Proschwitz playing for Hull City in 2012
|Full name||Nick Proschwitz|
|Date of birth||28 November 1986|
|Place of birth||Weißenfels, East Germany|
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 3 1⁄2 in)|
|2003–2004||SpVgg Greuther Fürth|
|2004–2005||TSG 1899 Hoffenheim II||2||(0)|
|2005–2006||Hamburger SV II||22||(0)|
|2007–2008||VfL Wolfsburg II||36||(16)|
|2008–2009||Hannover 96 II||33||(11)|
|2011–2012||SC Paderborn 07||33||(17)|
|2014||→ Barnsley (loan)||14||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:38, 31 August 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Nick Proschwitz (born 28 November 1986) is a German footballer who plays for Brentford as a striker. He began his career in Germany and Switzerland, before moving to England to join Hull City in 2012.
Born in Weißenfels, Proschwitz played football as a youth for teams in Michelau, Lichtenfels and Hallstadt, before joining the youth team at Greuther Fürth. He signed a contract for the 2004–05 season with the reserve team of Hoffenheim, before spending the 2005–06 season in the reserve team of Hamburg, where he played in the Regional League. In 2007 he dropped a league to the reserve team of VfL Wolfsburg in the Oberliga where he achieved his first promotion back to the Regional League, scoring 16 goals in the process. Following his success in Wolfsburg, however, he opted to switch to league rivals Hannover 96 II, scoring 11 times in 33 games.
In 2009 he transferred to the Liechtenstein side FC Vaduz, who had been recently relegated back to the Swiss Challenge League, the second highest league in Switzerland. He made his debut on 16 July 2009, and went on to score 23 goals in 29 appearances for the club.
He remained with Vaduz for only a single season. In May 2010, he signed a three-year contract with FC Thun, who had just been promoted to the Swiss Super League, the top tier of Swiss football, the first time he had played in the highest league in a country, scoring eight goals up to April 2011. On 12 April 2011, he made it clear that he wished to leave Thun and move to FC Luzern in the summer transfer window.
SC Paderborn 07
He signed a three-year deal with Luzern, a contract which would last until 2014. A change in management at FC Luzern, however, meant that Proschwitz was surplus to requirements, and was immediately transferred out of the club before the season had even kicked off. He returned to Germany, signing with 2. Bundesliga side SC Paderborn 07. He made his debut on 17 July 2011 against FC Hansa Rostock, scoring the first goal of the game. He played 33 times for Paderborn in 2011–12, scoring 17 times. Along with Alexander Meier and Olivier Occéan, he was the joint top scorer in division.
Following the 2011–12 season, his future was once again uncertain, with several clubs interested in signing him from Paderborn, including his former youth team SpVgg Greuther Fürth and English Championship side Hull City. On 12 July 2012 it was reported that Proschwitz and his agent had flown out to Hull City's pre season training camp in Portugal to discuss personal terms with the English club.
On 19 July 2012, he signed for Hull City on a three-year contract for a fee of €3.3million (£2.6 million). His debut came when Hull defeated Rotherham United on penalties after a 1–1 draw in a League Cup first round tie on 11 August. Proschwitz scored one of the penalties to help ensure Hull City booked their place in the next round of the League Cup. He made his league debut a week later, in the Championship opener at home to Brighton which resulted in a 1–0 win. His first goals for the club came in a 2–1 victory against Ipswich Town on 20 October 2012, in which he scored twice after coming on as a late substitute.
On 5 January 2013, Nick kept his side in the FA Cup in the 3rd Round tie against Leyton Orient with a 90th-minute equaliser, a goal that would become a contender for the club's goal of the season competition.
On 4 May 2013, in the final match of season that would see Hull promoted to the Premier League, Proschwitz scored a vital 58th minute equaliser against Cardiff City. The goal was his 3rd of the season in the league and his 5th in total. In the same match however, he did see his late penalty saved by David Marshall that, if scored, would have secured victory for the Tigers and consequently promotion; as it was, Cardiff counter-attacked and gained a penalty of their own merely seconds later, which they duly converted to leave the final score at 2–2. There would be another fifteen minutes of anxious waiting by Hull players, staff and fans alike for Watford's (Hull's promotion rivals') loss to Leeds to be confirmed, meaning Proschwitz's penalty miss was not, as it could have been, ultimately significant. He made his Premier League debut as a late substitute in a 1–0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur on 27 October 2013.
On 7 August 2014, Proschwitz signed for newly-promoted Championship side Brentford on a free transfer. He signed an initial one-year contract with an option for a further two years. Lacking fitness, Proschwitz made his Bees debut from the bench on the opening day of the 2014–15 season, coming on for Andre Gray after 67 minutes of a 1-1 draw with Charlton Athletic. He made his first start in the following match against Dagenham & Redbridge in the League Cup first round and scored Brentford's third goal in an incredible 6-6 draw, which was settled on penalties in the Bees' favour. Proschwitz made his first league start for the club in a 2-1 victory over Blackpool on 19 August and scored his first league goal of the season three games later, tapping in Jon Toral's cross to seal a 2-0 win over Rotherham United.
- 2009–10 Top Scorer, Swiss Challenge League (23 goals in 29 games for FC Vaduz)
- 2011–12 Top Scorer, 2. Bundesliga (17 goals in 33 games for SC Paderborn 07)
- "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 16. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
- "Nick Proschwitz wechselt von Thun zum FC Luzern". Blick.ch (Blick.ch). 12 April 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
- "Proschwitz: Fürth wird nicht betteln". www.abendzeitung-nuernberg.de (www.abendzeitung-nuernberg.de). 6 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
- "Potential Hull City catch Nick Proschwitz: Player profile". www.thisishull.co.uk (Hull Daily Mail). 4 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
- "German striker Nick Proschwitz heading to Portugal training camp to discuss move to Hull City". www.thisishull.co.uk (Hull Daily Mail). 12 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
- "City Complete Proschwitz Deal". www.hullcityafc.net (Hull City A.F.C.). 19 July 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- "Hull 1–1 Rotherham". BBC Sport (BBC). 11 August 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- "Hull 2–1 Ipswich". BBC Sport (BBC). 20 October 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
- "Hull 1–1 Leyton Orient". BBC Sport (BBC). 5 January 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
- "Hull 2–2 Cardiff". BBC Sport (BBC). 4 May 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
- "Tottenham 1–0 Hull". BBC. 27 October 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
- "Nick Proschwitz seals loan with Barnsley". Barnsley FC. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
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