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Marc-André ter Stegen
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Ter Stegen with Barcelona in 2014
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-04-30) 30 April 1992 (age 23)
Place of birth Mönchengladbach, Germany
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 1
Youth career
1996–2010 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Borussia Mönchengladbach II 18 (0)
2011–2014 Borussia Mönchengladbach 108 (0)
2014– Barcelona 0 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Germany U16 7 (0)
2008–2009 Germany U17 16 (0)
2009–2010 Germany U18 8 (0)
2010–2011 Germany U19 5 (0)
2012– Germany U21 9 (0)
2012– Germany 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:15, 9 July 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:37, 30 March 2015 (UTC)

Marc-André ter Stegen (German pronunciation: [teːɐ̯ ˈʃteːɡən]; born 30 April 1992) is a German professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona as a goalkeeper.

After four seasons in the Bundesliga with Borussia Mönchengladbach, Ter Stegen joined Barcelona for €12 million in 2014. He has represented Germany at several youth levels and made his senior international debut in 2012.

Club career


2010–11 season

In the first half of the 2010–11 season, Ter Stegen established himself as the star of Borussia Mönchengladbach's reserve team and was frequently seen on the first-team bench. Whilst he was enjoying a relatively successful season, the same could not be said for his first-team colleagues.[2] Mönchengladbach's senior side were seemingly failing in their efforts to avoid relegation, and on 14 February 2011, then-manager Michael Frontzeck was replaced by Lucien Favre, with the team rooted to the bottom of the Bundesliga, having accumulated only 16 points after 22 match days.[3]

Results soon improved, but the erratic form of first-choice goalkeeper Logan Bailly held the team back. Whilst he was able to produce match-winning performances such as the one against Werder Bremen, these were few and far between, and were frequently cancelled out by uninspiring games. The fans of Mönchengladbach were quick to discredit the Belgian international, with some accusing him of putting more effort into his modelling career than his football. Ter Stegen's progress for the reserve team had not gone unnoticed by the supporters, and the new manager was inundated with demands to start the young prodigy in the league. Favre eventually lost patience with Bailly, and on 10 April 2011, relegated him to the bench in favour of Ter Stegen for the match against 1. FC Köln. The young German did not disappoint, and the defence boasted a previously unseen solidity. He kept his place in the team for the remainder of the season, keeping four clean-sheets out of a possible five in the last five matchdays as Mönchengladbach avoided relegation via the playoffs. During this run, he shot to prominence with a last-man-standing display against eventual champions Borussia Dortmund, making a string of world-class saves as Mönchengladbach secured a famous 1–0 victory.

2011–12 season

Ter Stegen with Borussia Mönchengladbach in October 2011

Ter Stegen's status as first-choice goalkeeper was cemented when Bailly was sent on loan to Swiss side Neuchâtel Xamax and the no.1 shirt delegated to Ter Stegen, who had previously worn 21.

During the summer transfer window, Bayern Munich had succeeded in their drawn-out pursuit of Schalke 04's captain Manuel Neuer. The German international made his debut against Ter Stegen's Mönchengladbach at the Allianz Arena. The game did not go the way the pundits predicted, however, with Ter Stegen producing yet another inspired display whilst his counterpart Neuer made the error that condemned Bayern to a 1–0 defeat. Following this game, Borussia Mönchengladbach embarked on an unlikely title challenge, with Ter Stegen and fellow youngster Marco Reus providing the inspiration for Mönchengladbach.

2012–13 season

After the departures of Reus to Borussia Dortmund and Dante to Bayern Munich, Ter Stegen emerged as Mönchengladbach's main star for the season. He was again first-choice, and in February 2013, it was reported that Ter Stegen signed a pre-agreement with La Liga club FC Barcelona.[4] The deal was later denied by himself.[5]

2013–14 season

After being strongely linked to Barça, Ter Stegen remained at Mönchengladbach for the new season. On 6 January 2014, he rejected a new deal from the club,[6] raising the speculation over his future. In the last home game of the season, a 3–1 home success against Mainz 05 on 5 May, Ter Stegen sent a tearful goodbye to Borussia Mönchengladbach.[7]


Ter Stegen warming up for Barcelona in August 2014

On 19 May 2014, Ter Stegen was announced as the new goalkeeper of Spanish La Liga side FC Barcelona, after the departures of Víctor Valdés and José Manuel Pinto, effective during the summer transfer window.[8] On 22 May 2014, he signed a five year contract that would keep him at the club until June 2019. The transfer fee was €12 million (£9.7 million), and the buy-out clause was set to €80 million (£63.6 million).[9] After the move, Ter Stegen said joining the club was the right move and aim to settle at the club.[10] Days after signing for Barcelona, Ter Stegen was unveiled at the stadium of Camp Nou and dismissed his comparison to Valdés, insisting "I am who I am and that’s that".[11]

