Mark Schwarzer

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Mark Schwarzer
Mark Schwarzer.jpg
Schwarzer in 2008
Personal information
Full name Mark Schwarzer[1]
Date of birth (1972-10-06) 6 October 1972 (age 42)[1]
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Chelsea
Number 23
Youth career
Colo Cougars
Penrith
Blacktown Association
Marconi Stallions
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1994 Marconi Stallions 58 (0)
1994–1995 Dynamo Dresden 2 (0)
1995–1996 1. FC Kaiserslautern 4 (0)
1996–1997 Bradford City 13 (0)
1997–2008 Middlesbrough 367 (0)
2008–2013 Fulham 172 (0)
2013– Chelsea 4 (0)
National team
1989 Australia U17 6 (0)
1990–1991 Australia U20 8 (0)
1993–2013 Australia 109 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:43, 11 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 September 2013

Mark Schwarzer OAM (born 6 October 1972) is an Australian professional footballer who plays for English club Chelsea as a goalkeeper. He represented Australia at international level from 1993 to 2013, and was selected for both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

Having progressed through the youth ranks of Colo Cougars, Penrith, Blacktown Association and Marconi Stallions, he turned professional for National Soccer League side Marconi Stallions in 1990. After making 58 appearances for the club, he moved to Bundesliga side Dynamo Dresden in 1994, appearing twice, and then to Bundesliga side 1. FC Kaiserslautern in 1995, appearing four times. Schwarzer joined then second tier side Bradford City in 1996, and made sixteen appearances before joining Premier League side Middlesbrough in February 1997. He made 445 appearances for Middlesbrough, but decided to leave the club in May 2008. He then switched to Premier League side Fulham, and made 218 appearances for the club until he moved to Chelsea in 2013. He is currently 8th in the all-time Premier League appearances table,[2] the only non-Briton to date to have completed more than 500 Premier League appearances and also the oldest player to have played in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League.

Having played for Australia at under-17 and under-20 level, Schwarzer made his full international debut in a FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Canada in 1993. During the course of his international career, he won a total of 109 caps for his country. He became Australia's most capped player when he surpassed Alex Tobin's appearance record in January 2011. In November 2013, Schwarzer announced his retirement from international football.

Club career[edit]

Schwarzer's first club was Colo Cougars in Richmond, New South Wales. Schwarzer has worn the same pair of shin pads since he started his professional career at the age of 19 with Marconi Stallions, in the National Soccer League.[3] He left the Sydney-based club to play in Germany with Dynamo Dresden and FC Kaiserslautern. He then travelled to England to play for Bradford City, where he eventually joined Middlesbrough in February 1997.[4]

Middlesbrough[edit]

Schwarzer playing for Middlesbrough

Schwarzer made his debut for Middlesbrough against Stockport County in the League Cup semi-finals. He played in the final against Leicester City, a 1–1 draw, but injury kept him out of the replay, which Middlesbrough lost. He was part of the side, however, who beat Bolton Wanderers to win the 2004 League Cup Final, recovering a mistake in which he let in a soft shot.

In the last match of the 2004–05 season against Manchester City, he saved a Robbie Fowler penalty in stoppage time to preserve a 1–1 draw. The draw was sufficient to put Middlesbrough in seventh in the final league table and ensure qualification for the UEFA Cup. Had Fowler converted the penalty, Manchester City would have qualified for the UEFA Cup at Middlesbrough's expense.

Schwarzer was granted a transfer request by Middlesbrough late in 2005 and sought to join a new club, but he withdrew his request on 20 January 2006, and rejoined the team. A fractured cheekbone sustained against West Ham United, however, looked like it had ruled Schwarzer out for the rest of the season, but he returned for the UEFA Cup final against Sevilla, albeit playing with a protective mask. When he played in Middlesbrough's 1–0 victory over Portsmouth on 29 December 2007, he became the Premier League's longest-serving foreigner at one club beating Dennis Bergkamp's record of 315 games.[5]

Fulham[edit]

Schwarzer warming up for Fulham

Schwarzer's contract with Middlesbrough expired in June 2008, and although he was offered a new contract,[6] manager Gareth Southgate had to plan a future with a new goalkeeper, as on 21 May 2008, Schwarzer signed a two-year deal at Fulham, ending an 11-year association with the Teesside club.[7] Schwarzer revealed in an interview with The World Game that he had received offers from Bayern Munich and Juventus but declined their offers because they could not guarantee him the position as the number-one keeper.[8]

Schwarzer made his Fulham debut in a 2–1 defeat to newly promoted Premier League side Hull City, but he followed up by keeping a clean sheet in his next match in a 1–0 win at home to Arsenal and played every minute of the 2008–09 season. He kept ten clean sheets during the 2008–09 season in all competitions.

