Piotr Trochowski

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Piotr Trochowski
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Trochowski at practice with Hamburg in 2009
Personal information
Full name Piotr Artur Trochowski[1]
Date of birth (1984-03-22) 22 March 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Tczew, Poland
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sevilla
Number 15
Youth career
1993–1995 SpVgg Billstedt Horn
1995–1997 Concordia von 1907
1997–1999 St. Pauli
1999–2002 Bayern Munich
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Bayern Munich II 38 (8)
2003–2005 Bayern Munich 13 (1)
2005–2011 Hamburger SV 180 (20)
2011– Sevilla 59 (3)
National team
2001 Germany U-18 5 (1)
2003 Germany U-20 13 (5)
2004–2006 Germany U-21 15 (2)
2006–2010 Germany 35 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Piotr Artur Trochowski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈpjɔtr trɔˈxɔfskʲi]; born 22 March 1984) is a German professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Sevilla in La Liga.

According to his FIFA World Cup 2010 profile he is a playmaker known for "his speed, agility, tricky dribbling and refined technique."[2]

Early life[edit]

Trochowski was born in Tczew in Poland. The family, with father Wiesław and mother Alicja, left for Hamburg under the right of return for those of ethnic German ancestry when Piotr was five years old.[3] Being from the historical region West Prussia, inside the German Empire until 1919 (and again from 1939 until March 1945), the Trochowski family, albeit Slavic, had legal German ancestry (i.e. need not to be ethnic Germanic), all of his grandparents having held German nationality for some period of time.[4]

Club career[edit]

As a nine-year-old boy, Trochowski started his career with Billstedt Horn and then played for SC Concordia and FC St. Pauli, in Hamburg. In 1999, he got transferred to FC Bayern Munich, starting with its junior side then progressing to the amateur team. He became frustrated, however, with his lack of playing time.[citation needed]

In January 2005, he moved back to Hamburg to play for Hamburger SV. Team manager Thomas Doll gave him a chance and Trochowski proved his worth. Within two seasons, he played himself into the starting line-up of the team, scoring five goals (including one [and an assist] against former team Bayern Munich, in a 24 September 2005 2–0 home win) in his first full season as Hamburg reached the UEFA Champions League.

Sevilla[edit]

On 5 April 2011, Trochowski's agent Roman Grill confirmed that his client would move to Sevilla when his contract expired at the end of the season. Trochowski had been an irregular player for Hamburg during the second half of the season, making just two starts out of 11 possible Bundesliga matches after the winter break.[5] In his first season with the club, Trochowski featured in 35 La Liga games, scoring one goal and providing two assists as Sevilla finished in a disappointing ninth place.[6]

On 15 September 2012, Trochowski smashed in a half-volley after only 69 seconds, to hand his side a 1–0 victory over reigning La Liga champions Real Madrid.[7]

International career[edit]

Piotr Trochowski outside the HSH Nordbank Arena with fans and reporters

Since Trochowski was born in Poland, he was eligible to play for Poland. His mother sent several letters to the Polish Football Association (PZPN), informing it about her talented son and about his willingness to cap for Poland.[8] The PZPN, however, was not interested, which disappointed both Trochowski and his mother, and he chose to play for Germany. Trochowski said in response, "My heart is closer to Poland, but nobody there was interested in me, so I play for the Germans. There was no reply to my mother's letter, and the Germans were interested in me." He said this in an interview in August 2005.[3] In the German daily Die Welt, however, Trochowski said that, "Even back then, I wanted to play for Germany, because here I enjoyed my schooling and gained my footballing skills."[9]

Trochowski played for the German under-20 team at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship. One year after his move to Hamburg, senior national coach Joachim Löw called him for the first time, and he debuted in an 7 October 2006 friendly against Georgia. After having appeared six times during the qualification matches, Trochowski was selected for the final 23-man squad for Euro 2008. He scored his first goal for Germany on 15 October 2008 in a 2010 World Cup Qualifier against Wales.

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance[edit]

As of 18 May 2014.
Club performance League Cup Europe Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2001–02 Bayern Munich II Regionalliga Süd 7 0 0 0 7 0
2002–03 9 1 1 0 10 1
FC Bayern Munich Bundesliga 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2003–04 10 1 1 1 0 0 11 2
FC Bayern Munich II Regionalliga Süd 17 6 0 0 17 6
2004–05 5 1 1 0 6 1
Hamburger SV Bundesliga 3 0 0 0 3 0
2005–06 32 5 3 0 16 2 51 7
2006–07 26 2 1 0 8 1 35 3
2007–08 32 1 4 2 14 3 50 6
2008–09 33 6 3 0 5 0 39 5
2009–10 33 4 1 3 13 2 47 9
2010–11 21 2 1 0 22 2
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
2011–12 Sevilla FC La Liga 35 1 3 0 2 0 40 1
2012–13 6 2 0 0 6 2
2013–14 18 0 1 0 5 0 24 0
Career total 290 32 20 6 63 8 373 46

International goals[edit]

Scores and goals list Germany's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 October 2008 Borussia-Park, Mönchengladbach, Germany  Wales 1–0 1–0 2010 World Cup qualifier
2. 2 June 2009 Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  United Arab Emirates 3–0 7–2 Friendly

Personal[edit]

Piotr is part of a football family – his three brothers are all semi-professional players: Christoph (plays for SC V/W Billstedt), Slawomir (plays for Hamm United) and Arkadiusz (plays for TuS Hamburg).[9]

His cousin Krystian is a German international rugby union player, playing for the Berliner RC in the Rugby-Bundesliga.[10]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Bayern Munich
Hamburger SV
Sevilla CF

Country[edit]

Germany

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. Retrieved 8 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Player Profile". FIFA. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Łukasz Pałucha (21 August 2005). "Piotr Trochowski – mówią o nim Zidane" [Piotr Trochowski – they call him Zidane]. Gazeta Wyborcza (in Polish). Retrieved 5 April 2009. 
  4. ^ Gazeta W.; SPIEGEL 22032010, p. 21
  5. ^ "Piotr Trochowski: Neuer Anlauf in Sevilla" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Piotr Trochowski". ESPNFC. 
  7. ^ "Real suffer Sevilla defeat". ESPNFC. 15 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Trochowski: Polski nigdy się nie wyrzekłem" [Trochowski: I have never renounced Poland] (in Polish). 25 April 2008. Retrieved 5 April 2009. 
  9. ^ a b Kai Behrmann (7 June 2008). "Familie Trochowski jubelt über deutsche Tore – auf Polnisch" [Family Trochowski is celebrating German goals – in Polish] (in German). welt.de. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  10. ^ "TotalRugby-XV der Hinrunde 2009/2010 – Props" (in German). 18 December 2009. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 

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