Fabian Johnson

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Fabian Johnson
Fabian Johnson.jpg
Johnson at practice with 1860 München
Personal information
Full name Fabian Marco Johnson[1]
Date of birth (1987-12-11) 11 December 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth Munich, West Germany
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Borussia Mönchengladbach
Number 19
Youth career
1991–1996 Sportfreunde München
1996–2006 1860 München
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 1860 München II 43 (0)
2006–2009 1860 München 89 (4)
2009–2011 VfL Wolfsburg 16 (1)
2011–2014 1899 Hoffenheim 77 (5)
2014– Borussia Mönchengladbach 0 (0)
National team
2003–2004 Germany U17 13 (0)
2004–2005 Germany U18 3 (0)
2005–2006 Germany U19 11 (0)
2006–2007 Germany U20 2 (0)
2007–2009 Germany U21 6 (0)
2011– United States 26 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 July 2014

Fabian Marco Johnson (born 11 December 1987) is an American-German soccer player who plays as a left back for Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach and United States national team.


Johnson was born in Munich, Germany. He is the son of an African-American serviceman and former professional basketball player who played in Germany and a German-American mother.[2][3][4] He began his career in 2001 with Sportfreunde München. In the summer of 2006, Johnson moved to TSV 1860 München.[5] Johnson was promoted to the first team of 1860 München in July 2006. He amassed 90 appearances scoring four goals before transferring to VfL Wolfsburg on 14 July 2009. He scored his first goal for VfL Wolfsburg in a 2–2 draw at home to SC Freiburg.

On 26 September 2012, Johnson scored in Hoffenheim's 3–0 victory over VfB Stuttgart, their first win of the new campaign.[6]

On 24 February 2014, it was confirmed that Johnson would join Borussia Mönchengladbach on a free transfer following the conclusion of the 2013–14 season.[7][8]


On 25 August 2011, Johnson was called up to the United States national team by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann for friendly matches with Costa Rica (2 September) and Belgium (6 September),[9] but was not able to play as his required paperwork for a one-time FIFA nationality switch of Germany to United States was still in the works.[10] Johnson's one-time switch was approved by FIFA, and he will only be able to represent the United States at the international level.

On 11 November 2011, Johnson made his international debut for the U.S. as a substitute in a 1–0 loss to France. On 15 November 2011, Johnson made his first full international start against Slovenia and drew a penalty in a 3–2 win. He played in the FIFA World Cup qualifier on 12 June 2012 against Guatemala. Johnson earned his first mark for the USMNT notching the assist in the United States' only goal in their 4–1 loss to Brazil on 25 June 2012. He scored his first national team goal on 1 June 2014 in a friendly against Turkey.

Johnson is a versatile player who has been dispatched at many positions and roles under USMNT coach Jürgen Klinsmann. More recently Johnson has cemented himself as a left winger, but can also be deployed as a right or left back due to his apt weak-foot abilities. His dribbling skills and vision make him a threat on the outside.[citation needed] He was an essential part of the US attack in the group match vs. Portugal, often pushing forward and overloading the left side of Portugal's defense.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 1 June 2014 Harrison, New Jersey  Turkey 1–0 2–1 Friendly



  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 32. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Mike Woitalla, Mike (22 May 2014). "Father's advice pays off for Fabian Johnson". socceramerica.com. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Fabian Johnson". ussoccer.com. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Straus, Brian (16 May 2014). "Wherever he plays, Fabian Johnson will be a key piece for U.S. in Brazil". soccer.si.com. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Johnson, Fabian" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "VfB Stuttgart 0–3 TSG Hoffenheim". ESPN FC. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2014. }
  7. ^ "Johnson landet in Gladbach" (in German). kicker.de. 24 February 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Borussia verpflichtet Fabian Johnson" (in German). Borussia Mönchengladbach. 24 February 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Klinsmann Names 24 Players for Upcoming Friendlies Against Costa Rica and Belgium". USA Roster. US Soccer. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Johnson muss auf US-Debüt warten". kicker.de. 30 August 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 

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