Moritz Volz

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Moritz Volz
Moritz Volz.jpg
Volz at Fulham in 2007.
Personal information
Full name Moritz Volz
Date of birth (1983-01-21) 21 January 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Siegen, West Germany
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current club TSV 1860 München
Number 2
Youth career
SpVgg Bürbach
0000–1999 Schalke 04
1999–2000 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Arsenal 0 (0)
2003 Wimbledon (loan) 10 (1)
2004–2009 Fulham 125 (2)
2008–2009 Ipswich Town (loan) 22 (0)
2010–2012 FC St. Pauli 23 (2)
2012– TSV 1860 München 39 (0)
National team
2003–2006 Germany U21 20 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Moritz Volz (born 21 January 1983 in Siegen) is a German footballer currently playing for German 2. Bundesliga club TSV 1860 München.[1]

Volz generally prefers to play at right-back, although he is comfortable at any defensive position and has played in midfield as well.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Volz started his career in his native Germany at FC Schalke 04 before being spotted by Arsenal while playing for the German Youth team. He was offered a contract and joined the Gunners in the summer of 1999. Volz played twice for Arsenal, his debut coming in a League Cup defeat to Ipswich Town in 2000.[2] His other appearance came in another League Cup defeat to Sunderland two years later.[3] In February 2003, he was loaned out to Wimbledon, where he impressed by scoring on his debut against Brighton[4] and going on to make nine further appearances for the Dons. He returned from loan in the summer of the same year before joining Fulham, again on loan, in August 2003.[5] The move was made permanent in January 2004.[6]

Fulham[edit]

Volz attained cult-figure status with Fulham fans, in part due to his commitment and passion and to his community involvement,[7] but also because it was revealed that he rides his bicycle to home games. His terrace nicknames include '220 Volz', 'The Electrician', 'Mr Resistor' and 'The Lightbulb', although by far the most common with Fulham fans is the rather simple 'Volzy'. He is also nicknamed 'The Hoff' due to German stereotype he often refers to on his website. For the match against Aston Villa on Saturday 21 October 2006, he had 'The Hoff's name written on his boots for good luck, and promptly scored his first goal in three years.[8]

On 20 December 2006, he scored the 15,000th goal in Premier League history for Fulham against Chelsea.[9] Inevitably, this gave birth to the new nickname '15,000 Volz'. By scoring the goal, Volz was able to donate £15,000 to a charity of his choice. He donated the money in three equal parts to Kick 4 Life, The Prince's Trust and Fulham Football Club's Community charity.[10][11] Prior scoring the 15,000th goal in Premier League, Volz signed a contract extension, which will keep him until 2009. [12]

On 28 August 2008, he signed for Ipswich Town on a season-long loan deal. He hoped to help Ipswich get promoted to the Premier League.[13]

On 1 July 2009, he was released from Fulham at the end of his contract and was praised by the club for his loyal service both on and off the pitch. Volz would send a farewell message to Fulham supporters on the club's website.[14] He remained at training with the club to regain fitness while he hunted for a new team, and also did media work for ITV and papers, while studying.

On 2 January 2010, Volz got a trial with former club FC Schalke 04.[15] He joined the team at Chiclana de la Frontera for a training camp.[16]

FC St. Pauli[edit]

Volz joined FC St. Pauli on 15 June 2010, and signed a contract for two years.[17] He made his debut on 5 November 2010 against Schalke.

TSV 1860 München[edit]

Volz joined TSV 1860 München on 5 June 2012, and signed a contract for three years [1]

International career[edit]

Although Volz was not part of the German team that reached the semi-finals of the World Cup on home soil in 2006, he was an ever-present force in Dieter Eilts' successful under-21 side. He helped the team qualify for the European Championships in summer 2006. Volz was included in the senior squad for the 17 November 2004 game in Leipzig against Cameroon but did not appear on the field.[18]

Broadcasting[edit]

Volz worked as a pundit on Setanta Sports, ESPN and ITV, while playing in the UK.

Career statistics[edit]

[19]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2001–02 Arsenal Premier League 1 0 1 0
2002–03 1 0 1 0
2002–03 Wimbledon First Division 10 1 10 1
2003–04 Fulham Premier League 33 0 5 0 38 0
2004–05 31 0 2 1 3 0 36 1
2005–06 23 0 1 0 24 0
2006–07 29 2 4 1 1 0 34 3
2007–08 9 0 2 0 1 0 12 0
2008–09 Ipswich Town Championship 22 0 1 0 23 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
2010–11 FC St. Pauli Bundesliga 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2011–12 2. Bundesliga 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 2
2012–13 TSV 1860 München 19 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 22 0
Total England 157 3 13 2 9 0 179 5
Total Germany 42 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 45 2
Career total 199 5 16 2 9 0 224 7

Honours[edit]

Arsenal

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Löwen verpflichten Moritz Volz" (in German). TSV 1860 München. 5 June 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Arsenal 1-2 Ipswich". BBC. 1 November 2000. Retrieved 1 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Moritz Volz". Arsenal F.C. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Brighton 2–3 Wimbledon". BBC. 11 February 2003. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Volz signs". Fulham Official Website. 8 August 2003. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Volz signs for Fulham". Fulham Official Website. 16 January 2004. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Reading Stars". Fulham FC. 28 May 2007. Archived from the original on 29 June 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "The Hoff Inspires Volz to Score". Archived from the original on 21 December 2006. Retrieved 25 October 2006. 
  9. ^ "Premiership clockwatch". BBC. 30 December 2006. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "15,000 Volz". Fulham Official Website. 23 March 2007. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Volz Donation". Fulham Official Website. 20 April 2007. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Volz signs contract extension". Fulham Official Website. 9 December 2006. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  13. ^ Derek Davis (28 August 2008). "Volz signs for Town". Green 'Un. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "Volzy's Farewell". Fulham Official Website. 24 July 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Schalke testet Volz und verpflichtet Edu" (in German). Bundesliga. 7 December 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  16. ^ "Schalke testet Volz" (in German). transfermarkt.de. 2 January 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  17. ^ "Volz zu St. Pauli" (in German). sport1.de. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  18. ^ "St. Pauli verpflichtet England-Legionär Volz" (in German). transfermarkt.de. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  19. ^ "Moritz Volz". Fulham FC. Archived from the original on 23 November 2008. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 

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