Christian Lell

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Christian Lell
Christain Lell.jpg
Lell warming up for a match with Köln.
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-08-29) 29 August 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth Munich, West Germany
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Right back
Youth career
0000–1998 Alemannia Munich
1998–2001 Bayern Munich
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2010 Bayern Munich II 70 (2)
2003–2010 Bayern Munich 65 (1)
2004 1. FC Köln II (loan) 8 (0)
2004–2006 1. FC Köln (loan) 42 (1)
2010–2012 Hertha BSC 61 (1)
2012–2014 Levante 26 (2)
National team
2003–2004 Germany U-20 6 (0)
2004 Germany U-21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 July 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 July 2008

Christian Lell (born 29 August 1984 in Munich, Bavaria) is a German football defender.

Career[edit]

Bayern Munich[edit]

Having started his training with FC Alemannia München, Lell earned a place in the Bayern Munich junior team in 1998, and played there for three years.

For the 2001–02 season, Lell was a part of Bayern's reserve team. In his first season at the senior level, the right-wingback made ten appearances in the Regionalliga Süd.

After two more season with Bayern Munich II, Lell made his Bundesliga debut on 4 October 2003 in a 4–1 against Hertha BSC where he came on as a substitute for Michael Ballack in 84th minute. He made three subsequent appearances for Bayern in Bundesliga play that season.

For the 2006–07 season, Lell returned to Bayern, appearing twelve times for the first and eight times for the reserve team. The 2007–08 Bundesliga season meant a lot to Lell. Because of the injury problem to vice-captain and starting right-back Willy Sagnol, Ottmar Hitzfeld decided to put Lell into the starting line-up as the right fullback. In this season, Lell earned 29 appearances in the Bundesliga, scored his first Bundesliga goal[1] and provided four assists. In the German Cup, he played eight matches, and in the UEFA Cup, he played 11 matches and scored one goal.

On 1 September 2009, just before the transfer window closed, Bayern and Premier League club Stoke City F.C. came to an agreement for Lell transfer to England. However, the deal failed when no one was able to contact Lell and inform him about it. As a result, the transfer window closed before Lell could agree to the transfer.[2] In the 2009–10 season, new Bayern coach Louis van Gaal relegated Lell to the reserves.

Loan to 1. FC Köln[edit]

To the beginning of the 2004–05 season, Lell was loaned to 2. Bundesliga club 1. FC Köln,[3] where he had a disappointing season. After the 4–2 loss to Wacker Burghausen on the second matchday, Lell fell out of favour with manager Huub Stevens and earned a mere sixteen appearances over the course of the season. The season however wasn't entirely without successes for Lell. In Köln's second league match against Wacker Burghausen he scored a goal. Beyond that, he earned two caps in the DFB-Pokal, and eight for the reserves in the Regionalliga. After the "Billy goats'" successful return to the Bundesliga for the 2005–06 season, Lell earned considerably more appearances, especially during the latter half of the season, during which he advanced to the regular starting formation.

Hertha BSC[edit]

Seven years after making his debut with first team, he left the Bavarian side and signed for Hertha BSC on 23 June 2010.[4] This ended a 17 year connection dating back to 1 July 1993 when he joined Bayern Munich's youth academy.[3] His contract in Berlin ran for one year, and was automatically extended for an additional two as Hertha earned promotion to the Bundesliga. Lell has quickly established himself as an important part of Hertha's defense, having started almost every fixture so far and assuming vice-captaincy of the team.

On 7 June 2012 Lell was released along with Patrick Ebert, Andreas Ottl and Andre Mijatovic.[5] The decision to part company with Lell came a day after he was given a 5-match ban for insulting referee Wolfgang Stark during a relegation play-off match against Fortuna Dusseldorf.[5] Following his release his agent announced his client was already in discussions with Fulham and West Ham of the Premier League, with Stoke City FC also showing an interest, a club Lell almost signed for in 2009.[citation needed][6]

Levante[edit]

Lell signed for Levante on 11 August 2012.[7] The contract is for a season plus a one-year option.[7]

International career[edit]

Christian Lell represented Germany on the Under-20 team at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship.