Schwarzer playing for Fulham in 2009

Schwarzer's contribution was phenomenal as his performances lead Fulham to a high seventh place finish and a place in Europe the next season, a massive improvement on Fulham's 17th place finish just a season before. Notable scalps included wins over Arsenal, Manchester United and a draw with Chelsea largely due to many spectacular saves from Schwarzer. He received the Fulham Player of the Year 2008–09 in his first year at the club.[9] He was also named the Premier League's Player of the Month for February 2010, in which he only conceded one goal in his team's two wins and two draws that month, making him the first Australian to do so.

He played an important role in Fulham reaching the Europa League Final in 2010, but Schwarzer lost his second European final with a narrow defeat to Atlético Madrid of Spain.

After impressive displays in 2009–10 season Schwarzer caught the eye of Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger who stated that Arsenal were in the market for a new keeper after seeing the form of Manuel Almunia and Łukasz Fabiański come into questioning. It had been reported that a bid of around £2 million in May 2010 had been made for Schwarzer and second bid of around the same value had been made in August 2010, however both were rejected by Fulham.[10]

It was reported on 11 August 2010 that Schwarzer had handed in a transfer request, paving a way for his move to Arsenal to be complete, which was later confirmed by Fulham Manager Mark Hughes who also rejected his request. On 31 August 2010, it was reported that Arsenal had made a last-ditch bid to bring Schwarzer to the Emirates Stadium before the transfer window closed, however Fulham Manager Mark Hughes denied that any approach was made.

Schwarzer signed a contract extension with Fulham on 18 January 2012, committing himself to the club until at least the summer of 2013.[11]

Schwarzer made a notable injury-time penalty save against Mikel Arteta to help Fulham earn a 3–3 draw against Arsenal.[12]

On 5 June 2013, Schwarzer announced he was leaving Fulham following arrival of Maarten Stekelenburg. He said, "I've been hearing that for a while," he said of Stekelenburg's arrival. "It's no great surprise and I'll be looking for another club."[13]

Schwarzer was one of twelve players released by Fulham at the end of the 2012–13 Premier League season.[14]

Chelsea[edit]

Schwarzer training for Chelsea in 2014

On 9 July 2013, Schwarzer signed a one-year contract with Fulham's West London rivals Chelsea on a free transfer. He has been quoted saying "It's one of the biggest and best clubs in the world, and it's an honour to sign for Chelsea. I didn't take much convincing to come here".[15][16]

2013-14 Season[edit]

He made his competitive debut in a 2–0 away victory over Swindon Town in the 2013–14 Football League Cup.[17] In Schwarzer's second appearance in a Chelsea shirt, he kept another clean sheet, as Chelsea knocked Arsenal out of the League Cup in a 2–0 victory on 29 October.[18]

On 11 December, Schwarzer became the oldest player to debut in the UEFA Champions League, when he kept his third clean sheet in three appearances for Chelsea, in a 1–0 victory over Steaua București, a result that confirmed Chelsea's progression to the knockout round as first in their group.[19]

Schwarzer became the oldest player to represent Chelsea in the Premier League when he played against Sunderland on 19 April 2014, aged 41 years and 195 days old. He became the club's oldest ever player by some margin, overtaking Graham Rix (37 years and 203 days).[20] On 22 April, he replaced the injured Petr Čech in the first half of a Champions League semi-final against Atlético Madrid, and kept the score at 0–0.[21] On 27 April he started against Liverpool at Anfield, a crucial game for Chelsea to stay in the title race. He kept a clean sheet and made some outstanding saves to deny Liverpool from equalising, with Chelsea winning the game 2–0. His clean sheet against Liverpool was his 150th Premier League clean sheet, a feat only two more goalkeepers have achieved so far.

2014-15 Season[edit]

Schwarzer was included on the list of players released by Chelsea at the end of the season,[22] but he eventually signed a new one-year contract with the club, on 30 June 2014.[23]

International career[edit]

Schwarzer playing for Australia in 2010

Schwarzer made his international debut for Australia against Canada in Edmonton in a 1994 World Cup qualifier. He came on as a substitute for Milan Blagojevic after first-choice Robert Zabica was sent off 17 minutes into the match.[24] In the return leg in Sydney, he covered himself in glory when he saved two penalties to send Australia to the final phase of qualifying against Argentina. Schwarzer did not play in these matches, and Australia were defeated 2–1 on aggregate.

He was instrumental in Australia's qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, in the play-off against Uruguay. After Uruguay won the first leg 1–0 in Montevideo, Australia won 1–0 in Sydney. In the penalty shoot-out, Schwarzer saved two penalties to see Australia victorious 4–2.

