Christian Gentner

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Christian Gentner
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Gentner with VfB Stuttgart in 2013
Personal information
Full name Christian Gentner
Date of birth (1985-08-14) 14 August 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Nürtingen, West Germany
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
VfB Stuttgart
Number 20
Youth career
1988–1998 TSV Beuren
1998–1999 VfL Kirchheim
1999–2004 VfB Stuttgart
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 VfB Stuttgart II 30 (6)
2004–2007 VfB Stuttgart 39 (1)
2007–2010 VfL Wolfsburg 99 (11)
2010– VfB Stuttgart 121 (19)
National team
2004–2006 Germany U20 14 (3)
2009–2010 Germany 5 (0)
* 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 24 May 2013

Christian Gentner (born 14 August 1985 in Nürtingen) is a German footballer who plays as a midfielder for and captains VfB Stuttgart. He won the Bundesliga twice, with VfB Stuttgart in 2007 and VfL Wolfsburg in 2009. He was also called up three times to the senior Germany squad.

Club career[edit]

Before joining VfB Stuttgart, the central midfielder played at TSV Beuren and VfL Kirchheim.

In the 2004–05 season, he played 28 times and scored six times for the Regionalliga (third division) team of VfB Stuttgart. In the same season, he had his Bundesliga debut against Hertha BSC on 20 February 2005 (1–0). He scored his first goal in a UEFA Cup game against NK Domzale on 25 September 2005.

In 2006, Gentner's contract in Stuttgart was extended until 2010.

On 18 July 2007, he was loaned to VfL Wolfsburg until summer 2009 and on 11 August 2008 Gentner signed a permanent deal with Wolfsburg.[1]

On 8 January 2010, Gentner announced that he would be joining VfB Stuttgart[2][3] at the end of the season. After seeing out his contract with the Wolves which ended on 1 July 2010, Gentner returned to Stuttgart on a free transfer.

On 6 January 2013, Gentner extended his contract with VfB Stuttgart until June 2016 with an option for a further year.[4] Following Tasci'sdeparture to FC Spartak Moscow, it was announced that Gentner is to be his successor as the new club captain.[5]

International career[edit]

Gentner was, on 19 May 2009, called up to the senior Germany squad for their tour of Asia,[6] Gentner made his debut against China on 29 May 2009.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance[edit]

As of 18 November 2013[8]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2004–05 VfB Stuttgart II Regionalliga Süd 28 6 - - - - 28 6
2004–05 VfB Stuttgart Bundesliga 1 0 - - 1 0 2 0
2005–06 23 1 2 0 6 1 31 2
2006–07 15 0 1 0 - - 16 0
2007–08 VfL Wolfsburg 31 3 5 1 - - 36 4
2008–09 34 4 3 1 8 1 45 6
2009–10 34 4 2 0 12 3 48 7
2010–11 VfB Stuttgart 31 5 2 0 9 3 42 8
2011–12 28 5 4 0 - - 32 5
2012–13 34 5 6 2 12 2 52 9
2013–14 28 4 2 0 3 1 33 5
Career total 287 37 27 4 51 11 365 52

Personal life[edit]

His brother Thomas Gentner plays for TuS Koblenz.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

VfB Stuttgart
VfL Wolfsburg

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gentner to remain in Wolfsburg". vfb.de. 11 August 2008. Retrieved 11 August 2008. 
  2. ^ "Gentner's return". vfb.de. 8 January 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Gentner returning to VfB Stuttgart". vfl-wolfsburg.de. 9 January 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Christian Gentner signs on until 2016". vfb.de. VfB Stuttgart. 6 January 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Christian Gentner ist jetzt der BIG BOSS" [Christian Gentner is now the BIG BOSS] (in German). Bild.de. 9 September 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Löw nominiert Neuer, Träsch, Gentner und Cacau". DFB.de (in German). 19 May 2009. Retrieved 19 May 2009. 
  7. ^ "China - Deutschland" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 14 June 2009. 
  8. ^ "Gentner, Christian" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Serdar Tasci
VfB Stuttgart captain
2013–
Succeeded by
Incumbent