Lell also holds Austrian citizenship. After voicing desire to play for the Austria national football team, he was found not eligible.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Lell's sister passed away in April 2014 at the age of 27 from cystic fibrosis.[9] He started a foundation for cystic fibrosis in 2009.[9] Lell is married.[10]

Legal trouble[edit]

Lell was arrested on 3 January after his wife filed a report with the police.[10] Lell stated, "I controlled myself. Cause I know how fast you can get into the mill false accusations."[11] Lell beat a woman in February 2007 While at a club and his girlfriend was beaten in November 2007.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 13 March 2014.

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total Ref.
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB-Ligapokal Europe1 Other2 Total
Bayern Munich II Regionalliga Süd 2001–02 10 0 10 0 [12]
2002–03 31 0 1 0 32 0 [13]
2003–04 20 0 20 0 [14]
Bayern Munich II totals 61 0 1 0 62 0
Bayern Munich Bundesliga 2003–04 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 [15]
Bayern Munich totals 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
1. FC Köln II Regionalliga Nord 2004–05 8 0 8 0 [16]
1. FC Köln II totals 8 0 8 0
1. FC Köln 2. Bundesliga 2004–05 16 1 2 0 18 1 [16]
Bundesliga 2005–06 26 0 1 0 27 0 [17]
1. FC Köln totals 42 1 3 0 45 1
Bayern Munich II Regionalliga Süd 2006–07 8 2 8 2 [18]
Bayern Munich Bundesliga 2006–07 12 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 16 0 [18]
2007–08 29 1 5 0 3 0 11 1 48 2 [19][20]
2008–09 20 0 2 0 6 0 28 0 [21]
2009–10 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 [22]
Bayern Munich II 3. Liga 2009–10 1 0 1 0 [22]
Bayern Munich totals 61 1 8 0 3 0 21 1 93 2
Bayern Munich II totals 9 2 9 2
Hertha BSC 2. Bundesliga 2010–11 33 0 2 0 35 0 [23]
Bundesliga 2011–12 28 1 2 0 1 0 31 1 [24]
Hertha BSC totals 61 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 66 1
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Other Total
Levante La Liga 2012–13 21 2 1 0 6 0 28 2 [25]
2013–14 5 0 0 0 5 0 [25]
Levante total 26 2 1 0 6 0 33 2
Career totals 272 7 18 0 3 0 27 1 1 0 321 8
  • 1.^ Includes Relegation playoff.

Honours[edit]

Bayern Munich
1. FC Köln

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bayern 3–1 Bochum". FC Bayern Official Website. 6 April 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008. 
  2. ^ "Lell zu Stoke - beinahe hätt‘s geklappt" [Lell to Stoke - It almost worked]. merkur-online.de. 2 September 2009. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Defender Lell heads for Hertha Berlin". Bayern Munich. 23 June 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Lell wechselt von München nach Berlin". DFL. 23 June 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Die 'Alte Dame' sortiert ein Quartett aus". kicker (in German). 6 June 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Bayern defender Christian Lell goes AWOL to scupper Stoke deal". Daily Mail. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Lell-Wechsel zu UD Levante perfekt". Die Welt (in German). 12 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Christian Lell nicht für ÖFB-Team spielberechtigt". Kleine Zeitung. 16 November 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "Christian Lell: Trauer um seine Schwester" (in German). Abendzeitung. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c "Christian Lell in Spanien festgenommen". Abendzeitung (in German). 3 January 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Lell: "Ich habe mich beherrscht"". kicker (in German). 4 January 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Christian Lell" (in German). Fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Christian Lell" (in German). Fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "Christian Lell" (in German). Fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
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  19. ^ "Lell, Christian" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  20. ^ "Christian Lell" (in German). Fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  21. ^ "Lell, Christian" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  22. ^ a b "Lell, Christian" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  23. ^ "Lell, Christian" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  24. ^ "Lell, Christian" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  25. ^ a b "Christian Lell". ESPN FC. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 

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