At the World Cup Finals, he played the first two games in Australia's group matches, conceding a controversial goal against Japan and two goals against Brazil. In the third match, he was replaced by Željko Kalac, but after Kalac's disappointing performance, he was reinstated for the Round of 16 match against Italy. Even though he predicted the direction of the penalty kick, he was unable to save the penalty in that match, which was scored by Francesco Totti in injury time and sent Australia out of the World Cup.

After the World Cup in 2006, he vowed to return for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He played in all of Australia's matches in the 2007 Asian Cup. Although he performed admirably against Oman in the 1–1 draw, he made an error which led to a goal in the 3–1 loss to Iraq and could not match Japanese goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi during the penalty shootout, which saw the Socceroos crash out of the competition in their début at the tournament. Schwarzer said that the penalty shootout in the Asian Cup quarter-finals was the first penalty shoot-out in his career that he had ever lost.[25]

Schwarzer saved an 89th-minute Shao Jiayi penalty against China in Australia's 0–0 draw in the 2010 World Cup qualifier in March 2008, continuing his record of stopping penalty kicks.[26] He received his second yellow card of the tournament against Qatar in Doha, in which Australia were 3–1 winners. He also missed Australia's second leg game against the Chinese in Sydney. He played every minute for the Socceroos in round two of qualification, conceding only one goal, which was in the final game against Japan.

Schwarzer made several vital saves to secure Australia's Asian Cup Qualifier 2–1 comeback win over Oman in Muscat after conceding from his penalty save rebound.

He was the country's first-choice keeper for all three matches of the Group Stage in the 2010 World Cup in a group composed of Australia, Germany, Ghana, and Serbia. In the first match, Australia were crushed 4–0 by the Germans, but they recovered with a 1–1 draw against Ghana in the next game. In the final match, Australia beat Serbia 2–1, thus finishing third in the group with four points, just missing qualification to the Round of 16 on goal difference with Ghana.

After the tournament, Schwarzer declared his interest in performing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, at which time he would be 41 years old.[27][28] However, on 5 November 2013, he announced his retirement from international football.[29]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 11 May 2014.[30]
Club performance League National Cup League Cup Continental Total
Club Season League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Marconi Fairfield 1990–91 National Soccer League 1 0 1 0
1991–92 9 0 9 0
1992–93 23 0 23 0
1993–94 25 0 25 0
Total 58 0 58 0
Dynamo Dresden 1994–95 Bundesliga 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Kaiserslautern 1995–96 Bundesliga 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
1996–97 2. Bundesliga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Bradford City 1996–97 Division 1 13 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Total 13 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Middlesbrough 1996–97 Premier League 7 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 10 0
1997–98 Division 1 34 0 3 0 7 0 0 0 44 0
1998–99 Premier League 34 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 35 0
1999–00 37 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 43 0
2000–01 31 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 34 0
2001–02 21 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 25 0
2002–03 38 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 39 0
2003–04 36 0 1 0 7 0 0 0 44 0
2004–05 31 0 2 0 0 0 10 0 43 0
2005–06 27 0 6 0 3 0 11 0 47 0
2006–07 36 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 42 0
2007–08 34 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 39 0
Total 366 0 32 0 26 0 21 0 445 0
Fulham 2008–09 Premier League 38 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 44 0
2009–10 37 0 5 0 0 0 18 0 60 0
2010–11 31 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 32 0
2011–12 30 0 0 0 1 0 12 0 43 0
2012–13 36 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 39 0
Total 172 0 12 0 4 0 30 0 218 0
Chelsea 2013–14 Premier League 4 0 2 0 3 0 3 0 12 0
2014–15 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 4 0 2 0 3 0 3 0 12 0
Career total 619 0 48 0 32 0 54 0 754 0

International[edit]

As of match played 8 September 2013.[31][32]
Australia national team
Year Apps Goals
1993 2 0
1994 2 0
1995 0 0
1996 1 0
1997 0 0
1998 0 0
1999 0 0
2000 4 0
2001 10 0
2002 0 0
2003 3 0
2004 6 0
2005 8 0
2006 8 0
2007 8 0
2008 11 0
2009 10 0
2010 9 0
2011 12 0
2012 9 0
2013 6 0
Total 109 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

[33] Middlesbrough

Fulham

International[edit]

Australia

Individual[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Schwarzer was born in North Richmond, a semi-rural suburb in North-Western Sydney, and attended Richmond North Public School and Colo High School. He played for the local soccer (football) club the Colo Cougars. His parents Hans-Joachim and Doris emigrated to Australia from Germany in 1968.[40] He speaks German.[41]

In 2009, Schwarzer was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia.[42]

References[edit]

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