Erwin Hoffer

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Erwin Hoffer
Erwin Hoffer - SK Rapid Wien (1).jpg
Hoffer with Rapid Vienna in 2009
Personal information
Full name Erwin Hoffer
Date of birth (1987-04-14) 14 April 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Baden bei Wien, Austria
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Fortuna Düsseldorf
Number 9
Youth career
1994–1995 1. SC Haidhof
1995–1998 FC Tribuswinkel
1998–2002 Badener AC
2002–2004 Admira Wacker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Admira Wacker 21 (4)
2006–2009 Rapid Vienna 85 (41)
2009–2013 Napoli 8 (0)
2010–2011 1. FC Kaiserslautern (loan) 24 (5)
2011–2013 Eintracht Frankfurt (loan) 36 (10)
2013 1. FC Kaiserslautern (loan) 13 (2)
2013– Fortuna Düsseldorf 15 (4)
National team
2004–2005 Austria U-17 13 (9)
2005 Austria U-18 2 (0)
2005–2008 Austria U-19 17 (5)
2007 Austria U-20 10 (4)
2005– Austria U-21 17 (7)
2007– Austria 28 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 June 2012

Erwin "Jimmy" Hoffer (born 14 April 1987) is an Austrian football striker who currently plays for Fortuna Düsseldorf in the 2. Bundesliga. He also plays for the Austrian national team.[1]

Club career[edit]

Hoffer started his professional career at 17 with VfB Admira Wacker Mödling where he played from 2004 to 2006 in the first team.

Rapid Wien[edit]

After a two years spell, he moved to Rapid Wien where he was a replacement for Muhammet Akagündüz, who left for Kayserispor. In his first season, Hoffer made 21 appearance and scored four. He won the Austrian Football Bundesliga title with Rapid in the 2007–08 season and scored a hat-trick in their 7–0 victory against Red Bull Salzburg.

Hoffer during a training sessions at Napoli.

Napoli[edit]

On 28 July 2009, Napoli have signed the striker on a five-year deal, for €5 million.[2][3][4] He scored his first goal with the partenopei on 16 August 2009 in the Coppa Italia match Napoli-Salernitana (3–0).[5]

1. FC Kaiserslautern[edit]

After making eight appearances and scoring none, Hoffer made it clear he was unhappy with the lack of playing time he endured at Napoli and eventually joined German side 1. FC Kaiserslautern on loan. The deal did not include a buy option. Following his move to Kaiserslautern, Hoffer hoped he could have more of an impact in Germany.[6] Hoffer made his debut for the club in a cup match against VfL Osnabrück and his scored a brace in a 2–2 draw against Hoffenheim on 18 September 2010. Since scoring his first goal, Hoffer played well and made 24 appearances, scoring five times.

Hoffer during his first spell at Kaiserslautern in 2010.

Loan spell at Frankfurt[edit]

His next loan move was in the 2011–12 season to another German side, Eintracht Frankfurt who had been relegated to 2. Fußball-Bundesliga on a season-long loan, view to a permanent move.[7] After making 30 appearances and scoring nine with the club promoted, Hoffer returned to Napoli after the club did not take up a permanent move for Hoffer and instead the loan move to Eintracht Frankfurt was renewed for another season for the 2012–13 season.[8]

Fortuna Düsseldorf[edit]

On 21 August 2013, Hoffer officially transferred to Fortuna Düsseldorf on a two-year deal.[9]

International career[edit]

Erwin Hoffer participating for Austria in U-20 World Cup 2007

During the U-20 World Cup in Canada, Hoffer shaved the name "Jimmy" into one side of his head after receiving that nickname from a coach.[10] The nickname is a reference to Jimmy Hoffa.[10]

He was part of the Austrian squad that played at Euro 2008,[11] a competition which Austria co-hosted along with Switzerland. The only match that Hoffer started in was their last group match against Germany in Vienna.

On 1 April 2009, Hoffer scored two goals for Austria in a 2–1 win over Romania in a Qualification match for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hoffe wechselt doch nicht zu Chievo Verona" (in German). krone.at. 8 January 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "SSC Napoli 2009–10 Annual Report (page 21 to 40)". SSC Napoli (C.C.I.A.A. Archive) (in Italian). Re-Published by direttanapoli.it. ca. January 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Erwin Hoffer al Napoli, contratto quinquennale" (in Italian). SSC Napoli. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 28 July 2009. 
  4. ^ ""Jimmy" Hoffer verlässt Rapid" (in German). SK Rapid Wien. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Napoli-Salernitana 3–0" (in Italian). SSC Napoli. 16 August 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Official: Erwin Hoffer Joins Kaiserslatern On Loan From Napoli". Goals.com. 15 July 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "NAPOLI STRIKER ERWIN HOFFER ALL SET TO JOIN EINTRACHT FRANKFURT ON LOAN- BUNDESLIGA NEWS". blogs bettor. 
  8. ^ "Hoffer to remain with Frankfurt". Sky Sports. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Transfer Ticker: Hoffer wechselt zu Fortuna Düsseldorf" (in German). Spiegel. 21 August 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  10. ^ a b "Hoffer buries Americans". London Free Press. Retrieved 29 July 2009. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Entscheidung gefallen! Josef Hickersberger gibt seine 23 Spieler für die EURO bekannt" (in German). oefb.at. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 

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