Martin Harnik

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Martin Harnik
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Harnik with Austria in 2013.
Personal information
Full name Martin Harnik
Date of birth (1987-06-10) 10 June 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth Hamburg, West Germany
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club VfB Stuttgart
Number 7
Youth career
1992–2005 SC Vier-und Marschlande
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005 SC Vier-und Marschlande 10 (14)
2006–2009 Werder Bremen II 48 (13)
2007–2010 Werder Bremen 17 (1)
2009–2010 Fortuna Düsseldorf (loan) 30 (13)
2010– VfB Stuttgart 119 (37)
National team
2006 Austria U19 11 (2)
2006–2007 Austria U20 7 (0)
2007–2009 Austria U21 3 (1)
2007– Austria 42 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 January 2014

Martin Harnik (born 10 June 1987) is a German-born Austrian footballer. He currently plays for VfB Stuttgart and the Austrian national football team.[1]

Family[edit]

Erich Harnik, father of Martin, comes from Allerheiligen im Mürztal. After meeting his wife, from Hamburg, Erich migrated to that city. Martin Harnik was born in Hamburg in 1987, the youngest of three children who grew up in the district of Bergedorf.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Harnik started playing football in 1992 at SC Vier- und Marschlande. In early 2006, he joined the second team of Werder Bremen, playing in the third tier Regionalliga.

Due to a broken metatarsal bone, Harnik missed almost all of the first half of 2007. At the start of the 2007–08 season, the forward was promoted to the Bundesliga side of Werder Bremen, signing a contract until 2010.

On 15 August 2007, the 20-year-old made his debut for the professional team against Dinamo Zagreb, in the first leg of the third Champions League Qualification round (2–1).

His Bundesliga debut came ten days later, in a game against 1. FC Nuremberg (1–0). Being fielded in the 61st minute, he scored the winning goal for his side in the 69th minute.[2] On 24 August 2009, it was announced that Harnik was able to leave his club SV Werder Bremen as a free agent,[3] and six days later was loaned out to Fortuna Düsseldorf.[4]

After one season at the 2. Bundesliga side, in which he was Fortuna's topscorer (12 goals as of 24 April 2010) with the Rhinelanders narrowly missing promotion to the Bundesliga, Harnik announced on 26 April 2010 that he would leave Düsseldorf.[5]

VfB Stuttgart[edit]

In July 2010, he moved to VfB Stuttgart.[6] In the first fixture of his second season with the club, Harnik scored the second goal of a 3–0 home win over Schalke.[7] Harnik propelled his side to victory with a brace against SC Freiburg on 16 September 2011.[8]

In the 2011–12 season, Harnik was Stuttgart's top scorer with 17 goals and eight assists. On 6 January 2012, he extended his contract with VfB Stuttgart until June 2016.[9] Harnik netted twice in the final of the DFB-Pokal on 1 June 2013, but Stuttgart fell 3–2 to Bayern Munich and the Bavarians secured an unprecedented league, cup and European cup treble.[10][11]

Harnik with Austria in 2012.

In VFB Harnik received a very important role as VFB was in the relegation zone for most of the 2013/14 season. Harnik and Ibisevic were the two players the fans and coaches were relying on to bring VFB back to high standards. Harnik was not able to perform well with so much pressure on him.

International career[edit]

Harnik, who also was eligible for Germany, opted to play for Austria, although he has never lived there, after having been nominated for the youth national teams of the ÖFB, not those of the German Football Association.

His debut came in a match against the Czech Republic in the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna on 22 August 2007 (1–1). After being on the pitch for just six minutes, he scored the equaliser in the 78th minute.

He was called up to Austria's squad for the Euro 2008.[12] Harnik played in all three group games but the co-hosts were eliminated in the group stage.[13]

On 2 September 2011, Harnik scored against Germany in a 6–2 loss at the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen.[14] The win meant that Harnik's nation of birth secured qualification to Euro 2012.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 08 March 2014[1]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Werder Bremen 2007–08 9 1 0 0 5 0 14 1
2008–09 8 0 0 0 1 0 9 0
Total 17 1 0 0 6 0 23 1
Fortuna Düsseldorf 2009–10 30 13 0 0 30 13
Total 30 13 0 0 30 13
VfB Stuttgart 2010–11 32 9 2 3 10 5 44 17
2011–12 34 17 4 0 38 17
2012–13 30 6 5 5 12 2 47 13
2013–14 22 6 2 0 3 0 27 6
Total 118 38 13 8 25 7 156 53
Career total 165 52 13 8 31 7 197 67

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 22 August 2007 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna  Czech Republic 1–1 1–1 Friendly
2. 30 May 2008 UPC-Arena, Graz  Malta 5–1 5–1 Friendly
3. 12 October 2010 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels  Belgium 4–4 4–4 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
4. 7 June 2011 UPC-Arena, Graz  Latvia 2–1 3–1 Friendly
5. 3–1
6. 2 September 2011 Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen  Germany 4–2 6–2 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
7. 29 February 2012 Wörthersee-Stadion, Klagenfurt  Finland 2–0 3–1 Friendly
8. 16 October 2012 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna  Kazakhstan 4–0 4–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying
9. 26 March 2013 Aviva Stadium, Dublin  Republic of Ireland 0–1 2–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying
10. 11 October 2013 Friends Arena, Solna  Sweden 0–1 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Harnik, Martin" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "7 Martin Harnik" (in German). transfermarkt.de. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Harnik auf der Abschussliste" (in German). derstandard.at. 24 August 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Martin Harnik kommt zu Fortuna Düsseldorf" (in German). transfermarkt.de. 30 August 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Martin Harnik verlässt die Fortuna" (in German). Fortuna Düsseldorf. 26 April 2010. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "VfB strengthen the squad". VfB Stuttgart. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "VfB Stuttgart 3–0 Schalke 04". ESPN Soccernet. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "SC Freiburg 1 – 2 VfB Stuttgart". ESPN Soccernet. 16 September 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Harnik signs extension with VfB". VfB Stuttgart. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Heynckes hints at move". ESPN FC. 2 June 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "3:2! Die Bayern machen das Triple perfekt" (in German). kicker. 1 June 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Austria squad for Euro 2008". The Guardian. 28 May 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Co-hosts Austria pay penalty against Croatia". CNN. 8 June 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "Germany stroll past Austria to reach EURO 2012". UEFA. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "Germany seal qualification". ESPN Soccernet. 16 September 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 

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