Robert Huth

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Robert Huth
Robert Huth Middlesbrough relegation day.jpg
Robert Huth playing for Middlesbrough in 2009
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-08-18) 18 August 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth Biesdorf, East Berlin, East Germany
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current club Stoke City
Number 4
Youth career
1999–2000 VfB Fortuna Biesdorf
2000–2001 1. FC Union Berlin
2001–2002 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2006 Chelsea 42 (0)
2006–2009 Middlesbrough 53 (2)
2009– Stoke City 148 (13)
National team
2004–2005 Germany U21 4 (0)
2004–2009 Germany 19 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:01, 23 November 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Robert Huth (German pronunciation: [ˈʁoːbɛʁt ˈhuːt]; born 18 August 1984) is a German footballer who plays as a centre back for Premier League club Stoke City.

Huth was signed for Chelsea from the youth system of German club Union Berlin in 2001 by then Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri. Huth struggled to establish himself in the Chelsea first team and with the likes of John Terry, William Gallas, and Ricardo Carvalho ahead of him in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge and so he joined Middlesbrough in August 2006 for a fee of £6 million. He spent three years at the Riverside and after Boro were relegated in 2008 Huth signed for Stoke City for a then club record fee £5 million in August 2009. After a successful 2010–11 season for Huth which saw him play in the FA Cup Final he was named as Stoke's player of the year.

Club career[edit]

Chelsea[edit]

Huth was born in Biesdorf, East Berlin and played for local side VfB Fortuna Biesdorf and then the youth teams at 1. FC Union Berlin before joining English side Chelsea in 2001. Huth made his debut for Chelsea at the age of 17 in the last game of the 2001–02 season, coming on as a substitute at half-time in a 3–1 defeat against Aston Villa.[2] In August 2003 Reading tried to sign Huth on loan for the 2003–04 season but their bid was rejected by Chelsea.[3] He made twenty appearances during that season and Huth stated that he was happy to stay at Chelsea.[4] In the 2004–05 season injury restricted him to 15 appearances for the "Blues".[5]

When the 2005–06 season started, Huth's chances of becoming a first choice player at Chelsea in the near future seemed limited with John Terry, William Gallas, and Ricardo Carvalho ahead of him in the Chelsea squad. These were the preferred central defenders for Chelsea manager José Mourinho, who had succeeded Ranieri in the summer of 2004. Mourinho did, however, reject a bid for Huth from German club Bayern Munich in the summer of 2005.[6] Huth scored twice for Chelsea, with one against MŠK Žilina in a Champions League qualifier[7] and the other against Birmingham City in the FA Cup.[8] At the end of the 2005–06 season Huth stated that he was unhappy with his lack of first team chances which led to Middlesbrough, Wigan Athletic and Everton making bids.[9][10][11] He stated that he will join Middlesbrough after the 2006 FIFA World Cup after agreeing a five-year deal.[12]

Middlesbrough[edit]

On 13 July 2006, a proposed transfer to Middlesbrough was scuppered when Huth failed a medical.[13] Middlesbrough continued to track Huth and on 31 August he signed for the club for a fee of £6 million on a five-year contract.[14] Huth had a tough start to his career at Middlesbrough as they lost 1–0 to Notts County in the League Cup.[15] Manager Gareth Southgate stated that Huth was lacking in match fitness and decided to play him in a number of reserve matches.[16][17] By mid October Huth had regained his fitness and played his first league match for Boro against Everton which they won 2–1.[18] He scored his first Boro goal in a 2–1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on 5 December 2006.[19] However his progress in a Middlesbrough shirt was halted when he picked up a foot injury in a training session.[20] Scans later revealed that he had suffered a stress fracture and was out for six-weeks.[21] He made his return in a 3–1 defeat against Aston Villa, but again picked up an injury.[22]

Huth underwent ankle surgery in the summer of 2007 in order to fix his problem.[23] However he consulted a specialist after failing to recover.[24] He returned to training in November 2007 and made his comeback against Reading on 1 December.[25] After the departure of Jonathan Woodgate to Tottenham Hotspur Huth was paired in central defence with David Wheater.[26] On 3 February Huth scored against Newcastle United to earn a point against Kevin Keegan's team.[27][28] He again struggled with injuries and missed the last two months of the 2007–08 season.[29]

Huth recovered well and made a strong start to the 2008–09 season.[30] However he again suffered an ankle injury [31] He returned to the side in December time and by February the team had been enduring a tough season and were in deep relegation trouble.[32] Boro failed to improve and they suffered relegation to the Championship as they lost 2–1 to West Ham United on the final day of the 2008–09 season.[33] He played five league matches for Boro at the start of the 2009–10 season before he returned to the Premier League with Stoke City.[34]

Stoke City[edit]

On 27 August 2009, Huth signed a four-year contract with Stoke City for £5 million.[35] He made his Stoke debut in a 1–0 win over Sunderland on 29 August 2009, replacing goalscorer Dave Kitson.[36] He celebrated his 100th League appearance by scoring his first Stoke goal on 4 October 2009 against Everton.[37] On 17 October, Huth punched Matthew Upson in the face during a match against West Ham United, though he received no card from the referee.[38] Huth was charged by the FA for the incident.[39] He admitted his guilt the following day, and apologised for the incident.[40] Huth was subsequently suspended for three matches by the FA.[41] Huth scored a 90th minute equaliser against Liverpool on 16 January 2010.[42] He then scored his third Stoke goal in a 2–1 win over Portsmouth. He was given the captains armband for Stoke's FA Cup Quarter Final tie at his old club Chelsea which he described as a proud moment for himself.[43]

