Johannes Focher

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Johannes Focher
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Personal information
Full name Johannes Focher
Date of birth (1990-01-20) 20 January 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Hamm, West Germany
Height 1.97 m (6 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Borussia Dortmund II
Number 40
Youth career
1991–2004 Hammer SpVg
2004–2009 Borussia Dortmund
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Borussia Dortmund II 65 (0)
2010–2012 Borussia Dortmund 0 (0)
2012–2013 Sturm Graz 22 (0)
2012–2013 Sturm Graz II 4 (0)
2013– Borussia Dortmund II 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 October 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Johannes Focher (born 20 January 1990) is a German footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Borussia Dortmund II.

Club career[edit]

Focher began his career for Hammer SpVg. In summer 2006, he transferred to the junior section of Borussia Dortmund. In this club he became vice-champion of the German Junior Championships in 2007 with the B-Juniors and 2009 with the A-Juniors. In the 2008–09 season, Focher won the second place of the DFB-Junioren-Vereinspokal, even though he wasn't used in the final. In the same season, he also played for Borussia Dortmund II in the Regionalliga West where he was used two times in the first part, 13 times in the second half. With his club he got promoted into the 3rd Liga. In the next step he became the second goalkeeper behind Marcel Höttecke, but after the regular goalkeeper had moved up to the bench due to an injury of Roman Weidenfeller, he debuted on 7 February 2010 in an away match of the 3rd Liga against Kickers Offenbach.

After the end of 2011/12 season, He left the club at the end of the season on a Bosman transfer.[1] After being released, Borussia Dortmund confirmed that Focher will join Austrian side Sturm Graz on free transfer which will keep him on a contract until June 2014. On his move, Focher told Sportinformationsdienst "I did not really need to think about moving on. Sturm Graz is a household club, even in Germany. I am looking to play for the club, getting to know its fans and the city of Graz as well."[2] Manager Focher expected to face competition with Christian Gratzei to become a first choice goalkeeper. Coach Peter Hyballa said on Focher " Christian Gratzei is the top dog in the gate, and Johannes is his challenger. They will push each other to excel, it will benefit the entire team" and describe Focher as a "Johannes has with 197 cm tall, of course, the Gardemaß for a goalie. He is very strong in the air and on edge and has excellent reflexes. I am delighted that he has chosen for us."[3]

On 2 September 2013, he returned to Borussia Dortmund II on a one-year contract.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Johannes Focher sieht keine Perspektive beim BVB" (in German). derwesten.de. 12 April 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Focher leaves Dortmund". Sky Sports. 12 June 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "JOHANNES FOCHER WECHSELT ZUM SK STURM" (in German). SK Sturm Graz Puntigamer. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Torwart Focher kehrt zum BVB zurück" (in German). t-online.de. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 

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