Roman Weidenfeller

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Roman Weidenfeller
Roman Weidenfeller 2011.jpg
Weidenfeller in 2011
Personal information
Full name Roman Weidenfeller[1]
Date of birth (1980-08-06) 6 August 1980 (age 33)
Place of birth Diez, West Germany
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Borussia Dortmund
Number 1
Youth career
1985–1996 Sportfreunde Eisbachtal
1996–1998 1. FC Kaiserslautern
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 1. FC Kaiserslautern II 74 (0)
1999–2002 1. FC Kaiserslautern 6 (0)
2002–2005 Borussia Dortmund II 13 (0)
2002– Borussia Dortmund 311 (0)
National team
1997 Germany U17 6 (0)
1999–2001 Germany U21 3 (0)
2005 Germany Team 2006 1 (0)
2013– Germany 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:33, 6 June 2014 (UTC)

Roman Weidenfeller (German pronunciation: [ˈʁoːman ˈvaɪ̯dənˌfɛlɐ]; born 6 August 1980) is a German footballer who plays as goalkeeper for the German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and the German national team. He made his first international appearance in a friendly match against England.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

During his youth years, he played for Sportfreunde Eisbachtal. Weidenfeller then made his professional debut in 1997, after his performances at the 1997 FIFA U-17 World Championship.

Kaiserslautern[edit]

In 1998, Weidenfeller transferred to the 1. FC Kaiserslautern youth team where he made 40 appearances in two seasons. He was then promoted to the first team but made only six league appearances in two seasons.

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

Weidenfeller playing for Borussia Dortmund in 2010
Weidenfeller in 2010
Weidenfeller in 2012

Weidenfeller moved to Borussia Dortmund in 2002 on a free transfer[2] as a possible replacement for Jens Lehmann, who had moved to Arsenal in 2003. Weidenfeller had reportedly been unhappy at Kaiserslautern, where he was used mainly as a backup to Georg Koch.[3] His debut for Dortmund came on 17 December 2003 against his former club, Kaiserslautern, in a 1–0 loss.

In 2005, Weidenfeller underwent surgery following a meniscus tear in his left knee during training.[4]

Early in the 2007–08 season, Weidenfeller was given a three match ban and fined €10,000 for racist insults leveled against Schalke 04 striker Gerald Asamoah.[5][6] Asamoah originally reported Weidenfeller after a match on 18 August 2007 between the two clubs, where the incident occurred after a clash between the two in the 51st minute.[7] Weidenfeller offered an apology to Asamoah following the news reports but denied making the statement.[5]

Weidenfeller won the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund in 2011 and went on to win the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal double with Borussia Dortmund in 2012.

On 6 May 2013, Weidenfeller signed a contract extension with Borussia Dortmund, keeping him at the club until 2016.[8]

On 27 July 2013, Weidenfeller won the 2013 DFL-Supercup with Dortmund 4–2 against rivals Bayern Munich.[9]

International career[edit]

In November 2013, Weidenfeller was called up to the German national squad for his first time for the friendlies against Italy and England. He received his first cap when he started against England at the Wembley Stadium on 19 November 2013, making him the oldest ever German goalkeeper débutant. He then appeared for the game against Cameroon, where the game ended tied at 2-2. He made his third appearance on the next game against Armenia where Germany won 6-1. Both games were international friendlies.

He was nominated as a reserve keeper behind Manuel Neuer for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, where the German team won the title a fourth time, but Weidenfeller wasn't used in any match.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Borussia Dortmund

International[edit]

Germany

Career statistics[edit]

As of 1 September 2013[10]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal[nb 1] Continental[nb 2] Total
2000–01 1. FC Kaiserslautern Bundesliga 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
2001–02 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2002–03 Borussia Dortmund 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2003–04 17 0 0 0 4 0 21 0
2004–05 26 0 0 0 0 0 26 0
2005–06 24 0 0 0 0 0 24 0
2006–07 34 0 0 0 0 0 34 0
2007–08 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2008–09 32 0 3 0 0 0 35 0
2009–10 30 0 3 0 0 0 33 0
2010–11 33 0 2 0 8 0 43 0
2011–12 32 0 4 0 6 0 42 0
2012–13 31 0 5 0 13 0 49 0
2013–14 16 0 0 0 5 0 21 0
Total Germany 306 0 17 0 37 0 360 0
Career total 306 0 17 0 37 0 360 0
  1. ^ Includes DFL-Supercup
  2. ^ Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League

International statistics[edit]

As of 6 June 2014[11]
Germany national team
Year Apps Goals
2013 1 0
2014 2 0
Total 3 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 16. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Roman Weidenfeller". Sky Sports. Retrieved 20 August 2008. 
  3. ^ "BVB win Weidenfeller chase". Sky Sports. Retrieved 20 August 2008. 
  4. ^ "Keeper blow for BvB". Sky Sports. Retrieved 20 August 2008. 
  5. ^ a b "Dortmund keeper handed ban". Sky Sports. 23 August 2007. Retrieved 20 August 2008. 
  6. ^ "Weidenfeller banned over racist remarks". Yahoo! Sports UK. 23 August 2007. Retrieved 20 August 2008. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Weidenfeller faces DFB rap". Sky Sports. 20 August 2007. Retrieved 20 August 2008. 
  8. ^ "Dortmund's Weidenfeller signs contract extension". UEFA.com. 6 May 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Dortmund prevail over Bayern in Supercup thriller". 
  10. ^ "Roman Weidenfeller". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  11. ^ http://www.fussballdaten.de/spieler/weidenfellerroman/2014/

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