Metzelder with Schalke in 2010.
|Full name||Christoph Tobias Metzelder|
|Date of birth||5 November 1980|
|Place of birth||Haltern, West Germany|
|Height||1.94 m (6 ft 4 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|Current club||Schalke 04|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Most of his professional career, which was spent mostly at Borussia Dortmund, was blighted by injuries. He did manage, however, to collect nearly 50 caps for the German national team, appearing with it at two World Cups.
Football career 
Borussia Dortmund 
Metzelder was born in Haltern, North Rhine-Westphalia. In the summer of 2000 he signed with Borussia Dortmund from lowly SC Preußen Münster, and he was an instant success. At the end of his first season in the Bundesliga he won his first cap for Germany, playing the second half of a 5–2 friendly win in Hungary on 15 August 2001.
The second season at Dortmund brought him the 2002 national title and 14 matches with Germany, all the way to the 2002 FIFA World Cup final with the latter. However, he missed the entire 2003–04 campaign due to an Achilles tendon injury, and only took part in 16 league contests in the following season.
After over two years out of the national squad, Metzelder was called by new boss Jürgen Klinsmann for a friendly with China, in October 2005. He also scored his first two league goals, in 1–1 draws against 1. FSV Mainz 05 and Hamburger SV, and would be Germany's undisputed starter at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, partnering with SV Werder Bremen's Per Mertesacker.
Real Madrid 
On 18 April 2007, after failing to renew his contract at Borussia, Metzelder transferred to Real Madrid at the end of the season on a free transfer.[dead link] In February 2008, after managing to be injury-free in the first months of his Spanish adventure, he had surgery on the sole of his foot, resulting in him missing nearly two months of action; on 11 May, after having already missed the UEFA Champions League round-of-16 clash against A.S. Roma, he returned and played the full 90 minutes against Real Zaragoza (2–2 away draw).
Despite his lack of playing time, Metzelder featured in all of Germany's matches at UEFA Euro 2008, again partnering Mertesacker. In 2008–09's La Liga, he was the main beneficiary of a 10-match suspension handed to Real's Pepe; after a stellar performance in a 4–2 win at Sevilla FC he also started in the 2–6 home defeat at the hands of FC Barcelona, for a career-best – in Spain – 12 games.
Metzelder left Real Madrid after his contract expired on 30 June 2010.
Return home 
On 27 April 2010, prior to the end of the campaign, Metzelder announced his return to Germany, agreeing on a three-year contract with FC Schalke 04, with which he had already played youth football 15 years earlier. His first two league games with the club, the first of the 2010–11 season, ended with 1–2 losses, against Hamburger SV and Hannover 96, respectively.
Metzelder appeared in ten complete matches in the season's Champions League, in an eventual semifinal run. He added five in the domestic cup victorious campaign, including the semifinals against FC Bayern Munich (1–0 win) and the final against MSV Duisburg (5–0).
- Borussia Dortmund
- Real Madrid
- FIFA World Cup: Runner-up 2002; Third place 2006
- UEFA European Football Championship: Runner-up 2008
- Bravo Award: 2002
Club statistics 
As of 23 February 2013[update]
Metzelder's younger brother, Malte, is also a footballer (and a centre back), and both played for Borussia Dortmund.
He has one daughter, Emma (born 17 October 2009), with girlfriend Julia Gödicke.
- Matthias Arnhold (22 November 2012). "Christoph Metzelder – International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
- "Metzelder needs second operation". UEFA.com. 20 October 2003. Retrieved 8 April 2010.
- "Metzelder set for a happy return". UEFA.com. 11 October 2005. Retrieved 8 April 2010.
- "Dortmund to split with Metzelder". UEFA.com. 5 March 2007. Retrieved 8 April 2010.
- "Real set to sign Metzelder". ITV Football. Retrieved 19 April 2007.
- "Metzelder to make mark in Spain". UEFA.com. 9 July 2007. Retrieved 8 April 2010.
- "Metzelder booked in for foot surgery". UEFA.com. 9 February 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2010.
- "Metzelder träumt zum Abschied bei Real vom Titel" [Metzelder dreams of leaving Real Madrid with title] (in German). Süddeutsche. 8 April 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2010.
- "Vertrag bis 2013: Christoph Metzelder wechselt zum S04!" [Contract until 2013: Christoph Metzelder moves to S04!] (in German). Schalke 04. 27 April 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2010.
- "Metzelder beendet seine Laufbahn" [Metzelder ends his run] (in German). Sport1. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- "Metzelder mit Baby nach Madrid" [Metzelder and daughter to Madrid] (in German). Bild. 17 November 2009. Retrieved 8 September 2010.
- Real Madrid official profile
- Christoph Metzelder at fussballdaten.de (German)
- BDFutbol profile
- Christoph Metzelder at National-Football-Teams.com
- Official website (German)