Matthias Langkamp

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Matthias Langkamp
Personal information
Full name Matthias Langkamp
Date of birth (1984-02-24) 24 February 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Speyer, West Germany
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Free agent
Youth career
0000–1989 Sportfreunde Merfeld
1989–2001 Preußen Münster
2001–2004 Arminia Bielefeld
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Arminia Bielefeld 27 (0)
2005–2006 VfL Wolfsburg 1 (0)
2006–2007 Grasshopper Club Zürich 12 (1)
2007–2008 Arminia Bielefeld 13 (0)
2008–2009 Panionios 9 (0)
2009–2011 Karlsruher SC 37 (4)
National team
2004 Germany Team 2006 1 (0)
2005 Germany U-21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 January 2011.
† Appearances (Goals).

Matthias Langkamp (born 24 February 1984 in Speyer) is a German footballer.

Career[edit]

Langkamp first signed professional terms with Arminia Bielefeld and enjoyed a highly-impressive debut season in the Bundesliga in the 2004/05 season, earning rave reviews and a call-up to the international setup with the Germany Under 21 side. Considered a very promising young talent at that time, he courted the attention of a host of bigger clubs and was eventually bought by Wolfsburg. However, there he had a falling out with manager Holger Fach, who relegated Langkamp to the reserve team[1] and only granted him one appearance for the first team before offloading him to Swiss club Grasshoppers.

After a season in Switzerland, Langkamp returned to his former club Arminia Bielefeld[2] and at the beginning of the season he enjoyed a remarkable return to form. However, after a strong challenge during a match against Duisburg, strangely Langkamp appeared to still be concussed even a week after the match.[3] Upon return from his injury, Langkamp suffered a dramatic loss of form and confidence. After his error led to a crucial goal for opponents Cottbus, he had to endure a very public on-pitch dressing down from his team-mates. He fell out of favour for the remainder of the season and rarely featured in the first team again.

Langkamp was not offered a new contract by Arminia Bielefeld, who released him at the end of the 2007–08 season. He then secured a contract with Panionios F.C. in the Greek Super League and played a number of games for them in the 2008–09 season, becoming a popular figure amongst the local fans.

He returned to Germany after one season, signing with Karlsruher SC on 29 June 2009. In his first season back in Germany however, his attempts to re-establish himself were thwarted by injury. Although he found himself out of the side initially, he later forced his way into the team and looked impressive, showing off his attacking threat by scoring two goals in successive games. However, just as he was gaining momentum, in November he went into the treatment room complaining of a pain in his hamstrings; upon investigation, the physio found that he would need an operation on his Achilles tendon. When he went in for the operation, the surgeon discovered that he would actually need operations on both of his Achilles tendons.[4]

The operations kept Langkamp on the sidelines until late March 2010.[5] He made his comeback against Hansa Rostock, coming on as a late substitute and playing for two minutes. But his next substitute appearance proved to be a disaster – with his first tackle he conceded a penalty and with his second tackle he injured himself, damaging his left shoulder joint and effectively ending his season as he required surgery.[6]

Langkamp fought his way back to fitness in time for the 2010–11 season and was involved in the pre-season build-up. On 19 July 2010, Langkamp's injury jinx struck again and threatened to derail his season when he slipped up attempting a sprint, tearing a muscle in his right thigh.[7]

However, the player showed remarkable resilience to overcome this latest injury and fought his way back by mid-August. He wasted no time in proving himself a remarkable talent at this level and his experience and leadership skills shone through as he quickly established himself as the lynchpin of the defence and one of the first names on the Karlsruher SC team-sheet. Allowed a relatively injury-free run in the team for the first time in years, Langkamp earned rave reviews and showed the defensive skills that had once made him one of the most coveted defenders in Germany. His powerful physique and heading ability saw him sometimes deployed up-front as an emergency striker, which proved justified when he volleyed in the equalising goal in a crucial match against relegation rivals Osnabruck. The goal proved decisive in securing the club's status in the 2. Bundesliga and earnt Langkamp legendary status amongst the Karlsruher SC fans.

In a shock move which caused uproar amongst some sections of the fanbase, Karlsruher SC decided against renew Langkamp's contract, citing that they could not afford their star defender's wage demands. Whilst trying to maintain fitness, searching for a new club, tragedy struck when Langkamp suffered a broken leg in a freak training accident. The serious injury scuppered his attempts to find a club for new season and complications with the rehabilitation have led to a pro-longed recovery period, but Langkamp is now back to full fitness and looking to return to the game.

Personal[edit]

His brother Sebastian Langkamp is a professional footballer as well.

International career[edit]

Langkamp has played two games for the Under-21 German national team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wiedersehen mit Matze Langkamp" (in German). Arminia Bielefeld. 25 November 2005. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Matthias Langkamp wieder Armine" (in German). Arminia Bielefeld. 30 June 2007. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Sorge um Langkamp" (in German). kicker.de. 10 September 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "KSC-Verteidiger Matthias Langkamp: Besuch am Krankenbett" (in German). ka-news.de. 5 December 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "KSC: Matthias Langkamp kehrt zurück" (in German). ka-news.de. 23 March 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "KSC: Saisonaus für Matthias Langkamp" (in German). ka-news.de. 17 April 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Muskelfaserriss bei M.Langkamp" (in German). Karlsruher SC. 20 July 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 

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