|Full name||Carsten Ramelow|
|Date of birth||20 March 1974|
|Place of birth||West Berlin, West Germany|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back / Defensive midfielder|
|1987–1988||Tennis Borussia Berlin|
|1992–1994||Hertha BSC II||21||(11)|
|2008||Bayer 04 Leverkusen II|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Known for his tough tackling and defensive positioning, he played professionally for Hertha BSC and Bayer Leverkusen, during 17 years. The recipient of nearly 50 caps with Germany, he represented the nation at one World Cup and one European Championship.
Born in Berlin, Ramelow grew as a player at local Hertha BSC, playing five second division matches in his first two years combined, and five seasons in total: his debut came on 25 April 1992 (aged 18), in a 0–5 home loss against Bayer Uerdingen. In 1992–93, he helped the reserve squad reach the domestic cup final, where they lost to Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
In January 1996, Ramelow moved to the Bundesliga with precisely Bayer Leverkusen, being a major part of the squads that never finished lower than fourth until the 2003–04 season (except for 2002–03, where they would rank only 15th, the last place before the relegation zone); a defensive-minded player, he scored twice in his top flight debut, a 2–0 home win against F.C. Hansa Rostock on 19 March, and contributed with 16 matches (15 complete) in Bayer's 2001–02 UEFA Champions League runner-up run, including the final loss against Real Madrid.
On 3 November 2004, Ramelow was involved in an incident with A.S. Roma's Francesco Totti, during a 1–1 draw at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome for the Champions League: the Italian Totti jumped on a sliding Ramelow, stomping on his shoulder and back, and receiving a yellow card. From 2006–08, he appeared rarely due to injuries, and announced his retirement from football in March, at the age of 34.
Ramelow first appeared for the German national team on 10 October 1998, in a 0–1 loss in Turkey for the UEFA Euro 2000 qualifiers. He went on to win 46 caps, and was summoned for the squads at that tournament (not leaving the bench in an eventual group stage exit) and the 2002 FIFA World Cup (appearing five times for the losing finalists, and receiving a red card in the 2–0 group stage win against Cameroon).
|Club performance||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|1991–92||Hertha BSC||2. Bundesliga||2||0||-||-||-||2||0|
- Bundesliga Runner-up: 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2001–02
- UEFA Champions League Runner-up: 2001–02
- DFB-Pokal: Runner-up: 2001–02
- "Ende einer schönen Karriere" [The end of a beautiful career] (in German). kicker.de. 13 March 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
- Carsten Ramelow – FIFA competition record
- "Voeller names Germany squad". BBC Sport. 25 May 2004. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
- "Singende Fußballer" [Singing footballers] (in German). RP-Online. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
- Bandini, Paolo; Dart, James (15 August 2007). "Most goals on the opening weekend". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
- Carsten Ramelow at fussballdaten.de (German)
- Carsten Ramelow at Leverkusen who's who
- Carsten Ramelow at National-Football-Teams.com