Fredi Bobic

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Fredi Bobic
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Bobič at Stuttgart.
Personal information
Full name Fredi Bobič
Date of birth (1971-10-30) 30 October 1971 (age 42)
Place of birth Maribor, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
VfB Stuttgart (director of football)
Youth career
1979–1980 VfR Bad Cannstatt
1980–1986 VfB Stuttgart
1986–1990 Stuttgarter Kickers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1992 TSF Ditzingen 62 (32)
1992–1994 Stuttgarter Kickers 62 (26)
1994–1999 VfB Stuttgart 148 (69)
1999–2002 Borussia Dortmund 56 (17)
2002 Bolton Wanderers (loan) 15 (4)
2002–2003 Hannover 96 27 (14)
2003–2005 Hertha BSC Berlin 54 (8)
2006 NK Rijeka 8 (2)
Total 353 (182)
National team
1994–2004 Germany 37 (10)
Teams managed
2009–2010 Chernomorets Burgas (managing director)
2010– VfB Stuttgart (director of football)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Fredi Bobic (Slovene: Fredi Bobič) (born 30 October 1971 in Maribor, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia) is a former German football player of Slovene and Croatian descent. He works as board representative for sport for Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart.

Career[edit]

Fredi Bobic was born in Maribor, SFR Yugoslavia, to a Slovene father and a Croatian mother. A few months after his birth his parents emigrated with him to Germany and settled down first in Ditzingen, then in Stuttgart. There, he started playing football at VfR Bad Cannstatt but soon switched to the youth team of VfB Stuttgart. While in Stuttgart, he also acquired German citizenship. Bobic reached his prime in the mid-1990s at VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga. In his first Bundesliga season (1994–95), he scored a goal in each of his first five games, so he became a candidate for the German national football team after only a few appearances in the first German league. In 1996, he was the Bundesliga's top scorer with 17 goals.[1] At Stuttgart, he formed part of a successful attacking line-up, along with strike partner Giovane Élber and attacking midfielder Krassimir Balakov, known as the "magic triangle". After four years in Stuttgart, in 1999 he signed with Borussia Dortmund and was the club's top scorer in both 1999–2000 and 2000–01. However, after the signings of Jan Koller and Marcio Amoroso in the summer of 2001, he soon fell out of favor and played only three games in the first half of 2001–02 season. Subsequently, he was loaned to the Premiership side Bolton Wanderers, where he had a successful spell, playing a key role in keeping Bolton in the Premiership. His hat-trick in the 4–1 win against Ipswich at the Reebok Stadium[2] ensured Bolton stayed up, and remains the last Bolton hat-trick in a competitive game. He scored once more for Bolton, in a 3–2 victory over Aston Villa.[3] After returning from England he was signed by newly promoted Bundesliga side Hannover 96 where he reestablished himself as one of the league's top scorers, netting 14 times in 27 games. In 2003 he was signed by Hertha BSC, where he played for two seasons, scoring 8 goals in 54 games. He last played for Croatian outfit NK Rijeka before retiring in June 2006, at the end of the 2005–06 season.

He has won 37 caps (10 goals)[4] for Germany and was part of the UEFA Euro 1996 winning squad. He also played at UEFA Euro 2004, having returned to the national team in 2002 after a four-year absence.

Coaching career[edit]

Bobic signed a contract as a managing director of Bulgarian Chernomorets Burgas on 25 March 2009 and worked in the club with his former teammate Krassimir Balakov.

On 27 July 2010, he became new director of sport of VfB Stuttgart.[5] On 20 January 2012 Bobic extended his contract with VfB Stuttgart until June 2016.[6] Bobic took on the role as board representative for sport of the club on 10 April 2013.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1990–91 TSF Ditzingen Verbandsliga Württemberg 28 13 - - - 28 13
1991–92 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 34 19 - - - 34 19
1992–93 Stuttgarter Kickers 2. Bundesliga 30 10 1 0 - - 31 10
1993–94 32 16 1 0 - - 33 16
1994–95 VfB Stuttgart Bundesliga 32 12 3 2 - - 45 14
1995–96 26 17 1 1 - - 27 18
1996–97 33 19 5 2 - - 38 21
1997–98 29 13 5 4 2 0 8 6 44 23
1998–99 28 8 3 0 3 1 4 3 40 12
1999–2000 Borussia Dortmund 29 7 1 0 2 1 4 2 36 10
2000–01 24 10 1 0 - - 25 10
2001–02 3 0 1 0 1 1 7 0 12 1
2001–02 Bolton Wanderers Premier League 15 4 0 0 - - 15 4
2002–03 Hannover 96 Bundesliga 27 14 0 0 - - 27 14
2003–04 Hertha BSC 32 7 2 0 1 1 2 0 37 8
2004–05 22 1 2 0 - - 24 1
2005–06 NK Rijeka Prva HNL 8 2 2 1 - - 10 3
Total 353 182 28 10 9 4 25 11 415 207

International goals[edit]

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matthias Arnhold (17 October 2010). "Fredi Bobič - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Bolton rout Ipswich". BBC Sport. 6 April 2002. Retrieved 16 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "Nolan strike sinks Villa". BBC Sport. 30 March 2002. Retrieved 16 September 2009. 
  4. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (31 July 2007). "Fredi Bobič - Goals in International Matches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Fredi Bobic is director of sport". VfB Stuttgart. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Triple contract extension". VfB Stuttgart. 20 January 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Management changes". VfB Stuttgart. 10 April 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 

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