Huth in action for Stoke during the 2009–10 season

Huth opened his account for the 2010–11 season with a 93rd minute winner against Aston Villa to help Stoke record their first win of the season.[44] He followed this up with goals against Birmingham City,[45] Wigan Athletic,[46] Blackburn Rovers,[47] Wolverhampton Wanderers[48] and two against Sunderland.[49] He also scored in the FA Cup quarter final against West Ham United helping Stoke to reach the semi-final stage for the first time since 1972, 39 years ago.[50][51] He scored in the 5–0 FA Cup Semi-final victory against Bolton Wanderers becoming the first Stoke defender to score nine goals in a season.[52][53] He played in the 2011 FA Cup Final against Manchester City as Stoke lost 1–0.[54] After a successful season for Huth he was named as player of the year.[55]

In the summer of 2011 manager Tony Pulis signed former England international centre backs Jonathan Woodgate and Matthew Upson and Huth found himself playing at an unfamiliar right back position.[56][57] However, after some poor defensive performances by Stoke, Huth returned to his centre-back pairing with Ryan Shawcross and he went on to score his first goal of the season against Everton.[58] In a match against Sunderland, Huth was sent-off for tackling David Meyler although replays showed that he pulled out of the challenge. Sunderland took full advantage of the extra man and scored the only goal through James McClean.[59] Stoke did attempt to get Huth's red card overturned but failed in their efforts.[60] Huth scored twice towards the end of the season against Midlands opponents Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa.[61][62] His performances for the side prompted Pulis to open discussions with Huth over a new contract.[63]

In June 2012 Huth signed a new three-year contract with Stoke keeping him at the Britannia Stadium until 2016.[64] Huth fell ill at the start of August with viral meningitis.[65] He made a full recovery soon after and played against Reading on the opening day of the 2012–13 season.[66][67] Afterwards he explained that he caught the virus whilst in the United States on Stoke's pre-season tour.[68] Huth scored his first goal of the season in a 2–1 victory against Reading on 9 February 2013.[69] Huth was given a retrospective three match ban after an off the ball altercation with Fulham's Philippe Senderos on 23 February 2013.[70][71] He played 39 times for Stoke in 2012–13 as the side finished in 13th position and at the end of campaign Tony Pulis was replaced by Mark Hughes.[72] Under Hughes, Huth remained a regular in the side but he suffered a knee injury in November 2013 which required surgery.[73][74] Despite trying to make a quick recovery Huth required a second operation on his knee and missed the rest of the 2013–14 season.[75]

International career[edit]

Huth training with Germany.

From a young age, Huth was already a member of the German national team. He also played at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship. Together with a young Per Mertesacker, he was the first-choice central defender for Germany at the 2005 Confederations Cup.

On 29 June 2005, he scored his first goal for Germany in a 4–3 extra-time win against Mexico during the third-place play-off at the 2005 Confederations Cup. He has scored 2 goals in 17 games for Germany, as of June 2006. His second goal for Germany came in a 4–1 defeat to Italy in a friendly game played in Florence in March 2006.[76]

During the World Cup on home soil, Huth lost his place to Christoph Metzelder as Mertesacker's first choice partner after being blamed for some defensive errors in several pre-tournament games and only started one game, the last group stage match against Ecuador. He was recalled to the German national team for the first time since the 2006 World Cup in a friendly against Switzerland on 20 March 2008, because of his recent club form.[77] He was later ruled out after suffering from a foot injury.

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 29 June 2005 Zentralstadion, Leipzig, Germany  Mexico 3 – 2 4–3 2005 Confederations Cup
2. 1 March 2006 Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence, Italy  Italy 1 – 4 1–4 Friendly

Personal life[edit]

Growing up in Berlin Huth decided to support Werder Bremen as Hertha BSC were rarely on TV. He was a ball boy at the 1997 DFB-Pokal Final.[78]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 23 November 2013[79]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chelsea 2001–02[80] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2002–03[81] Premier League 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 5 0
2003–04[82] Premier League 16 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 20 1
2004–05[83] Premier League 10 0 1 1 0 0 4 0 15 1
2005–06[84] Premier League 13 0 4 0 1 0 3 0 21 0
Total 42 0 7 1 2 0 11 1 62 2
Middlesbrough 2006–07[85] Premier League 12 1 1 0 1 0 14 1
2007–08[86] Premier League 13 1 3 0 0 0 16 1
2008–09[87] Premier League 24 0 4 0 0 0 28 0
2009–10[88] Championship 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
Total 53 2 8 0 2 0 0 0 63 2
Stoke City 2009–10[88] Premier League 32 3 5 0 0 0 37 3
2010–11[89] Premier League 35 6 6 3 3 0 44 9
2011–12[90] Premier League 34 3 3 2 2 0 10 0 49 5
2012–13[72] Premier League 35 1 3 0 1 0 39 1
2013–14[91] Premier League 12 0 0 0 3 0 15 0
Total 148 13 17 5 9 0 10 0 184 18
Career total 243 15 32 6 13 0 21 1 309 22

International[edit]

As of June 2011[92]

Germany national team
Year Apps Goals
2004 4 0
2005 10 1
2006 3 1
2009 2 0
Total 19 2

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Chelsea
Stoke City

Country[edit]

Germany national football team

Individual[edit]

  • Stoke City coaching staff's player of the year: 2010
  • Sir Stanley Matthews Potteries Footballer of the Year: 2011
  • Stoke City player of the year: 2011
  • Stoke City Players' Player of the Year: 2011

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