Polenz in action for Western Sydney Wanderers
|Full name||Jérome Polenz|
|Date of birth||7 November 1986|
|Place of birth||Berlin, East Germany|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Central Defender / Defensive Midfielder|
|Current club||Western Sydney Wanderers|
|1997–1998||CFC Hertha 06|
|2004–2007||Werder Bremen II||64||(15)|
|2007–2008||Alemannia Aachen II||1||(0)|
|2012–||Western Sydney Wanderers||39||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Polenz was born in Berlin, Germany, to an Algerian father and a German mother. Polenz first began his youth career with SC Siemensstadt at the age of seven. After stints within the youth systems of CFC Hertha 06 and TeBe Berlin, he joined SV Werder Bremen in 2002. After three years on Bremen's reserve team he made his first team debut in 4 February 2006, beating Mainz 4–2. Following his debut, Polenz would sign a new contract, keeping him until 2009. He has appeared in three matches but has yet to net a goal. During his football career, Polenz attended the Gymnasium Obervieland and graduated with a high school diploma.
Polenz went to Alemannia Aachen in summer 2007. On 10 August 2007, Polenz made his debut in a 2–2 draw against Carl Zeiss Jena and made 24 appearance in his first season despite injuries and later on the season, Polenz has been featured less, due to injuries came back.
On 11 May 2010, he signed for Union Berlin for the 2010–11 season. After a half season at Union Berlin, Polenz, along with Kenan Şahin, was barred from the first team squad and instead, the duo was trained in the reserve squad. After that, Polenz didn't play again and just made six appearances. After nine months without playing in the first team, Polenz was called back into the first team and after being yet used in the substitute bench for the last four games, Polenz made his first appearance, coming on as a substitute in a 2–1 win over Eintracht Braunschweig. However, Polenz couldn't managed to become a regular player at the club and at the end of the season, Polenz was released by the club.
Western Sydney Wanderers
On 21 August 2012, Polenz signed a contract to be an inaugural squad member of Western Sydney Wanderers of Australia. The club made their debut in a 0–0 draw against Central Coast Mariners, where Polenz played in the right back on 6 October 2012. At Western Sydney Wanderers, Polenz would established himself in the right-back position in the starting eleven and led the club in second place in the table. However on 16 January 2013, Polenz received a straight red-card, as Western Sydney Wanderers won 1–0 against Melbourne Heart.
He has also made appearances for the U20 and U19 Germany national football teams. Polenz played a part in the 2005 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship in the group stage against Serbia and Montenegro coming on as a substitute in the 78th minute replacing Markus Heppke. He was unable to take part in the remaining fixtures of the group stage and the semi-final against France due to an injury and returned to Germany prior to the match alongside Sascha Dum and Markus Steinhöfer who were also injured.
With Western Sydney Wanderers:
- "Polenz: Ein Berliner entdeckt Berlin" (in German). bild.de. 15 June 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
- "Algerien-Connection Benyamina, Madouni, Polenz mit gemeinsamen Wurzeln" (in German). berlinonline.de.[dead link]
- "6 Jérôme Polenz" (in German). Alemannia Aachen. Retrieved 11 May 2010.[dead link]
- "Union verstärkt sich mit Polenz" (in German). transfermarkt.de. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
- "1. FC Union Berlin: Freigabe für Sahin und Polenz" [1. FC Union Berlin: Release for Sahin and Polenz] (in German). FC Union Homepage. 21 December 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
- "Jerome Polenz wieder spielberechtigt" [Jerome Polenz again eligible to play] (in German). FC Union Homepage. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
- "Union trennt sich von Polenz und Kolk" [Union separates from Polenz and Kolk] (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
- "German Jerome Polenz Becomes Latest Wanderers Signing". Western Sydney Wanderers Homepage. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
- "Western Sydney Wanderers vs Melbourne Heart". The World Game. 26 January 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
- "Wanderers unfortunate in Phoenix draw". Football Federation Australia. 20 October 2013.
- "Serbia and Montenegro 4 – 2 Germany". UEFA.com. 18 July 2005. Retrieved 2 April 2012.