Nils Petersen (2012)
|Full name||Nils Petersen|
|Date of birth||6 December 1988|
|Place of birth||Wernigerode, East Germany|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|1993–1994||FC Einheit Wernigerode|
|1994–2000||1. FC Wernigerode|
|2000–2001||FC Einheit Wernigerode|
|2001–2004||VfB Germania Halberstadt|
|2005–2006||Carl Zeiss Jena|
|2006–2008||Carl Zeiss Jena II||23||(11)|
|2007–2008||Carl Zeiss Jena||41||(4)|
|2008–2009||Energie Cottbus II||13||(5)|
|2011–2012||Bayern Munich II||3||(2)|
|2012–2013||→ Werder Bremen (loan)||34||(11)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Petersen spent his early youth developing at hometown club FC Einheit in Wernigerode and afterward continued his development at VfB Germania in Halberstadt. Later he attended the Sport School Jena, playing in their youth team, eventually leaving during the summer of 2007.
FC Carl Zeiss Jena
In February 2005, FC Carl Zeiss Jena signed Petersen to a youth contract, before promoting him to the First Team in January 2007. Before promotion to the First Team, Petersen had already gained experience playing with the Oberliga reserves. Petersen made his professional debut on 4 February 2007 (20th matchday), in a 0–1 loss in an away match against 1. FC Köln. He entered the match in the 89th minute as a substitute for Mohammed El Berkani.
FC Energie Cottbus
During the 2008–09 winter transfer period, Petersen switched to Bundesliga side FC Energie Cottbus. He premiered for Cottbus on the final match-day of the season in a 3–0 home victory over Bayer Leverkusen, on 23 May 2009. Cottbus, finishing 16th in their Bundesliga campaign, would go on to lose in the relegation/promotion playoff against 2nd division 1. FC Nürnberg, resulting in Cottbus' relegation to 2. Bundesliga. During the first half of the 2009–10 season, Petersen rarely saw playing time for Cottbus. After the winter break, his playing time increased as he was able to score nine goals in 14 appearances, securing his place in the starting line-up.
During the 2010–11 campaign, Petersen would go on to secure the 2. Bundesliga scoring title, notching 25 goals in 33 appearances, helping Cottbus to a mid-table finish. In February 2011, despite interest from various Bundesliga clubs, he decided to extend his existing contract by two years until June 2014.
FC Bayern Munich
On 19 May 2011, FC Bayern Munich reported the signing of Petersen to a three-year contract until 30 June 2014. Bayern Munich handed him with the famous number nine shirt previously worn by legend Gerd Müller, Giovane Élber and most recently, Luca Toni. Nils Petersen scored his first hat-trick (three goals) in the first ever game he played for FC Bayern Munich against a Trentino Selection. On 10 September 2011, having been on for just 17 minutes, Petersen came close twice, and finally scored his first Bundesliga goal against Freiburg.
On 29 June 2012, SV Werder Bremen agreed a one-year loan deal with Bayern Munich for Petersen. After a successful season on loan at Werden Bremen, it was announced on 23 May 2013 that he had penned a four year contract with the club for an undisclosed fee.
Petersen was a member of the Germany U-19 team, scoring a goal against Russia during the UEFA U-19 European Championship and the Germany U-20 team, before being called up on 6 August 2009 for the German U-21 team.
|Carl Zeiss Jena||2. Bundesliga||2006–07||3||0||0||0||—||3||0|
|Energie Cottbus II||Regionalliga Nord||13||5||—||—||13||5|
|Bayern Munich II||Regionalliga Süd||3||2||—||—||3||2|
- "Prolific Petersen inks three-year deal for a transfer fee of €2.8 million with FCB". FC Bayern Munich. 19 May 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
- "Nils Petersen to play for Werder on loan next season". Footballcracy. 30 June 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
- "Nils Petersen seals permanent transfer to Werden Bremen from Bayern Munich". Sky Sports News. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
- "Petersen für Deutschland" (in German). 5 August 2009. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
- "Petersen, Nils" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 15 August 2013.