team
2000–2001 Germany U21 5 (0)
2002 Germany Team 2006 1 (0)
2002–2011 Germany 82 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Arne Friedrich (German pronunciation: [ˈaɐ̯nə ˈfʁiːdʁɪç]) (born 29 May 1979) is a retired German football defender.[2] 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.

As announced on 21 January 2013, Friedrich became a US permanent resident which allowed him to no longer occupy an international slot while playing for the Major League Soccer clubs.[3]

Club career[edit]

Arminia Bielefeld[edit]

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.

Hertha BSC[edit]

In 2002, he accepted an offer from Hertha BSC. With the Berlin club, Friedrich won the DFB-Ligapokal that year, defeating FC Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and FC Schalke 04.

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.

VfL Wolfsburg[edit]

However after Hertha's relegation in 2010, he left the club in a €2million transfer[4] to VfL Wolfsburg, signing a three-year contract.[5]

Friedrich (left) playing for Chicago Fire.

On 19 September 2011 he was released from his contract at Wolfsburg due to long term injury.[6]

Chicago Fire[edit]

In March 2012, he signed with the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer.[7] 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.[8] Friedrich was named the club's 2012 season's Defender of the Year.[9] At the end of 2012 season, Friedrich extended his contract with Chicago Fire until the end of 2013.[10] Due to recurring injuries, Friedrich did not appear in any matches in 2013.[11][12]

Retirement[edit]

On 23 June 2013, Friedrich announced his retirement from professional football.[13][14]

International career[edit]

Friedrich and Michael Ballack playing for Germany in 2009
Friedrich with Germany in 2011

Friedrich played a total of five games for the German U-21 team, and once for the B-team known as "Team 2006".

Arne Friedrich with Hertha BSC in 2009

On 21 August 2002, Friedrich made his debut for the senior team against Bulgaria with in a 2–2 draw in Sofia.[15] 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.

In March 2009, German coach Joachim Löw explained that he now planned Friedrich as a centre back instead of the right wing back position.

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[4] for Germany on 3 July 2010 in the 2010 World Cup 4–0 quarter-final win over Argentina.[16] He became famous for being the German international playing 'most games in a row without scoring': 76 matches.

Career statistics[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 7 May 2013
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFL-Ligapokal Europe Total
Arminia Bielefeld Bundesliga 2000–01 25 1 2 0 27 1
2001–02 22 0 2 0 24 0
Club Totals 47 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 49 1
Hertha BSC Bundesliga 2002–03 33 5 1 0 3 0 8 0 45 5
2003–04 30 2 3 1 0 0 2 0 35 3
2004–05 25 3 0 0 25 3
2005–06 31 1 3 1 1 0 8 0 43 2
2006–07 26 2 4 0 0 0 4 0 34 2
2007–08 30 0 2 0 0 0 32 0
2008–09 25 0 1 0 8 0 34 0
2009–10 31 0 0 0 7 0 38 0
Club Totals 231 13 14 2 4 0 37 0 286 15
VfL Wolfsburg Bundesliga 2010–11 15 0 2 0 17 0
2011–12 0 0 0 0 0 0
Club Totals 15 0 2 0 0 0 17 0
United States League U.S. Open Cup MLS Playoffs North America Total
Chicago Fire MLS 2012 23 1 0 0 1 0 24 1
2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Club Totals 23 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 24 1
Club totals Germany 293 14 20 2 4 0 37 0 354 16
United States 23 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 24 1
Career totals 316 15 20 2 5 0 37 0 378 17

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first.
Arne Friedrich: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 3 July 2010 Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa  Argentina 3–0 4–0 2010 FIFA World Cup

Honours[edit]

Hertha BSC

National Team[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 12 June 2010. p. 11. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Verletzungsprobleme: Arne Friedrich beendet seine Karriere" [Injury problems: Arne Friedrich ends his career] (in German). Spiegel Online. 23 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Arne Friedrich Receives U.S. Green Card". chicago-fire.com. 21 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b 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. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "Germany defender Friedrich quits Wolfsburg". Sports Illustrated. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Fire acquire German World Cup veteran Arne Friedrich Chicago Fire Communications". Chicago Fire Soccer Club. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Recap: Rolfe, Friedrich power Fire to 3–1 win over Philly". 12 August 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Fire Announce 2012 Team Award Winners". 27 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Fire Re-sign Defender Arne Friedrich". chicago-fire.com. 7 November 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  11. ^ Crandall, Jeff (11 March 2013). "Defender Arne Friedrich heads to Germany for hamstring treatment". chicago-fire.com. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Chicago Fire Defender Arne Friedrich Returns To Germany To Receive Treatment For Hip Injury". chicago-fire.com. 29 May 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Chicago Fire Defender Arne Friedrich Announces Retirement". chicago-fire.com. 23 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  14. ^ Zills, Anthony (23 June 2013). "Chicago Fire defender Arne Friedrich announces retirement from professional soccer". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  15. ^ Matthias Arnhold (19 September 2013). "Arne Friedrich - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "Match Report". FIFA. 3 July 2010. Archived from the original on 7 July 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2010. [dead link]

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