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique made Claudio Bravo the starting league goalkeeper, and ter Stegen the first choice in the Copa del Rey and in the UEFA Champions League. He made his debut in the latter tournament on 17 September, keeping a clean sheet in a 1–0 home win over APOEL.[12] He helped Barcelona win the final of the domestic cup in his first season, a 3–1 victory against Athletic Bilbao on 30 May 2015.[13]

International career

Ter Stegen with Germany in 2012

In 2009, he participated on the winning team of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship.[14]

Ter Stegen was rewarded for his performances by Joachim Löw, who called him up to Germany's provisional squad for UEFA Euro 2012. He made his debut on 26 May 2012, in the 5–3 loss against Switzerland in a friendly match, but did not make the final cut for the tournament. He stopped a penalty from Lionel Messi in his second international match in a 1–3 loss against Argentina on 15 August, immediately after coming on following Ron-Robert Zieler's sending off.[15] He was called up to Germany's tour of the United States in mid-2013. On 2 June, against the United States, he failed to control the ball after a back pass from Benedikt Höwedes, to concede an own goal. The game ended 4–3 to the United States. In the first three matches that he played for Germany the team never won and they conceded 12 goals. His first clean sheet for his country came in a friendly against Poland in Hamburg, coming on at half time for Zieler in a scoreless draw on 13 May 2014.

Career statistics


As of match played 31 May 2015[16][17]
Club Season League Cup[18] Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Borussia Mönchengladbach 2010–11 6 0 0 0 2[a] 0 8 0
2011–12 34 0 5 0 39 0
2012–13 34 0 2 0 9[b] 0 45 0
2013–14 34 0 1 0 35 0
Total 108 0 8 0 9 0 2 0 127 0
Barcelona 2014–15 0 0 8 0 12[c] 0 20 0
Total 0 0 8 0 12 0 20 0
Career totals 108 0 16 0 21 0 2 0 147 0
  1. ^ two appearances as the Bundesliga Relegation play-off
  2. ^ Two appearances UEFA Champions League,Seven appearances in Europa League
  3. ^ All appearances in UEFA Champions League


As of match played 13 May 2014[19][20]
Germany national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 2 0
2013 1 0
2014 1 0
Total 4 0





Germany U17


  1. ^ "Marc-André ter Stegen profile". FC Barcelona. 24 March 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Scouting Network: Marc-André ter Stegen : "The fans already had their support for Ter Stegen, and had known what this teenager was capable of, and thus demanded the new manager to utilise him and give him a taste of football at the highest level, hoping that he would deliver the goods for them"". Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Favre soll Gladbach retten" (in German). Abendzeitung München. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ter Stegen signs pre-agreement with Barça". Marca. 14 February 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Coerts, Stefan (4 July 2013). "Ter Stegen laughs off Barcelona links". Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Marc-Andre ter Stegen rejects Borussia Monchengladbach offer". Sky Sports. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Transfer news: Barcelona-bound Marc-Andre ter Stegen says goodbye to Monchengladbach". Sky Sports. 5 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Llega Ter Stegen y se va Pinto" [Ter Stegen arrives and Pinto leaves] (in Spanish). FC Barcelona. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Marc-André ter Stegen signs 5-year contract". FC Barcelona. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "I'm fulfilling my dream, says Barcelona newbie Ter Stegen". 22 May 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Marc-Andre ter Stegen is unveiled by Barcelona at the Nou Camp... and distances himself from Victor Valdes comparisons". Daily Mail. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  12. ^ Hunter, Graham (17 September 2014). "Piqué the head boy as Barça edge past APOEL". UEFA. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  13. ^ "Lionel Messi double gives Barcelona Cup final win over Athletic Bilbao". The Observer. 30 May 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  14. ^ "Marc-André ter Stegen". DFB - Deutscher Fußball-Bund e.V. 
  15. ^ "Messi misses penalty; Argentina beat Germany". 15 August 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "Marc-André ter Stegen". ESPN FC. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  17. ^ Marc-André ter Stegen profile at Soccerway. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  18. ^ Includes cup competitions such as the DFB-Pokal and Copa del Rey
  19. ^ "Marc-André ter Stegen". Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  20. ^ Marc-André ter Stegen at

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