Pierre-Michel Lasogga

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Pierre-Michel Lasogga
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Lasogga with Hertha in 2011.
Personal information
Full name Pierre-Michel Lasogga
Date of birth (1991-12-15) 15 December 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Gladbeck, Germany
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Centre-forward
Club information
Current team
Hamburger SV
Number 10
Youth career
1996–1999 1. FC Gladbeck
1999–2006 Schalke 04
2006–2007 Rot-Weiss Essen
2007 SG Wattenscheid 09
2008–2009 VfL Wolfsburg
2009–2010 Bayer Leverkusen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010 Bayer Leverkusen II 5 (0)
2010 Hertha BSC II 6 (3)
2010–2014 Hertha BSC 63 (22)
2013–2014 Hamburger SV (loan) 20 (13)
2014– Hamburger SV 7 (1)
National team
2011–2013 Germany U21 11 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 June 2013

Pierre-Michel Lasogga (born 15 December 1991) is a German footballer who plays as a centre-forward for Bundesliga club Hamburger SV.

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

After playing for the youth teams of 1. FC Gladbeck, Schalke 04, Rot-Weiss Essen, SG Wattenscheid 09 and VfL Wolfsburg, Lasogga attracted the attention of Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen, who signed him in 2009. Lasogga quickly established himself in Leverkusen's youth team, making 25 appearances in the 2009–10 season.[1] He scored 25 times in the U-19 Bundesliga West, making him the league's top goalscorer,[1] and helped secure Leverkusen a spot in the national finals,[2] which they lost 1–0 to Hansa Rostock. Towards the end of the season, Lasogga made his senior debut, making five appearances for Leverkusen's reserves in the Regionalliga West.

First experiences in the Bundesliga[edit]

After just one season with Leverkusen, he left the club, and signed for 2. Bundesliga club Hertha BSC on a three-year contract.[3]

Lasogga impressed during Hertha's preseason friendlies, scoring six goals,[1] but injured himself just days before the opening fixture.[4] After missing the first five league matches, Lasogga made his professional debut against Energie Cottbus on 24 September 2010.[5] Three weeks later, Lasogga featured in Hertha's starting formation for the first time. He managed to take full advantage of the opportunity and scored twice.[6] His success continued; after the winter break, he successfully replaced Rob Friend in Hertha's starting formation, starting all but three games ahead of the Canadian. At the end of the season, Hertha was promoted to the Bundesliga after one season in the second division.

In the Bundesliga, Lasogga remained a key player for Hertha. He made his Bundesliga debut on the first matchday,[7] and scoring for the first time two weeks later. By the winter break, Lasogga had started fourteen of Hertha's seventeen Bundesliga matches, and scored six times. He started all four matches after the break under Michael Skibbe. However, Skibbe's successor as manager, Otto Rehhagel relied on him less. At the end of his first Bundesliga season, Lasogga had played a total of 31 matches, including 23 starts, and scored eight times, making him Hertha's top goalscorer. On the final matchday, Lasogga sustain a severe injury, tearing his ACL, and was not expected to return to the pitch until early November.[8] In the end, he didn't make his comeback until the following calendar year, making a brief appearance at the end of Hertha's match against Jahn Regensburg on 3 February 2013.

He scored the only goal in the 1–0 win against SV Sandhausen on 21 April 2013, to ensure Hertha BSC's their direct promotion to the 2013–14 Bundesliga season.[9][10]

Hamburger SV[edit]

On 2 September 2013, Lasogga signed a one-year loan deal with Hamburger SV.[11] He scored a hat-trick in only his second start for Hamburg, playing against Nuremberg on 6 October 2013. He scored 13 goals in the 20 league matches for the 2013–14 season. After the end of the season, he signed a five-year contract with Hamburg on 4 July 2014.[12]

International career[edit]

On 21 March 2011, Lasogga was first invited to the U-21 team of Germany when he was nominated for the friendly matches against the Netherlands and Italy.[13] On 25 March 2011, he debuted in the starting line-up in the friendly against the Netherlands and scored the 1–0 lead. Lasogga was nominated on 16 May 2013 by former U-21 coach Rainer Adrion for the preliminary squad for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship,[14] and made in on 28 May 2013into the final squad.[15] In the first group match against the Netherlands that Germany lost with 2–3, Lasogga stood in the starting line-up and was substituted. The second group game against Spain on 12 June 2013 was his last appearance for the U-21 team. Germany lost the game 0–1 and was eliminated early. In the third group match against Russia, he and some other players were not used. After the tournament, Lasogga was no longer eligible to play because of his age.

On 28 February 2014, Lasogga was first invited to the Germany's senior national team for the friendly in the Mercedes-Benz-Arena in Stuttgart against Chile.[16] Due to an injury, Lasogga could not play.

Personal life[edit]

Lasogga's stepfather is former Werder Bremen, Schalke and German international goalkeeper Oliver Reck.[17]

Lasogga's mother Kerstin acts as his agent. He has a younger sister, Jenny, and two younger brothers, Gian-Luca and Etienne. Both play for Hertha BSC youth teams.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Pierre-Michel Lasogga: Herthas junge Hoffnung" [Pierre-Michel Lasogga: Hertha's young hope] (in German). Der Tagesspiegel. 29 July 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Bayer Leverkusen trifft im Endspiel auf Hansa Rostock" [Bayer Leverkusen meets Hansa Rostock in the Finals] (in German). DFB. 20 June 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Hertha Holt Pierre-Michel Lasogga" [Hertha sign Pierre-Michel Lasogga]. official website (in German). Hertha BSC. 2 July 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Der Lasogga-Schock" [The Lasogga-shock] (in German). Berliner Kurier. Retrieved 6 February 2011. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Hertha besiegt Cottbus mit 1:0" [Hertha defeats Cottbus 1:0]. official website (in German). Hertha BSC. 24 September 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "2:0-Heimsieg gegen Bochum" [2:0 Home-victory over Bochum] (in German). Hertha BSC. 16 November 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Hertha verpatzt Bundesliga-Comeback" [Hertha skrews up Bundesliga-Comeback] (in German). DFL. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Lasogga erleidet Kreuzbandriss" [Lasogga suffers torn ACL] (in German). DFL. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Hertha BSC steigt wieder auf" (in German). Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. 21 April 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "30. Spieltag, 19.04.2013 – 22.04.2013" (in German). bundesliga.de. 22 April 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Pierre-Michel Lasogga: "Mein Körper ist mein Kapital"" (in German). mopo.de. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Perfekt: HSV verpflichtet Pierre-Michel Lasogga" (in German). HSV.de. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "Kroos, Rausch und Clemens sagen ab". kicker online (in German). Olympia Verlag GmbH. 21 March 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "Adrion gibt drei Neulingen die EM-Chance". kicker online (in German). Olympia Verlag GmbH. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Adrion baut auf "gute Mixtur"". kicker online (in German). Olympia Verlag GmbH. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "Löw nominiert Lasogga, Ginter, Mustafi und Hahn". kicker online (in German). Olympia Verlag GmbH. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "Den Fehler verdaut" [Digested the mistake] (in German). Der Westen. 29 November 2007. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  18. ^ "Familie Lasogga in der Fussballschule" (in German). Hertha BSC. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 

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