Daniel Imhof

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Daniel Imhof
Personal information
Full name Daniel Wendel Imhof
Date of birth (1977-11-22) 22 November 1977 (age 36)
Place of birth Wil, Switzerland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1992–1996 Bulkley Valley Blast
1996–1998 University of Victoria
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 FC Wil 33 (3)
1999–2005 St. Gallen 152 (9)
2005–2009 VfL Bochum 94 (5)
2010–2012 St. Gallen 44 (1)
National team
2000–2010 Canada 37 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 March 2011.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 May 2010

Daniel Wendel Imhof (born 22 November 1977 in Wil, Switzerland) is a retired Canadian footballer who last played for St. Gallen.

Club career[edit]

Early life[edit]

He was born in Switzerland but his parents immigrated to Canada when he was four. Imhof grew up in Smithers, British Columbia and started a study to become a sport teacher at the University of Victoria. In this period he was key player of the university's soccer team. His two brothers play in the lower leagues in Switzerland; Dominic Imhof plays for FC Tuggen and Christoph Imhof played for FC Gossau. He also has a younger sister, Angela Imhof.

Switzerland[edit]

During the spring of 1998 Imhof went to Europe in order to secure a place in a European football club. Relatives had arranged for him to take part in a training session at their local Swiss Second Division club FC Wil, after which Marcel Koller, the head coach, offered him his first professional contract. Two years later Imhof followed Koller to his next club, FC St.Gallen with whom he would win the Swiss Super League.

VfL Bochum[edit]

During the summer of 2005 Imhof followed coach Koller to a new club for the second time by joining German 2. Bundesliga club VfL Bochum. In 2006, after Imhof's first season with Bochum, the club was promoted to the Bundesliga. When Imhof's contract expired in 2007, Bochum was at first reluctant to offer him a new contract as Imhof had not seen consistent playing time during the previous season due to injury. However, as Bochum were unable to find an adequate replacement for Imhof, he was offered a new one year contract. Ironically, Imhof appeared in the majority of matches for Bochum during the 2007–08 season, and following the season it was rumoured that clubs such as Middlesbrough F.C. of the English Premier League, and Celtic F.C. of the Scottish Premier League were interested in him.

Return to St. Gallen[edit]

On 14 January 2010, he announced his return to FC St. Gallen, leaving VfL Bochum and the Bundesliga after four and half years.[1]

International career[edit]

He made his debut for Canada in an October 2000 World Cup qualification match against Panama. As of November 2009, he has earned a total of 36 caps, scoring no goals.[2] He has represented Canada in 13 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[3] He has also played at the 2001 Confederations Cup.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

FC St. Gallen
VfL Bochum

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Imhof verlässt den VfL Bochum" (in German). rp-online.de. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Canada – Record International Players". RSSSF. 6 April 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Daniel ImhofFIFA competition record

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