Michael Rensing

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Michael Rensing
Michael Rensing.jpg
Rensing playing for Bayern Munich in 2006
Personal information
Full name Michael Rensing
Date of birth (1984-05-14) 14 May 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth Lingen, West Germany
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Fortuna Düsseldorf
Number 1
Youth career
1988–2000 TuS Lingen
2000–2002 Bayern Munich
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 Bayern Munich II 114 (0)
2003–2010 Bayern Munich 53 (0)
2011–2012 1. FC Köln 49 (0)
2012 Bayer 04 Leverkusen II 1 (0)
2012–2013 Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2 (0)
2013– Fortuna Düsseldorf 2 (0)
National team
2004–2006 Germany U21 18 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:36, 15 February 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Michael Rensing (born 14 May 1984) is a German footballer who currently plays for Fortuna Düsseldorf.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born of a German father and a Serbian mother,[1] Rensing joined Bayern in 2000 from TuS Lingen, and went on to develop his talent in the club's youth sides.

He spent the 2002–03 season in the German Regionalliga with Bayern's reserve side, and won a place in the UEFA Champions League squad at the start of the following campaign as he moved up the Bayern pecking order to become Oliver Kahn's deputy.

Bayern Munich[edit]

Rensing made his Bundesliga debut on 21 February 2004, playing the entire 90 minutes of the 1–0 home win against Hamburg. He also kept a clean sheet in his second match against Schalke 04.

Rensing saw action in six Bundesliga games in the 2005–06 season, and saw his first Champions League nod for an injured Oliver Kahn against Milan on 21 February 2006 (Milan keeper Dida was injured during the match, so both sides finished with reserve goalkeepers in goal), which ended in a 1–1 draw. On 15 April 2006, Rensing was involved in a strange incident prior to a match against Arminia Bielefeld. He took a warm-up shot that struck goalkeeper Oliver Kahn blackening his eye and forcing him to sit out the game. Rensing played in Kahn's place and Bayern went on to win the contest 2–0.[2][3]

As Kahn moved towards the end of his career, Rensing gradually received more playing time, covering for Kahn in his final 2007–08 season on 17 occasions. Following Kahn's retirement in 2008, Rensing was given a chance as Bayern's first-choice goalkeeper, but was unable to cement his spot. Following a poor start to the 2009–10 season, his experienced teammate Hans-Jörg Butt replaced him as the Bavarian club's first-choice goalkeeper. Although Rensing made a half-time substitute appearance for the unwell Butt in a 3–2 win at Werder Bremen on 23 January 2010 and made three appearances in the DFB-Pokal, Bayern opted not to renew his contract at the end of the season.

In November 2010, Rensing joined Leicester City on trial[4] but rejected the subsequent contract offer.[5]

1. FC Köln[edit]

On 21 December 2010, Rensing moved to 1. FC Köln on a six-month contract.[6] Following his half-season at 1. FC Köln, Rensing was voted the No.3 keeper in Germany by kicker sports magazine.[7] Due to his strong performance, Rensing's contract with 1. FC Köln was extended two years to 2013. However, he was released by Köln upon the club's relegation in 2012.

Bayer Leverkusen[edit]

Rensing signed for Bayer 04 Leverkusen in August 2012, to serve as backup to Bernd Leno.

Fortuna Düsseldorf[edit]

Rensing in 2014

Since 1 July 2013 Rensing plays for the second division team Fortuna Düsseldorf. Before the first match of the season Rensing stormed out of training and was thus dropped from the team for that match. The argument was concerning Fabian Giefer being selected as first choice keeper above him. Because of this he was told that he would not be picked for league games due to his "Childish reaction" over the incident.

International career[edit]

Having been Germany's number one goalkeeper at the U-19 level, Rensing joined the hosts' squad at the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals, although he did not get off the bench. However, he had since become the first choice at U-21, helping his team qualify for the 2006 Euro Under-21 Championship. He is eligible to play both for the Germany and Serbia.

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FC Bayern Munich 2003–04 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2004–05 4 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
2005–06 6 0 0 0 1 0 7 0
2006–07 1 0 2 0 1 0 4 0
2007–08 10 0 1 0 6 0 17 0
2008–09 26 0 4 0 7 0 37 0
2009–10 4 0 3 0 0 0 7 0
Total 53 0 12 0 15 0 80 0
1. FC Köln 2010–11 17 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
2011–12 32 0 1 0 0 0 33 0
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2012–13 2 0 1 0 1 0 4 0
Career total 104 0 14 0 16 0 134 0

Statistics accurate as of 4 February 2013[8]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Bayern Munich

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bayern in Belgrade". fc-redstar.net. 24 October 2007. Retrieved 26 October 2007. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Bayern Munich vs Arminia Bielefeld". guardian.co.uk. 15 April 2006. Retrieved 28 August 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Bayern Stay Four Clear". sportinglife.com. Retrieved 28 August 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Foxes look at Rensing". Sky Sports. 1 November 2010. Retrieved 4 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Arbeitsloser Rensing sagt Leicester City ab" [Jobless Rensing Rejects Leicester City] (in German). Focus. 9 November 2010. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "FC verpflichtet Michael Rensing" [FC signs Michael Rensing]. 1. FC Köln (in German). 21 December 2010. Retrieved 21 December 2010. [dead link]
  7. ^ Hesse, Uli (7 June 2011). "Schalke profit from Bayern's desire". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Rensing, Michael" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 

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