Holtby in 2011 with Schalke 04
|Full name||Lewis Harry Holtby|
|Date of birth||18 September 1990|
|Place of birth||Erkelenz, West Germany|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Current club||Tottenham Hotspur|
|2007–2008||Alemannia Aachen II||10||(5)|
|2010||→ VfL Bochum (loan)||14||(2)|
|2010–2011||→ 1. FSV Mainz 05 (loan)||30||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:33, 15 December 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Lewis Harry Holtby (born 18 September 1990) is a German footballer who plays as a midfielder for English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. He had previously played for Schalke 04, 1. FSV Mainz 05, VfL Bochum and Alemannia Aachen.
Holtby began his career at the age of four with Sparta Gerderath. When he was eleven years old he moved to Borussia Mönchengladbach. Mönchengladbach eventually released the player for what they saw as having physical deficiencies, which included being too small and too slow. After leaving Borussia Mönchengladbach, Holtby joined Alemannia Aachen.
Holtby was promoted to the Alemannia Aachen first team squad by caretaker manager Jörg Schmadtke. He made his first appearance in the 2007–08 season when he was substituted on in the 80th minute for Mirko Casper in a 2–2 draw against FC St. Pauli. For the rest of the season he only made one more appearance, a 1–3 loss on the last match day to TuS Koblenz.
In March 2011, Horst Heldt announced that Holtby would return to the club at the end of June. In August Holtby scored his first goal for Schalke in a 5–1 win over 1. FC Köln. Schalke announced that Holtby would not extend his contract which would expire at the end of the 2012–13 season. In the January 2013 transfer window, Tottenham Hotspur announced that Holtby would be joining the English Premier League club in July 2013. In Holtby's first game following the announcement on 18 January, he scored the winning goal for Schalke in a 5–4 defeat of Hannover 96.
On 28 January 2013, Holtby signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. Despite having previously signed a deal to join the North London outfit during the summer, which would have thus allowed him to play out the end of his contract in Germany, Spurs opted to sign him immediately, with the transfer fee believed to be in the area of €1.75 million.
Holtby made his Spurs debut on 30 January, coming off the bench in the 71st minute to replace Clint Dempsey in a 1–1 draw with Norwich City away at Carrow Road. He made his home debut on 9 February in a 2–1 success against relegation-threatened Newcastle United.
Holtby was given the number 23 shirt, vacated by the recently departed Carlo Cudicini, but was made to wear 14 in the UEFA Europa League due to his original number being assigned to Cudicini earlier in the competition. During the build-up to Tottenham's 2013–14 Premier League campaign, it was announced Holtby had been permanently assigned the number 14 shirt.
On 29 August 2013, Holtby scored his first goal for the Tottenham first team in a 3–0 win over Georgian club Dinamo Tbilisi in their Europa League play-off clash. On 4 December 2013, Holtby scored his first Premier League goal for Spurs in a 2–1 win against Fulham at Craven Cottage with a screamer from outside the box.
Holtby was a member of the German under-19 team — he made his debut for the U19s in September 2008 and has been capped 12 times overall. He scored his first international goal for the German U19 team on 11 October 2008 against Lithuania in a 5–0 victory.
In September 2009, German youth coach Horst Hrubesch announced that Holtby would play in the U20 World Cup in Egypt. He scored two goals in the tournament, one of which was against Brazil in the quarter-finals.
Holtby made his first senior appearance on 17 November 2010 in a friendly match against Sweden. When Holtby played in his first competitive match on 7 June 2011 in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying against Azerbaijan, his eligibility to play for England expired, under FIFA regulations.
Holtby's father, Chris Holtby, is a former British soldier from Liverpool who was stationed at RAF Rheindahlen in Mönchengladbach. Holtby's mother is German. Lewis, like his father, is a fan of Everton and has said it would be a dream come true to play for them. He was also eligible to play for England until making his first competitive appearance for Germany in June 2011.
Lewis said, "My father was born in England and has been an Everton fan since the age of five. He immediately infected me with the Everton virus! Since then I have been a Everton fan and have always followed their games."
After Liverpool showed interest in him, he went on record saying that he wouldn't say no to Liverpool as his dream is to play in the Premier League. He said, "I wouldn't even rule out Liverpool, even if it would be tough for my dad – he's an Everton fan" 
Holtby is known as "Lucky Lewis," or more often just "Lucky" by the German media and the fans.
- As of 15 December 2013.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Mainz 05 (loan)||2010–11||30||4||2||2||—||—||—||32||6|
- Fritz Walter Medal 2009 in Gold (Category U19)
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- Includes other competitive competitions, including the DFL-Supercup
- Lewis Holtby at tottenhamhotspur.com
- Lewis Holtby career stats at Soccerbase
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- Lewis Holtby at fussballdaten.de (German)
- Lewis Holtby – UEFA competition record
- Lewis Holtby – FIFA competition record