Lell warming up for a match with Köln.
|Date of birth||29 August 1984|
|Place of birth||Munich, West Germany|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|2001–2010||Bayern Munich II||70||(2)|
|2004||→ 1. FC Köln II (loan)||8||(0)|
|2004–2006||→ 1. FC Köln (loan)||42||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 July 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
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.
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 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. In the 2009–10 season, new Bayern coach Louis van Gaal relegated Lell to the reserves.
1. FC Köln
To the beginning of the 2004–05 season, Lell was loaned to 2. Bundesliga club 1. FC Köln, 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.
Seven years after making his debut with first team, he left the Bavarian side and signed for Hertha BSC on 23 June 2010. This ended a 17 year connection dating back to 1 July 1993 when he joined Bayern Munich's youth academy. 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. 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. Following his release his agent announced his client was already in discussions with Fulham and West Ham of the English Premier League with Stoke City FC also showing an interest, a club Lell almost signed for in 2009.
Christian Lell represented Germany on the Under-20 team at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship.
As of 10 June 2013[update].
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|1. FC Köln||2. Bundesliga||2004–05||16||1||2||0||—||—||18||1|
|Hertha BSC||2. Bundesliga||2010–11||25||0||0||0||—||—||25||0|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||—||Europe||Other||Total|
- 1.^ Includes Relegation playoff.
- Bayern Munich
- 1. FC Köln
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